Mid Beach begins at 23th Street and continues up to 63rd Street encompassing the area between the ocean and the bay. The sparkling waters of Indian Creek, Lake Surprise and two verdant golf courses add to the scenery.
In the 1920s city builder Carl Fisher began developing Miami Beach as a winter playground for rich and famous. Captains of industry and newly-minted millionaires built magnificent Mediterranean Revival mansions to the east along Collins Avenue, dubbed “Millionaires Row.” Thirty years later, the Firestone estate at 44th Street was rezoned and replaced by the Fontainebleau Hotel, clearing the way for the demolition of other oceanfront mansions. Over the decades, high –profile architects designed signature hotels and luxurious residences-in-the-sky offering breathtaking ocean, bay and city views. The once- exclusive and restricted Bath Club at Collins Avenue at 53rd Street was also transformed into an enclave of luxury residences. Miami Beach condominiums offer an unsurpassed quality of life – resort-style – with large public spaces, concierge and valet parking enhanced by such amenities as swimming pools, gyms and spas and in-house restaurants
Single-family homes in diverse architectural styles - Mediterranean Revival of the 1920s, Streamline Moderne of the 1930s and 40’s and later Mid Century Modern of the 1950s and 60s – reflect the period and growth of the neighborhood. The work of noted architects such as Russell T. Pancoast can be seen in many early home designs. A number of older houses have been restored and updated within strict preservation guidelines .There are also fairly modest houses on dry lots. Some less important homes have been torn down to make way for stunning new construction.