Can a manmade body of water be more compelling than the ocean? Planners of a new 183-acre development under construction in North Miami will soon find out.

Developers of the SoLe Mia community are hoping to woo residents with the first-ever "crystal" lagoons in South Florida. Two 7- to 10-acre manmade lagoons of fresh water will be the focal point of the project’s luxurious amenities. Project planners says they will provide a safe and protected environment for residents and visitors to enjoy aquatic activities such as kayaking, swimming, paddleboarding, and sailing. The property is on the edge of Biscayne Bay, across a causeway from the beach.

The crystal lagoons will serve as a social epicenter for the community, says Michael Tillman, managing director at LeFrak, one of the real estate developers working on the project. “Creating this one-of-a-kind aquatic oasis will play an integral part in fulfilling our vision for an infill urban waterfront neighborhood that will make its iconic mark on South Florida.”

Manmade lagoons have an advantage over natural lakes and oceans, according to this article in the Tampa Bay Times, because the water is sanitized. Although traditional pools are regularly disinfected with chemicals like chlorine, crystal lagoons regulate on an as-need-basis. Because the technology is designed for custom sanitation, the lagoons can use any water, salty or fresh, near pristine or near retention pond level, says the article.

The water features at SoLe Mia will be provided by Miami-based Crystal Lagoons, which uses a special technology that focuses on sustainability and utilizes fewer chemicals and less energy and water than conventional facilities of the same size, says Tillman. At completion, SoLē Mia will be one of the largest integrated developments in the nation encompassing approximately 4,390 residences and almost 1.5 million square feet of commercial, retail, and office space.