You may have wondered when the massive white building on U.S. 1 at Ponce de Leon Boulevard would open, and what its purpose would be. Wonder no more. Last month the ribbon was cut for Life Time Coral Gables, a $500 million, 14-story, 1.2 million square foot complex comprising a luxury athletic resort (80,000 sq. ft.), a shared Life Time Workspace (25,000 sq. ft.), and 495 rental units ranging from studio apartments to 2,252 sq. ft. penthouses. And coming soon will be a Trader Joe’s and a Graziano’s Argentine restaurant.
While Life Time has been running gyms and spas (athletic resorts) for 30 years (they own the Miami Marathon), this is the first time the company has combined work, living, retail, and athletic concepts in one space. “Never has a development been designed with such a comprehensive healthy way of life in mind, body, and soul,” says Gino Santia, director of Life Time Coral Gables.
We’re not sure about soul, but for the body, the facility offers everything from free weights, treadmills, and Jacuzzis to saunas, locker rooms, and cycling sessions. All is pristine and high-tech, with personal trainers, classes, and podcasts on healthy living available. Membership is not cheap – around $200 a month – but early joiners report that it’s well worth it.