What Gave South Of Fifth Miami Beach Its Caché?March 16, 2017
Miami is an eclectic mix of neighborhoods that all have their unique charm and personality. Downtown Miami is busy and fast paced, Key Biscayne attracts the country club crowd, South Beach is where you go to play and party and Wynwood is for the artsy, the trendy, and those who think brunch is a verb. But South of Fifth, a tucked-away corner of Miami Beach, is sometimes overlooked, or lumped in with the rest of South Beach. This enclave of popular restaurants and luxury real estate has become a popular destination for those looking to experience Miami like the VIPs do.
South of Fifth is surrounded on three sides by water, making it a great location for those who want to be near the sea at any given moment. A gorgeous marina, world-class waterfront restaurants, white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters draw people in from all areas of Miami. The proximity to the water is one of the main reasons SoFi is home to some of the area’s most expensive real estate. High-rise condos with jaw-dropping ocean views and multi-million-dollar penthouses make up a large portion of SoFi’s residential real estate market, which is why the successful, powerful, and elite of Miami are quick to claim a spot for themselves.
High-end shopping, historic restaurants, and the gorgeous 17-acre South Pointe Park give SoFi residents plenty to be excited about. Joe’s Stone Crab is a historic part of this area, but the recent additions of modern restaurants like Izzy’s Fish and Oyster and La Locanda make it easy to find five star food no matter what you’re craving.
From nationally known retail shops to trendy and locally owned sidewalk boutiques, people come to shop and spend a lot of money. And when locals have eaten and shopped to their heart’s content, they stroll the peaceful waterfront at South Pointe Park. Here, you can find people running, doing yoga, flying kites, fishing, having picnics, or walking their dogs. It is a popular community hangout where SoFi residents go to enjoy the beautiful weather and picturesque views.
Hotels do not dominate SoFi, so it feels more intimate and personal. It has a more connected, neighborhood type feel than the rest of South Beach, but still feels “very Miami.” Recent development has brought five- and six-story buildings filled with office spaces, wine and juice bars, art galleries, and unique street-front shops. This only adds to the cohesiveness of the city, and allows residents to live, work, shop, and play alongside their neighbors and community. SoFi feels cool but not trendy, historic but not old, and intimate but not cramped. It’s a vibe that the rest of Miami just hasn’t perfected, and is a breath of fresh air for all who live or visit here.
SoFi has seen its fair share of changes and developments and has blossomed into a culturally diverse neighborhood that combines relaxed beach life with a luxury lifestyle, and its charm and close-knit appeal are what set it apart from the high-energy vibe that the rest of South Beach is so famous for.