If you want to go back into the archives to see where the big condo boom on South Beach began, here you go, the Portofino Tower in the South Of Fifth neighborhood. When it was first built back 1997 it was the first real tower South Of Fifth, granted there were a few smaller, buildings on no real architectural consequence dotted about, South Point Tower itself was probably the most well known and hippest of the few.
The Portofino Tower was a joint development between Thomas Kramer and the Related Group of South Florida (Jorge Perez).
There’s a reasonable amount of turn over in the build, however since its an older building, relative to the other towers, the finishes can seem a little dated along with the public spaces. As such it also tends to be a little more well priced. Most of the residents do actually live there, Portofino has not suffered as much from the South American “park your money in Miami syndrome. The distinctive triangular footprint means that most units have pretty good views and the layouts aren’t as boxy and cookie cutter.