Sandwiched between Kendall to the west and South Coconut Grove to the east is Pinecrest: a quiet, almost exclusively residential suburban village defined by its rural, lushly landscaped appearance, ranch-style homes, and some of the most mesmerizing mansions in all of Miami.
Much of Pinecrest’s character can be traced back to the 1930s, when the area became home to the iconic, since-relocated Parrot Jungle and Gardens. As a result, the larger Pinecrest community became and still remains an oasis of tightly manicured lawns and gardens amid calm, winding roads that lead to a mix of modest Florida-style properties, multi-acre home lots, and secluded estates.
In turn, Pinecrest offers outdoorsmen of all levels – from neighborhood walkers to roadside cyclists – a sprawling and serene setting for any active outing. Adding to the already-abundant greenery is the 20-acre Pinecrest Gardens, 6 pristine community parks, and the nearby Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and Matheson Hammock in Coral Gables
Naturally, Pinecrest’s nightlife and entertainment options are a far cry from greater Miami’s fast-paced, frenetic scene, but this is simply the trade-off. That said, more familiar urban staples like Dadeland Mall and The Falls – an open-air complex home to over 100 stores – are a short drive away. And speaking of drives, you’ll definitely want to own a car here, as much of Miami’s main attractions and areas are at least 10 to 15 minutes away. Public transportation is still available via the city’s Metrobus system, as well as by a pair of Miami Metrorail stations at Dadeland North and Dadeland South.
Calm, secluded, and almost hypnotic in its meticulous design, Pinecrest is one of, if not the most family-friendly areas in all of Miami, with plenty of space and schools to raise yours.