At the southern end of Downtown Miami lies Brickell: the city’s bustling, ever-evolving Financial District. Equal parts urban metropolis and island paradise, Brickell functions as the heart of mainland Miami, with a slew of big-name businesses, restaurants, bars, shopping areas, and scenic views playing home to a mix of residents, tourists, and commuting professionals.
A single drive over the Brickell Avenue Bridge (the continuation of Miami’s iconic Biscayne Boulevard) offers an awe-inspiring first impression, its panoramic views of the Miami River and Biscayne Bay backgrounded by a row of skyscrapers and residential towers.
At the heart of the area lies a pair of retail and dining powerhouses, the first being Mary Brickell Village: a 2-block stretch of stores and restaurants that gives way to its newer, grander counterpart, Brickell City Centre. Opened in 2016, BCC anchors Brickell’s vibe as a multi-floored, open-air mall that caters to dynamic appetites and big wallets, with a host of high-end retailers and cutting-edge cuisine.
But the area also offers ample opportunities for escape, either on Brickell Key – a 44-acre, triangle-shaped island home to perhaps the most scenic walking trail in all of Miami – or at the city’s southern end that feeds directly into the charming, tranquil Key Biscayne and neighboring Coconut Grove.
In terms of specific living options, much of Brickell’s core (an area roughly bound by SE 5th street to the north, SW 1st avenue to the west, and SE 15th street to the south) is comprised of your standard “big city” high rises, each offering their own slice of a prime location and jaw-dropping views for an equally jaw-dropping price. To the west of that area are more affordable, less centrally located towers and mid-rises. South of the core is a more suburban area, with the city’s hustle and bustle dissolving into a calmer stretch of oceanfront towers on the east (mainly for older residents and snowbirds) and beautiful family homes to the west.
With an undeniably multicultural, international feel and an abundance of walkable attractions, Brickell is truly the place to set up shop for those looking to experience each and every slice of life The Magic City has to offer.