10 Reasons to buy Real Estate in Miami Beach: 2. Limited supply. As a peninsula with no land left to build, and strict height and density growth controls there is little risk of oversupply.
10 Reasons to buy Real Estate in Miami Beach: 1. Like few places in the world, we have international appeal. We are the playground for wealthy Europeans and the capital of the Latin world. Sophisticated New Yorkers consider this their annual winter playground.
The resulting mix of people from diverse backgrounds adds energy and excitement to this small community. During the tourist season, one is as likely to hear German, French, Italian or Spanish, as one is to hear English.
Some areas are more like Palm Beach, other feel more like Key West. This is one of the few areas of the world where condominiums sell from $50,000 to $5 million all within several blocks of each other. Houses range from $350,000 to $20 million all in the same zip code.
With fares from New York well under $200, the connection between Miami Beach and the Big Apple never been easier. Like Manhattan, Miami Beach is a long, slender strip of land with water on both sides. Actually, Miami Beach is 25 islands each with its own character.
And then there's ballet, movie houses, the symphony, artists' studios, trendy nightclubs and some of the most expensive hotels in the United States. It's urban, but tropical urban - the kind of place which has attracted the new economy entrepreneurs in software development, e-commerce, and entertainment.
South Beach is the lower 1/3 of Miami Beach. Only about 30,000 people live here, mostly in pretty little Art Deco condos less than 4 stories tall. In 1980 the average age was 66, now it has dropped to 42. The real action takes place on Lincoln Road and Ocean Drive, each of which is packed with cafes, galleries, models, boutiques, artists, and portable phones.
South of 5th street, which is the most sought location on the beach, has seen the uprise of numerous breathtaking condominium buildings, offering the most prestegious living on Miami Beach. And this is where I stayed, at Murano at Portofino!
Miami Beach is South Floridas most historic and popular vacation spot. The Miami Beach real estate market is among the most active in the United States. The revival of Florida's premier oceanfront location has sparked unparralled real estate appreciation and Miami condo sales which continues as buidling locations are quickly running out.
If your limited on time in Miami, there is NO need to drive all the way to Key West. The Florida Keys start at Key Largo and run to Key West. About 1 1/2 hour drive from Miami is Islamorada ( mile marker 84). Escape from the Miami traffic,crowds and glitz and just kick back with a rum runner or cold Kalik Bahamian beer at one of the waterfront bars. No dress codes- no scene..just fresh seafood, cocktails and Fla. Keys sunsets. You can parasail, jetski and snorkel. Islamorada is world famous for its fishing-many come from all over just for this. Charter boats will take you out for an afternoon of deep sea fishing! Or a sunset sail on a private boat. For sunset , head to the Lorelei , where all the locals kick back to watch the sunset. Then off to dinner ( my favorite , the Islamorada Fish Company). Late evenings head over to the Holiday Isle Tiki Bar - famous for their parties and rum runners! You can close the place down!
There are one day and overnight trips available to Key West from Miami Beach. It really is a great place . I took the day trip, but once I was there,I really wished I had booked the overnight. This beautiful ride is about 3 and half hours from Miami Beach , but if you take the tour it will be 4 hours., because there is a 30 minute stop each way for refreshments in Islamorada and on the return in Key Largo.Once you arrive in Key West, you are free to spend your time as you like.
There really is alot to see and do on this tiny island surrounded by clear blue water It is really pretty with its cute, little white houses and many nice shops with unique artsy gifts. You can visit the Southernmost point of the USA which is only 90 miles from Cuba, see the cats at Hemingway's House,visit the Audobon House and Tropical Gardens, climb the stairs of the lighthouse for some beautiful views, take the Conch tour train for an interesting overview of the island and try of piece of the famous Key Lime pie.
A trip to the Key West cemetery is interesting as there are some tombstones with very unique epitaphs, but it takes awhile to find these stones.
There are also many other things to see here such as an aquarium .more museums, small beaches and boat tours to other islands in the Keys, which I unfortunately did not have time to see.
If you don't have a car, one of the many excursions available from Miami Beach is a half day trip to the Everglades for an airboat ride. It is very touristy, but I did enjoy it. The drive is about 45 minutes from Miami Beach. At first when you are on the boat, it will go very slowly and you will see all kinds of beautiful birds and lots of alligators. Some of the alligators will swim right up to the boat and you are literally inches away from them! Scary! Afterwards, you will take a higher speed ride through the swamp and the boat will dip side to side a little until you arrive to a less inhabitated area of the swamp. Here you may step out of the boat and into the swamp , if you like. The man driving the boat said it was safe to step out since the alligators are usually not in this area and any poisenous snakes will be spotted by birds ,but I didn't chance it! About half the people stepped out of the boat and said that the mud on the bottom of the swamp was very mushy and slippery and you feel like you are sinking in it..
The Venetian Pools located in Coral Gables is a perfect example of Tropical Deco. This beautiful pool was built in the 1920's. The water thats used in this pool comes from an underground spring, therfore its very cold, great way to cool off from that hot humid steamy Miami heat. Click on the picture to see a wide angle view.
This is a very popular place to visit , but I am including it on this page under this category because it is in Miami and not Miami Beach. Even if you have no intention of going into the city of Miami, you really should try to make the effort to visit here. It is gorgeous.
This Italian Renaissance-style villa was built between 1914 and 1916 as a winter home of International Harvester vice president James Deering. At the time, Vizcaya employed 10% of Miami's population. It is surrounded by picturesque fountain- filled gardens and while I was , at three different times I saw brides having their pictures taken.
If you visit here and just visit the villa and gardens on your own, you will enjoy it, but I highly recommend taking the 45 minute tour of the first floor of the villa which is included in the $10 admission.. There are many interesting stories and lots of history to Vizcaya and if you spend some of your time taking the tour, you will enjoy it even more.I plan to build a travelogue about it on my Miami page.
It is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. You are not allowed to take pictures or video inside the villa,but can take pictures of the gardens.
To get there from Miami Beach, take bus C or K to the downtown terminal and then transfer to bus 48 to Vizcaya. This will cost $1.50
Yesterday Sunday , March 9 we went to the Calle Ocho Festival. There where about a million people at this famous once a year Cuban street festival . Lots of food, music, and beer and rum. This is one of my favorite events in this great city.