Okay, if this write-up of Brickell sounds prejudiced to the extreme, there’s a reason for it: I’ve lived here for 20 years, and I love it.
Easily the City of Miami’s most prestigious address, there are reasons for that, too. Fans of the old Miami Vice TV show will remember the opening – a helicopter shot over sparkling waters to the spectacular architecture of the now-famous Miami firm, Architectonica.
Every single building offers incredible views, ranging from panoramas of Biscayne Bay to city lights or sunsets to the west. And each one has a character all its own – from urban sophistication to family-friendly.
Not so long ago, Brickell was home to waterfront estates. Today, its high-rise towers offer an almost unthinkable blend of convenience and elegance. Often referred to as the “Manhattan of the South”, the Brickell Financial District is home to some of the best-known names in banking, as well as several new 5-star hotels.
More recently, two or three blocks west of the tree-lined avenue, a lively restaurant and night-time scene has developed in the streets around the new Mary Brickell Village, a “locals” shopping center which is itself home to a high-end version of Florida’s supermarket chain, Publix.
If you’re in the market for the quintessential urban experience – Florida-style – let me show you Brickell. You’re bound to love it as much as I do.