Richard79912, Other/Just Looking in 75219

I'm looking to retire to a condo in Miami Beach, Bal Harbour, or Sunny Isles Beach (actually, even Brickell is a possibility). But I do NOT want to

Asked by Richard79912, 75219 Tue Jan 18, 2011

buy in a place that has a liberal rental policy ("monthly rentals welcome") with a revolving door of partygoers and rug rats. So for me, condo-hotels are out, I don't care how many stars they're rated. I want some degree of peace and quiet, but near restaurants and people. Could you steer me to one of the areas I've mentioned over another and/or specific condos that have at least some peace and quiet? [Price range: 450-550K]

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As an expert on Brickell Avenue I have encountered this question many many times! Regardless of which neighborhood you go into it is worth knowing which buildings are populated by permanent residence over transient renters (an important question you ask). Fortunately all buildings will make their rental policy known (I can happily provide you with the rental policies of all the best buildings on Brickell). I can show you how many units for rent are currently available in every building and how many were rented out over the last 12 months. This will also give you an idea of the movement of renters in that building.

There are some key questions you should ask yourself (and this is something that working with a knowledgeable realtor in a specific neighborhood will be able to tell you! - its the quickest and fastest way.

Look at the demographic of the area - Brickell is the 'financial hub' of Miami, so that will give you an idea of the kind of people that live there.
Also look at how developed an area is - Brickell is well developed and it is easy to walk to shops and restaurants. It is also getting better and better by the day.
Look at the surrounding area of development and within that building. With so much change in Miami recently if you buy into a building that has alot of work going on (contruction and building updates) you could be hearing jackhammers and workmen which will also upset your piece and quiet!
Look at the prices in the neighborhood - $450-500 will get you something very nice here, yet it is increasingly seen as the most desireable neigborhood in Miami.

My sentiments is that for someone who wants to retire: Brickell Key is definitely worth a look (Tequesta 1,2,3 and Carbonell), as are some of the condo further down Brickell Avenue from 14th on - (The Palace, Villa Regina, Bristol Towers, Santa Maria - if your budget stretches). Here you will find many people who have lived in these buildings for many many years, and there are only a handful of renters who also have lived their for a long time. It is also worth looking at boutique buildings like 'Brickell East' which has only 22 floors, but superb layouts in the units and is nice peaceful building yet close to the water. All these buildings are well developed, high end and you get direct water views. Yet the social infrastructure is suitably developed to cater for refined tastes.

If you would like to see Brickell, please give me a call. My offices are based on Brickell and the door is always open!

David Siddons.
EWM International. 901 S Miami Avenue. Miami, Fl33131.
Cel: 305 508 0899
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2 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 19, 2011
"Rug rate?" seriously!

Locations are so subjuctive, even beyond your shared specifications, that it's usualy best to arrive at one's own conclusion. Too often we are reminded that, "beauty is in the eyes of the beholder."

2 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 14, 2013
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 16, 2013
I am not only selling/buying and helping clients to find the best rental on Sunny Isles, I am also proud resident in Sunny Isles. I am available with short notice and very knowledgable in the area as I live with my family of four my self. Contact me with your request so that I am able to get you the best rental property for your need, I speak English, Spanish , French and Turkish

Sima Kohen
786 252 3816
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 14, 2013
There are many buildings with rental restrictions, we are happy to show you some stunning options that are also waterfront in North Miami Beach. Please feel free to go through our site and listings.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 26, 2013
I live in the Brickell neighborhood, and it is fantastic. The area is really booming. I've also lived in Miami Beach.
Please feel free to contact me if you would like my help. I can e-mail you some options in all areas within your budget.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri May 24, 2013
Not sure if you are still in the market. If you are please either check out my website at or contact me to better assist you.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 29, 2012
Hi Richard,

I reside south of fifth street in Miami Beach and just like you I wanted to live somewhere that was close to people and "action" but still had my privacy.

I can honestly tell you that south of fifth street is a wonderful area, very local and not touristic at all.
You still have action but yet it's very peaceful.

You are close to all the best restaurants, beaches, parks.

I also think Bal Horbor and Sunny Isles are really great areas for what you are looking for.

I'll be more than happy to send you some listings for you to view.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Sophie Bamps
Real Estate Agent
Cell: 305-206-8867
Fax: 305-443-2226
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 3, 2012

Your request is right up my alley! Brickell is great for "Urbanites" in my opinion, akin to "Downtown-Miami" or any other Downtown, per se'. Although Claughton Island and Brickell Avenue ave isolated from Miami's Downtown.

My suggestion is Mid-Miami Beach, Bal Harbour, Surfside or Sunny Isles Beach.

Our site includes these cities with a user friendly search tool to isolate by price, square footage, cities, neighborhood or building name.

There are good options available- its a matter of choosing a particular building.

There are many to choose from.

Miami Beach Real Estate Guy
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Mott Marvin Kornicki
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 10, 2012
Hi Richard,

There is an new complex in Brickell, very chic with very nice ameneties, that offers exactly that you are looking for. Near shops, trendy restarurants. Very peaceful and usually, homeowners are the mayority that will occupy this premises which make a difference. But again according to what you're mentioning, Brickell qualifies for these characteristics you are looking for. You may email me at and let me know if you would like to schedule an appointment to view these gorgeous high end condos.

Take Care.
Alexandria Monge
Sun Realty Investments
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 10, 2012
The easiest way to tell is ask your Realtor what the minimum rental policy is on the building. Most of the good buildings have a strict 4 month/6 month minimum policy.

We just have to find you one that you are 100% happy with :-)

Alistair Powell
ONE Sotheby's International Realty
119 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
c: 305.815.0880
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 3, 2011
There are great units out there that would meet your needs.

1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 19, 2011
You may prefer Bal Harbor islands and Surfside. There are several very small boutique condo buildings with beautiful views and they have a serene atmosphere that are near great shops and restaurants and are walking are distance to the sandy beach. Check out the Belmont Condo on Bal Harbor Drive.
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Please call us at 954-297-5634 cell, to help you find your condo
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Good Day!

I favor Bal Harbour aand Sunny Isles Beach, Perhaps an even better choice is Surfside. The Town of Surfside is quaint and peaceful ~ the hight limitation is 12 stories [MAXIMUM] which allows for a long day on the beach without having to find your place in the sun~ as we must do in Sunny Isles and parts of Miami Beach.

A great choice in Surfside is Marbella or Solimar. In Bal Harbour, there are a few good choices; look into The New Harbour House ♥ Bal Harbour House.

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Dear Richard,
I live in this cute building in Bal Harbour and it is very quiet. It is close to everything and across from the beach. It is under your price range though. If you are interested in this area I will be happy to assist you.
Ivonne Arana
Majestic Properties
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Hi Richard,
I do understand about not wanting a transient environment for your retirements I searched the beach areas and selected the buildings that I know are stable, well run and have a nice serence yet active envrionment.
I did not include Brickell as I feel it has not established itself enough to have what you are looking for.

On the link below are what I feel are the best options in the buildings I recommend. Be sure to click on the arrow on the top left when you open the link to see all of the selections.. I highly suggest Carroll Walk in Bay Harbour, St Tropez in Miami Beach and Oceania in Sunny Isles out of my selections.…

I would be glad to assist you with you search and purchase when you are ready. Feel free to contact me at your convenience.

Beth Jenkins
South Florida Brokers
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 19, 2011
Dear Richard,

I'd be happy to help you.

One building that comes to mind right off the bat
is Harbor House in Bal Harbor. The common areas
were beautifully remodeled just a few years ago,
and the building is modern yet quiet. It's walking
distance to the Shops at Bal Harbour, with their
nice variety of restaurants, and it's down the
road from Surfside, which offers additional
options. My company is about to list a beautiful
unit there within your price range.

I would gladly give you some other options;
please call or email me at your convenience.

Diane Loveridge
The Tello Team at Keller Williams
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 18, 2011
Hello Richard,
Im with Keller Williams in Miami Beach, Miami is my specialty.
I could certainly steer you in the right direction Richard. I will send you some listings of quiet locations that meet your requirements. If you would please contact me via telephone or email, so that we can get started.


Guillaume Vargas
954 294 7980
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 18, 2011
I could help you to find the best option ocean front in MB, Bal Harbour or Sunny.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 18, 2011
Hi Hope your doing well! Take a look on my new website as it has up to date re sales as well as all the new developments in Miami. The site is http://www.exquisitemiamiproperties,com.

Let me know what I can do to help you.

Thank you,

William Henderson
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 3, 2013
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