If you enjoy boating, fishing and watersports, chances are you’ll love Golden Beach. Here it’s likely you’ll own a waterfront property with direct access to the ocean or Intracoastal Waterway, which makes for a great way to spend the day. High-rise construction and commercial development is prohibited within city limits, meaning you’ll likely spend a day here perusing your neighborhood instead of entertaining a deluge of tourists. And you’ll get to enjoy your own private backyard pool instead of one shared by other condo residents. Plus, its central location means it’s easy to commute into Fort Lauderdale, Miami or Miami Beach.
Known for its intimacy and relatively small population of roughly 1,000 residents, Golden Beach might seem a sleepy town at first blush. But its location makes it within reach of the best of South Florida nightlife, from Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale all the way down to Lincoln Road in South Beach. This area is sought out for its quiet night side. But beware of speed traps. Cops are known to camp out here catching travelers who zip through the city on their way to rowdier places.
Where To Live:
The name says it all. Golden Beach knows just how to showcase the sand and surf that make it such a scenic place to live. Unlike much of Miami, especially the waterfront communities, Golden Beach features mostly single-family homes ranging between $1.7 million and $18 million. Golden Beach is coveted for its privacy, seclusion and proximity to all things South Florida. If you truly want to own a piece of Miami, this is where you’ll get the biggest chunk of property.
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Sunny Isles Beach and Bal Harbour offer similar oceanfront spots, but here you’re likely to find more high-rise condominiums. For other waterfront single-family homes, check out Venetian Islands or Key Biscayne.