Which Views Are The Best In Miami? A Case For Choosing A West-Facing View - Miami Luxury Homes
BY Michael Light / On September 7, 2023

It is no secret that the availability of inventory of Miami’s real estate market is very low thanks to the Citadel Migration and migration from New York, and it is very natural for clients to automatically request an ocean view when they begin their home search. But what about the West-facing view? Is it also not beautiful? Here are my thoughts about why the West-facing view could even be superior to the ocean view when shopping for Miami condos.

The Night View

This is something that I always bring up to people. Naturally, the first thing that people ask for when moving to Miami is an ocean view. But what you don’t realize is the ocean view isn’t really all that interesting at night. On the West side of the tower, there are glittering lights and pedestrians and all sorts of things to observe.

The Sunsets

Miami offers some incredibly colorful and breathtaking sunsets. Watching the sun go down and all of the colors that are offered from your terrace in the evening is incredibly spectacular. And after the sun has set, you revert back to the glittering lights of the night view.

If you are on Miami Beach you will see the Biscayne Bay, so there is still a water view with the lights of the Downtown Miami skyline in the background. If you are on mainland Miami in the Downtown or Brickell area, or even Coconut Grove, it is possible that you could see all the way to the Everglades. Watching the late flights arrive and depart from Miami International Airport is also interesting.


The morning sun is noticeably stronger than the afternoon sun. It is brighter and creates a glare on television screens and computer screens if you are working from home. Blackout shades are a must.

There can also be a case made for those of us who maybe hold odd hours. A night owl is not going to want the sun beating down on them first thing in the morning. Maybe night owls prefer a calmer light at the end of the day.

The Terrace

I touched on this a bit before, but the terrace is so pleasant at the end of the day. The temperatures are cooler, there is plenty to observe and talk about and on Miami Beach, the streets with bay views tend to be more calm and secluded from tourists.

Which One To Choose?

Naturally every person has their own preferences regarding what they look at from their terrace, how much light comes in and how they like to live. A happy medium would be to find a building that offers north or south views. In this case, you will receive more sunlight on the south side of the building and softer light on the north side.

Of course facing toward the ocean is a very marketable feature, but there is also something to be said for looking at the Biscayne Bay or the vibrant neighborhood that you choose.

If you are interested in a new home or real estate investment, please contact Michael Light, Broker and Executive Director of Luxury Sales at Douglas Elliman. You may reach Michael directly at (786) 566-1700 or via email at michael@miamiluxuryhomes.com.


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