Moroccan-Inspired Condo in Miami

Take a tour of the penthouse home that 27 Moroccan artisans and craftsmen transformed into an Arabian-style palace.

Photo By: One Sotheby’s International Realty

Photo By: One Sotheby’s International Realty

Photo By: One Sotheby’s International Realty

Photo By: One Sotheby’s International Realty

Photo By: One Sotheby’s International Realty

Photo By: One Sotheby’s International Realty

Photo By: One Sotheby’s International Realty

Photo By: One Sotheby’s International Realty

Photo By: One Sotheby’s International Realty

Photo By: One Sotheby’s International Realty

Photo By: One Sotheby’s International Realty

Photo By: One Sotheby’s International Realty

Morocco Meets Miami

Real estate titans Leona and Harry Helmsley built this three-story penthouse for themselves in 1981, but sold it to Saudi Shiek Saoud Al-Shaalan before they even moved in. The Shiek then hired 27 Moroccan artisans and craftsmen – who lived and worked at the property for two years – to transform it into an over-the-top, Arabian-style palace with architectural elements similar to the Taj Majal in India. The finished product features sparkling chandeliers, elaborate plasterwork and intricate mosaic tile from floor to ceiling.

Entryway

The detailed tile work begins in the entryway and continues throughout the three-story home.

Living Room

The lavish Arabian-style living area runs the length of one end of the luxury condo and provides access to the home's sun porch.

Waterfront Views

With waterfront views of Biscayne Bay and ornate interior design, this Miami condo advertises luxury inside and out.

Sitting Room

Jewel tones used throughout the sitting room are a traditional element of Moroccan design.

Sun Porch

The glass-enclosed sun porch with floor-to-ceiling windows boasts spectacular waterfront views of Biscayne Bay.

Master Bedroom

Imagine yourself sleeping in splendor underneath the master bedroom's architectural details in this Arabian-style palace.

Bathroom

High-end finishes and architectural details such as columns in the bathroom show the apartment's Moroccan-inspired style.

Bathtub

In addition to exquisite architectural details, luxury at this three-story waterfront residence means beautiful views of Biscayne Bay — even from the bathroom.

Chandelier

Sparkling chandeliers highlight the Moroccan-inspired design elements such as mosaic tile, stained-glass windows, and elaborate plasterwork.

Ceiling

It took artisans and craftsman nearly two years to complete the ornate tile and plasterwork that appears throughout the home, including the ceilings.

Exterior

The urban penthouse apartment opens onto a rooftop balcony and offers panoramic views of the Miami skyline and Biscayne Bay.