The Neighborhood of Palm Grove
Palm Grove is a historic neighborhood in Upper East Side Miami. Established in the twenties and thirties, this community is bordered by NE 54th street on the south, Biscayne Boulevard in the east, Little River in the north and the Florida East Coast Railway tracks in the west. The architectural styles run the gamut here. You will find Spanish Eclectic, Spanish Mission, Art Deco, Art Moderne, Craftsman, Colonial Revival, Minimal Traditional, Ranch, (and take a breath) Miami Modern – many lovingly restored to their original beauty.
Here are just a few things that make the Palm Grove neighborhood stand out:
Ironside: This is an urban art and design district that runs along the west side of Palm Grove. What used to be industrial warehouses have been transformed into a stretch of over 65 designer showrooms, art galleries, architecture firms, creative services, and eateries. There is also a public piazza with permanent Berlin Wall sculptures painted by the incredible street artist Thierry Noir. If you had to take a walk, it might as well be a very entertaining one.
MiMo District: Then, on the east side of Palm Grove, you have the designated MiMo Architecture Biscayne Boulevard Historic District. Beautifully renovated and protected Art Deco buildings burgeoning with shops, restaurants and fun. Maybe we’ll see you at “Cinco de MiMo” in May, an annual event celebrating MiMo architecture? More likely we’ll find you in a cozy bar having a drink before you head home.
Historic Designation: It means this neighborhood will not be replaced by high rises and shopping malls. The integrity and beauty of the area is protected. The City of Miami thinks you’re special. And so do we.
A short history of the Palm Grove neighborhood:
- The neighborhood was designated as a historical district in 2009.
- The main reason why it earned historic designation? The report says the following: “the homes, apartment buildings, and multi-family units are representative of middle-class dwellings popular in Miami through each of the key phases in the city’s historical development: the boom era of the 1920s, Depression-era construction of the 1930s, and postwar construction of the 1940s and 1950s. Architectural styles in the district range from modest Miami-style bungalows to multi-family postwar residences.”
Restaurants & Attractions
Some of our favorite places to dine around Palm Grove:
Ironside Pizza & Coffee Co: Much more than a pizza place – you can enjoy amazing pasta dishes and fresh cold cuts as well – it is also the centerpiece of the Ironside Urban District. Have pizza. Enjoy some pop art. And maybe treat yourself to some coffee or gelato while looking at the surrounding art of the piazza.
Sushi Siam: Located in 55th Street Station, this Sushi-Thai phenom is one of our favorites. Great indoor/outdoor seating with a modern Japanese ambience. A perfect place to strip off the days responsibilities and relax with a Sapporo.
Phuc Yea!: Don’t let the name throw you. The word “Phuc” means “blessings and prosperity” in Vietnamese. Furthermore, don’t let the Vietnamese name pull you down the rabbit hole either, it’s not traditional fare. Totally conceptual, it re-invents vietnamese cuisine like a classic martial arts movie re-invents kung fu. They call it viet-cajun. We call it delicious.
Estefan Kitchen: Gourmet Cuban food inspired by tradition, music and a little star power. Gloria and Emilio Estefan founded this little Design District gem, which recreates the culinary experience you might have had in Havana, Cuba during its heyday. Every weekend they have live Cuban music performed by local musical luminaries, but more importantly, you can have a cafecito any time.
Favorite things to do in and around Palm Grove:
Design District: Miami’s upscale shopping district – the biggest designers have set up shop here – Tom Ford, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana and many more. That, and some great art and food for you to enjoy as you walk around the cool extravagance of this chic neighborhood.
Wynwood: On the other side of the coin, you have the Design Districts nemesis – Wynwood. Fashion? Check. Art? Check. Food? Check. But instead of the luxury brands and art you know, these are the ones that are up and coming. Eclectic and irreverent, Wynwood is a more youthful expression of what is to come. The art is on the exterior walls of every establishment, so get ready to snap pictures and take home a piece of Wynwood with you.
Miami Beach Golf Club: Opened in 1923 as the Bayshore Golf Course, the freshly redesigned icon (2011) is now home to the South Beach International Amateur, the highest ranked inaugural amateur tournament since rankings were introduced. It is truly a pleasure to play on, even on the sandtraps.
Location, location, location. Where else can you say you are beset with things to do? Urban district on one border, historic district on the other – sandwiched between a outdoor food hall and a causeway to the beach. Plus, you are so centrally located that the rest of Miami’s hot spots are still close by. Palm Grove is Miami’s most notorious open secret.
Palm Grove Demographics
- There are 3,349 people living in Palm Grove.
- Percentage of family households is 38.7%.
- 29.9% of Palm Grove households are families with children.
Distance to popular areas
Design District: 1.8 miles
Midtown: 2.1 mile
Wynwood: 2.7 miles
Downtown Miami: 6 miles
Brickell Center: 6.5 miles
Miami Beach (South Beach): 7.6 miles
Miami International Airport: 7.7 miles
Aventura Mall: 9.5 miles
Morningside Montessori School (Toddler to Kindergarten)
The Cushman School (K-12)
Morningside K-8 Academy
Phyllis R. Miller Elementary School
Horace Mann Middle School
Miami Arts Charter – MAC (6-12)
Design and Architecture Senior High – DASH (9-12)
Are you in love with Palm 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.