Coral Way Corridor Offers Central Location, Authenticity
Usually when people come to Miami Beach 411 asking where to relocate, they are advised to look into South Beach, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove or Brickell Avenue.
After all, those areas are trendy, centrally located neighborhoods that are safe. At least for Miami standards.
But they can also be pricey.
A more affordable alternative that is often overlooked is the Coral Way Corridor, which is smack in between the Gables, the Grove, Brickell and Little Havana, making it one of Miami’s most central neighborhoods.
“Everybody was telling me I should live on South Beach,” said Veronica Castillo, a 31-year-old woman who moved to Miami from Peru two years ago and settled in the Coral Way Corridor neighborhood.
“But that’s too crazy for me. I like something a little more relaxed.
“And I like the restaurants in this area, especially the Peruvian restaurants.”
The Coral Way Corridor is the area along Coral Way that connects Coral Gables to Brickell Avenue, which connects to downtown Miami.
Back in the 1920s, which is ancient history in Miami, a street car ran along Coral Way, connecting downtown Miami to Coral Gables.
Now Coral Way is lined with banyan trees, providing a nice canopy from the harsh Miami sun.
It is one of Miami’s most authentic, walkable and historical neighborhoods lined with mom-and-pop stores as well as a diverse selection of independent restaurants.
With a mixture of high-rise luxury condos, 1970s style apartments and various non-cookie-cutter style houses, the Coral Way Corridor offers something for most everybody’s price range.
For example, a one-bedroom, one-bathroom second floor apartment in a well-maintained 1970s building was renting for $850.
A two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment in the same building was renting for $950.
And a one-bedroom condo on the sixth floor in the Gables Marquis high-rise is currently renting for $1,200.
A two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit on the 11th floor of the Gables Marquis is currently renting at $1,650.
Single family homes range from 1920 Spanish mission and bungalow style homes to 1930s art deco style homes to simple post World War II homes, according to the City of Miami’s neighborhood profile web page.
Unlike South Beach, this area is not overrun with tourists, which can get old after awhile.
And while it might not have the throbbing nightlife of South Beach, it has a wide range of restaurants and it is only a short drive to the Grove, Gables or Brickell area.
It is also served by three Metrorail stations, the Coconut Grove, Vizcaya and Douglas Road stations.
While these are not exactly within walking distance, they are only a short drive away.
It is also takes less than 15 minutes to drive to Miami International Airport or if you prefer, a $20 cab ride.
Like most of Miami, the area is made up of mostly Hispanics, but you will never have a problem communicating if you only speak English. Even in the Cuban restaurants.
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One way to get a taste of a neighborhood’s character is through its restaurants, which are plentiful along the Coral Way Corridor.
Check out the photos below to get a taste.
Photos by Carlos Miller
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