Miami is an international city in the extreme southeast of Florida.
The Cuban influence is reflected in the cafes and tobacco shops on Calle Ocho in Little Havana.
In the barrier islands, on the other side of the turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay, is Miami Beach, in which South Beach is located.
This glamorous neighborhood is famous for its colorful Art Deco buildings, white sand, seaside hotels, and trendy clubs.
Coral Gables was founded in the 1920s to attract elite Northerners to South Florida. Modeled after turn-of-the-century Venice and Granada and designed with old-world bravado, it offers manicured landscapes, private golf clubs, and stunning Mediterranean architecture.
Coral Gables is known for its unique atmosphere—the street signs are made of carved limestone, the streets are named after Spanish cities, and it features beautiful fountains and sculptures in its public spaces. It’s home to regional attractions such as the Biltmore Hotel and Venetian Pool, as well as the University of Miami. Located in central Miami, it features two Metrorail stops within its borders.
Upscale dining and shopping options, easy access to award-winning theater, art-house cinema, museums, and world-class golf and tennis.
Along historic Miracle Mile, the main downtown thoroughfare, you’ll find boutiques, wine shops, and cafes. Blocks away on Ponce de Leon Boulevard and Giralda Avenue are some of Miami’s most critically acclaimed restaurants and premium shopping can be found just down the road at the Village of Merrick Park. The downtown area is a busy financial hub, and many international corporations are headquartered there.
Luxe downtown condos, single-family homes, and waterfront mansions can all be found here.The area is extremely diverse and functions as an independent city, complete with its own government and police force. Mega-mansions and celebrity homes fill the waterfront area, while more accessible options populate the suburban areas at the city’s center. Alternatively, a growing community of contemporary high-rises offer a distinctly urban spin on the breezy Coral Gables lifestyle.
Coconut Grove is Miami’s oldest neighborhood and traces of the district’s colorful past are evident on every street corner. Blanketed by tropical greenery, Coconut Grove features plentiful wildlife and ebullient natural beauty. Between bricks of coral and limestone, ivy-coated walls, ample shade, and historic architecture that references its roots as a hippie commune in the ‘60s, its distinctively vibrant ambience is unmistakeable.
Tropical living in a historic neighborhood. Coconut Grove was the first settled area in South Florida, with communities surrounding the Cape Florida Lighthouse as early as 1825. Some of Miami’s oldest structures are preserved here, and even the newer parts of town conjure images of the hotels and plantations of its past.
‘The Grove,’ as it’s known to locals, is famous for both its downtown strip and the bayfront. Its downtown area features the Cocowalk shopping mall, as well as a number of local bars, boutiques, and restaurants in the colorful surrounding blocks. Along the water, you’ll encounter one of Miami’s largest marinas and Peacock Park. Coconut Grove is also home to the stunning Vizcaya Estate and Gardens, which features Spanish architecture and the most elaborate cultivated garden in the city.
Sailing and yachting, outdoor dining, strolling under the hammocks and a nightlife that’s awesome in its own little way. People generally come to spend a day out on the water, dock their boat in the marina and enjoy a fresh seafood lunch, play kickball at one of the many parks, and maybe cap the day off with a movie at Cocowalk.
Homes of every sort—bungalows, old Spanish, modern, Mediterranean—result in a harmonious diversity. Many of these houses typify classical South Florida style, with flat roofs designed for airflow and shade.
The area’s newer mansions and larger homes are primarily located within gated areas and secluded corners.
Older condos and reasonably priced duplexes are situated around the downtown district, with a crop of new high-rises currently in development near the bay.
Home to one of the country’s most spectacular waterfront skylines, Downtown Miami is the central business and finance center in South Florida and serves as an important commercial and cultural nexus between the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. As recently as twenty years ago, the area would empty after business hours, but a recent influx of development and urban migration has since transformed this region into a lively and hip neighborhood.
Downtown Miami dates back to the 1890s, when it served as the southernmost hub of Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway. Now, the area serves as the economic capital of an entire region that comprises the Caribbean and Latin America. Glass skyscrapers, trendy restaurants, and busy nightclubs make up its northern sector, while central downtown features historic government buildings and one of only three jewelry districts in the United States.
A cluster of contemporary high-rises and urban parks, most with spectacular views of Biscayne Bay and the Port of Miami.
The fragrant sea breeze and nautical port views make this area one of the most charming in Miami. In the northern Omni district, you’ll find a domestic urbanite’s paradise, complete with innovative cuisine, dog-friendly bayside parks, and neighborhood dives. For livelier denizens, Park West boasts a good-sized chunk of Miami’s infamous nightlife. Meanwhile, Central Downtown is home to some of the oldest functioning government buildings in the Southeast and is the government seat of Miami-Dade County.
Easily walkable access to top restaurants, vibrant nightlife, waterfront parks, and live music.
In addition to its many bars and restaurants, the central area is home to the Miami Heat and American Airlines Arena as well as the popular Mary Brickell Village. Just down Biscayne Boulevard, you’ll find Bicentennial and Bayfront parks, which host live-music events including the enormous Ultra Music Festival. Nestled against the bay sits the acclaimed Perez Art Museum and the future site of the Miami Science Museum. Downtown is also home to the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, which is Miami’s foremost venue for national musical, ballet, opera, and theater tours.
This area is almost strictly condominiums, typically within high-rises, with prices in the upper mid-range for Miami-Dade County.
Many buildings offer exclusive amenities, security, and lifestyle perks, including valet parking, tennis, pools, and even dry cleaning. The large number of new high-rises currently under construction—Brickell is particularly populated with new developments—is expected to bring more people to the area and increase property values within the coming years. The pricing of units can vary widely, with relatively accessible mid-size condos sharing the same blocks as luxurious penthouses with floor-to-ceiling glass and panoramic bay views.
The most coveted, traditional suburb in Miami-Dade County, Pinecrest is the land of white picket fences, tightly manicured lawns, sculpted shrubbery, and multi-acre home lots.
Law and zoning enforcement here are ironclad, resulting in a peaceful and orderly community where rocking the boat is uniformly frowned upon.
For fun, many residents simply hop on a bike and ride around the neighborhood’s secluded streets, ogling some of the largest and most beautiful houses in the southeast United States.
Beautiful homes, pristine parks, and family-friendly lifestyle.
Pinecrest was first founded as a staging area during the construction of Overseas Highway, the famous road that connects the Florida Keys to the mainland. As Miami expanded outward throughout the suburban boom of the 1960s, Pinecrest rose in popularity among people who wanted to live away from the hectic city center. The area is known for amazing tennis, schools, and overall serenity.
Low speed limits and high property values, sunny suburban parks with playgrounds, and homes with gated driveways.
The main thoroughfare in Pinecrest is US1, which offers grocery stores, car dealerships, and strip malls. Off from the beaten path, you’ll find serpentine roads that reveal private streets, long driveways, and elusive mansions. Pinecrest’s tight landscaping regulation means a uniform cast of gorgeous man-made greenery. The area has room to spare, and you’ll never feel crowded or boxed in.
Biking, Little League, trips to the farmer’s market, and family picnics.
Enjoy a game of tennis while the kids play sports at Dante Fascell Park, check out a kayak and have fun in the bay at nearby Matheson Hammock on Old Cutler Road, and stroll under the shaded tropical canopies at Pinecrest Gardens before a wine tasting and a jazz concert in the amphitheater. Pinecrest actively promotes a serene atmosphere, and for those who prefer calm, there’s no better place in Miami. For the kids, this is a prime area for little-league sports and organized recreation.
Moderate-sized homes interspersed with sprawling estates.
Featuring massive lots and generous square footage, Pinecrest is home to the priciest mansions in the county. Architecture varies wildly, as many of these houses were custom-built for their owners and vary from neo-Colonial plantations to Mediterranean Revival estates. Modest Florida-style properties can be found for lower prices as well.
On an island just below Miami Beach, the Village of Key Biscayne is a pocket of paradise. This charming neighborhood is nestled between two state parks, the Atlantic Ocean, and Biscayne Bay. Although the Village’s former coconut plantations have been replaced by luxury condos, no amount of development can disturb the vibrant, laid-back island culture of Key Biscayne.
Lush natural beauty, sunny bike paths, and colorful works of art.
From Ponce de Leon in 1513 to President Richard Nixon and his “Winter White House” in 1969, Key Biscayne has welcomed many well-known guests to its shores.
Today, its residents, lush setting, and community art installations make it a rich and colorful place to live. Neighbors greet each other as they stroll or bike along the streets, which assume a sunlit glow.
Laid-back, beachy luxe and plenty of outdoor activities.
Every weekend feels like a vacation, with boat trips out to the sandbar and long walks on the beach. For a change of pace, kids and parents alike will love swimming with dolphins or riding on water slides at the Miami Seaquarium.
Insular and community-driven, yet welcoming and accessible.
Boating, fishing, snorkeling, biking, tennis, paddle boarding—just name a sport and you’ll find teammates. The universities, art centers, and urban attractions of Miami are only a short car ride away, yet the Rickenbacker Causeway represents a four-mile buffer between the fast-paced metropolis and their own relaxing haven. For oceanfront dining, the Rusty Pelican Restaurant is the place to go for turquoise waters and pink skies at sunset.
Resort-like amenities amid comfortable single-family homes.
Key Biscayne makes the most of its 1.4 square miles of real estate.
To the northern end of town, you’ll find hotels and condos with resort-like amenities, while single-family homes are more common in the suburban south.
Regardless of where you want to go on the island, you’ll never be more than a bike or golf cart ride away.