Whatever your reason for choosing to relocate to Florida is, be sure that the Sunshine State is ready to treat you with the best selection of options on the East Coast. From the exclusive enclaves of luxurious gated communities to soaring high-rises that look like something from a sci-fi movie, in each residence there is a unique appeal, a treat for everyone that comes with that one-of-a-kind South Florida flavor of year-round impeccable weather, lavish tropical surroundings, and second-to-none services.
Nestled in the southeastern part of Florida between two natural parks, Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park, Miami-Dade County is the seventh most populous county in the United States and the third biggest county by land area in Florida. It is comprised of 34 incorporated cities that range from metropolises with a population of over 400,000 people to private islands with only 86 people, not counting the staff of the security boats patrolling the island around the clock.
To get a clearer picture of what this county has to offer, we will take a lifestyle-as-a-priority approach and sort the best residential communities in Miami-Dade by their key attractive features for potential residents in terms of hobbies and personal preferences.
Type 1: Hobby-oriented neighborhoods
Coconut Grove is the oldest continuously inhabited area in Miami and is a perfect choice for nature-lovers that would also enjoy the community’s bohemian side. Its streets are immaculately lined with towering palm trees, while marinas provide easy access to neighboring islands and enviable fishing and boating opportunities.
North Miami Beach is perfect for families or individuals with eclectic interests and preferences due to its unique location in close proximity to numerous golf courses, luxurious private marinas within the Intracoastal, shopping and entertainment centers on the mainland, and two large parks within a short driving distance.
Type 2: Business and startups
Brickell is the most famous Greater Downtown Miami neighborhood, also referred to as the Wall Street of the South and is perfect for those looking to combine a convenient central location and easy access to an array of top-of-the-line resort-like amenities and entertainment. It is an affluent community with a rapidly growing demand for housing from young businessmen and entrepreneurs, so you have to take action fast.
Type 3: Artistic neighborhoods
Wynwood is an eccentric neighborhood that is most famous for its bedazzling street art and unique small business designer stores, because it is split into the Wynwood Art District in the North, and the Wynwood Fashion District in the South. It is one of South Florida’s most dynamic communities, with new venues and restaurants closing down and opening all the time.
Type 4: Entertainment-centered neighborhoods
Downtown Miami is for those who would like to get the most of the two worlds: a busy city life with unparalleled career opportunities, a rich cultural life and easy access to all of South Florida’s main attractions, both within a short walking distance and within a short drive to the famous South Florida barrier islands.
North Bay Village is a three-island community with an outstanding past of restaurants and entertainment spaces favorited by Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra, and a lavish present with numerous new high-end venues and close proximity to the best golf courses in the area.
Type 5: Beach and waterfront neighborhoods
If you are looking for a low-key family-friendly neighborhood with a beach town kick, Surfside will be one of the best options for you in Miami-Dade County. Its narrow and winding streets are shaded by lush year-round vegetation and dotted with cozy boutique stores and tiny cafes.
Sunny Isles Beach manages to combine both a leisurely and a lively atmosphere of a beachside college town with its numerous museums, theaters, art galleries, as well as golf courses and outdoor sports facilities.
Type 6: Privacy and security
Indian Creek is an ultra-private offer for those who not only wish to live on a beautiful island in the Atlantic, but also would like to enjoy the benefits of restricted access and celebrity neighbors.
Golden Beach is one of the most elite neighborhoods in Florida. Once home to Bill Gates and Tommy Hilfiger, it is connected to the city with just one road and features a number of lavish waterfront residences.
Type 7: Nature and active lifestyle
Key Biscayne is a beautiful self-contained island with its luxurious residences nestled between two large parks in the South and in the North. The island features a golf course, and a tennis center, while its two parks provide limitless opportunities for outdoor activities, from boating and fishing to windsurfing, hiking, and biking.
Miami Lakes is one of Miami-Dade’s youngest communities. The special appeal of this neighborhood is created by an array of scenic lakes and gorgeous parks scattered around. On top of that, an extremely low crime rate makes Miami Lakes a great family place for nature-lovers.
Type 8: Family-friendly communities
Bay Harbor Islands is a small community that consists of two islands with towering fashionable real estate, single-family homes, and one of the largest collections of the world-famous mid-century Miami Modern (MiMo) architecture. The community boasts its own business district and a K-8 school.
Miami Shores offers a blend of history and comfort. It is a safe neighborhood within a short distance from the Downtown Miami area, and many of its residents work there. Miami Shores boasts wide roads around the community’s many green spaces, a well-preserved downtown area, a variety of community activities, and a number of top-flight public and private schools.
Type 9: Nightlife
Miami Beach is a prominent nightlife mecca located on a stretch of barrier islands. Made easily recognizable by numerous movies and music videos, it also features the famous Millionaire’s row, a much sought-after narrow strip between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal filled with high-end stores, restaurants, and cafes.
Coral Gables is one of the first planned communities in the area and is dotted with lavish gated communities, but is also the home to the University of Miami, which creates a college city charm touch to the area and attracts nightlife and art-themed venues.
Type 10: Shopping
Aventura is a lake-filled planned city on the edge of Miami-Dade that features a golf course and an abundance of private schools. It also features the well-known Aventura Mall, one of the area’s top shopping and entertainment venues.
Bal Harbour is an elegant community with many prominent former residents and top-of-the-line recreational facilities and the famous Bal Harbour Shops, an open-air mall, filled with fine restaurants and deluxe boutiques.