Coconut Grove, or ‘The Grove’ as locals call it, is a verdant bohemian village located in the heart of Miami directly on Biscayne Bay – that means lots of waterfront homes, but also waterfront parks and public spaces too! Grovites, as the Grove locals are called (Are you sensing a theme here? Coconut Grove has a character and culture all its own), like to tout the Grove as the center of Miami, it’s just a few minutes drive to Miami Beach, Downtown Miami, the airport, and Coral Gables. The bustling heart of downtown Coconut Grove is charming all year and draws tourists and locals alike with its unique festivals and parades, music venues, restaurants, boutiques and top-notch schools.
Housing prices and architectural styles vary widely. Some of the priciest housing options are single family homes and condos situated directly on Biscayne Bay featuring breathtaking water views. However, you can also find some of the oldest homes in Miami here as well – ‘Grove Cottages’ or original wooden bungalows built by Bahamian settlers or northerners from New England that came to the area in the early 20th century. You can also find a variety of condo and townhome options within an easy walk of the heart of the Grove. The unique lush feel of the area has infiltrated the real estate vernacular in Miami. When realtors describe a house as having a ‘Grove-like style’ they’re referring to a house in any area of Miami that has an abundance of tropical landscaping and a very charming older feel.
Although Coconut Grove has long been a desirable place to live, it has been undergoing a renaissance in the past few years. Several ‘starchitect’-designed ultra-luxury high-rise condominiums are going up and a whole new waterfront park and development has been planned. This has increased pricing in the area at a faster rate than nearly anywhere else in South Florida. It has also begun to bring in a new flock of restaurants and shops and has certainly made Coconut Grove an even more in-demand location than ever before.
“The Grove has a truly unique feel – it’s known for its lush tree-lined streets and huge variety of housing options from funky little cottages to urban townhomes to waterfront estates. Its location is hard to beat – just minutes from downtown Miami, Miami Beach and the airport and it’s located directly on Biscayne Bay. It offers easy boating access from one of its many marinas and yacht clubs and a good selection of parks, restaurants, theaters and more. Simply put– it’s a great place to live!”