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Stepping through floor to ceiling sliding glass doors onto oversized wraparound balconies, life at akoya is defined by the endless oceanfront views that span the horizon for as far as the eye can see. From golden sunrises over the Atlantic to fiery sunsets over the Intracoastal Waterway, the 360-degree panorama provides the perfect backdrop for a lifestyle of unparalleled luxury.

Featuring expansive one, two and three bedrooms residences topped by handful of exclusive penthouses, every akoya home boasts top of the line features and designer finishes. From the European style kitchens with name brands stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, to the marble master baths with luxurious whirlpool tubs, Akoya homeowners will enjoy nothing but the best.

Residences from 683 to 3,337 sq ft

Built 2004

Akoya
6365 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33141

Akoya

Akoya


Apogee
800 South Pointe Drive , Miami Beach, FL 33139

 

Apogee

 

The Related Group of Florida is building the next great South Beach Condo: Apogee in South Beach. This developer has brought us some of the most luxurious condos in recent years, but has now found a way to raise the bar even further.

You may be familiar with ICON South Beach, the Murano Grande, the Murano at Portofino, and Portofino Tower. These luxury buildings, built by this developer have established a new standard of living in South Beach real estate.

Residences

A Unit 4145 s.f. interior (386 m²) 2441 s.f. exterior (227 m²)
B Unit 3103 s.f. interior (288 m²) 1030 s.f. exterior (96 m²)

Built 2007


Apogee


The Bath Club is South Florida's most prestigious residential address offering only the finest features, services and amenities to a privileged few. Located directly along the Atlantic Ocean on Miami Beach's famed Millionaire's Row, just minutes from both South Beach and Bal Harbor, this gated, 5.3 acre enclave is home to only 107 luxurious tower residences and six ocean-side villas.

Residents are able to enjoy the historic club facilities of The Bath Club, Miami Beach's first private social and bathing club, as well as new amenities, including a swimming pool with lap lanes, European-style clay tennis courts, a health club with a spa menu, gorgeous walking gardens throughout and more. Services akin to those of a 5-star hotel, such as a full-service concierge, valet, 24-hour security, and the finest restaurant dining, catering and in-residence dining are all at your command. Privacy, privilege, perfection... they can be yours at The Bath Club.

The Bath Club

The Bath Club
5959 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140

The Bath Club

Residences From 1,900 to 4100 sq ft

Built 2006


Bentley Bay
540 West Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Bentley Bay

Residences from 840 to 2160 sq ft

Built 2004

Bentley Bay

The Bentley Beach, the first five star oceanfront condo hotel in South Beach's trendy South Fifth neighborhood scheduled to open Spring 2002 and The Bentley Bay, two luxury residence towers and marina slated for early 2003, are Olivieri's latest Miami Beach ventures.

In late 1998 Olivieri won a landmark lawsuit against the city of Miami Beach that set a precedent for developer's rights on all future projects. Prior to building his South Beach portfolio, Olivieri helped develop Pinecrest into one of South Florida's most sought after neighborhoods, while building high-end luxury homes in the South Miami area and Coral Gables.

Before his USA ventures, Olivieri built and refurbished numerous projects throughout Europe and the Middle East for international clientele including Her Royal Highness Princess Shams Pahl, the sister of the Shah of Iran, and members of the royal Saudi Arabia Family. An authority on historical preservation, he has led the restoration of luxury residences in Geneva, London and Paris' Avenue Montaigne.

 


Blue and Green Diamond condominiums are two identical 45-story condominium towers on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. These tall, luxurious residences have an unobstructed view of the ocean as well as the bay in Miami's Golden Mile. The Tower Suites feature a small private pool on the second level and are like townhouses in the sky. A luxury development described as a "flawless gem" by the developers marketing, the Blue & Green Diamonds shall always be sought after and valuable with its spectacular views and good location.

Residences from 900 to 2,680 sq ft

Built 2000

Blue & Green Diamond

Blue & Green Diamond
4775 & 4479 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL

Blue & Green Diamond


Canyon Ranch
6801 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL

Canyon Ranch

Residences from 820 - 2,670 sq ft

Built 2006

Canyon Ranch

A new day is dawning. Be a part of it. Now, the ultimate expression of wellness is within your reach. Canyon Ranch, a place with incredible possibilities for more than two decades, has helped transform thousands of lives through the experience of healthy living. In an inspiring and breathtaking environment, people can experience a sense of renewal and healing, energy and spirit, vision and opportunity. For the first time ever, Canyon Ranch Living offers this incomparable feeling of healthy living to those who embrace the lifestyle and want to be a part of the journey each day of their lives.
Well-planned to the smallest detail. Individual residences and well-crafted extensions of the Canyon Ranch experience. Professional caliber designer kitchens fitted with Della Casa cabinetry from Italy, SubZero refrigerators, Miele cooktops and dishwashers and granite countertops inspire creative - and nutritious - feasts. Sumptuous master baths, complete with whirlpool soaking tubs, limestone flooring and granite countertops evoke a spa-like environment you've grown to love. And and oversized steel-and-glass balcony, with breathtaking views of the city and ocean, complete these refined settings.


It's rare that we hear of new 5-star oceanfront condos appearing in South Beach. Well, Christa Development Corporation and New York's Bluerock investment firm are bankrolling and building this stunning new project.

The Caribbean Hotel was a landmark structure built in 1941. This 7-story art deco treasure will be completely stripped and rebuilt from the inside out. Another building, 18-stories in height will be built attached to the original structure, thereby giving us two towers of ultra-luxury residences to choose from.

All units will have stunning floor-to-ceiling windows. In fact, both towers will basically be all-glass towers. And the views are just amazing. Practically every room in every apartment will see the ocean. The west-facing views will be of Miami Beach's famed Intercoastal.

Caribbean Condominium

Caribbean Condominium
3737 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140

Caribbean Condominium

 

Residences From 660 to 3900 sq ft

Built 2007


 

ICON South Beach

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Continuum Condominiums
100 S Pointe Dr Miami Beach, FL 33139

Caribbean Condominium

 

Residences From 660 to 10,000+ sq ft

Built 2002 & 2008


Cosmopolitan
110 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Here, in the heart of South Beach luxury lairs provide a home that can soothe the savage beast within each of us. Here, in the heart of the hottest celebrity district in the world, the sensational center of art, entertainment and fashion, there is a residential oasis.

Built 2005

Residences from 686 to over 1200

Cosmopolitan

Cosmopolitan

Floridian

The Floridian
650 West Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Soaring views of Biscayne Bay and the ocean. Stunning vistas of sizzling South Beach. Spectacular panoramas of downtown's sparkling skyline. The Floridian's luxurious high-rise residences clearly offer a better view of the world.

The Floridian South Beach is one of the most recognizable buildings as you enter South Beach from the Macarthur Causeway. It stands as a landmark and welcomes visitors to South Beach with great prowess

Residences from 840 to 2285 sq ft

Built 1997

Floridian

 


Fountainbleau II will have it's own exclusive amenities, including a private Owners' Lounge serving continental breakfast, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, swimming pool, 24/7 security, a restaurant,and valet parking. you'll also be able to call on the Fontainebleau and treat yourself to room service, in-suite spa and beauty services, housekeeping and concierge services.

Your clothes and personal belongings are all you need to 'check in". Pack for the time you expect to be here - a weekend, a week, a month, or the season. In inimitable Turnberry style, your impeccably crafted, thoughtfully equipped Fountainebleau III Ocean Club residence is ready for your complete enjoyment. The furniture is plush and comfortbable, with refined accent pieces. Designer carpeting and decorator tile grace the floor. The baths are marble; the countertops granite. Flatpanel TV sets, stare-of-the-art computer hookups, linens, towels, dinnware,, silverware, cookware, and appliances are all provided as well. We've thought of everything.

Residences

516 - 1,616 sq ft - Tower II
500 - 1,000 sq ft - Tower III

Built 2005

Fontainebleau

Fontainebleau II & III
4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

Fontainebleau

Fontainebleau


The Grand Venetian
10 Venetian Way, Miami Beach, FL 33139

At Grand Venetian, buyers have nothing if not choice. With interiors that reflect the casual, waterfront elegance of the tower's secluded island setting, the residential selection includes one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom floor plans. These ranges in size from 1,196 to more than 4,000 square feet of total living space, including private balconies with riveting waterfront vistas.

Residences1,200 to 4,000 sq ft

Built 2002

Grand Venetian

 

Grand Venetian


ICON South Beach
450 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

ICON South Beach

Residences 851 to 10,000 sq ft

Built 2005

ICON South Beach

What designer Phillippe Starck and developer Jorge Perez have built on a plot of land located just South of Fifth Street is something so grand it deserves the name Icon. The building's motto, "Where you live is who you are" proves these two pioneers take their work to the most extreme levels of luxury. Starck's first residential condo project in the U.S., Icon is a condominium composed of two tiers, each reaching 35 and 40 floors. Located on the bay, Icon promises exquisite views through its wrap-around glass windows. Amenities include around-the-clock security, valet, and concierge. As well a coffee and tea bar, set inside of a 27-foot high urn in Icon's lobby. Raising the bar on luxury living, Icon has an elevated infinity-edged pool set amidst the backdrop of the Miami Beach Marina and Biscayne Bay. A health and fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment is also at your footsteps.

 


Inspired by the splendor of Europe, Il Villaggio is steeped in the traditions of elegance, grace and regal opulence.

The essence of opulence, this private village rests atop an enclave of boutiques whose charming porches, covered loggias and picturesque awnings capture the magic of Ocean Drive. Above an elegant retail complex sits the stately Il Villaggio, a residence dedicated to unmatched gentility, luxury, comfort and convenience. Private residential parking, with valet services available, funnels into its own three level garage where secured elevators accessible only to residents, travel to main lobby level at which point residents transfer to eleven private elevators (in their personal lobbies) directly to their residences. Only residents and their endorsed guests have access by coded card.

 

Il Villaggio - South Beach - Miami Beach
1455 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Il Villaggio

Residences 1,210 - 3,150 sq ft

Built 1998

Il Villaggio


MEi the ancient and mystical chinese symbol for 'beauty' will be The last beachfront site for new luxury construction in the foreseeable. An oceanfront icon in shimmering glass and flowing water, crafted in limestone, teak and exotic fabrics from the east. One and two story elegant residences with panoramic walls of glass overlooking the ocean. The most talked about lobby since the Delano. The Tea Lounge and Library worthy of s 5-star club in Hong Kong. An Asian Spa and fitness center to delight every sense including a few you didn't know you had. An oceanview pool deck with a bridge over a lagoon - and your private cabana a few steps away.Like nothing you have ever seen on any beach anywhere in the world.

Residences 860 - 1,833 sq ft

Built 2007

MEi

MEi
5875 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33140

MEi

Meliá Royal Palm
1545 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140


Meliá Royal Palm

Residences 300 to 1260 sq ft

Built 2005

Meliá Royal Palm

 

Originally conceived as two separate properties - the Royal Palm and the Shorecrest - today, these legendary hotels have been meticulously combined, preserved and updated to create one exceptional resort. Defined by its classic Art Deco architecture, furnishings and colors, the property sits directly on the golden sands that give South Beach its name. The proximity to the blue waters of the Atlantic is only one part of the Resort's unmatched location.

Beyond extraordinary location, the Resort is truly a tropical paradise that offers the finest amenities and facilities including two swimming pools, ocean-view terraces, an oceanfront restaurant and over 6,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. The surrounding property is lush and beautifully manicured while the common areas and lobby feature welcoming and stylish Art Deco décor. The convenient location and luxurious surroundings are surpassed only by the personalized service the Resort offers. Few places on the Beach can match this level of attention and provide guests the unique combination of luxury, convenience and comfort that they truly deserve.


Over 600 feet of magnificent Bay frontage. Private Bay side Beach Club with saltwater pool and poolside cafe. Exclusive health and fitness center on the 2nd and 3rd floor with outstanding equipment, sauna and steam rooms. Heated bayfront swimming pool and spa. 4.5 acre site. Lushly landscaped grounds. Lighted tennis courts. Media and multi-purpose rooms. Dramatic 20-foot lobby entrance. Spectacular porte-cochere entry with 24 hour complimentary valet parking. Multi-level covered and secured parking. Concierge staff and services. Mail and package receiving desk. 24 hour security services.

Residences 1008 to 3365 sq ft

Built 2002

Murano at Portofino
1000 S Pointe Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Murano at Portofino

Murano at Portofino


Murano Grande
400 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Murano Grande

Murano Grande

 

Murano Grande in Miami Beach is one of the newest and most luxurious condo residences in the South Beach neighborhood. Located in the trendy South of Fifth (SoFi) district of South Beach, this waterfront luxury condo complex features the largest and most elegant skyhomes in South Beach.Murano Grande Logo

Buyers who are attracted to the hip and active South Beach location find that the cachet of Murano Grande condo is supreme among the residential addresses South of Fifth Street. Residents are walking distance to great restaurants, cafes, shops and boutiques on South Beach. At home they enjoy extreme ambiance, sleek design, abundant amenities, and breathtaking sunrise and sunset views. Murano Grande is the top of the world in South Beach.

Residences 1400 to 3990 sq ft

Built 2003


Mosaic
3801 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140

Mosaic

Mosaic

Set to rise on a prized parcel of oceanfront within Miami Beach's legendary Historic District, Mosaic Preconstruction Condos on Miami Beach will personify luxury surrounded by breathtaking views of the Atlantic, Intracoastal Waterway and Miami's dazzling skyline. Rising 20-stories, Mosaic's plan designs may range from approximately 1,350 to 3,500 square feet of residential area. The City of Miami Beach's Historic Preservation unanimously approved Mosaic's site plan design concept consisting of 84 condominium residences with private elevators, and four oceanfront townhouse residences. Mosaic's condominium residences are being designed to capture the location's panoramic views of the Atlantic, Intracoastal Waterway and Miami skyline. Interiors will be embellished with architectural detailing and appointments to serve both beauty and comfort, with functional flow through floorplan designs.

Residences 1400 to 3,500 sq ft

Built 2006


Nautica Condos on Millionaires Row in Miami Beach is a very contemporary building that has over 250 feet of frontage on Indian Creek. Nautica features a full range of services and amenities to complement the luxurious Miami Beach lifestyle. Nautica is by far one of the most desirable addresses on Miami Beach.

Residences 997 to 2700 sq ft

Built 2004

Nautica

Nautica
5970 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33140

Nautica


Ocean Place
226 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Ocean Place

Residences 732 to 1674 sq ft

Built 2003

Ocean Place is one of the newest and most desirable address on Ocean Drive, just south of Fifth Street. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Ocean Place is just moments from SoBe's hottest clubs, world-class cafes and designer boutiques. Yet, it's also just steps away from the exquisite expanse of beach at Ocean Beach Park. Designed by world-renowned Arquitectonica, this striking resort styled community has panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, Ocean Beach Park, South Beach and the Miami skyline.

Designed by Arquitectonica, Ocean Place offers 52 luxury residences with magnificent ocean views, over-sized balconies, elegant interiors and more.

Ocean Place


The tower is 44 stories and its floor to ceiling windows provide breath taking views of the Atlantic Ocean, Downtown Miami, and the Bay.

The units themselves provide you with the comfort and quality of excellence. The high ceilings give you an enlightened sense of comfort. The units are constructed with the highest quality of materials from the top of the line kitchens to the splendid baths.

The tower provides world class amenities to its residents. The 29th floor is completely devoted the owners health spa and gymnasium. While the concierge is always at hand to tend to your needs. Round the clock security provide you a safe haven on the beach.

Residences 1,090 to 4,510 sq ft

Built 1997

Portofino Tower

Portofino Tower
300 S Pointe Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Portofino Tower


Modeled after a great coastal resort in French Riviera, this ultra-private experience uniquely features 85 residences, With 35 different floor plans.

Created to be a "retreat" located in the heart of the world's most famous playgrounds, Rivage offers a balanced approach towards living that gives you access to anything you desire while having a sanctuarial "escape" with more privacy, security and luxury then any other property in South Beach.

Residences 670 to 1,910 sq ft

Built 2007

Rivage

 

Rivage
2360 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Rivage

 


South of Fifth
125 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139

South of Fifth

Residences 1300 to 6200 sq ft

Built 2008

As designed by architects Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates, units have an east-west flow-through design allowing for natural light from sunrise to sunset.

Deborah Samuel described the residences' open-plan design as "a canvas to inspire a modern, comfortable home."

However, that canvas is hardly blank. Luxuries studding it include private elevators, floor-to-ceiling windows, wireless lighting controls, custom home theater systems and reservation services access.

Service quarters with separate entrances are standard in each residence.

Kitchens include gas stoves and elongated granite countertops, while bathrooms have a glass-enclosed shower and toilet/bidet area and limestone floors.

South of Fifth


A 40-story, ultra-luxury, high-rise condominium tower featuring 175 residences with panoramic views of the ocean, beach and Miami skyline with floor-to-ceiling windows, multi-level lobby and all the finest amenities. Available one, two, and three bedroom residences range in size from 850 to 2,800 square feet. Penthouses are approximately 6,000 square feet, excluding terraces and private decks with lap pools.

Residences 847 to 5800 sq ft

Built 2004

Setai

Setai
101 20th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Setai



Sunset Harbour
1800 Sunset Harbour Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Sunset Harbour

Sunset Harbour

Built
1998 South

1996 North

When you visit these condos you'll soon see why this is one of South Beach's favorite places to live. Oversized condo units are just one of the many features that makes this lifestyle one that everyone wants!

Sunset Harbour sits on a stunning marina, and you can purchase a slip separately. With its grand views of both Downtown Miami and the beaches of South Beach the Miami lifestyle is certainly at home at Sunset Harbour.

Your condo is just a few steps from one of Miami's largest Publix supermarkets. Take another few steps and enjoy a delicious meal at Joe Allen's restaurant. And just a few more minutes walking puts you at one of South Beach's most favorite destinations, Lincoln Road.

Residences
750 to 3320 sq ft North Tower
800 to 2660 sq ft South Tower


At last, a new mixed-use project on South Beach that will look distinctively different, from the usual towers. Vitri South Beach Preconstruction, Leviev Boymelgreen's new development planned for a 1.58-acre site between Alton Road and West Avenue at Fifth Street, will create an eye-catching gateway to Miami Beach as people cross the MacArthur Causeway from the mainland.

Architects Carlos Prio-Touzet and Jacqueline Gonzalez-Touzet, principals of Miami-based Touzet Studio Design & Architecture, have come up with a design that splits 66 residential units between two distinct buildings designed for urban living. On West Avenue, a curving four-story concrete frame encloses glass-fronted facets, on double-height units, which capture views of Biscayne Bay.

Residences 1,000 to 2,200 sq ft

Built 2007

Vitri
541 West Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Vitri

Vitri


The W South Beach
2201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

W South Beach

W South Beach

Combining the personality and style of a true boutique hotel, with the consistency, the reliability and the outstanding service of a major brand hotel, the W Hotels®, with their worldwide reputation, has redefined the upscale experience. The W Hotels® are now the fastest growing luxury hotel brand in the World.

It began with the recognition that there are customers who seek a balance between style and substance, wherever they live, at home or traveling. All W Hotels® offer striking modern approach to design, with an emphasis on comfort and warm, attentive service and exceptional world-class amenities.

Residences 600 - 5,000 sq ft

Built 2007

 


The Waverly - at South Beach is situated directly between Biscayne Bay and The Atlantic Ocean. Located just two blocks from Lincoln Road , it offers easy access to great nightlife and trendy shopping and dining. Lavish amenities include a waterfront pool, luxurious spa, feng shui meditation garden, state-of-the-art gym and tennis and sand volleyball courts.

Designed by world-famous Arquitectonica , The Waverly towers house 399 one- and two-bedroom residences, ranging in size from 800 to 1,384 square feet. Panoramic vistas of downtown Miami , Biscayne Bay , and the Atlantic Ocean can be enjoyed from private balconies. Other alluring residence features include spacious closets, full-size side-by-side washer/dryers, an elegant kitchen/dining setting with upgraded GE appliance ensemble, and architectural detailing. Each residence is also pre-wired for DSL Internet access.

Waverly

The Waverly
1330 West Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Waverly

Residences 800 to 1384 sq ft

Built 2001

 


Yacht Club at Portofino
90 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Yacht Club at Portofino

 

Magnificent Atlantic Ocean, Biscayne Bay, downtown Miami and Fisher Island views, paired with a long list of luxury amenities, makes the Yacht Club at Portofino the ultimate address. Located in the exclusive SoBe district of trendy South Miami Beach, the Yacht Club at Portofino is just a short walk to America's #1 urban beach and a variety of first class restaurants, cafe's and entertainment venues.

Residences 740 to 1,980 sq ft

Built 1999

Yacht Club at Portofino





  South Beach Miami , Florida
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This article is about the section of Miami Beach known as South Beach. For more options see South Beach (disambiguation).

South Beach is the section of Miami Beach, Florida that encompasses the southernmost 23 blocks of an island separating the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay. This area was the first section of Miami Beach to be developed, starting in the 1910s, thanks to the development efforts of Carl G. Fisher, the Lummus Brothers, John Collins, and others. The area has gone through numerous man-made and natural changes over the years, including a booming regional economy, increased tourism, and the 1926 hurricane that destroyed much of the area.

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[edit] History

South Beach started as farmland. In 1870, Henry and Charles Lum purchased 165 acres (668,000 m²) for coconut farming. Charles Lum built the first house on the beach in 1886. In 1894, the Lum brothers left the island, leaving control of the plantation to John Collins, who came to South Beach two years later to survey the land. He used the land for farming purposes, discovering fresh water and extending his parcel from 14th Street to 67th in 1907.

In 1912, Miami businessmen the Lummus Brothers acquired 400 acres (1.6 km²) of Collins' land in an effort to build an oceanfront city of modest single family residences. In 1913 Collins started construction of a bridge from Miami to Miami Beach. Although some local residents invested in the bridge, Collins ran short of money before he could complete it.[1]

Carl G. Fisher, a successful entrepreneur who made millions in 1909 after selling a business to Union Carbide, came to the beach in 1913. His vision was to establish South Beach as a successful city independent of Miami. This was the same year that the famous restaurant Joe's Stone Crab opened. Fisher loaned $50,000 to Collins for his bridge, which was completed in June, 1913. the Collins Bridge was later replaced by the Venetian Causeway.[2]

On March 26, 1915, Collins, Lummus, and Fisher consolidated their efforts and incorporated the Town of Miami Beach. In 1920 the County Causeway (renamed MacArthur Causeway after World War II) was completed.[3] The Lummus brothers sold their oceanfront property, between 6th and 14th Streets, to the city. To this day, this area is known as Lummus Park.

In 1920, the Miami Beach land boom began. South Beach's main streets (5th Street, Alton Road, Collins Avenue, Washington Avenue, and Ocean Drive) were all suitable for automobile traffic. The population was growing in the 1920s, and several millionaires such as Harvey Firestone, J.C. Penney, Harvey Stutz, Albert Champion, Frank Seiberling, and Rockwell LaGorce built homes on Miami Beach. President Warren G. Harding stayed at the Flamingo Hotel during this time, increasing interest in the area.

In the 1930s, an architectural revolution came to South Beach, bringing Art Deco, Streamline Moderne, and Nautical Moderne architecture to the Beach. To this day, South Beach remains the world's largest collection of Streamline Moderne Art Deco architecture. Napier, New Zealand another notable Art Deco city, makes an interesting comparison with Miami Beach as it was rebuilt in the Ziggurat Art Deco style after being destroyed by an earthquake in 1931.

By 1940, the beach had a population of 28,000. After the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, the Army Air Corps took command over Miami Beach.

In 1966, South Beach became even more famous when Jackie Gleason brought his weekly variety series, The Jackie Gleason Show to the area for taping, a rarity in the industry. Beginning in the late 1970s and continuing through the 1980s, South Beach was used as a retirement community with most of its ocean-front hotels and apartment buildings filled with elderly people living on small, fixed incomes. This period also saw the introduction of the "cocaine cowboys," drug dealers who used the area as a base for their illicit drug activities. Scarface, released in 1983, typifies this activity. In addition, television show Miami Vice used South Beach as a backdrop for much of its filming due to the area's raw and unique visual beauty.

While many of the unique Art Deco buildings, such as the New Yorker Hotel, were lost to developers in the years before 1980, the area was saved as a cohesive unit by Barbara Capitman and a group of activists who spearheaded the movement to place South Beach on the National Register of Historic Places.

Before the famous TV show, Miami Vice, SoBe was considered a very poor area with a very high rate of crime. Today, it is considered one of the most wealthy and prosperous commercial areas on the beach. Despite this, poverty and crime still exist in some isolated places surrounding the area.[4]

In the late 1980s, a renaissance began in South Beach, with an influx of fashion industry professionals moving into the area. Most major modeling agencies had offices in South Beach, and fashion photographers frequently used the area as a backdrop for their photo shoots.

[edit] Currently

Today, the South Beach section of Miami Beach is a major entertainment destination with hundreds of nightclubs, restaurants and oceanfront hotels. The area is popular with both American and international tourists, with German being the third most spoken language after English and Spanish. The large number of European tourists explains South Beach's tolerance of topless sunbathing, despite being a public beach. Another unique aesthetic attribute of South Beach is the several colorful and unique lifeguard stands, still used today by South Beach's lifeguards.

[edit] Geography

South Beach is traversed by numerical streets which run east-west, starting with First Street and the largely pedestrianized Lincoln Road (between 16th and 17th). It also has 13 principal Roads and Avenues running north-south, which, from the Biscayne Bay side, are Bay Road, West Avenue, Alton Road, Lenox Avenue, Michigan Avenue, Jefferson Avenue, Meridian Avenue, Euclid Avenue, Pennsylvania Avenue, Drexel Avenue, Washington Avenue, Collins Avenue (Route A1A), and Ocean Drive. There are three smaller avenues (that do not run the entire length of the beach) in the Collins Park area, named Park, Liberty, and James. Most locals agree that South Beach's northern boundary runs along Dade Boulevard from Lincoln Road on the bay side of the island, and heads east-north-east until it connects with 23rd Street, which forms the northern boundary on the ocean side.

[edit] Residential neighborhoods

As of 2005, it has Miami Beach's highest property values. Although mostly residential, the area is also home to several large scale development projects and large buildings such as Portofino Tower and sister buildings such as ICON (spearheaded by designer Philippe Starck), Continuum, and Murano at Portofino. This area has several notable nightlife destinations, including Opium Garden, Privé, Nikki Beach Club, and Pearl. It also has several smaller, upscale bars and restaurants, including the world-famous Joe's Stone Crabs, Smith & Wollensky's steak house, and China Grill.

Flamingo Park is the neighborhood directly north of Fifth and expands from Alton Road on the west to Washington Avenue on the east, with its northern boundary being Lincoln Road; it does not include Lenox. This area consists mainly of low rise apartment buildings, with commercial development largely limited to Alton Road, Washington Avenue, and Lincoln Road. Presently, there is little notable nightlife, with the exception of Tantra on 15th Street. It is also home to Flamingo Park, one of South Beach's public parks, which includes recreational facilities such as tennis, racketball and basketball courts.

Flamingo West is a neighborhood of single family homes that spans from north of the Park to Lincoln Road on Lennox and Michigan Avenues.

Collins Park is South Beach's most "up and coming" neighborhood, according to the Miami New Times. The newspaper cites the new Sanctuary Spa Resort, an updated public library, and several open projects as evidence for its claim. Collins Park is contained by 17th Street to the south, 23rd Street to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and Washington Avenue/Pinetree Drive to the west. It is directly across from the Miami Beach Convention Center. Collins Park consists mainly of low rise art deco buildings built in the 1930s and 1950s; it is also the location of the Bass Museum of Art. The area is currently undergoing gentrification, as many of the old apartments from the 1980s (many of which still have bars on their windows) are being purchased by major New York and South Florida real estate developers to be converted into condominiums.

Additionally, many high-rise buildings are located along Bay Road and West Avenue, and there are multifamily residences located north of Lincoln Road and east of Collins Park. The Flamingo, the world's largest apartment complex, is located on Bay Road.

[edit] Lincoln Road

Lincoln Road is an open-air pedestrian mall, considered South Beach's premiere shopping area. It is home to many restaurants and several night clubs, such as Score and Funktion, as well as many retail outlets. While Lincoln Road was one time rather downtrodden, with its unique boutique shops and restaurants, since the 1960s it has had "an esoteric chic that maintains its trendy appeal." (ref. Ocean Drive Magazine) It is located in between 16th Street and 17th Street and spans the beach in an east-west direction. Among the late 1990s restaurants on Lincoln Road was one owned by actor Michael Caine, and managed by one of his daughters. The restaurant has since closed. Lincoln Road commerce is greatly facilitated by the 17th street parking garage.

 


South Beach
South Beach

A portion of the southern part of the South Beach skyline as seen from Biscayne Bay. Photo: Marc Averette

A portion of the southern part of the South Beach skyline as seen from Biscayne Bay.
Photo: Marc Averette

Part of the South Beach skyline at night looking east from the southwest side of the island. Photo: Marc Averette
Part of the South Beach skyline at night looking east from the southwest side of the island.
Photo: Marc Averette

Famous Ocean Drive on Super Bowl XLI weekend 2/3/2007. Photo: Marc Averette
Famous Ocean Drive on Super Bowl XLI weekend 2/3/2007. Photo: Marc Averette

The famous Ocean Drive on South Beach at night.
The famous Ocean Drive on South Beach at night.

The famous Ocean Drive on South Beach during the day.
The famous Ocean Drive on South Beach during the day.

South Beach

South Beach, view towards east from 15th Street near Washington Avenue with the Loews, St. Morritz and the Royal Palm Hotels in the background.
South Beach, view towards east from 15th Street near Washington Avenue with the Loews, St. Morritz and the Royal Palm Hotels in the background.

South Beach
South Beach

[edit] Commercial and Other Areas

Ocean Drive - South Beach, View towards the north with the Victor Hotel on the left of the picture.
Ocean Drive - South Beach, View towards the north with the Victor Hotel on the left of the picture.

Española Way and Drexel Avenue - Plaza de España (view towards the north).
Española Way and Drexel Avenue - Plaza de España (view towards the north).

 

[edit] Ocean Drive

Ocean Drive is the easternmost street in South Beach, and stems from south of First to 15th Street, running in a north-south direction. Ocean Drive is responsible for the South Beach aesthetic that most out-of-town visitors expect. It is a popular Spring Break and tourist area, including the famous, yet predominantly local, Pearl and Nikki Beach night spots. It is also home to several prominent restaurants (including "News Cafe," "Mango's," and the MTV-popularized "Clevelander") and is the site of Gianni Versace's former ocean front mansion. Because of its great value as a place for people watching (beautiful women rollerblading in bikini's and such), it is heavily cruised and parking is hard to find. However, experience indicates that if you get there early enough in the morning (before 930am) on a weekday, or (before 900am) on a weekend, there is a good chance you can snare a spot right on Ocean Drive. Have plenty of quarters to feed the parking meters (actually machines which print parking vouchers) if you find a space on Ocean Drive, because illegal parking tickets are expensive. There is green space with palm trees (see nearest photograph to your left) between Ocean Drive and the sands of the beach, which makes a good place for relaxing out of the sun.

The Carlyle Hotel on Ocean Drive near 13th Street is an iconic Art Deco landmark. Built in 1939, it is is one of the most sought after settings for photo shoots, televised programming, Hollywood and independent film-making. It was the outside setting for the 1996 MGM film The Birdcage.[citation needed]

[edit] Collins Avenue

Collins Avenue runs parallel to Ocean, one block west. It is also State Road A1A. Collins is home to many historic Art Deco hotels, and several nightclubs to the north, including Mynt and Rokbar.

[edit] Española Way

Española Way, which runs from Collins Avenue to Pennsylvania Avenue, was conceived by N.B.T. Roney (of the Roney Plaza Hotel) in 1925 as "The Historic Spanish Village," modeled after the romantic Mediterranean villages found in France and Spain. Today it consists of art galleries, restaurants, and quirky shops.

[edit] Alton Road

Alton Road is the main westside north-south street located 1-3 blocks from Biscayne Bay. On the part that traverses South Beach, the road is host to many local businesses, including dry cleaners, small furniture stores, small grocery markets, non-chain restaurants and fast food restaurants. It is mainly residential once it crosses Michigan Avenue north of South Beach.

[edit] Washington Avenue

Washington Avenue is one of the best-known streets in South Beach. Running parallel with Ocean and Collins, Washington is notorious for having some of the world's largest and most popular nightclubs, such as Crobar and Mansion. During "season" (October 15th to May 15th) the street is jammed with traffic until early in the morning (as late as 6 am) every night of the week. In the 1990s explosion of South Beach as a nighclub venue, its nightclub moguls included Ingrid Cesares, whose investors included the singer Madonna Ciccone.

[edit] Nightlife

Girls dancing at Mango's bar on Ocean Drive
Girls dancing at Mango's bar on Ocean Drive

South Beach has a very active club and bar scene. It is host to over 150 clubs and other destinations, most of which close at 5 am. South Beach can be expensive, and access to nightclubs is often difficult for non-locals who do not have connections, or do not plan their evenings in advance. Access to the more popular nightspots can cost anywhere from $20-60 for entry (depending on event and venue) and sometimes comes with a wait of several hours, in addition to evaluation by door staff.

Nightlife in South Beach is dynamic and ever-changing, although some watering holes like The Clevelander and "The Deuce" have remained steadfast tourist destinations on Ocean Drive for well over a decade. Clubs constantly change decor, name, and owner, so it is difficult to state at any given time which clubs are popular. The average club is only open for about a season or less. Recently, the local government has been taking steps to prevent these short-lived venues from establishing themselves at all.

[edit] Fashion shooting

South Beach is one of the world's foremost locations for fashion shoots, making the Miami area the model shoot capital of the United States. Approximately 1,500 models live in the area, with many more arriving during the prime fashion shooting season, running from October to March. Ocean Drive is the most popular place for shoots, but back streets are often used as well.

[edit] Transportation from Miami Airport

A Taxicab from Miami International Airport costs $32 flat rate for up to five passengers. You can also reach South Beach from MIA by using the Miami Dade Transit System. The Bus route J will take you to Miami Beach, and you can transfer to either bus routes C or H to take you to South Beach.

[edit] See also

[edit] External Links

- Virtual South Beach community driven website

- Miami fan site, links to Miami & South Beach related information

- Photos of Miami, South Beach and Miami Beach by local residents

- Postcards of South Beach


[edit] Notes

  1. ^ Muir. pp. 108-9.
  2. ^ Muir. pp. 109, 111, 137-8.
  3. ^ Muir. p. 137.
  4. ^ MSNBC: South Beach: Life imitates art, quite vicely www.msnbc.com

Diary of a South Beach Party Girl by Gwen Cooper

[edit] References

  • Florida, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides, 2004, pg. 67
  • Muir, Helen. (1953) Miami, U.S.A. Coconut Grove, Florida: Hurricane House Publishers

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