The Best Neighborhood in Miami Part 4: The Best Miami Neighborhoods for Boat Lovers
What are the Best Miami Neighborhoods for Boaters?
For many ‘life on the water’ is one of the biggest pulls for home buying in South Florida. Those looking to live in Miami often look for Miami homes with a boat dock or a Miami condo that offers a boat slip. In this section we offer the best waterfront communities for boaters and boat owners.
The Grove is a Miami neighborhood offering many waterfront homes with a boat dock as well as a good amount of marinas. Most waterfront homes with a boat dock are located along South Bayshore Lane or in one of the gated and waterfront communities such as Entrada Estates, Hughes Cove or the Moorings. Although some of the homes in these gated communities are on the open bay, most are located on a canal which provides for bridge-fee and very fast access to the open bay.
The Grove also offers several marinas along South Bayshore Drive.
Coral Gables offers many homes with a boat dock. Waterfront homes in Coral Gables are either located on the Coral Gables canals or on the open bay. Some of the canal front homes are further away from the open bay (those west of the US1) and require a longer sail in order to reach the open ocean. Unlike Coconut Grove waterfront homes, in Coral Gables one might encounter (fixed) bridges. For condo lovers the best condos with a marina might be offered by the Deering Bay community and the Gables Club Condo Tower 1 and Tower 2. The Gables offers a relatively limited amount of marinas such as the Deering Bay marina and the Cocoplum Yachtclub.
The Venetian Islands
You can’t go wrong with an island when you love boating. The Venetian Islands are located in the Biscayne Bay between Miami and Miami Beach. There are 6 Venetian Islands in total, which are pre-dominantly a single-family home market, although some islands also offer condos. Belle Isle for example, which is the last island before you reach Miami Beach offers several condos with a boat dock. The Venetian islands offer many waterfront homes with a boat dock and they are desired because there are no fixed bridges granting open ocean access. The Venetian Islands offer many brand new and ultra-modern constructions.
A boaters paradise with many oceanfront homes that are either located on the open bay or on a canal with direct access to the bay (There are no bridges between the canals and the open ocean in Key Biscayne). Some homes are located on a canal, which are waterways with quick access to the open bay. Below you can browse Key Biscayne homes with a boat dock. There are no Key Biscayne condos with a boat dock or boat slips, so for those looking for condo life, they will have to dock their boats in one of the Key Biscayne marinas. Key Biscayne offers several marinas such as the Key Biscayne Yacht Club, the Crandon Park Marina and the Rickenbacker Marina for those who do not need their vessel docked in front of their property.
The Fisher Island community is located just south of Miami Beach and can only be reached by ferry, boat or helicopter. One of the most exclusive and private zipcodes in the US, this is a true boater’s paradise. The island is located in the open bay, which is a preferred scenario for many boaters. Fisher Island does not offer homes or condos for sale with a boat dock (there are only 8 homes on the island anyway), but the island itself offers two state-of-the-art, surge proof marinas. Fisher Island is home to the only private deep-water marina, one of only two existing deep-water marinas in Miami, Florida, which together have over 100 slips to accommodate luxury yachts up to 250 feet.
The marinas boast water depths of 15 feet leading up to the entrance to both marinas, 8 feet within the inner marina, and 12 feet within the outer marina. Entry breakwaters ensure calm and comfortable berths, and the location allows yachtsmen to be in the Gulf Stream within minutes. The Fisher Island club marina offers all the services you require for your nautical travels and is also known to hosts some major boating related events. Recently, the marinas have been lavishly refurbished to include handsome hardwood decking and pilings, the latest power pedestals, security cameras and constant monitoring systems.
Biscayne Point, Miami Beach
The most affordable of this list, Biscayne Point is located in North Beach between Indian Creek and Normandy Shores. Biscayne point is made up of two peninsulas that extend into the Biscayne Bay, called Biscayne Point (Southern peninsula) and Stillwater (Northern peninsula). Most homes are waterfront and enjoy amazing views over the Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline. Biscayne Point is close to the beaches and all its entertainment while the community gives you a feel of tranquility and privacy. This is one of the most affordable island communities in Miami and the Beaches. In the last two years properties sold between $500K and $3M, while at this moment listings range between $400K and $10.5M. Waterfront listings start at $775,000 for a tear down property.
Biscayne Point is desired with boaters and golf lovers as the waterfront community is surrounded by two golf courses: Indian Creek Country Club and the Normandy Shores Golf Course. For boaters it is important to mention that some homes have direct access to the open ocean while others have fixed bridges along the way.