|Edgewater, like many neighborhoods in Miami, is the perfect blend of past and present. It is directly north of Downtown, and much of the growth taking place in the Design District and other surrounding areas is spilling over into it.|
Along with this population expansion, high rise apartment complexes are being built to accommodate the rising number of residents. Mixed in with these modern structures are historic homes that date back to Miami’s beginnings in the early 20th century.
Despite the recent boom in skyscrapers, Edgewater is in no danger of losing its unique personality. New buildings are designed carefully to be both functional and attractive. The 1800 Club, for example, is a residential skyscraper that won the SARA Design Award in 2002.
Many of these skyscrapers, like the Paramount Bay on Edgewater Square, offer breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay. While these views will mostly benefit residents of the building, some, like Blue on the Bay, offer an observation deck. Blue on the Bay’s observation deck is 37 stories up, giving you the perfect vantage point to take in the scope of the water.
Most of these buildings, though residential on the upper floors, dedicate their first two or three floors to retail. The 1800 Club has 5 retail stories before the apartments begin. Paramount Bay is being redesigned, but even if you never set foot inside of it, the three seamlessly woven together towers are impressive to look at even from the outside.
Although primarily a residential neighborhood, retail opportunities in Edgewater are increasing. While not the shopping Mecca that Bal Harbour Shops or Lincoln Road is, it nonetheless offers all of the necessities. Edgewater also has many fine dining establishments, including many Latino restaurants.
Edgewater shares a border with Wynwood and these two neighborhoods have a lot in common. Though Wynwood has the stronger reputation when it comes to art, Edgewater has its own galleries and showcases. Though Miami Avenue is the official border between these two neighborhoods, the line between them is not as clear as that.
Demographically, the two are almost the exact same. There is a large Latino population, mostly from Puerto Rico. This becomes obvious once you start to pay attention to the popular restaurants throughout the neighborhood, though plenty of other nationalities are represented there as well.