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The Best Neighborhoods in Miami, Florida

By Bri Hand | Aug 25, 2021

Miami, Florida, ranks as the seventh most populous city in the U.S. and the second-largest on the East Coast, following the Big Apple. There’s a lot to love about the booming metropolis. From its year-round sunny weather, top-rated beaches, unbeatable nightlife, a promising job market, and no state income tax, it’s easy to see why people from all over the world are flocking to the metro area.

If you’re thinking about moving to Miami, Florida, you may be wondering where to live. With so many excellent districts, charming communities, quaint pockets, and coveted suburbs, it can be hard to navigate Miami real estate. Here at Landing, we not only offer a fleet of furnished apartments in Miami, but we’re also here to help. Find a rundown of the best neighborhoods in Miami below. 

Coral Way

The tree-lined residential Miami neighborhood of Coral Way is one of the best places to settle down in Miami. Its 50,000 residents appreciate the community’s central location, walkability, and friendly atmosphere. With luxury properties and even some mansions sprinkled throughout, it’s one of the wealthier areas of Miami.

Downtown Miami

If you like being in the center of it all, you might consider living downtown. With lots of commercial buildings, retail shops, restaurants, nightclubs, coffee shops, and parks, something is happening at all hours of the day and night.

Around 16,000 people live in Downtown Miami. Like most downtown areas, home prices are generally higher than in other parts of the city. The district attracts many young professionals, but thanks to its above-average public schools, it also appeals to families.

Brickell

Brickell is a sought-after Miami community with many luxury condos, high-rise apartment buildings, and upscale townhomes. As South Florida’s major financial district, it’s also a hub for banks and investment firms.

The dense, urban neighborhood is located close to downtown. Its 36,000 residents enjoy the trendy Brickell eateries, popular bars, public transportation access, and Brickell’s overall laid-back vibe. 

Coral Gables

Coral Gables, home to just over 50,000 people, is a lovely suburb known for its ample greenery and Spanish architecture. This midsize Miami-Dade city has highly rated public schools, many coffee shops, excellent dining options, and lots of parks.

For these reasons, Coral Gables is one of the pricier neighborhoods in the metro area. Located southwest of Downtown Miami, the Coral Gables community appeals to professionals, couples, retirees, and growing families alike.

Coconut Grove

For more of a casual vibe, check out Coconut Grove. With an iconic, one-of-a-kind boardwalk, top-rated shops, sidewalk cafes, art deco architecture, and lush, leafy landscapes, it’s one of the best neighborhoods in Miami.

The historic community of Coconut Grove is located along the Biscayne Bay shoreline. Coconut Grove is home to roughly 21,000 people and is known for its top-tier public and private schools.

West Miami

The suburb of West Miami boasts above-average schools and a dense residential atmosphere. With a population of under 8,000 and spanning less than three-quarters of a square mile, the small city has a close-knit feel. Residents appreciate that the great neighborhood has a low crime rate, good public schools, and excellent parks.

Pinecrest

Pinecrest is another Miami area suburb located southwest of downtown with about 20,000 residents. With top-rated schools, low crime, and an environmentally conscious atmosphere, the village appeals to families, couples, professionals, and retirees. It’s safer than most neighborhoods throughout the city and has a relaxed and welcoming feel.

Wynwood

Then there’s the lively community of Wynwood. As one of the best neighborhoods in Miami, Wynwood is a hub for art galleries, museums, entertainment, shopping, restaurants, cafes, and bars. The thriving, family-friendly district is home to just over 9,000 people, including many young professionals and families.

Little Havana

Little Havana is a large neighborhood just west of Downtown Miami. Its 80,000 residents like the community’s dense urban feel, rich history, vibrant culture, live music, and incredible Cuban cuisine.

Little Havana is notably friendly and quieter than many other close-in Miami neighborhoods. Also, the cost of living is lower than most parts of Florida, and the public schools are above average.

Kendall

Kendall is a city in Miami-Dade County with a population of about 75,000. This is one of the most affordable neighborhoods in Miami. With quick access to the city, excellent public schools, and a somewhat urban feel, the suburb attracts young professionals, couples, and families.

Bay Harbor Islands

Just under 6,000 people live in Bay Harbor Islands. The small Miami-Dade town is a primarily residential and middle-class Miami neighborhood.

This neighborhood is home to one of the best school systems in greater Miami. Residents also have easy access to the Arts and Design District, Bal Harbour, Aventura, and South Beach.

South Beach

South Beach is a town in Miami Beach, FL, with a population of under 4,000. Residents and visitors love the gorgeous beaches, booming nightlife, beautiful architecture, high-end boutiques, and fantastic celebrity chef-led food scene. Whether you head to Ocean Drive, Española Way, or Lincoln Road, you have plenty to do, eat, and see.

The home prices in this upscale community are higher than most neighborhoods throughout greater Miami. Additionally, South Beach has some of the best public schools in the area.

Find fully furnished apartments in Miami’s best neighborhoods

With endless things to experience and so many places to explore, the Magic City has something for everyone. When considering where to live in Miami, researching different areas is an important part of the process—especially if you’ve never been there or are unfamiliar with the city. If you’re not sure which neighborhood will align with your needs and taste, you’ve come to the right place.

Landing allows you to “try before you buy.” We have fully furnished apartments in Miami‘s best neighborhoods with flexible terms and all the amenities you need. With these flexible terms, you can get to know the area and take your time deciding if it’s right for you.

We’re here to revolutionize the way people travel and rent homes. By removing the stress and hassle of a lease and the commitment of buying a home, Landing makes it easy to get to know a new city on your own time.

Ready to make your move? Check out our Miami apartments today.

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About the author

Bri Hand

Bri Hand is Landing's Content Marketing Manager. She currently lives in Salem, Massachusetts, with her partner and dog, Arlo, but relishes any opportunity she can to travel so she can try new foods, see gorgeous sights, and daydream about living somewhere new after visiting there for less than 24 hours.