Welcome to Downtown Miami
Find a new rhythm in Downtown Miami and explore the skyscrapers that continue to multiply. Anchored off the aquatics of Biscayne Bay, this up and coming neighborhood, while located in the epicenter of South Florida’s business district, is a pantheon of rising new modern developments offering exclusive commercial and residential spaces. Bounded by NE 6th Street to the North, Biscayne Bay to the East and the Miami River to the West, the Central Business District (CBD) of Miami (known to natives as Downtown Miami) is a mecca for post millennium monochromatic towers that newly replaced the formerly faded city center.
Breaking ground on its first residential property in 2005 with One Miami, this once colorful and 1980s centric hub was transformed into a revamped metropolis where business executives, young professionals and families could live, work and play next to unobstructed views of the Miami skyline. Since then, signature residential options have been added such as One Thousand Museum Residences and Okan Tower. Most recently, a 30-acre mixed use “city within a city” development arose featuring a 58-story luxury residential property, high end open-air shopping district, dining and entertainment promenade and the Marriott Marquis World Convention Center Hotel. Named Miami WorldCenter, this state-of-the-art development is the second largest in the United States, behind New York’s Hudson Yards.
Experiencing not only an architectural but cultural renaissance, Downtown Miami was further brought to life with contemporary museums like Perez Art Museum, Mana Contemporary Miami, Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science and HistoryMiami. This resurgence of creative hotspots signaled the opening for new-concept eateries and live music venues to peak interest in the area. Haute Cuisine restaurants like Zuma, Novikov and Il Gabbiano are amongst the most popular with locals. Craft cocktail bars and neighborhood speakeasies that serve everything from mocktails to wine aperitifs include Lost Boy, The Wharf, Area 31 and Bloom Skybar. Downtown Miami is located near award winning public and private schools. Key Point Academy, New World School of The Arts and Design and Architecture Senior High School are positioned minutes away. A short walk to Virgin MiamiCentral and brief drive to Port of Miami and Miami International Airport, Downtown Miami is one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in South Florida due to its central location and pedestrian friendly streets.
Architecturally Significant Buildings in Downtown Miami
A historic neighborhood at its core, Downtown Miami is one of Southeast Florida’s oldest neighborhoods with early pioneer settlement dating back to the 19th century. Presently witnessing a real estate renaissance, Downtown Miami still displays a patchwork of significant buildings, each representing a rich architectural legacy. The Miami News Freedom Tower, located on 600 Biscayne Boulevard and home to Miami Dade College’s Musuem of Art and Design, provides for a cultural and educational landmark that honors the past while engaging an active audience from across the world.
Designed by Shultze and Weaver and built after the great medieval cathedral in Seville, Spain, this iconic structure once housed the city’s first newspaper and federally run Cuban Refugee Emergency Center, coined the “Ellis Island of the South” by the U.S. Department of Interior. Surrounding the Miami News Freedom Tower are a profusion of historic properties that share a similar neo-classical design style. Some structures resemble the Mediterranean Revival aesthetic, preserving a unique nexus to the past. Must visit architectural marvels include Central Baptist Church, United States Post Office and Federal Court House, The Old Federal Building and Alfred I. Dupont Building.
Cultural Renaissance in Downtown Miami
Downtown Miami is a rapidly advancing urban community, layered with creative culture, refined art exhibits and instagrammable installations. Recently experiencing a reawakening, this bustling neighborhood now sets the stage for 365 days of cutting-edge art and culture. Critically acclaimed museums in the area include Perez Art Museum Miami (prodigious for interactive outdoor installations), Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science (offering a large-scale planetarium), HistoryMiami (a microcosm of the city’s past and present) and Mana Contemporary Arts Center (a home to local artists).
Here, visitors can view timeless cultural artifacts that have helped to build the framework for a timeless destination. Blending beauty with soul, lively entertainment venues are at a surplus in the area with Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Olympia Theater at Gusman Center for the Performing Arts and the American Airlines Arena. The Seybold Building, named the second-largest jewelry building in the United States, is punctuated in the center of Downtown Miami and houses over 300 jewelers on 10 floors. A diverse range of high-end restaurants and bars are in abundance. New and promising eateries that are equally delicious and eye-catching include Vinaigrette Sub Shop, Tuyo, Jaguar Sun, NIU Kitchen, Arson and Zest Miami. Community staples comprise of All Day, STK, Segafredo Bayside, Soya e Pomodoro and Wolfgang’s Steakhouse.
Iconic New Developments in Downtown Miami
Downtown Miami is carpeted with countless buzzworthy buildings that each claim their own piece of the Miami skyline. Exceptional developments new to the neighborhood include One Thousand Museum Residences and Okan Tower.
Developed on behalf of one of Turkeys leading companies, Okan Tower is Miamis newest symbolic structure. A mixed-use project inspired by Turkeys national flower, a delicate tulip blossom, this elegant property presents a fresh silhouette to the South Florida horizon and is one of the citys tallest skyscrapers to date. Located on 555 North Miami Avenue, Okan Tower is a 70-story architectural sanctuary with amenitized living and upscale dining.
Nearby is One Thousand Museum Residences overlooking Museum Park and Biscayne Bay. A prestigious new residential building in Downtown Miami, One Thousand Museum Residences is a harmonious infusion of art, architecture and design. Inspired from the prolific imagination of Pritzker Prize Winning Architect, Zaha Hadid, this bold structure pushes the limits on architectural innovation, creating a new space for vertical elevation, optimistic design and uncensored hybrid living. One Thousand Museum Residences is Hadids first residential skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere and is comprised of 60 plus stories, consisting solely of half and full floor residences.