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Miami Performing Arts District and Urban Center

July 11, 2009 by  

Some people refer to the area around The Arsht Center for Performing Arts, formerly known as Carnival Center for Performing Arts as “Miami’s Performing Arts District” (somehow the whole name change makes me think of Prince). It is full of antagonisms and controversy because the Performing Arts Center has not, excuse the pun, “performed” as originally planned. The concept was to give Miami what it was missing, the performing arts and theater culture that major cities have. There were amazing projects built all around and the area has boomed….but maybe not at the pace everyone hoped.

Real Estate was to follow the lead of the multi-million dollar project, especially because the city was dumping a lot of cash into the re-design of the area – from pedestrian friendly streets to public places. And so it happened, beautiful Miami Luxury condos around the Arsht Center for Performing Arts were constructed with amazing views of the city of Miami as well as the Bay and Port of Miami together with best amenities. These are not only centrally located, but are close to shopping and withing walking distance to everything you need and a stone throw away from Downtown Miami.

The Arsht Center for The Performing Arts

The Arsht Center for the Performing Arts> is a complex of multi-purpose state-of-the-art performance halls . Designedby Cesar Pelli and Associates, it is the focal point of performing arts activity in South Florida and serves as a showcase for the finest established and developing cultural programs.

Miami's Center for Performing Artsi’s Center for Performing Artsiami’s Center for Performing Arts Located on Biscayne Boulevard between NE 13th and 14th streets, the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts consists of three performance facilities which are linked by a pedestrian bridge spanning the Boulevard. The Center’s performance halls include a concert hall designed for concerts of classical and popular music and a ballet opera house, capable of accommodating the grand sets and scenery employed in major theatrical productions. The complex also houses a theater for small-scale theater and dance presentations. The center’s auditoria, banquet facilities, plaza and other public areas are intended to accommodate a range of civic and social events.

The economic impact up and down Biscayne Boulevard, from Overtown to Biscayne Bay, is obvious and new Miami downtown condominium projects make their proximity to the Miami Arts District a major selling point.

This is an old photo before many of the condos South of the Center were built, but gives a great perspective of the city.

Wynwood Luxury Condos or Miami Arts District

Some local Realtors used to refer to the high-end condos at Wynwood (which is just East and North of the center) as “better” than those condos being built South of I-395 or “the grid-lock” area. I always laughed at the inference that those condos would be superior, since the others were not quite completed.

Today, The 4 towers South of the Center seem to be getting more attention – but personally, there is something for everyone and condo prices vary from The high $200,000’s to multi-million dollar penthouse with private pools and breathtaking views.

Some of existing buildings in this area include The Grand, The Omni and The Miami Herald building and some of new ones include:

  • Opera Tower – designed by The Coradino Group – at 1750 N. Bayshore Drive
  • 1800 Club – designed by Bermello Ajamil & Partners Inc. – at 1800 N. Bayshore Drive
  • Quantum on The Bay – designed by Nichols, Brosch, Sandoval & Associates, Inc. – at 1900 N. Bayshore Drive
  • Cite – designed by Cohen, Freedman, & Encinosa – at 2000 N. Biscayne Blvd.

The Fab Four on The Grid-Lock

I don’t care how much people may try to undermine these projects but these 4 towers are, in my opinion, fabulous! You have the Miami Airlines Arena across the street and can walk to Bayside Marketplace. You also have the Metro-mover behind the building which takes you to Downtown Miami. The views don’t get any better but the energy level is high…..so if you are looking for quiet and private, maybe these are not for you (Midtown Miami has been a good fit for those clients of ours that don’t want the energy and traffic).

I took a photo for miamismpix not long ago entitled “Miami’s Freedom Tower has company” that shows what I call the “fab four”

Miami's Freedom Tower has Company

  • Marina Blue – designed by Arquitectonica – at 824 Biscayne Boulevard
  • 900 Biscayne – designed by Luis Revuelta – at 900 Biscayne Boulevard
  • The Marquis – designed by Arquitectonica – at 1100 Biscayne Boulevard
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