The Neighborhood of Biscayne Park
The Village of Biscayne Park is a small enclave hidden in a tiny corner of Miami. The neighborhood is bounded by Miami Shores to the south, 121st Street to the north, the Florida East Coast Railway to the east, and Biscayne Canal to the west. Home styles are all over the map – the oldest being a 1922 Spanish Mission style home in a shady plot, the newest a Modern Leeds Certified wonder. Despite the disparity, the Village of Biscayne Park feels like one, cohesive space; lush, homey and kid-friendly.
Here are just a few things that make the Biscayne Park neighborhood stand out:
It’s a real neighborhood: There is nothing cookie-cutter here. Developed over decades, you’ll get Spanish Mission style homes to Art Deco masterpieces to 70’s ranch houses. Huge park-sized medians, 100-year-old trees, and the quiet and quaintness of a welcoming village. We especially like this neighborhood for growing families.
It’s a Tree and Bird Sanctuary: Biscayne Park has been designated a bird and tree sanctuary by the state for as long as we can remember. Nature is a big part of the village’s allure, which is why it’s protected and promoted. Butterfly parks and towering oaks make taking a walk a relaxing treat.
The Ed Burke Recreation Center: Located at the center of the village, it acts as its heart and soul. Come by for yoga or Zumba classes. Bring the kids to play soccer, baseball or basketball. Bring the little ones to the toddler park. Or just challenge yourself to a quick set of handball. It’s a great, neighborhood park with summer camp and after-school care available for residents and neighbors.
Location: You’re in Miami – and not. Biscayne Park is one of those rare gems where you are close to all of Miami’s fun and fashion, yet sufficiently cut off from its glitziness. It is a great central location to jump into the South Florida lifestyle for you and your family.
A short history of the Biscayne Park neighborhood:
- Before anyone lived on the land that was to become Biscayne Park, it was a field of tomatoes belonging to horticulturalist and future developer Arthur Mertlow Griffing.
- On the day of New Year’s Eve 1931, 113 citizens affirmatively voted to incorporate the Town of Biscayne Park. It became the Village of Biscayne Park in 1933.
- The log cabin, which today serves as a meeting space, was built in 1935 with the help of federal funds and donations from early residents.
- Cuban singer and songwriter Carlos Oliva (a member of Los Sobrinos del Juez) is a longtime resident of Biscayne Park.
Restaurants & Attractions
Some of our favorite places to dine around Biscayne Park:
Little Havana Restaurant: You’re in Miami. A go-to Cuban restaurant is a requirement. This slightly upscale joint has all the makings of your typical Little Havana establishment. Big portions, lots of servers refilling your drink and bread basket, and the obligatory Cuban espresso to top off the experience. Everyone gets spoiled. That’s how they roll.
Ricky Thai: Authentic. Thai. Food. In a world where everyone wants to be everything, Ricky’s keeps it focused. If you want to feel like you’re in a neighborhood restaurant in Bangkok, look no further. Everything tastes of the motherland, with no Western influences except for a well-stocked bar. We really like this place.
Pizza Point: For nearly 40-years this pizza place has been a neighborhood mainstay. Why? Because it’s THAT good. Many kids have nourished themselves into adulthood with mouthfuls of delicious Pizza Point pizza. Check it out.
Favorite things to do in and around Biscayne Park:
Movie night: The Ed Burke Recreation Center has monthly and seasonal events, but a neighborhood favorite is Movie Night. A family film al fresco, a couple choice food trucks and bottles of wine sold by the park fundraising club. Let the kids run around, you have a nice glass of merlot to contemplate.
Luna Star: Local and national folk acts tour through this intimate venue every week. Sit back and enjoy their extensive beer and wine selection – but bring cash. This place is old school, and does not accept those new-fangled credit cards. Can’t even Venmo a payment.
Miami Shores Recreation Center: We know – this is a Miami Shores joint – but the good news is that it’s open to all. Considering you are neighbors, why not share the cool stuff? Programs for kids and adults – including soccer, baseball, basketball, sewing, tumbling, bridge, dance, and much more. You can also use the Aquatic Center and do some laps in their 8-lane competition pool while the kids aim water cannons at each other in the water park. It’s the neighborly thing to do.
Miami Shores Downtown: A short 3-minute drive south (or an 8-minute bike ride), and you’re in Downtown Miami Shores. Promenade down the street and enjoy a laid back restaurant, a yoga class or just a Starbucks Coffee. It’s all for the taking.
Biscayne Park Demographics
- There are 3,055 people living in Biscayne Park.
- The median age is 37 years old.
- The average family size had 3.12 members.
- Median household income is $67,005
Distance to popular areas:
South Beach: 13.6 miles
Design District: 5.4 miles
Midtown: 7.7 mile
Wynwood: 8 miles
Downtown Miami: 9.9 miles
Brickell City Center: 10.3 miles
Miami International Airport: 11.4 miles
Aventura Mall: 6.7 miles
Biscayne Park Elementary School (K-5)
Horace Mann Middle School (6-8)
Miami Edison High School (9-12)
Doctors Charter School (6-12)
Miami Country Day School
Biscayne Park Presbyterian Church School
Biscayne Park Baptist Church Academy
Biscayne Park Community School
St. Rose of Lima Catholic School
Colleges and universities
Florida International University (North Campus)
Are you in love with Biscayne Park?
Email or call me (305.318.8557) to learn more, talk about what’s available and hopefully visit a few of these amazing homes. I can’t wait to show you around.