While nothing can replace being here personally, I realize this convenience is not always possible. First of all, find a trusted Realtor or a good friend that is willing to put in the extra effort to view properties on your behalf. Next, there are so many apps and platforms that enable file and video sharing, having your local Realtor/friend do a few "virtual viewings" beforehand will make your time spent in Miami previewing properties, and ultimately deciding on where to live, much more efficient!
... and while Miami itself is a vibrant and lively city with many distinct neighborhoods, many of the 30+ nearby towns get mistakenly grouped under "Miami". Like any major metropolitan area, the neighborhoods and towns are quite diverse and the best person to determine what is right for you, is yourself! So, here are just a few highlights to help guide you around the greater Miami area:
Located to Miami’s southwest, "The Gables" was developed during the 1920s by George Edward Merrick in the Mediterranean Revival Style of architecture. Tourists come to visit the 140+ restaurants, as well as local landmarks such as the Venetian Pool, the Biltmore Hotel, Miracle Mile, DeSoto Fountain, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, John C. Gifford Arboretum. The city is perhaps best known as the location of the University of Miami. Homes sales in the area average $306,000 (1BR) to $1,186,000 (3BR) and rent for $2,100 (1BR) to $4,700 (3BR)
Sunny Isles Beach is located on a barrier island to the northeast of Miami. Sunny Isles is a center of cultural diversity, with a plethora of diverse stores along Collins Avenue. The city is referred to as "Little Moscow" due to its many Russian and Russian-descended residents. It is a booming resort and high-rise condominium area, and is an ideally central location, only minutes from downtown Miami or to the nightlife on Miami Beach (South Beach). Homes sales in the area average $537,800 (1BR) to $2,050,400 (3BR) and rent for $3,500 (1BR) to $7,600 (3BR).
Aventura is my favorite area and is a planned, suburban Miami city located in northeastern Miami. This affluent community is comprised of the well known mall (Aventura Mall) and many condominium developments. It is close to the beaches as well as the entertainment offered by both Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Homes sales in the area average $282,000 (1BR) to $787,000 (3BR) and rent for $1,800 (1BR) to $4,200 (3BR).
Miami Beach was incorporated in 1915, and is located on a barrier island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The city is often referred to under the umbrella term of "Miami," despite being a distinct municipality. Miami Beach has been one of America's pre-eminent beach resorts for almost a century. The great boom of the 1920’s brought enormous growth from northeast investors that built many small hotels along lower Collins Avenue and Ocean Drive, which has become the famous Art Deco District; known the world over as "South Beach" or "SoBe." Homes sales in the area average $515,000 (1BR) to $3,400,000 (3BR) and rent for $2,600 (1BR) to $8,800 (3BR).
SOUTH OF FIFTH
The South of Fifth (SoFi) area within Miami Beach has become one of the most popular addresses in South Florida. SoFi real estate is upscale, exclusive, and set apart from the denser, tourist-clogged section of South Beach north of Fifth Street. Homes sales in the area average $1,100,000 (1BR) to $3,600,000 (3BR) and rent for $3,400 (1BR) to $8,000 (3BR).
Brickell (pronounced "BRICK-uhl") is a dense, high-rise residential neighborhood with many upscale, luxury condominium and apartment towers. Referred to as the "Manhattan of the South", Brickell is home to the largest concentration of international banks in the U.S. Mary Brickell Village is located at the center of the area, and is designed in a particularly French style. This area is home to a number of exclusive restaurants, retail stores, and boutiques. Brickell is north of Coconut Grove, south of Downtown Miami, west of South Beach, and east of Little Havana. Homes sales in the area average $356,000 (1BR) to $1,280,000 (3BR) and rent for $2,100 (1BR) to $5,800 (3BR).
I hope this info was helpful! If you have any other questions about the area, I would be more than happy to help you any way I can!