Boasting the third largest skyline in the nation, acres of neon lights, and a nightlife that never stops, Miami is known as one of the trendiest and hippest hotspots in the United States. There is so much to do, you could spend days exploring this culturally rich city and still not scratch the surface. Nestled in all the hustle and bustle of the city is the “not to be missed” Buena Vista neighborhood. Steeped in a rich history, blanketed in lush tropical foliage, and filled with luxury shopping and dining, Buena Vista is making quite a splash as one of Miami’s newest areas where you can shop, eat, relax, and enjoy the local culture.
Originally a pineapple plantation, Buena Vista saw a boom in the 1920’s as the rich and famous not only came to visit, but also built lavish and ornate villas and estates in the Mediterranean Revival, Craftsman, Neoclassical, and Art Deco styles. Once an actual town with a post office and town hall, Buena Vista was annexed by Miami in 1924 and continued to thrive until mid-century. In the late 1990’s, Florida real estate investor, Craig Robins, began to invest in Buena Vista’s Design District and as a result, the area has seen a resurgence in investment, development, and popularity. Soon, high end retailers such as Christian Louboutin, Prada, Louis Vuitton, and Tom Ford began filling the area.
The Miami Design District portion of Buena Vista is home to numerous art galleries and showrooms which host works from artists all around the world. In addition to art galleries, the Design District also offers fine dining and luxury shopping which attract celebrities on a regular basis. Celebrities such as Madonna and Lenny Kravitz have been known to visit the galleries and make purchases, while David Caruso and Eva Mendes have homes nearby. When Craig Robins hosted his birthday there, Kate Hudson and Pharrell Williams were in attendance.
After you’ve had your fill of art and shopping in the Design District, Buena Vista’s tree lined neighborhood streets, bistros, and Art Deco homes are a welcomed change of pace. Locally owned restaurants and boutiques keep the vibrant charm of Buena Vista alive and well.
So whether you have your heart set on celebrity sightings, high end shopping, fine dining, or taking in the local history and atmosphere, Buena Vista has something for everyone.