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South Beach, also known as SoBe is a neighborhood in the bustling city of Miami Beach, Florida. It is situated between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean on a stretch of barrier islands. South Beach is a major vacation and entertainment destination. This is due in part to the gorgeous beaches, hundreds of nightclubs, boutiques, eateries and a variety of hotels, resorts and more. It has a thriving LGBT community that greatly aided in the revitalization of the Miami Beach beginning in the later part of the 1980s. The annual Gay Pride Parade draws thousands of spectators and participants annually. Other annual events include the Miami Marathon, the Miami International Film Festival  and the Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival. Among the neighborhoods sub-neighborhoods is Belle Isle, Flagler Monument Island, the West Avenue Corridor, South Pointe and much more. The neighborhood of South Beach is on the cusp between a tropical monsoon climate and a humid subtropical climate.

The area that would one day be South Beach began as lush farmland. Brothers Henry and Charles Lum purchased 165 acres in 1879 to start a coconut far. John Collins took control of the lands in 1896 and used the land for farming purposes. Development was slow in the area until the Collins Bridge was completed in 1913. The budding community was incorporated as the town of Miami Beach  in 1915. Development continued with architecture in styles such as Art Deco, Streamline Moderne, Nautical Moderne and more. Today South Beach claims to have the world's largest collection of Streamline Moderne and Art Deco architecture. Today the thriving neighborhood welcomes visitors daily to its shores and helps them realize that diversity is the key to unity.

In 2010, the approximate population of South Beach was 39,186. Public education for the neighborhood is provided by the Miami-Dade County Public School District. Local schools private and public include Miami Beach Senior High School, South Pointe Elementary School, Prima Casa Montessori School, Gordon Day School and others. South Beach is home to numerous theaters and performance venues like the Miami City Ballet, Lincoln Theater, the Jackie Gleason Theater and others. Though parts of South Beach are very walkable, public transportation in the form of commuter trains and metro buses do ease traffic issues. South Beach is also home to a variety of parks including, but not limited to Flamingo Park, the Miami Beach Golf Club, Lummus Park, South Pointe Park and more. Homes for sale range from traditional single family homes to less traditional multi-family structures and range in size predominantly from two bedrooms up to sprawling luxury homes with five and six bedrooms. South Beach real estate options also include apartments, condominiums, beach homes and more. To explore all your options in South Beach, call local real estate agent John Merrit today, at 561-283-3892.

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