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Making Sense of Miami Beach – Overview for “Out-of-Towners”

November 9, 2009

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South Beach is a priviledged destination, affectionately referred to as SoBe by the locals.   Occupying the southern-most 23 blocks of Miami Beach… from  1st Street ….  extending up as far as 23rd Street…. South Beach is a major tourist destination, with beautiful white sandy beaches, world class dining, nightclubs , oceanfront hotels, and a resort life “style”.  A  playground for anyone wanting  a  tropical, warm weather,  acquamarine-water beach-get-away,  Miami is home to an ever-changing international crowd   attracting millions of  tourists, year round,  who come to enjoy the comfortable way of life, vibrant nightlife,  trendy boutiques, shopping, multi-cultural  atmosphere, international cuisine, and sun, sand and water. 

Whatever your taste or budget, there is definitely something  here to fit your dreams.   Anything you are looking for, you will probably find it in Miami. 

South of Fifth, or  SoFi as it’s called locally,  is dubbed the “Park Avenue of Miami Beach”.  SoFi consists of a five block span  extending from 1st Street to 5th Street …at the very bottom of the Island.  This  highly rated neighborhood offers respite and  resort-style living for residents and visitors….  as a vacation destination or as a place to live. Stroll along the beach and dine alfresco.   Some of the most expensive condos sit on waterfront lots on these southernmost five blocks of the beach (concierge services for every need or want, at the snap of a finger). Interspurced with the luxurious  highrise condos, there are a number of charming Art Deco reminders of what Miami was … not all that long ago, when South Beach was first developed … back in the 1910’s.   

Lincoln RoadLincoln Road (at 17th Street)  is a popular pedestrian section of  South Beach … popular among both tourists and locals.  The immediate surrounding area is highly tauted by the international crowd wanting  to own a pied-a-terre within a  stone’s throw of literally everything…  There’s easy beach access, nightclubs, luxury hotels, boutique bed-and-breakfasts, waterfront condos, and Lincoln Road ( open to foot traffic only) … with it’s casual shopping, outdoor dining and people watching… a pedestrian haven packed with cafes and shops extending on for blocks. 

Despite being a resort destination and vacation hot-spot,  South Beach has an infrastructure that caters equally to both local residents and tourists.  “Publix” Supermarkets have an in-store pharmacy, (seemingly unimportant until you need one!).  There is a brand new Publix on 5th St … where the causeway connects to Miami Beach from the mainland… easily recognizable , with a Romero Brito art piece welcoming you to Miami Beach.       

You can manage without a car (truly!),  in either SoBe or SoFi …  You’re within an arm’s reach of shops, beaches, restaurants and entertainment.  There’s a distinct  ‘pedestrian feel’…  one of the qualities many buyers look for. 

Whatever you are looking for… whether it be a condominium or a single family home… a vacation hide-away or a magnificent  luxury waterfront villa with a private dock or helocopter pad , there’s something for every one and every budget…. and you will probably find whatever it is that you are wanting.  Please contact me here  if you’d like more information, or are considering buying or selling property on the beach.

The three ‘main’ streets,  Alton Road, Collins Avenue and Ocean Drive,  run the length of the island…. and each are just a few blocks from the waterfront.  Collins is where you’ll find some of the top design fashion boutiques and shops on Miami Beach.  Ocean Drive is known the world over,  with it’s outdoor restautants and cafes on one side of the road… and sand dunes, beach volleyball, roller blading, and the ocean (Miami Beach!) on the other side. 

private_beachRunning the width of the island are the numbered streets, beginning at 1st street to the south, and moving to the higher numbered streets as you go north.  From 23rd Street south, the island is bustling, and the beaches are beautiful.  As you head north of 30th street, the pace slows down. It becomes more residential, with fewer stores and restaurants… but with equally beautiful  sandy beaches.

Millionaire’s Row with it’s high rise waterfront condominiums stretches along Collins Avenue,  from from 40th  Street  to 62nd Street.  Millionare’s Row is nestled between South Beach and North Beach…and  is home to some of the most luxurious waterfront property anywhere in South Florida.   Million-dollar yachts,  the intercoastal waterway, ocean front living with beautiful expanses of beach front make Millionaire’s Row one the most desirable locations anywhere in Miami.

Not only a popular snowbird and spring break destination,  Miami Beach is  also a weekend get-away for locals, and many locals own second homes on the island.  The real estate market in Miami Beach offers something for every pockebook, and every taste…. whether pied-a-terre or  absolutely extraordinary luxury oceanfront property.  Whatever it is that you are wanting, you will  find exactly what you’re looking for in Miami.  Please send me a note here, or give me a call at (305) 793-1365 or (305) 632-0164 if you’d like more information on Miami Beach or are interested in buying or selling real estate in Miami.

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