Key Biscayne Real Estate For Sale

Key Biscayne Yesterday and Today

The village of Key Biscayne is one of the most popular areas around Miami for prospective residents who are looking for a great place to call home. At the time of the last census in 2010, the population was 12,344. The town is just a short distance south of Miami Beach and to the east of the Magic City of Miami. It actually has a physical connection to Miami from the Rickenbacker Causeway, which has been there to connect the key to the mainland since 1947.

The village has some of the most impressive borders of any community in the Miami area. To the north of the village, you will find Crandon Park, while the border to the south is Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. The eastern border is the Atlantic Ocean, and the western border is Biscayne Bay. Those who are searching for a great place to live that is a bit different from living on the mainland and right near Miami might find the key to their benefit. It has everything they need, but it is still separate & private from the mainland.

The History of Key Biscayne

The town and the key did not really take off until 1947 at the time the Rickenbacker Causeway was built. This connected the town to Miami, and that opened up the area to residential development and what made it into the place that it is today. Up until that point, the area was mostly known for being the largest coconut plantation in the continental United States.

It was in 1940 that the Matheson family made a deal with Miami Dade County. They gave more than 800 acres of their land to Dade County to build a public park, as long as they also promised to build a causeway out to the island. At that point, the family then sold off the land they owned on the rest of the island to developers. Construction began in earnest after the causeway went up, and the first sale of residential homes in the area began in 1951. The Mackle Construction Company sold new homes for just $500 down and $9,540 for the total cost of the property. While that might not seem like much now, it was still a substantial amount in the early 50’s, although it was still affordable.

After the first residential properties started to go up, other buildings started to go up, including churches and a post office. In 1952, Key Biscayne Elementary School opened. Soon after, as more people began to move to the area, other amenities began to crop up across the growing town.

Key Biscayne became incorporated in 1991, which was the first new city in Miami-Dade County in more than half a century at that time. The first mayor of the city was Rafael Conte. Today, it also has its own fire department and police department, as well as a recreation and community center. The community center features an outdoor swimming pool, as well as multi-use courts and a musical theater program.

Life in the Key Today

Today, things are moving along faster than ever in Key Biscayne. The key is a thriving community that has a substantial number of visitors who cross the causeway each year. The tourists are a great boon for the town, and even though the area does receive a large number of tourists, the residents still have plenty of space to call their own, and do not generally feel overcrowded on the key. One of the reasons for this was that in 2007, there was an amendment to the village charter that required that future land use, for things such as additional hotels and condominium complexes, be voted on by the members of the community.

This ensures that the area of Key Biscayne can grow, but that it does not grow so quickly that it ultimately damages the quality of life for the residents. The residents truly care about their community, and this is readily apparent in all aspects of the city. The residents get plenty of their local news through sources such as their local paper, The Islander. This newspaper is just for the residents on the island. The Chamber of Commerce also publishes a bi-weekly newsletter to let residents know of things happening in and around the town.

Luxury Properties on Key Biscayne

Many types of property are available on Key Biscayne. The area certainly has a large number of luxurious single-family home properties. However, it also happens to have quite a few condominiums options for those who prefer the luxury condo lifestyle instead. Whatever you might be looking for, there’s a good chance you will find it in the area.

A Quality Education

Key Biscayne is a great place to raise a family, and part of raising the little ones right is providing them a great education. The area has some really great schools that are up to the task. Miami-Dade County public schools serve the island. Younger children can go to Key Biscayne K-8 Center, while middle school students can attend Ponce de Leon Middle School in Coral Gables. High school students can attend Coral Gables High School.

Famous Residents

Quite a few famous people have made their home in Key Biscayne over the years, including former president Richard Nixon. The actor Andy Garcia owns property on the island, and Brad Pitt owned a home there at one point. Cher also owns property on the island. These are just some of the notable residents who have fallen in love with what the island offers.

Key Biscayne, Florida

Of course, you don’t have to be famous to make Key Biscayne your home, but once you visit, it’s easy to see why so many celebrities actually enjoy the island. They are close to all of the excitement that Miami offers, but they get to enjoy the quieter, small town life that that island can afford them. If you are looking for the best of the island life, it might be time to start looking for a new condo, custom home or luxury waterfront estate on Key Biscayne.

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Miami Real Estate For Sale
by Ashton Coleman

CLHMS  Transnational Referral Certified TRC World Properties Resort Specialist RSPS ePro Member

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