The Neighborhood of Coconut Grove
Coconut Grove is a city located south of Downtown Miami. The neighborhood is loosely bound by North Prospect Drive to the south, Le Jeune Road to the west, South Dixie Highway and Rickenbacker Causeway to the north, and Biscayne Bay to the east. It’s the oldest settlement in Miami, with frontier visionaries making a life there since the early 1800’s. The lush, super-green city has a unique personality, as it’s the destination of artists, folk musicians and academics during the 60’s and 70’s. Great outdoor amenities, great schools and a laid back culture that is perfect for families and people who enjoy a small village feel. Highly recommended.
Here are just a few things that make the Coconut Grove neighborhood stand out:
It’s an outdoorsy place: So many parks, so little time. If you like the outdoors, you will love Coconut Grove. Nature abounds in this environmentally conscious community. Great walking and bike paths, watersports, and sport facilities for anyone who is trying to escape the indoors and their desk to avoid a vitamin D deficiency.
Sailboats: There is something about sailboats that whispers “wild adventure into the unknown.” Blame it on pirate folklore. In Coconut Grove, learning to sail is a rite of passage. For over 70 years the Coconut Grove Sailing Club has been teaching people to sail and race the open ocean. Move here – and learn to sail.
Walkable: Coconut Grove is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in Miami. The centrally located area is a short walk to restaurants, shops and bars. The areas lush and shady environment will protect you from South Florida’s glorious sun as you make your way to parks and a ton of entertainment.
A short history of the Coconut Grove neighborhood:
- Coconut Grove is the oldest settlement in Miami-Dade, established in 1825 and incorporating as a city in 1919. Against the wishes of the residents, it was annexed by Miami in 1925.
- Coconut Grove is so picturesque, it has often been used as a location for TV and Film. Meet the Fockers, Dexter, Scarface, Marley & Me, CSI, and Bad Boys just to name a few.
- It is a magnet for Bohemians and revolutionaries. Coconut Grove boasts a number of famous residents; inventor Alexander Graham Bell, Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan, poet Robert Frost, billionaire Howard Hughes, playwright Tennessee Williams, singer Madonna and actor Sylvester Stallone. Plus – quite a few more.
Restaurants & Attractions
Some of our favorite places to dine around Coconut Grove:
Bombay Darbar: Probably Miami’s best Indian restaurant, it is a colorful festival of tastes, sights and sounds. Part of its charm is the exotic decor and the busy clinking of plates that patrons pass around the table for everyone to try. Try the mango chicken curry to get started – then just point at something with an air of whimsy on the menu. You won’t be disappointed.
Jaguar Ceviche: In the mood for some Pan-Latin fare? Jaguar Ceviche takes inspiration from dishes that were born south of Florida; Ecuador, Bolivia, Uruguay and whoever else is left. Order the grilled Mahi Mahi lettuce wraps and Yucatan-style Cochinita Pibil – let us know what you think. Of course, the ceviche is pretty good too.
Vicky’s House: Milkshakes done right. The 80’s kitsch of this sweet establishment is a cool break from the busy pace of life. Everyone can use a shake at the end of the day. Everyone. We’re getting one now.
Favorite things to do in and around Coconut Grove:
Festivals: The Grove is home to some serious celebrations and cultural gatherings. From the world-renowned Coconut Grove Arts Festival to the bohemian stomp-fest King Mango Strut. In April you can challenge your palate at the Great Taste of the Grove Food & Wine Festival, and in June you can jump into a Bahamian junkanoo dance mob at the Goombay Festival.
Main Street: In its early years, the shops off Main Street was a hippie haven with head shops, college bars and cafes. Now it’s a sophisticated shopping and dining destination. Luckily, it has still retained much of its charm. It’s a beautiful, quaint, tree-lined niche of the Grove where you will spend many nights relaxing and spending time with your friends.
Vizcaya: The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is the former home of businessman James Deering. Built in 1916, it was designed in the Mediterranean Revival architecture style and its nestled in Italian Renaissance gardens designed by Colombian landscape designer Diego Suarez, who had studied in Italy. Be transported without a flight to the old country. It’s that beautiful.
The Kampong: Located at the home of the late great horticulturist Dr. David Fairchild, it was ground zero in his search for useful plants from around the world. In his travels he introduced over 30K plants to North America! The 8-acre garden, which can only be seen by appointment, is now maintained by the National Tropical Botanical Garden and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Glaser Farms Organic Famers Market: Every Saturday select your veggies and fruits for the week while shopping at pop-ups of local craftspeople and vendors.
Coconut Grove Demographics
- There are 19,646 people living in Coconut Grove.
- The median age for men is 38.4 years old, 40.3 years old for women.
- The average family size had 2.8 members.
- Median household income is $63,617.82
Distance to popular areas
South Beach: 10.4 miles
Design District: 7.7 miles
Midtown: 7.9 mile
Wynwood: 8.3 miles
Downtown Miami: 4.5 miles
Brickell City Center: 5.1 miles
Miami International Airport: 6.1 miles
Aventura Mall: 20.5 miles
Coconut Grove Elementary School (K-5)
Frances S. Tucker Elementary School (K-5)
George W. Carver Elementary School (K-5)
George Washington Carver (6-8)
Bridge Prep Academy of Arts and Minds Charter High School (9-12)
Ransom Everglades School (6-12)
St. Hugh Catholic School (Pre K-8)
Immaculata-Lasalle High School (9-12)
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School (Pre K – 5)
Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart (9-12)
Coconut Grove Montessori School (Pre K-5)
Vanguard School (6-12)
Are you in love with Coconut Grove?
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.