The work-from-home movement of the pandemic era sparked more than just interest in home office and homework corners. It spawned an increased supply of child-friendly amenities in luxury residential properties across the country. These amenities are safe havens for children to explore outside of their own homes.
For example, look no further than Waterline Square in New York City, which has a 4,600 square foot Roto-designed indoor playroom for kids and a playroom for their pets. Another example is the Turnberry Ocean Club in Sunny Isles Beach, which has an on-site kids’ club and free access to a 4,000-square-foot kiddie pool at the private Turnberry Isle Resort and Country Club, just blocks away.
Welcome to Kidville
If a boy or girl is lucky enough to live on Fisher Island, the luxuriously upscale community off the coast of Miami, he or she will find no amusements, from beaches and swimming pools to exploring the island’s fascinating history.
But when this kid’s residence is at the Palazzo Della Luna on Fisher Island, the joys increase exponentially. That’s because the high-end condo is among those that have kid-friendly facilities, in this case a space called Kidville Cove.
What kind of development would a child centered institution involve? In the case of Palazzo Della Luna, where the child-friendly versions are just some of the building’s amenities. The 10-story boutique project, completed last year, has 50 three- to seven-bedroom homes priced between $ 6.5 million and $ 40 million.
Six-star service is available to all residents, and the plethora of luxurious amenities ranges from highly functional to downright whimsical.
The interior begins with a multilingual concierge service in a splendidly furnished south-facing lobby; a waterfront lobby lounge with a white, gloved aperitivo bar with butler service; an intimate reading lounge; resident exclusive restaurant; private treatment and massage suites; Beauty salon for hair, make-up, manicure and pedicure; Media room equipped with luxurious seating for private tours; Business center with video conferencing services; Fitness center and valet parking.
Outside the property, the volume of oversized extras is even higher, starting with a 4,000 square meter, infinite “sunset pool” with two laps and benches in the water and a 1,750 square meter infinite “sunrise pool” with a banquet in the water. Additional amenities include a pool bar with towel and refreshment service. Spa cabanas for him and her with sauna, steam bath and shower; spacious terraces by the pool, surrounded by finely manicured fronds; Relaxation garden with relaxation yoga lawn; and a park designed by Enzo Enea with outdoor tea gardens, croquet lawns and bowling green.
Shades of blue
Kidville Cove is a treasure trove of fun stuff to keep kids entertained for hours, under the jewels of a Playmor baby yacht. The space is painted in shades of blue to recreate a cove-like setting, complete with cloud-shaped ceiling lights and walls lined with palm trees and sandy beaches.
“Inspired by the neighboring Caribbean islands, our goal in designing Kidville Cove was to create surprise and delight with a completely immersive experience that encourages imaginative play and a sense of exploration,” said Janet McCulleyul of the McCulley Design Lab in San Diego, California who designed the child-centered facility in Palazzo Della Luna in collaboration with Kidville and PDS Development.
“We have built in a lot of interactive elements for this. The little ones can get lost in a dense “forest” of pool noodles or command a pirate ship and play imaginations with a treasure chest full of costumes and treasures. A wall-mounted “barrier reef” is full of marine life that guests should identify by name. And the large tiki hut has a gallery kitchen for little cooks who prepare island dishes for other castaways. We purposely designed each area at Kidville Cove to offer both independent and interactive play options so that every child can find something new to explore or discover on subsequent visits. “
McCulley says for her the work was very worth it.
“It is incredibly pleasant to see how children completely light up when they enter the room,” she says, “and how they are completely transported.”