A charming downtown area adorned with old-fashioned lamp posts, striped awnings, and brick walkways sits at the heart of this quaint, meticulous suburb. Residents of Miami Lakes love the quiet, meandering neighborhood streets, airy green spaces, and the 23 lakes peppered throughout the area.
Getting around town is a breeze, thanks to low traffic and a burgeoning public transportation initiative, headlined by The Moover, lovingly named for Miami Lakes’ iconic and beloved cows. Yes, cows in Miami! They still graze vast fields as a living tribute to the towns origins as a dairy farm. The lovely ladies even grace the town seal!
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Where Can I Live in Miami Lakes?
A young city, Miami Lakes is the quintessential small-town community. It was incorporated in December 2000 with the promise of providing a quiet respite from the big city hustle, and life here does just that. Wide, peaceful streets harbor homes on large lots with meticulously manicured lawns and gardens.
The Satori Serenity Collection community is one of the most elegant and spacious gated neighborhoods in Miami Lakes. The 482 townhouses and single-family homes are quite new, with the majority built between 2017 and 2020. Homes here range from 2,400 to 5,000 square-foot ranches and villas spread comfortably over the community’s 128 pedestrian-friendly acres. While some homes feature private pools, all Satori residents enjoy a clubhouse with a pool, and a separate playground and splash pool for children.
Justin Trujillo, one of our Realtors here at MBG, lives at Satori. As Realtor in Residence, he has helped several of his neighbors swiftly achieve and surpass their real estate goals. In fact, he holds the record for the highest-priced Satori townhome sale, which came in above asking at $305 per square foot!
Where Will My Children Go to School?
Children in grades PK-8 can attend the Bob Graham Education Center, a top-ranked school in Miami Lakes. The school’s performance earned it a position on US News & World Report’s Best Elementary and Middle Schools lists. Students here score well above state averages in Math and Reading proficiency, and in 2021 the school was presented with an A+ Flag for excellence by State Representative Manny Diaz, Jr. for the 10th consecutive year. The school is committed to academic excellence, as well as community engagement and responsibility.
Named Best Magnet School in the Country by the Magnet School of America, the Miami Lakes Educational Center (or, as locals call it, Miami Lakes Tech) serves students in grades 9-12 by integrating traditional academic learning with 6 distinct professional track academies: Cambridge, Communications, Entrepreneurship, Health Science, Information Technology, and Applied Technology. Students earn a high school diploma, Occupational Completion Point (OCP) certificate(s), college credits, and industry certification(s), by the time they complete 12th grade. This ultra high-achievance ethic emphasizes the school’s mission to create a deeply specialized and qualified future workforce who will feel a deep sense of commitment to a global community.
Where Will I Go for Dining & Entertainment in Miami Lakes?
Main Street Miami Lakes, the hub of town, is so charming that it’s has been featured in travel magazines — and even urban development articles — as a prime example of mixed-use development. Dining, shopping, a movie theater, a performance art theater, a farmer’s market, and a host of businesses and special events invite those living in Miami Lakes, and visitors alike, to spend time in the community.
Sports fans and steak lovers are always making their way to Shula’s Steak House. Certified Angus beef, lobster, and a massive 48-oz Porterhouse are among the favorites here. As a tribute to its founder, legendary Miami Dolphin’s coach Don Shula, this flagship restaurant even has a menu printed on an NFL regulation football!
For the best Peruvian cuisine around (especially the ceviche), Dr. Limon is the place to be. Founder and Executive Chef Carlos Brescia was born in Chiclayo, Peru, and brings the traditions of home to his innovative menu featuring whimsically named dishes using plays on medical terms.
A host of specialty shops and boutiques can be found in the 225,000-square-foot Main Street complex. Clothiers for men, women, and children, specialty jewelers, florists, and decor shops are just a few of the spate of shopping options here.
Families love the CMX Cinemas Miami Lakes 17, with its high-definition screens, surround sound, cozy chairs, and fully stocked snack bar.
The My Gym facility is another kid-friendly favorite, with its fantastic classes, parties, and camps for kids. They even offer a 4-hour Parent’s Night Out, where kids can stay and play while mom and dad grab a quiet dinner or spend some quality time browsing the shops.
Even live theater graces the town. Visitors come from all over the area to enjoy the Main Street Players, staging performances for children and adults throughout the year.
How About Outdoor Fun?
Miami’s beaches get all the attention, but how about Miami Lakes’ nearly two dozen lakes? They are big, clean, and lush with beautiful scenery and packed with lots of outdoor activities.
Among the various parks in Miami Lakes, Optimist Park is a favorite with residents, and no surprise! It houses 4 baseball fields, a softball field, 2 soccer fields, 2 flag football fields, 4 outdoor basketball courts, 4 outdoor tennis courts, a 1/4 mile lighted walking path, 3 picnic pavilions, and 3 batting cages with lighting. Special events, playgrounds for the little ones, and wheelchair accessibility throughout most of the park ensure everyone in the community has access and feels welcome.
Golfers looking for a challenge head to The Miami Lakes Golf Club. The scenic and sprawling 500-acre, par 72 course was designed by Bill Watts in 1962 and updated in 1998 by nationally recognized Golf Course Architect Kipp Schulties. The course is complemented by the onsite Shula’s Steak House and the nearby Miami Lakes Hotel on Main, featuring upscale accommodations for business and leisure travelers.
The town also has extensive greenways and trails that provide safe bicycle and pedestrian paths for enjoying the outdoors, whether your pace is leisurely or high-intensity workout.
Where Will I Get Medical Care for Healthy Living in Miami Lakes?
Sanitas Medical Center provides adults and children with primary care, specialty care, urgent care, and diagnostics. In 2021, Sanitas Medical Group was recognized by the American Heart Association for excellence in care for patients with Type II Diabetes. Residents can also seek care at the Miami Lakes Medical Center, where family practice and dermatology are among the specialties.
For those in need of specialized or hospital care, Mount Sinai Medical Center provides emergency medical services, primary care, and specialized care in cardiology and urology. Mount Sinai Medical Centers have consistently received awards and accolades from Healthgrades, the American Heart Association, The American College of Radiology, and US News & World Report.
Are you ready to start living in Miami Lakes? The Monica Betancourt Group is ready to guide you in the first step — finding your perfect Miami Lakes home. We’re here for you, get in touch!
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