58-Story Downtown 1st Shown Near Completion With ‘Modern Tropical’ Interior

Downtown 1st, a 58-story tower, now has a “modern tropical” interior, with leasing underway, according to the project’s Instagram page.

It is the tallest apartment building ever by developer Melo Group.

The tower broke ground with test piling in March 2021, with top off taking place in April 2022.

The project includes 560 market-rate rental apartments, 10,000 square feet of office space, and 3,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space.

One-bedroom apartments start at $2050, according to a July Instagram post. Two bedrooms are listed at $3050, with three-bedrooms at $3500.

 

(photos: Phillip Pessar)

(photos: @downtown1st_rental)

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Anonymous
25 days ago

i’m glad to see this building is open and more people are moving to downtown miami but i’m disappointed to see that there are homeless people still living next to this building.I hope they find them a place to live soon , otherwise it’s going to be difficult to revitalize this area of downtown

Anonymous
25 days ago

Who is “they?”

Anonymous
25 days ago

The City of Miami and the various elected Commissioners collectively responsible – isn’t it obvious from this persons post?

Solution for Homeless
25 days ago

As well as the developer. A penny of tax for… say sqft? This goes to building bc a homeless shelter, as fair for everyone including the people who need housing the most.

Anonymous
24 days ago

^^then you’ll wonder why new home prices are so unaffordable. The builders will pass on the cost to buyers. And the homeless will still be drunk, stoned, and crazy and quickly homeless again. In a job market where there’s 2 job openings for every job seeker, they still can’t put it together. Think WHY.

Give a Little, Profit A Lot More
24 days ago

Obviously homeless issues are inhibiting growth value with this cheap rent in a prime downtown location near Brickell and the Miami River..,

The builders can charge more than this cheap rent being offered, and bring in more money in tax revenue to the City if the developers and City work together to relocate the homeless community temporarily off the streets and near the hospital district, where they are probably already getting care…

This should save a lot of money anyway in transporting homeless back and forth to the hospitals from downtown. It’s a lot better proposal than the vetoed Key Biscayne plan proposed by the City or simply ignoring and allowing the issue to grow and expand into Brickell, Bayside and Park West.

Not only is it the right thing to do for the homeless and city of Miami, but sometimes in life if you give a little you get back a whole lot more.

Anonymous
24 days ago

^^How about you do your part and take some into your own home…..yeah thought so

Miami Fair Lady
24 days ago

Homeless are not simply unemployed and lazy. They have serious mental health and drug addiction issues. We should require them to contribute and work or move somewhere else, rather than allow them to sit there and free ride on streets.

Support Homeless Solution
24 days ago

At the proposed rental rate of Downtown 1st, renters and buyers probably can afford a built-in cost adjustment for developer’s penny tax to fund critical homeless solution.

They would probably jump at the opportunity if they knew they were helping homeless and directly improving their future neighborhood.

Solution for Homeless
25 days ago

There should be a a homeless shelter built in the hospital district near Allapath. Sadly I think homeless people find themselves in the hospital a lot, and those areas aren’t hospitals aren’t very glamorous real estate anyway.

At least homeless people can be near the care they need. Maybe we can even provide incentives to these people if they pitch in with city services needed around the shelter, an entry way back into the workforce.

Anon Dwntwnr
24 days ago

Can we temporarily use leftover COVID tents to setup a transition point for homeless in the hospital district? Haven’t seen those tents in awhile and may be going unused. It’s an improvement to the current situation.

Building isn’t open. Opens next week.
25 days ago

Anon

Anonymous
25 days ago

Thank you Melo for giving us density!! We need hundreds more. Keep on going!

anon
25 days ago

Walked by it the other day – looks great!

Anon
25 days ago

Wow so he actually delivered that green wall he always depicts in renderings for once

Anonymous
25 days ago

Or is that just green wall really only synthetic grass?

anon
25 days ago

Of course it’s synthetic….that’s not the point. The point is Melo always puts an enormous green wall in his renders and then it ends up being grey paint.

At least this time around the green wall became a reality.

Anonymous
25 days ago

Better than a pukey mural Related likes to plaster over their parking garages. The area to the south of BCC would have been a great tower canyon,if it wasn’t for their and CitizenM’s excuses for “art in public places.”

Protest Mural on Related’s Gallery at Brickell
25 days ago

Did someone suggest that Related is known for pukey murals?

Oh no…They’re building a new high rise Gallery at Brickell, and the renderings
have a really creepy mural.

Hope it gets re-envisioned. It’s a scary cartoon face drawing, and so out of style for this neighborhood.

Gallery at Brickell could have a large greenery wall like this one. It would be more luxurious (less expensive maybe?) and attractive, very visible on the Miami skyline.

Future Urbanist
25 days ago

Hopefully synthetic. Keeps a more even palette, requires less water, and less bugs and structural erosion.

Anon
25 days ago

For the people complaining about rent prices……these posted prices are actually cheap for the Downtown, Brickell, or Edgewater areas.

You cannot find a 1bd apartment for $2050. They go for $3000 plus in these areas for the decent buildings

Anonymous
25 days ago

this is actually a very goodlooking building…..way better than melody or downtown 5th…..the area needs it

Anonymous
25 days ago

The bar is pretty low to look better than Downtown Fifth, but even that aside, this is a solid looking building.

Anonymous
25 days ago

Great to see downtown investing in the area by the River like Brickell.

Brickell to Downtown
25 days ago

This is going to be such a cool neighborhood, and short metro from Brickell. Can’t wait to drive less and go somewhere new off the metro.

Anonymous
25 days ago

Any update on Downtown 6th?

YEET
25 days ago

It amazes me at the rate Melo can kick these buildings out like this. The interior finish looks great! I would love to be apart of a Melo project on of these days

Original
25 days ago

That is one beautiful tower.

Anonymous
24 days ago

They charge about $200 for a parking space (This is like charging extra for windows on a car).
Add that to the rent (which appears low before they surprise you with the parking charge), and you are very close to Brickell prices. Considering the surrounding homeless encampment, it’s hardly something worth rolling out of bed for.

Great Deal
24 days ago

In NYC and most major cities people don’t get a spot with a rental. They pay about $400 extra. $200 seems like a good deal.

Anonymous
25 days ago

Rents are outta control…

Azarius
25 days ago

Outrageous

MINDSET
25 days ago

Not really.. in some places in NYC you’ll pay $4000 and over for a studio apartment.

anon
25 days ago

Downtown Miami is not Manhattan…

Anonymous
25 days ago

I believe his point was, despite the massive exodus from NYC, San Francisco, etc. where prices are dropping, prices still haven’t amassed to such levels down here, where the population of Tampa moves in every month.

Anony
25 days ago

that’s a nonpoint—–$4k/mo gets you a 4000 sq ft rental house in Louisville—–see, I too can compare apples to oranges

Checking In
25 days ago

Miami is better than Manhattan when you consider the quality of life. Rent is still a steal compared to other comparable cities, and will continue to increase, but salaries and wages should increase too.

The City can check with an economic advisor to strategize ways to get incomes higher for local full time residents. This should be a top priority, it’s not just about social media posts. It’s about implementing fiscal policies.

Anonymous
24 days ago

Quality of life is higher in Miami than Manhattan, however incomes are not.

Anonymous
24 days ago

Prices relative to incomes on average are absurd…

Facts of City Life
25 days ago

It’s supply and demand. This is prime real estate next to a metro with access to Brickell. People are paying more to be all the way up in wynwood (even though it’s landlocked, still underdeveloped, with no metro). The featured building couldn’t be anymore convenient with amenities, and seems surprisingly low rent. It will probably go up once a few leases get signed…

Anon
25 days ago

This is cheap for a Tier 1 city, urban core, next to the metro mover that can take you to Brickell and or park west. If you want Miami to become more of a “city” and not just a sun and fun place, this is to be expected.

Anonymous
25 days ago

$2,050 for a 1 bedroom is VERY cheap for the rental market right now. And a 2 bedroom for around $3,000 in the urban core is essentially unheard of.

From NYC to Brickell
25 days ago

It’s only $2050? Rents are 3-4K for a new build 1bedroom in Brickell and will probably cost more at the new Chetrit building posted today. I’m curious to see when they will start at.

Anoni
23 days ago

Those prices are not available in any melo building anymore call and ask it is now 2500.

Anon
21 days ago

The units in this building are unfortunately very small though.

Melo is sigma and Chad
25 days ago

They’re cheaper areas of south Florida

Anonymous
25 days ago

I’m sure apartments near the everglades are much cheaper, but does anyone want to live in the middle of nowhere?

anonymous
25 days ago

no, thats why the rent is cheaper there lol

Melo is sigma and Chad
25 days ago

Plenty of cheap places throughout uncorporated Miami-Dade other than the urbancore. No need to only act near the everglades is cheap.

Anonymous
25 days ago

Ahh yes, here comes Mr. Entitled who wants Homestead prices for Downtown Miami.

Anonymous
25 days ago

Get roommates and Ramen

New Miami Lifer
25 days ago

When I graduated from college in another city, we turned a two bedroom into a three bedroom, with a wall on wheels… I was fortunate to move into a one bedroom that we turned into a two bedroom with a vacuum sealed wall (you could still hear everything through it but at least I had only one roommate). In Miami, I can have more space, privacy, and resort amenities with all the flavors of a big city for fraction of the cost.

Anonymous
25 days ago

This should cost a lot more. What’s the catch? Maybe this is an entry lease incentive, and will double in price at the lease renewal…

Melo, the true giga chad
24 days ago

This one is actually relatively affordable

Anonymous
24 days ago

Supply will catch up over the next couple of years and price hikes should smoothen out after this historic jump the past 2 yrs…just look at all this cranes baby!!

Melo, the true giga chad
24 days ago

A couple things to note from this tower.

1) This tower is girthy! much needed relief in the rental market.

2) This will be bring so much life to the area. Hopefully the Ross metro mover station will get a huge upgrade.

3) Speaking of the metro mover, it will interesting to see how well it fares with the metro fly over in front of it. Most buildings like this have it on the back side of the building, not the front.

2) It will be interesting to see how well the surrounding areas clean up. Its almost going to be a study in itself. Currently nobody feels safe walking around to and from this place.

Happy
24 days ago

Also, this area’s conveniences can’t be for granted.. that is why they’re getting ready to build the M-Tower nearby.

Anonymous.
21 days ago

For those wondering, I called the number and the cheapest available unit is about $2450 and most are going for $2700. parking is additional $175-200 depending on the spot. they require first months rent and deposit equal to first months rent.

Anon
25 days ago

That rent is wild for living in THAT part of town

Anonymous
25 days ago

It’s just a few blocks away from Brickell. I would say the starting rents are actually quite cheap.

Anonymous
25 days ago

right next to several homeless camps

Anonymous
25 days ago

Welcome to city living!

anon
25 days ago

It’s next to an interstate exit? It is literally surrounded by shuttered businesses, abandoned buildings, and dozens of homeless at night. I don’t know why people are pretending like this is the nicest part of the city.

Anonymous
25 days ago

Because it’s literally spitting distance to Brickell and the area is rapidly changing. This is not the middle of Overtown, as your doomsday comment suggests.

Drac
25 days ago

I guess they should forget about trying to spruce up an area and never build anything in it because its downtrodden?

Anon
25 days ago

No way Drac. Developers are sprucing up “Park West” now and here too. Their barely recognizable to even a year ago and riding that Brickell train to the sky.

Anonymous
25 days ago

Who said it was? Quite simply, it’s a pretty good location for access to the “nice” parts of the city.

Miami Momento
25 days ago

I’ve encountered that “not nice” places usually become nicer over time… not overnight, but one hammer, one idea and one thing at a time.

That’s What’s Up DWNTN Miami
25 days ago

Did you describe Manhattan or Miami? Heard some high profile designers are making this spot like DUMBO BK.

it’s going to be the new spot, like Wynnwood.

I’d be down to live in downtown Miami, it’s close to Museum Park and Brickell and my friends live nearby. Rent is so expensive I just take the metro to get around Miami.

Pleezzee
24 days ago

“Did you describe Manhattan or Miami?” Heard some high profile designers are making this spot like DUMBO BK.

There are some developers in Manhattan like DT who are prone to get sued because they hire immigrants to do work and pay them nothing.

Anon
25 days ago

True… seems wildly inexpensive for this part of Miami. Maybe it’s a glitch and TNM meant $3050 for a 1bedroom?

Robert Jones
24 days ago

Hopefully the interior walls in this Melo building are thicker than the walls in all of their others.

Downtown Vagabond
24 days ago

They are nearly at full occupancy; opened in November?

Anonymous
24 days ago

Negative, they haven’t opened. Have been delayed. Opening next week

Melo is sigma and Chad
25 days ago

Thanks Melo for the needed infill, build more.

Anonymous
25 days ago

The common area looks like a the family room of a house in Coral Springs circa 1983, but whatever. If late 70s and early 80s are back in fashion, hopefully we’ll see Mice Vice style of the mid and late 80s to early 90s come back.