Boating Destinations in Miami

Our portfolio of luxurious Miami listings features a number of waterfront homes. These homes are not only located in prestigious neighborhoods, but have direct bay access giving waterfront home and boat owners various beautiful destinations to visit during their downtime no more than an hour away. Whether it’s a family day at Mashta Flats or a whisking a client off to lunch on the Miami River, this city has it all!

 

Nixon/Mashta Flats

Located off the coast of Key Biscayne, this area of sandbars is a very popular weekend spot for Miami locals. You’ll catch family friends tying up to one another barbequing off the side of their boats as well as mega-yachts full of families and friends enjoying the weekend together. The area is called Mashta Flats because of its proximity to Key Biscayne’s Mashta Island but the area is also commonly referred to as Nixon Beach. President Richard Nixon was very fond of Miami, Key Biscayne in particular, and purchased a home on the exclusive island, which was eventually nicknamed The Winter White House. Nixon’s expansive compound overlooked the Mashta Flats, which eventually resulted in the area being nicknamed Nixon Beach.

 

Located just 1 mile south of Mastha Flats is an area of historic wood stilt homes called Stiltville. Built as early as 1930, only 7 of these historic homes remain.

 

Miami River

The Miami River is home to many of Miami’s most notable fish restaurants. Located in the heart of Downtown Miami, this 5.5 mile-long river flows directly into Biscayne Bay near the Port of Miami. The earliest known inhabitants of the river are the Tequesta Indians, who built their mounds near the north bank of the river, but today popular hangouts and restaurants like The Wharf, American Social, Casa Blanca, Garcia’s Seafood and Seaspice inhabit the area. The Wharf, which just recently opened, is an open-air space along the river with various food trucks, an over-sized bar area, ping-pong tables, cornhole and dock space. The trendy spot is very popular among Miami locals, who usually arrive via boat or yacht, on the weekends.

 

Elliot Key

Technically the northernmost island of the Florida Keys, Elliot Key is a popular weekend destination for boaters. The land was originally home to the Tequesta Indians and later on occupied by pineapple farmers only to become a US National Park with dock slips, camping grounds, barbeques and more.

 

Haulover Park

Opened in 1948, Haulover Park is known throughout Miami as both a beautiful destination and area of family-friendly activities. Located in North Miami Beach, this 177-acre park is one of two public beach parts operated by Miami-Dade County and boasts over 1.4 miles of beachfront. The park is especially known for kite flying and is very popular on Tuesday evenings for Food Truck Tuesdays.

Upgrade Your Morning Routine with Smart Bathrooms

If you’re thinking about renovating your bathroom, these smart bathroom features will definitely convince you. From talking mirrors to heated toilet seats, the smart bathroom trend is becoming increasingly more popular in high-end luxury homes.

 

KOHLER Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror

You will likely find a mirror in every bathroom you visit, but none of them even come close to the Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror. Fully equipped with two LED lights, this mirror guarantees consistent neutral lighting with no dark or light spots. The lighting can be adjusted on a dimmer, ensuring that makeup application and other grooming is done in the best conditions possible. The magical mirror’s features are adjustable via voice command when connected to an Amazon Alexa. The integrated sound system can play music or give you a morning news and weather update through Alexa as you get ready every day.

 

TOTO Neorest NX2

TOTO has been putting other toilets to shame since 1917, but their newest Neorest NX2 is the epitome of smart. The Japanese company is the world’s largest toilet manufacturer because of their innovative products. The Neorest NX2’s features include basic TOTO features such as heated seats and tornado flush as well as unique features like a self-cleaning bowl that uses ionized water and ultraviolet light to break down dirt and waste particles and an air deodorizer to rid of bad odors. Other toilet features include an automatic lid that opens as you approach and closes as you walk away, a water dispensing wand that senses when you are finished and cleans you and a built in dryer that dries you off. All of these functions are easily controllable with a detachable remote control.

 

Allure F-digital Digital Bathroom Faucet

Conserve water and energy with this ultra smart bathroom faucet. With user-friendly temperature control and sensors, LED lights and memory and pause functions, this faucet is an obvious choice for your renovation. The beautiful stainless steel faucet also has an automatic safety shut-off after 60 seconds that ensures you are not wasting water or racking up a high water bill.

 

DTV+ Shower with Kohler Konnect

This uber smart shower allows you to customize and save your personalized shower settings. Control every aspect of your shower including sound, water pressure, temperature, lighting, steam and duration and edit your settings depending on your mood or rush. These settings are all adjustable through an in-shower keypad, voice command or the KOHLER Konnect app.

 

Perlick Refrigerated Bathroom Cabinets

Best known for their high-end stainless steel commercial refrigerators, Perlick Corporation recently began integrating their technology into luxury homes around the country. These under-counter refrigerated cabinets keep your medications and beauty products cool and safe till the very last drop. Many organic lotions and hair products need to be stored at cool temperatures to last because they are not sealed with preservatives. These refrigerated units are custom made for each home and can either have a stainless steel finish or can match the rest of your bathroom cabinets.

 

For professional advice on all aspects of buying or selling real estate, please contact me at aross@miamirealestate.com or (305) 206-4003 or come see me at the Compass office located at 2550 South Bayshore Drive, in Coconut Grove.

Top Luxury Condo Locations for Baby Boomers in Miami

When the children leave home to go to college or start a new path, many baby boomers are finding that they have the desire to downsize, but don’t want to lose the luxury lifestyle of a bigger home and exclusive community. In Miami, we are lucky enough to have many neighborhoods that offer luxurious charm in the form of condo units and a luxury lifestyle incorporated into residential offerings.

National data from CoreLogic, BLS, and Freddie Mac have documented the house to condo trend that is happening now with baby boomers downsizing. From 2010 to 2015, there was an increase in the number of baby boomers moving into multifamily units that has freed up nearly 100,000 single-family homes across the country. Boomers are deciding that they don’t want the high-maintenance of a house and instead want to keep the luxury amenities such as accessibility to water, dock space, modern gyms and spas, and options for covered parking without the stress of maintaining a large home.

For the downsizing baby boomers, here are the top luxury condo locations in Miami.

Coconut Grove

Coconut Grove is exploding with new luxury commercial and residential real estate projects. With exciting new opportunities for the CocoWalk complex and luxury condo buildings with shimmering water views creating a live/play reality in the area, the Grove is becoming one of the most popular places for downsizing homeowners.

Featured Condo: Stunning two bedroom, two and a half bath unit overlooking the sailboats in Biscayne Bay. With 12-foot ceilings, new flooring, spacious patios, spa-quality baths and closets, and many other luxury amenities, this unit is absolutely perfect for anyone looking to maintain their lifestyle in a more manageable property. The unit at 2627 Bayshore Drive is available for viewing and purchase. Please contact us to learn more.

Deering Bay

By moving into a condo in Deering Bay, you are giving yourself a golfer’s dream of a lifestyle. With sweeping views of the water and surrounding greens, Deering Bay offers a beautiful Oceanside club community within Coral Gables. The small, private community offers world-class golf and tennis and boasts South Florida’s only waterfront, Arnold Palmer championship golf course. Set amongst the South Florida landscape, Deering Bay provides an escape from the hustle of the city with just the right amount of luxury.

Fisher Island

For something a little harder to access for the general public, consider an exclusive condo on Fisher Island. This little island off of Miami Beach is only accessible by a short ferry ride, but it feels worlds away from the mainland. With seaside golf, luxury spas, plenty of tennis, and unrivaled service, the Fisher Island Club offers all of the amenities of an exclusive club on one of the world’s most exquisite private islands. Only minutes from entertainment and dining in Miami Beach or Downtown, Fisher Island condo-living offers a secluded refined lifestyle desired by many but attainable by only a few.

Bal Harbour

Bal Harbour is an exclusive little village in the North Miami Beach area that provides world-class amenities and housing. By offering impeccable style and endless fine dining and shopping, Bal Harbour is a destination for all who crave a bit of sparkle. Making Bal Harbour your home means stepping into a paradise reserved for the elite. A condo in Bal Harbour will give access to pristine beaches and an enviable luxurious way of living.

For professional advice on all aspects of buying or selling real estate, please contact me at aross@miamirealestate.com or (305) 206-4003 or come see me at the Compass office located at 2550 South Bayshore Drive, in Coconut Grove.

References:

Elmir, K. (n.d.). Families, baby boomers redefining Coconut Grove. Retrieved from http://www.miamiherald.com/real-estate/article200942844.html