Miami is one of the world’s foremost coastal destinations, whether you are looking for a new home or that perfect vacation spot. The city is a hub for television production, has a vibrant Downtown district and boasts a rich arts and culture scene, not to mention its many beaches.
The city also offers several beautiful residential enclaves and has a cluster of neighbouring islands effectively function as private neighbourhoods containing lavish estates that are covered in lush greenery and look out over breathtaking views of the Atlantic while being completely secluded from the city centre. The homes curated here are marvels of architecture, many of them custom builds showcasing the very best in design. If you are looking for a waterfront home that gives you a living experience like no other, then you need to consider some of the best homes for sale in Miami.
1. Breathtaking Estate on Star Island Drive
Star Island is a man-made island located just off Miami Beach in the picturesque Biscayne Bay. It is home to some of Miami’s wealthiest and has a long list of celebrity residents including Madonna, Sylvester Stallone, Gloria Estefan, Lenny Kravitz, Will Smith and Shaquille O’Neal.
This sprawling estate has a very resort-like character with its beautiful green surroundings, vast outdoor pool deck and gorgeous waterfront views. Key elements of the estate include a large front lawn that’s ideal for hosting a summer soiree, paved driveway with a water feature and lots of parking space, a backyard with a pool and gazebo, and a private yacht jetty.
2. Sophisticated Modern Masterpiece in Coral Gables
Coral Gables – officially known as the City of Coral Gables – is located only a few miles from Downtown Miami and is known for its Mediterranean Revival architecture, which draws from a mix of French, Italian and Spanish influences to give the whole area a very unique sense of character.
This home sits on a V-shaped corner plot of land, enjoying 574 feet of prime waterfront along two sides. It was designed by Ramon Pacheco, whose firm Pacheco Architecture is responsible for delivering a number of high-end homes. In fact, this property has several designer touches to it, from a contemporary kitchen designed by Mick de Giulio to an infinity pool with beautiful mosaic tiling courtesy of Estudio Arque. Perhaps the most impressive highlight is a boat dock capable of accommodating a 200-foot super yacht.
3. Gorgeous Private Estate in Coral Gables
This home takes its design influence from The Breakers, the grand old cottage of the renowned Vanderbilt family in Newport which is a remnant of America’s Gilded Age and a historic landmark. While The Breakers was built in a Renaissance Revival style that harkens back to 16th century Italy, this estate was designed in the Mediterranean Revival style that is typical of Coral Gables and has a palatial look to it with its wide red gable roofs and columned doorways.
The interiors are elegant and quite modern, with a predominant use of white – one of the hallmarks of coastal Miami design. Key elements include a private lounge with a bar and pool table, a wine cellar, a majestic private cinema in rich warm colours, plus a resort-style pool, a spa/gym, a separate guest cottage, a meditation sanctuary and 245 ft of picturesque waterfront.
4. Bayfront Property in Bal Harbour
A charming coastal village that sits at the northern tip of Miami Beach, Bal Harbour is known as a haven for beach resorts. It is also considered to be one of the best places to live in Florida, offering a fantastic selection of homes in a secure gated community.
This home sits on a double plot spanning over an acre with 178 feet of open frontage on the bay. It features a very tropical-inspired design aesthetic that incorporates warm neutral colours and wooden accents. Key elements include a guest house with a gymnasium (which can be renovated), a hut-like poolside gazebo with a thatched roof that houses a bar and lounge, and a private boat dock. You enjoy proximity to the beach, as well as to the nearby shops and five-star dining at various beach resorts.
5. Furnished Custom-Built Home on Palm Island
Palm Island is one of the small islands that are located just off the coastline of Miami Beach. This strip of land is a private residential haven and includes the mansion of Al Capone, the legendary 1920’s gangster. Other key residential communities in Miami, such as Star Island, Hibiscus Island and the Venetian Islands, are all easily accessible while the MacArthur Causeway provides direct passage to the mainland.
Situated along Palm Avenue is this stunning contemporary mansion designed by Kobi Karp Architecture and Argent Design. It sits on a tranquil plot that is surrounded by palm trees, and even has a line of palms along the seafront side for maximum privacy. Key features include a private rooftop pool, a terrace with views over Downtown Miami, a guesthouse with a gym and therapy rooms, plus a private boat dock. Every element of the design is phenomenal, with custom lighting, marble finishes and a fully automated smart home system for the perfect modern beachfront living experience.
6. Stunning Private Residence on Fisher Island
Fisher Island is a small enclave off the southern coast of Florida that contains a population of less than 500 and just over 200 household, but it boasts the highest income per capita of any place in the United States. It is one of the few islands that is completely inaccessible by road – it can only be reached by boat, ferry or helicopter. As a result of this, it has taken on an air of exclusivity, serving as a private haven for several prominent families – it was originally owned by real estate developer Carl Fisher, from whom it got its name. Fisher Island was also a home for the renowned Vanderbilt family at one time in its history.
This gorgeous seven-bedroom residence comes fully furnished, featuring a BOFFI kitchen with Mieele and SubZero appliances, a Zero-Edge pool, European oak floors, Brazilian walnut finishes, bookmatched marble surfaces and more. It is ideally positioned to enjoy views over South Beach and the ocean.