Neighborhoods in Miami: How to choose yours?

When we do not know Miami, we imagine it as a postcard decor: an infinite beach under a sun that would shine endlessly. However, what makes the city so rich is the diversity of neighborhoods that can be found there, sometimes far from what we imagine in Miami when we've never been there.

Choose your neighborhood carefully, a necessary step

Also, to choose a property in which invest in Miami, do not neglect the neighborhood where you want to settle. The atmospheres are very different and will greatly influence the lifestyle. Real estate prices can also change by a factor of two between two districts! The charm of Miami is due to the fact that the neighborhoods follow one another but are not alike. The best choice depends only on you, your expectations and your lifestyle.

Barnes offers a quick overview of the main Miami neighborhoods where it is good to settle down.


If you are looking for calm and a high quality of life, while remaining close to the city center, Aventura is an excellent area to live. This small town located northwest of Miami offers perfectly maintained streets, gigantic golf courses and many luxury boutiques.

The city is home to one of the largest commercial centers in the United States, attracting investors and tourists and generating vibrant economic activity.

Aventura offers a very comfortable quality of life to its residents, in particular with the help of a studied transport network, mild temperatures and a complete school system.

Bal Harbor and Surfside 

The Bal Harbor and Surfsid neighborhoodse are home to a population from around the world. This high-class neighborhood in North Miami Beach is just a chain of luxurious hotels and sandy beaches.


Brickell is Miami's financial district. If you are looking to live near your work, many apartment buildings are hidden among the countless glass and steel towers. The streets are uncrowded during the day, but once night falls, young executives turn into night owls ready to party all night long in the many bars in the area.

Adjacent to downtown Miami and not too far from South Beach, Brickell has seen a revival in recent years as young professionals have come in waves, bringing with them new developments of high-rise condos, restaurants and bars. fashionable and other trappings of the urban. alive. With excellent accessibility on foot, city dwellers appreciate their quick access to all the activities in the area.

Coral Gables 

This very residential area is populated by villas in styles ranging from Colonial to Renaissance via Art Deco, which are mostly invisible from the road, sheltered from view by the tropical vegetation escaping from the immense gardens. Coral Gables is the perfect place to raise children. There are many parks and the proximity of very reputable schools makes it a safe neighborhood in which to live.

This area is often described as one of the most beautiful neighborhoods not only in Miami, but also in America, as it is full of properties with 1920s Spanish architecture. Minutes from the beach, it also has excellent public schools and is one of the safest neighborhoods in Miami, attracting families from other parts of the city.

Coconut Grove 

If you are looking for authenticity, Coconut Grove is for you! In a very "village" atmosphere, the vegetation seems to be reclaiming its rights and the houses of disparate styles have something a little bohemian about them. 

Once Miami's artists' and writers' quarter, Coconut Grove has managed to maintain that artsy and relaxed feeling. Its walkable neighborhood is known for exploring beautiful Art Deco residences and gardens, biking along the boardwalk, and shopping in eclectic boutiques. Rich in history, Coconut Grove is a unique place to live.

Downtown Miami 

Ideally located, Downtown Miami has much to offer a city lover, despite having been neglected and underdeveloped for many years. Today, Miami boasts the third-tallest skyline in the country, filled with sparkling skyscrapers ‚ÄĒ and more taking shape. The city center offers many outdoor spaces and parks, as well as shops, restaurants, nightclubs and coastal markets.

South Beach 

South Beach is a real party paradise. It's the Miami we imagine, between Art Deco, cocktails, shopping and endless beaches. The neighborhood never sleeps, and that's the place to be if you are afraid of getting bored.

When most people think of living in Miami, they think of South Beach: beautiful people on an even more beautiful beach, a vibrant nightlife scene, celebrities, and art deco architecture. If you want to extend spring break as long as possible, South Beach might be the place for you. If you love the beach and epicureanism, consider South Beach to establish your new home.

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Do not hesitate to contact your real estate agent in Miami to inform you about the different neighborhoods and their compatibility with your criteria. All real estate agents have access to the same properties so all you have to do is choose an agent who listens!

For more information on how to shop in Miami, check out our buyer's guide.

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Coconut Grove is the area of Miami County that has been inhabited for the longest time. It was an independent village founded in the 1870s by an eclectic mix of Bahamian immigrants, artists and adventurers, creating a unique bohemian spirit that continues today. If you are looking for a lifestyle where freedom and culture matter, it's a home in Coconut Grove that you must find!

Coconut Grove, a cultural experience

From the beginning, Coconut Grove has attracted many artists, writers, musicians and other free spirits, creating a community placing culture first. And this legacy persists. This is the Miami district where you can find the oldest art galleries, and the cultural calendar of the city is more than busy, and all year long! The city organizes, for example, the Grove's artistic discoveries, or live concerts at Peacock Park, as well as various festivals, including the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, the King Mango Strut, and the Goombay Festival and Carnival.

Coconut Grove, to escape from Miami

Located south of Downtown, stretching along Biscayne Bay, Coconut Grove is now in the heart of Greater Miami. Yet the atmosphere is radically different from other parts of the city. It's a real escape from the anthill Miami, while staying only minutes away. The very bohemian lifestyle makes the Grove a relaxing destination, with many outdoor cafes, artisan shops and good restaurants.

Coconut Grove also day on its green side. The streets are lined with beautiful trees and the gardens are green, giving the city a tropical aspect. To this are added many parks in the city. We think of Kampong, a botanical garden popular with Grovites to wander the weekend, or Peacock Park, a meeting place for young people to play football or basketball in the shade of huge trees.

The marina of Coconut Grove also conveys this impression of tranquility. The Gravites can leave their boats there and enjoy them on sunny afternoons. It is a nice entry for a walk, especially soothing.

Coconut Grove, a residential and family neighborhood

All the reasons given are already good reasons to think that Coconut Grove can be the perfect place to start a family. But on top of that, the neighborhood is very safe. Most streets are pedestrian and easily accessible by bike. In addition, the city is home to excellent schools, from primary to high school, with 7 private schools and 7 public schools.

Most importantly, Coconut Grove is a residential area. The diverse activities and unique atmosphere attract tourists and visitors, but the Grove is still an authentic neighborhood. Condo buildings are mostly located at the water's edge, while the rest of the neighborhood is mostly houses.

Note that there are many private communities in Coconut Grove, such as the Moorings, Anchorage, Hughes Cove and many others. You can discover them all by clicking here.

So, among all the communities and homes in Coconut Grove, you have the opportunity to find the gem you've been looking for, while accessing a family-friendly community, promoting outdoor living and promoting art and entertainment. If you wish to discover our offers of houses in Coconut Grove, click here or do not hesitate to contact us!

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