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.

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Available January 20th 2019 - THE DECOPLAGE CONDO$3,000
This is a private residence located within the 5 Star Setai Hotel located at 101 20th St$18,000
This Penthouse has 270 degrees of astonishing views$12,500
Miami Riches Real Estate presents 4bed/4bath located at the Setai Miami Beach$35,000
Unfurnished 2 full bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms on the 11th floor with outstanding views facing West$3,200
Tastefully furnished with brand new contemporary decor$6,500
*6 WEEKS FREE & $80 PARKING SPECIAL IF MOVE IN BY 7/15* Welcome to Miami Beach's most exciting residential community$3,569
Impeccably renovated 1/1 - OCEANFRONT PLAZA CONDO 1 BR Condo Miami Beach Florida$3,200
Spectacular corner residence perched above South Beach on the 37th floor of luxe Setai Hotel and Residences$30,000
Fully furnished condo in amazing condition - THE DECOPLAGE CONDO 1 BR Condo Miami Beach Florida$3,300
Amazing view from this high floor unit - BLUE DIAMOND CONDO 2 BR Condo Miami Beach Florida$4,200
Tastefully decorated 1-bed/1-bath unit with breathtaking views of the of the azure Atlantic Ocean and Miami Beach is available for rent$10,500
spacious 2 bedrooms/ 2 baths unit featuring wood floors$3,300
AVAILABLE FOR RENT - SETAI RESORT & RESIDENCES 2 BR Condo Miami Beach Florida$13,000
Fully furnished 2 full bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms with modern furniture on the 27th floor with outstanding views facing West$3,500
Spectacular apartment in the exclusive condo Murano Grande in south beach$5,700
Turnkey beauty w/finest inventory - Decoplage Condo 1 BR Condo Miami Beach Florida$3,000
Great spacious condo facing the ocean with all amenities a 5-star hotel can offer$14,000
Stunning DIRECT ocean views from this tastefully furnished 2 bedroom 2$19,000
2 bedroom / 2 bathroom apartment - The Alexander Hotel 2 BR Condo Miami Beach Florida$4,500
New listing at B - BLUE DIAMOND CONDO 1 BR Condo Miami Beach Florida$3,500
Nicely furnished with Fisher Island - CONTINUUM 2 BR Condo Miami Beach Florida$15,000
Corner lower penthouse offer sweeping 270 degree views from Atlantic ocean and direct bay views of downtown Miami skyline$3,700
Elegant one bed plus den - The Cosmopolitan Res 1 BR Condo Miami Beach Florida$3,100
GREAT ONE BEDROOM/ONE BATH UNIT WITH BALCONY FACING SOUTH$3,300
Furnished Rental - SOUTH POINTE TOWERS CONDO 2 BR Condo Miami Beach Florida$4,900
*6 WEEKS FREE and $80 PARKING IF MOVE IN BY 6/23/18* Welcome to Miami Beach's most exciting residential community$3,100
brokers remarks pending - IL VILLAGGIO ON SOUTH BEA 3 BR Condo Miami Beach Florida$10,500
Gorgeous direct bay views 2br 2 baths apt at the Yacht club at Portofino$5,500
Unobstructed Water Views from this 3 Bedroom/ 2 - EDEN HOUSE CONDO 3 BR Condo Miami Beach Florida$4,350
Located just steps away from the beach & Ocean this beautifully designed and renovated ground floor Oceanside residence offers 4$35,000
The Ilona - ILONA CONDO 2 BR Condo Miami Beach Florida$4,300
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Rarely available 04-line at prestigious Il Villaggio condo in South Beach$10,000
Fantastic rental in the sought after South Of Fifth neighborhood Of Miami Beach at Ocean Place Condo$3,200
Large Guest Suite Studio - Continum South Condo Miami Beach Florida$3,500
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