Overview of Miami
An artistic hub
The Design District is Miami's premier neighborhood for artists and lovers of the arts. It boasts many successful creative professionals among its residents, and for good reason. The neighborhood is home to more than 130 galleries and art fairs, as well as antique shops and other specialty retailers of particular interest to the visually minded.
One of the biggest and best-known galleries is the De La Cruz Contemporary Art Space. According to Miami and Beaches, the 30,000-foot building is home to artist residencies and classes, in addition to the art collection of Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz.
Other creative spaces in the area include the Bakehouse Art Complex and the Art Fusion Galleries.
For those who like to add celebration and community to their arts experience, the Miami Design District Art and Design Night runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the second Saturday of every month. And Miami Beach is just a short drive away via the Tuttle Causeway, so enthusiasts can easily head over for the Art Basel contemporary art fair, held every December.
Fashion and shopping nearby
Those scoping out studio apartments for rent in Miami will find the Design District offers a plethora of fashion and shopping possibilities. The area has its own array of luxury shops, but the Wynwood neighborhood is just south, with its bustling fashion scene and many retailers.
The Shops at Midtown Miami reside between the two neighborhoods, and once you cross over into Wynwood, you can take advantage of that area's own selection of great museums, galleries and nightlife. The Wynwood Walls are also a sight to behold: They feature enormous murals by street artists like Shepard Fairey and others.
Nightlife and getaway options
There are plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy city life in the area, too. The Design District has many hip bars and restaurants to choose from, so you can apply your love of the finer things to food and drink.
While the Art Basel festival only happens once a year, nearby Miami Beach is a 365-day resource. If you're looking to balance out your intake of art and culture with some relaxation and swimming - or perhaps to show off the swimsuit you just picked up in Wynwood - getting to the beach is as simple as hopping in your car and driving for about 15 minutes over the bridge.
Alternatively, you could opt to stay on this side of the water and view the waves from Albert Pallot Park or Martel Park - both of which are within walking distance from the Design District - or check out the lush and elaborate Hortense World Gardens.