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Palm Beach-Area Developers Set Sights On Singer Island

More than a decade ago, developer Dilip Barot bought 4.7 acres of oceanfront land on North Ocean Drive on Singer Island. 

Barot planned a luxury condo development and pre-sold 100 units, The Palm Beach Post reported. But following the housing crash in 2008, he returned 86 deposits. In 2017, with the economy roaring again, he revived and tweaked plans, envisioning a destination centered on wellness. This time, Barot has company. Other developers are busy with projects nearby — several on the very same street. 

Palm Beach-Area Developers Set Sights On Singer Island
DDG CEO Joe McMillan, Creative Choice Group founder Dilip Barot, Alina Residences Executive Director of Sales Marisela Cotilla and Nuveen Real Estate Senior Director Charles Russo.

The quiet enclave of Singer Island lies between the wealthy towns of Palm Beach and Jupiter Island, but is part of a scrappier municipality, the more working-class city of Riviera Beach.

Barot's Amrit Ocean Resort, now under construction, will consist of two towers that include 182 "ultra-luxurious" condos, including 11 penthouse residences with private rooftop terraces, plus 155 hotel rooms. Condo prices range from $1M to $4M. 

The concept is "personalized wellness," Barot said during Bisnow's Palm Beach State of the Market event last week. He compared it to Canyon Ranch, a spa-centric condo-hotel in Sunny Isles Beach that fell into bankruptcy in 2014. Barot said his condo fees will be lower than those charged by Canyon Ranch, and that owners will be able to rent out their units.

"Our condo documents are structured in such a way that we control the quality of life," he said. 

Down the street at 3730 North Ocean Drive, a 19-story, 58-unit condo project called VistaBlue Singer Island is underway, with residences starting at $1.6M. A 19-story, 48-unit condo by Kolter Group is in the works at 5000 North Ocean Drive, and Boca Raton-based Pebb Capital has been improving a 67K SF beachfront retail center, Ocean Walk, at 2401 North Ocean Drive, which it bought through a subsidiary in 2017 for $7.55M.

Palm Beach-Area Developers Set Sights On Singer Island
M&T Bank Florida Regional President Richard Gieseler, NAI Chairman Niel Merin, Tricera Capital co-founder Scott Sherman and Two Roads Development partner Taylor Collins

Taylor Collins, whose company, Two Roads Development, typically builds luxury condominiums, said during the Bisnow event that he has been looking at Singer Island, too.

"I really like Singer Island. I think Singer Island is changing," Collins said. "I think that, you know, now that the [Palm Beach County] Sheriff's Department has taken over the police force over there for Riviera Beach, I think that you're going to see a big change. A lot of money went into Singer Island and that whole Riviera Beach corridor over the years. And I think that if you have a long-term view of what's happening, they're not making beach any more."