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Community spotlight: Coconut Grove

Laid-back community south of downtown Miami offers local feel near the big city
  • Coconut Grove is walkable thanks to pedestrian-friendly paths and shopping districts.
  • Median home value in the Grove is $300,000, and average rent is $3,950.
  • The Metrobus and Miami Metrorail service the area at the Vizcaya, Coconut Grove and Douglas Road metrostations.

Once a haven for beatniks and hippies alike, Coconut Grove has steadily maintained a reputation as a community focused on relaxing. Although a bit more evolved from the bohemian culture it once attracted, the Grove is now peppered with condominiums and boutique storefronts, making sure the artistic vibe still shines through in this cultural pocket of yesteryear's Florida. Located just south of downtown Miami's bustling nightlife, Coconut Grove used to be known for it's tea houses, head shops and laidback atmosphere. Though many of those businesses still remain, the Grove has seen big changes in its skyline. However, even developers have realized that the draw of the neighborhood is also its lifeblood: cozy streets lined with storefronts are made accessible with walkways and nearby parks. It wouldn't help to change much, so Coconut Grove has remained insulated from over-development by a strong community of artists and likeminded residents. Miami is becoming an icon for...