The streets in this neighborhood are lined with financial institutions, law firms, expensive stores and restaurants, fancy nightclubs, and high rise apartment buildings. To put it simply, this neighborhood shows off the best Miami has to offer. This neighborhood personifies the term “work hard, play hard”, as the days are full of business and the nights are full of parties.
With this in mind, this neighborhood is better suited for those who like around the clock action and young professionals looking to make it big in the “Manhattan of the South”. Not only is this neighborhood the financial hub for South Florida, it is among the biggest financial districts in the entire country. It’s safe to say this is a mixed upper-class residential neighborhood.
However, in addition to the work hard, play hard atmosphere you feel in this neighborhood, it can also be a fairly laid back place at times. The neighborhood has extremely easy access to the water and has a number of great walking paths. Brickell is also home to many delicious restaurants and great cultural institutions to check out art, so there is something here for everyone.
While Brickell was first developed and colonized by the original pioneers in Miami, the neighborhood has gone through many different changes over the years. In the early 1900s, the neighborhood was dubbed “Millionaire’s Row” as many of the wealthiest people in South Florida called Brickell home.
Then, in the 1970s, the neighborhood saw an influx of Latin immigration from countries such as Colombia, Cuba, Argentina, Venezuela and others. This led to many more condo and apartment buildings being built to house these new immigrants. Then, over the next few decades, the neighborhood became the financial hub of the area, a distinction it still holds to this day.
As you might expect from the upscale nature and reputation of this neighborhood, living here does not come cheap. Cost of living itself isn’t too pricey (other than spending a lot at the upscale restaurants in the area), but the rent certainly can be. The median rent for a one bedroom apartment in this neighborhood is about $2100 a month and you are mainly looking at living in high rise condos or apartments in this neighborhood.
Being that this area is busy around the clock and lacks good parking infrastructure, driving is normally not recommended at all in this neighborhood. Any other mode of transportation will be faster and less hectic.
Like in many of the downtown neighborhoods in Miami, the preferred method of getting around is public transportation. Whether you prefer to take the Miami Metrorail, the Metrobus, or the Metromover, there are stations located all over Brickell and they can take you anywhere you want to go in Miami. Taxis and Uber are also a viable option if you prefer riding solo to riding with others.
However, on those days that you feel like enjoying the great outdoors, walking or biking around the neighborhood is a suitable alternative. In fact, the city of Miami has begun to promote bike parking and have created more bike lanes, which makes riding a bike in Miami an increasingly popular way of getting around.
- Florida International University
- Marconi International University
- Miami Dade College
- Brickell Key Park is a park at the southern tip of the Burlingame Island, which is just off the coast of this neighborhood. It has amazing views of not only the water, but also downtown Miami. This is a great place to go for a run, take the dog for a walk, take the kids to play, or just relax by yourself.
- Brickell City Centre is a giant shopping center in Brickell that opened in late 2016, but is still undergoing some construction. Despite that, a number of stores are open to the public and this shopping center has been a catalyst for the increased interest in this neighborhood.
- If you have ever wanted to drive and race fancy, exotic and lighting fast cars, we have the place for you. Miami Exotic Auto Racing offers people a chance to drive their favorite cars around a track at a tiny fraction of the price it would cost to own one yourself.
- The Miami Seaquarium is one of the oldest aquariums in all of the USA and is located just off the coast of Downtown Miami. There are a number of programs and presentations offered here and it houses a number of animals such as sharks, turtles, marine mammals, reptiles and birds, to name a few.
- There are a number of upscale restaurants, nightclubs and bars you should make an effort to see in Brickell. Warning, many of them may be fairly expensive, but there are still some more affordable options in the neighborhood too.