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 south side.
As the community began to grow in the 1930s, the first tourist attraction in the Miami vicinity, Parrot Jungle and Gardens was established in 1936. The founders, Franz and Louise Scherr, developed this 20-acre property at Red Road and SW 111 Street into a world famous attraction, visited by many famous people including Sir Winston Churchill. Today, this is still an area attraction and community center called Pinecrest Gardens, providing a focal point to meet, participate, and enjoy many programs and events for all ages.
During its ongoing development, the foundation for Pinecrest’s structure in the 1950s and 1960s was defined by the construction of ranch-style homes on one acre lots amidst a rural, lushly landscaped, residential setting. Many streets throughout Pinecrest have names originating from prominent people associated to the area, and for flowers and vegetation reflecting the natural beauty and resources of the Pinecrest environment. One of the main roadways, Kendall Drive, is named after Henry John Boughton Kendall, a trustee of the Florida Land and Mortgage Company that purchased a vast area of Pinecrest in 1883. Other street names include Hibiscus Parkway, Oleander Parkway, Tropical Way, and Pine Needle Lane.
The Village of Pinecrest was incorporated in 1996 and became Miami-Dade’s 29th municipality. The Village Council, with the Village Manager, established municipal services including police, parks and recreation, building and planning services, and public works.
Pinecrest has several parks throughout the community with a variety of features:
Nearby, on scenic Old Cutler Road, is Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, which has gained worldwide notoriety for its extensive collection of rare tropical plants. Opened in 1938, this 83-acre garden is a popular attraction for tourists and locals. Matheson Hammock Park, with a full-service marina, is a park with an unusual feature, a man-made pool which is filled naturally by the tidal action of Biscayne Bay. Families can enjoy the beach with picnic tables, and there is a snack bar and restaurant built into a historic coral rock building.
There are two large shopping malls within minutes of the Village of Pinecrest.
As you drive through the Village along US1, there are Pinecrest Plaza and Suniland Shops, which offer many services and stores, including a post office, auto tag agency, grocery store, restaurants, drug stores, nail spa, beauty supply shop, and many other conveniences.
Many influential, elite, and well-known sports celebrities make Pinecrest their home, with Dwyane Wade of The Miami Heat being a former resident. Pinecrest boasts some of the most expensive, lavish, and luxurious homes in Miami. These sprawling homes on perfectly planned large lots, with perfectly-manicured lawns and gardens, nestled in lush tropical vegetation, are architecturally designed, and reflect the sophistication and affluence of many of the residents of Pinecrest.