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Miami Beach Historic home on Palm Island

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.

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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.

Scarface

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:

  • Swimming pool at the Fontainebleau Hilton Resort (4441 Collins Ave)
  • Swimming pool at the Frank Lopez House (Atlantis Condo on Brickell Ave)
  • Johnny Rocket’s at 728 Ocean Drive (the ‘Sun Ray Apartments’ where one of the pivotal scenes of the film takes place)

The Birdcage

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:

  • The Carlyle condo hotel at 1250 Ocean Drive at 13th Street – serves as the location for the film’s “Birdcage Club”
  • The Cardozo Hotel at 1300 Ocean Drive at 14th Street (famous Art Deco hotel owned by Gloria Estefan)
  • Various outdoor locations in the Art Deco District including Lincoln Road, the life guard stand at 10th Street in front of the Deco Museum, and a bus stop with Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline in the background

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:

  • Big Pink Restaurant at 157 Collins Avenue (where Matt Dillon meets Jeffrey Tambor)
  • Miami Dade Cultural Center at 101 West Flagler Street (where Cameron Diaz takes Matt Dillon to see an architecture exhibit)
  • Cardozo Hotel at 1300 Ocean Drive is where Ted (Ben Stiller) stays while in Miami
  • The Brickell Park office building overlooking the Brickell Key Causeway is where Mary (Cameron Diaz) works

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!

 

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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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