The northern end of Miami Beach is an up and coming area offering some great options for homebuyers who are looking for a quieter pace and affordable luxury.
North Beach is the area north of 63rd street in Miami Beach and it includes oceanfront and bayfront property and some residential neighborhoods: The Isles of Normandy, Biscayne Point and LaGorce. For the record, North Beach isn’t the same thing as North Miami Beach. North Miami Beach is a neighborhood on the Miami mainland west of the Intracoastal Waterway.
While North Beach doesn’t have the famous name or art deco architecture of its neighbor to the south, it’s quieter and more peaceful. It has a local neighborhood feel, while still being within an easy drive of all that’s happening in South Beach. It has a longstanding Argentinian population, so there are plenty of South American eateries. And visitors rave about the clean, uncrowded beaches and free parking.
North Beach Recreation and Shopping
Normandy Shores Golf Club, located on secluded Normandy Isle in Biscayne Bay, was once a regular spot for legends like Arnold Palmer and Sam Snead and is now a local favorite.
The fourth Wednesday of the month, the North Shore band shell hosts the Miami Beach Food Truck and Music Fest with live bands and food from some of Miami’s best restaurants on wheels. And of course, there’s the beach – miles of it, with a family friendly feel and fewer crowds than in some of South Florida’s other beach towns.
Just north of North Beach, the Bal Harbor Shops house a collection of ultra-luxury retailers as exclusive as those on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. With Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue as anchor tenants, the open air mall also includes such big name fashion icons as Chanel, Prada, and Tory Burch and jewelers Van Cleef and Arpels, Harry Winston and Tiffany. For more down-to-earth shopping, Lincoln Road in South Beach offers a mixture of high-end retailers and familiar chain stores.
North Beach Schools
North Beach is in the Miami-Dade School District. Students in North Beach attend North Beach Elementary School, Biscayne Elementary School and Treasure Island Elementary School, Nautilus Middle School and Miami Beach Senior High School. All Miami Beach students have an opportunity to participate in an International Baccalaureate program.
In addition to the public schools, the Miami area offers several charter schools and many excellent options for private school education.
North Beach Real Estate
North Beach Real Estate is a mix of new condo developments and older condos and single family homes in historic neighborhoods. There are many opportunities to purchase a waterfront residence.
Miami Beach – North Beach Condos
Iris on the Bay sits on a point of land directly on Biscayne Bay, on Normandy Isle. Its 43 townhomes offer roomy layouts and views of the golf course and the bay. A swimming pool runs the length of the property, and there’s a waterfront promenade and available boat slips. Residences have tile flooring throughout and upscale appliances. Amenities include:
- A pool overlooking the bay
- 15 boat slips that can accommodate vessels up to 35 feet
- Lush landscaping and outdoor gathering areas
- A private elevator in every home
- Roomy balconies, rooftop terraces and optional summer kitchens
- Garages that can accommodate up to four cars
L’Atelier sits on the site of the Golden Sands Hotel, once a favorite haunt of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and the rest of the Rat Pack. Its architects have merged the building’s historic façade with a modern 18 story condo tower scheduled for completion in 2018. Its 20 residences include half-floor homes, full floor homes and penthouses. Special amenities include:
- An outdoor whirlpool spa in each home
- Private beach with beach attendants
- Oceanfront infinity edge pool and upper deck lap pool
- Poolside cabanas, bar and barbecue area
- Library and meeting room
- Whirlpool spa and hammock garden
- Spa, treatment room, and state of the art gym
Peloro on the Bay will include two curving towers forming a semicircle along Biscayne Bay and Indian Creek. Currently under construction, Peloro will have 114 one, two and three bedroom units, including two-story townhomes and penthouses, ranging in size from 635 to 2268 square feet. It offers bay and skyline views, a landscaped pedestrian promenade along Indian Creek, and an atrium with lush tropical landscaping. Other amenities include:
- Waterfront pool and whirlpool with sundeck
- State of the art fitness center
- Cedar sauna
- Large private balconies with expansive views
- Floor to ceiling, hurricane proof windows
- Penthouses have private roof terraces and Jacuzzis
Bath Club Estates is a collection of 13 estate sized residences in a 15 story oceanfront structure in the heart of the historic Collins Waterfront Architectural District. The LEED certified building is scheduled for occupancy by 2017, with 10 full-floor tower estates, two villas with over 9000 square feet of space and a private pool, and a three-level penthouse with rooftop pool. Other amenities include:
- Spacious wraparound terraces with summer kitchens
- Private poolside cabana for each residence
- Pool and beach service
- Hammam-inspired spa and state of the art fitness center with an ocean view
- HD videoconferencing center
Eighty Seven Park is designed to embrace both nature and the ocean. Situated on a three-acre oceanfront site, residences will occupy one acre, with the other two reserved for a private park. Renderings depict a stunning structure featuring 70 residences on 18 floors, scheduled for completion in 2018. Amenities will include:
- Lobby bar serving botanically-inspired drinks
- Library area
- Oceanfront pool with chaises, cabanas and valet service
- Outdoor bar
- Glass walls leading to expansive terraces with spectacular views
North Beach Historic Neighborhoods — Single Family Homes and Condos
On the western side of North Beach, a series of manmade islands in Biscayne Bay are home to elegant and historic single family homes as well as some condominiums.
Normandy Isle residences sit on a pair of man-made islands in Biscayne Bay divided by the Normandy Waterway and connected to North Beach by the 71st Street Causeway. Portions of the island are in the Normandy Isles Historic District, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Originally conceived in the 1920s by a French developer, Normandy features a 1920s era plaza and fountain, a business district, midcentury single family homes in a variety of styles, and condominiums. Some homes are waterfront.
Biscayne Point and Stillwater occupy a group of islands just north of Normandy Shores. Many of the homes are waterfront with easy access to Biscayne Bay. Neighborhood amenities include two parks.
Allison Island and La Gorce Island, accessed from West 63rd Street at the southern end of North Beach, are secluded enclaves of multi-million dollar homes.
Visiting North Beach
North Beach doesn’t have the trendy, fine dining of South Beach or Bal Harbor. But it does have plenty of simple, moderately priced restaurants with genuinely good food. Here are some to try:
For one of the most romantic dinners anywhere, try Rouge, a French and Moroccan restaurant with an intimate courtyard garden featuring twinkling lights, a fireplace and a mosaic tiled floor. Starters include things like olives, a fabulous beet and goat cheese napoleon and a gorgonzola soufflé. Entrees include veal and mushroom lasagna with a black truffle sauce, filet mignon with truffled potatoes, and braised lamb shank with risotto. The restaurant has live piano music on weekends. 908 71st Street
Lou’s Beer Garden is a charming gastropub tucked away in a courtyard surrounding a pool. It serves casual, well-prepared fare and, of course, beer. Dinner options include small plates like oysters, crabcakes, cheeses and ceviche, and entrees such as personal pizzas, burgers, chicken and swordfish. They also offer a beer brunch. 7337 Harding Avenue
Café Prima Pasta is known for serving generous portions of delicious homemade pasta in a welcoming atmosphere. The family-owned restaurant blends traditional Italian cooking with the Argentinian cooking traditions of its founders. In addition to a wide range of pastas, the menu includes chicken, veal and seafood dishes and a kids’ menu. 414 71st Street.
And to satisfy your sweet tooth, head to Normandy Isle, where Dolce di Sicilia serves up a great assortment of cream-filled Italian delicacies. 725 91st Street
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