Is sunny isles, fl a good place for empty nesters to move to as a year round home?

Asked by Nativereturns, Sunny Isles Beach, FL Sat Jun 4, 2011

We are young empty nesters at 45 years old, we moved away from Miami to raise our children over 12 years ago, but would like to buy a condo near the beach in south florida. We both work full time, so we can't settle on the west coast in a retirement area ;-) We thought Sunny Isles was relatively safe, close to downtown for jobs but its such a tourist area. Is it to transient to make a full time home?

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Jose Guzman, Agent, Aventura, FL
Mon Nov 5, 2012
Aventura is a good option too. Quiet, safe and not far from the beach
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Karin Leaman, Home Buyer, Atlanta, GA
Mon Jun 30, 2014
Is Sunny Isles a good place for families? Are there good schools?
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Adriana Mala…, Other Pro, Aventura, FL
Fri Oct 26, 2012
You can choose between Sunny Isles and Aventura, both are very safe, comfortable and close to the beach. I live and work in this area. Feel free to contact me for more information.

Adriana Malaga
Property Manager and Luxury Rental Specialist
786-370-1508
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Mott Marvin…, Agent, Sunny Isles Beach, FL
Wed Jul 16, 2014
Year Round, Part Time or Just for a short Vacation...

Sunny Isles Is on The Top of The Florida List!!
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Paul Heller, , Hollywood, FL
Wed Nov 21, 2012
Absolutely. There condos of various sizes and age. It is very upscale area with the newer construction of buildings. Lots of restaurants along Collins. Near Aventura mall. And Aventura would also be a viable option just over the bridge. Contact me at 954-559-6411, or email paulheller@bellsouth.net, to discuss your needs. Or go to my website at http://www.SoFlaBeachHomes.com
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Patricia Kra…, Agent, Miami, FL
Fri Oct 26, 2012
Sunny Isles is a safe and nice area to live and still enjoy the beach and a short commute to downtown, in a bad day like friday can take 25 minutes driving.
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Eric Morin, Agent, North Miami beach, FL
Sun Sep 30, 2012
I am 45 and I have been living in Sunny Isles for 8 years. It is extremely secure. Crimninality is close to innexistent. Me and my wife we like to wake up early and go for a 45 minutes walk on the beach between 5:30am and 5:45am, this is the safest place in Dade county to do that.

For the rest everything is perfect and everything is close by, the library, the post office, major banks, two grocery stores, one delicatessen store, parks, etc....

Personally, I don't find it to transient. Yes, there is an increase in traffic in the winter, but it is not that bad, I get use to it very fast. The tourism is concentrated on the beach in those luxurious hotel. They are not party goers like in South Beach, more family or quiet couple looking for peaceful, Quiet vacation while close to everything.
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Kate Smith,…, , Sunny Isles Beach, FL
Sat Jul 2, 2011
And, yes- the ones I have in mind in regards to pet-friendly, over 50lbs., ARE in Sunny Isles. So, please contact me for more details.

Regards,

Kate
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Beth Jenkins, Agent, Miami Lakes, FL
Fri Jul 1, 2011
Hi Native,
As I said I would post the pet friendly (over 50lb) condos, they are the link below:

http://sef.mlxchange.com/Pub/EmailView.asp?r=99476278&s=…

These are the only buildings that I know of that would work, but I will be sure to check for any others.

Contact me directly for further assistance, I would be happy to set up showings at your convenience.

Beth Jenkins
South Florida Brokers.
bethjenk1@gmail.com
786-374-4778
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Kate Smith,…, , Sunny Isles Beach, FL
Fri Jul 1, 2011
Dear Nativereturns:

There are several condo-th, that are pet-friendly and would be an excellent choice to make a home. Please contact me for further details.

Cordially,

Kate

PS: Happy 4th Of July! Sending you my best wishes for a great holiday weekend with this card:

http://www.jacquielawson.com/viewcard.asp?code=2937236487452…

Kate

PS: Buying or selling, I am always happy to assist you, your friends and family!
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Beth Jenkins, Agent, Miami Lakes, FL
Fri Jul 1, 2011
Hi again,
There are several condos that do take large dogs, although few and far between. I will do a search to send you with optons, but you may to be a bit more flexible on your locations.

I will send the options here as an answer unless you provide me with your email.

Best,
Beth Jenkins
South Florida Brokers
bethjenk1@gmail.com
786-374-4778
Web Reference:  http://www.arealtyteam.com
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Nativereturns, Home Buyer, Sunny Isles Beach, FL
Fri Jul 1, 2011
Thank you all for your answers! However, I have done some internet research since my first posting and I have come to realize that we have a big issue that will prevent us from moving into a condo on Collins Avenue (or a condo anywhere for that matter) - a large dog. Our dog is a soft-coated wheaten terrier; doesn't bark or shed, but she weighs 50lbs. We are so disappointed...is our research correct? It appears to us, that if pets are allowed it is usually for under 25lbs at best. We were planning on coming down to Florida to look around this month, but feel we may need to abandon our plans. Any advice on the large dog topic would be greatly appreciated. And no...we don't want to give her away to move into a condo...remember, we are new empty nesters, we don't want to lose our dog too. ;-)
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Nativereturns, Home Buyer, Sunny Isles Beach, FL
Fri Jul 1, 2011
Thank you all for your answers! However, I have done some internet research since my first posting and I have come to realize that we have a big issue that will prevent us from moving into a condo on Collins Avenue (or a condo anywhere for that matter) - a large dog. Our dog is a soft-coated wheaten terrier; doesn't bark or shed, but she weighs 50lbs. We are so disappointed...is our research correct? It appears to us, that if pets are allowed it is usually for under 25lbs at best. We were planning on coming down to Florida to look around this month, but feel we may need to abandon our plans. Any advice on the large dog topic would be greatly appreciated. And no...we don't want to give her away to move into a condo...remember, we are new empty nesters, we don't want to lose our dog too. ;-)
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Kate Smith,…, , Sunny Isles Beach, FL
Sun Jun 5, 2011
Sunny Isles is actually the best place for the active "empty nester". It enjoys superb location, within 15 minutes of 2 major international airports and ports; 5 minutes to Aventura Mall etc. etc...

It has the most unique set up: beach on one side and strong infrastructure on the other. Every single imaginable convenience is within minutes.

To make things better, the condo living is so affordable especially in any of the Winston Twrs buildings across from the ocean. Super low maintenance, well managed and quite building, affordable pricing and great views.

There is no other place that can possibly compare to SE Florida in terms of location, lifestyle, and climate.

Should you chose SE Florida, I will be happy to be of assistance. I can assure you that I know every inch of SE Florida Coast, and every single building.

Cordially,

Kate Smith, Realtor®, ABR, CRS, E-Pro,TRC, LHM, SFR, CDPE
Luxury Homes, Commercial and Distressed Properties Specialist, Advanta Realty, Inc.
Cell: 786.412.8510; Fax: 800.866.1159; 8008661159
kate@hollywood-beach-real-estate.com
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http://katesmith.advantarealty.com
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Nativereturns, Home Buyer, Sunny Isles Beach, FL
Sun Jun 5, 2011
Thank you all for your great answers! I appreciate your insights. We still have several areas to visit and consider before we come down to south Florida. We visited Atlanta yesterday so we're working hard toward making a final decision. Thank you again for all of input!
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Carol Salazar, Agent, North Miami Beach, FL
Sat Jun 4, 2011
Sunny Isles has a great location it is located next the Golden Beach area and relatively close to South Beach it is also near the I-95. City of Sunny Isles is very safe; I would walk my dog at midnight and feel perfectly safe. I think it was a wise move to relocate when you had kids were young and is a great idea to move back now that the kids are grown. There is always something to do here in Sunny Isles-plenty of restaurants and activities to go to. I would say Sunny Isles has an international feel to it, however, I would say it is transient. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do for you. I specialize in Sunny Isles and I also live here.

Sincerely,

Carol Salazar
Luxe Marketing and Sales
312 933-4572
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Irina Karan, Agent, Aventura, FL
Sat Jun 4, 2011
Great question! Before we moved our family to Sunny Isles Beach,
making it our year round home, we had explored Florida coast-to-coast,
so I agree with your assessments. After years of living and practicing
real estate in Sunny Isles Beach, I'm still in love with our Floridian
Reviera! With our daughter away in college in NY, and our son
graduating high school this Monday, I understand the "empty nest"
feeling as well as the need to go on and really live it up. You are
young and in the prime of your life.
You are absolutely correct about Sunny Isles being a quiet area and a
great location: Miami Beach, Bal Harbour, Aventura, Hallandale
(Gulfstreem Park and Village), and Hollywood (Hardrock Casino) with
all its great entertainment venues, excellent restaurants and shopping
readily available. There are also lots of parks in Sunny Isles (the
most parks per capita in the nation), places to go for a walk etc
(with Oleta River Park and the beach at your feet). SIB specifically
has a great wide beach, great restaurants but it does not feel
transient. It has a good international vibe so it is never boring to
live here...yet, if you don't love that, there are other good options
of a quieter pace - like Surfside, Bal Harbour and Millionaire Row in
Miami Beach.
If you decide on Sunny Isles Beach and the beachfront condo, then go
see all of the buildings in your price range, to get a feel for the
crowd and the amenities...Consider the type of the sun exposure, and
pet policies (if you like or have pets)...Last couple of months show
increase in property values of SIB, and summer market usually allows
to get a relative bargain, so now is a great time to act.

Best of luck in your search,
Ready to help,
Irina Karan / Beachfront Realty, Inc.
305-904-2355, IrinaKaran@gmail.com
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Gary Lits, Agent, Hollywood, FL
Sat Jun 4, 2011
Sunny Isles IS relatively safe, close to downtown for jobs, and yes, amongst other aspects, it's a tourist area.
However, that being said, there are definitely well established communities of all sorts of people with many different backgrounds and cultures. To restrict one's definition of Sunny Isles to "a tourist area and transient", is simply not in and of itself accurate.

Futhermore, contrary to most of the articles I've read in the papers and other uninformed sources who insist on writing articles with a complete disregard for the facts, the Sunny Isles real estate market is rebounding with a vengance, and most definitely representsa major buying opportunity at these prices.

Quite simply put, Sunny Isles in not a bad place to call home. One could do a lot worse for a lot more money.
My advice is the same as my collegue Mott Kornicki who I see also answered your question. Find yourself one knowledgable broker or agent whom you like and trust, and take it from there.

Gary Lits
Broker
Gary Lits Realty
Cell:(305) 542 9109
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Mott Marvin…, Agent, Sunny Isles Beach, FL
Sat Jun 4, 2011
Returning Native:

Sunny Isles Beach is a popular tourist destination as is the entire South East Coast of Florida. There are many oceanfront options on the East Coast- Bal Harbour, Miami Beach, North Beach, Surfside and South Beach just to name a few. Sunny Isles is a fine year-round place to call home.

Find ONE agent-broker to represent you and get the full scoop on where is the best place for you. There are several good possibilities in Sunny Isles Beach!


Mott Marvin Kornicki, Broker
Waterway Realty of Florida

786-229-7999 Cell-Text
http://waterwayrealty.sef.mlxchange.com
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8811 Harding Avenue | Surfside, Florida 33154

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Susan Reiter, , Fort Lauderdale, FL
Sat Jun 4, 2011
Every buyer has its own likes and dislikes. Some of the "empty nesters" that I work with wish to be in the heart of Miami others wish a more suburban quiet feel and opt for North Fort Lauderdale. I just sold a fabulous oceanfront condo in Sunny Isles to a family parents in their 40's children just finishing high school. It is in a wonderful location minutes from Miami and or Fort Lauderdale. If your preference is to be close to great restaurants and shopping and enjoy Miami as a city there are some great buys now. Please feel free to contact me, this is my specialty.

Susan Reiter
954-632-3266
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