Contrary to what most people might see on TV and movies, Miami Beach is not just one place but is actually composed of several blocks on a long stretch of land in the east downtown of Miami City. The shore faces the vast Atlantic Ocean, which serves a beautiful blue backdrop for its sandy beaches and hyper-active nightlife. For both the partygoer and the business owner, there’s no better place to be in than Miami Beach. This is why so many people all over the US and the world want to either retire or set up shop here.
Before you decide where to finally settle, we’ve chatted with long-time South Florida resident and entrepreneur Lee S. Rosen about the many fun and fabulous reasons why relocating to Miami Beach is the best decision you’ll ever make. Here are his top five most recommended neighborhoods.
Moving To South Beach?
Fondly called SoBe, this area offers a mix of shops, fancy eating places, clubs and condos. It is one of the trendiest places in Miami Beach and if you’re gunning for 24/7 entertainment, this is the place to be. South Beach is the core of the Miami Art Deco scene so you can expect a burst of color and culture everywhere.
Living in this area will have you settling into a stylish low- or high-rise condo unit. “The best thing about SoBe is that you live only 15 minutes away from the shore, and that’s just by walking. You literally smell the fresh ocean breeze every day,” notes Lee Rosen.
Rosen admits to not being too much of a partygoer, but says one can never really run out of things to do in South Beach. Bars usually stay open until the wee hours of the morning while most restaurants operate all day and night. The average rental price of condo units at this area is $2000 and this rates goes higher when you’re on Ocean Drive or the closer you are to the shore. There’s only one downside to this area, however — parking. So if you own a car, it’s best to store it elsewhere for the meantime, because you won’t really be needing it while here.
Moving To Surfside?
Surfside is located North of North Beach and is popular among locals. Its beach features a relatively small and secluded patch of land. It is also home to many quaint mom-and-pop businesses and community-oriented facilities, making it one of the most family friendly locales in Miami Beach.
“If you’re newlyweds or have a small family, this is a good place to start,” notes Lee Rosen. “The real estate is comparatively affordable, with rents going as low as $1200 in certain areas. You can even own a house with a budget of $300,000 to $500,000. Not bad for Miami Beach, right?” Lee Rosen adds.
Moving To The North Beach?
This area occupies the 63rd to the 88th streets and is where most single-family and multiple-family homes are located. Real estate here is cheaper compared to living in South Beach or Mid Beach. It is also home to plenty of elementary schools. For a budget of $500,000, you can already own a modest house for a medium sized family. You can also bring your car as most homes have their own carport or garage.
Moving To Mid Beach?
This is the family-friendly area of Miami Beach and covers the 24th to the 63rd streets. “The good thing about Mid Beach is that no matter where you live, you’ll just be within walking distance from the beach,” Lee Rosen shares. “You can have a condo unit, a house, or an apartment with varying rates of ownership or rent and, still, the beach is just there!”
What makes Mid Beach noteworthy is its very popular wooden boardwalk, where many Hollywood movies and TV shows have been filmed. It is also frequented by many tourists from other parts of Miami. Parking isn’t much a problem here, as well.
There are plenty of other areas in Miami Beach. These include the fancy seven-block radius of the South of Fifth (AKA SoFi), where celebrities are usually spotted, the million-dollar villa community that is the Sunset Islands, and the Spring Break-popular Bal Harbour. These are your go-to spots if you want to dine and shop fancy.
“There something for everyone of any age in Miami Beach,” Lee Rosen concludes.