The Neighborhood of Shorecrest
Shorecrest is a sub-neighborhood of Upper East Side Miami. Established in the thirties and forties, this hidden community is bordered by Little River on the south, Biscayne Boulevard in the west, Miami and Miami Shores in the north and Biscayne Bay in the east. Shorecrest is a quaint neighborhood marked by its waterways and tropically lush surroundings. Dotted with historic homes built during Miami’s 1930’s and 40’s boom era, it’s cozy and reminiscent of a different time when Miami was just getting started.
Here are just a few things that make the Shorecrest neighborhood stand out:
The Bay, waterways and canals: Many homes have access to the sea, which makes this an ideal area if you’re a boating enthusiast or just like the smell of the ocean to wake you.
Military Trail Park: A quiet grassy park with winding footpaths for long walks or a good jog. You can rest on one of the many benches to read, or arrange a playdate for you and your dog at the fenced-off dog area.
Miami Shores Programs: The Miami Shores Community Center has activities for all age groups – fitness classes, dance, gymnastics, bridge – even jump rope! They also have a center for field sports, swimming and tennis. It’s an amazing resource and it’s open to everyone – but lucky for you – it’s the Shores that is your neighbor.
MiMo Revitalization: Cross south on the 79th Street border and you’ll be on the edge of the MiMo Historic District. At Deco buildings abound – full of shops, restaurants, beautiful people and intimate little cafes and bars.
A short history of the Shorecrest neighborhood:
- Arthur Griffing and his wife Alabama platted the land Shorecrest stands on as Biscayne Heights in 1912. Once it was opened up, they sold every lot.
- Arthur Griffing was the horticulturist and landscaper that worked for Carl Fisher’s Miami Beach projects. By 1917 he became a developer too.
- Most of Shorecrest was Winfield Farm, well known for its orange groves.
- Shorecrest’s most famous resident? Vivian Laramore Rader, Florida’s poet laureate. She held that title from 1931 until her death in 1975. She lived at East Dixie Highway and 83rd Street.
Restaurants & Attractions
Some of our favorite places to dine around Shorecrest:
Ferraro’s Kitchen Restaurant & Wine Bar: Chef and sommelier Igor Ferraro of Venice, Italy brings regional Italian recipes to life for Miami and you. Located at the northwest end of the 79th Street Bridge, this is a great place if what you’re looking for is a modern, chic ambience and amazing wine. Ferraro’s father is a famous Italian wine producer in the Bassano del Grappa area. Enjoy!
Halfmoon Empanadas: OK – technically, it’s not a restaurant. It’s more of a stand with an amazing array of artisanal empanadas, made fresh before your eyes. You order, and the bread is filled, sealed, stamped and baked right there. So good.
Siam Rice Thai & Sushi Restaurant: You always have that friend that won’t eat sushi, so when a place can do sushi AND Thai food well, it’s a win-win. They prepare authentic Thai dishes – from a great Tom Yum Goong to perfectly wok-ed Pad Thai. Nothing fancy, but always good.
Eastside Pizza: This local hangout is known for one thing – huge pizza slices. We mean monstrous. The outdoor establishment is super friendly, laid back and open late. Have a slice and talk all night under the Miami moon.
Boteco: Miami is already known for its Latin soul, but Boteco’s Brazilian flair adds a little more global cred to it. We like going there to pick on an array of petisco de botecos and sides while listening to live Brazilian music. Casual, fun and serves amazing Caipirinhas – a delicious cocktail made with cachaca, a Brazilian white rum.
Favorite things to do in and around Shorecrest:
Miami Shores: Their main street is home to small shops, restaurants, gyms and cafes. Go ahead – grab a Starbucks latte or catch an indie movie or a theater performance at their Miami Theater Center (MTC). Don’t forget to visit their many parks.
Miami Shores Farmers Market: Every Sunday come in for homemade Kombucha, Jamaican food, baked breads and much more. Local vendors ply their wares and talk about their work – be it creating holistic teas or handcrafted earrings. It happens in Optimist Park. Coincidence? We think not.
79th Street Corridor: If you’re looking for funky out-of-sight foodie experiences – the corridor is it. In a few short blocks you’ll find tacos, arepas, Cuban and Brazilian cuisine, empanadas, pizza – you get the picture. You’ll be eating well. All tiny joints whose only mission is to make you feel good.
Location, location, location. As part of the Upper East Side family of neighborhoods, you are centrally located and near Miami’s best spots. Just a little south from you is 55th Street Station, Wynwood, Design District, Downtown Miami and so much more. It’s Uber easy. Shorecrest’s central location, while still being “cut-off” from the hustle and bustle, is one of its most attractive qualities.
- There are 3,989 people living in Shorecrest – with a median age of about 47 years old..
- Percentage of family households is 34.3%.
- 28% of Shorecrest households are families with children
Distance to popular areas
Design District: 3.3 miles
Midtown: 3.6 miles
Wynwood: 4.2 miles
Downtown Miami: 7.7 miles
Brickell Center: 8.3 miles
Aventura Mall: 8.4 miles
Miami Beach (South Beach): 9.1 miles
Miami International Airport: 9.2 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 Shorecrest?
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.