Sunny Isles, Florida Real Estate and Information

Sunny Isles, Florida Real Estate and Information


Known as the “City of Sun and Sea,” Sunny Isles, Florida, is located on a barrier island in northeast Miami-Dade County between Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Sunny Isles is bounded by Golden Beach to the north, the Atlantic to the east, Bal Harbour and Haulover Park to the south, and the Intracoastal Waterway to the west.

The relatively small city of Sunny Isles, also known as Sunny Isles Beach, holds only about 21,000 full-time residents; however, it attracts nearly 1 million tourists, vacationers and visitors every year, according to the City of Sunny Isles' website. You don’t have to look too far to understand why Sunny Isles Beach has attracted such a following.

Its barrier island location provides a secluded, tropical island aura for exploring the 2.5-mile-long beach. Bring the family to Samson Oceanfront Park or try your luck sinking a line off the city’s landmark fishing pier. The options here are as seemingly endless as its stretch of fine sand.

Sunny Isles attracts nicknames, seemingly almost as much as it attracts tourists. The “City of Sun and Sea” of today was actually given the appellation “Venice of America” by a private investor in 1920 when Sunny Isles became accessible from Miami via the new Haulover bridge. Other developers also built properties on Biscayne Bay, rerouting waterways and creating islands, and the city in the 1950s became known as the “Vegas of Florida.” Sunny Isles played host to The Beatles, who visited the Castaway Motel’s famed Wreck Bar, but the crowds, gambling, and nightlife eventually moved to South Beach Miami. Today, Sunny Isles’ pristine 2 ½-mile beach harbors new hotels, resorts, and condos, giving Sunny Isles’ a highly attractive real estate market.

Shopping and Dining

Sunny Isles Beach offers an incredible variety of shopping and dining opportunities, many of which line Collins Avenue, also known as Florida State Road A1A. This highway stretches from Key West to Fernandina Beach near the Florida/Georgia border. Although it’s a busy road, it’s very pedestrian friendly, like the rest of the city.

A great to spend an afternoon is to grab yourself a cool, healthy fruit smoothie at Miami Juice on Collins Avenue, and then check out some of the locally owned and operated retailers and restaurants on this popular oceanside street:

Nearby Bal Harbour Shops features one of the country’s most notable open-air malls. Its upscale stores include Neiman Marcus, Saks, Diane von Furstenburg, Miu, Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Gucci, Balenciaga, and Stella McCartney. Bal Harbour’s eateries and restaurants include the highly regarded Carpaccio along with other worthies, La Goulue, MadMac, and Makato.

Located just a few blocks east of Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach is Aventura Mall, a 2.7 million square-foot, multi-level shopper’s paradise. Among the delights you will discover here are 6 department stores, including Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom, about 300 stores and restaurants, and an interactive playground, an excellent feature for parents and children alike.

Other shopping and dining destinations are Bayside Market Place and Sawgrass Mills Mall. The outstanding Trump and Acqualina Resorts each have several excellent dining options, including Bella Beach, Bourbon Steak, Costa Grill @ Acqualina, Piazzetta Marketplace and Restaurant, and Il Mulino.

Parks and Recreation

Naturally, the sandy beach and the ocean are perfect for lounging, boating, snorkeling, windsurfing, and fishing, and Sunny Isles offers both seaside and inland places to play. The main thoroughfare, Collins Avenue, provides many parks and recreational activities. Samson Oceanfront Park is a local favorite, and includes a boardwalk, pavilion, playground, volleyball, and other amenities. Heritage Park comprises 4 acres, with a dog park and recreation area. On the west side is Town Center Park, a protected wetland area that includes a playground, fitness trail, and gazebo. Pelican Community Park’s amenities include a Little League baseball field, basketball and volleyball courts, and a gymnasium.

In addition to its parks, Acqualina and Trump Resorts attract visitors from around the world. Sunny Isles is just 5 miles from Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino, which offers gaming, dining, and entertainment.

Sunny Isles is also close to The Ancient Spanish Monastery, the oldest building in the Western Hemisphere, built from 1133-1141 in Sacramenia, Spain but dismantled during the Spanish Revolution of the 1830’s. It was purchased by William Randolph Hearst in 1925 then warehoused before finally being bought by entrepreneurs who in 1952 finally reconstructed the magnificent Cloisters.


Sunny Isles is an artist’s hub, quieter than Miami and also more affordable. The city’s eclectic character is reflected in its diverse population and similarly diverse real estate options. Due to its great location and robust economy, Sunny Isles real estate includes a lot of new construction. The median home cost is around $250,000, but home prices vary widely depending on a number of factors.

Home to myriad houses of worship, Sunny Isles offers Chabad of Golden Beach to those of the Jewish faith. Programs, special events and a Kids' Corner are just a few of the offerings Head Rabbi Amar, and Chabad of Golden Beach, provide. Catholic and Protestant churches are also available in the area.

Although it bills itself as a Miami Beach hotel, the Trump International Beach Resort is actually on Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach. It offers 390 hotel rooms and guest suites, not to mention just about every pampering amenity you can imagine, for you or any of your visitors who can afford it or want to splurge, just this once.

And if Trump doesn’t have what you’re looking for, no problem. Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach is located just down the street, literally. Here you’ll discover 4.5 acres of breathtaking Florida coastline, upon which rests the 188 residences, 98 hotel rooms and suites, with 3 oceanside swimming pools and 3 oceanside restaurants.

Schools, Health, Transportation

Miami-Dade County Public Schools serve Sunny Isles. The student-teacher ratio is 17:1 and schools include Sunny Isles Beach Community School for PreK-8 (which has a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10), Norman S. Edelcup Sunny Isles Beach K-8, Highland Oaks Middle School, and the Alonzo & Tracy Mourning Senior High Biscayne Bay Campus. Parents have numerous choices for private education within driving distance of Sunny Isles.

The local hospitals are Aventura Hospital & Medical Center, Jackson North Medical Center, Memorial Regional Hospital, North Shore Medical Center, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Mount Sinai Medical Center and Miami Heart Institute.

Sunny Isles has free community shuttle service, and Miami-Dade Transit supports the area. The local airports are Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport.


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