Is a Beach House Right For You?

by Doris Arnold 06/08/2021

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Having a home on or near Miami Beach can be a dream come true. It can be a peaceful place to live, with breathtaking views, the smell of the ocean and cool breeze flowing through your home. While you fall asleep listening to the waves, the cost may outweigh the benefit. Here are a few things you should consider:


If you live on the beach in South Florida, you will probably be ordered to evacuate the minute a tropical storm or hurricane is near. That could get pretty tiresome if it’s an active year.

Natural risk

When you live near the water, rising sea levels can impact the shoreline and some of your property. Additionally, waterfront properties are known to suffer wind damage when least expected. Without a doubt, flood insurance will be required.


Maintenance can also be a headache. Homes near the water can be affected by the mist, the humidity and a certain level of dampness which could encourage mold. Salt from the ocean could also affect the home’s exterior appearance, and affect the grounds, as well as items you have inside.


Let’s face it – people who want to live near the water are always in demand. Finding one that is reasonably within your budget may be difficult. The upside? Because they are in demand, they retain their value much longer.

Even with all those things that may make you second-guess your decision, think of the positives. You’ll have a front row seat to water activities and won’t have to pay fees to house your boat. Imagine being able to look outside and watch the annual boat show from your own private balcony or deck? Family gatherings are also full of fun when you’re right there on the water with accessibility to water sports and other activities.

One of the main perks of living on the water is the privacy. In South Florida, that’s definitely in limited supply, so being able to have your own little slice of heaven on the water away from all the noise of the city makes it all worthwhile.

If you decide to purchase a waterfront property, now you know what to do to keep it in pristine condition. Knowing before you buy makes a world of difference when making the final decision. If the view is your main concern, a high-rise condo on the beach may be just the thing.

About the Author

Doris Arnold

Real Estate is, if nothing else a people business. For me as a leading real estate professional, my work is not so much about buildings, contracts and inspections; it's about people, their dreams, aspirations and the most important place in their world- their home. I am a people person through and through. Simply put, people fascinate me... spend a few minutes with me and you can sense this unique attribute. I listen intently to you and most importantly, I have a genuine interest in what you have to say. Follow me around for a day and you will witness the powerful and positive effect I have on the people around me, whether it's my family, close friends, or a community acquaintance. Undoubtedly, you will see a caring and committed woman who makes a difference in people's lives. If you ask my past clients what they liked about working with me, some would say it was my business savvy and real estate expertise that impressed them, but most of them would comment on how much I cared about them. I really listen to what my clients want and do what I can to anticipate their needs. I always try to stay one step ahead and keep in constant contact. My clients know I am always working for them to keep them informed and up-to-date, and I have a highly organized way of walking my clients throughout the process of buying or selling their home that makes them feel confident nothing will slip through the cracks. I absolutely love what I do and I can tell you "I'm in The Business of People." What that means to me is that I have the privilege of helping my clients achieve their dreams. What that means to you is that you can count on me to care about what matters most to you because I make your real estate needs my top priority.