|Kendall, Miami is an unincorporated designation made by the US Census Bureau. The locals include many western neighborhoods like The Hammock, Country Walk, The Crossings, and Three Lakes as part of Kendall, though the Census Bureau sets tighter boundaries on their designation.|
Kendall was purchased in the late 1800’s by the Florida Land Management Company and named after the then current manager, Henry John Broughton Kendall. The land was never opened up for homesteading, so growth in the area remained slow while they rest of Miami boomed.
Part of the reason for the Land Management Company to discourage new residents was the presence of two Seminole camps within Kendall’s borders. The camps remained active until the 1940’s. Today, there are few Seminoles still living there and now more than ever rides to MIA airport due to the now extreme growth in the Kendall area.
What little growth did take place in Kendall was largely destroyed in August of 1992 when South Florida was hit by Hurricane Andrew. The rebuilding process was slow, but the area did come back from that devastating storm.
Kendall is on the Miami Rock Ridge, which places it slightly more inland than the rest of Miami-Dade County, as well as sitting at a slightly higher elevation. This leads to cooler temperatures in the winter and warmer temperatures in the summer, although the differences are slight.
Being tucked up out of the way makes Kendall an excellent neighborhood for residents who are looking for a quiet place to live away from the city. Hotels, restaurants, and entertainment establishments are going up quickly to accommodate visitors who would like to stay out of the city proper.
One of the largest attractions in Kendall is the Dadeland Mall, which is one of the largest and busiest suburban shopping malls in the entire country. There are also several unique and very interesting museums in Kendall, including the Wings Over Miami Air Museum and the Gold Coast Railroad Museum.
Just because it’s out of the way doesn’t mean that Kendall is inconvenient, either. Access to Downtown, Coral Gables, the Design District, and more of Miami’s hottest neighborhoods is easily gained through a quick ride on the Metrorail, which has two stops in Kendall. The Metrobus is also active in the neighborhood, which is helpful for getting around Kendall or out to surrounding areas.