So where are the best neighborhoods in Miami? Depends on your speed + style.
This article will cover the top 5 neighborhoods in Miami for young professionals, families with children and U Miami students (go Canes).
We did some extensive research, asking locals, reading through forums and checking out local real estate reports to find the top neighborhoods for these three "groups" of renters in Miami.
Just a heads up too that there are two neighborhoods that are popular with all of these groups — Coconut Grove and Coral Gables — since each offers the right mix of convenient location, safety or affordability that's appealing to a lot of Miami residents.
Without further ado, here we go!
Best neighborhoods in Miami for young professionals.
- The "it" neighborhood: hands down, Brickell has become the hub for young go-getters who like working hard and then hitting happy hour with purpose.
- Location, location, location: Brickell is adjacent to Downtown Miami so you can forget needing a car to get to the action (or to work for that matter if you're in the business district). Brickell (quite literally) is where it's at — as long as you consider "it" as "the action", "urban life", etc.
- Brand new: Many of the apartment buildings in Brickell are brand new complexes, so they all have a fresh feel and updated amenities. You can get a lot for your money here, although it is pricier than many other neighborhoods in Brickell.
- What's that sound? It's quiet. Brickell and Downtown Miami bring the heat in terms of active urban life and energy. However, if relaxing on a hammock under a couple palm trees is more your speed, Coral Gables offers a more laid-back residential feel, while still being accessible to Downtown Miami for a night out.
Best neighborhoods in Miami for families.
Image source: expert-mtg.com
- Strong Schools: Coral Gables (and Pinecrest, below) are both attractive neighborhoods for families due to their strong school systems. Many families elect to rent or buy in these neighborhoods to enjoy the savings of sending their children to strong public schools, instead of spending on private insitution tuition.
- Location: Coral Gables is just a 20 minute drive to Downtown Miami, giving it an advantage over comparable neighborhoods that are more on the periphery of the Miami area.
- Affordability: In Pinecrest, property values tend to be lower than in comparable neighborhoods like Coral Gables and Coconut Grove. As such, housing costs are less of a barrier to entry for families.
- Strong Schools: As mentioned above, living in Pinecrest residents enjoy the benefits of having a strong public school system.
Did you know? 62% of University of Miami students living off campus.
Buried on its website, "the U" has a solid resource that describes where most University of Miami students live off-campus. We've got the breakdown below, but if you want to go straight to the source check it out.
Don't worry. Finding the right neighborhood isn't as complicated as this...
- Convenience: If you haven't heard yet...the UM campus is located in Coral Gables! Not only that, it's just 6 miles from Downtown Miami and accessible via the MetroRail, which can get you there in just 40 minutes. Boom.
- Look for the apartment complexes: "Coral Gables tends to be more single residences, some of which are quite expensive; however, there are many small apartment complexes, as well as opportunities to rent cottages and cabana houses located on the grounds of private residences." Source: University of Miami
- Affordability: rent prices in Kendall are substantially lower than in Coral Gables or other neighborhoods situated closer to Downtown Miami. If you're looking to get ahead on paying down student loans or just want to save up, Kendall is a good option since it's about 20 minutes from campus.
Want a little more info? Check this out!
I stumbled upon the map below on a forum thread when doing some research about neighborhoods in and around Miami. Basically a guy with some GIS (map data) made a map to help people unfamiliar with Miami neighborhoods to learn more about where the more desireable areas of town are. Here's the full description:
"A map guide with all neighborhoods and Cities within Miami-Dade County rated by quality of life (safety/crime issues, poverty, aspect/how well kept is the area, amenities, reputability, etc); showing from the best areas to the places to avoid. Based on factual available Gov. & public / opensource data, research plus community feedback.
- Dark Green | Very nice, well kept and very safe areas
- Standard Green | Quite nice, well kept and quite safe areas
- Light Green | Above average areas nice enough, mostly well kept and safe areas
- Blue | Avg. decent to reasonable areas, decent aspect and partially safe
- Light Blue | Fully/Mostly Non-Residential Areas -Neutral/Variable - See neighboring areas
- Yellow | Below average areas, below average aspect and partially/mostly unsafe
- Orange | Mostly bad areas, shoddy aspect and unsafe
- Red | Bad areas, poor aspect and quite/very unsafe"
You'll need to zoom in a little bit to get started — and if you're on mobile, flip your phone horizontal!
What about official crime and safety statistics?
Safety is a primary concern for many people when choosing where to live. The map above was definitely a more "qualitative" or opinion-driven analysis — helpful for getting a ballpark of what the "feel" might be like in Miami's neighborhoods.
If you're looking for more official statistics on neighborhood safety and crime, definitely click the image below, which is a screenshot of Trulia Local's analysis of crime data in the Miami area. This interactive map will help you understand where the safest areas of the city are.