Miami's Arts & Entertainment District Condos + Neighborhood
Welcome to Miami's Arts & Entertainment District
Staying true to its name, burgeoning cultural district vying for top-spot as Miami’s hottest leisure and residential destination
Life in Arts & Entertainment District
This pocket-sized neighborhood is home to a growing arts and entertainment scene. Located in the heart of Miami, with three different highways for easy access, this Bayside neighborhood is poised to be the next show-stealer.
This is where you’d catch an opera, pull out your super-yacht for a spin around the ocean, meet up with friends over an art showing and wind down with a cooler at one of the speak-easy inspired bars. It’s not been called the Media and Entertainment District for nothing, as you’ll find a bunch of production houses like Viacom International Studios, Ice Palace Film Studios and Big Time Productions in the vicinity.
Since 2011, the neighborhood has witnessed a flurry of real estate activity. With the Genting Group grabbing a significant Bayside parcel of land, the neighborhood has been on the radar of top developers. A sense of community is being evoked with each new residential addition. It is also the site for the latest micro-unit trend, as developers make more space for enthusiasts without disturbing the arts and entertainment scene.
The current Arts & Entertainment District landscape comes interspersed with new high-rises and smaller historic buildings. However, with new residences, hotels, retail, restaurants, bars and the epic Resorts World Miami in the pipeline, this is Miami’s next big discovery.
With brand-new retail, restaurant, bar and entertainment options in the offing, the Arts and Entertainment District will soon be on everyone’s radar as one of the most coveted leisure spots in Miami.
Eat – In the midst of its evolution, the district offers decent fine dining options. Close to the Adrienne Arsht Center, BRAVA offers a fine American menu with the Three Day Beef Rib as its star dish and multidimensional, flavorful ricottas. The Café at Books & Books is a popular choice for pre-show bites. And, while Tony Chan’s Water Club makes an exotic choice for refined Chinese and Sushi enjoyed with Bay views, Casablanca on the Bay makes a safe bet when it comes to upscale seafood with a view.
Drink – Mike’s at Venetia is the most popular pick for game-night beers and happy hours specials. This Irish pub features a divey atmosphere with great views. The Bar at 1306 is a hidden gem. This cozy cocktail hangout place is open all night and offers some cool house craft mixes.
Vice City Bean offers the best coffee in the neighborhood and is frequented for its almond milk, delectable pastry case and irresistible coffees.
Watch – The largest performing hall in Florida anchors the Arts and Entertainment District. The Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts is where Miami comes for its culture fix. Operas, Broadway performances, jazz nights, classical music shows and more attract tourists and Miamians on a daily basis. Its next-door-neighbor, the Knight Concert Hall is where you’d expect to enjoy the perfect symphony with world-class acoustics.
For a more intimate experience, the Micro Theater Miami charms with its shipping container theaters. 10-15 minute performances are played out in front of a maximum of 15 theater enthusiasts for a truly unique experience.
Art – The art scene is sprawling in this young neighborhood. The Fredric Snitzer Gallery is a permanent resident of the District. You’ll find contemporary works from emerging to mid-career artists at this time-tested gallery.
Red Dot Miami also finds a befitting home in the neighborhood. Catch cutting-edge art in an upscale environment at this satellite fair to Miami’s Art Week. Right next door is Spectrum, another Juried contemporary art show that coincides with Art Basel.
Play – The Arts and Entertainment District is also home to the Sea Isle Marina and Yachting Center. Flock to the docks here to fuel up, enjoy the best of the ocean and safely park your ride. This full-service marina can accommodate yachts of up to 110 feet and is one of the most conveniently located marinas.
The Arts and Entertainment District is roughly bound by NE 17th Terrace, Margaret Pace Park, NW 1st Avenue, 395 and Biscayne Bay. Its neighbors are Wynwood, Edgewater, Design District/Buena Vista and Downtown Miami.
- AmericanAirlines Arena – 5 minutes by car/7 minutes by bike/10 minutes by public transit
- The Shops at Midtown Miami – 10 minutes by bike/8 minutes by car
- Wynwood Walls – 5 minutes by car/10 minute bike ride/20 minutes by public transit
- Edgewater - 5 minutes by car/7 minute bike ride/15 minutes by public transit
- South Beach – 15 minutes by car/30 minutes by public transit
- Brickell - 15 minutes by car/30 minutes by public transit
- University of Miami Hospital and Health System, Ryder Trauma Center, Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital and Holtz Children’s Hospital – 10 minutes away
- Port of Miami - 10 minutes by car/45 minutes by public transit
- Miami International Airport - 15-minute car ride/40 minutes by public transit
- MacArthur and Venetian Causeway – 5 minutes away
- Dolphin Expressway – 5 minutes away
- Public Transit Options – The Arts and Entertainment District is a pedestrian-friendly area serviced by the Metrobus and Omni Loop of the Metromover, which is free and features stations almost every other block. The Metrorail also comes connected via the Metromover at Government Center.
A Brief History of Arts & Entertainment District and Where It’s Headed
In the middle of a renaissance, the Arts and Entertainment District has had many names in decades past. More popularly known as Omni or the Media and Entertainment District, the history of this compact neighborhood dates back to the 1920s.
Omni started off as a high-end shopping area. Sears, Roebuck and Company were some of its first departmental stores. By 1956, New York City's Allied Stores conglomerate opened its first iconic Jordan Marsh store in Florida here. In 1977, the 120-store Omni International Mall debuted to replace most of the street-side stores. This suburban-style shopping mall would be the neighborhood’s anchor with high-end brands like Givenchy, Hermes and Emilio Pucci, a multi-cinema, 20-story hotel and 9-level parking garage.
However, since all good things come to an end, the 1990s marked the downfall of this wildly popular complex. High-end boutiques would now be replaced by the likes of Dollar Store. Even multiple remodeling and revitalization efforts couldn’t stop Jordan Marsh/Burdines from shuttering down in 1991, JC Penney in 1998 and the multiplex in 1999.
By January 2000, the mall had completely closed down and was later acquired by New York City-based Argent Ventures. Argent also went on to add the hotel and nearby property to its kitty and created the Omni Offices. The Miami International University of Art and Design and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce also came to occupy the erstwhile mall complex. The Omni Hotel now stands as the Hilton (it’s sixth incarnation).
Fast forward to 2011 and Omni district’s evolution story took a revolutionary turn. Malaysia’s Genting Group not only purchased the 14-acre Miami Herald site for a whopping $236 million, but also took over the mortgage on the Omni Center. The Group proposed to build a Resorts World Miami, which would be a Vegas-style casino complex, complete with high-end retail, entertainment, convention, hotel and residential spaces. Soon after, Espacio USA too paid $32 million for 1400 Biscayne Center.
Renewed investor interest and a refurbished Adrienne Arsht Center and Knight Concert Hall brought the neighborhood back from blight. An influx of residential properties by prominent developers such as NR Investments and Melo Group along with their PR efforts helped put the brand-new Arts and Entertainment District back on the map.
Today, a whole bunch of residential units, shops, clubs and restaurants are either being proposed, planned or in pre-construction, including Canvas and The Filling Station to create an all-new, sustainable entertainment district. While it’s a wait and watch on what the Genting Group does with its Bay-facing parcel of land, the future of this emerging district is definitely bright and sunny.