The pandemic-era work-from-home movement did more than spark interest in home offices and homework corners. It led to a wider range of child-friendly amenities in luxury homes across the country. Safe havens for kids to explore when away from their own homes, these amenities help keep little ones engaged while parents log eight hours of WFH and extra hours for housekeeping.
For example, look no further than New York City’s Waterline Square, which has a 4,600-square-foot Roto-designed indoor playroom for kids and play area for their pets too. Another example is Turnberry Ocean Club in Sunny Isles Beach, which has its own “kid’s club” and free access to a 4,000-square-foot children’s pool at the private Turnberry Isle Resort and Country Club, a few blocks away.
Welcome to Kidville
If a boy or girl is lucky enough to live in Fisher Island, the upscale, upscale community off the coast of Miami, he or she will have no shortage of entertainment, from beaches and pools to explorations of the island’s fascinating history.
But if that kid’s home happens to be in Palazzo Della Luna on Fisher Island, the joys increase exponentially. That’s because the high-end condominium is one of the condos that offers kid-friendly amenities, in this case a space called Kidville Cove.
What kind of development would a child centered facility include? In the case of Palazzo Della Luna, one where the kid-oriented versions are just some of the building features. A 10-story boutique project completed last year features 50 three- to seven-bedroom homes, with price tags ranging from $6.5 to $40 million.
Six-star service is at the beck and call of all residents, and the abundance of luxurious amenities ranges from the highly functional to the downright whimsical.
Interior amenities begin with multilingual concierge services in a lavishly decorated southern lobby; a waterfront lobby lounge with a white glove Aperitivo bar and butler service; an intimate reading lounge; exclusive restaurant for residents; private treatments and massage suites; beauty salon with hair, make-up, manicure and pedicure; media room furnished with luxury seating for private viewings; business center with video conferencing services; fitness center and valet parking.
Outside the property, the volume of outsized extras gets even higher, starting with a 4,000 square foot infinity “Sunset Pool” with a few lap lanes and banquet chairs in the water, as well as a 1,750 square foot infinity “Sunrise Pool” also with banquet seats in the water. water. Additional amenities include a poolside bar with towel and refreshment service; his and hers spa cabanas with sauna, steam room and shower; expansive poolside terraces surrounded by finely manicured foliage; rest garden with serenity yoga lawn; and an Enzo Enea-designed park with outdoor tea gardens, croquet lawn and bocce court.
Shades of blue
The 266-square-foot Kidville Cove offers a wealth of fun things to keep kids entertained for hours, among the gems a Playmor baby yacht. The room is painted in shades of blue to mimic a bay-like setting, complete with cloud-shaped overhead lamps and walls of palm trees and sandy shores.
“Inspired by the neighboring Caribbean islands, our goal in designing Kidville Cove was to create surprise and delight with a totally immersive experience that encourages imaginative play and a sense of exploration,” said Janet McCulley of San Diego-based McCulley Design Lab , California. , who designed the child-oriented facility at Palazzo Della Luna in collaboration with Kidville and PDS Development.
“To achieve that, we have incorporated many interactive elements. Little ones can get lost in a dense ‘forest’ of pool noodles, or claim a pirate ship and play out fantasies with a treasure chest full of costumes and treasures. A wall-mounted ‘barrier reef’ lives on sea creatures that guests are encouraged to identify by name. And the large-scale Tiki Hut has a gallery kitchen for little chefs to whip up island dishes for other castaways. We purposely designed every area in Kidville Cove for both independent and interactive play so that every child can discover or discover something new on subsequent visits.”
McCulley says to her that the work has been very rewarding.
“It’s really fun to see kids light up all the way when they enter the room,” she says, “and how they’re transported all the way.”