Text John T. O’Connor Renderings Arquitectonica
If you stated simply “things are changing in Pompano Beach,” at this point in time, you might find yourself nominated for an understatement-of-the-year award. Once known as Fort Lauderdale’s sleepy northern neighbor, until about 2008, it was a city of older, beige buildings (on some gorgeous oceanfront mind you) where the sidewalks were rolled up at night due to lack of dining options. Then came The Plaza at Oceanside, a breathtaking, sinuously curved condominium at the east end of Atlantic Boulevard, and it was off to the races.
With just six residences per floor, Arquitectonica’s design for Solemar offers private elevators that open directly into your foyer.
With the Community Redevelopment Authority, and public funding, Pompano Beach was reimagined with a comprehensive master plan. New attractions like the Pompano Beach Cultural Center opened, new dining establishments became popular, and developers began to jump in off the sidelines. One of those developers is none other than The Related Group. Based in Miami but with projects from South Florida to Brazil, The Related Group is known for meticulously finished, signature developments such as Icon Brickell in Miami, Apogee in Miami Beach, and in Fort Lauderdale, Icon Las Olas and Auberge. Up next: Solemar, a condominium residence directly on the ocean in Pompano Beach that promises to be, in their own words, “pure simplicity mixed with refined sophistication.” And if it’s one thing we’ve learned about The Related Group over the years is when they promise something, they roll up their collective sleeves and deliver.
Precise in detail, Solemar promises discrete lighting and natural finishes. Stacking slider allow residences to be truly open to nature.
For Solemar, they’ve tapped the creative team at Arquitectonica, the trail-blazing Miami firm that has been ahead of the curve since establishing a presence in 1977. Working in sync with the architects is New York-based Meyer Davis Design, known not only for their relaxed, warm interiors, but also for the rare trait of understanding of when to hold the line in interior design. To quote the duo, “Intelligent subtraction yields the greatest results.
That philosophy permeates the entirety of this project, keeping the focus not on crown moldings or chandelier-laden lobbies, but instead underscoring the serenity and Zen-like quality of Solemar’s oceanfront setting. Its connection to nature lasts from dawn until dusk and beyond, thanks to a free-form pool, perfect for a sunrise dip. A second pool is placed on the west side of the building, making it an ideal spot to sit back and enjoy a Negroni while watching the sun set over the Intracoastal.
Every residence here offers unobstructed Atlantic Ocean views, with four of the six floor plans offering a floor-through style layout with terraces both east and west. These range from 2,004 to 2,593 square feet of interior living space and each has an open plan layout. The other two floor plans face exclusively east, each offering two bedrooms, two and a half baths, a separate den, and 2,035 square feet of interior living space. All of the residences have direct, secured elevator access into their own foyer. All of the residences offer wide, terrace-like balconies with glass railings. Tall, stacking sliders are used wherever possible, extending living space and again keeping that connection to Solemar’s supreme location.
Kitchens at Solemar are pared down, yet elegantly finished… perfect for entertaining. Opposite page: Deep, terrace-like balconies are employed in every residence.
The Kitchens designed for Solemar reflect a minimalist elegance with stone countertops and backsplashes and Italian-made cabinetry. Appliance are Wolf and Sub-Zero and include an integrated system for making an espresso or cappuccino to go with your oceanfront breakfast. The Related Group, long a champion of open-plan living, has spent years refining these kitchens… and it shows. They are heavy duty enough to accomodate family life on one hand, while remaining the materials and finishwork suggest nothing less than dressed-for-dinner elegance. The same could be said for the master baths, which feature flaoting, dual vanities, frameless glass shower and separate saoking tubs. If you are lucky enough to nab one of the end units, (residence 01 and 06 floor plans) you can soak in that tub while enjoying floor-to-ceiling windows and beach views.
Deep, terrace-like balconies are employed in every residence.
Planned as a full-service condominium, Solemar offers concierge services, 24/7 valet parking, on-site security, state-of-the-art fitness center, on-demand spa treatment services, food and beverage services by the pools… Something tells us this is not the Pompano Beach your Grandmother called home.