Known to some as the American Riviera, Miami’s South Beach is among the world’s most famous hot spots—both for its tropical temperature and electrifying party atmosphere. With unrivaled beaches of white sand, crystal clear waters and some of the best people watching around, Miami is host to millions upon millions of tourists and home to countless models, photographers, hoteliers, chefs, celebrities and other such glamorous types. Beyond the beach lies legendary nightlife, abundant culinary offerings, famed shopping and many a historical landmark…enough to occupy anyone’s time. So it’s no wonder South Beach’s historical significance is often overlooked.

And yet, at the heart of South Beach lies its Art Deco Historic District, stretching from 18th Street south along Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue. With 800 structures of historical significance, most built between 1923 and 1943, Miami Beach's Art Deco District was the first 20th-century neighborhood to be recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. And while Miami could be described as a city built on speculative real estate, the preservation of its unique architectural heritage has been the true engine behind its urban renewal.

The beautiful, tropical-American structures that paint the South Beach skyline have succeeded in providing Miami with a unique visual identity and brand. And with half of them restored and others begging to follow suit, South Beach is an alluring playground for those with an eye for rich real estate endeavors, full of architectural opportunity.

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