Miami Beach

Miami Beach is a city in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. The city was incorporated on 26 March 1915. It is located on a barrier island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean; the Bay separates Miami Beach from the city of Miami, Florida. The city is often referred to under the umbrella term of "Miami," despite being a distinct municipality. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 87,933. 55.5% of the population was foreign born. A 2005 population estimate for the city was 87,925. Miami Beach has been one of America's pre-eminent beach resorts for almost a century.


In 1870 Henry Lum and son Charles arrived by sailboat on the large sandbar off the southeast Florida coast, and were so impressed by the island they landed on that they bought from the federal government, for $.25 an acre, most of the island and property further north.

Lum would later sell the property to fellow New Jerseyites Elnathan Field and Ezra Osborne, who, in turn would sell the land to John S. Collins and his son-in-law, Thomas Pancoast, who were also from New Jersey.

In 1913, Collins and Carl Fisher, who had made his fortune from his invention and later sale of the Presto-o-Lite Corporation and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, embarked on an agriculture venture on the beachfront land. Fisher loaned Collins the money he needed to complete the first bridge from Miami to Miami Beach that same year and the bridge, at the time the longest wooden bridge in the world, would be the catalyst for the 1915 incorporation of Miami Beach.

The great boom of the 1920’s would see enormous growth, while during the Depression, new groups from the northeast would build many small hotels along lower Collins Avenue and Ocean Drive. This building boom helped bring the area out of the Depression and forty years later that area of Miami Beach would become the famous Art Deco District, known the world over as "South Beach" or "SoBe."

During World War II 500,000 Army Air Corps cadets passed through Miami Beach when it became a major training center. [ See here for more information and additional resources on these WWII Miami Beach veterans.] Many of these servicemen returned to make the area their permanent home after the war. By the end of the 1950s, South Florida had doubled its pre-war population.

When Fidel Castro took over Cuba in 1959, the revolution radically changed South Florida as half a million Cubans poured into the area. The 1980s and early 90s brought a massive infusion of investment capital that has produced a reborn Miami Beach. Although it has changed almost beyond recognition (again), Miami Beach has thrived amidst that change and overcome many difficulties as it continues to be an international mecca for travel, business, and permanent residents.

Wake up to unobstructed views facing the ocean - MURANO AT PORTOFINO CONDO 2 BR Highrise Miami Beach Miami
2 BR 2 bath
Highrise
Rental
$7,500
Huge one bedroom unit at Mar Del Plata Condo - MAR DEL PLATA CONDO 1 BR
1 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$3,000
Enjoy the best of South Beach's high life from this amazing waterfront studio of 547 Sq Ft
1 bath
493 sq ft
Condo
Rental
$3,000
Fully furnished 2 full bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms with modern furniture on the 27th floor with outstanding views facing West
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$3,400
YACHT CLUB AT PORTOFINO C 2 BR Condo Miami Beach Miami
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$3,900
EDEN HOUSE CONDO 3 BR
3 BR 3 bath
Condo
Rental
$5,000
Fully renovated including new impact windows - SOUTH POINTE TOWERS CONDO 2 BR
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$3,950
The Best Location In South Beach - The Decoplage Condo 2 BR
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$9,000
Tenant occupied - THE DECOPLAGE CONDO 1 BR
1 BR 1 bath
850 sq ft
Condo
Rental
$3,000
South of fifth fully furnished two bedroom/two bathroom gem located at The Yacht Club at Portofino
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$3,400
Wonderful renovated one bedroom apartment - YACHT CLUB AT PORTOFINO C 1 BR
1 BR 1 bath
780 sq ft
Condo
Rental
$3,100
Updated 1 bedroom + den with 2 full baths - South Pointe Tower 2 BR
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$3,500
*** ENJOY THIS SPECTACULAR OCEANFRONT 2 BEDROOM APARTMENT
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$3,500
Boutique - THE DANTON CONDO 2 BR
2 BR 2 bath
978 sq ft
Penthouse
Rental
$3,250
Come and enjoy the south of 5th - South Pointe Towers Condo 1 BR
1 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$4,500
Available monthly $4 - YACHT CLUB AT PORTOFINO C 2 BR
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$4,000
THE ALEXANDER CONDO 2 BR
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$4,500
Enjoy amazing panoramic ocean and city views from this amazing north facing sky palace at the Blue Diamond
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$6,500
LUXURY FURNISHED RENTAL IN AMAZING BOUTIQUE BUILDING IN MIAMI BEACH
3 BR 1 bath
Condo
Rental
$4,800
Excellent Location - MURANO GRANDE AT PORTOFIN 2 BR Condo Miami Beach Miami
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$6,500
Stunning 2/2 corner unit facing the bay from the 11th floor with unobstructed views of all the islands and water
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$7,000
Spectacular 2 bedroom residence tastefully furnished offering stunning direct views of Biscayne Bay
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$4,300
One of the kind in Miami - BLUE DIAMOND CONDO 1 BR Condo Miami Beach Miami
1 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$4,000
As you enter into this magnificent residence you will be greeted with sensational views of Bay
1 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$3,300
Exquisite Penthouse on the intracoastal - NAUTICA CONDO 4 BR Penthouse Miami Beach Miami
4 BR 3 bath
Penthouse
Rental
$4,900
SPECTACULAR IN EVERY WAY - THE DECOPLAGE CONDO 2 BR Condo Miami Beach Miami
2 BR 2 bath
890 sq ft
Condo
Rental
$5,000
Breathtaking Ocean View Unit with Amazing Upgraded Furniture
1 BR 1 bath
845 sq ft
Condo
Rental
$3,500
Excellent South of Fifth Location - YACHT CLUB AT PORTOFINO C 2 BR Condo Miami Beach Miami
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$3,200
Outstanding Ocean View Apartment - THE DECOPLAGE CONDO 1 BR Condo Miami Beach Miami
1 BR 1 bath
700 sq ft
Condo
Rental
$4,000
Fully Furnished Upgraded and Remodeled 1 Bedroom Unit
1 BR 1 bath
890 sq ft
Condo
Rental
$3,500
Best Location in South Beach: Where Lincoln Meets the Ocean
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$4,500
Beautiful - THE DECOPLAGE CONDO 1 BR
1 BR 2 bath
890 sq ft
Condo
Rental
$4,500
STUNNING VIEWS OF THE CITY - BLUE DIAMOND CONDO 1 BR Condo Miami Beach Miami
1 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$3,350
2/2 & 1/2 high floor unit in the most desirable line (02) at Icon South Beach
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$8,500
The mercury south beach 1 BR Condo Miami Beach Miami
1 BR 1 bath
Condo
Rental
$3,000
Located in the heart of the residential neighborhood of SOFI
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$3,500
Front part of a duplex-feels like a single family home
2 BR 1 bath
Tri-level
Rental
$3,100
The ultimate south view residence at South Beach's very own Il Villaggio
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$16,000
Amazing 1/1 fully renovated - Flamingo South Beach cond 1 BR Condo Miami Beach Miami
1 BR 1 bath
770 sq ft
Condo
Rental
$3,000
Unfurnished - SOUTH POINTE TOWERS CONDO 2 BR Condo Miami Beach Miami
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
Rental
$3,650
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