Glamorous Buena Vista Still Retains Its Old World Charm
The Buena Vista area of Miami is a top Miami neighborhood with an interesting history. Buena Vista started out as a small residential neighborhood located north of the Miami Design District and south of Little Haiti. Yet, with rail trains passing through it since 1896, is has been a very connected and important part of Miami ever since. When the railroad started running through Buena Vista, it made it possible for needed supplies to get to the outlying areas of Miami, and the small neighborhood of Buena Vista then began to develop more. Two of the earliest highlights of this early development in 1910 was the Buena Vista Biscayne Badger Club Subdivision, a bayfront community with its own park and recreations dock on the bay, and the Courley House, which was a hotel in inland suburban Buena Vista with its own railroad depot, small post office, grocery store, church, and tropical fruit groves. Some of Miami’s prominent citizens like millionaire Charles Deering then acquired more land in Buena Vista and further developed the area, and at the same time he preserved nature by creating a sanctuary for birds and animals east of the railroad.
Today, Buena Vista is a thriving community and features great entertainment like the Perez art museum, jet boat tours, plenty of shopping malls and live music. Buena Vista has great restaurants, both fancy and casual. The mix of cultures there from South American to Cuban to Irish and more add to the choices of delicious local cuisine. It is also not uncommon to spot a celebrities when out strolling the boardwalk, shopping, or dining in one of its fantastic restaurants. Celebrities like George Lucas, Anna Hathaway, and Craig Robins have been spotted shopping in Buena Vista. John Krasinski, known for his role in the hit NBC Sitcom The Office, premiered his film there. It is not uncommon to spot a celebrity dining out in restaurants like Seven Lounge, Paradise Place and Harry’s Pizzeria. The Kardashian sisters also own a boutique in Buena Vista and frequently come there to enjoy all the area has to offer as well as run their boutique. Yet even with all its present-day glamour, Buena Vista still retains its old-world charm with unique Art Deco and Craftsman homes, quaint, locally-owned cafes and boutiques, and Jungle Queen River Boat tours.