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Just south of Downtown Miami and the Miami International Airport and tucked between the shores of Biscayne Bay and the Everglades National Forest, the suburban city of Pinecrest is considered to be one of South Florida's most beautiful residential communities. Near the well-known upscale suburban Kendall area outside Miami, Pinecrest provides a comfortable blend of urban and country living. City amenities are just a skip away, but the neighborhood itself is comprised mostly of comfortable ranch-style homes surrounded by expansive, lushly manicured lawns. Pinecrest boasts a unique heritage of laid-back rural and suburban charm and a thoughtful approach to development. It's a gracious community where people and nature exist side-by-side. The South Florida Business Journal recently ranked Pinecrest Best in South Florida for quality of life

An appreciation for nature runs deep here. The treasured Pinecrest Gardens serve as a community hub, while six additional parks offer sports and leisure space to enhance the lifestyle of residents. The community has made a firm commitment to the environment: With goals of sustainability and Going Green initiatives, the city aims to keep raising the bar on environmental responsibility. Pinecrest has already been honored by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA. More than 10,000 street trees have been planted in the neighborhood since 1997.

The community began growing in the 1930s when one of South Florida's first tourist attractions made its debut. Parrot Jungle, a 20-acre property with undisturbed nature trails and free-flying exotic birds had over a million visitors from all over the world flocking to this corner of the state. In the 1950s and 60s, the neighborhood's signature ranch homes began to appear on acre-wide lots. These long, low rustic homes paired well with expansive green lawns dotted with trees and shrubbery, and this aesthetic still serves as a trademark of the community's distinctly open suburban style. After decades of growth the town was officially incorporated on March 12, 1996. Purchased by the town on the grounds of the original Parrot Jungle, the Gardens are still home to 1,000 types of tropical plants that flourish among native palms, cypress and tropical hardwoods, crisscrossed with streams, caves and fissures.

There's also plenty to do if you're seeking civilization and culture. A weekly farmer's market is held here. Events and holiday festivals take place in the Gardens, as do outdoor movie screenings and a concert series featuring South Florida's best jazz musicians. And to keep the littlest residents entertained, there's a water playground, petting zoo, swan lake, camp programs and more. In 2008, the Pinecrest Community Center opened, acting as a neighborhood base where residents can utilize a top-of-the-line fitness center, take advantage of an extensive list of programs geared toward area seniors, or participate in enrichment classes and lectures for residents of all ages.

Pinecrest is roughly 12 miles from Miami International Airport and about 15 miles from Downtown Miami. The area is served by Metrobuses and has Miami Metrorail stops at Dadeland North and Dadeland South. Dixie Highway/US-1 is the main highway traveling both North and South out of Pinecrest.

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