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A Guide to Miami Waterfront Homes: What to Look For and Where to Find Them

by | Dec 12, 2022

When searching for a waterfront home for sale in Miami, many factors come into play; location, square footage, lot size, views and if you’re a boater, deep water access. And as you would come to expect, owning a piece of waterfront land in paradise comes with a hefty price tag. That’s why it’s so important to work with a Miami real estate expert that understands this niche market and can help guide you throughout the process.

Despite the ever-growing price tags of these homes and land, the demand for Miami waterfront homes continues to gain traction from all over the world. So whether you’re looking for a permanent residence or just a getaway vacation home, waterfront homes in Miami have something to offer everyone who wants to claim their slice of luxury.

This blog post will go over the most popular areas for waterfront homes in Miami and their features, so you can decide where you’d like to invest or live.

Features of a Waterfront House in Miami

Before we get into the specific locations, let’s go over some features that make waterfront houses in Miami so desirable.

Waterfront Views: Having your own view of the water is priceless. From the Atlantic Ocean to Biscayne Bay, you can take in some of Miami’s best views from your own bedroom or living room. This is true meaning of Miami luxury living.

Architecture: Whether you’re looking for modern minimalist design or a classic French style home, waterfront homes usually feature the best in design elements that set them apart from other properties. In South Florida, you can find both brand new homes and older homes in the traditional Mediterranean, Spanish colonial, and modern styles almost everywhere.

Modern Amenities: The latest modern amenities oftentimes go hand in hand with a Miami waterfront home. This includes private boat docks, infinity edge swimming pools and spas and sometimes even secluded beaches.

Security: Most waterfront homes have an extra layer of protection due to their exclusivity. Many communities feature private gated access, around-the-clock security, camera systems and the latest in security technology.

Miami Waterfront Homes

Where Are the Best Waterfront Homes in Miami?

When it comes to the ultimate Miami luxury living experience, the Miami-Dade County area stands out as a premier destination for waterfront homes and those looking for the highest quality homes will find no shortage of options available.

Located in some of South Florida’s most sought-after neighborhoods, these waterfront homes offer stunning views and unparalleled access to world-class entertainment, dining, and attractions – close to some of Florida’s most beautiful beaches! Below are some of the most desirable areas for waterfront homes in all of Miami:

Golden Beach Homes Miami

Golden Beach

Situated on the edge of Miami-Dade County, Golden Beach is a luxurious yet tranquil oasis that has existed since 1929. The town is home to a diverse population of residents who enjoy the finer things in life and come to bask in its outdoor activities and amenities.

From boating right outside your own backyard and beachcombing at at the private Golden Beach Club to leisurely walks through stunning parks and gardens, there is something for everyone here. Its pristine white sandy beaches are the perfect place to soak up the sun or take a peaceful dip in the Atlantic Ocean.

Celebrities such as Bill Gates, Paul Newman, and fashion mogul Tommy Hilfiger have made Golden Beach their permanent residence, so you know this is the perfect place to find a luxury property.

Waterfront homes consist of oceanfront mansions and intracoastal homes with spectacular views. With these homes, you can take advantage of the sparkling blue waters, boat dockage, and your own private beaches that come along with living in one of the best Golden Beach homes for sale.

Indian Creek Miami Waterfront Homes

Indian Creek Island

With only 84 private residences, Indian Creek Island is one of Miami’s most exclusive and luxurious waterfront communities. Set on a beautiful private island surrounded by pristine waters, this small town in Miami City truly feels like paradise.

The homes here are some of the most lavish properties you’ll ever see. From modern mansions to Mediterranean-style villas, these gorgeous homes feature top-of-the-line amenities and stunning views.

The community is close to Bal Harbour as well as downtown Miami, with convenient access to world-class restaurants, entertainment venues, and shopping centers. Residents also enjoy various recreational activities such as golfing, tennis courts, and miles of waterfront excursions on the bay.

Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, and other famous Miami residents have made their home here, and it’s not hard to see why.

Venetian Islands In Miami Beach Waterfront Homes

Venetian Islands

The Venetian Islands are a fantastic example of what dreams combined with engineering and architecture can create—providing breathtaking waterfront views from every angle; a series of bridges connect these artificial islands to form one cohesive community. 

Homes here are designed with the utmost luxury in mind. From spacious Mediterranean villas to sleek contemporary mansions, these homes boast floor-to-ceiling windows and impressive outdoor entertainment spaces.

Most of the homes on the Venetian Islands have boat docks or expansive pools with unique features like fire pits and waterfalls. Lush landscaping and private beach access are also common features of these homes.

Gables Estates Waterfront Homes

Gables Estates

Located in Coral Gables, Gables Estates is one of Miami’s most elegant and affluent neighborhoods. Seclusion and exclusivity are some of the community’s main attractions, as it is surrounded by lush vegetation and protected waterfront access.

This upscale neighborhood consists of high-end real estate ranging from modern mansions to Mediterranean villas. Just north west of Gables By The Sea, another luxurious area, Gables Estates offers unparalleled views of the bay and nearby islands.

The homes feature soaring ceilings, marble flooring, and top-of-the-line appliances. Residents also have access to a private golf course and a gated entrance for extra security.C

Classic Mediterranean architecture, combined with the stunning views of Biscayne Bay, make Gables Estates one of Miami’s most desirable waterfront destinations.

Premier schools, award-winning restaurants, and vibrant nightlife are all close to this neighborhood.

Sunset Islands Miami Waterfront Homes For Sale

Sunset Islands

The ultra-exclusive islands dedicated to luxury living, Sunset Islands, is known for its stunning waterfront homes.  Located within the confines of a gated community boasting private entrances and the constant presence of security guards, the spectacular views of both South Beach and the Atlantic Ocean only add to this attractive destination.

Bayfront properties come complete with private docks, giving those lucky enough to call Sunset Islands home access to all that Miami offers through exquisite seafood restaurants, sunset boat tours, and jam-packed nightlife entertainment. There’s no place quite like it – once you get a glimpse of life here, you’ll never want to leave!

Incredible architecture, from ultra-modern to breathtaking Mediterranean-style mansions are all found in this exclusive community located just steps to South Beach.


If you’re in the market for a waterfront property, Miami is the place to be. With its balmy weather, beautiful beaches, and luxurious homes, it’s no wonder that Miami is one of the most popular places in the country to buy a waterfront residence.

When you’re ready to take the plunge and purchase paradise, check out some of Miami’s best waterfront properties by visiting our website.

Josh Stein is a luxury real estate agent specializing in Miami waterfront homes. With several decades of experience in the luxury Miami real estate market, Josh is your go-to source for Miami waterfront homes. Contact him today to get started on your real estate search!

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