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Old 05-13-2013, 12:56 AM
 
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Ok so I know what you're thinking.. Who in their right mind would want the sun shining in through the windows and into the living room all day long in a place as hot as miami?! Well I guess I'm out of my mind because I really want sunlight as I'm inside a lot. I'm not worried about the AC bill. What's the best direction to be facing? In l.a I have lived facing both east and west. I loved east for the sun in the morning till the afternoon but after that it got depressingly gloomy. Now I live in a house facing west and although we don't get the morning sun through our windows we have the afternoon sun and a beautiful sunset. Of course in l.a when you're facing west you get the ocean view. Miami is the opposite of course. Which direction is more desirable in miami? South east? Also is it considered nicer to face the ocean/beach than the bay?
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Old 05-13-2013, 02:17 AM
 
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You must be referring to a condo on the water because if your are inland you won't be seeing the ocean or bay regardless of where you are facing. Aside from the view the westerly exposure would receive the most sunlight.
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Old 05-13-2013, 02:27 AM
 
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Since Miami is north of the equator, I'd say to face south.
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Old 05-13-2013, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Miami
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Oceanside or Bayside, it truly is a preference. Your house will be hotter bayside, bayside also gets the sunsets and less wind. Bayside you have the view of the city lights. Oceanside gets beautiful sunrises, condo is cooler because you don't get the afternoon sun, oceanside gets lots of wind (some days you won't want to be on your balcony its so windy).

Which way to face is based on a few things. Here in Miami the sun in the summer sits on northside of ones house and moves to the south side of ones house in the winter. That's why people plant their vegetable gardens in South Florida on the Southside of their house, where we get more sun in the winter.

If you want the benefits of a breeze going through your house, then you want a house that the front of the house faces east or west. The hottest part of the day in South Florida is in the afternoon. So the hottest part of ones house will be the west side of the house typically. During the winter months the Southside of your house will be the warmest part.

So the OP is living in a house that is facing the right direction, its the architecture and landscaping that plays a huge roll in how much sunlight one gets into their house.

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Old 05-13-2013, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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I built my home with windows shaded with steel screen grates. My lab has windows all around. The heat was so intense that I surrounded both with landscaping to block the sun. Unless you have a high powered air conditioner you will find that sunlight is your enemy. The infrared rays penetrate glass easily from the sun but are hard to leave your inside surfaces. It is far cheaper to have electric light than sunlight if you use air conditioning. Now in my old home the roof was a patio so if I wanted to see a sunset, that was easy.
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:37 PM
 
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Thanks for all your helpful replies guys. It's 110 here in L.A today, and the sun is setting. Plenty of sunlight in my living room (happy feel!), but the AC is running full blast. I'm leaning towards south-east for the miami condo but I'm gonna rent at a few different places until I decide what works best for me.
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:48 AM
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... Here in Miami the sun in the summer sits on northside of ones house and moves to the south side of ones house in the winter.
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That's only true of places in the tropics. Miami, being a couple of degrees north of the Tropic of Cancer, always has sun to the south (at or near noon).
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:18 PM
 
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Doggiebus has a good point. The sun, while not technically north of our lattitude at miday, even in summer, seems to be for all intents and purposes. It rises in the NE and shines in at that time of year in north facing windws. At miday, with the sun overhead, all Windows get plenty of light, even if not directly bleeding in. In the late afternoon the sun sets in the NW, shining direct light into north facing windows in the evening as well.

In South Florida, moreso than a direction you want to situate your home, make sure it doesn't have awnings or evergreen plantings that wil cast shadows and reduce light, since this is what you desire. A north facing window might be sad or cold in the north, or even the south...but here, it really doesn't make a difference. Most people here make a decision based on the view out of the Windows.
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