The City of Sunny Isles Grows in a Brighter Image as a Prime Oceanfront Location

Trump International Sonesta Beach Resort

The City of Sunny Isles Grows in a Brighter Image as a Prime Oceanfront Location. An article by Andres Amerikaner of the Miami Herald recently highlighted my favorite city, Sunny Isles.

Here are some highlights

The surge in Sunny Isles Beach real estate has led to an unexpected distinction as it’s shed the run-down image of the past to a touristic resurgence of the future. Trip Advisor, the largest travel community online, has ranked Sunny Isles as the top emerging destination in the country for 2008. The company spokesman said this is based on changes in search activity and postings. ‘

“They are the up-and-coming destinations,” Ferencsik said. “It’s about emerging destinations, more so than it is the hottest or most popular destination.” Brooke Ferencsik of TripAdvisor

Oceanfront Condos in Sunny Isles

The City of Sunny Isles struggled with its image before being incorporated in 1997. With dilapidated motels lining Collins Avenue since the 1940s, the City of Sunny Isles more than welcomes this new recognition as a tourist attraction and a wonderful place to live. Now Collins is lined with luxury Oceanfront Condos in Sunny Isles and Condo Hotels in Sunny Isles such as Acqualina, Jade Ocean, Turnberry Ocean Colony, Le Meridian M Resort, and Trump International Beach Resort.

Donald Trump sees the future value of prime locations such as Sunny Isles. He has now allowed the building of 6 luxury high-rise developments with the Trump name on each. The newest tower, Trump Tower I, has begun closings, and the deals are to be had! Trump Tower II and Trump Royale will soon follow in the third and fourth quarters of 2008.

Sunny Isles Beach Attractions

The Sunny Isles attraction is multifaceted. It’s close to the Miami and Fort Lauderdale airports and a short cab ride from the nightlife and restaurants of South Beach real estate. There’s enough variety in each oceanfront hotel, from the flashy to the cheap, to fit any traveler’s budget when coming to Sunny Isles.

The white beaches, normally populated by most snowbirds and International travelers, are low-key and family-friendly. Shopping at the newly expanding Aventura Mall is a short trip over the William Lehman Causeway. Enter into the City of Aventura (approximately 5 minutes).

Then there are the quaint restaurants serving quality ethnic fare, such as my favorite Russian or Argentine cuisine. This style of eatery populates the Sunny Isles strip malls. High-end spas and food delivery services are easily available as the money has poured into this prime investment area.

Despite the fast-paced development of the last decade, the city has kept a homey feel. There’s a small post office, a diffusion of tiny stores, great public parks, the infamous boardwalk off 169th (Newport Beach Hotel) serving some of the best fish sandwiches, and a tight-knit community that follows the demand.

Sunny Isles Beach Resort Association

Ibis Romero of the Sunny Isles Beach Resort Association has been working diligently to make this city what it is today. He promotes Sunny Isles to travel agents and tour operators. Romero said that the global reach is in full effect, with Latin Americans from Argentina, Brazil, and Chile and Europeans from France, England, Germany, and Italy forming the core of the city’s international visitors. These days, French streams from under umbrellas staked on the beach, sometimes more often than Spanish or Russian, two of the largest immigrant communities in the city. ‘It’s buzzing louder every day,” she said. “They’re comparing us to Hawaii.”

Our Little Secret

With all of the excitement comes a price… With all the extra income and development, the city’s tax base climbed from $1.1 billion in 1997 to about $6 billion in 2007. That is the new dilemma the city faces. Poised to start going after the big dogs, like Miami Beach real estate, in the battle for tourist dollars. ”You know what? Everything grows,” Romero said. “At the same time, I want to keep it our little secret.”

And to Andres Amerikaner, thank you for sharing this positive article on Sunny Isles as a landmark destination. Sunny Isles real estate is a well-kept secret with very limited building space and excellent buying opportunities in each luxury oceanfront condo along the Atlantic coastlines.

I always welcome positive articles, feedback, and area information on Sunny Isles. Feel free to add your comments, knowledge, and thoughts about this post and the Sunny Isles you know of, or contact me here directly.