Miami Beach's Sunset Islands consists of four of South Florida's first man-made dredged islands and house of 200+ properties mostly waterfront of which 30+ have direct open, west-facing Biscayne Bay views. The Sunset Islands were developed in the early 1920’s by the Sunset Islands Company, headed by S. A. Lynch, President of Paramount Pictures. His presence significantly contributed to publicity efforts fueling the continued development of Miami Beach, helping make the Sunset Islands home to prominent citizens locally and nationwide. As a result of many of his efforts, several renowned film, entertainment and political personalities maintained residences on the Sunset Islands, as well as elsewhere throughout Miami Beach.
The portfolio included a list of residents, a venerable "Who's Who" of local and national civic and business leaders. In 1936, the isles were already home to James L. Knight of the Miami Herald; Irving Reuter, Reuters News Service; Charles Sears McCulloh, heir to the Sears fortune; W. Bruce Macintosh, renowned American artisan and craftsman and the Baron Gerard Limnander de Niewenhove of Austrio-Hungarian Niewenhove Metal works fame. Throughout the 1940's and the early post-World War II years, the likes of Tony Bennett, Desi Amaz, Steve Allen, Jimmy Durante, Carmen Miranda and many other celebrities maintaining winter addresses on the isles ensured properties on the Sunset Islands remained some of the most desirable and exclusive in Miami Beach.