Downtown Miami is the central business and finance center in South Florida and serves as an important commercial and cultural nexus between the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean. As recently as twenty years ago, the area would empty after business hours, but a recent influx of development and urban migration has since transformed this region into a lively and hip neighborhood.
Downtown Miami dates back to the 1890s when it served as the southernmost hub of Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway. Now, the area serves as the economic capital of an entire region that comprises the Caribbean and Latin America. Glass skyscrapers, trendy restaurants, and busy nightclubs make up its northern sector, while central downtown features historic government buildings and one of only three jewelry districts in the United States.
What to Expect
A cluster of contemporary high-rises and urban parks, most with spectacular views of Biscayne Bay and the Port of Miami.
The fragrant sea breeze and nautical port views make this area one of the most charming in Miami. In the northern Omni district, you’ll find a domestic urbanite’s paradise, complete with innovative cuisine, dog-friendly bayside parks, and neighborhood dives. For livelier denizens, Park West boasts a good-sized chunk of Miami’s infamous nightlife. Meanwhile, Central Downtown is home to some of the oldest functioning government buildings in the Southeast and is the government seat of Miami-Dade County.
Easily walkable access to top restaurants, vibrant nightlife, waterfront parks, and live music.
In addition to its many bars and restaurants, the central area is home to the Miami Heat and American Airlines Arena as well as the popular Mary Brickell Village. Just down Biscayne Boulevard, you’ll find Bicentennial and Bayfront parks, which host live-music events including the enormous Ultra Music Festival. Nestled against the bay sits the acclaimed Perez Art Museum and the future site of the Miami Science Museum. Downtown is also home to the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, which is Miami’s foremost venue for a national musical, ballet, opera, and theater tours.
What Not to Expect
Downtown is a densely populated area, with little room for street parking and frequently heavy traffic.
With explosive growth comes high population density, so traffic on the inner streets of Downtown and the exits to I-95 can be some of the nation’s worst. While the area has excellent parks and ample waterfront, its green space is limited and parking can be troublesome.
This area is almost strictly condominiums, typically within high-rises, with prices in the upper mid-range for Miami-Dade County.
Many buildings offer exclusive amenities, security, and lifestyle perks, including valet parking, tennis, pools, and even dry cleaning. The large number of new high-rises currently under construction—Brickell is particularly populated with new developments—is expected to bring more people to the area and increase property values within the coming years. The pricing of units can vary widely, with relatively accessible mid-size condos sharing the same blocks as luxurious penthouses with floor-to-ceiling glass and panoramic bay views.
You'll Fall in Love With
Amazing views, modern vibe, world-class museums and parks, and all-night entertainment and culture.
Downtown Miami bustles with energy and potential, making it a perfect fit for the industrious and the adventurous alike.