Best Waterfront Neighborhoods in Miami
1. Brickell & Brickell Key
Sometimes called the “Manhattan of South Miami”, Brickell and the man-made island right across from it, which is Brickell Key, features residences that stand right on the water, most of which are condominium buildings and multi-unit residential structures. Some of these homes stand right on the beach while others face the deep waters of Biscayne Bay, giving residents easy access to the ocean and to enjoy boating activities. Some of these homes also face the Miami River, and are just a short walk away from busy Downtown Miami.
The only downside to choosing these neighborhoods is you are not as near to the famed Miami Beach, which is where most people choose to go for fun. This does not mean however that these enclaves do not have their own places for having fun, which you can easily find with a short exploratory walk or bike ride along South Miami Avenue, Brickell Bay Drive, and Brickell Avenue.
2. Bal Harbor
Bal Harbour is one of the most affluent neighborhoods in Miami and is also one that has numerous condominium units and multi-unit residential buildings within its borders. The difference between these condos with those found elsewhere in this part of Miami is the size of the units in these buildings. The majority of the residences in these condo buildings are spacious and luxurious, with some buildings like the penthouse units in Bal Harbour 101 or the top floor units of Bal Harbour Plaza, occupy either half the floor or the entire floor itself.
Much like most of the neighborhoods facing the ocean on this stretch of beach, you will be hard-pressed to find single-family homes here. The luxurious and opulent residences, and the many 5-star amenities that these condominium buildings offer, however, seem to make people not mind living in the same space as others.
3. Coconut Grove
This is one of the most “fun” and very Miami neighborhoods in the area and is one that has a healthy mix of single-family residences and multi-unit buildings lining the water. Located just southwest of Downtown Miami and south of Coral Gables, this community has lots of townhomes, massive estates, and condominium buildings dotting its many water-facing areas. The homes that can be found on waterfront property here range from large 5 to 7 bedroom residences to townhome clusters to high-rise condominiums.
Most of these properties come with their own dock, with some of the multi-unit buildings offering the spaces for sale or rent to the residents of these condominiums. Some residential structures that stand on the water here, however, do not have their own boat docks, which prompt residents to park their boats at the nearby Coconut Grove Sailing Club.
4. La Gorce
If you wanted to live in a neighborhood that has a golf course in the middle, waterfront homes all around it, and celebrities as neighbors, then La Gorce is probably one of the best places for you to live in. This neighborhood is basically a cluster of islands located northwest of Mid Beach and west of North Beach. It can be accessed via bridges that connect it to North Beach and Nautilus. Some of the celebrities who have lived in this neighborhood at one time or another include Matt Damon, Jennifer Lopez, Julio Iglesias, and Ricky Martin.
With the popularity of this enclave and the massive homes that can be found in it, you can be sure that most of the residences here sell for top dollar. Of course, if you want to be neighbors with your favorite actor or musical artist, then this is the place to go.
5. Fisher Island
Another community that can boast of a long list of celebrity residents, not to mention astoundingly impressive homes and estates, is Fisher Island. Located just south of SoFi in South Beach, this island can only be reached by ferry or private boat. This means that you cannot drive to and from this island, unlike the other islands located in Miami. This island was once lived on by only one family, which was the Vanderbilts, but later became the home of many well-known celebrities who chose this island for the privacy it gave them.
Some of the celebrity names that called Fisher Island their home and had waterfront residences here include tennis pros Andre Agassi and Boris Becker, actress Julia Roberts, and talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey. Businessmen, heirs and heiresses, and other sports stars also found themselves calling this island home, at one time or another.
6. Key Biscayne
One of the more luxurious enclaves in Miami that is far removed from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Miami and Miami Beach, but still gives its residents the great Miami lifestyle that they want, is Key Biscayne. Located southeast of Downtown Miami and east of Coral Gables, this island enclave is one that people would love to live in simply because it offers them an escape from the craziness of city life but still gives them easy access to the creature comforts of the urban jungle.
This island community boasts of a wide variety of residential options, with the more expensive ones standing right on the water. These include 5-star condominium buildings and 3 to 7 bedroom single-family homes that either face the beach or stand on the many canals that are found here.
7. Palm Island
One of three man-made islands located between Downtown Miami and Miami Beach is Palm Island, which is the largest of the oval islands here. The other members of this triumvirate are Star Island and Hibiscus Island, which also boast of numerous waterfront residences that people can choose to live in. Majority of the homes on Palm Island and on the others as well do stand on the water, but there are a few that are not waterfront residences.
The variety of homes here comes in the sizes and number of rooms that each one has. Quite a lot of these waterfront homes are massive, but there are some that are modestly sized. All of these waterfront homes take advantage of the easy access to the water with private boat docks.
8. South Beach
If there is one enclave in Miami Beach that is famous for its parties, nightspots, interesting people, and great food, South Beach is it. The area is dotted with luxury condominium buildings, boutique condo residences, and condo-hotels that face either the Atlantic Ocean or Biscayne Bay. Residential buildings that are facing Downtown Miami often have boat docks that give people easy access to the bay and the ocean. Those that are standing on the beach give people white sandy beaches, resort-style living, and amazing views of the ocean.
Most, if not all, of the homes here, are multi-unit ones, with some smaller buildings giving residents more privacy and more opulent residences when compared with the bigger buildings in this area.
The choices include low-rise to high-rise condominium buildings, single-family homes, and multi-family gated communities that share docks and facilities that make it easy to get on the water.The neighborhoods that you will find lining the shores of Miami have residents with rather unique and diverse personalities.
Examples of these diverse communities include the artistic and fashionable Edgewater residents, the cosmopolitan and sophisticated individuals of Downtown Miami, and the career-oriented millennials in Brickell, to mention a few.
The waterfront homes that you will find in these communities give residents what they look for in a residence near the water, and that includes majestic views of the bay, easy access to the water, and cool bay breezes day and night. You can find most of the people who live in these homes indulging not only in water-oriented activities, but also in other endeavors that these locales have to offer.
Aside from being near the water, these neighborhoods also give residents numerous dining options, shopping choices, and entertainment selections. Whether you choose to live in the very tropical Coconut Grove, in sophisticated Downtown Miami, or in the historic Upper East Side, you will find that living in a waterfront home is one of the best decisions you will have ever made.