Category Archives: Miami Urban Life – The Newest Addition to Miami’s Urban Core

“Miami urban life.”

“Miami urban life.”

“Miami urban life.”

Say it three more times – but without laughing this time.

When our mother, Julia De Forest Sturtevant Tuttle, came to Miami in 1891 to see a 40-acre orange grove her father left her after passing, she quickly purchased another 640-acres of orange groves along the Miami River. Long story short, in 1895 Julia Tuttle convinced Henry Flagler to extend his Florida East Coast Railway to Miami and the rest, as they say, is history.

Fast forward 100+ years. After decades of neglect and ignorance, city leaders (political and otherwise) realize that America’s true land of opportunity is the city, an urban settlement with a large population.

We were a little late in picking up on this trend, but better late than never. If you look around, you will see that we’re more than making up for lost time.

Enter the Central Business District.

Enter the Brickell Financial District.

Enter Park West.

Enter Edgewater (now marketed as the Arts District).

Enter Wynwood (now marketed as Midtown).

Enter the Design District.

Enter the construction crane (Florida’s new state bird).

Where Julia Tuttle’s orange groves once stood, now stand residential towers like:

One Miami – 325/335 S Biscayne Blvd

Metropolitan Miami – 300 S Biscayne Blvd

  • Project under construction; will be home to a Whole Foods Market.

Epic Residences & Hotel – 300 Biscayne Way

  • Project under construction on the site of the former DuPont Plaza Hotel, which was originally home to Henry Flagler’s Royal Palm Hotel. The Royal Palm Hotel featured Miami’s first elevator and swimming pool.

50 Biscayne – 50 Biscayne Blvd

  • 50 Biscayne was erected on land that once served as home to the Columbus Hotel. Remember the sign on the top that used to read “Top O’ the Columbus”? I do.

Everglades on the Bay – 224 Biscayne Blvd

  • Project is under construction on the former site of the Everglades Hotel.

The Loft Downtown – 234 NE 3 Street

The Loft Downtown II – 133 NE 2 Avenue

Marina Blue – 888 Biscayne Blvd

  • Project scheduled to begin closings in a month or so. Building is located across the street from American Airlines Arena

900 Biscayne Bay – 900 Biscayne Blvd

  • Project schedule to begin closings in mid-2008. Building is located directly north of Marina Blue

Ten Museum Park – 1040 Biscayne Blvd

  • Building erected on vacant land that served as a parking lot for patrons of the original Club Space.

Marquis – 1100 Biscayne Blvd

  • Building under construction on land that was home to the Howard Johnson Hotel just south of the I-395. My mother used to scrape two dimes together to buy ice cream at the HoJo back in the day.

The northern end of the boulevard (south of I-395) where Marina Blue, 900 Biscayne Bay, Ten Museum Park, and Marquis converge has been dubbed “The Biscayne Wall”.

It’s a Miami thang. We do nicknames for everything and everyone. Manuel becomes Manny. Ricardo becomes Ricky. Daniel becomes Danny. Gabriel becomes Gaby and Luis becomes Crazy Lou. You get the point.

October 2007

Enter Alex Gonzalez.

No, not the slick-fielding ex-Marlin that ended Game 4 of the 2003 World Series with a line-drive home run over the left field wall in the bottom of the 12th inning (I was there – in the left field seats). Tampoco the sure-handed shortstop from Killian High who played many years with the Blue Jays and the Cubs.

I’m talking about the other Alex Gonzalez. The Braddock Senior High attendee (alright Challengers/Bulldogs!) that grew tired of long commutes, strip shopping plazas, and the sterile environments that comprise West Kendall. The one that decided to become part of Miami’s urban life a little over a year ago.

Sitting at home one day, Alex (probably Alexander or Alejandro…I don’t know) noticed that what was once a state bird was now a flock of state birds hovering high above the streets of Dwntwn Miami.

Interlude: Alex has since confirmed that his birth name is just Alex, no Alexander or Alejandro.

Enter Eureka! moment.

“With so many new condo units and so many people moving into Miami’s urban core, why not provide these nouveau urban dwellers with an online social network where they can interact by associating themselves with the condominium communities they live in?”

If this were a Guinness commercial, you would now hear “brilliant!”.


Want to find out who your neighbors are?

Want to know where they hangout on the regular?

Want to know what they are doing tonight?

Want to see pictures of how everything went down last night?

Want to invite a neighbor over for dinner at your place tonight?

Want to know if that new restaurant down the street is as good as they advertise it to be?

Want to know what it’s like to live in any of the aforementioned buildings (and others)?

Want to let everybody know about your new listing for sale?

Live way out in deep Kendall en la cientoipico y la cientoipico and want to live vicariously through the experiences of an urban dweller?

With 148 members in just 3 short months, Alex states, “I love the way Miami is evolving and growing up to be a real city. I envision that will become an essential tool for local residents to learn more about the city and interact with each other”.

Can I get an “Amen”?!

Now say it again:

“Miami Urban Life.”

“Miami Urban Life.”

“Miami Urban Life.”

It’s not so funny anymore, huh?

Five, six, seven years from now, you’ll be laughing again at those very words.

Only to keep from crying.

Adrian Salgado is a Realtor Associate with RED I Realty in Miami, FL and can be reached at 305.491.7179 and



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