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!
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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."
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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.
Real Estate Agent
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. http://www.waterwayrealty.com/mix.htm
There are good options available- its a matter of choosing a particular building.
There are many to choose from.
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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 email@example.com and let me know if you would like to schedule an appointment to view these gorgeous high end condos.
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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.
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 â™¥ Bal Harbour House.
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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.
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.
South Florida Brokers
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.
The Tello Team at Keller Williams
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.
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Let me know what I can do to help you.