North Bay Village Real Estate
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North Bay Village real estate is highly desirable, and people worldwide come here to see what the interest in Miami is all about. We have beautiful waterfront homes for sale, newly renovated condos, premier rental property listings and so many more real estate opportunities available in North Bay Village, Florida today. My favorite new construction & pre-construction projects here include Shoma Bay, Cielo on the Bay, Lexi, and my numero uno for all Miami loft condos is Space 01 Lofts.
What Locals Like Living in North Bay Village?
North Bay Village is a fast growing island community in Miami-Dade County, with a population that’s just over 8,000 people. It has a unique central location that’s right in the middle of Biscayne Bay, between mainland Miami and Miami Beach on the J.F. Kennedy Causeway. This means that those owning North Bay Village real estate are never more than a few steps from water activities & excitement along with plenty of other interesting attractions. Residents can find plenty to love upon making their new home here from ease in boating to waterfront dining at Shuckers & Benihanas.
Most of the residents of North Bay Village have year round homes there, although it does make a great place to have a vacation spot. Those who live in the village will find great restaurants, a grocery store, marinas, Treasure Island elementary school, a community park, and a quick drive to many of the other hottest spots in the Miami area with the Miami beaches 7 minutes away. They can easily reach South Beach, Downtown Miami, Bal Harbour, Fort Lauderdale, and countless other Miami hot spots in under 30 minutes. The island is central to everything in Miami. Now the island has evolved into a central residential enclave with a more permanent population where the pace moves slower but is in the middle of everything in Miami. With North Bay Village as a centrally located island, you'll find drive time easy with a 7 minute drive to the beaches and a 30-minute drive to either (MIA & FLL) airport. It’s a picturesque island location surrounded by water on all sides.
North Bay Village Real Estate
You will love it here with North Bay Village real estate shining strong for an excellent South Florida living experience. The island life offers views combined with value. Premier communities for single-family homes include North Bay Island, and Treasure Island with the most desirable streets being Bay Terrace, Miami View Drive (guard gated) and South Treasure Drive offering impressive wide open Biscayne Bay & waterway views. From the list of luxury condos, and unique penthouses to luxury homes for sale, residential North Bay Village real estate offers a tremendous selection, as you may have noted above.
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North Bay Village History & Location
The City of North Bay Village is best known now for its bustling JFK Causeway, boutique highrise condo buildings, a bayfront bar called Shuckers, and the longtime home of WSVN-Channel 7’s studios. The island has seen several transformations through the decades. It’s been a family town, a strip of ‘50s drive-in restaurants, a Mafia hangout, a center of all-night clubs, the home to a 24-hour beauty parlor, and for the last several decades transitioned back to family-friendly community. Celebrities like Judy Garland, Dean Martin, and Frank Sinatra spent time in North Bay Village during the winter in the 60s and 70s and popularized the islands’ nighttime entertainment scene.
North Bay Island was dredged up from Biscayne Bay in 1940. Harbor Island and Treasure Island followed. The city was incorporated in 1945. Before 1940, only Broadcast Key (also known as Cameo Island) existed in what's now North Bay Village. Treasure Island’s street names, which include Adventure and Buccaneer Avenues, were taken from Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, Treasure Island. Broadcast Key, home to television station WSVN-Channel 7 and several radio stations, was annexed in 1963. In the 1960s, North Bay Village became a place for the famous and infamous. There were days past when North Bay Village’s bars and clubs were open until sunrise, and people like Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra were often spotted. Back then, stars like Dean Martin, who owned a restaurant and bar called Dino’s, and Frank Sinatra spent time in the city. There were outrageous nightclub parties like the Bonfire, Harbor Lounge, Black Magic Room, Nick and Arthur’s, and Vanity Fair. There was also an all-night “beauty parlor” called Head Hunter, where hookers and showgirls were the main attraction.
The 79th Street Causeway strip, as it was known then, was a gaudy collection of drive-ins, motels, bars, and strip joints where bartenders warned patrons when undercover agents entered the premises. In 1967, there was a gangland-type slaying outside a popular restaurant, The Place for Steak, when Tommy “The Enforcer” Altamura, a big man in the local Cosa Nostra hierarchy, was shot twice in the head. Actress Eva Gabor was robbed of $25,000 in diamonds while staying in the Village. Tobacco heir Richard Reynolds III and his wife were victims of a $100,000 jewel robbery at their apartment when their Doberman pinscher was at the vet for a tonsillectomy. A snake dancer at a local strip club known as Zorita, had an orchid-colored mini-mansion on North Bay Island and drove around in a Rolls-Royce. Neighbors complained she was the village vampire who skinny-dipped in her swimming pool. The Miami Herald editorialized in 1968 that “the strip has fielded more prostitutes per foot than any series of dives east of Las Vegas noting it is easy to get shot there and easier still to get robbed."
By the mid-1980s, new leadership emerged, the city cleaned up its act, the clubs closed, and the thugs and prostitutes disappeared from the strip. The Village settled into a residential community populated by families, and retirees. City officials hope the flurry of new North Bay Village condo developments will give the Village new life. Surrounding the Village on every side are unobstructed panoramic views of the sparkling waters of Biscayne Bay and the remarkable Miami skylines. Developers say the Village’s potential has been long overlooked and recognized as a prominent and dramatic central location. Developers have discovered that the tiny Village of three man-made islands scooped out of Biscayne Bay is a sleeping beauty with affordable land and is surrounded on every side by beautiful Biscayne Bay views that make it a natural location for condominium living with an urban flair.
Located east of Biscayne Boulevard at 79th Street, the Village is brimming with new residents and developers seeking new development opportunities. Developers are targeting young professionals and empty nesters, cosmopolitan residents whom the city expects will bring new vitality to the Village. Less than two miles in length and linked to Miami and Miami Beach by the Kennedy Causeway, the strip is traveled by 50,000 cars daily. The City of North Bay Village successfully shook a notorious reputation as a haven for hookers, hoodlums, and mobster mayhem to become a tranquil enclave of family living and strict law enforcement. Today, North Bay Village is a four-island community of more than 370 single-family homes, condo buildings, and businesses. Young professionals with children have moved in to replace snowbirds and retirees over the past 30 years, changing the look and needs of the community of 6,500+ residents.