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By Danielle Peck − On Thursday, February 3, 2022, 10:13:23 In Lifestyle
Here are some great tips for living in Miami Beach and the best places to go when it comes to Miami Beach living.
Miami Beach, Florida

If you're considering moving to Miami Beach, known by its residents as simply The Beach, then you've made the right decision. Standing tall east of the downtown Miami area, Miami Beach is where the fun never stops, whether you're pitching a towel for some fun in the sun or heading down to its many nightlife locations.

With so many people moving to Miami and Florida in general, you should as well. However, doing your research can make moving and adapting to Miami Beach life much easier before you head there. This article can help you with that, so without further ado, let's begin.

Want Luxury? Look to SoFi!

SoFi, short for South of Fifth, is the place to go if you want luxury. Located on the southern peak of Miami Beach, expect to see affluent neighborhoods, condos, and even a celebrity or two.

If you're looking for luxury condos in Miami Beach, this is the place. Many will go for over one million. They are expensive; $500K is the cheap end of things. If you're looking to rent, expect an average of $3,000 a month for just a one-bedroom alone.

Of course, this is one of those cases where you get what you pay for. The condos have many amenities that will treat you right, including sundecks, outdoor pools, hot tubs, plenty of window space, updated appliances, and 24-hour security. In addition, you'll be a skip and a hop away from all the nightclubs and beaches Miami Beach can offer you.

Are You Searching for Fun? Go to SoBe! (Just Don’t Bring Your Car)

SoBe, or South Beach, is where the youth (and young at heart) go shopping, eat, and party until the break of dawn. This beachfront area of Miami has a revolving selection of unique shops, restaurants, and clubs to choose from.

This area is a great place to be if you roll your eyes at 8:00 PM, being considered "late night." In SoBe, expect bars that are open until four in the morning, 24-hour dining, and a party that never stops.

For those looking for homes in Miami Beach, SoBe is cheaper than SoFi, but the prices can still be quite a bit. Rent can differ from area to area, but a 1-bedroom goes for about $2,000 on average. However, all condos will be located close to the beach area. Of course, the closer to the beach, the more you'll usually have to pay.

Being conveniently located to all the essentials is so lovely. It makes you want to walk everywhere and let your car collect dust. With SoBe, that's not necessarily a wrong choice. Unfortunately, SoBe has poor parking, with even paid parking being limited. Finding a public parking spot available is like winning the lottery twice.

Don't think owning a condo means you'll have parking, either. While some may give you a permit as long as you own the apartment, others will charge a monthly parking fee, which can be as much as $100 or more. If you have a car that you don't use, you may want to sell it, as it can cost much more than it's worth.

Mid Beach is That Nice, Happy Medium

If you want a site with shopping, food, and fun, but you don't want the party of SoBe, you've come to the right place. Mid Beach, located in the 24th to 63rd Street area, is the family-friendly district of Miami Beach. It's a touristy area, yet it's easy (well, easier) to find parking, and Miami Beach real estate tends to be cheaper here.

Like any part of Miami, expect to pay a premium closer to the water. However, even the further away condos are still relatively close. Condos go for around $200,000, and if you want to rent, you can find units for as little as $1,200 a month. However, you can also find more luxurious rentals for $3,000 or even beyond.

Affluent? Looking for Privacy? Head Over to Sunset Islands!

 There's an exclusive residential community of four islands known as Sunset Islands in the west coast area. Its name comes from the incredible sunset view you can find if you stay here.

If you're looking for luxury, you'll find it here. The real estate in this area consists of homes with amenities and private parking. You can own a boat here and dock it on the many boat docks in Sunset Islands. You can also take waterways to Biscayne Bay, a gorgeous lagoon area that your boat will love.

As one expects, living here isn't cheap or even slightly pricey. A home that costs $3 million is at the low end. As for rent, expect to pay over $10K a month, though some rental houses may go for less than that if you're lucky.

Need An Affordable Area to Raise a Family? Head to North Beach!

Located between 63rd and 88th Street, North Beach has its share of touristy locations, resorts, and hotels, but it also has several residential properties. As a result, North Beach has plenty of entertainment options and is relatively close to the beach.

Several schools are nearby in convenient locations if you're raising a child. If you're looking to rent, the monthly cost is about $1,500 on average, and it is possible to find homes for under $1,000 a month. Housing prices can be quite modest as well, costing in the $500K range, with garages and carports to keep your vehicle safe.

Surfside Brings Suburbs

North of even North Beach, you can find Surfside. This small neighborhood is nearby a beach area unspoiled to tourism. So if you're someone who wants a place with businesses still run by families and where everyone knows one another, Surfside is a great place to move to.

This is because Surfside is that perfect blend of tradition with modern-day conveniences. So, for example, while Harding Avenue may have those old-time businesses, Collins Avenue has a modernized condo complex, with prices going for about $200K.

If you're looking for some affordable real estate in Miami Beach, Surfside includes detached, bungalow-style homes with garages. These homes can sell for as low as $300K. Alternatively, if you're looking to rent, the prices can fluctuate depending on where you are, but some places can offer rent in the $1,200 range. One downside to these homes is that they have less space than your average home, but you can look to storage locations if there are some things that you don't want to get rid of.

Are You Looking for A True Place of Relaxation? Come to Bal Harbour!

At the very north tip of Maimi Beach is Bal Harbour, a residential community that genuinely feels secluded. With Miami Beach, even the more quaint locations can have tourists and traffic, as the party culture can bleed everywhere. However, Bal Harbour is one of those areas that genuinely feels untouched. It offers a peaceful relaxation area, with a luxurious price to boot. With rent, its cost can be an average of $4,000 monthly. With houses and condos, many cost in the millions. However, some go for about $200K, meaning there still is some value to be found here.

Despite feeling secluded, this doesn't mean there isn't anything to do here. You can find beach fitness classes, a shopping complex, restaurants, and other unique surprises to be located. 

How to Survive Traveling Miami Beach

One theme mentioned throughout this article is how Miami Beach is infamous for having traffic and unavailable parking. When you need to drive, you can get a resident parking pass, reducing the parking rates, but you still have to find a place to park. If you're driving, you might as well be considered a tourist, even if you live here.

Many locals like biking, as the sidewalks and bike lanes are plentiful. You can bike along the boardwalk, to the beach, and pretty much everywhere else. With that said, be sure to have a bike lock handy. You can also use electric scooters and similar transportation methods if biking is your thing.

A car may go faster, but not when it's in bumper-to-bumper traffic. There are shuttles as well. For example, the SoBe shuttle bus will run every 15 minutes, and busfare is relatively low.

Like any city, the more you live in it, the more you can figure out the best way to get around, so don't stress too much at first. 


Knowing the many neighborhoods of Miami Beach can help you find the best home for your living situation. For assistance finding the right location, talk to us. We can help you find the best deals for your budget. With prices constantly changing, we can help you find a bit of stability as you move to what we feel is the most gorgeous areas in Florida.

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