San Marco Island is the smallest and most select of the Venetian Islands, six man-made luxury islands in the heart of dazzling Biscayne Bay. The San Marco Island community includes only 62 upscale estates, earning it a well-deserved reputation for ultra-exclusivity. More than two-thirds of San Marco Island’s extravagant residences are premier waterfront properties, with the remaining San Marco Island homes located on grand lots in the heart of the island, just a few steps from the sapphire Biscayne Bay waters. The spectacular homes of San Marco Island are connected to the other Venetian Islands by a series of quaint bridges, and to mainland Miami and Miami Beach by a picturesque causeway prized by locals for its gorgeous scenery and scarce traffic, perfect for pedestrian joggers and cyclists.
The Venetian Islands were created in the height of Florida’s real estate boom of the 1920’s. Aspiring to emulate the mystique and romanticism of their Italian namesake, Venice, the Venetian Islands were originally designed with numerous bridges and charming streetlamps. In fact, for close to 15 years, a small fleet of Venetian gondolas manned by Italian gondoliers were used to ferry local residents, tourists and interested buyers to and from the islands. And while the rich history of the Venetian Islands can still be felt in their charming European character, the extravagance and opulence of San Marco Island homes are purely contemporary. Today, the impeccable homes on San Marco Islands feature a variety of architectural styles, from ultra-modern to classic Mediterranean, and include some of the latest and most indulgent amenities found anywhere. Many San Marco Island homes feature numerous balconies and terraces and even a sumptuous rooftop pool to enable you to enjoy the unobstructed, 360 degree full views of the bay and Miami skyline. Lush landscaping and magnificent courtyards lead to in-ground pools and Jacuzzis, flanked by poolside patios with summer kitchens, with verdant paths leading to the detached guest and staff quarters. Many private docks include 100’of water frontage, with boat lifts and direct ocean access. Inside, the soaring ceilings and dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows of San Marco Island homes were explicitly designed to maximize the striking water views, gorgeous island breezes and perennial sunshine of South Florida. Massive Great rooms, elegant formal dining rooms, and state-of-the-art media rooms with wet bars are the accepted standard for a San Marco Island home, as are the oversize master suites with his & hers walk-in closets and gourmet kitchens with cooking island, imported Brazilian granite countertops and high-end, brand-name appliances. Several of the residences of San Marco Island even include Smart House technology systems, for easy automated regulation of everything from lighting and temperature control to multi-room intercoms and electronic window treatments. Prestigious San Marco Island perfectly blends old-world charm with progressive luxury design and detail.
And as you head out of the islands on the gorgeous Venetian Causeway, the traditional European ambiance slowly fades to reveal the fresh young vibrations of thoroughly modern Miami and fiery Miami Beach. The world-class amenities of these hot urban centers offer the finest dining, supreme shopping and ultimate in entertainment, just minutes away from San Marco Island. If you dream of a tranquil tropical island retreat, but can’t give up the hot city excitement, then luxurious San Marco Island is the place for you. For the best of both worlds, find your home on San Marco Island.