The Neighborhood of Mid-Beach
The Mid-Beach is a community bordered 23rd Street in the south and 63rd Street to the north. Homes here have large lots and are built in many architectural styles; moderne, Art Deco and Mediterranean Revival, and Miami Modern style. Just above South Beach, it can be considered the South Beach suburbs. Mid Beach’s main boulevard is 41st Street, which has shops, restaurants, schools, hospital, grocery stores – everything you may need a short drive/walk from your home. We give this neighborhood an A+ for families.
Here are just a few things that make the Mid Beach neighborhood stand out:
Upscale Lifestyle: Beautiful, sprawling homes; curvy, wandering roads; tree-lined boulevards – Mid Beach is a great neighborhood adjacent to upscale restaurants and amenities.
Close Knit Neighborhood: Though it’s about the same size as neighboring South Beach, it has a fraction of the population. Residents are very involved when it comes to protecting the very special lifestyle of Mid Beach.
Scott Rakow Youth Center: Built in 1976, it’s a great place for kids and adults. It houses an ice skating rink, swimming pool, six bowling lanes, a gymnasium, arts and crafts center, game room, media room, gym, music room, a computer lab – whew! You get the picture. It’s a pretty cool feature of the neighborhood.
Location, location, location: Mid Beach gives you a suburban feel within an urban setting. Plus, you are still near everything that makes living in South Florida so awesome. The neighborhood seems designed for families and community – we highly recommend Mid Beach for families with young children.
A short history of the Mid Beach neighborhood:
- In the early 1900’s, Miami Beach was the biggest producer of coconuts and avocados. That soon gave way to something way more profitable; luxury housing and tourism.
- Fun Fact: Avocados were also called “alligator pears.” We could see why, but anyone taking a bite would have been hugely disappointed. We’ll stick to calling them avocados.
- In 1920 the McArthur Causeway was completed – a direct link from Miami to the South of Fifth neighborhood.
- In 1954, the Fontainebleau Miami Beach opened its doors. It quickly became a Rat Pack playground – Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, Dean Martin and others kept things interesting. Many of them bought homes nearby.
- Comedian and actor Jackie Gleason hosted “The Jackie Gleason Show” nearby at the Miami Beach Auditorium. The show ran from September 17, 1966 to September 12, 1970.
Restaurants & Attractions
Some of our favorite places to dine around Mid Beach:
Pizza & Burger by Michael Mina: No, not your regular pizza and burger – but stellar pizza and burgers! Bringing American street fare to gourmet status, Pizza and Burger creates a menu that upgrades your typical burger to something your taste buds won’t forget.
Matador Room: Evolving Latin and Caribbean cuisine into something both surprising and inevitable, chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has created a vibe that must be experienced. Simple things like the Avocado Pizza or the Achiote Pork Taco are not just cool takes of a tried and true dish, they are also delicious.
Bird and Bone: Inside the hotel “the Confidante” you’ll find a spot so committed to American comfort food you might just hang the rest of the day. Bird and Bone serves up victuals that stick to your bones. May we recommend the Pimento Mac and Cheese? If that doesn’t put a stop to your hunger, then the favorite Gussied Up Triple Burger? This insightful concoction consists of three patties, butter poached lobster, a fried green tomato, cheese fondue, bacon, key lime mustard sauce and orange marmalade on an artisan bun. Run your imagination through that.
Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann: An open fire never smelled so good. Argentinian grill master Francis Mallmann brings his asado genius to Faena for a meat-lovers burlesque. Try their Prime Angus Skirt Steak which comes with “papa aplastada’ (flattened potatoes), grilled onion rings, and chimichurri sauce. So good.
Favorite things to do in and around Mid Beach:
Miami Beach Boardwalk: Starting in Mid Beach in Indian Creek Park, and ending in South Beach at South Point Park, this is a fun way of exploring classic Miami Beach. Right off the boardwalk you can explore Lincoln Road and Ocean Drive. With ample opportunities to refresh yourself with food, drink and shopping along the way, it is the most enjoyable hike you will ever do.
Soho House: For those who want a meeting place with international benefits, Soho House is the must-have membership. The concept was born in the UK in 1995, and now boasts multiple locations worldwide – but we think the Miami Beach chapter is extra special. This private oceanfront club appeals to residents who want a more global network of creative people – and swanky beachfront access.
Miami Beach Botanical Garden: Starting off as the Garden Center in 1962, the Miami Beach Botanical Garden is now a 2.6 acre subtropical island with plants from all over the world, palms and South Florida native vegetation. Take a tour of the garden, sit in on a composting workshop or join in on one of the many yoga classes.
Collins Park: Right on the southern border of Mid Beach is Collins Park. Open spaces, concerts al fresco and a good spot for undisturbed reflection on how awesome your life is. Culturally, you’ve hit a sweet spot; the Bass Museum and the Miami City Ballet both call Collins Park home. Take a stroll on its palm-lined walkway and see what kind of experiences you can soak in.
Miami City Ballet: Going to the ballet in Miami Beach is a lot more than a sophisticated, cultural diversion. It’s also part spectacle. Enjoy the electric atmosphere of Miami Beach topped with one of the world’s renowned ballet organizations. Do you have kids who love ballet? Enroll them at MCB and develop their inner pirouette.
South of Fifth Demographics
- The population of Mid Beach is 9,794 (2010).
Distance to popular areas
South Beach: 2.7
Design District: 4.6 miles
Midtown: 4.9 mile
Wynwood: 5.4 miles
Downtown Miami: 6.5 miles
Brickell City Center: 8.9 miles
Miami International Airport: 10.2 miles
Aventura Mall: 18.9 miles
South Point Elementary
North Beach Elementary
Miami Children’s Museum Charter School
Nautilus Middle School (6-8)
Miami Beach Senior High School (9-12)
Casa Dei Bambini
Lehrman Community Day School
The Montessori Academy at St. John’s
Are you in love with Mid-Beach?
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.