The Neighborhood of Edgewater
Edgewater is a quiet neighborhood just south of the Upper Eastside. Mainly residential with businesses on Biscayne Boulevard, it is a mix of multi-family buildings and mid-to-high rise condominiums. Edgewater’s borders are the Florida East Coast railroad track to the west, Biscayne Bay to the east, I-195 (Julia Tuttle Causeway) to the north and 17th street to the south. It stands out for its green spaces and true neighborhood feel. It is a wonderful place to live if what you’re looking for is a friendly, youthful neighborhood with a lot to do within walking distance. Pick your local spots and dig your heels in. This neighborhood is a keeper.
Here are just a few things that make Edgewater neighborhood stand out:
Eclectic Neighborhood Feel: The first thing you’ll notice about Edgewater is that it’s a real neighborhood. A quaint residential area with small apartment buildings and when you get sea-side, massive luxury condos. The joy of it is its diversity and friendliness, enhanced by beautiful views of the bay.
Active Lifestyle Friendly: Whether you’re a day or night person, Edgewater provides you with great activities. Enjoy a quick game of basketball at the park, or take a scooter over to Wynwood for some good eats and fine art. Just step out. You’ll have enviable options of entertainment and distractions.
Walkability: Groceries, outdoor play and even convenience shopping is a short walk from wherever you live. You can leave your car at home or rent it out on Turo. Might as well make your ride bring home the bacon.
Central location: Nestled within some of Miami’s most popular neighborhoods, you’ll be strategically positioned to design a pretty amazing lifestyle. Downtown to the south, Midtown to the north and Wynwood to the west – you’ll have to fight the urge to create daily adventures.
A short history of Edgewater neighborhood:
- Edgewater broke ground in the 1920’s, and its fortunes went up and down with Miami’s booms and busts.
- Edgewater is home to the Miami Women’s Club. They are responsible for establishing public libraries throughout South Florida. It is a labor of love. Today their 4-story Mediterranean Revival building is being brought back to its original awesomeness – with a rooftop lounge.
- Frederick Rand started developing in the area in 1906 – just ten years after Miami incorporated. Initially called Miramar, he aimed to emulate a seaside Havana neighborhood called Miramar – mansions for the wealthy and tree-lined streets.
- In 1923 the Miramar Hotel was open for business. There, Miami Beach’s pioneer developers – Carl Fisher, Thomas Pancoast, John Collins and others – would often meet to talk and plan. Some of the Miramar’s most famous guests were the Kennedys, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, golfer Jack Nicklaus, and old blue eyes – Frank Sinatra.
Restaurants & Attractions
Some of our favorite places to dine around Edgewater:
Enriquetta’s: You would think that good Cuban food is easy to come by in Miami, but we’re here to tell you it’s not so. There are hundreds of Cuban restaurants, but only a few are worth your attention. One of them is Enriquettas. Traditional Cuban fare, huge portions, and a super old school Cuban ambience. This is what would have felt like in Miami during the 60’s and 70’s. Get croquetas
NOA Cafe: A quiet and hard-to-find spot with great Mediterranean and Asian cuisine. Deliciously intertwined, you will taste a bit of the Old World and the Orient in every bite. If you like cool, hole-in-the-world experiences this is the place for you.
Mignonette: What do you get when you repurpose a 1930’s gas station into a foodies dream experience? Mignonette. With a menu that spans from “plain” to “fancy”, you’ll be held in awe with fresh seafood and creative flair of Chef Danny Serfer (of Blue Collar fame). A great local oyster bar for Edgewater residents looking to take advantage of what the nearby sea provides.
Favorite things to do in and around Edgewater:
Margaret Pace Park: One of Miami’s most popular parks – sitting on Biscayne Bay. But don’t let the life-affirming views distract you. There’s an outdoor fitness facility, a dog park, a toddler playground and pick-up games of basketball, tennis, and volleyball. There are wide open spaces for kite-flying, frisbees or just running around for a quick game of flag football.
Wynwood: Our favorite neighborhoods grow up so fast. What started out as a fringe artist community has now evolved to a cultural taste-maker. Street art prevails, but there is a nice contingency of pop and contemporary art for you to look at. Lop the great music and food scene and you have a neighborhood every hipster dreams about. So nurture that inner hipster in you with a night in Wynwood.
Midtown Shops: So much to do here – I mean even after hitting Target. Huge pedestrian mall with all kinds of food, drink and entertainment. So whether you’re updating your fashion repertoire or just in it to soak-up all the cool around you, Midtown Shops and the surrounding area is a nice distraction.
- There are over 15,000 people living in the Edgewater neighborhood.
- Median age is 35 years old.
- The average family size was 3.2 people
Distance to popular areas
Design District: 1.1 miles
Midtown: .9 mile
Wynwood: .8 miles
Downtown Miami: 2.7 miles
Brickell Center: 3.5 miles
Miami Beach (South Beach): 6.6 miles
Miami International Airport: 6.9 miles
Aventura Mall: 15.5 miles
BridgePrep Academy Charter School (K-5)
Eneida M. Hartner Elementary School (PK-5)
Phyllis Wheatley Elementary School (PK-5)
Aspira Eugenio Maria De Hostos Youth Leadership Charter School (6-8)
Jose De Diego Middle School (6-8)
Booker T. Washington Senior High School (9-12)
Miami Arts Charter (6-12)
St. Francis Xavier Catholic School (K-8)
Sha’arei Bina Torah Academy For Girls (6-12)
Are you in love with Edgewater?
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.