Located in Miami Beach, the Sunset Islands are home to some of the most coveted and sought-after waterfront homes in South Florida. Comprised of four islands, they are respectively known as Sunset I, Sunset II, Sunset III and Sunset IV. Directly on Biscayne Bay, the neighborhood offers panoramic vistas of the water and direct bay access.
Many of the waterfront homes are over 10,000 square feet with 100 feet of water frontage. Spacious homes revel the façade of Mediterranean styles, modern elegance and the avant-garde. Interiors feature wine cellars, saunas, large theatre rooms, dual-staircases, lavish living quarters, stoned-chef’s kitchens, spa-like bathrooms and guest quarters. Exterior features include oversized swimming pools, tropical ponds, sun-bathing decks, private docks and lush manicured lawns. Sunset Islands homes prices range from $1 million to over $20 million.
The neighborhoods throughout Sunset Island are close-knit and have a small community and neighborly appeal. Its homeowner’s association regularly sponsors get-togethers and plans holiday festivals, such as Halloween parties and Christmas celebrations. The neighborhoods are very family oriented.
The development of Sunset Island had its early beginnings in the 1920s, along with the other Miami Beach islands. Land developer and visionary Carl Fisher had the dream of creating Miami into a renowned beach resort area. His vision included dredging the Biscayne Bay and creating a string of man-made islands. Landfill of the bay created the islands of Venetian, Hibiscus, Star, Palm, Normandy and Sunset. These tropical islands quickly gained the attention of wealthy industrialists of the north and Midwest, and soon they began to build winter get-a-way mansions. These wealthy industrialists included Harvey Firestone, J.C. Penney and the Vanderbilts. Investors also began to take notice and started construction of many hotels.
The land boom of Miami Beach was beginning to take place. Unfortunately, the hurricane of 1926 slowed development but picked up again in the 1930s. With commercial airline flights in the 1950s, access to Miami was more available, and the tourists became to come in droves. Carl Fisher put Miami Beach on the map, but the pop culture of the 1950s through the 1980s kept it in the spotlight. The broadcasting of “The Jackie Gleason Show” in Miami Beach brought a lot of attention to the area. Film shots from “Scarface” and “Miami Vice” continued to maintain the area’s popularity. Today, Miami Beach is a brand of its own and features a diverse and cultural complexion.
While residents at Sunset Island enjoy the tranquility of a serene neighborhood, they are just a stone throw’s away to the many cultural activities, entertainments venues and chic shopping that the cosmopolitan city of Miami has to offer. Miami is home to many world-class museums and art galleries, including the Miami Art Museum, Bass Museum, Lowe Museum and the Historical Museum of South Florida. Its Art Deco District features a large collection of art deco architecture and sponsors walking tours, films and many events throughout the year.
Whether old or young, the Miami Metro Zoo and Seaquarium are packed with a fun-filled day of adventure. The zoo features exotic animals from Australia, Asia and Africa. Visitors can experience the free-roaming wildlife on foot or by tram. The Seaquarium offers fun marine displays of black whales, friendly dolphins and dancing sea lions.
Sunset Island is a tropical oasis that offers luxurious resort living, while also offering the delights of Miami.