Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what one can rent or buy for a set dollar amount across various South Florida neighborhoods. Is one man's studio another man's townhouse? Let's find out!
Today’s rental budget is $10,000.
The original plan was half that amount but seeing how little space one can rent for a beefy $5,000 in Miami’s most popular neighborhoods got extremely depressing. I mean 1,000-square-foot apartments for five grand? Mind-numbing.
It’s mildly surprising Miami is only the ninth most expensive rental market in the country right now. If they were to consider only core areas like South Beach, Brickell, downtown, and Midtown, it’d be significantly higher.
So we stretched it to ten and off we go.
South Beach: 100 South Pointe Drive #1204
This 2300-square-foot in the Continuum South Beach has two bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, and an office. Highlights include excellent bay views and a purple-walled bathroom.
Miami Beach: 874 West 47th Street
Your very own party house in Miami Beach’s Nautilus neighborhood has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and sizes up at 2,781 square feet.
It comes with a gas stove, outdoor bar by the pool, and a guest house.
Brickell: 465 Brickell #5703
And my personal favorite has to be this 1,996-square-foot penthouse at Icon Brickell. Sure, the pool deck is a disaster but I think this open rooftop garden with a misting system, barbecue, and outdoor shower helps make up for it.
The unit is two levels and features smart home technology like phone-enabled lighting, NEST thermostats, and even smart toilets! The yellow paint isn’t for me but I’m pretty certain that can be adjusted without a hiccup.
Sunny Isles Beach: 18201 Collins Avenue #5209
Our largest rental is way north—surprise—in Sunny Isles Beach. At just over 4,000 square feet is this three-bedroom unit with three and a half bathrooms at Trump Royale with the ocean as your backyard.
Key Biscayne: 721 South Mashta Drive
Moving south to Key Biscayne, we have this remodeled 2,457-square-foot house with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a nice backyard entertaining area.