497-Unit Melody Apartment Tower Is Now Fully Leased After Just Four Months

Demand for apartment units in Miami’s urban core remains very strong

One of the most recent buildings to open, Melo Group’s 36-story Melody, was already fully rented when the building opened in May, the developer told The Real Deal.

Leasing for the 497-unit project next to the Arscht Center began in February. At the time, the developer said they received 110 applications for units within the first ten days.

Prices range from $1,650 for a one-bedroom apartment to $2,350 for a three-bedroom unit.

Down the block, Melo is about to break ground on an even bigger project called Square Station with 710 units.

(photo:phillip pessar)

 

square station, breaking ground soon:

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Anonymous
4 years ago

i agree with the comment about melody being the least attractive project to date for melo….of course the need to balance costs with relation to providing affordable rents is vital to melos sucess there were still things that should have occured to help blend in when considering what a prominent spot this is…why stark white exterior when a shade to compliment arsht center would have been a non cost issue….the landscaping is minimal at best…and why not some feature that would have been unique be provded at the garage and bldg entry way…..small things ….huge difference….but …when all is said and done prefer this to vacant lot….

Marc305
4 years ago

I agree with you as far as being better than a vacant lot, I think in the end Melody will blend into the background. After all it will be the small peace of meat in the sandwich that will be Auberge. Looking at the renderings it will completely surround and dwarf this building.

Anonymous
4 years ago

now that you mention it …your right…auberge will dwarf melody and will help to tone down stark white box that it is….anyone know how sales at auberge have been?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Auberge is on hold….no date in sight

Danny
4 years ago

Cheap craftsmanship on construction.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Does anyone have a map of where the square station project would go?

Marc305
4 years ago

I understand the need for affordable rental properties and I have nothing against Melo, but Melody has to be the most bland looking building in Downtown. I know they are trying to save as much as possible when they build but this design has hit an all time low. I do commend them on their next project, Square Station does looks better than Melody.

aceraroja
4 years ago

It’s bland but the rents are low, and that’s good. Maybe they’ll tweak stuff here and there over time. Once other places are built abutting and surrounding it it will hopefully just be some unnoticed place in a bustling city. Most buildings in NYC are nothing to comment on, and they don’t need to be because they contribute as a thread in an urban fabric that Miami right now is currently missing. Once all the empty lots downtown are built on and many many thousands more people are living here, we won’t need momentous architecture out of every single development like we think we do now.

I mean something like 1000 people will be living in just this building. That’s an instant change at street level.

Anonymous
4 years ago

This guy gets it.

Anonymous
4 years ago

really good observation…you are correct…it will be part of vibrant community sooner rather than later

Anonymous
4 years ago

“Most buildings in NYC are nothing to comment on” What an utterly absurd idiotic statement. NYC has tens of thousands of architecturally significant buildings. The most bland new building in NYC has far better design than this 36 story white washed concrete block utility shed.

IloveMiami
4 years ago

NYC has some beautiful buildings, but I agree with Aceraroja, there is a lot of run-of-the-mill stuff in between. Besides, NYC has been around almost 500 years – Miami, 120.

aceraroja
4 years ago

Right, and also tons of the buildings that would have contributed to a vibrant street life in Miami have been torn down. Florida’s buildings have been of architectural significance since the state’s first settlement but we’ve allowed that to be destroyed for parking lots etc. Interestingly, the downtown core is one of the few places left with intact street walls the way cities were originally built. We’ll never have it back.

aceraroja
4 years ago

You’re wrong. NYC has very few architecturally significant buildings built after the 50s or so. Hundreds of gigantic white- and red-brick blobs line streets and avenues as far as the eye can see. But you don’t notice so much because they help create a vibrant street-level life. Even in the Upper East Side, 2nd Avenue, 1st Avenue, with their many car lanes and parking garages and setbacks, there is a lot of retail so it’s still not as bad. This building will help create that street-level life all cities need, even if the architect isn’t up for a Pritzker.

Aj
4 years ago

Wow, why are you all so forgiving and finding excuses for these El cheapos called Melos? Sure, as many of you said every building in downtown does not have to be an architectural marvel. But this one should have been. It is forming the backdrop for the half a billion dollar Arsht center. Yes, I would have preferred an empty lot until something better comes along rather than this building which looks like a project and an eye sore. The first thing that appears to Millions of cars that pass every year on 395 on their way to the beach is this ugly thing behind the Arsht center. What a travesty.

Luis Herrera
4 years ago

Even Arquitectonica could have designed a nicer building.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Units facing south get soooo much noise from the Arsht Center’s roof AC unit. It sounds as if you have a power generator right on your balcony running 24hrs a day. Super bad soundproofing in general throughout the unit. You can hear Biscayne’s traffic 24hrs a day as well. Unit facing south should be cheaper just because of the noise pollution alone which is BAD! I live in a unit facing south, the noise in the living room is acceptable, not bad unless of course you open the balcony slide glass doors then forget it, you need to talk loud to have a conversation and cannot use the balcony for any type of seating or just being out there relaxing.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Melo should remove the red phone number from the side of their buildings!!! HOW TACKY!!!! might as well put one that says CHEAP HOUSING HERE!!!

Luis Herrera
4 years ago

UGLY

HP
4 years ago

More like crap station

Anonymous
4 years ago

Why the response? Plenty of worse looking stuff developed by arquitectonica or other developers, atleast these apartments are more reasonable prices and in areas that need new developments…if you want to call something crap go look at Met3, where Zom is charging 2600 for 700 sq for a hideous development.

Jesus
4 years ago

What’s hedious about met 3 is that we didn’t get a new tallest out of that. Yeah, met 2 is nice but met 3 would have made us taller. They should’ve at least made met square taller

aceraroja
4 years ago

Seriously Met3 is the single ugliest building built in miami in 20 years. Makes Melody look like a Zaha Hadid.