The 10 Best Neighborhoods to Live in Miami
The Brickell neighborhood in Miami-Dade has a New York City-like atmosphere and is rapidly becoming one of the most popular neighborhoods in the South Miami area. According to Forbes, the Brickell population has approximately tripled since the early 2000s. The neighborhood is one of the city’s financial centers and its low crime rate makes it one of the safest areas in Florida. It’s no wonder that millennial and international business moguls find the area appealing. The Brickell area features luxury homes, apartments and condominiums, in addition to hosting a number of popular restaurants and nightclubs.
Beautiful high-rise luxury condominiums create the Biscayne Bay skyline just north of downtown Miami. Millennials and international business executives know the Edgewater neighborhood for its wide selections of arts and entertainment venues. The Edgewater residential district also features luxury apartment buildings, high-rise condominiums, breathtaking waterfront views of Miami’s Biscayne Bay, and high-end shopping centers. Residents love the ease of access they have to outdoor parks, outdoor fitness activities, and children’s activities within the area. Edgewater is within driving distance of other popular upscale Miami neighborhoods, including Wynwood and South Beach.
3. Miami Beach
Miami Beach is an island city that connects to the Miami metro area by the bridge. Known for its upscale resorts and entertainment, the city of Miami Beach borders the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay. Area residents and tourists appreciate having access to oceanfront views, waterfront entertainment, and dining, as well as waterfront living in luxury condominiums and resorts. Miami Beach is home to some of the rarest Art Deco architecture, qualifying the area for a listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Travelers come from around the world to view historic local architecture that dates as far back as the early 1920s. One of Miami’s most exclusive neighborhoods, a 40-resident private island colloquially known as the Billionaire Bunker, is in Miami Beach.
The large suburb of Aventura, located inside of the Miami metro area, is a planned neighborhood that features many upscale amenities and luxury residences. Local area residents and tourists know Aventura for its popular landmarks and as the home of the third-largest shopping mall in America. Residents of Aventura have access to highly respected schools, including the award-winning Aventura City of Excellence School. Tourists and travelers from colder climates appreciate the year-round warmth that the humid climate in the Aventura area provides. Other popular attractions in the city include the famed Turnberry Isle luxury resort, which attracts thousands of upscale tourists and business people every year.
5. Coconut Grove
With a population of just under 25,000, Coconut Grove is another South Florida city that is attracting luxury lifestyle seekers and international business moguls who want to live, work and play in the area. Rich with history and full of entertainment, the appealingly tropical Coconut Grove sits alongside the Biscayne Bay, giving residents and visitors easy access to luxury yacht clubs, high-end shopping venues and bayfront marinas. This upscale neighborhood provides its residents and visitors with all of the amenities of a luxury lifestyle, including access to historical landmarks like the Vizcaya Village museum and the Vizcaya Village farmers market.
6. El Portal
El Portal, a diverse village that sits in Miami-Dade County near I-95, has several historical designations and local protections intended to preserve its rich history and beauty for decades to come. River Mound is a recognized archeological site, and the Village of El Portal itself is a designated bird sanctuary, which allows its signature peacocks to roam freely about the jungle-like environment. Unlike most of the other neighborhoods on this list, this small 3-mile area doesn’t directly touch a Florida shoreline, making it a good choice for people who prefer dry land.
7. Key Biscayne
Newcomers to the Miami area who are seeking upscale affordable living in a picturesque environment will find themselves at home in Key Biscayne. This affordable neighborhood sports a low crime rate and access to some of the best shopping Miami offers. The town of Key Biscayne is located just outside of Miami; its location makes it easy for residents to do business in Miami’s financial district by day while also having easy access to sun-and-fun after hours.
8. Coral Gables
Coral Gables borders several popular dining, entertainment, and oceanfront venues. Key Biscayne and Miami Beach are similar cities located nearby. The Coral Gables City Hall is one of Miami’s many historical landmarks, and the city’s popular, massive, and visually stunning Venetian Pool is nearly 40 times the size of a traditional home pool. Some of the wealthiest people in South Florida call Coral Gables their forever home.
9. Miami Shores
Miami Shores is home to the Miami Shores Country Club, upscale beach clubs, marinas and all the amenities that go along with an oceanfront lifestyle. Residents have access to oceanfront amenities and quality schools, but one downside of living here is that taxes are higher. Miami Shores is an ideal location for residents and vacationers who wish to enjoy access to affordable oceanfront living, working, and entertainment without having to deal with big-city noise.
10. Sunny Isles Beach
Sunny Isles Beach sits on one of the barrier islands near Miami in South Florida. It borders the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean and provides residents with year-round access to a warm climate, oceanfront entertainment, high-value real estate, and celebrity sightings on nearby Star Island. Vacationers and year-round residents engage in fun outdoor activities on the ocean that include sunbathing and tanning; there’s also access to local marinas and private beaches.