Miami has evolved into an amazingly attractive place to live and work, even if you aren’t rich. Sophisticated mega-development continues. “We’re watching another Manhattan being built,” says one real estate developer.
A new business hub under development downtown should generate 20,000 office jobs. And for entertainment, the season starts in December with Art Basel and its 20 art shows, and swings non-stop, with festivals, high-profile celebrity-studded events. Need we mention great weather?
This art and music hub boasts residents like Madonna, Pit Bull, Gloria Estefan, Shakira, Marilyn Manson, Iggy Pop and Vanilla Crush. And Miami hosts the Ultra Music Festival, the country’s largest electronic music fest.
The Mall At World Center
Opened in March, this 27-acre, $2 billion pedestrian-only complex has 500 condominiums, 1,200+ moderate-income rental apartments, a hotel, stores and restaurants.
Brickell City Centre
A ginormous shopping mall with stores like Valentino, Chopard, Intermix, BDBA-Latino clothing, 120% Lino (men’s-women’s-children’s ready-to-wear), Capritouch (handmade Italian clothing, sandals and accessories) and APMjewelry from Monaco.
BCC also has condo towers, hotels, offices, commuter transport Miami Central Station light rail and a bus hub with stores and apartments.
BCC men’s retail will include: Kiton, Richard Mille, Baldini, Vilebrequin, Westime, Bogoli and Harmont & Blaine. There will be several barbershops including Acqua di Parma’s in-store barber. Saks Fifth Avenue even has a special men’s stylist.
Life’s A Beach
Miamians love their beaches so get ready to buy a new swimsuit. Brands like Beach Riot, Show Me Your Mumu, Blue Life, One Teaspoon, For Love & Lemons are de rigueur.
Design District: Art, Design and Fashion
Buckminster Fuller’s “Fly’s Eye Dome,” is a big reason not to miss the design district. Also, every luxury brand you can think of has great stores there. “We’re very focused on having a great selection … of really cool, edgy brands. We don’t just want to be luxury,” says developer Craig Robbins, mastermind of this hot new area.
Favorite concept stores
The Alchemist (VIDEO)
1109 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139,
1220 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Miami Design District Video
4025 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137
Not To Miss
Ultra Music Festival March 24-26
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