Pinecrest is located in Miami-Dade County, bordered by Kendall Drive (SW 88 Street) on the north, SW 136 Street on the south, Red Road (SW 57 Avenue) on the east, and US1 (South Dixie Highway) on the west. This suburban village is adjacent to the neighborhoods of South Miami on the northeast, Coral Gables on the east, and Palmetto Bay on the south.
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.
In the early 1900s, Henry Flagler, Miami pioneer and railroad tycoon, used the property between US1 and SW 102 Street as a staging area for the construction of the Overseas Railroad to the Florida Keys.
As the area and 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.
With the development of the area in the 1950s and 1960s, the construction of ranch-style homes on acre lots laid the foundation for the community’s structure in a rural, lushly landscaped, residential setting.
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 different features.
Pinecrest opened its Community Center in 2008 at Pinecrest Gardens, which is the crown jewel of the Village’s park system, providing a focal point for the community to meet, participate, and enjoy many programs and events. The state-of-the-art fitness center provides members with many health and training programs, exercises, pilates, and other get-in-shape classes. Dance classes include salsa, line dancing, belly dancing, modern dance, and ballet. Seniors can partake in special programs, health and wellness screenings, dance classes, a defensive driving program, and play Bridge. There are also Mommy & Me classes for infants and toddlers, and pre-school art sessions. It is the former site of the world famous tourist attraction Parrot Jungle.
The Pinecrest Branch Library sits adjacent to the Pinecrest Community Center, connected by a covered pathway. Very open and bright, with natural lighting, you can sit on café-style stools with your laptop or use one of the 20 laptops available.
Nearby Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden on Old Cutler Road, is world famous 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 is a scenic 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.
Pinecrest boasts some of the most expensive and luxurious homes in Dade County. Perfectly planned on large lots, with perfectly-manicured landscaping, nestled in lush vegetation, these homes are architecturally designed and reflect the sophistication and affluence of many who live in Pinecrest. A well-known sports celebrity and former resident of Pinecrest is Dwyane Wade of The Miami Heat.
There are two large shopping malls within minutes of the Village of Pinecrest.
• Dadeland Mall – Located on Kendall Drive, just west of US1. A large enclosed complex of about 185 specialty stores, anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, and Nordstrom. It has a Food Court and two restaurants, Villagio and The Cheesecake Factory.
• The Falls – Located on SW 136 Street, just west of US1. This beautifully designed complex has a waterfall running through its center with the stores along the sides connected by bridges. The main anchors are Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s, along with other popular stores such as Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, Abercrombie & Fitch, Victoria’s Secret. There is a cinema complex and eateries such as TGIFriday’s, PF Chang’s China Bistro, Los Ranchos, Johnny Rockets, and Bargello Bistro.
In addition, there are the Suniland Shops, a large strip mall, and Pinecrest Plaza located along US1, 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.