The Most Luxurious Condo Buildings of Miami's Upper East Side
Feb 18, 2021 February 18, 2021
Last updated: February 18, 2021
Miami’s Upper East Side is known for its fine balance between the old and the new, with the Florida Mid-century Modern (MiMo) architecture rubbing shoulders with older high-rises and younger mid-rises. While what’s classic is gold, these newer condo buildings bring along something rare -- affordable luxury on the waterfront with a neighborhood feel. Anchored by the legendary Vagabond Hotel, read on to discover the top-end condo buildings of the Upper East Side and how much owning a residence in this favorite neighborhood costs.
Why Choose Upper East Side?
Sitting along Biscayne Bay, the Upper East Side provides the best of urban living with a suburban pace of life in a classic Miami style. The neighborhood is known for its family-friendly, tree-lined streets, wellness-focused lifestyle, historic MiMo architecture, hip special events at the Ironside, a farmer’s market at Legion Park, and sports activities at the waterfront Morningside park. Its collection of gated communities are home to some of the most beautiful waterfront estates.
The slow-paced neighborhood also boasts of a delicious collection of umbrella-shaded cafes, artisan tea shops, organic eateries in restored diners, and some of the best restaurants in Miami lined up against Biscayne Boulevard. Better still, it’s just a 10-minute drive to the Design District, Midtown, Wynwood and Edgewater, and a 15-minute drive to the Arts & Entertainment District and Downtown, both of which are home to entertainment hotspots such as AmericanAirlines Arena, Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts, Museum Park, and more.
The Best of the Best Condos in Miami’s Upper East Side
Palm Bay Towers – 720 NE 69 Street, Upper East SideAverage List Price: $339 per square foot
This bayfront building is one of Miami’s landmark structures known for its modernist charm. Designed to exude timeless elegance, there are only three well-appointed residences per floor. Amenities at this guard-gated condo complex include 17 acres of lush manicured grounds along 175 feet of bay frontage, four lighted tennis courts, a swimming pool with tropical landscaping, fitness center, and access to the community marina that can fit large yachts.
Nirvana – 680, 700, 750, 777 64th Street, Upper East SideAverage List Price: $358 per square foot
Sitting directly on the Bay, Nirvana is home to 85 condo residences spread across 6 floors. This guard-gated boutique condo complex offers resort-style living, surrounded by lush landscaping, walking trails winding through majestic Banyan trees, a private sandy beach, an outdoor hot tub/spa, a lap pool, and an expansive swimming pool with BBQ deck area overlooking the Bay.
- Average List Price: $401
This landmark building has been renovated from its namesake, the bank! Seven stories house 89 loft-style condos, complete with exposed air-conditioning ducts, 11 to 15 feet high ceilings, and unique flooring. Amenities at this pet-friendly building include a rooftop terrace with lounge chairs, pool, cabanas, ground-level restaurant, and retail.
Palm Bay Condos – 770 NE 69th Street, Upper East SideAverage List Price: $419 per square foot
This architecturally significant mid-rise sits overlooking some of the finest marina and bay views in Miami. Within only 74 units and 9 stories, the pet-friendly building sits on 175 feet of bay frontage. Amenities here include a heated swimming pool, lighted tennis courts, private gym, expansive manicured grounds, and access to community marina with docks available for purchase.
And the Winner of the Best Condo in Upper East Side in Terms of Luxury Goes To…
IOS on the Bay – 720 NE 62nd Street, Upper East SideAverage List Price: $542 per square foot
This bayfront building rises five stories and houses 45 condo units. Each of its modern-chic residences open up to bay or park views. Featuring 175 linear feet of water frontage, amenities at this boutique condo include a 40-foot-long bayfront pool, pool deck adorned with natural keystone-like pebbles, a social room, landscaped gardens, smart building technology, and more.
How Safe is the Upper East Side?
Miami's Upper Eastside is generally a safe place to live. It is ranked as the “Most Diverse Neighborhood in Miami”, the 9th “Best Place to Raise a Family in Miami”, and the 10th “Best Place for Young Professionals in Miami-Dade” according to niche.com. It also gets an “A-” in Health, Fitness, and Outdoors plus a “B+” in Good for Families. The smaller, gated sub-neighborhoods of Bay Point Estates and Belle Meade are one of the safest pockets of the district, featuring 24/7 security, ideal for living alone or with kids.
Best Restaurants in Upper East Side
The dining scene in the Upper East Side has a unique touch to it, since most of the older MiMo-style buildings have been restored and now house artisan tea shops to some of the finest restaurants found in Miami. Here’s a list of the highest-rated (rating 4 or more on Yelp.com) restaurants in the neighborhood, most of which come straddled along Biscayne Boulevard:
- Ironside Pizza or Ironside Kitchen is the top pizza place and does legit Neapolitans as well as other Italian treats all set in a landscaped courtyard surrounded by design shops
- Ms. Cheezious (branching off from the famous food truck) is what locals swear by for a comforting grilled cheese and southern fried chicken
- NiDo Caffe is the top spot for Italian cuisine, and its mozzarella bar is what sets it a class apart
- Doggi’s Arepa Bar is where locals go when they crave authentic Venezuelan arepas, empanadas, cachapa. Try their signature Santa Barbara arepa
- Blue Collar is a popular haunt for straightforward comfort food such as ribs, parms and braises, plus a mean veggie plate
- Moshi Moshi tops the list for sushi and pork ramen in the neighborhood
- Dogma Grill is a must-visit for every hot dog lover
- Organic Bites is where you will find a comforting eggs benedict to healthy acai bowl and everything in between
- Jimmy’s Eastside Diner is an iconic hotspot, serving great patty melts to banana pancakes
- Barmeli 69 is known for its grilled octopus and other Greek delights
- Pinch Kitchen is the spot for a variety of brunch bestsellers like a stuffed french toast, eggs benedict or pinch burger paired with a boutique wine or craft beer
- El Bagel is the go-to brick-and-mortar outpost of the famous food truck for fresh, hand-rolled bagels on the go
Shopping in Upper East Side
The shopping scene in the Upper East Side is quite eclectic. The streets straddling Biscayne Boulevard, from NE 77th Street down to Legion Park, is where you’ll find most of the boutique stores, small markets, some vintage stores and restaurants. The creative district of Ironside is where all the interior, design, and visual arts studios are housed.
Marky’s Gourmet and Legion Park’s Farmer’s Market are the top spots for fresh, gourmet, and organic finds in the vicinity. While the Midpoint strip mall is home to several bargain stores, Sabor Tropical is good for groceries, and a handful of eateries. Coffee lovers are known to swoon over the neighborhood’s Panther Coffee, but there’s also a Starbucks across the street at Biscayne and 64th Street for the brand enthusiasts.
For more serious shopping, head south to the nearby Design District, Wynwood, or Downtown. Yoga, pilates, and gym options are also plentiful in the area, with Agni Yoga, Polestar Pilates, and the functional training center F45 Fitness.
The Best Located Condo in Upper East Side
Our vote for the best-located condo in the Upper East Side goes to Palm Bay Towers. Positioned perfectly between the community’s marina and Legion Park, this iconic building sits overlooking the Bay and beyond. With the Legion Park next door, you’re just steps from a dog-friendly picnic spot with an outdoor gym, basketball court, and farmer’s market. You’re also an easy walk from the neighborhoods top eateries lined up against Biscayne Boulevard.
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