Key Biscayne Real Estate

Key Biscayne - Nicolas EscallonWhile there had been earlier schemes to develop a town on Key Biscayne, it wasn’t until the opening of the four-mile (6 km) long Rickenbacker Causeway from Miami to Virginia Key and on to Key Biscayne in 1947 that the island was opened up to large scale residential development.

The northern two-thirds of the island had been operated as the largest coconut plantation in the continental United States during the first half of the 20th century. In 1940 the Matheson family donated over 800 acres (3.2 km2) of their land to Dade County for a public park (Crandon Park) in exchange for a commitment that the county would build a causeway to the island.

The area was incorporated as a new municipality in 1991 – the first new city in Miami-Dade County in over fifty years. The incorporation of the Village provided local control over taxes and future development.

In 2007, voters approved an amendment to the village charter requiring that future land use changes be approved by voters. In 2008, the village council, saying that requiring community voting on zoning changes infringed on its responsibility, submitted another proposal to revise the charter. But on November 4, 2008, voters overwhelmingly rejected the council’s proposed change, defeating the amendment by a more than two-to-one margin.

The controversy over density in the village is related to the fate of the Sonesta hotel property on the eastern side of the island.

There are several large condominium and hotel complexes on Key Biscayne, including

  • The Ritz-Carlton Hotel
  • The Grand Bay
  • The Ocean Club
  • The Key Colony complex of four buildings, Botanica, EmaraldBay, Oceansound, and Tidemark. The Botanica building has some units that allow short-term rentals
  • The Towers of Key Biscayne

 

Education

Public Schools

Key Biscayne K-8 Center
150 West McIntyre Street
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Telephone: (305) 361-5418

Grades: Pre-kindergarten through 8th grade
Special Programs: After school care until 6 p.m., Gifted and Gifted Learning Disabled, English as a Second Language, Spanish classes, advanced education classes in middle school, ballet, judo, tennis, baseball, evening adult education classes.

MAST Academy and Cambridge Academies
3979 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149
Telephone: (305) 365-6278

Applications for the 2013-14 school year are being accepted for the two programs now located on this campus that houses an existing magnet high school (MAST) and a new Cambridge curriculum program that will eventually serve grades 8-12. Learn more here about the January 15, 2013 application deadline for admission to either MAST or one of the three Cambridge Academies.

Private Schools

St. Agnes Academy
100 Harbor Drive
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Telephone: (305) 361-3245

Grades: Pre-kindergarten through 8th grade
Special Programs: All-Catholic Conference, intramural sports, National Junior Honor Society, Student Council, and educational clinician for students who need additional assistance.

St. Christopher’s By-the-Sea Montessori School
160 Harbor Drive
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Telephone: (305) 361-5080

Grades: Pre-school through 6th grade
Special Programs: Ballet, gymnastics, karate, computers, chapel.

Key Biscayne Community Church Pre-School
355 Glenridge Road
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Telephone: (305) 361-7501

Grades: Pre-School
Special Programs:

Key Biscayne Presbyterian Church Christian Preschool
160 Harbor Drive
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Telephone: (305) 361-2058

Special Programs: Dance, music, gymnastics.

Key Biscayne International Christian School
160 Harbor Drive
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Telephone: (305) 365-6070

Grades: Pre-kindergarten through 6th grade
Special Programs: Karate, music, art, dance, tennis, computer classes.

 

More Information On Education

Miami Dade County Schools Main Website
Elementary School Boundaries Map

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Credits:

Wikipedia.com – Key Biscayne
The Village of Key Biscayne – website