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Welcome to South Florida's most remarkable Sunset Islands Homes for sale. Here in this small community of SoBe, you will locate the most desirable waterfront Sunset Islands homes available in Miami Beach, Florida.

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Sunset Islands Miami Homes

Sunset Islands real estate is some of the most desirable and luxurious in South Florida. Named for its magnificent sunsets, this exclusive neighborhood is a quartet of guarded islands off Miami Beach's western shoreline in Biscayne Bay. Sunset Islands I, II, III and IV residents can enjoy the seclusion and security of a tropical enclave in a gated community that’s close to the heart of Miami Beach and downtown Miami.

The Sunset Islands offer a mix of beautiful and extravagant waterfront and non-waterfront homes ranging in price from about $1 to $10 million. Traditionally, the most expansive estates are located on Sunset Islands I and II, which are the northernmost communities in the four-island chain, with an entrance via Miami Beach's Bay Drive.

The Sunset Islands attract a variety of luxury-seeking residents, including celebrities Anna Kournikova and her boyfriend, Enrique Iglesias, South Beach Diet author Dr. Arthur Agatston, Miami Beach developer Steve Muss, who acquired his home from rocker Lenny Kravitz, and architect Chad Oppenheim. Many pillars in the Miami Beach community also live on the Sunset Islands.

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The two northern Islands, Sunset I and II, bridge to the main island at 29th Street and offer quick access to the Julia Tuttle Causeway and 41st Street. Sunset Islands III and IV are the southernmost neighborhoods and are within walking distance of Lincoln Road and South Beach, connecting to Miami Beach’s main island at 20th Street.

The original, grand, balustraded white bridges connecting the Sunset Islands were declared historic by the city of Miami Beach in 1997. There is no bridge between the southern two Sunset Islands and the northern two. Instead, a wide channel between Islands II and III provides a broad connection from Sunset Lake to Biscayne Bay. Yachters seek out the Islands, as they allow larger vessels unrestricted access to the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean.

Sunset Islands History

Like many of the residential islands in Biscayne Bay, the Sunset Islands were originally mangrove islands in a bight of Miami Beach’s main island. At various times, they were called Chequesha, Sandwich Gulf, Cape River, and Dartmouth Sound.

The Islands date back to 1925, when the property of Stephen Lynch, founder of Paramount Pictures, was cut off from the rest of Carl Fisher’s land by a canal and body of water Fisher called Sunset Lake.

Sunset Lake exists today as the body of water bounded by Sunset Islands and the shore of Miami Beach’s main island. Further dredging took place in 1926, but real development did not begin until 1934. As the only prime waterfront real estate in Miami Beach not owned by Fisher or the Collins/Pancoast interests, it was to Fisher’s benefit to block the Sunset Islands’ development until his holdings were sufficiently spoken for.

The Sunset Islands Company began building houses, and Lynch’s Hollywood connections added cachet, as the homes were marketed to stars and high-society. More homes were built over the years as the low-key Islands continued to attract upscale buyers.

Like all of Miami Beach developed north of Lincoln Road through the 1930s, the Sunset Islands were restricted to Gentiles. In fact, the last Gentiles-only neighborhood in Miami was Sunset Island II. This restriction finally became history in 1972. Nowadays, the four Sunset Islands have two separate homeowners’ associations — one for Islands I and II, and one for Islands III and IV.

Premier South Beach Real Estate

Sunset Islands Homes stand among the most unique waterfront architecture in South Florida with gorgeous design and with Biscayne Bay water views being right in the community of Sunset Islands I, II, III, & IV. Sunset Islands estate homes for sale offer amazing Miami Beach real estate with only select single-family estate homes right on the open water and other non-waterfront estate homes just across the street. 

You'll find all available MLS property listings found here, with Sunset Island estates included in our MLS database of premier Miami Beach properties. Be sure to inquire about off-market and coming soon listings but also to preview the valuable Sunset Islands Market Report or you may click here to request a Sunset Islands Home Valuation.

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