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.

Property Info Price
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Breathtaking Luxury Ocean Front Trophy Property in Rio De Janeiro
Furnished
5 BR 8 bath
House
For Sale
8500 sq ft
$10,888,000
Significant waterfront development opportunity 100 Sq
Land
For Sale
$3,750,000
No photo available
1 BR 1 bath
Condo
For Sale
620 sq ft
$899,000
2 Bedroom plus 1 huge den which could be converted into 3rd room
3 BR 2 bath
Condo
For Sale
$749,000
Re-constructed in 2008 - 5 BR House
5 BR 6 bath
Two story
For Sale
$10,000,000
ARTECITY 1 BR Condo Miami Beach Miami
1 BR 1 bath
Split-level
For Sale
900 sq ft
$540,000
Beautiful South East Corner apartment with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths on a higher floor PRICED TO SELL FAST
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
For Sale
$699,000
BEAUTIFUL JR SUITE/1 BATH WITH DIRECT OCEAN VIEWS WITH: FLAT SCREEN TV
1 bath
Condo
For Sale
516 sq ft
$769,000
Continuum Condo North Tower - Continuum North Tower 1 BR Condo Miami Beach Miami
1 BR 1 bath
Condo
For Sale
790 sq ft
$1,175,000
Building on the sea with gym and two swimming pools
1 BR 1 bath
Condo
For Sale
880 sq ft
$765,000
Fantastic Art Deco masterpiece designed by Frank Sexton
4 BR 3 bath
Two story
For Sale
$1,790,000
NEW CONSTRUCTION - Temple View 3 BR Condo
3 BR 3 bath
Condo
For Sale
$1,399,000
BEAUTIFUL 1 BEDROOM/2 BATHS WITH UNOBSTRUCTED DIRECT VIEWS OF THE OCEAN
1 BR 2 bath
Condo
For Sale
$1,418,000
RESORT STYLE OCENFRONT CONDOMINUM THAT SHARE AMMENITIES WITH 1 MIAMI BEACH HOTEL
1 BR 1 bath
Condo
For Sale
880 sq ft
$689,000
Considered the best view and layout in Miami Beach
3 BR 3 bath
Condo
For Sale
$6,700,000
Professionally decorated 2 story Lanai in private gated Aqua community in the heart of Miami Beach
3 BR 3 bath
Condo
For Sale
$1,695,000
A spectacular 2BD/2+1BA in the exclusive Indian Creek building in Miami Beach
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
For Sale
$599,000
First time to the market in the outstanding The Meridian complex
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
For Sale
$1,575,000
Large Ultra-Modern Furnished Turn-key Newly Remodeled 1/1 Oceanfront Unit
1 BR 1 bath
Condo
For Sale
840 sq ft
$1,099,000
Rarely available NW corner at Caribbean Miami Beach
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
For Sale
$1,700,000
Ilona Lofts 2 BR Condo
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
For Sale
$900,000
This is a unique opportunity to customize a 1 - Setai 2 BR Condo Miami Beach Miami
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
For Sale
$7,250,000
A wonderful luxury Suite in the heart of Miami beach
1 BR 1 bath
Condo
For Sale
774 sq ft
$539,000
The Setai Condominium 2 BR Condo Miami Beach Miami
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
For Sale
$3,500,000
Continuum On South Beach 3 BR Condo
3 BR 3 bath
Tri-level
For Sale
$6,000,000
Much sought after Sunset Harbour South - Sunset Harbour South 2 BR Condo
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
For Sale
$825,000
Brand new 2 story contemporary home built on auger cast piles by Todd Michael Glaser
4 BR 4 bath
Two story
For Sale
$3,399,000
Most desirable line of the building featuring tremendous ocean view
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
For Sale
$779,000
Furnished 1120sqft of 2/2BR with private terrasse of almost 1000sqft
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
For Sale
$575,000
Soaring Ocean - BEL-AIRE ON THE OCEAN 1 BR Condo Miami Beach Miami
1 BR 1 bath
Condo
For Sale
805 sq ft
$599,000
BEAUTIFUL LINE # 03 APARTMENT - MURANO GRANDE AT PORTOFIN 3 BR Condo Miami Beach Miami
3 BR 3 bath
Condo
For Sale
$3,840,000
Original charm appointed with all of today modern conveniences
4 BR 2 bath
House
For Sale
$1,695,000
One of a kind Cabana in the Continuum on south Beach
1 BR 1 bath
Condo
For Sale
$1,395,000
YOU MUST SEE THE PICTURES TO APPRECIATE THIS BEAUTIFUL 2 BED / 2 BATH UNIT WITH PRIVATE BEACH ON MILLIONAIRES ROW
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
For Sale
930 sq ft
$500,000
W South Beach Residences Condo
1 bath
Condo
For Sale
574 sq ft
$1,295,000
Live on Millionaire's Row w/ white glove service - TOWER HOUSE 3 BR Condo Miami Beach Miami
3 BR 3 bath
Condo
For Sale
$1,750,000
The most desirable unit in Bayview Plaza because of its views and square footage
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
For Sale
$539,900
Move-in-Ready - Icon South Beach 2 BR Condo
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
For Sale
$1,650,000
Least expensive three bedroom unit at the exclusive Portofino Tower located in the ultra-chic (SOFI) area of South Beach
3 BR 2 bath
Condo
For Sale
$3,250,000
Rarely available - CORINTHIAN CONDO 2 BR Condo Miami Beach Miami
2 BR 2 bath
Condo
For Sale
$649,000