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 1930’s, 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 1950’s and 1960’s 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.
Coral Pine Park – 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 – 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 – A three-acre facility opened in 2008 with lighted youth soccer fields, a boundless playground, parking and restrooms.
Red Road Linear Park – 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 – 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 – A 4.5-acre park with a freshwater lake, picnic tables and 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.
Nearby, on scenic Old Cutler Road, is Fairchild Tropical Botanical 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 may enjoy the beach with picnic tables, snack bar and restaurant built into a historic coral rock building.
Dadeland Mall – Located on Kendall Drive, just west of US-1. A large enclosed complex of about 185 stores, anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, JCPenney and Nordstrom. It has a Food Court with a large menu selection and restaurants such as The Cheesecake Factory.
The Falls – Located on SW 136 Street, just west of US-1. This beautifully-designed, open-air complex has a waterfall among tropical landscaping, flowing through its center with over 100 stores lining the sides and connected by pedestrian bridges. The main anchors are Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s, along with other popular stores such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Crate & Barrel, Williams-Sonoma, Brooks Brothers, American Girl, Rockport and Gap. There is a cinema complex and eateries such as BJ’s and BRIO Tuscan Grille.
As you drive through the Village along US-1, 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 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.
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