The Transformation of Sunny Isles Beach


The City of Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, located on a barrier Island in the Northeast corner of Miami-Dade has transformed from “Motel Row” into what is now known as “Florida’s Riviera.”
Occupying an area east of Collins Avenue between 157th Street and 195th Street, luxury real estate and hotel brands such as The Ritz Carlton, Aqualina Resort and Spa, Porsche Design, Regalia, Armani Casa, and The Jade properties have taken over the prime coastal real estate hot spot transforming the area into a world class destination for tourists and residents alike.

Up until the late 90s, developers were unable to tap in to this golden beach strip as it was famously occupied by tri-level waterfront vintage motels that kept the area quaint, deco and reminiscent of the golden age of the 50s and 60s. However, in 1997 a new vision for the 2.5 square mile area led to its incorporation as a formal entity and self-standing city, giving rise to new zoning laws and an insurgence of massive high rise development and real estate investment. Real Estate moguls slowly began to handsomely buy out the older motel owners’ oceanfront stake.

Today, driving through the Collins Avenue strip (also known as A1A) one is amazed by the level of high-rise construction bearing world class luxury names, one after the other, emanating an image of hundreds of millions of dollars in investment, residential, and tourism population. Some individual residences are listed for over $25 million.

In addition, this plethora of skyline development also led to the establishment of renowned pristine golf courses, 10 neighboring parks, luxury fitness centers and spas, A-rated schools, fine dining restaurants, cafes, retail stores and boutiques. A new high class prestigious office building also now invites world class businesses to rent office space in the area, extending the image of Sunny Isles beach beyond seasonal pleasure and skyline indulgence into one of year-round permanence. A Medical and Health Care facility is now also in development.

Ideally located in the Northeast corner of Miami-Dade County, The City of Sunny Isles Beach is easily accessible to Fort Lauderdale, Bal Harbour Shops, and Aventura Mall. It also houses the famous landmark Newport Fishing Pier, conveniently located at the end of 162nd Street (Sunny Isles Boulevard), which turns into State Road 826 on the West side. The Newport Pier, adjacent to the Newport Hotel, extends out into the ocean, and has been a home to locals for decades. While luxury dominates most of the 2.5 square mile area, remnants of vintage and eclectic memories are also still seen through this landmark fishing pier destination.

An area of cultural diversity with shops and restaurants lining Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach has become a magnet for sun seekers looking for a more quiet retreat than its famed South Beach southern counterpart.

Real Estate moguls invested both vision and mega-dollars into this Atlantic Riviera allowing the East of Collins destination to increase its’ glorious image, value, and reputation throughout the entire oceanfront Miami Beach strip from 1st street all the way up through 195th street.

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