The Neighborhood of Miami Shores
The Village of Miami Shores is a quiet town north of Downtown Miami. The neighborhood is roughly bounded by El Portal to the south, North Miami to the north, Biscayne Bay to the east, and Miami to the west. Mediterranean and Italian inspired architecture, huge oak tree canopies and lush green surroundings abound here, making it one of Miami’s most desirable neighborhoods. A wonderful place to raise a family with a hyper-active community and responsive village government – it even has a dedicated police force and fire station. If you want a small town feel in a big city, Miami Shores is your choice.
Here are just a few things that make the Miami Shores neighborhood stand out:
Small town feel: The shady streets, picturesque homes, lush parks and charming town center makes Miami Shores one of Miami’s most homey neighborhoods. So family oriented you’d think you were in a small town outside of the buzzing Miami metropolis.
Pedestrian friendly: The village is small, and designed to be walkable. Leave the car in the driveway and walk/bike to the village downtown, community center or country club. The Village of Miami Shores is exactly that – a village.
Super-active community: The village has an active calendar of events – street festivals, farmers markets, holiday celebrations and more await you. The village boasts an amazing July 4th fireworks show, but our favorite is the Easter egg drop – from a helicopter!
Village Library: We might be getting a little nostalgic here, but remember libraries? The Brockway Memorial Library in the village downtown offers books, magazines, talks, a multimedia center and workshops. Built in 1949, it also serves as the village’s cultural center – documenting the history of Miami Shores with film and photos.
A short history of the Miami Shores neighborhood:
- First settled in the 1800’s, the area we now call Miami Shores was home to a pioneer community of farmers and homesteaders. Back then, it was called Biscayne. It even had its own post office.
- Before Miami Shores Village was incorporated in 1932, it was home to a starch mill, a pineapple plantation and a tomato packing plant. It was a busy place.
- By 1926, there were fifty homes in Miami Shores. Growth slowed after the devastating hurricane and the Depression, but things quickly picked up after.
- The first council meeting was on January 2, 1932. Local insurance man Frank O. Pruitt was voted mayor and the village elected their first (and at the time, only) police officer, Ed Badger.
Restaurants & Attractions
Some of our favorite places to dine around Miami Shores:
Cote Gourmet: Looking for a cozy European ambience with a touch of the romantic? Look no further than Cote Gourmet. Serving French and Italian cuisine, this little place is a popular spot where village families go to celebrate important occasions and for much-needed date nights.
Proper Sausages: Not really a restaurant, but when we tell you they make the most delicious breakfast sandwich known to man, we are not over-selling it. It is so good, it deserves your consideration. This tiny market / butcher serves amazing meats – handcrafted artisan sausages and heritage beef. If you’re vegan, just ignore.
Pizza Point: For over 30 years, Pizza Point has been the neighborhood pizza joint. Is it a bit of a dive? Yes. Is it great pizza? Absolutely. Take a table or sit at the bar, where a friendly local is always there to talk shop and offer you an ice cold beer. You won’t regret it – lay back and enjoy the gritty ambience of the legendary establishment.
Favorite things to do in and around Miami Shores:
Miami Theater Center: This beautiful Art Deco theater is dedicated to producing original theater pieces – and training a new generation of thespians in acting, musical theater and theater production. But they do so much more! In partnership with O Cinema, they screen independent, foreign, art, and family films throughout the year. Add a little independent artistic spirit to your calendar.
Miami Shores Country Club and Golf Course: Opened in 1939, it is the centerpiece of the social scene – celebrities Bob Hope and Joe DiMaggio have played here, as well as golfers Arnold Palmer, Sam Snead and Lee Trevino. On top of playing golf, you can take tennis and golf lessons. Wrap up your day at the clubhouse restaurant.
Miami Shores Recreation/Community Center and Aquatic Park: Programs here run the gamut – for kids and adults. Too many to list, you’ll have to call them to get the full breadth of activities – soccer, baseball, basketball, sewing, tumbling, bridge, dance – you get the picture. Plus, a pretty nifty tot lot. The Aquatic Center right next to the country club – features an 8-lane competition pool and a magnificent water park. Are you in for some aquatic fitness sessions? Do it.
Miami Shores Downtown: It’s pretty awesome. For 5-blocks along 2nd Avenue, the Shores main street, you can enjoy small shops, restaurants and parks to jump start your day or wind down your evening. Some of it is intrusively familiar (Starbucks) or surprisingly quaint (Mima Market, a community shop that showcases local produce, food and products). It covers all your comfort levels.
Miami Shores Demographics
- There are 10,493 people living in Miami Shores.
- The median age is 38 years old.
- The average family size had 3.24 members.
- Median household income is $101,047.00
Distance to popular areas
South Beach: 11.4 miles
Design District: 3.6 miles
Midtown: 5.6 mile
Wynwood: 5.9 miles
Downtown Miami: 7.8 miles
Brickell City Center: 8.4 miles
Miami International Airport: 9.3 miles
Aventura Mall: 11.1 miles
Miami Shores 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
Miami Shores Presbyterian Church School
Miami Shores Baptist Church Academy
Miami Shores Community School
St. Rose of Lima Catholic School
Colleges and universities
Are you in love with Miami Shores?
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.