Another benefit of living on a higher floor generally is the greatly reduced incidence of pests and vermin, which New Yorkers are sadly accustomed to.
Being on a high floor, especially on the generally cleaner oceanfront, means you won’t have to worry about mosquitos, cockroaches and other vermin. The combination of steady breezes and altitude means flying pests generally can’t make it to your balcony.
Lastly, living on the beach means you’ll actually make it out to the beach more than once or twice a year. Without direct beach access, going to the beach becomes a trip for most people, meaning they’ll have to plan, pack and then travel to the beach. It becomes quite an ordeal when you see these poor souls lugging umbrellas and beach chairs on their back, after parking in a public parking lot.
Benefits of living in the city
The benefits of living in the city really come down to better pricing, more selection in newer construction buildings, and proximity to nightlife, restaurants and generally where the action is.
Furthermore, certain neighborhoods on mainland Miami such as Coral Gables, Coconut Grove and Pinecrest are known for having excellent, public educational facilities.
This is not meant to be exclusionary, but some mainland neighborhoods do have higher rated schools on 3rd party websites like greatschools.com, which you should check out if this is a criteria. In contrast, other neighborhoods on the beach might be more focused on vacation rentals or retirees, and as a result, less property taxes are devoted to educational facilities.
Another great perk of living in the city is that the neighborhoods are generally more developed. For example, many of the top restaurants in the city are based in Wynwood and many of Miami’s high fashion is located in the Design District, both of which are within walking distance of each other.
Furthermore, there are a plethora of high rise, new construction condominiums in the city, many of them clustered on the bayfront. On a high enough floor, you essentially have an ocean view as much of Miami Beach is low-rise and becomes a thin strip of land in your view.