A Local Guide to Pinecrest
prepared by Hal Feldman - being developed now
If you want to find out what is going on in and around Pinecrest for its more than 19,000 residents, you’ll want to check out:
The official Village website (http://pinecrest-fl.gov/)
The official Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pinecrestfl/)
The official Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/pinecrestfl)
The Village of Pinecrest was incorporated in 1996 and is recognized as one of the most beautiful residential areas in South Florida. The Village is known for its exceptional schools, large lots (typically an acre) and beautiful homes and vegetation. It is conveniently located 20-minutes from downtown Miami and Miami International Airport.
Pinecrest also has Pinecrest Gardens, which is the former grounds of Parrot Jungle, and now serves as a cultural arts park. Events ranging from art installations to music performances under its bandshell, known as the Banyan Bowl, make this a wonderful family destination almost every day of the year.
One of the reasons Pinecrest is known as one of the best bedroom communities in South Florida is because of its educational resources and focus.
Pinecrest Elementary 10250 SW 57th Avenue, Pinecrest, FL 33156 / 305-667-5579
Palmetto Elementary 12401 SW 74th Avenue, Pinecrest, FL 33156 / 305-238-4306
Palmetto Middle School 7351 SW 128th Street, Pinecrest, FL 33156 / 305-238-3911
Palmetto Senior High School 7460 SW 118th Street, Pinecrest, FL 33156 / 305-235-1360
Gulliver Schools 6575 N. Kendall Dr, Pinecrest, FL 33156 / 305-666-7937
Gulliver Schools (at Bet Shira) 7500 SW 120th Street, Pinecrest, FL 33156 / 305-238-3424
MEDICAL AND EMERGENCY
For grocery shopping, it’s hard to beat Publix. Thankfully, Palmetto Bay has a huge Publix located at US-1 and SW 146th Street. It is joined with a CVS pharmacy and a Hallmark store, making this a great one-stop weekly destination. Also in this shopping plaza is Grove Bank & Trust, a great local bank.
All along the US-1 corridor you will find a myriad of great stores to shop. If you are in need of pool supplies or advice, I highly recommend the locally-owned Pinch-A- Penny franchise.
Just north of Palmetto Bay on SW 136th Street is a Home Depot. Like me, I am sure you’ll be spending plenty of time there to fix up your home just right.
The Falls Shopping Center is an open-air strolling mall with about 30 shops. Located just west of US-1 at 136th Street, you can’t miss the large monument sign. Outparcel The Fresh Market allows for alternative grocery shopping to Publix. The mall itself is host to anchors Macy*s and Bloomingdales. There is also a Regal multiplex movie theater.
The Falls Industrial area consists of warehouses, shops and restaurants and is located between 136th Street and 128th Street just west of US-1. It is best to take the 132nd Street turn off of US-1 to reach this location. Among the offerings is South Dade Electric, Bensons Lighting, several plumbing supply shops, tile and carpet stores and vendors who can provide parts for just about anything. In short, if you are looking for specialty items, you should check here first. You’ll probably find it!
Dadeland Shopping Center is a larger, more mainstream shopping mall located north of Palmetto Bay by about 10 minutes. Best way there is US-1 to the Palmetto Expressway northbound. Exit at 88th Street and you will see the mall to your right.
Opened in 2012, Fuddruckers is hard to beat for good burgers. Owned by a family from Pinecrest, this particular restaurant takes pride in their community involvement.
Starbucks is in two locations in Palmetto Bay. One is at US-1 and 148th Street. This location features a drive-thru to get you on your way. There is also one off Old Cutler Road at SW 168th Street in a little “town corner” which features two gas stations, a BB&T bank, dry cleaner and more.
At that same corner is the wonderful Alaine’s Osteria restaurant. It is a great Italian place with nearly every family member involved in the restaurant. There is a Miller’s Ale House at 136th Street and US-1. For eating in or taking out, China Gold is a favorite of my family at US-1 and SW 152nd Street. Krispy Kreme also operates at US-1 and SW 168th Street. Many other fine restaurants from inexpensive to not so cheap are waiting to take your money.
Three diner/deli type restaurants are worth noting due to their local hangout status. Within Palmetto Bay, you can try Original Lots of Lox. Just north on US-1, please check out Wagons West in the Suniland Shopping Center (US-1 at 114th Street). This has been a staple to the community since 1980 and is one of the family favorites. Still further north is Roasters ‘n Toasters in two Pinecrest locations (US-1 and SW 128th Street & US-1 and SW 94th Street), known as the best deli in Florida. A bit more expensive than the first two, but you can’t beat their food.
Deering Estate - If you are interested in the early history of Miami, Cutler and the Palmetto Bay area, look no further than the Deering Estate located off Old Cutler Road and SW 168th Street. Besides hosting events like the annual Seafood Festival, this is a great place to get some culture and stroll the grounds of a unique part of South Florida.
Zoo Miami – Located on SW 152nd Street about five miles west from US-1, this is a tremendous zoo. Zoo Miami offers discounts to families, a monorail option for getting around and hosts 40 endangered species. Since 1948, the zoo has opened its doors to kids and adults from around the world.
Fairchild Tropical Gardens – This is a treasure of South Florida. Located on Old Cutler Road north of Palmetto Bay at SW 119th Street, Fairchild Tropical Gardens has a lot more than just tropical gardens. This is a great social and cultural center as well. Dale Chihuli’s hand-blown glass art graces many areas of the grounds. Don’t miss the butterfly exhibit!
Black Point Marina – If you have a boat and want to launch to Biscayne Bay, this Cutler Bay spot is a great place to do so. Black Point Marina also has a great Ocean Grill restaurant/bar, where (if you are lucky) you’ll see one of South Florida’s great cover rock bands, Mr. Nice Guy.
Matheson Hammock – A park, beach and marina. This public park gets you close to the water activities you want. Located off Old Cutler Road at SW 96th Street, Matheson Hammock has many boat slips, launches, a restaurant (Red Ocean Grill) and a man made beach (really a lagoon-like lake).
GET GOING IN PALMETTO BAY
Beyond knowing Palmetto Bay better, you will want to use my online resource for getting started in South Florida. Everything from getting your electric and water turned on to filing for homestead exemption can be found in one place... at MiamiHal’s website.
I look forward to seeing you soon and talking more about everything Palmetto Bay has to offer!
The Village of Palmetto Bay has history going back to the Native American tribes that inhabited the area. Several historical markers dot the landscape. you can learn more here.