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5 Best Neighborhoods in the ‘Magic City’

5 Best Neighborhoods in the ‘Magic City’

July 31, 2017

One of the great things about living in Miami – aka the “Magic City” – is that there’s ALWAYS something new and exciting going on.

Entertainment? Check.

Dining and shopping? Double check.

And nightlife galore? But of course!

Yes, there’s no more fun and exhilarating place to call home than Miami – especially when you consider how utterly unique and diverse its neighborhoods are.

Indeed, Miami always has been, and always will be, a true melting pot – one in which myriad customs, cultures and traditions meld and evolve, making Miami a tropical paradise with global appeal.

With that thought in mind, let’s look at a few of our favorite neighborhoods.


EDGEWATERCan a neighborhood be simultaneously hip and historic? It can if it’s Edgewater – one of the most desirable locales in Miami. Among the myriad reasons why developers have been snapping up available properties and/or lots left and right: Edgewater is a wonderfully walkable community (around 1.5 square miles in total) that’s in close proximity to all that Downtown Miami has to offer.

Generally speaking, Edgewater’s borders are N.E. 17th Street to the south, N.E. 36th Street to the north, with Biscayne Boulevard (and Biscayne Bay) defining the east and East 1st Avenue being the westernmost stretch.

Thanks to flexible zoning regulations, new-building construction has been on fire for the last several years, and thus the neighborhood’s gentrification has already happened. For both residents and would-be residents of Edgewater, the area stands poised to become Miami’s next “it” community.


BRICKELL Every major city has its heart – you know, that area where both locals and visitors unanimously agree that this is the place where all the action is. In New York City, it’s Fifth Avenue. In Chicago, it’s Michigan Avenue. And down here in the Magic City, it’s Brickell.

This is where you’ll find the city’s most breathtaking assemblage of new-construction, high-rise architecture – which includes such iconic commercial structures as Brickell World Plaza, Brickell Financial Centre and Brickell City Tower, and luxurious skyscraper condominiums that include the Brickell East and Brickell West Towers, Jade at Brickell Bay, Viceroy Tower, The Yacht Club and The Mint, among others.

Upscale neighborhood hotels include Four Seasons, Four Ambassadors, Fortune House Hotel and Mandarin Oriental, Miami. What residents, visitors and those who work in the area love is how easily they can traverse the neighborhood – be it via foot, trolley, bicycle or auto – and just how much dining, entertainment, sports and shopping is concentrated in this exclusive community.


DOWNTOWN MIAMIIf Brickell – with its gleaming new-millennium vibe – is the heart of Miami, then Downtown is the circulatory system. That is, it’s the area from which everything flows.

The unique mixture of historic and brand-new architecture make it the ultimate representation of all that there is to love about Miami: where it’s been … where it is … and where it’s going!

From the Freedom Tower and AmericanAirlines Arena to Bayside Marketplace and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Downtown is awash in world-class culture, entertainment, sports, shopping – and so much more!



UPPER EASTSIDE MIAMIWant to be just a stone’s throw from all the action in Downtown and Brickell – but live in a lovely waterside enclave that harkens to the traditional neighborhoods of yore? Then Upper Eastside Miami is for you! Historic charm abounds in the multiple residential sub-neighborhoods – all of which sit north of Edgewater – and include Bay Point, Morningside, Belle Meade, Bayside, Magnolia Park, Shorecrest and Palm Grove.

This area appeals to homeowners of all stripes – everyone from well-to-do retirees in their waterfront manses to millennials in the smaller, more affordable condos that sit closer to Biscayne Boulevard. And in the area’s compact commercial district, a combination of longtime, family-owned businesses mingle with newer MiMo-style (“Miami Modern”) architecture to create a one-of-a-kind ambience that both serves the needs of residents and attracts visitors who appreciate the area’s eclectic vibe.


MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICTNo matter where in Miami you live – be it Downtown, Brickell or Upper Eastside – you’re just a few minutes’ drive to one of the most fashionable, creative and avant garde areas in the world: the incomparable Miami Design District.

Since its resurrection in the late 20th century, the Design District – a roughly 18-square-block section located just west of Biscayne Boulevard between N.E. 36th Street and N.E. 43rd Street – has grown exponentially. Housing everything from world-class cuisine and high-fashion shops (Hermès, Dior, Bulgari, Céline, Cartier, Giorgio Armani, Givenchy, Loewe, Tiffany & Co., Valentino, Tom Ford, Louis Vuitton and Harry Winston, among others) to art galleries galore, this pedestrian-friendly collection of the world’s most forward-thinking innovators is a delight to behold, day and night!