South Beach Real Estate Information

South Beach is a section of the city of Miami Beach, Florida. The area was first used in 1870 as a coconut Plantation. John Collins came into ownership of the plantation in 1894. Later in 1912, 400 acres was purchased by the Lummis Brothers to build a costal city mainly affordable of single-family dwellings. A bridge was completed to the island in 1913. In 1915, the Town of Miami Beach was incorporated. Florida began to see a land boom in 1920. Miami Beach had several streets that were suited to traffic from automobiles at this time. During this time, millionaires including Albert Champion, Harvey Firestone, Harvey Stutz, J. C. Penny and Frank Seiberling made their home in Miami Beach. Interest in the area was increased as President Harding visited the Flamingo Hotel.

The 1930’s brought a revolution in architecture to South Beach. Nautical Moderne, Streamline Moderne and Art Deco came to the Beach. More buildings of the Art Deco architecture remain in South Beach today than in any other city in the world.

The United States Army Air Corps took over Miami Beach during World War II.

Jackie Gleason began taping his weekly television show in South Beach in 1966. For a decade beginning in the late 1970’s, South Beach became a retirement community for the elderly with low income. Drug dealers used empty buildings and South Beach began to fall into disrepair.

Happily, today finds South Beach in much better times. Buildings have be restored and repaired and South Beach is the place to be for entertainment. People of many different ethnic backgrounds call South Beach home or own a second home in The Beach. Some of the most exclusive condominiums are now located in South Beach. Many other projects just being built at this time that will offer even more variety in the living spaces in South Beach.