Popular South Florida Neighborhoods

The range and scope of South Florida's communities is matched only by the diversity of the people who call them home. From Miami-Dade to Broward County there's a community that offers a life to fit your unique style...and budget. Will it be a bustling metropolitan residence, or sprawling equestrian estate? Click on one of our communities below to learn about it's sub-culture and find out what lifestyle it has to offer.

Aventura

With a name inspired by the Spanish word for “adventure,” the City of Aventura, home to some of South Florida’s most prestigious condominium towers, is a premier international destination for shopping and recreation. Located on the Intracoastal Waterway in northeast Miami-Dade County between Miami International and Fort Lauderdale International Airports, the city was incorporated in 1995. Appropriately boasting the tagline, “live, shop, play,” Aventura offers top venues for shopping, dining and nightlife including -- at the heart of the city -- the acclaimed Aventura Mall, as well as the Fairmont Turnberry Isles Resort and the Shoppes at Waterways.

Brickell

Featuring one of the largest concentrations of international banks in the United States and serving as a hub of activity for a multitude of corporations and businesses, the urban neighborhood of Brickell is often referred to as “Manhattan of the South.” Bordered by downtown Miami to the north and Biscayne Bay to the east, Brickell is hailed for its unique, vibrant atmosphere. In the heart of the neighborhood is Mary Brickell Village, offering an array of gourmet restaurants and luxury retail boutiques. Brickell is also home to numerous high-end homes including those found on neighboring Brickell Key, a gated island of upscale, high-rise residential and hotel towers.

Coconut Grove

This historic neighborhood, often referred to by locals as “The Grove,” has roots dating back to the 1800s and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited areas in South Florida. Characterized by lush scenery, bayside views and a laid-back atmosphere, Coconut Grove is located south of the Brickell neighborhood and east of Coral Gables. It’s a pedestrian-friendly area that features outdoor cafes, eye-catching boutiques and a vibrant nightlife. Directly serviced by the Metrorail and bordered by LeJeune Road, Coconut Grove is home to The Barnacle Historic State Park and The Kampong tropical garden. Coconut Grove’s ideal location on Biscayne Bay also makes it a popular destination for boat enthusiasts.

Cooper City

Affectionately known as “Someplace Special,” Cooper City was founded by its namesake, Morris Cooper, in 1959. Located in Broward County, 15 miles southwest of Fort Lauderdale, Cooper City, boasting a strong sense of community and long referred to as an ideal place to “grow families,” offers an abundance of public and private schools as well as recreational facilities and parks, such as the renowned 172+ acre Brian Piccolo Park, home to international cricket matches, tennis courts, multi-purpose fields, a skate park and one of the few cycling tracks in South Florida.

Coral Gables

With its Mediterranean-style architecture, historic landmarks and iconic canopy tree-lined streets, Coral Gables embodies its moniker, “The City Beautiful.” One of Miami’s first planned communities, Coral Gables was incorporated in 1925 and developed by George Edgar Merrick. Located four miles from Miami International Airport and home to the University of Miami, Coral Gables is a pedestrian-friendly community, offering an abundance of parks, recreational facilities, two public golf courses and waterways. Residents and visitors can also enjoy dozens of dining establishments and gourmet restaurants as well as high-end retailers. Notable “Gables” destinations include the Biltmore Hotel, Village of Merrick Park, Venetian Pool and the famed Miracle Mile, which replicates a European Old World setting with outdoor cafes and international specialty boutiques.

Coral Springs

Coral Springs is a family-friendly community in Broward County located 20 miles northwest of Fort Lauderdale. Chartered in 1963, Coral Springs ballooned in size in the 1970s, adding more than 35,000 residents each decade through the 1990s. Having earned numerous accolades for safety and an outstanding sense of community, Coral Springs is hailed for its lively neighborhoods, quality schools, a multitude of parks and recreational facilities and, with rigorous codes implemented to help maintain its allure, an aesthetically unique environment. Coral Springs is also home to Coral Springs Medical Center and “The Walk,” a pedestrian-friendly open-air lifestyle center featuring a variety of eateries and boutiques.

Cutler Bay

The incorporated town of Cutler Bay in Miami-Dade County, bordered to the north by Palmetto Bay, is marked by a rich history which dates back to the 19th century. Once referred to as Cutler Ridge, the neighborhood was visited in 1870 by William C. Cutler, a leading practitioner of medicine and surgery. Cutler and his friends explored the area extensively, eventually helping to create the thoroughfare known today as Old Cutler Road. Hailed as an “excellent place to live, work and play,” Cutler Bay features parks, sprawling neighborhoods and businesses and is home to Black Point Marina and Southland Mall.

Davie

Boasting a unique Western feel, the sprawling Town of Davie is nestled in the heart of Broward County, adjacent to the Everglades and southwest of Fort Lauderdale. Once home to herds of cattle, Davie maintains the enthusiastic spirit of the horse-owning population still found among its residents today. Parks, open green spaces and more than 165 miles of trail systems are ideal for avid equestrians and outdoor enthusiasts. Coupled with restaurants, shops and entertainment venues, the town offers a multitude of desirable amenities to residents and visitors. A hub for higher education, Davie is also home to the South Florida Educational Center, comprised of several nationally known colleges, technical institutes and universities.

Fort Lauderdale

The vast, intricate canal system of the City of Fort Lauderdale has earned it the nickname, the “Venice of America.” Located 23 miles north of Miami, Fort Lauderdale -- the largest city in Broward County -- sits adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean, the New River and a myriad of inland waterways, making it an internationally-renowned hub for yachting activity. In addition to picturesque beaches, Fort Lauderdale offers an abundance of restaurants, high-end shopping and vibrant night life. With its thriving international business center, Fort Lauderdale has also become the home-base for a multitude of companies and corporations spanning a variety of industries. Other notable Fort Lauderdale landmarks include Port Everglades, Las Olas Boulevard and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

Hollywood

Located in southeastern Broward County and adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean, the City of Hollywood has been a draw for visitors since the 1920s. With its dynamic sense of community and slew of exciting attractions, it’s a sought-after destination to visit and reside in. A stretch of Hollywood’s renowned beaches is bordered by a distinct, two and a half mile-long oceanfront promenade called the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, flanked by restaurants, eateries and boutique hotels. Adding to the city’s charm, the pedestrian-friendly Downtown Hollywood district is on the National Register of Historic Places and the site of popular year-round festivals and events.

Kendall

An expansive suburban community in southwest Miami-Dade County, Kendall is home to colleges and universities, bustling neighborhoods and numerous entertainment venues. The Miami Metrorail provides Kendall residents with easy access to nearby destinations including Dadeland and downtown Miami. Among many of Kendall’s features is its claim to two sites of higher education: Miami-Dade College (MDC) and Florida International University (FIU), which opened in 1972 as Miami-Dade County’s first public four-year university. Kendall’s main thoroughfare, Kendall Drive, is the site of popular restaurants, eateries, neighborhood bars and shopping plazas.

Key Biscayne

Six miles east, off the coast of Miami, the Village of Key Biscayne is a premiere beach resort destination, hailed internationally for its striking scenery, historic landmarks, entertainment venues and high-end homes. Encircled by exceptional beaches, Key Biscayne -- a barrier island -- is minutes from downtown Miami and Miami Beach, yet comfortably removed from the flurry of activity. The Village, which connects to the mainland through the notable Rickenbacker Causeway, is home to the Tennis Center at Crandon Park -- host of the Sony Ericsson Open Tennis Tournament -- the Miami Seaquarium and Cape Florida Lighthouse.

Las Olas

Meaning “the waves” in Spanish, Las Olas is a unique and vivacious community in Fort Lauderdale, characterized by its village-like feel and array of high-end retail shops, gourmet restaurants, historic sites and year-round festivals. At its heart is Las Olas Boulevard, a thoroughfare measuring 1.6 miles in length and stretching from Andrews Avenue to A1A. Dotting the landscape is a number of bistros and eateries, art galleries, boutiques, bars and nightclubs, as well as a museum of art and IMAX theater. Ideally situated near Fort Lauderdale Beach, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades, Las Olas is a popular destination for residents and visitors alike.

Miami

Known as the “Magic City,” Miami is located in the county seat of Miami-Dade along the Atlantic coast of southeast Florida. A leader in areas including commerce, culture, the arts, international trade, sports and entertainment, Miami is known worldwide for its dynamic qualities and unique features. Downtown Miami, the heart of the city, makes up one of the largest concentrations of international banks in the United States, and Miami International Airport and the Port of Miami are two of the nation’s most heavily trafficked ports of entry. Miami is comprised of several neighborhoods including Brickell, Virginia Key, Watson Island, Coral Way and The Roads, characterized by historic landmarks, high-end condos and estates, schools, parks and recreational facilities.

Miami Beach

Miami Beach is regarded as one of the world’s premiere destinations for beach resorts, nightlife, fashion and entertainment. With a rich history dating back to the early 1900s, the city is not only sought-after for its desirable beaches, but has become a source of cultural expression and artistic inspiration, exemplified through its museums, institutions and exhibits, and one of the largest collections of Art Deco architecture in the world. South Beach, one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods, further embodies the essence of the area’s exotic beauty and glamour, featuring 23 blocks of world-class nightclubs, trendy restaurants, luxury hotels and lavish high-rise oceanfront condominiums.

Miramar

Meaning “look at the sea” in Spanish, and named for the Miramar suburb of Havana, Cuba, the City of Miramar abides by the motto “beauty and progress.” Located in southwestern Broward County and incorporated in 1955, Miramar is regarded for its strong sense of community and family orientation, featuring a variety of parks, recreational facilities, schools and outstanding public safety departments. Miramar is also the site of eight institutions of higher education including Nova Southeastern University and Broward College. Its lucrative position between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, along with its commerce park and foreign trade zone, make it a preferred location for corporations and Fortune 500 companies.

Palmetto Bay

Situated immediately west of Biscayne Bay and south of the City of Miami, the Village of Palmetto Bay offers direct access to the water. A family-friendly community and host to several year-round festivals, the neighborhood features top private and public schools as well as shopping and dining venues. Its extensive system of six parks, including a facility for dogs, has earned it the nickname The Village of Parks, offering residents a number of options for recreational activities, sporting events and camps. The neighborhood is also the site of several historical landmarks including the Deering Estate at Cutler, a 444-acre environmental, archeological and historical preserve.

Parkland

Situated in a lush, wooded area of Northwest Broward County, the City of Parkland is a diverse and tranquil community, renowned for its “park-like” design and small-town feel. Nicknamed the “relaxed city,” the inviting, family-friendly neighborhood has a population of less than 25,000 and offers a myriad of recreational facilities and amenities including the famed Parkland Golf and Country Club by Toll Brothers, an 18-hole championship golf course designed by legendary golfer, Greg Norman. With luxury single-family homes spread across approximately 790 acres, Parkland is known for catering to the active lifestyles of its diverse residents and visitors, all from within the confines of a serene setting.

Pembroke Pines

With a name inspired by the Earl of Pembroke and a type of tree common to the area, Pembroke Pines, one of the largest cities in Broward County, abides by the motto “Join Us and Progress with Us.” For years, the sprawling community, bordered by Hollywood and Miramar, has been the subject of praise, earning state and national awards for its exemplary sense of community. Much of its surge in growth has been attributed to the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew in 1992, during which time many displaced Miami-Dade residents relocated farther north. Pembroke Pines features a multitude of schools, expansive neighborhoods, parks, recreational facilities, shopping centers and dining venues.

Pinecrest

Recognized as one of the most beautiful residential areas in South Florida, the Village of Pinecrest, located 20 minutes south of downtown Miami and the Miami International Airport, is revered for its lush landscaping, sprawling acre lots and family-friendly atmosphere. Residents have access to top public and private schools, a unique selection of shops, markets and dining venues, a state of the art library and recreational facilities. The Village’s renowned system of parks includes Pinecrest Gardens, former home of international tourist attraction Parrot Jungle and current site of numerous festivals and private events. Further distinguishing the community are its technological and communication advances such as the incorporation of free Wi-Fi spots in key locations.

Plantation

Located in central Broward County and neighbored by Fort Lauderdale to the east, the City of Plantation, with its official motto, “The Grass is Greener,” has been repeatedly recognized as “Tree City USA” as well as a “Community Wildlife Habitat” by the National Wildlife Federation. Offering an array of vibrant neighborhoods, public and private schools, parks and recreational facilities, the expansive tree-filled city is widely regarded for its strong sense of community. Plantation is also home to a number of large national and international firms as well as the one million square-foot Westfield Broward Mall, The Fountains Shoppes of Distinction and the East Sawgrass Shopping District.

South Miami

Known as The City of Pleasant Living, South Miami, incorporated in 1927, is one of Miami-Dade County’s oldest municipalities. Characterized by its hometown atmosphere as well as its vibrant dining, shopping and entertainment venues, South Miami is located approximately three miles south of the City of Miami, bordered by the main campus of the University of Miami and the cities of Coral Gables and Pinecrest. Residents here can enjoy convenient access to a multitude of flourishing neighborhoods, public and private schools, parks, historic sites and two major hospitals as well a bustling downtown area that features unique restaurants and boutique shops.

Weston

The City of Weston is a family-friendly master-planned community, distinguished by its meticulously manicured neighborhoods, unique boutique shops, verdant parks and recreational facilities. Located in southwestern Broward County and incorporated in 1996, Weston is the prestigious home to some of the nation’s leading Fortune 500 companies as well as some of South Florida’s most desirable residential communities. Widely regarded for its hometown feel, Weston features a multitude of public and private schools, owner-operated retail and dining establishments and top area hospitals. Adding to its unique character, Weston, bordered by the Florida Everglades, maintains more than 2,200 acres of wetland preserves.

Wynwood

This lively and eclectic neighborhood offers all that one could possibly want: lavish real estate and in immersion in rich culture.

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