Melo Group’s Aria on the Bay Condominium “Tops Off” construction at 53 stories in Downtown Miami

Now 80% sold, Melo Group’s 648-unit waterfront tower is on track to deliver by early 2018.

MIAMI, FL – May 1, 2017 – Melo Group’s highly-anticipated Aria on the Bay condominium is one step closer to completion. The Arquitectonica-designed waterfront tower, located at 1770 N. Bayshore Drive along Biscayne Bay in Downtown Miami’s Arts & Entertainment District, reached an important milestone last week when it topped off construction at 53 stories. With 80 percent of its 648 units already sold and under hard contract, Aria on the Bay is on schedule to be completed by the first quarter of 2018.

The announcement comes as the project’s developer lowers deposit requirements from 50 percent to 35 percent – and as low as 20 percent for units priced over $1 million – in an effort to attract local and domestic buyers who will close out Aria on the Bay’s remaining inventory as completion nears.

“Since we’ve already closed and covered our loan and construction is moving quickly, we’re able to relax our deposit requirements,” said Carlos Melo, principal of the Melo Group. “We’ve sold 80 percent of our units to buyers from over 42 countries across the globe. Lowering deposit requirements is an incentive to attract more local and domestic buyers and sell out our remaining units in advance of the building’s delivery early next year.”

Aria on the Bay will feature 1 to 4-bedroom units, including a collection of exclusive tri-level penthouses with private rooftop pools and garden terraces, priced from the $400,000’s to about $6 million. The tower’s prime bayfront location overlooking downtown Miami’s Margaret Pace Park will provide residences with unobstructed views of Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach and the city skyline. With unit prices averaging at about $550 per square foot, Aria on the Bay offers an unmatched value for luxury preconstruction product in downtown Miami.

“With its waterfront location, luxury amenities and pedestrian-friendly setting in the center of Miami’s thriving urban core, Aria on the Bay is one of the best value-buys in all of South Florida,” said Alicia Cervera Lamadrid, managing partner of Cervera Real Estate, the project’s exclusive sales and marketing brokerage. “As we move full steam ahead towards completion later this year, we still have premium units available for buyers seeking primary or secondary residences in one of Miami’s fastest-growing luxury neighborhoods.”

Aria on the Bay’s innovative architecture, interior and landscape designs are entirely the creation of internationally-acclaimed design firm Arquitectonica. The project’s opera-inspired name serves as a nod to its downtown location, surrounded by Miami’s cultural and arts institutions. The glass structure’s smooth architectural design and scalloped façade was influenced by the shapes of the wave crests in Biscayne Bay, combined with a series of curving balconies found in some of the world’s greatest opera houses.

Residences feature floor-to-ceiling glass, expansive wrap-around terraces, private elevator access, open-plan living areas, designer finishes and fixtures, European-style kitchens, and modern custom-designed cabinetry.

Building amenities include a 14th floor resort amenity deck with two sunrise/sunset-facing swimming pools, a jacuzzi, custom-seated fire pits, barbecue grills and outdoor summer kitchens. Additional perks include a private spa with massage treatment facilities, a state-of-the-art fitness center, yoga studio, entertainment lounge, and a screening room. The project will also feature 20,000 square feet of commercial space on the lower floors, including office, retail and restaurant space at the ground level.

Aria on the Bay is situated in downtown Miami’s burgeoning Arts & Entertainment District, which is home to some of South Florida’s top destinations for arts and culture, entertainment, dining and shopping. The building’s future residents will live within blocks of world-class venues such as the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Museum Park’s Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and the soon-to-open Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, and the AmericanAirlines Arena. Also nearby are dozens of luxury retail shops and restaurants in the Miami Design District, Midtown Miami, Brickell City Centre, and the upcoming Miami Worldcenter project. Several public transit and alternative transportation options are within walking distance, with trips to South Beach and the Brickell Financial District only a few minutes away. Residents will also have access to Miami Beach via a pleasant 10-minute bike ride over the Venetian Causeway, located just two blocks from the property.

The project’s location overlooking Margaret Pace Park gives residents access to a host of additional amenities and activities. Situated directly along Biscayne Bay, the 8-acre, pet-friendly waterfront park offers jogging paths, biking trails, tennis courts, basketball courts, soccer fields, an outdoor gym, daily yoga and fitness classes, as well as barbecue areas, picnic and playground areas.

Since arriving in Miami from Argentina in 2001, Melo Group’s father-and-sons team – led by Jose Luis Melo and his two sons Carlos and Martin Melo – has been a driving force behind the city’s real estate resurgence, with Aria on the Bay marking the firm’s 14th residential tower to be developed in the Greater Downtown Miami area. With its fully-integrated approach that takes projects from development to construction, the family-owned firm boasts over 60 years of experience in the real estate development industry and a commitment to delivering quality product.

For more information, including preconstruction sales opportunities, please contact Cervera Real Estate at (305) 537-0666 or visit the project’s sales gallery at 250 NE 25th Street, Suite 101, Miami, FL 33137. Learn more at

About Aria on the Bay:
Aria on the Bay is a 53-story, 648-unit waterfront luxury condominium under development by the Melo Group in Downtown Miami’s Arts & Entertainment District at 1770 N. Bayshore Drive. Slated for completion in early 2018, the Arquitectonica-designed tower will feature gorgeous sky home residences, exceptional amenities, breathtaking architecture, and an enviable bayfront location that boasts unobstructed views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami Beach skyline. Learn more at

About Melo Group:
Founded in Argentina in 1948, the Melo Group is a family-owned and operated real estate development firm based in Miami, Florida specializing in the construction and delivery of high-quality residential buildings. With nearly 3,000 residential units developed throughout the Greater Downtown Miami area and more than 8,000 units developed across the Americas, the firm’s father-and-sons team – spearheaded by father Jose Luis Melo and sons Carlos and Martin Melo – has been a driving force behind Miami’s real estate resurgence. The firm’s 23 Biscayne Bay condominium made headlines in 2011 when it became the first new condominium to launch and sell-out during the current real estate cycle – marking the Miami arrival of the now popular cash-heavy buyer financing model. Melo Group’s most recent projects include Bay House, Melody Tower, Flagler on the River, 25 Mirage, and 22 Skyview. Learn more at

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