Miami is known for having beautiful Spanish-inspired architecture. The most popular, the Mediterranean style, is known for its stucco walls, grand foyers with tropical features, and low-pitched roofs. Another popular home style is coastal contemporary, a style designed to let in maximum natural light with high ceilings, open floor plans, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Some of the popular districts in Miami include Espanola Way, Washington Avenue, Museum, and Flamingo Park. Other Districts include Altos Del Mar, Harding Townsite/ South Altos Del Mar, Ocean Beach, Palm View, and the John S. Collings Waterfront Historic District. The median listing home price in Miami is $450,000, trending up 15.4 percent year-over-year. The average sale price of a home in Miami was $420,000. The Miami metro area population is about 6,167,000.
Miami is known for its beautiful beaches, including Miami Beach and South Beach, along with its year-round tropical weather. The city offers a handful of historic homes, archaeological sites, and must-see monuments. The stunning Mediterranean Revival-style theatre is an art and cultural staple built in 1926. The theatre hosted performances by Elvis Presley and Luciano Pavarotti. Freedom Tower, located in Downtown Miami, was built in 1925 and now houses the Cuban Exile Experience, the Cultural Legacy Gallery, and other exhibits showcasing works by various artists. In Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, you'll find the charming Cape Florida Lighthouse, the oldest structure in Greater Miami. Nearby is the Venetian Pool, with its 820,000 gallons of spring water offering hidden caves, waterfalls, and palm trees.
Miami houses 963 private schools and 230 public district schools with an above-average rating, according to Great Schools. College students have an array of nearby colleges and universities to choose from, including the University of Miami, an educational and research institution located seven miles from Downtown Miami. Florida International University is situated toward the western side of downtown, and Miami Dade College is nestled in the heart of downtown. There are a handful of other colleges and universities sprinkled throughout the surrounding Miami area.
Commuting in Miami
Miami covers about 55 square miles along the coast of South Florida. Commuting in or around Miami is longer than the United States average with a one-way commute taking about 28 minutes longer than the US average of 26 minutes. Trolleys are situated throughout the city and are free to the public, coming to their designated pick-up areas every 15 minutes. Another option for commuting is the Metrorail, with access in Brickell and Downtown. Metrorail takes passengers from the city to the suburbs for a small fee. Buses are also available. Miami offers easy access to Interstate 95, taking commuters to neighboring cities to the north and south and Interstate 395 to the east and west. Miami International Airport is located less than 10 miles from Downtown Miami, making it a seamless drive for frequent travelers.