SUNNY ISLES BEACH ~ THE VENICE OF AMERICA
Sunny Isles Beach, the city of sun & sea, is located on an island in the northeast corner of Miami-Dade County. Sunny Isles Beach is bounded by the turquoise-blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Intracoastal Waterway on the west. The City of Golden Beach lies to the north; Bal Harbour and Haulover Park are immediately to the south.
In 1920 Mr. Harvey B. Graves, a private investor, purchased a 2.5 square mile tract of land for development as a tourist resort. He named it Sunny Isles - The Venice of America.
Five years later the completion of the Haulover Bridge made the area accessible from Miami Beach. Developers came and widened streams, dug canals and inlets, and created islands and peninsulas with waterfront properties on Biscayne Bay.
In 1926, with nearly One Million Dollars, a group of investors built an all-wooden racetrack with stands for 12,000 spectators. After just one 'international auto race,' the track was destroyed by a hurricane, its wooden beams blown all over the county. Some observers believe this event, dubbed 'Fulford's Folly,' helped to spur the auto races at Sebring and Daytona.
Sunny Isles developed slowly until the 1950's. The Golden Strand, the first 4-story hotel on the beach in this area, was built in 1946. The Ocean Palm, the first two-story motel in the USA, was built in 1949.
FAMOUS VISITORS AND RESIDENTS
The Golden Strand served for many years as a majestic enclave for the rich and famous. Visitors included America's royal princess Grace Kelly; industrialists such as the Du Ponts, Guggenheims and Vanderbuilt’s; celebrities such as actors Burt Lancaster, Mike Todd, Joseph Cotton and Gary Cooper; band leaders Benny Goodman, and Guy Lombardo; and notables such as major league baseball star Babe Ruth and politician Ted Kennedy.
The Beatles of Rock & Roll fame were also regular visitors to Sunny Isles.
HISTORIC FISHING PIER
In 1936, the Sunny Isles Pier was built and quickly became a popular destination for tourists and fishermen. The half-mile pier was designated an historic site in 1982, and is still used by fishing enthusiasts, tourists and sightseers from around the world.
DEVELOPMENT IN THE 50's & 60's
During the 1950's, the first single-family homes were built in the Golden Shores area. More than 30 motels sprang up along Collins Avenue during the 50's and 60's, including the Aztec, Driftwood, Thunderbird, Sahara, Dunes and Golden Gate. The collection soon became known as "Motel Row" and tourists from all over came to enjoy these motels of exotic design and themes.
The City of Sunny Isles Beach was incorporated on June 16, 1997 out of the unincorporated area of Miami-Dade County. It operates under ordinances of the City, the Charters of the City, Miami-Dade County, and statutes of the State of Florida.
MAYOR DAVID P. SAMSON
The founding father and first mayor of the City, David Samson, passed away unexpectedly October 12, 2003 while serving his second term in office. As required by the City Charter the Vice Mayor, Norman S. Edelcup became Mayor.
SUNNY ISLES BEACH ~ THE FLORIDA RIVIERA
Sunny Isles Beach is experiencing a redevelopment renaissance on the east side of Collins Avenue (Oceanfront), the main corridors and beach access pathways will always offer residents, visitors and guests; "A LIFE WITH A VIEW." To the west of Collins Avenue, the City is building parks, improving the infrastructure and laying the groundwork for future redevelopment. The emphasis of most of the redevelopment is on residential condominium construction. Luxury Oceanfront Sky Homes are steadily replacing outdated motels. Much of this residential construction is not intended for year-round occupancy. However, statistics show a steady growth in young families who want to be and live near the ocean.
The City's three single family communities ~ Golden Shores, Atlantic Island and Golden Gate, a new luxury exclave at the northern tip of the City - are all situated on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.
The City of Sunny Isles Beach is quickly becoming known as the Florida Riviera.
You can find great local Florida Real Estate information on Localism.com • Mott Marvin Kornicki, Realtor® • Waterway Realty, REALTORS® • is a proud member of the ActiveRain Real Estate Network, a free online community to help real estate professionals grow their business.
Acqualina • Arlen House 100 • Arlen House 300 • Arlen House 500 • Aventura Beach Club • Avila • Bay Country Club • Caribbean Breeze • Da Vinci • Fairview House • Florida Ocean Club • Jade Ocean • Golden Bay Club •Jade Ocean • King David • Kings Point Imperial • La Perla • Le Cartier • Le Maisonneuve • Le Meridien • Le Montcalm • Le Richelieu CO-OP • Les Pelicans • M Resort Residences • Marbella Tower • Marco Polo Beach Resort • Marina Bay Club • Miami Beach Club • Millennium • Ocean One ( Ocean I)• Ocean Two (Ocean II)• Ocean Three (Ocean III) • Ocean Four (Ocean 4, Ocean IV) • Oceania I (Oceania One) • Oceania II (Oceania Two) • Oceania III ( Oceania Three) • Oceania IV (Oceania Four) • Oceania V (Oceania Five) • Ocean Reserve • Ocean View • Plaza of Americas • Poinciana Island • Porto Bellagio • Salem House • Sands Pointe • Sayan • Seashore Club • Sole on the Ocean • St. Tropez • The Isles Condo • The Pinnacle • The Sahara Beach Club • Towne Royale • Trump Tower One (Trump I) • Trump Tower Two (Trump II) • Trump Tower Three (Trump III) • Trump International • Trump Palace • Trump Royale • Winston Towers 100 • Winston Towers 200 • Winston Towers 300 • Winston Towers 400 • Winston Towers 500 • Winston Towers 600 • Winston Towers 700
Over twenty seven Sunny Isles Beach condos line the Atlantic Ocean and there are a dozen more in the preconstruction or under construction phase of their development. Witness some of the most beautiful residential architecture in the world, with designs by Kobi Karp, Carlos Ott and the Seiger-Suarez partnership! Many of the oceanfront condos for sale in Sunny Isles Beach are state-of-the-art buildings that offer international-class amenities.
What used to be an "old Florida" resort town has come of age in the new millennium. Real estate sales are “booming” with glass high-rise condos and internationally branded condo-hotels.
Many part-time winter residents choose a condominium in Sunny Isles Beach, because the warm tropical waters are just outside all of the Sunny Isles condos making it the perfect place to escape from the frozen winters that the rest of the country endures.
Whether you are looking to buy, sell or rent a luxury condo in South Florida, Sunny Isles may be just right. With so many new residents moving to Sunny Isles Beach everyday, condominium values continue to rise.
A great site for information on Sunny Isles Beach:
Buying condominiums in the current Miami real estate market can be confusing because there are so many projects, developers and options available.
· Should one purchase in a condo conversion building or would a preconstruction project be better?
· Which developers will actually start and finish their buildings?
· How do I evaluate one project compared to another?
· Is one neighborhood appreciating faster than another?
These are all valid concerns and this is why the services of an experienced Realtor® and business person are vital to successful real estate investing. We pride ourselves on providing the most complete online source for Miami-Dade real estate information and on our years of experience assisting buyers like you. Contact us today and let us share our knowledge and experience with you and help you enjoy living in Miami Dade Area
Mott Marvin Kornicki