Miami Beach is the place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! With so many parties, events and festivals being held throughout the area, owners of Miami Beach homes have lots of choices when it comes to deciding how to enjoy the holiday this year. With a little luck o’ the Irish, it’ll be your best St. Patrick’s Day yet!
Annual St. Patrick’s Festival
The annual St. Patrick’s Festival, sponsored by the South Florida Emerald Society, will be held on March 8th, 2014. Everyone is welcome to participate! Guests of the festival will enjoy a day of Irish culture with family and friends. Festivities on tap for the day include:
Irish food – sample a full menu of Irish fare including corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, soda bread and whiskey cake.
Irish crafts – Browse all sorts of Irish-themed crafts for sale from a variety of vendors.
Full service bar – No St. Patty’s Day event is complete without indulging in a pint of two of your favorite Irish beer.
Kids’ activities – The kids can get in on the fun, too, with face painting, rock climbing, Leprechaun Corner for crafts, playground, giant slide and more!
The festival will be held at Fred B. Harnett Park, four blocks south of Coral Way in the center of Ponce de Leon Blvd. For more information about this fun event, please visit www.emeraldsocietysfl.com/Festival.html.
Brickell Fest St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Go green at the Brickell Festival, sponsored by Finnegan’s River. This two-day festival will take place on Sunday, March 16th, and Monday, March 17th. Enjoy all things good, green and Gaelic with 11 hours of live music, leprechauns, green beer and whiskey shots. Scheduled live performances include Final Shot and The Culture, with music by DJ Javi C, DJ Retrokidd, DJ Artime, and DJ Danny Stern. Tickets for the event range between $30-$80. Finnegan’s River is located at 401 SW 3rd Avenue, Miami, FL, 33130. For more information including directions, or to purchase tickets, please visit http://brickellfestival.com
Miami Official St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl
This one is a whole weekend worth of fun! On March 14, 15 and 17, visit the best Irish pubs in the city to enjoy typical Irish food and drink. Registration will happen at Brother Jimmy’s BBQ at 900 South Miami Avenue. Registration is $10 for one night or $20 for a three day pass and includes a wristband, cup, map and St. Patrick’s Day swag. Ticket holders may visit any participating venue in any order; drink special times and prices will vary. Some of the participating venues include:
Red Bar Gallery – 52 SW 10th Street, Miami
Tobacco Road – 626 S. Miami Ave, Miami
Fado Irish Pub – 900 South Miami Ave, Miami
Burger and Beer Joint – 900 South Miami Ave Ste. 130, Miami
Blue Martini – 900 South Miami Ave Ste. 250, Miami
Event organizers encourage participant to use public transportation or to make sure to use a designated driver. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit http://stpatricksdayparties.com/miami.
Miami Beach's Palm Island is known for its many historic residential estates built in the 1900's. This luxurious 1920's Mediterranean Villa, designed by architect H. George Fink has been beautifully preserved, maintaining its distinct architectural features and charm. Villa di Mille Sogni- showcases its many classic details with interior features such as Moorish-style front entry, original crown moldings and beamed ceilings, arched windows and doors, winding stairways with iron work and masonry fireplace and mantel. This unique, meticulously updated two-story home features four bedrooms and three and a half baths plus a guest quarters situated above a two-car garage. The stately residence on prestigious Palm Island is located on a 6,000 square foot lot with close to 3,500 square foot of living space. The spacious home combines modern and traditional with updated Brazilian cherrywood floors and a fully-equipped custom chef's kitchen with Crown Point cabinetry, Viking range, Subzero and Miele appliances. This home has a gated entrance flanked by Royal Palms & privacy hedges. Aptly named the House of a Thousand Dreams, this architectural masterpiece still lives on as one of Miami Beach's historic treasures.
If you crave the island life but don’t want to leave the mainland, why not consider Miami Beach real estate in one of the area’s glamorous island communities? Residents of these beautiful Miami Beach waterfront homes enjoy everything that the city is famous for, including pristine beaches, upscale shopping, trend-setting restaurants, and an exciting nightlife all while providing the privacy and exclusivity of a tropical island residence. There are many islands from which homeowners can choose, each with their own distinct characteristics, amenities and personality. Here’s a quick look at some of the best island communities in Miami Beach.
Star Island, Miami Beach
This highly-exclusive neighborhood is located on a man-made island in Biscayne Bay. The community features a guard-gated entrance and one looped road, with no public access to the waterfront. Star Island Miami Beach is located south of the Venetian Islands and east of Palm and Hibiscus Islands. This posh neighborhood is popular among celebrities, and stars such as Gloria Estefan, Rosie O’Donnell, and Sean Combs have owned or currently own homes here.
Hibiscus Island, Miami Beach
Real estate on Hibiscus Island ranges from million dollar condos and homes to grand estates priced at upwards of $20 million. The community has gated entry and is accessible via the MacArthur Causeway and lies just north of Palm Island. It has a colorful history and became famous as the site of the Latin Quarter Nightclub in the 1940s and 1950s where big-name entertainers such as Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin performed.
Palm Island, Miami Beach
Palm Island has attracted a number of celebrities over the years as well, counting Al Capone and Barbara Walters amongst its residents. This guard-gated community lies on the MacArthur Causeway and features gorgeous single family homes with tropical landscaping, sparkling swimming pools, spacious patios and fabulous downtown Miami views. Prices of homes on Palm Island range from $1 million to upwards of $20 million.
Sunset Islands I-IV, South Beach
Four small, guard-gated islands make up Sunset Islands. They are some of the most prestigious addresses in Miami Beach and homes here feature beautiful Mediterranean details with stunning waterfront views. The four islands are divided into two distinct communities. Sunset Islands I and II consist of large estate homes while Sunset Islands III and IV are more value-priced with homes ranging from $2 million to $8 million.
Venetian Islands, South Beach
Several smaller islands make up the Venetian Island chain and include Biscayne Island, San Marco Island, San Marino Island, DiLido Island, Rivo Alto Island, and Belle Island. Here homeowners can find a mix of luxury waterfront homes that start under $1 million and can go upwards of $10 million. In addition, residents can enjoy Flagler Monument Island which is an uninhabited picnic island that was constructed in 1920 as a memorial to railroad pioneer Henry Flagler. All of the islands are connected by bridges from Miami to Miami Beach.
More Information about Miami Beach Waterfront Homes
This is just a sampling of the wonderful waterfront communities available in Miami Beach. To learn more about each community and the Miami Beach luxury real estate that is available, please click here.
Did you know that as an owner of Miami Beach luxury real estate you are surrounded by famous Hollywood movie sets? Miami has long been a favorite destination of filmmakers and movie studios due to its beachfront location, laid back vibe and international flair, and there are literally dozens of sites in Miami Beach that can be seen in some of the country’s most popular and lucrative films. Residents of Miami Beach even cash in, as those productions infuse our local economy with nearly $90 million a year. Here’s a peak at a few iconic films that were shot in Miami Beach.
Perhaps the most recognizable film to be shot on location in Miami Beach is the one that also earned Al Pacino a place on the Hollywood A-list: “Scarface”. The story follows Tony Montana’s rise to the top of the city’s crime scene and features several Miami Beach locations, which include:
This loveable comedy starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane was a huge box-office success that was filmed primarily on Espanola Way in South Beach. “The Birdcage” is a remake of the French farce from the 1970s “La Cage Aux Folles” and boasts several Miami Beach locales including:
There’s Something About Mary
“There’s Something About Mary” is the movie that launched the careers of both Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz and has become one of the most famous films of the 1990s. Most of the movie takes place in Miami Beach and features such Miami Beach hotspots as:
Those are just a few of the dozens of fun films that were filmed on location in Miami Beach – others include “Goldfinger”, “The Bodyguard”, “Absence of Malice”, and “Any Given Sunday”. If you own a Miami Beach condo or Miami Beach real estate, you already know that the area has so many wonderful little gems to offer its residents and visitors. Now you can add popular Hollywood movie location to that long list!
Soccer’s biggest player made an announcement last week that is sure to get owners of Miami Beach real estate excited. International football phenomenon David Beckham formally announced his intention to bring a Major League Soccer team to Miami. The soccer legend and his partners, including “American Idol” producer Simon Fuller, plan to use private funds to build a 25,000 seat stadium on the shores of Biscayne Bay, preferably on the southwest corner of PortMiami.
City of Passion and Pride
One of the reasons Beckham cited for choosing Miami as the home city for his new expansion franchise is because it is a vibrant city full of passion. The recent success of the Miami Heat is helping to pave the way for the new soccer team, and Beckham feels that the city is ready to embrace the new franchise. It hasn’t been too long since Miami attempted to make a name in the world of professional soccer with the Miami Fusion, which folded about ten years ago. This time, Beckham thinks things will be different.
Another part of Beckham’s plan, which could be a real bonus to families who own Miami Beach homes, is that he would also open a local youth soccer academy with the intent of training the next generation of local talent. With soccer becoming such a popular sport among today’s youth, this was welcome news to the children and parents he visited recently at Kendall Soccer Park.
Enriching the Miami Community
Although a specific site has yet to be chosen, Beckham’s group plans to build the new stadium near public transportation in downtown Miami, making it easy for residents to attend games and avoid traffic. One of the locations that is under consideration is not too far from the new Art Museum and the arena where the Miami Heat hold their games. Adding a new stadium with a new MLS team will certainly complement all the activity that is happening in this area and bring even more business to the community.
Scouting for locations and building the new stadium will take time, however. The new, as-yet-unnamed team will likely not begin playing until at least 2017.
Another Boost for Miami Beach
Miami has become not only one of the hottest cities in America, but also a huge magnet for international visitors and residents. Adding another professional sports team can be a real boon to local businesses and tourism, especially considering the added star power of David Beckham. Other cities across the country have noticed a significant uptick in nightlife activity and entrepreneurship when a new team comes to town, and the new MLS franchise is expected to follow suit. When you add it to the already hot and internationally famous destinations in the city, Miami will become even more attractive to new residents, tourists and visitors from all over the world.
For those that own Miami Beach luxury real estate and Miami Beach condos, having a new soccer team in town can add to the value of your investment. And it will certainly give you something fun to do with the whole family!
Are you looking for the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the one you love? Well, don’t worry - one of the perks of owning Miami Beach real estate means being close to an endless variety of ways in which to woo that special someone. After all, isn’t Miami truly one of the hottest places in the country to eat, drink and be merry? Here’s a sampling of some of the fantastic ways to wine and dine your Valentine in Miami Beach on Valentine’s Day.
There’s No Place Like Home
This year, why not enjoy you own beautiful Miami Beach home on Valentine’s Day? Chef of Distinction Judith Able will bring her considerable talents right to your door by cooking up a romantic dinner to remember. A special three-course meal will be created and delivered to your home or other intimate setting of your choice, complete with champagne. Some of the decadent dishes to choose from include Oyster Rockefeller, Slow Braised Oxtail Ravioli, Herb Crusted Lamb Chops, Grilled Filet Mignon, Molten Chocolate Cake and Assorted French Macaroons. Dinner is $175 per couple plus delivery. An aphrodisiac lunch is also available featuring such tasty treats as an Oyster Po’Boy, Almond Crusted Salmon, and Heart Shaped Raspberry Filled Cookies. Lunch is $35 per person. For more information please visit www.chefofdistinction.com.
Music in the Moonlight
If a concert under the stars is more your speed, then snuggle up to your Valentine at the 15th annual “Moonlight and Music” Valentine’s Day Concert at the Deering Estate at Cutler. The concert features one of the jazz world’s most acclaimed vocalists, Nicole Henry, who will be providing the perfect soundtrack to your romantic evening. Guests are welcome to bring blankets, lawn chairs and small picnic baskets. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase, provided by Chef David Schwadron Catering and Joanna’s Marketplace. Concert tickets are $20; gates open at 7pm with the show starting at 8pm. For more information, please visit http://www.deeringestate.org/.
Dinner and Dancing
Treat your Valentine to dinner and dancing under the stars this year on the South Beach Lady Yacht “The Love Boat.” The evening features a gourmet dinner, tropical open bar, Champagne Toast, three hour cruise, long-stemmed rose for the lady, and dancing – all aboard one of the South Florida’s most impressive mega-yachts. Dinner menu includes such mouth-watering dishes as Chicken Neapolitan, Cheese Tortellini tossed in a delicate Alfredo Sauce, and a Dark Chocolate Torte with Fresh Raspberries. The event happens on February 14th; boarding begins at 7:15pm with sailing from 8pm to 11pm. Cost is $89 per person or $150 per couple. Cruises depart from Bayfront Park on Biscayne Boulevard. For more information, please visit www.loveboat2014.us.
These are just a few ideas to help you plan the perfect Valentine’s Day for your special someone this year. Miami Beach provides the perfect sultry tropical backdrop for your romantic evening, helping to make this Valentine’s Day one that you and your sweetheart can remember for a lifetime!
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