While South Beach is “God’s waiting room” for the elderly, North Beach is trendy, young and fun. The North Beach area of Miami (https://oceandrive.com/jackie-soffer-recalls-a-life-in-north-beach) offers the perfect combination of Miami culture and outdoor recreation with low cost of living. In 2016, the area saw a decline in unemployment and a 15.5 percent increase in home values. Now is a great time to buy, with the average home price still an affordable $133,800. North Beach is located between 63rd Street and Indian Creek Drive on the south and 87th Terrace on the north. Approximately 43,250 people call this area home.
North Beach has several fantastic parks for outdoor recreation. Oleta State Park offers a refuge from the concrete jungle. This is the place to visit for kayakers and canoers. Those who prefer to stay closer to shore can enjoy the hiking and mountain biking trails in the park while watching the abundant wildlife. For the dog lover, check out the new dog park at Haulover Park. Sunbathe on the pristine beach and surf when the waves are just right. Founder’s Park is a great place to take children with its selection of playground equipment, sports fields and affordable water park.
After a day outdoors, try North Beach’s selection of excellent restaurants. Lettuce & Tomato uses fresh, seasonal produce to create local cuisine with beautiful presentation. During peak hours, this restaurant is loud and wait times are long, but the food is worth the wait. PhoMi2Go (tripadvisor.com) offers a wide selection flavorful Asian foods. The price is right with most options under $10. Another restaurant to try is the Greek cuisine at the Sea Grill. On pleasant nights, enjoy your food on the terrace.
North Beach offers a fantastic work-life balance with its selection of outdoor recreation and good restaurants. While this area is up-and-coming, real estate prices are still affordable, and residents enjoy a rich lifestyle full of fun.