Brickell Downtown Neighborhood Overview


Brickell lies just south of the Miami River, extending south and crossing Broadway to SE 26 Road/Rickenbacker Causeway. The area north of Broadway is a mixture of financial and residential, while the area south is mostly residential.

In the 1870s, William and Mary Brickell, the founding parents of Greater Miami and the Beaches, named a tree-lined thoroughfare after their homestead, Brickell. Over the years, it has been influenced by wealth and prestige, and its business district is home to the largest concentration of international banks in the United States. Often referred to as the “Manhattan of the South,” Brickell’s residential neighborhood consists mostly of high-rise, upscale, luxury condominiums, and the area of tree-lined streets graced by mansions and estates known as “Millionaire’s Row.”

In the heart of Brickell and adjacent to Brickell Key is Mary Brickell Village, a French-style village attracting social gatherings and entertainment. The Village has a variety of shops, boutiques, high-class retail, services, fitness center, supermarket, coffee shop, eateries, and a large selection of restaurants such as Oceanaire Seafood Room, Rosa Mexicana, Balans, with a modern brasserie-cafe style menu; PF Chang’s; and Grimpa Brazilian Steakhouse, where you can enjoy a traditional “Churrasco” in a classical environment.

Brickell Key is an artificial, triangular-shaped island at the mouth of the Miami River. This island paradise is exclusive, private, tranquil, and has the most beautiful unobstructed views of Biscayne Bay. Brickell Key is often referred to as “Claughton Island,” in honor of Edward Claughton, a real estate investor, who acquired Brickell Key in 1943 as two small islands, and transformed it into one of the most distinctive island communities in the world.

The amenities of Brickell Key include a marketplace, restaurant, dry cleaners, beauty salon, and even a flower shop. It is also the location of the well-known, luxury, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, offering a five-star dining experience at their signature restaurant Azul, in an exquisite setting overlooking the glistening, aqua waters of Biscayne Bay.

Within minutes, you are in Downtown Miami; at the American Airlines Arena, home of The Miami Heat; Bayfront Park, with an outdoor Amphitheater for concerts, festivals, cultural events, and civic celebrations; the Port of Miami, home to the largest cruise ships in the world; Bayside Marketplace, a huge complex of retail shops and eateries; and the Adrienne Arsht Center of the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, with a full-season line up of top performances in music, dance, theatre, and entertainment from around the world. Downtown Miami is a 15-minute drive to the Miami International Airport; and the same to the excitement of vibrant South Beach.

Midtown Miami is a neighborhood just north of Downtown Miami and south of the Design District, which includes sub-districts Wynwood and Edgewater. Wynwood is the “arts district” because of its dominance of art studios and home of the Miami Fashion District. Edgewater is mostly residential, consisting of many high-rise condos. The Shops of Midtown is located on the corner of NE 36 Street and North Miami Avenue, occupying 26 acres. In addition to a number of specialty shops and lifestyle retailers, the Shops of Midtown added national anchors such as Target, Ross Dress for Less, Marshalls, West Elm, and Loehmann’s.

The Brickell area is served by two major hospitals, Jackson Memorial Hospital and Mercy Hospital. Jackson Memorial Hospital is an accredited, non-profit hospital and the major teaching facility for the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. With more than 1,550 licensed beds, Jackson Memorial Hospital is a referral center, a magnet for medical research, and home to the Ryder Trauma Center, the only adult and pediatric Level 1 trauma center in Miami-Dade County. Jackson Memorial, one of the nation’s busiest hospitals based on the number of admissions to a single facility, is continually ranked in U.S. News & World Report among the “Best Hospitals in America”.

Mercy Hospital is Miami-Dade County’s only Catholic hospital sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Augustine, Florida, and part of Catholic Health East. Since its inception on December 18, 1950, Mercy Hospital has maintained its reputation for excellence while following the Catholic tradition of caring for God’s people, providing spiritual support, and serving the healthcare needs of South Florida. This 473-bed facility has a full range of services for the residents of Miami-Dade County, including a Heart Center, Cancer Center, Minimally Invasive Surgical Institute, Orthopaedic Institute, and is affiliated with over 700 physicians representing 27 medical specialties.

Past Brickell and over the Rickenbacker Causeway is nearby Key Biscayne, a tropical island and home to the famous tourist attraction, the Miami Seaquarium, a 38-acre paradise with world-class marine life entertainment. The Rickenbacker Causeway is a 4-mile stretch from Miami to Virginia Key. Crandon Park is a public park located on the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and Biscayne Bay on the west. It has a two-mile beach, and in its early days, was once home to Indian tribes, soldiers and pirates, as well as a huge coconut plantation.

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is located at the tip of Key Biscayne and home of a historic lighthouse built in 1825, reconstructed in 1846, and is the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County. This one mile beachfront park on the Atlantic Ocean is a popular place for sunbathing, picnics, barbecues, biking, kayaking, a tour of the lighthouse and lighthouse keeper’s cottage, a campsite for youth groups, boat camping in No Name Harbor, and enjoying the cuisine at either of two restaurants, Lighthouse Café and Boater’s Grill.

Brickell residents are a diversity of young professionals, international business people, top executives of large corporations, and individuals looking for a cosmopolitan lifestyle in an urban setting. You have heard of SoBe for South Beach, and NoBe for North Beach, it is no wonder that a local news station featured the new name “NoBri”, short for the small section of Downtown just north of Brickell and south of NE 2 Street, thriving with success, a hot spot for fun, and dining at some of the finest bistros/brasseries, restaurants serving enticing Peruvian, Italian, French, and Asian menus.