Finding the perfect waterfront property is more difficult than ever, given historic demand for real estate, dwindling inventory, and scarce locations for new development.
Enter the Crystal Lagoons, the newest way to create a waterfront property anywhere in the world. These manufactured lagoons offer idyllic beaches of crystalline water perfect for lounging under the palm trees, or staying active with water sports like paddleboarding and kayaking. Serving as a social connector and sustainable feature in luxury developments around the world, these massive lagoons are being built as a community centerpiece.
The trend is running hot in markets internationally from Miami to Dubai to Bangkok, where communities are adding lagoons to boost value for buyers and developers alike and paving the way for the future of sustainable waterfront living.
Here are just a few of the locations turning luxurious landlocked developments into waterfront destinations.
ONE Park Tower by Turnberry at SoLé Mia, North Miami, Florida
Set within the multi-billion dollar, 184-acre master-planned community of SoLé Mia in the heart of North Miami, the 32-story ONE Park Tower by Turnberry will deliver 303 bespoke residences overlooking a seven-acre Crystal Lagoons amenity. Equivalent to 21 Olympic-sized pools, the lagoon features a private island, dedicated umbrellas and loungers set up on the sandy shores of the private beach, a signature Beach Concierge available to arrange stand-up paddleboards and kayaks, plus dining available from The Lagoon Café.
This thoughtfully designed, resort-style community was envisioned by award-winning architecture firm Arquitectonica, developed by Turnberry Development and Rosso Development, with interior design by globally recognized Meyer Davis. Additional property amenities include a 225,000 sq. ft, 10-acre world-class University of Miami UHealth Medical Center, climate-controlled wine room, co-working facilities, library, dedicated children’s playroom, pickleball courts, and state-of-the art wellness center with fitness, spa, and massage facilities.
Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City – District One, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Spread across 1,100 acres of lush greenery and centered around the 100-acre Crystal Lagoons amenity, Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City – District One is the premier destination for luxury lifestyle and living in Dubai. Its lagoon winds around five islands with over 4.5 miles of beachfront for water activities including kayaking, paddle boarding and aqua aerobics.
This community is part of the master development from Meydan Group. The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City metropolis consists of sport facilities, a public park larger than London’s Hyde Park, water parks, the world’s largest mall, “Meydan Mall,” corporate towers, industrial parks, over 100 hotels and 1,500 new super luxury residential condominiums.
MahaSamutr, Hua Hin, Thailand
Aptly named “The Ocean,” MahaSamutr Country Club & Luxury Villas is Asia’s first and largest artificial Crystal Lagoons amenity, sprawling nearly 18 acres with all 80 villas set on the water. Windsurfing, sailing and paddle boarding are among the year-round family water activities at the property. The country club serves as the hub for indoor sports, like squash, badminton, and aerobics, while outdoors, members can play rugby, football and tennis.
New transportation options make the enclave easily reached via a planned high-speed train from Bangkok to Hua Hin or boat ferry from Pattaya. Developed by Pace Development.