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Miami Beach Neighborhood Highlight: Sunset Harbour

December 1, 2011

Moving is a common practice in a real estate agent’s life. We’re seeing condos and single family properties on a regular basis, and often find an opportunity to purchase our next home. My last move was in 2004. It was the seventh in ten years. When I called up my moving company, the first thing they said was, “Laura, you’re moving again!?” Well, as it happened, this move was to the Sunset Harbour North Condominium. Given my track record, it’s hard to believe that I’ve been living here for seven years. But I do really feel at home in Sunset Harbour. Although there are certain amenities that have been present since day one, like the space age Publix on the Bay,  the Maurice Gibb Memorial Park and the Sunset Harbour Marina, the neighborhood is now teeming with new life. The Sunset Harbour North & South Condos were always very appealing to families as it’s one of the few towers that offer three and four bedroom waterfront condos in South Beach. The park features a wonderful playground and quite often, you’ll see families celebrating a birthday at the shaded picnic tables overlooking the bay. When I first moved in, dining options were limited to Joe Allen. But now, there’s a variety of wonderful eateries, like Sardinia, the B&B, A la Folie, Morgans  and of course, Pubbelly, which has opened up two other sister restaurants, Barceloneta and Pubbelly Sushi. New retail continues to move in, and a Fresh Market has just opened their doors.

Although Sunset Harbour has gradually improved over the years, there are two significant changes coming that will truly catapult the neighborhood into the radar of residents seeking luxury waterfront living in Miami Beach. The first is the new parking garage designed by Arquitectonica, replacing the old tow yard. With all the wonderful restaurants, salons, and the Green Monkey already calling Sunset Harbour home, this new parking garage will bring much needed spaces and new retail along Sunset Harbour Drive as well as Bay Road, which currently does not offer more than a low key car wash and barber shop to the average shopper.

The next significant change is the sale of Mark’s Cleaners which has been a staple at the northeast entrance of Sunset Harbour for several decades. This MiMo structure will be torn down along with the abandoned construction site behind it to make way for the development of a low rise building with ground level retail shops and luxury condominiums. Find out more in a recent article by The Miami Herald.

With all the new and exciting things happening in Sunset Harbour, one would think that prices of these luxury waterfront condos and townhomes in this Miami Beach enclave are above the average sale in South Beach. The truth is that while luxury waterfront condos in South Beach sell at an average of $788 per square foot, the highest most recent sale in Sunset Harbour fetched $501 per square foot, leaving plenty of pocket change for shopping and dining in the neighborhood. Prices start at $395,000 for a two bedroom, or $1,295,000 for a spacious three bedroom condo at Sunset Harbour North with amazing views over the marina and Biscayne Bay.

We’re always excited to showcase the neighborhood, and there’s so much more than just what we’ve discussed today. So if you think Sunset Harbour can be home for you, give us a ring! We’d love to give you a tour and welcome you home!

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