The Neighborhood of North Bay Road
The North Bay Road community runs up along Miami Beach’s westernmost street of the same name, they are waterfront mansions and non-waterfront homes that are situated between 20th street and 66th St. Nicknamed “Millionaire’s Row”, it has been called home by many celebrities and business magnates. Revered for its open bay views, spacious lot sizes and verdant foliage, properties here are in high demand due to its exclusivity and proximity to Miami and the beach. As one of Miami Beach’s oldest neighborhoods, there is an unshakable elegance about the area, and no matter how much it changes it remains iconic.
Here are just a few things that make the North Bay Road neighborhood stand out:
The Bay: The waterfront homes on North Bay Road have some of the city’s widest unobstructed views of the bay. Some homes also have direct views of the Downtown Miami skyline. Either way – sunsets will be instagrammed for a long time to come.
The Beach: We would be remiss not to mention the beach. As a Miami Beach resident, one of your biggest amenities is easy access to nearby public beaches – specifically the white sands of South Beach. Just digitally hail an Uber and get dropped off. It’s that simple.
Downtown Miami: Across the scenic Venetian Causeway (more on this below), is Downtown Miami. The restaurants, museums, sports and concert arena, theaters and nearly 24-hour club scene is calling. Boredom has been banished from your Miami lifestyle. Welcome to the new normal.
The Parks: There are many small parks to take the kids to and/or do some exercise. Nearby you have the Maurice Gibb Memorial Park (dedicated to the late Bee Gee vocalist and songwriter) and the oceanfront Collins Park. Both are a short walk from North Bay Roads south entrance.
Exclusivity: Though there is no guardhouse – there is exclusivity due to the real estate value of the homes on North Bay Road. Homes here sell for way above the reach of your typical buyer.
A short history of the North Bay Road neighborhood:
- Carl Fisher’s 1925 Italian Villa, which was designed by celebrated American architect August Geiger, still stands – fully restored.
- So many have called North Bay Road home – Yankee hitter Alex Rodriguez, actors Matt Damon and Jennifer Lopez, musicians Ricky Martin, Phil Collins, Alejandro Sainz, Barry Gibb of the BeeGees, and Shakira. Behind the scenes luminaries include director Michael Bay, designers Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger. Even the infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar owned a home on North Bay Road. I think you get the picture. It’s nice.
Restaurants & Attractions
Some of our favorite places to dine around North Bay Road:
NaiYaRa: It’s not just that the New Times has crowned them Best Restaurant in Miami Beach, it’s that Chef Bee cooks like his little ol’grandmother. And we’re very glad he does. Under her tutelage he learned to cook Thai street food and developed a love for creating pan-asian dishes. Enter NaiYaRa, where he serves high-end Thai cuisine that makes everyone who visits a believer.
CVI.CHE 105: Chef Juan Chipoco can be credited for making ceviche one of Miami’s popular go-to’s, and his restaurant CVI.CHE 105 was where he did it. Their South Beach location is an award-winning monster with leche de tigre in its veins. For fresh, authentic Peruvian cuisine, you have to visit. Make it hot.
Havana 1957: The ambience? Pre-revolution Havana. The food? Deliciously rustic Cuban fare that transports you to a crowded cafe in 1950’s Cuba. We’ve dined at every Cuban restaurant in Miami. Some were very good, but no other makes the deep commitment to make you feel like you’re IN Cuba. The decor, the servers, and the music bring back a bygone era – and I won’t lie – the food tastes better because of it.
Doraku Izakaya and Sushi: Modeled after an Izakaya, which is a Japanese gastropub, Doraku’s ambitions were way beyond your typical Japanese fare. They wanted a cultural confluence between Miami’s latin bite and Japan’s traditional flavors. It would seem they created a South Beach hit. Founded by Kevin Aoki, son of Benihana’s founder Rocky Aoki, the family’s penchant for mainstreaming tastes and cuisine is alive and well.
Chotto Matte: This is an explosive collision of urban Japanese fare and Peruvian cuisine – Miami’s finest Nikkei establishment. Tasty and visually stunning, it’s also healthy and sustainable: all ingredients are natural, locally produced, non-GMO.
Favorite things to do in and around North Bay Road:
South Beach: Legendary South Beach, adult playground and kid-friendly day-scursion, is literally at the south entrance of North Bay Road. Take a stroll on Lincoln Road Mall, hit the beach and visit a museum or two (we recommend the Bass Museum and the Wolfsonian). You’re in one of Miami Beach’s most walkable areas. Explore.
Museum Hops: This can take a while. Let’s cross the bay for the first weekend. We would start with heart-fluttering contemporary art at the Perez Art Museum, then charge up some logic neurons at the Frost Science Museum. That should take up weekend one. Every weekend can bring you new mind-expanding experiences.
Venetian Causeway Hike: Built in 1925, the Venetian Causeway was one of the first bridges to span the bay, bringing people to Miami Beach. Today, much larger bridges north and south of it handle most of that traffic. But don’t worry – it’s now become a favorite jogging and biking path for the locals. Enjoy the lush surroundings and waterfront mansions as you make your way to Miami and back (6 miles, in case you’re wondering).
Location, location, location. North Bay Roads location puts you at the crossroads of so many adventures, it’s hard to choose. It is a perfect balance of urban living and a seaside retreat. Make it your mission to experience everything South Florida has to offer.
Distance to popular areas
South Beach: 3.4 miles
Design District: 4.2 miles
Midtown: 4.5 mile
Wynwood: 5 miles
Downtown Miami: 8.1 miles
Brickell City Center: 8.5 miles
Miami International Airport: 9.8 miles
Aventura Mall: 18.4 miles
South Pointe Elementary School
Feinberg-Fisher Elementary School
First Presbyterian International Christian School
Gordon Day School (Jewish)
Prima Casa Montessori School
Miami Beach Senior High School (public)
Rabbi Alexander Gross High School (private, Jewish)
Colleges and universities
The Florida International University School of Architecture
Lubavitch Educational Center (private, Jewish)
Are you in love with North Bay Road?
Email or call me (305.318.8557) to learn more, talk about what’s available and hopefully visit a few of these amazing homes. I can’t wait to show you around.