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Miami-Dade Residential Price Evolution 2014-2018: Median Sale Price More Than Doubles in 7 Markets

Key Takeaways:

  • Pinewood leads residential price growth with 138% expansion rate.
  • Highest growth rates recorded in markets with 2014 medians below $80,000.
  • Fontainebleau sales activity soars with 210% appreciation.
  • Miami median sale price gains 30% in five years, hits $334,000.
  • At $2.4M, Golden Beach is most expensive Miami-Dade market.

One of the most vibrant cities in the country, Miami also boasts a dynamic real estate market. To determine how home prices have evolved here in recent years, we analyzed all residential sales in Miami-Dade County in 2014 and 2018 adjusting 2014 medians for inflation to identify pure price trends.

Crunching the numbers, it became clear that Miami-Dade County has been defined by price growth. Of the 50 municipalities we analyzed, 43 registered net gains in their median sale prices; seven communities even logged growth rates of 100% and up. Conversely, sales activity trends were mostly in the negative. Those that were above zero typically posted only single-digit appreciation – just 14 markets had growth rates higher than 10%.

Of the six markets where price changes were negative, five didn’t actually experience contractions in their median sale prices. Rather, when it came to Golden Beach, Aventura, Sunny Isles Beach, Doral and Key Biscayne, the growth in median sale prices was simply outpaced by the inflation rate. As such, Ives Estates was the only market where the non-inflation-adjusted median in 2014 was actually lower than its 2018 figures; it – 12% lower, to be precise.

Prices Up 100%+, But Still Below National Median in 7 Markets

On the whole, price growth has been the key trend for Miami-Dade County between 2014 and 2018. Of the 43 communities where prices grew, 42 registered double-digit growth rates. In fact, in 26 markets, 2018 figures were at least 30% higher than five years prior, while in seven communities, the growth rate was greater than 100%.

In fact, prices where effectively doubled or more in Gladeview, West Little River, Brownville, Westview, Leisure City, Opa-Locka and Pinewood. However, all seven markets remained well below the 2018 national median sale price of $230,000, as determined by the U.S. Census Bureau. Not surprising, considering that all seven had a median sale price below $80,000 in 2014.

Gladeview, the most affordable of the seven, posted a 2018 median of just $117,000 – this after its 2014 median doubled. On the other hand, the priciest of the seven markets, Leisure City, reached $182,000 in 2018; its median shot up 128%, making the CDP the third-fastest-appreciating market in Miami-Dade County.

Along the same lines, Pinewood – which, at 138%, registered the highest growth rate in Miami-Dade County – closed 2018 with a median sale price of $155,500. Opa-Locka, the second-fastest-appreciating market in the county, registered a growth rate of 131%; it closed 2018 with a $153,500 median. Both markets had median sale prices in the mid-$60,000 range (inflation-adjusted) in 2014.

Medians Gain $100,000+ in 10 Markets, but Only One Reaches $1 Million

When looking at price growth from a dollar amount perspective, the ranking for Miami-Dade County looks quite different. Specifically, 10 markets experienced a rise in excess of $100,000, with Miami Beach leading comfortably with a net gain of $179,000. But, that figure represented a mere 17% expansion for the iconic community, which featured a 2018 median sale price of $1,245,000 and ranked as the third-most expensive market in Miami-Dade.

Golden Glades reported the second-highest median sale price gain in terms of dollars, with its median gaining $119,000. However, that number represented a whopping 89% growth rate for the city. Similarly, South Miami Heights’ $115,500 hike translated into an 88% expansion. As such, it had the third-highest price growth in terms of actual dollars.

Miami Most Active, But Sales Activity Down Sharply in Priciest Miami-Dade Markets

One distinction observed in Miami-Dade County was the sluggish performance of the region’s priciest markets. Of the five markets where inflation outpaced price growth, four are among the county’s 10 most expensive. In fact, Golden Beach and Key Biscayne were the two most expensive markets in 2014 with medians in excess of $2 million; they retained their leading positions in 2018. That marked a significant difference compared to other pricey urban centers like the Bay Area or Metro L.A.

Golden Beach secured the top spot with a median sale price of $2,387,500, followed by Key Biscayne’s $2,255,000 median. In addition to weak price trends, both markets were marked by decidedly negative sales activity trends. In particular, 2018 sales were down by a third in Key Biscayne, while last year’s sales figure in Golden Beach was nearly half of what it was in 2014.

Sales activity also contracted by nearly a third in Sunny Isles Beach, while price gains were outpaced by inflation here, too. However, with a median sale price of $1,150,000, Sunny Isles Beach was the fourth- most expensive Miami-Dade market in 2018.

Miami Beach and Pinecrest were the only two million-dollar markets where price growth outpaced inflation. Specifically, Miami Beach’s median was 17% higher last year than in 2014, while Pinecrest’s median was up 7%. That modest figure translated into a nearly $73,000 hike in Pinecrest’s median, pushing the village above the $1 million mark to close 2018 with a median sale price of $1,100,000.

Just $500 short of the $1 million mark, Coral Gables was the sixth most expensive Miami-Dade market with a 2018 median of $999,500 – the result of a 10% appreciation in its median from 2014 to 2018.

Unsurprisingly, Miami remained the most active market, with a negligible 1% slip in the number of closed sales. Its 30% median sale price expansion was the 19th-highest in the county, raising its median to $334,000. However, that still kept Miami in the bottom half of the Miami-Dade market rankings from a pricing perspective.

Browse the table below for the full picture of Miami-Dade County’s residential price evolution:

Municipality2014 Median Sale Price (Inflation-Adjusted)2014 Sales Activity2018 Median Sale Price2018 Sales Activity2014-2018 Median Sale Price Evolution2014-2018 Sales Activity Evolution
Pinewood $65,266 73 $155,500 75138%3%
Opa-Locka $66,336 119 $153,472 77131%-35%
Leisure City $79,924 187 $182,000 172128%-8%
Westview $76,692 70 $164,350 78114%11%
Brownsville $57,000 104 $120,000 123111%18%
West Little River $77,570 177 $161,500 219108%24%
Gladeview $58,311 100 $116,788 112100%12%
Golden Glades $133,849 181 $252,500 15389%-15%
Richmond Heights $121,972 81 $230,000 8989%10%
Florida City $75,894 70 $142,750 8688%23%
South Miami Heights $131,602 179 $247,000 18988%6%
Miami Gardens $121,972 933 $214,000 91875%-2%
North Miami $144,387 284 $247,500 27171%-5%
North Miami Beach $170,119 240 $277,400 24063%0%
Homestead $155,140 1,428 $246,990 1,59759%12%
West Miami $260,529 36 $368,500 2141%-42%
Sweetwater $195,263 10 $275,000 1941%90%
Richmond West $245,015 307 $339,000 27738%-10%
Westwood Lakes $245,015 75 $339,000 7438%-1%
Princeton $203,287 515 $281,000 55838%8%
Cutler Bay $219,336 476 $302,000 51538%8%
Virginia Gardens $260,529 13 $358,000 1737%31%
Hialeah $230,035 1,004 $305,000 97433%-3%
El Portal $339,436 34 $444,100 3031%-12%
Miami $256,784 6,690 $334,000 6,61130%-1%
Coral Terrace $278,182 140 $361,000 16730%19%
Miami Springs $310,280 92 $399,000 8929%-3%
Tamiami $291,557 277 $374,550 26428%-5%
Country Walk $272,833 141 $348,000 16728%18%
Fountainebleau $288,293 52 $367,000 16127%210%
Naranja $165,838 115 $208,000 6225%-46%
Miami Lakes $342,378 160 $425,000 25324%58%
Three Lakes $235,599 120 $289,900 11523%-4%
Palm Springs North $288,882 47 $355,000 4323%-9%
South Miami $438,672 163 $535,000 13922%-15%
Miami Shores $380,896 263 $459,500 25821%-2%
Surfside $571,344 58 $685,000 3920%-33%
North Bay Village $476,120 21 $563,250 1818%-14%
Miami Beach $1,065,653 377 $1,245,000 30817%-18%
Ojus $502,333 124 $574,000 10814%-13%
Biscayne Park $393,200 40 $446,500 3214%-20%
Coral Gables $909,443 567 $999,500 52010%-8%
Palmetto Bay $534,966 243 $577,500 2538%4%
Pinecrest $1,027,135 223 $1,100,000 2377%6%
Golden Beach $2,460,845 18 $2,387,500 10-3%-44%
Aventura $898,743 41 $865,000 38-4%-7%
Sunny Isles Beach $1,203,674 27 $1,150,000 19-4%-30%
Doral $456,861 491 $435,000 561-5%14%
Key Biscayne $2,410,023 72 $2,255,000 48-6%-33%
Ives Estates $320,209 333 $281,000 103-12%-69%

Methodology:

To determine the evolution of residential prices in Miami-Dade County, we considered all residential transactions closed in 2014 and 2018 in 50 towns, cities, villages and CDPs, taking into consideration single-family homes, condo units and co-op units. All package deals were excluded. In order to ensure reliable price trend data, we set a minimum of 10 sales per year per location.

We individually calculated the median sale price for each location; 2014 prices were adjusted for inflation using the Bureau of Labor Statistics calculator.

Theiss Eliza

Theiss Eliza

Eliza Theiss is a senior writer reporting real estate trends in the US. Her work has been cited by CBS News, Curbed, The Los Angeles Times, and Forbes among others. With an academic background in journalism, Eliza has been covering real estate since 2012. Before joining PropertyShark, Eliza was an associate editor at Multi-Housing News and Commercial Property Executive. Eliza writes for both PropertyShark and CommercialEdge. Reach her at [email protected]