Pinecrest is a suburban village in Miami-Dade County, with the neighborhoods of Coral Gables to the east, South Miami to the northeast, and Palmetto Bay on the southern end.
Pinecrest is one of the more beautiful residential neighborhoods in the Miami area. It is considered a premier city for families and has top rated schools, both public and private. Pinecrest is known for it’s lush foliage and established trees. Many of the homes are on acreage and larger lots than other neighborhoods in South Florida. Conveniently located just a short drive from downtown Miami and the Miami International Airport it is a highly desirable area to live. Numerous parks, shopping, dining, and markets cater to those living within and visiting Pinecrest.
The History of the Village of Pinecrest
As Pincrest began to grow in the 1930s the first tourist attraction in the Miami vicinity, Parrot Jungle was established in 1936. The founders, Franz and Louise Scherr developed this 20-acre property at Red Road and SW 111 Street and it evolved into a world famous attraction. A popular attraction for many years it was even visited by famous people such as Sir Winston Churchill. After 65 years as a landmark for people of all ages Parrot Jungle was moved to it’s new home on the causeway.
During its housing boom in the 1950’s and 1960’s Pinecrest was defined by the construction of ranch-style homes on large one acre lots. A lush tropical and well maintained residential feel made it a much sought after neighborhood for many. Many of the streets found throughout Pinecrest have names derived from prominent people who founded or had an impact on the village.
One of the main roads is called Kendall Drive and is named after Henry John Boughton Kendall. Kendall was a trustee of the Florida Land and Mortgage Company that originally purchased a vast area of Pinecrest back in 1883. Other street names include Hibiscus Parkway, Oleander Parkway, Tropical Way, and Pine Needle Lane. Names taken after flowers and vegetation naturally occurring in the beautiful South Florida sub tropics.
The Village of Pinecrest was incorporated in 1996 and became Miami-Dade’s 29th municipality. The Village Council established municipal services including police, parks and recreation, building and planning services, and public works.
Parks, Gardens, and Activities in Pinecrest
- On scenic Old Cutler Road nearby you will find Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens. This expansive and beautiful 83-acre garden is a popular attraction for both tourists and locals. It is know around the world for its extensive collection of rare tropical plant species.
- Matheson Hammock Park was founded in 1938 and has a full-service marina onsite. It has a man-made pool which is filled naturally as the tides of Biscayne Bay ebb and flow. Families can enjoy the beach with picnic tables and there is a snack bar and a restaurant built into the historic coral rock building found in the park.
Pinecrest has several parks throughout the community
- Coral Pine Park is a nine-acre park with a recreation center, six lighted tennis courts, a natural area, an all-purpose field, and a tot lot.
- Evelyn Greer Park is a ten-acre park with athletic fields for softball and soccer, batting cages, a tot lot, recreation center, and community gazebo equipped with a Wi-Fi Spot. Originally called “Pinecrest Park” in 2001, it was renamed in 2004 in recognition of the Village’s first mayor. In 2005, this park was highlighted as one of the best playgrounds in South Florida by Parenting Magazine.
- Flagler Grove Park, opened in 2008, is a three-acre facility with youth lighted soccer fields, a boundless playground, parking, and restrooms.
- Red Road Linear is a 2.5 mile lighted walking and bicycle path along the Snapper Creek Canal on Red Road. The park area includes three rest areas, made with coral rock walls and enhanced by the landscaping along the east side of Red Road, between Kendall Drive and Killian Drive.
- Suniland Park is an active 10-acre park with athletic fields for baseball and football, batting cages, a recreation center, basketball courts, a Wi-Fi Spot in the gazebo, tot lot, and a walking and jogging path.
- Veterans Wayside Park is a passive 4.5 acre park with a freshwater lake, picnic tables, open recreation areas, located adjacent to SW 79 Avenue, which was named Veterans Parkway on Veterans Day 2007. The park honors the service of the men and women of the Armed Forces of the United States.
There are two large shopping malls within minutes of the Village of Pinecrest.
- The Dadeland Mall is on Kendall Drive just west of US1. A large complex of about 185 stores it hosts stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, JCPenney, and Nordstrom. It has a food court within and restaurants such as Villagio and The Cheesecake Factory.
- The Falls Mall is located on SW 136 Street just west of US1. This beautifully designed open-air complex has a waterfall nestled among tropical landscaping and flowing through its center. With over 100 stores lining the sides and connected by bridges it is a shoppers paradise. The main anchors are Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s. Many other popular stores such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Crate & Barrel, Williams-Sonoma, Brookestone, Brooks Brothers, American Girl, Rockport, Gap, and Talbots are found within. There is also a movie theater and the normal chain of eateries to accommodate your cravings.
As you drive through the Village along US1 you will find Pinecrest Plaza and Suniland Shops. Both offer services and stores. These include a post office, auto tag agency, grocery store, restaurants, drug stores, nail spa, beauty supply shop, and many other conveniences.
Many influential community members and celebrities call Pinecrest home. Pinecrest boasts some of the most expensive, lavish, and luxurious homes in Miami. These sprawling homes on perfectly planned expansive lots have well manicured lawns and gardens. Tucked away in lush tropical vegetation are architecturally designed gems which reflect the sophistication and affluence of many of the residents.