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Living in South Miami-Dade

Downtown Kendall

Located right off of a major transportation hub connecting Miami-Dade County’s Metrorail, Metrobus, the Palmetto Expressway and US Federal Highway #1, Downtown Kendall’s location is perfect for smart growth development. Downtown Kendall is comprised of mixed-use development projects with aesthetically pleasing pedestrian corridors with the windows and doors of the retail shops facing the street. The development projects include retail stores and restaurants, such as Chili’s Grill and Bar, Men’s Warehouse, Panera Bread, West Elm, The Children’s Place, Stir Moon, and Banco Popular, in addition to a large number of residential units.

Transit photo courtesy of Bob Pickering

Palmetto Bay

The Village of Palmetto Bay is a vibrant community of more than 25,000 residents who enjoy its beautiful surroundings and family-oriented atmosphere. Situated immediately west of beautiful Biscayne Bay and fifteen miles south of Downtown Miami, Palmetto Bay offers unique recreational opportunities and bay access for all to enjoy! The Village is often referred to as the “Village of Parks.” Village residents enjoy the benefits of en extensive park system composed of six park facilities offering a myriad of opportunities ranging from active to passive, recreation to preservation, ground activities to water recreation, and a brand new neighborhood library. The Village is home to excellent public schools, all of which have annually earned the grade “A” under the State of Florida’s A+ Plan, as well as exceptional private schools. Palmetto Bay is also home to the historic Deering Estate at Cutler, a 444-acre of environmental, archaeological and historical preserve.

Cutler Bay

There are over 40,000 residents in Cutler Bay who benefit from easy access to one of Miami-Dade County’s Clean Marina, an enclosed shopping mall, Mercedes Benz of Cutler Bay, and the County’s South Dade regional government center – the South Dade Justice Center, and a soon-to-open cultural arts center. Blackpoint Park and Marina, was recognized as a Clean Marina by the Florida Department of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). DEP Southeast Director Jack Long stated that Blackpoint Marina, along with two other Miami-Dade County marinas “are setting examples for other facilities in South Florida by recognizing the value and importance of our natural resources.” The marina has a dockside restaurant and bar, large picnic pavilion and grill, bikeways, jogging trails, and a jetty which extends 1.5 miles into the Bay, ideally for fishing from the shore. Southland Mall is the only enclosed regional mall servicing South Miami-Dade County down to the Florida Keys. It houses over 100 specialty stores and six department stores: Macy’s, JCPenney, Sears, Kmart, TJ Maxx, and Ross Dress-for-Less. Southland Mall also has a diverse selection of restaurants, Sal’s Italian Restaurant, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Moon Thai & Japanese Restaurant, and a new comfortable 16-Plex Regal Cinema, In addition, soon, the Town of Cutler Bay will host the grand opening of the South Dade Cultural Arts Center, a 1,000 seat theater located across from the mall. All the local amenities in Cutler Bay make it an ideal place to live, work, and play.

The Village of Pinecrest

Pinecrest was incorporated on March 12, 1996 and is one of thirty-four municipalities in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Pinecrest is home to approximately 19,000 residents and is conveniently located south of Downtown Miami and Miami Int’l Airport. Pinecrest Gardens is the crown jewel of the village’s park system. The park also offers various programs including summer camps. The park is located on the former site of the world famous Parrot Jungle.  Pinecrest’s projects since 1996 include the addition of several new parks, development of Wi-Fi technology and beautification projects which included thousands of trees being planted, unique street signs being posted Village-wide, and roads being repaved. In 2008, the Village Council dedicated the new Flagler Grove Park and the long-awaited Community Center at Pinecrest Gardens. The Pinecrest branch of the Miami-Dade County Library System opened adjacent to the Community Center in October 2008.

City of Homestead

Homestead is a beautiful place to live and work. In our city, sunny days are the norm and the average temperature is 75 degrees. Miami is only thirty miles north of Homestead, home to a major international airport and one of the country’s most vibrant and culturally rich cities.
Parks In & Near Homestead Homestead is adjacent to two national parks. Ten miles west of Homestead is a wealth of natural beauty: Everglades National Park. The Everglades are home to vast mangrove forests and watery saw grass plains. The Everglades are truly a subtropical wilderness that shelters alligators, ibis, eagles, manatees, and panthers. East of the city is Biscayne National Park encompassing the bay, barrier islands, and coral reefs. Just south of the city are the Florida Key’s with an abundance of recreational activities.
The City of Homestead also offers dozens of municipal parks with various ammenities. Learn more about our parks and recreational activities in the Parks & Recreation page.


There are nine area charrettes in South Miami-Dade.

What is a charrette?

A charrette is a comprehensive planning process which is utilized to develop the community’s vision for its growth and future development.

The Economic Development Council will assist developers and investors with the planning process. Information regarding Enterprise Zone incentives could be made available and site selection assistance tours are available upon request.

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