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The Best Areas Around Miami

When looking for a place to live, the atmosphere of a neighborhood is important. Not everybody wants to live in Downtown Miami—some people prefer to live around the Magic City and enjoy a more serene atmosphere while still being centrally located. Here is our selection of the best areas around Miami.

By Maryline Lacorre 12 Apr 2021

The Best Areas Around Miami

Coconut Grove

Located south of Downtown Miami and Brickell, Coconut Grove is an historic neighborhood with breathtaking scenery, a relaxed atmosphere, and easy access to Biscayne Bay. The area offers a wide array of activities for families and young people: many parks, a thriving nightlife, charming outdoor cafés, and beautiful boutiques. Coconut Grove is also home to the famous Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.

Coral Gables

Next to Coconut Grove, Coral Gables contains a pleasant mixture of commercial and residential areas and offers plenty of activities: golf courses, the Venetian Pool, parks, and museums. This is also where you can find the Miracle Mile with its various shops and restaurants. Coral Gables attracts many students, thanks to its proximity to the University of Miami, and if you have young children, there are excellent private and public schools as well. About 30% of Coral Gables is dedicated to green space, providing its residents with a sense of serenity and easy access to nature.


South of Coral Gables is Pinecrest, a great place to raise a family. Even though Pinecrest is south of Miami, it’s extremely livable—indeed, the average commute time to work is just under 30 minutes. The area also offers highly rated schools, parks, and a farmer’s market, and it’s close to Dadeland Mall and The Falls. Most of the residences here are houses in little gated communities.


Home of the largest mall in Florida (Aventura Mall), the neighborhood of Aventura is highly appreciated by retirees and young parents, and residents enjoy the proximity to Downtown Miami, which is only 30 minutes away. Aventura has golf courses, parks, shops, and schools, and it’s also close to Florida International University and the beach. Aventura offers waterfront homes as well as condominiums. 

Our selection of places to live around Miami

- Grove at Grand Bay: This two-tower residential development rises 20 stories and offers incredible views of the bay and the marina. Recognizable thanks to its unique twisted shape, Grove at Grand Bay is ideally located close to the parks, shops, and restaurants in Coconut Grove.

- Villa Biltmore: Overlooking the Biltmore Golf Course, Villa Biltmore is a boutique condo with only 11 residences. The design of each residence incorporates elements of the community’s historic charm and lush natural landscape. Villa Biltmore is close to many golf courses, the University of Miami, and the shops at Miracle Mile.

- The Sanctuary at Pinecrest: Pinecrest is home to many little gated communities, and The Sanctuary is one of the most exclusive. Indeed, with only 12 luxury homes, this enclave offers the ultimate in security and excellence. Homes are located in a private cul-de-sac and feature high ceilings, top-of-the-line kitchens, and a private pool with a patio area. The gated community is ideally located in the award-winning Pinecrest and Palmetto School Districts.

- Privé: Located in a secluded 8-acre enclave in Aventura, Privé is a composed of two 16-story towers with 160 residences. Here you can enjoy the neighboring marina while being only minutes away from Aventura Mall, Gulfstream Park, and a myriad of fine dining options and boutiques—and you can be in Miami or Fort Lauderdale within 20 minutes. 

Grove at Grand Bay

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