Miami's Wynwood Condos + Neighborhood
Welcome to Miami's Wynwood
Home to avant-garde art, thought, high-fashion and something eye-catching at every turn. Live here if you love urban-minded boutiques, cafes and restaurants, and edgy mixed-use walkable living.
Life in Wynwood
Wynwood is where all of Miami goes for its art, couture and after-dark fix. Between its eye-popping street murals, colorful graffiti, eclectic galleries, edgy clothing stores, far-our decor shops, character cafes and creative urban restaurants, there's more food thought than you can handle.
This ever-evolving neighborhood has earned the reputation of being the world’s biggest street art district. Cruising through Wynwood, expect to run into locals and tourists out to nurture their creative souls. Going from an ArtWalk to gallery opening, art-house cinema and round of craft beer is all a night’s work here. And come Art Basel, it turns into a playground for the who’s who of the international art scene along with celebrities, trendsetters and fashionistas from across the globe.
Where there’s art, fashion is sure to follow. The neighborhood’s fashion sub-district along NW 2nd Avenue offers plenty of trendy urban shopping options for both men and women. From the fanciest couture boutiques to edgy street-wear stores, Swiss timepiece galleries to trendy eyewear shops and everything in between calls Wynwood home.
Art and fashion might be enough to feed a famished soul, but not a hungry stomach. Wynwood also hosts plenty of cafés, stands, restaurants, pubs and bars. The epicenter of Miami’s craft food and drink movement, there’s a lip-smacking selection of breweries, bakeries, sausage-makers and coffee shops in the neighborhood. At Wynwood, the food matches the art, the lattes are lifesavers, music is intoxicating and happy hours leave you smiling well after the party’s over.
Sitting in Miami’s style capital, every piece of architecture is as aesthetically captivating as the next. Whether it’s a business, boutique or barista, each features expertly-crafted atmospheres in sync with the neighborhood vibe. While shops and street stands reminisce their Puerto Rican roots, gallery spaces, cafés and restaurants exhibit a sleek, urban aesthetic. Dominated by multi-story apartment buildings and complexes, you’ll also find single-story bungalows, vibrant homes complete with front porches and community gardens part of Wynwood’s eclectic landscape.
Wynwood Neighborhood Favorites
Living in Wynwood, you’ll be in the company of provocative street art, premier galleries, high-fashion boutiques, dive bars and hipster-friendly coffee shops.
Art – Visiting Miami’s Mecca of art, there’s visual stimulation in every nook and corner. An explosion of colorful artistic expression takes over Tony Goldman’s Wynwood Walls with murals and graffiti by international-grade artists. The Walls were painted over by more than 300 artists between 2011 and 2014 alone, and countless thereafter, so no two visits are ever the same.
The second Saturday Art Walk is a one-of-a-kind experience, when galleries and studios open their doors for public viewing, with gourmet food trucks and live music turning it into an epic block party.
When it comes to galleries, The Rubell Family Collection is famed for exhibiting the country’s top private contemporary art collections. Gallery Diet is for those who crave provocative exhibits. Dina Mitrani’s is the place for photography fans. Plant the Future intertwines art with nature. And, while the Bakehouse Art Complex is the king of old-school, The Marguiles Collection is considered the king of cool.
Shop – The shopping options are as eccentric as the art in Wynwood. Ladies can flock to Style Mafia for run-way worthy pieces, MVM Miami for high-end contemporary clothing, or Boho Hunter for some Bohemian sophistication. Fashionable men get in on the action at Basico.
The Bodhi Tree House is where you’ll find spiritually inspired accessories and lifestyle goods, while Elemental offers strange and humorous designs for the home and work space. Plant the Future is part gallery, part eco-wonderland and part living/breathing shoppable home goods. The best vintage picks are at Las Tias, while unusual finds await discovery at Frangipani. With so many shopping options to explore, foldable bikes stand to the rescue at the Foldway Bike Studio.
Eat – Alter is a popular haunt for refined American cuisine. Beaker and Gray is your go-to craft cocktail bar, while Kush is the eco-friendly gastro pub. Also, while Joey’s is where locals get their classic Italian, GK Bistronomie is where Peruvian cuisine is done right. Find kosher-certified, fresh bakes at Zak the Baker, or visit Fireman Derek’s for some mouthwatering pies. And if you’re looking to be surprised, visit the Wynwood Yard that has multi-cuisine food trucks on rotation.
Drink – Considered the low-key cousin of South Beach, you’ll find some of the best coffee, craft beer and bars in Wynwood. Bardot is where emerging rappers to the next-up superstars stand playing up-close and personal on “the carpet”. Gramps is the go-to bar for an off-beat experience and old-fashioned fun with a hipster vibe. While Wood Tavern is perfect for when you need an honest-to-goodness pub experience, Electric Pickle is the nightclub where you can drink, dance and simply let go.
Panther Coffee is the place to be when looking for a strong pick-me-up for the morning-after or when you’re craving a high-end cup of java.
Watch – O Cinema is where you can get a decent dose of foreign, art, classic and family films. Or, head to the Miami Light Project to catch avant-garde to stalwart performers from around the world, live in action.
Wynwood is roughly bound by I-95 towards the north and west, N Miami Ave. and Florida East Coast Railway to the east, and NW 20th Street to the south. Its neighbors are Midtown, Edgewater, Design District, Buena Vista, Overtown, Upper East Side, and Allapattah.
Design District - 4 minutes by bike/5 minutes by car
The Shops at Midtown Miami – 4 minutes by bike/5 minutes by car
AmericanAirlines Arena – 15 minutes by bike/10 minutes by car
Brickell - 20 minutes by car/40 minutes by public transit
South Beach (Ocean Drive) – 20 minutes by car/1 hour by public transit
Jackson Memorial Hospital and Nicklaus Children's Midtown Outpatient Center – 10 minutes away by car
Miami International Airport - 15-minute car ride/45 minutes by public transit
Julia Tuttle Causeway, MacArthur Causeway and Venetian Causeway – 5-10 minutes away
I-95 Expressway – 6 minutes away
Public Transit Options – Wynwood is serviced by the Metrobus and Miami’s free trolleys throughout
A Brief History of Wynwood and Where It’s Headed
While graffiti is usually considered the death of a neighborhood, for Wynwood it’s proven to be the exact opposite. Until 2008, this trendy neighborhood was considered a dangerous warehouse district, a run-down industrial swath with some working-class housing on its outskirts. Today, acre-after-acre of graffiti has not only infused the neighborhood with new life, but also put Wynwood on the map as the “biggest street art district in the world”.
Property developer Toni Goldman, the man behind the transformation, saw great potential in the present graffiti. Also responsible for the resurrection of New York’s Soho and South Beach, Goldman bought over 25 properties here between 2004 and 2005. What followed was a riot of spray cans across an 18-walled alcove, a smash hit at the 2009 Art Basel, and thus emerged the famous Wynwood Walls of today.
But, before the graffiti, much before the revolution, Wynwood or rather Wyndwood was a working-class neighborhood with a huge Puerto Rican population. Post WWII, through the 1950s Wynwood was a resortwear manufacturing hotspot powered by low-cost immigrant labor. In the 70s, the neighborhood was known for garment manufacturing and was still frequented by shoppers. Racial tensions and riots in the 80s left the area unsafe, though it still saw an influx of Puerto Rican immigrants. Long known as “Little San Juan” and “El Barrio”, its Puerto Rican influences can still be seen in the businesses, cafés, restaurants and shops.
This museum of the streets started attracting major developer interest after the Midtown Miami mall came up in 2005. The gentrification of the neighborhood with strategic developments has turned the art district into a coveted tract of real estate that facilitates a live, work, play culture. So much so, it was named one of “America’s Greatest Neighborhoods” in 2015. With prices tending to increase every month, you’ll find moderately-priced condos to expensive penthouses in this emerging neighborhood.
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