The Panorama Tower located at 1100 Brickell Bay Drive near downtown Miami is 85 stories and is the tallest residential building on the east coast south of Manhattan.
It’s an ear-popping elevator ride to the 85th floor — the tippy top of the Panorama Tower, the tallest apartment building south of Manhattan.
From an eastern balcony in this Miami skyscraper, there’s a bird’s-eye view of manatees in the water and view of all of Key Biscayne, Virginia Key and Fisher Island. You can see landmarks in Miami Beach, Sunny Isles Beach and even as far as Fort Lauderdale.
And off the western balcony, you can catch sight of Tao Sunrise, the two 26-story apartment buildings more than 30 miles away in west Broward.
The Panorama Tower, which opened in June at 1100 Brickell Bay Drive, stands out as a behemoth amid the Miami building boom, presenting astonishing views of South Florida. But perhaps more surprising, the Panorama Tower won’t stay the tallest for long because the company behind it plans on outdoing itself with two taller residential buildings — and other developers aren’t far behind.
Not everyone at the Panorama Tower can appreciate stepping onto a balcony with a jaw-dropping overhang.
There might be a renter or two who is “afraid to come out here,” said Jerome Hollo, the executive vicepresident of the developer, Miami-based Florida East Coast Realty Inc., as he stood on the balcony on a recent sunny day.
So why would anyone bother? “They want to see this when they’re sitting in their living room,” he said, with a nod to the glass windows with the magnificent view.