$100M luxury housing project coming to former Hamptons site south of Melbourne Beach

A Harbor Island Beach Club modular sales office moved on-site in mid-July. The average housing unit should sell for about $800,000.

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About New Year’s Day, a developer hopes to break ground on a $100 million-plus luxury housing project less than 2 miles south of Melbourne Beach, stretching east-west from the oceanfront to the Indian River Lagoon.

“It’s kind of like the last piece in the Melbourne Beach area that you can develop of this magnitude — and have river frontage on the barrier island,” said Dan Winkler, founder and managing member of Phoenix Park.

“There is not a project in the area, I believe, from Cocoa Beach all the way to the inlet that has this ability,” Winkler said.

“To be this north of the South Beaches, and to be close to shopping and the Melbourne Beach area with the restaurants, it’s a great prime location,” he said.

This artist's rendering depicts one of the riverfront condominium buildings at Harbor Island Beach Club south of Melbourne Beach.

Winkler is teaming up with Lennar to develop Harbor Island Beach Club at the old Hamptons property, which sat vacant for years after the 2004 hurricane season. Plans call for:

• 42 condominiums along State Road A1A (three four-story buildings).

• 40 condominiums along the Indian River Lagoon (two four-story buildings).

• 54 single-family villas extending across the barrier island between the condos.

Four oceanfront homes.

This map depicts Harbor Island Beach Club in green, stretching from State Road A1A to the Indian River Lagoon, and the complex's four oceanfront homes.

“This will have private beach access. We’re going to have a cabana on the ocean with bathrooms and showers, and it’s going to be really nice,” Winkler said.

Other amenities include 42 boat slips and a riverfront cabana and terrace.

Phoenix Park Harbor Island Beach Club marina

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A Harbor Island Beach Club modular sales office moved on-site in mid-July. The average housing unit should sell for about $800,000.

The ocean-to-river property lies in unincorporated Brevard, just south of the Ebb Tide condominium high-rise. The Hamptons apartments were once located here, but Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne clobbered the complex as a one-two punch in September 2004.

By April 2007, county officials were discussing demolition plans during a public meeting at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Melbourne Beach.

This artist's rendering depicts the oceanfront homes in the Harbor Island Beach Club complex south of Melbourne Beach.

Monday, Winkler plans to demolish a red house on 1.5 acres across SR A1A to clear room for the cabana and a quartet of four-bedroom, 2,311-square-foot oceanfront homes.

Condominium sales will start in September.

“Lennar is in the process of permitting four houses right now. And they believe they’ll be sold out in 12 months,” Winkler said.

“We believe it’s going to take us 15 to 18 months to sell out all the condos on the project,” he said.

“This is going to bring all the real estate prices within the whole area up. There hasn’t been a new, fresh breath here — everything else around here was built 20, 30 years ago, right?” Winkler said.

“It’s going to help generate major revenue for the restaurants around here: Djon’s, (Ocean) 302, Sand on the Beach, the little Melbourne Beach grocery store, Sunnyside Café,” he said.

For information on Harbor Island Beach Club, visit HarborIslandBeachClub.com or call the sales center at 321-704-0347 which is open for tours 7 days a week.

An artist's rendering of a master bedroom inside an oceanfront home at Harbor Island Beach Club.

Rick Neale is the South Brevard Watchdog Reporter at FLORIDA TODAY. Contact Neale at 321-242-3638 or rneale@floridatoday.com. Twitter: @RickNeale1. To subscribe: https://cm.floridatoday.com/specialoffer/