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Neighborhood Spotlight: Miami MiMo District

Written by Kelly Weimert on Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 at 12:33pm.

Established in 2006 as a historic district to protect its unique mix of architectural styles, the Miami MiMo District has transformed from a decaying urban wasteland of the 1980s to a thriving community at the top of many residents' and developers’ lists of destinations to invest in.

MiMo gets its name from a style of mid-century architecture known as Miami Modern, so it is first and foremost an architectural neighborhood. With its primary construction having taken place from the 1920s-1950s, its buildings reflect the trends of that era, featuring a mix of Art Deco, Mediterranean Revival, and, of course, the post-war Modern styles of the 1950s.

Many businesses today are seeing the value of MiMo’s history and architectural bones. In the past 10 or so years, a growing stream of developers and entrepreneurs have set their sights on the neighborhood for its historic buildings, central locale, and peaceful vibe.

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Avra Jain, the head of major Miami development firm, the Vagabond Group, is among those leading the charge on this ‘hood’s transformation. In 2012, Jain tackled a $2 million renovation of a 45-room hotel designed by Robert Swartburg, resulting in the current Vagabond Hotel—now a popular staple of the neighborhood. And Avra Jain’s far from the only one bringing business to the neighborhood.

John Kunkel, founder of the 50 Eggs restaurant group renovated a dilapidated three-story mid-century motel to be the headquarters and test kitchen for his growing company, which features restaurant all-stars like Yardbird, Swine, and Khong River House. 

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Then there’s the cooking school that celebrity chef Norman Van Aken opened across the street, thanks to another Jain-led gut renovation of the Royal Motel. There are also swaths of bars and restaurants that set up shop in MiMo, like the 9,000-square-foot boxing-themed bar Punch, Panther Coffee, and the ever-popular food truck, Ms. Cheezious’, first brick-and-mortar restaurant.

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The MiMo District is also a draw for artists. For instance, a stretch of industrial warehouses off of Biscayne Boulevard was converted into a center for art and design called Ironside. Developed by Ofer Mizrahi, Ironside features a series of showrooms for designers, visual artists, and architects to create works of art and provides a central piazza to showcase their works to the public.

Of course, with all of the aforementioned makers and their impeccable taste moving in, the neighborhood has also seen an influx of boutique clothing stores, galleries, and home design shops, such as the thrifty wonderland, Fly Boutique, which sells luxury vintage items from Chanel, Missoni, Dior, and a whole lot more.

By most accounts, the MiMo developments of the last decade are just the beginning. As more businesses pop up, more people are moving in, with an influx of condos, houses, and creative offices being renovated and/or constructed to house them.

If you’re among the many who are eager to capitalize on this neighborhood’s growing popularity, let us know - we'd love to show you the homes we have for sale in the area.  

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