2020’s Best Places to Live in Miami - The Ultimate Guide

2020’s Best Places to Live in Miami - The Ultimate Guide

Mar 30, 2020 March 30, 2020

There's something for everyone in Miami they say, and not without reason. From the calming boulevards of Coconut Grove to the lively streets of South Beach and artsy alleys of Wynwood, there's a place to call home for every kind of individual in this eclectic city.

But, how does one decide on which neighborhood to live in? 

Well, the things that make a place truly livable are its everyday conveniences, public transportation systems, access to shopping, restaurants, cultural and entertainment venues, health and fitness options and more. Below, CondoBlackBook has listed ALL of the best places to live in Miami for condo residents (without any rankings, we leave that up to you), with all the details you'd need to help decide on the perfect place to call home.

Find links to all the blogs we've sourced our information from at the end of this article, especially walkability, transit scores, best beaches, and restaurants

Table of Contents



Downtown Miami

Core, dynamic neighborhood best suited for young professionals, socializers and culture aficionados


Bayside Market - Downtown, Miami FL


Walk and Transit Scores

Great to explore on foot with a leave-your-car-at-home mindset

 Walkability

A near-perfect walk score of 98 means residents have everything, from daily conveniences to top-class restaurants and entertainment venues within walking distance

 Public transit

A perfect public transit score of 100 means you have access to every kind of public transportation system from this mainland neighborhood, so you can go completely car-free!

 Art, Culture & Entertainment

Known as the melting pot for art and culture in Miami - home to the famous AA Arena, Adrienne Arsht Center and Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

  • 6 Museums - Museum of Art and Design, Perez Art Museum, Philip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, HistoryMiami Museum, Historical Museum of Southern Florida and Miami Children's Museum
  • 4 Entertainment Venues - Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, AmericanAirlines Arena, Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, Gusman Center for the Performing Arts (Formerly the Olympia Theater)
  • 2 Iconic Spots - Miami Freedom Tower, Gusman Center for the Performing Arts
  • 6+ Art Galleries - Avant Gallery, Art Africa, Downtown Art House, Miami-Dade College Art Gallery, Zenith Art & Fashion and more

 Shopping

Handful of retail options including discount stores Ross and Marshalls and hip boutiques,  with the more versatile Brickell City Centre less than 10 minutes by car or Metrorail. Expecting a real boost once the mega Miami Worldcenter mall opens with 300,000 sq. ft. of high-street retail

  • 5 Malls - Bayside Marketplace, Ultramont Mall, 777 International Mall, Flagler Jewelry Center, Upcoming Miami Worldcenter
  • 1 Farmer's Market at the Adrienne Arsht Center
  • 6+ Coffee Shops, including All Day, Eternity Coffee Roasters, Starbucks
  • 2+ Walgreens and CVS stores
  • 1 Whole Foods Market

 Restaurants and Nightlife

Home to many top-rated restaurants as well as a variety of eats suitable for every taste and pocket

  • 2 of the top ten highest-rated restaurants in Miami – Zuma, CVI.CHE 105
  • 3 of the top high-end restaurants with water views in Miami – Il Gabbiano, Wolfgang's Steakhouse, Zuma
  • 2 of Miami's ten best rooftop bars – Area 31, Bloom Skybar
  • 2 of the best Mediterranean/Middle Eastern restaurants – Fooq's, Meraki Greek Bistro
  • 2 of the best Asian restaurants – Zuma, Bali Café

 Outdoors

Handful of Miami's best parks, with the waterfront Bayfront Park and Miami Riverwalk being most scenic for a walk 

  • 3 Parks - Bayfront Park, Maurice A. Ferré Park, Miami Riverwalk

 Fitness

Handful of fitness and gym options, as well as yoga and specialized training

  • 4 Gyms - Miami Athletic Club, Downtown Miami YMCA, OrangeTheory Fitness, Downtown Strength & Conditioning
  • 2 Yoga Options - Exhale Spa, Yoga in the Park at Bayfront Park



Brickell

Business district with plenty of play options, best suited for Young Professionals and Families

Brickell World Center: Brickell - Miami, FL


Walk and Transit Scores

Walk to work convenience, with plenty of public transit options to hop about town

 Walkability

This business district comes up with a near-perfect walkscore of 98, meaning that all your basic necessities, top-rated restaurants, entertainment venues and more are within walking distance

 Public transit

A near-perfect transit score of 98 means the neighborhood is connected to all the major public transportation systems in the city, helping you go car-free whenever you like.

 Art, Culture & Entertainment

Modest art and culture scenario, with Downtown's more diverse destinations under 10 minutes by car or MetroRail

  • 4+ Art Galleries - Beaux Arts Gallery, Eternity Gallery Miami, Bojanini Art Gallery, Brickell Gallery, Italian Food Art and more
  • 1 Landmark - Miami Circle Archaeological Site

 Shopping

Two shopping destinations - a buzzing mega mall and open-air shopping complex - provide lots of luxury goods options 

  • 2 Malls - Brickell City Centre, The Shops at Mary Brickell Village
  • 1 Farmer's Market at the Brickell City Centre
  • 3 Publix
  • 7+ Coffee Shops, including Puroast, Fincas Coffee, Allegro, Starbucks
  • 2+ Walgreens and CVS

 Restaurants & Nightlife

Hub for global cuisine with some of the finest Asian restaurants in Miami

  • 1 of the top ten highest-rated restaurants in Miami – The River Seafood & Oyster Bar
  • 1 of the top high-end restaurants with water views in Miami – El Cielo by Juan Manuel Barrientos
  • 2 of Miami's ten best rooftop bars – Sugar, The Bar at Level 25, Wet Deck Lounge
  • 1 of the best Mediterranean/Middle Eastern restaurants – Rice House of Kabob
  • 4 of the best Asian restaurants – Zuma, Hakkasan, Bali Café, Fuchai

 Outdoors

Modest number of parks, but right next door to some of the best outdoor experiences

  • 3 Parks - Allen Morris Brickell Park, Southside Park, Simpson Park
  • 2 of the best beaches in Miami - Crandon Park Beach and Hobie Island Beach Park are right next door on Key Biscayne
  • 1 of the top ten golf courses in Miami – Crandon Golf Course is next door on Key Biscayne
  • 1 of the best dog-friendly beaches in Miami – Hobie Island Beach Park is next door on Key Biscayne

 Fitness

Several top fitness and gym options, and yoga studios

  • 3 Fitness Clubs - 2 Equinox locations, LA Fitness
  • 4 of the Best Yoga Studios - Om Beats, Hot Yoga Brickell, Skanda Yoga, Vanilla Sky Yoga
  • 3+ Specialized Fitness Studios - SoulCycle, Title Boxing Club, Club Pilates and more

 Schools

  • 1 of the ten best private pre-schools in Miami – Brickell International Academy



Brickell Key

Private island, 5 minutes from Miami's main business hub of Brickell, best suited for Professionals and Families

Brickell Key - Miami, FL


 
Art, Culture & Entertainment

Options on this private island may be sparse, but Downtown's phenomenal art and culture is a 10-minute car ride away

  • 1 Outdoor Installation - The Kiss Sculpture

 Shopping

To the point shopping, as expected of an island, with Brickell City Centre and The Shops at Mary Brickell Village less than 10 minutes away

  • 1 Market - Islander Marketplace

 Restaurants & Nightlife

Limited options typical of an island setting, but Brickell's more delectable collection is right next door

  • 1 of the top high-end restaurants with water views in Miami – La Mar by Gastón Acurio
  • 1 of the best Asian restaurants – NAOE

 Outdoors

A scenic boardwalk and central park offer ample space to soak up the sunshine

  • 1 Park - Brickell Key Park and Jogging Trail outlining island

 Safety

  • 1 of the top ten safest neighborhoods in Miami according to our 2018 study



Edgewater/Midtown

Bayside residential neighborhood surrounded by all the art and fashion districts, best suited for Young Families and Young Professionals

Edgewater - Miami, FL


Walk and Transit Scores

Walkable neighborhood well-serviced by good public transit options

 Walkability

A great walk score of 93 indicating that most necessities, conveniences, restaurants and more lie within walking distance

 Public transit

A public transit score of 79 shows that the neighborhood is serviced by a decent amount of public transport options and does not require much dependence on a car

 Art, Culture & Entertainment

Sparse art and entertainment options, but more than compensated for by proximity to the museums, performing arts center and art and entertainment in Wynwood and Downtown Miami

  • 1 Entertainment Venue - The Jewel Box

 Shopping

Shops at Midtown offer all your retail staples, with Design District and Wynwood next door offering a variety of couture to eclectic options

  • 2 Malls - The Shops at Midtown Miami, (including Marshalls, Target, Homegoods, West Elm, Petco and more), The Grand Retail Plaza at the Doubletree Grand Hotel
  • 6+ Coffee Shops, including Pasion del Cielo, Vice City Bean, Starbucks
  • 1 Walgreens
  • 1 Publix

 Restaurants & Nightlife

Good collection of restaurants, fast food joints and bakeries for a pocket-sized neighborhood

  • 1 of the top high-end restaurants with water views in Miami – Amara at Paraiso

 Outdoors

Waterfront Margaret Pace Park is the center for all sports, fitness and outdoor activities enjoyed with the entire family (including your pooch)

  • 1 Park - Margaret Pace Park

 Fitness

Several top fitness and gym options, and yoga studios

  • 3+ Fitness Clubs including Barre, CrossFit 

 Schools

  • 1 of the ten best private pre-schools in Miami – The Learning Nest



Wynwood

Eccentric art district best suited for Young Professionals and the Artistically Inclined

Wynwood - Miami, FL


Walk and Transit Scores

Great neighborhood to explore on foot with only average transit connectivity

 Walkability

With a great walk score of 93, residents have everything, from shopping to necessities, restaurants, bars and more within walking distance

 Public transit

An average score of 61 indicates residents will need a car for most of their needs

 Art, Culture & Entertainment

One-of-a-kind, museum-like neighborhood known for its collection of street art, galleries and performance theaters

  • 1 Iconic Spot - Wynwood Walls
  • 14+ Art Galleries - Art Fusion Gallery, Art Nouveau Gallery, Bakehouse Art Complex, Diana Lowenstein Gallery, GGA Gallery, Gallery 212, Gary Nader Art Center, RC Cola Plant, Red Dot Art Fair, Rubell Family Collection, The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Purvis Young Art Museum Inc., White Porch Gallery, Valli Art Gallery, and many more
  • 4 Entertainment Venues - Mana Wynwood Convention Center, The Wynwood Marketplace, Miami Light Project Theater, The Bodyshop Experience Theater
  • 1 Museum - Unicorn Factory

 Restaurants & Nightlife

Plenty of food trucks and bars with some top-rated eats

  • 1 of the top ten highest-rated restaurants in Miami – Kyu
  • 1 of the best Asian restaurants – Fuchai

 Outdoors

Limited green spaces, but open-air art spots are a great alternative for a leisurely walk

  • 1 Park - Roberto Clemente Park

 Fitness

Several top fitness and gym options, and yoga studios

  • 3+ Fitness Clubs - Legacy Fit, Fight Club, CrossFit Wynwood
  • 2+ Yoga Studios - Wynwood Yoga, SOL Yoga Wynwood



Coconut Grove

Vibrant, historic, waterfront district with rich tropical foliage, best suited for Families, Students and Retirees

Coconut Grove - Miami, FL


Walk and Transit Scores

Easily navigable on foot, but have a car handy for longer trips

 Walkability

A high walk score of 86 shows that residents can easily walk to most conveniences, restaurants, parks, the marina and more in the vicinity

 Public transit

An average score of 50 means residents will need a car to get around town and accomplish most tasks

 Art, Culture & Entertainment

Brimming with history and culture, landmark homes and festivals are a must-see

  • 3 Museums/Historic Homes & Gardens - Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, The Barnacle Historic Home and State Park, Marjory Stoneman Douglas Historic Home
  • 4+ Festivals - Coconut Grove Art Festival, Coconut Grove Food and Wine Festival, King Mango Strut Parade, Miami Sailing Week
  • 6+ Art Galleries - ArtWay 66 Gallery, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Boswell Mourot Fine Art Gallery, Grove Fine Art Gallery, KROMA Gallery, Midori Gallery Asian Antique and more

 Shopping

Local shopping soon to be revitalized with the re-opening of CocoWalk - a renovated hub for shopping, dining, and entertainment

  • 3 Malls - CocoWalk (under renovation), Commodore Plaza, Gables Pointe Plaza
  • 3+ Markets - Fresh Market, Milam's, and a Farmer's Market at the Intersection of Grand Ave. and McDonald
  • 3+ Coffee Shops - Starbucks, Panther Coffee
  • 1 Walgreens

 Restaurants & Nightlife

From the tried and trusted to the brand new, sidewalk cafes to sports bars, the variety of food is as tempting as the scenic, tropical setting it is served in

  • 2 of the top ten highest-rated restaurants in Miami – Bombay Darbar, Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar & Latam Grill

 Outdoors

Plenty of state parks, open spaces and marinas; perfect to soak in the lush, tropical greenery, play, and set sail for events on the water

  • 12+ Parks - Peacock Park, Regatta Park, Alice Wainwright Park, Armbrister Park, Blanche Park, Coconut Grove Dog Park/David T Kennedy Park, Dinner Key Picnic Islands Park, Elizabeth Virrick Park, Kenneth M Myers Bayside Park, Kirk Munroe Park and Tennis Center, Lincoln Park, Merrie Christmas Park
  • 1 Botanical Garden - The Kampong, National Tropical Botanical Garden
  • 5 Marinas - Coconut Grove Sailing Club (home to various regattas), Dinner Key Marina, Grove Key Marina, Grove Isle Marina, Prime Marina

 Fitness

Several top fitness and gym options, and yoga studios

  • 2+ Gyms - 24 Hour Fitness, Youfit Health Club
  • 4+ Yoga and Fitness Studios - Dharma Yoga, OM Movement, Buddha Grove Yoga, Pilates in the Grove 

 Schools

  • 3 of the top ten private schools in Miami – Ransom Everglades School, Coconut Grove Montessori School, Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart
  • 1 of the ten best private pre-schools in Miami – Coconut Grove Montessori School

 Safety

  • 1 of the top ten safest neighborhoods in Miami according to our 2018 study



Coral Gables

Historic 'City Beautiful' best suited for Families and those looking for Suburban Bliss

Coral Gables - Miami, FL


Walk and Transit Scores

Having a car or other private vehicle is a must to get around town

 Walkability

A decent walk score of 77, indicating that some necessities, shopping and restaurants can be accessed on foot

 Public transit

This score of 38 shows that residents have to be majorly car-dependent

 Art, Culture & Entertainment

Vibrant art and culture scene, with an art-house cinema, theater community, museums, and historic hotspots

  • 3 Museums - Coral Gables Museum, American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora, Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami
  • 3+ Historic Spots - Merrick House, Venetian Pool, Biltmore Hotel
  • 2+ Entertainment Venues - Coral Gables Art Cinema, Improv South Miami, Actor's Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre
  • 1 Festival - Beaux Arts Festival
  • 5+ Art Galleries - ArtSpace Virginia Miller Galleries, Conde Contemporary, Durban Segnini Gallery, HBenitez Fine Art Gallery, Imago Art in Action and more

 Shopping

Find local boutiques and shops stradling Miracle Mile's main thoroughfare, while Merrick Park houses more premium options

  • 4 Malls - Miracle Mile, Shops at Merrick Park, The Shops at Sunset Place, University Shopping Place
  • 1 Farmer's Market at Merrick Park
  • 5 Publix
  • 4 Starbucks
  • 1 Whole Foods Market
  • 1 Walgreens

 Restaurants & Nightlife

Most top-rated restaurants, cafes and wine shops come peppered around Miracle Mile

  • 1 of the best Mediterranean/Middle Eastern restaurants – Maroosh Mediterranean Restaurant
  • 1 of the best Asian restaurants – Taste Buds of India

 Outdoors

Great leisure options to enjoy the outdoors with canopies of lush tropical foliage, plenty of parks, golf courses, beaches, and more

  • 19+ Parks - R Hardy Matheson County Preserve, Neil Schiff Tennis Center, Greentree Practice Fields, Alex Rodriguez Park, Banyan Drive Park, Carlos S. Kakouris Park, Chapman Field Park and Trail, Coral Bay Park, Ferdinand Park, Gifford Arboretum Park, Granada Park, Hammock Lake Park, Ingraham Park, Jaycee Park, Leucadendra Park, Phillips Park, Salvadore Park, Sunrise Harbor Park, William H. Kerdyk Jr. and Family Park
  • 1 Botanical Garden - Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
  • 2 of the top ten golf courses in Miami – The Biltmore Golf Course with Biltmore Tennis Center and Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club
  • 2 more golf courses - Granada Golf Course, Riviera Golf Course
  • 1 Marina - Deering Bay Marina
  • 2 Lakes - Lake Osceola, Lake Hammock

 Fitness

Several top fitness and gym options, and yoga studios

  • 5+ fitness clubs - Coral Gables Athletic Club, Equinox, Legacy Fit, OrangeTheory, LA Fitness
  • 5+ yoga studios - Prana Yoga, Lightrail Yoga, Peace Love Art, Yoga Lab, Yoga House
  • 5+ pilates studios - Club Pilates, Pilates ProWorks, Conscious Movement, Pilates Strong, Be Pilates

 Schools

  • 2 of the ten best private schools in Miami – Gulliver Academy, Riviera Day School
  • 2 of the ten best private pre-schools in Miami – KLA Schools of Coral Gables, Riviera Day School
  • University of Miami

 Safety

  • 1 of the top ten safest neighborhoods in Miami according to our 2018 study



South Beach

Vacation hotspot and beach-crowd favorite, best suited for the Young at Heart, Influencers, Staycations and Second Homes

South Beach - Miami, FL


Walk and Transit Scores

Easy to explore on foot, with the Miami trolley supporting out of town excursions

 Walkability

With a great walk score of 94, residents have almost everything, from fabulous shopping to beaches, conveniences, restaurants and more within walking distance

 Public transit

A fair public transit score of 60 indicates that residents will need their car for some errands and out-of-town travel, but there is a free South Beach trolley

 Art, Culture & Entertainment

Known for its "see and be seen" events, parties, and festivals that offer world-class entertainment - home to the legendary Fillmore theater, historic O Cinema Arthouse, iconic Art Deco Museum, soulful food and wine festival, and the international Art Basel fair

  • 7 Entertainment Venues - Colony Theatre, Miami City Ballet, New World Concert Hall, O Cinema, The Fillmore Miami Beach, Miami Beach Convention Center, Soundscape Park
  • 6 Museums and Landmarks - Art Deco Museum, Holocaust Memorial, Jewish Museum of Florida, The Bass Museum, The Wolfsonian Museum, World Erotic Art Museum
  • 2 Festivals - Art Basel, South Beach Wine and Food Festival
  • 8+ Art Galleries - Aqua Art Miami, David Castillo Gallery, Dean Project, Effusion Gallery, HaviArt, Leah Art – Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, National Geographic Fine Art Gallery, Romero Britto Fine Art Gallery and more

 Shopping

Home to the famous, open-air shops at Lincoln Road, high-end labels of Fifth and Alton, and a wide variety of staple retail to boutique stores

  • 5 Malls - Lincoln Road, Fifth and Alton, Shoppes of Il Villaggio, The Shoppes at West Avenue, Sunset Harbor Shops, 
  • 1 Farmer's Market and 1 Antique Market at Lincoln Road
  • 8+ Coffee Shops - Starbucks, Panther Coffee
  • 5+ Walgreens, CVS
  • 4+ Grocery Markets - Publix, Whole Foods, Fresh Market, Trader Joe's

 Restaurants & Nightlife

Best known for its fresh seafood joints, variety of global eats, watering holes, pubs and late-night gems

  • 2 of the top ten highest-rated restaurants in Miami – Joe's Stone Crab, Pubbelly Noodle Bar
  • 1 of the top high-end restaurants with ocean views in Miami – Smith & Wollensky
  • 4 of Miami's ten best rooftop bars – Highbar, Juvia, The Cape, Watr
  • 6 of the best Mediterranean/Middle Eastern restaurants – Poseidon Greek Restaurant & Outdoor Lounge, Habibi Diner, Babylon Turkish Restaurant, Safron Mediterranean Grill, Al Basha Grill, Cleo

 Outdoors

Vacationer's paradise with world-famous beaches for relaxation and water sports, plenty of parks for greenery, and great marinas to set sail from

  • 7 Parks - Collins Park, Flamingo Park, Lummus Park, Marjory Stoneman Douglas Ocean Beach Park, Soundscape Park, South Pointe Park and Pier, Miami Beach Boardwalk
  • 3 Marinas - Bentley Bay Marina, Miami Beach Marina, Ocean Yachts Marina
  • 2 of the best beaches in Miami – South Pointe Park Beach, Lummus Park Beach
  • 1 Botanical Garden - Miami Beach Botanical Garden

 Fitness

Several top fitness and gym options, and yoga studios

  • 4+ best fitness clubs - Equinox, Crunch, OrangeTheory, Anatomy 
  • 7+ of the best yoga studios - Green Monkey, Synergy Yoga, Miami Life Center, Tropical Vinyasa, Atmananda, Modo Yoga, Glow Hot Yoga
  • 8+ specialized fitness studios - Barry's Bootcamp, Hauser Pilates, SobePilates, JetSet, SobeKick, 5th St. Gym, SoulCycle, FlyWheel

 Schools

  • Florida International University Architecture & Design Campus



Mid-Beach

Stylish, more sophisticated cousin of South Beach, best suited for Families, Staycations and Second Homes

Mid-Beach - Miami, FL


Walk and Transit Scores

Certain sections are great to navigate on foot, but out of town trips do require a car

 Walkability

A great walk score of 91 shows that the beach, most restaurants and conveniences lie within walking distance

 Public transit

An average public transit score of 59 shows that residents have to depend on their cars mostly

 Art, Culture & Entertainment

Faena District is latest hotspot for art and entertainment, with South Beach's legendary fun and frolic just minutes away

  • 4 Entertainment Venues - Faena Theater, Arts at St. Johns, The Rat Pack Theater, North Beach Bandshell
  • 1 Museum - Museo Del Helado
  • 3+ Art Galleries - Gold's Oasis at the Faena Bazaar, PULSE Art Fair and Rudolf Budja Gallery

 Shopping

Decent shopping options, more than compensated for by the variety down in South Beach

  • 2 Malls - Fontainebleau Shops, Faena Bazaar
  • 3 Starbucks
  • 2 Publix
  • 2 Walgreens

 Restaurants & Nightlife

Great options for global fare and fine-dining, with a more wide-ranging variety to be found in South Beach next door

  • 2 of the top high-end restaurants with ocean views in Miami – Scarpetta, Pao by Paul Qui
  • 1 of Miami's ten best rooftop bars – Ocho
  • 2 of the best Asian restaurants – Hakkasan, Indomania

 Outdoors

Idyllic white-sand beaches, plenty of green spaces, and top-class golf courses - perfect for a leisurely day out

  • 8 Parks - Fisher Park, Indian Beach Park, Maurice Gibb Memorial Park, Miami Beach – Central, Muss Park, Pinetree Park, Polo Park, 36th Street Park
  • 2 of the top ten golf courses in Miami – Miami Beach Golf Course and the La Gorce is right next door

 Fitness

Several top fitness and gym options, and yoga studios

  • 3+ fitness clubs - Normandy Boxing & Fitness, Hipefit, Beach Body
  • 3+ yoga studios - Yoga That, Nobe Yoga, Miami Beach Iyengar Yoga

 Schools

  • 1 of the ten best private schools in Miami – The Rabbi Alexander S. Gross Hebrew Academy



Surfside

Tranquil beach town best suited for Families and those looking for Suburban Bliss by the ocean

Surfside - Miami, FL


Walk and Transit Scores

Fairly walkable, but a car is required to get around town

 Walkability

An average walk score of 57 indicates that some necessities, restaurants, and sources of entertainment lie within walking distance. Serviced by hardly any public transportation system, this beach town requires a private vehicle for navigation

 Art, Culture & Entertainment

Community events provide year-round entertainment, while South Beach's perpetual celebrations are only 20 minutes by car

  • 2 Entertainment Venues - Town of Surfside Community Center, Townhall Surfside

 Shopping

Basic necessities, with the upscale Bal Harbour Shops just 5 minutes by car

  • 1 Mall - Surfside Plaza
  • 1 Publix
  • 1 Starbucks

 Outdoors

Ample green spaces and access to impressive beaches to soak up the sun in style

  • 4 Parks - Hawthorne Tot Lot, Surfside Park, Surfside Tennis Center, Veterans Park
  • 1 Golf Course - Indian Creek Country Club is right next door
  • 1 of the best beaches in Miami – Surfside Beach
  • 1 of the best dog-friendly beaches in Miami – North Shore Open Space Park is right next door

 Fitness

Limited fitness and gym options, but the beach is your backyard, and several options can be found north or south 

  • 1 yoga studio - Skylight Yoga & Meditation



Bal Harbour

Elite neighborhood with high-end everything, best suited for Families and the Discerning


Walk and Transit Scores

Owning a private vehicle is an absolute necessity

 Walkability

With the lowest walkscore of 37 on our list and hardly any public transit options, residents need to hop in a car to access anything and everything

 Art, Culture & Entertainment

Limited options, traveling further down along Collins Avenue to South Beach is highly recommended

  • 4 Art Galleries - Artourage Galleries, Art Jat Corporation, KarynInn Gallery and Lions Gallery

 Shopping

A world-famous, one-stop shopping mall for ultra-high-end labels

  • 1 Iconic Mall - Bal Harbour Shops

 Restaurants & Nightlife

Handful of fine-dining restaurants, serving world-class cuisine, mostly housed in the Bal Harbour Shops

  • 1 of the top high-end restaurants with ocean views in Miami – Artisan Beach House
  • 1 of the best Asian restaurants – Makoto

 Outdoors

World-class, sugar-sand beaches and a marina help enjoy the great open waters

  • 2 of the best beaches in Miami – Bal Harbour Beach, and the Haulover Beach Park is right next door
  • 1 Marina - Bal Harbour Marina

 Fitness

Some fitness and yoga options, however, most luxury condos will have gyms

  • 3+ yoga studios - Red Apple Yoga, Exhale, Fly Yoga



Sunny Isles Beach

Exclusive seaside community with plenty of branded condos, branded shopped, best suited for Families, Retirees and Part-time Residents

Sunny Isles Beach - Miami, FL


Walk and Transit Scores

Fairly walkable, but bring along the car for longer trips

 Walkability

With a decent walk score of 78, residents have the beach, most restaurants and other conveniences within walking distance

 Public transit

A low transit score of 45 shows that residents have to be majorly car-dependent

 Art, Culture & Entertainment

Hardly any options, traveling down to Surfside for community events or South Beach for a far greater variety is highly recommended

  • 1 Art Gallery - Mykola Fine Art Gallery

 Shopping

One-stop supermarket for popular brands and beauty supplies only; find more lavish options with a short drive to the Aventura Mall or Bal Harbour Shops

  • 1 Mall - RK Centers
  • 1 Publix
  • 1 Walgreens
  • 1 Starbucks

 Outdoors

Plenty of green spaces plus easy access to a range of activities at the Haulover Beach Park next door and Oleta River State Park (10 minutes by car)

  • 9 Parks - Oleta River State Park next door, Pier Park, Golden Shores Community Park, Heritage Park, Intracoastal Park, Pelican Community Park, Samson Oceanfront Park, Senator Gwen Margolis Park, Town Center Park
  • 1 of the best beaches in Miami – Haulover Beach Park is right next door

 Safety

  • of the top ten safest neighborhoods in Miami according to our 2018 study





For details on any of the above "best of" lists, look below for further reading:

The 11 Most Walkable Neighborhoods in Miami

The 11 Most Walkable Neighborhoods in Miami Beach

Top Miami Neighborhoods Ranked for Public Transportation

Top Miami Beach Neighborhoods Ranked for Public Transportation

Top Ten Golf Courses of Miami

Guide to Miami's Top Farmer's Markets

Miami's Safest Neighborhoods

A Guide to Miami's Best Beaches

Miami's Top Dog-friendly Beaches

Miami's 10 Best Private Preschools

Miami's Top 10 Private Schools

Top High-end Water View Restaurants in Miami

Top High-end Ocean View Restaurants in Miami Beach

Top Ten Highest Rated Restaurants in Miami

Miami's Ten Best Rooftop Bars

Top 10 Miami Golf Courses

Miami's Best Mediterranean/Middle Eastern Restaurants

Miami's Best Asian Restaurants



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Condo living is often considered more convenient compared to single family houses. Someone else does almost all of your maintenance -- be it the yard, the roof, the pool, you name it. Plus, there’s typically always some kind of security/surveillance. Amenities like swimming pools, gyms and front desks staff are a standard. And, if you buy into a luxury condo, you can get access to full-service spas, wine cellars, golf simulators, lounges, or even art galleries are all part of what you can call home. And while some think there’s a price for these conveniences and little luxuries, the overall cost is about the same as living in a home. The only difference is when living in a condo, you pay one monthly fee for all this, and it’s called your HOA fees or condo fees. Especially in a city like Miami, condos pack in the entire gamut of resort-style amenities fit for a year-round staycation. Not to mention, there’s usually a team of starchitects and internationally renowned designers behind...
Miami is Reopening - Here’s Where, When and How
Lifestyle Miami is Reopening - Here’s Where, When and How
It's the moment we've all been waiting for... after months of carefully staying at home to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Miami begins to reopen as part of a phased process, including real estate offices and showing activities. However, the specific openings and procedures differ slightly between Miami-Dade County, the City of Miami and the City of Miami Beach. So, while you might be tempted to rush out to your favorite restaurant or hair salon, first read below before heading out to know what "Miami's New Normal" is going to look like. And no private business is required to open, so you may want to call your favorite place first. Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez released the official guide to living in The New Normal, allowing many non-essential businesses to open on May 18th. The document covers the basics rules to reopening like requiring everyone to wear face coverings in public, wash hands often, and continue practicing social distancing, along with providing a detailed protocol for...
Love Miami Vice? Mid Century Modern? Miami’s Most Luxurious Vintage and Retro Condo Buildings are Calling
Real Estate News Love Miami Vice? Mid Century Modern? Miami’s Most Luxurious Vintage and Retro Condo Buildings are Calling
While many of Miami’s bold, new constructions are unequivocally gorgeous, the city has a long-standing reputation for charming and delightful architecture, earned by the many fabulous design visions from our colorful, subtropical past. In fact, there are still many Miamians and design aficionados among us who, in fact, prefer the classic and timeless appeal of living in a historic or vintage edifice over the temptation of the super luxe and brand-spanking-new buildings sprouting up.  Older buildings also come with time-tested, solid construction, combined with the aesthetic charm of architectural design, complete with materials and finishes, from a bygone age. Another bonus of some of Miami’s art deco, mid century modern and retro condo buildings is they often have larger floor plans.  For those interested in learning more about Miami’s top vintage condo buildings, read on… Art Deco: A Miami Beach Legacy (1930’s - 1940’s) The Carlyle Condo Hotel - Miami Beach, FL - Photo...
A No Reserve Auction for a 1000 Museum Condo? You Bet!
Real Estate News A No Reserve Auction for a 1000 Museum Condo? You Bet!
With the global health crisis forcing businesses to get creative in the way they cater to their clientele, here’s a rare opportunity: A no reserve auction for a 4-bedroom condo at the coveted One Thousand Museum building, designed by the late Zaha Hadid. Solutions such as online auctions allowing you to bid on luxe properties from anywhere in the world could be a welcome adaptation - and are something that we’ll probably see more of, staying past the after-effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. So, What’s on Sale?  ConcerigeAuctions.com has listed a half-floor, 4,876 sq. ft. condo residence in the landmark One Thousand Museum at 1000 Biscayne Boulevard, in Downtown Miami. Unit 3601, the property features 4 bedrooms, 5 full baths, 1 half bathroom, plus sweeping eastward views of Biscayne Bay, the AmericanAirlines Arena and South Beach. Perched on the 36th floor, the winning bidder will have the perfect spot to soak in unobstructed water views from within their wraparound glass-railed...