High Pines: Quiet Neighborhood Close to Urban Comforts

Lush tropical landscapes and streets shaded by old growth trees characterize High Pines, a small neighborhood surrounded by South Miami, Coral Gables, the Ponce Davis area and nearby Pinecrest. Single-family homes are predominant here, with the recent addition of townhomes. High Pines boasts quiet streets and a tree-lined promenade off of Red Road offering children and adults a safe place to jog and cycle.

High Pines is nestled in an area of Miami with rich history. Native Americans roamed the area, but in more recent times, W.A. Larkins built a farming community in the late 19th century along with a post office, general supply store and, eventually, a depot for the East Coast Railroad. School House Road at the eastern perimeter of High Pines is aptly named after one first school houses built in Miami.

After World War II, many veterans settled in the area to work for the now defunct Holsum Bakery. The scent of fresh bread permeated the neighborhood well into the 1980s. Today, High Pines is an ideal community for professionals and families who enjoy nature in a pedestrian friendly community.  And it’s also convenient because of its proximity to a commercial district.

High Pines residents benefit from walking distance access to South Miami’s quaint downtown for many reasons.  Restaurants, ranging from affordable to gourmet fare, that offer a variety of international cuisines, ice cream, coffee shops and bakeries. There is also bars, pubs, hair salons, day spas, yoga studios, private fitness clubs, specialty fashion and jewelry boutiques. Even upscale consignment shops can be found with fine furnishings, linen and infant clothes.

The area also features many conveniences such as pharmacies, banks, medical offices, pet shops, a post office, a hardware store and more. Markets abound, including a Whole Foods and a long-established fishmonger at Mariner’s Seafood. Sunset Place Mall features movies, bowling, a Barnes and Noble and other chain retail.

In addition, High Pines is home to the historic Audobon House. Just minutes away are Dante Fascell Park, Pinecrest Gardens, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and Matheson Hammock Park, which boasts beautiful views of Biscayne Bay. Top schools, both public and private, a private tennis club, a decades-old ballet school and places of worship also surround the neighborhood. The University of Miami is just across the main thoroughfare of US1 and is home to the Lowe Art Museum, which exhibits an impressive collection of permanent and visiting art work. To learn more about properties available in High Pines, check One Sotheby’s listings.

High Pines Home
This High Pines home on prestigious School House Road was sold by One Sotheby’s agent Jose Luis Pere for $1,950,000.
Sunset Drive's Commercial District
Sunset Drive’s commercial district in South Miami offers a home-town feel with excellent dining and shopping.

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