The 'richest city in the United States' according to a 2009 UBS survey of 73 world cities, Miami is home to a thriving community of business leaders, investors, and globally-recognized celebrities. As the travel gateway between North and South America, it has also become home to numerous international banks, transportation interests, and media powerhouses. With this exceptional pedigree, its upscale residential neighborhoods also play host to some of the finest, and most exceptional, residential properties in the world.
Consisting of an elongated stretch of mainland that runs parallel to a variety of both natural and artificial islands, Miami, which has been the most populous urban area on Florida's southeastern coast since the arrival of the Florida East Coast Railway in the early 20th Century, is noted for its beachfront properties, exceptional climate, and international culture and cuisine. Given the number of islands that seem to drift just offshore of its tropical, sandy beaches, Miami is also estimated to have the highest proportion of shoreline area to residents among major cities. This translates, across the keys and in every seaside neighborhood, to residences that have easy access to open water.
Among both natural and artificial islands that offer views with inestimable value are Key Biscayne, Virginia Key, North Bay Village, and the Venetian Islands. Home to a variety of professional athletes, musicians, entrepreneurs, and captains of global finance, this chain of islands is famous for its boating culture and nightlife. The keys also sport some of the most innovative and modern luxury homes in the United States.
Inland, however, Miami's charms remain equally clear, as neighborhoods like The Roads, Coral Way, and Coconut Grove radiate southward from the city's main financial and business hub in the Downtown area toward increasingly spacious and comfortable estates. Developed during the heyday of the 'Roaring 20s', these areas are known throughout the world for their tree-lined boulevards, Mission Revival and Art Deco homes, and general sense of history. As they lie near the more populous Downtown and Brickell sections, they also offer a trade-off between personal space and connection to the business core of the city.
Brickell, long noted for its role as a financial district, has become famous in its own right for the number of luxurious condominiums that have sprung up along its shores in recent decades. Exclusive, refined, and connected to the most influential communities within the city, modern day Brickell is a postcard image of manicured riverwalks, glowing Art Deco masterpieces, and comfortably secure gated estates. Visually, it is considered one of the more picturesque urban locales in the United States and, with its brightly clad high-rises and lushly verdant streets, is consistently rated as one of America's finest skylines. Brickell Avenue, itself, is commonly referred to as "Millionaire's Row" for the number of energetic, successful individuals who have chosen to call it home.