Miami Neighborhoods … by Alexandra and Vicki Restivo … Esslinger, Wooten,Maxwell
Each neighborhood in MIAMI has a vibe… a rhythm of it’s own… something different, unique, and special. Miami literally has something for everyone!
Brickell, abutting Downtown Miami, is Miami’s up and coming neighborhood with new construction springing up seemingly overnight. Businesses, banks, offices, shops, restaurants and condos, waterfront walkways, the quaint Miami River and spectacular views of the Bay (from literally everywhere) have catapulted the area into a bubbling metropolis. Nouveau chic, and truly the place to be and be seen, Brickell is the center of the strikingly beautiful and ever-changing Miami skyline. Mary Brickell Village is the new face of Brickell and is the ultimate “in” spot. Featuring restaurants,shopping and sizzling nightlife, local hot spots like Rosa Mexicano and Blue Martini create a buzz. Brickell Key, an island just off off the mainland and accessible by bridge, offers upscale condos and hotels… and breathtaking views.
The Grove , quaint and charming , with local shops and restaurants, has a decisively bohemian flair. Situated next to Biscayne Bay, under a canopy of lush trees (banyons… famous in photographs and artwork the world over) the Grove offers great outdoor space. CocoWalk boasts shops and dining, live music and entertainment. As the site of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival and the Mango Strut Parade, the Grove is a well-rounded community with endless activities all year round.
Known the world over as “The City Beautiful”, Coral Gables exudes history and a genuine warmth. Since the pioneering vision of George Merrick, the Gables has been a premiere place to live and work, proudly showcasing her famous landmark icons: the Biltmore Hotel and the Venetian Pool. With quaint Bookstores, Outdoor Cafes, Art Galleries, Fine Shopping and Dining… nicely balancing commercial with residential… European in feel and ultra pedestrian become, the Gables is home to Friday “Gallery Night”, Art in the Park, and numerable cultural venues. Considered to be one of the best zip codes in the United States, Coral Gables is resplendent with it’s Mediterranean architecture and European flair.
This Island Paradise is located just off the coast of Metropolitan Miami. A quick drive over the Key Biscayne Bridge (used by cyclists and cars alike) and you’ll feel as though you’re on vacation in paradise. Every year, the Crandon Tennis Center is transformed into the home of the Sony Ericsson Tennis tournament(known also, in the past as the Lipton, and the Nasdaq). Crandon Park is a stretch of white sandy beaches, pristine and lovely, and for public use. From one end of the Key to the other, there are bike paths and trails,literally from the bridge carrying you onto the Key (from the mainland), to the National park and lighthouse at the opposite end. En route, are the Sea Acquarium and the University of Miami’s Rosenthiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Research Center.
Miami beach is famous for its pristine beaches and endless nightlife. Divided into distinct sections (Millionaire’s Row located waterfront at the island’s midpoint, South Beach or SOBE as it’s known locally, and South of Fifth Street which is often referred to as SOFI) Noted the world over for it’s Art Deco Historic District, Ocean Drive and Collins Ave, Miami Beach welcomes tourists and locals alike. Lincoln Road is famous for its shopping and as-far-as-the-eye-can-see open-air dining… THE place for people-watching. Bikini clad, or decked-out and off-on-the-town (like it or not) you’re part of the scene. Known the world over for it’s decadent nightlife, social scene, bouncers and velvet cords… whether rubbing elbows with celebrities or lounging in the sun…. Miami Beach has it’s own unique allure.
The Village of Palmetto Bay is located just south of Pinecrest. Transformed from not-so-long-ago mostly mango and avocado groves, Palmetto Bay is a desirable and affordable residential neighborhood, full of parks, and pets, and people… and with A-rated public schools and top notch private schools. Bike paths along Old Cutler Road, natural hammocks, and walking paths , open spaces, and natural vegetation draw it’s residents outdoors. Dubbed as the “Village of Parks”, Palmetto Bay extends from SW 136th Street south to SW 184th Street, and from South Dixie Highway (known also as US1) as far as Biscayne Bay… with easy access to the bay itself.
A local community with world class recognition, the Village of Pinecrest is a popular residential neighborhood in Miami. With A-rated public schools and fine private schools, public parks, library and community center, fire department, sidewalks, and big backyards, those relocating to South Florida are hard-pressed not to seriously consider living here. Extending from SW 88th Street south to SW 136th Street, and from US1 (or South Dixie Highway as it’s also known) all the way east to the waterfront, Pinecrest is home to Matheson Hammock Park, with it’s myriad of biking trails, boating, beautiful marina, sandy coves, and views of Biscayne Bay.
South Miami, nestled between the Gables and Pinecrest, exudes small town charm, with outdoor dining and boutique shops. Sunset Place has transformed what was the old Bakery Center, into a bustling local hang-out. Movies, Sport’s Bars, charming local restaurants, floral shops, boutiques, bakeries and coffee houses abound… and the town continues to grow and flourish.
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