Prive Island….the Epitome of Refined Living


by Jule Guaglardi Special to The Pineapple When we think of private island living, balmy breezes and a picturesque Caribbean postcard image innately comes to mind, however there is another type of private island living that is just as magnificent, maybe even more – Prive Island in South Florida – an 8 acre real estate opportunity certain to dazzle even the most discerning buyer – offering an exceptionally refined lifestyle experience second to none. Spearheading this bespoke project is a powerhouse team consisting of Gary Cohen, the developer, along with BH3, an opportunistic real estate firm with an extremely impressive portfolio, handling properties such as Trump Hollywood, Fontainebleau Sorrento, Terra Beachside, and many others alike. Operated by Charlie Phelan, Gregory Freedman and Daniel Lebonsohn, BH3 could have maximized their financial potential on this project and placed 400, even 500 units on this prime location – however they didn’t – and there is a great deal to be said about the character and personality of their firm for not having done so. Instead, the team considered all facets, wanting to further play on the allure of this somewhat removed and petite island. They considered the space of the land to not overwhelm it visually, to the natural environment that abounds, to the surrounding residences across the water wanting to offer them something visually spectacular as part of their view, and most of all they were considerate to their desired clientele – a very distinct, successful and discerning individual or family, one with impeccable taste and very high expectations for elegance, service, uniqueness, and privacy. This secluded island enclave boasts “160 unique works of art for fewer discerning buyers” explains Daniel Lebonsohn, one of the owners of BH3 – with 80 outstanding residences in each tower. One of their goals for electing to make this property more boutique in nature, was to capitalize not on dollars to be made, but rather to create one of the most outstanding lifestyle experiences they are able to offer. Hence this project will be the most service-rich environment that this team has ever put together. Designed by Seiger Suarez, the architectural firm, these grand residences will range anywhere from 2,585 square feet to 9,000 square feet of indoor space, plus terraces. It is almost incomprehensible to offer this much grandeur encased in two chic, twin towers that will stand sixteen stories high on a mere 8 acres – and yet they’re doing it, whilst attending to every fine detail. The residences will showcase the lush landscaping, the intracoastal waterway and the surrounding Miami waterfront neighboring areas – all through floor to ceiling windows running both front to back, with interior designs crafted by the same team who created the magnificence of, for example, the St Regis Bal Harbor. The units will have private elevator entries, flow through floor plans, European kitchens and bathrooms, outdoor summer kitchens, private rooftops, a private bridge, full service valet, five star concierge service, poolside cafe’s, 3 swimming pools, tennis courts, jogging trails, private jetty for guest boat landing and fishing, private marina with boat slips available for purchase, plus a two-story, 10,000 square foot gym and spa, wine cellar, cigar lounge, toddlers playroom, game room and a wide assortment of other items to cater to the residents every whim. Prices for Prive will start at 1.7 million – an outstanding price for an exceptional property. For more information please visit