Gillespie Grapevine: Coasting to Luxury

The latest in oceanfront real estate developments from Mexico to Maine


Querencia, a private golf club and community in Los Cabos, Mexico, has released a new phase of its Verandas luxury condos. Starting at $750,000, the latest offerings include two-, three- and four-bedroom units with a variety of floor plans. “Condominiums have become very popular second home and vacation residence options in upscale communities,” says Jorge Carrera, Querencia’s chief executive officer. Construction has also commenced on a new amenity center for Verandas with a multipurpose pool and lounge and a spacious outdoor kitchen area with grills and seating.


Situated in the heart of Miami Beach, Fla., Nobu Eden Roc is home to two distinct but unique hotel experiences. Following a recent multimillion dollar renovation, the iconic Eden Roc Resort has welcomed the flagship Nobu Hotel, curated by the world-renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa. The collaboration fuses both a historic Miami icon and an original modern concept into one location, allowing hotel guests to truly customize their vacation experience. 


One of Portland, Maine’s premier waterfront retreats, Inn by the Sea is undergoing a reimagining of its two-bedroom and cottage-style suites with a new design that blends coastal ambience and a contemporary vibe, according to the inn’s General Manager Michael Briggs. When completed this June, the 10 new two-bedroom Cove Suites will overlook the seaside lawn and gardens with partial ocean views, while two luxury Beach Suites will have beautiful panoramas of the Atlantic. Wright-Ryan and Kaplan Thompson Architects are responsible for the construction and redesign.


UNICO 20˚87˚ Hotel Riviera Maya is an exciting new all-inclusive hideaway for sophisticated travelers. Located just south of Mexico’s Playa del Carmen, the property offers 448 stylish guestrooms, most with ocean views. All ground-floor rooms feature semi-private swim-up pools, while the remaining accommodations have outdoor hydro spa tubs. With exteriors by Artigas and interiors conceptualized by AvroKO, the hotel’s design is inspired by its exotic locale and native culture, reinterpreting the traditional hacienda concept for a modern and cosmopolitan clientele.


Florida’s latest residential development, North Beach Houses has broken ground with a scheduled completion date of March 2018. Located in Hollywood Beach, the new private residences are ideally positioned with the Atlantic on one side and the calm Intracoastal Waterway on the other. Developed by Real Estate Marketing Services and designed by Joseph B. Kaller & Associates, the project encompasses eight stylish beach homes ranging from 4,697 to 5,531 square feet, including outdoor decks and balconies. Priced from $1.95 million, the homes are being exclusively marketed and sold by Douglas Elliman Real Estate. 


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