Miami Real Estate Guide: Miami Design District

by MajesticProperties

The Design District is one of the most sought after areas of Miami real estate. Find out more about the district and the luxury condos available.

The Miami Design District, located north of Midtown, is one of the most desirable parts of Miami real estate. Most of the Design District is comprised of low-rise warehouses and galleries, many of which have been converted into art galleries, boutiques, dining and cafes. To the south of the Design District, also known as Buena Vista, is Wynwood neighborhood, while Little Haiti borders it to the north. For many years, the area was abandoned and delipidated but it has been transformed into Miami's hot-spot for fashion, design and art.

History of the Design District

The Design District is also known as Buena Vista, its historic name. By the late 1980's, the area had succumbed to urban decay, although a revival took place in the late 1990's that brought new design and art stores into the area. Over the past decade, the district has grown in popularity and is know one of the most desirable areas of Miami real estate for art and culture enthusiasts. It was Craig Robins who is typically credited with the rejuvenation of the area. This art-loving developer began by purchasing a large number of the run-down and delipitated buildings in the district and then worked tirelessly to persuade designers like Holly Hunt to relocate to the area.

Entrance to the Design District
Entrance to the Design District

During an interview with ArtNet Magazine, he explains the turning point that allowed the Design District to become what it is today: "We've had a vision for the Miami Design District for years and we've been working towards realizing that vision. During the process, there have been many turning points. First, there was the importance of establishing the community as an international center for furniture design. Next there was the desire to bring art and culture in general to Miami. As the neighborhood became more established with its central location and urban layout, we attracted some great restaurants. The incorporation of fashion into a community already grounded with art and culture was a natural next step."

Art Galleries in the Design District

The Design District is home to many art galleries, such as the Art Fusion Gallery, which exhibits over 30 artists from around the world in a 4,000-square-foot gallery. 101/Exhibit, established in 2008, has quickly become a landmark in this renovated area of Miami and displays contemporary fine art. One of the most popular arts events in the district is the Art & Design Night, which is held the second Saturday of every month and gives galleries and design showrooms the opportunity to open their doors for refreshments and music. This wonderful event is just one of the many ways the Design District creates a comfortable and fun community setting for residents and visitors alike.

Upcoming Cartier boutique in the Design District
Upcoming Cartier boutique in the Desi...

Shopping in the Design District

The first luxury retailer to move to this renovated Miami real estate was Christian Louboutin in 2009. Other retailers followed suit over the next couple of years, including Yohji Yamamoto, Sephora, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton, which closed its Bal Harbour Shops store to relocate to the Design District. According to Craig Robins, there are plans to bring up to 50 luxury retailers to the district by 2014.

Buying Miami Real Estate in the Design District

Want to live in the heart of Miami's thriving Design District? There are a number of luxury condos for sale in the area today, including the Midtown Miami 2, Quantum on the Bay, Opera Tower and Paramount Bay. Quantum on the Bay is a stunning 51-story tower over Biscayne Bay in the heart of the Design District. This property was designed by the world-renowned firm Nichols, Brosch, Sandoval and Associates and every detail and amenity was designed to fit with the young and stylish Design District. Paramount Bay is another one of the latest waterfront condo developments in the district and features Smart Building technology, housekeeping, a state-of-the-art fitness center, valet, security, a club house and more. The tower was designed Arquitectonica while interiors were envisioned by Lenny Kravitz with Kravitz Design Inc. This luxury condomium promises to redefine Miami living. With its amenities, stylish design and prime Miami real estate, available condos at Paramount Bay are selling quickly.

Paramount Bay in the Design District
Paramount Bay in the Design District
Updated: 08/25/2012, MajesticProperties
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Mira on 08/26/2012

Hi there Majestic Properties, nice article! I love the idea of the Art & Design night -- a great way to keep the community interested in art galleries. Only one venue here does that regularly, and I noticed that people love the combination of culture and a good snack; add to that music, and everyone will come :-)

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