University Bridge Residences, near FIU, has launched as the first student housing condominium project in the Miami market. University Developments introduced plans for the purpose-built residential condo development for student tenants located across the street from the main campus of Florida International University (FIU). The residences will have direct connection to campus via the new 8th Street pedestrian bridge. University Bridge Residences will rise 20 floors and feature 492 units. Units range from 317 SF studios to 1,634 SF 4-bedroom units as well as 3-bedroom and 4 bedroom townhouses. Prices range from $190K to the high $600K's. Residences will feature en-suite bedroom's with bathrooms as well as in-unit washer and dryers. University Bridge Residences will offer a stunning amenity deck with a landscaped recreational area boasting a resort-style pool with beach entry and pool volleyball with lap area, cabanas, sun deck with daybeds, BBQ and dining areas, a state-of-the-art fitness room, 24-hour concierge and security, a 5,500 SF indoor lounge and game room, study rooms, conference rooms, business center, outdoor video screen, sunset terrace complete with dining areas, large yoga lawn and performance stage. To aid in residents’ academic pursuits, students will enjoy complete access to all university online tools directly from their condominium, just as if they were on campus. Completion is expected in 2020.
University Bridge Residences will serve the school’s rapidly growing student population’s housing demand as FIU is the 4th largest university in the United States by enrollment, with more than 55,000 students. Only a mere 8% of the student body lives in college owned, operated or affiliate housing. As part of the City of Sweetwater’s newly-designated University City, ownership of the units is open to all qualified buyers; however residents must be university affiliated. University Bridge Residences is being developed by University Developments, a partnership between Miami-based Global City Development, Toronto-based Reichmann International and Toronto-based Podium Developments. The project was designed by Arquitectonica and will be managed by Landmark Properties, one of the top US firms specialized in off-campus student housing.
“FIU has enjoyed tremendous growth in both students and reputation as one of the region’s top universities,” said Brian Pearl, principal of Global City Development. “As with many schools located within dense urban or suburban environments, there is a great need for housing. With its rapid growth, FIU has even more need than most, and we feel privileged to be part of the long-term solution.”
“This is a truly unique opportunity for condominium buyers looking to diversify their real estate portfolio,” said Alicia Cervera Lamadrid, Managing Partner and Principal of Cervera Real Estate, the exclusive sales and marketing brokerage for University Bridge Residences. “The project is ideally priced and the demand is compelling.”