South Beach is perhaps the most widely recognized locale of Miami, known as a tourist hotspot and as a symbol of South Florida nightlife. Thick with clubs, chic restaurants, fine dining and eclectic shopping, it stands out like a shiny gem in Greater Miami. Many of Miami’s other municipalities blend together with the similarities, but South Beach couldn’t do any more to stand out. With breathtaking views of the ocean, its high rise buildings are some of the most desired real estate in the US. Getting in, and for a “good” price, takes skill, timing and luck. And luckily for buyers, they can control the first 2 of those factors with some success. But what can you expect living on SoBe? Everything!
Littered with boutique shops and premium services, the entire area from Nikki Beach on up through Lincoln Road is a shopper’s dream. Though no one could hope to conquer this litany of fine stores in a day or even a week, if you live there, you can take all the time you need. You have shops like True Religion, Lucky Brand, Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton and the like dotted throughout the locale. Lincoln Road in particular is the poster child for excellent shopping in Greater Miami. Spending money there is as easy as breathing, so you may want to be careful.
South Beach really caters more to the younger crowd with the food, shopping and nightlife as a focus. Clubs such as Mansion, LIV or Cameo have become mainstays of the nightlife on the beach and regularly attract locals and tourists alike. This includes your fair share of celebrities as well.
As far as food goes, many of the restaurants here are experiences as much as they are eateries. Taverna Opa will see you dancing on tables and throwing dinnerware, Prime 112 will give you a lesson in what good steak is and Barton G’s will give you a lesson on how well style and good complement one another. The list could go on forever. Along with the finer places you have great everyday places like Beer and Burger Joint or Big Pink. Just pick your mood and find your place to go.
The list of attractions, combined with the grand waterfront landscape has kept real estate prices climbing. Though high rise condos litter the beach, not all buildings have a great view of the water. Some of the highest buildings are actually built on the water’s edge which has limited the potential for additional higher buildings farther inland. You’ll have to do your research and know what’s available and what’s coming. Developers are rightfully giving South Beach a lot of attention with the rebound of the housing market and buyers are close behind. There will be some room to spare, but likely not much and not for long.