COCONUT GROVE

A mix of yesterday's charm with modern architecture is the magnet that draws many newcomers to the distinctive community of Coconut Grove within the city limits of Miami. Historic architecture such as the Barnacle State Historic Site, the former home of early settler Commodore Ralph Middleton Munroe, blends with contemporary, extravagant housing to produce a quaint yet sophisticated environment. Adding to Coconut Grove’s diverse lifestyle, residents of The Grove are an eclectic mix of the rich and famous—writers, artists, executives, stockbrokers and wealthy socialites. Shopping and sipping cappuccinos are favorite pastimes, though many frequent the Villa Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, the Museum of Science and Space Transit Planetarium or the Fairchild Tropical Gardens. Endless recreational opportunities include lush parks, sports fields, bike trails, marinas, picnic facilities, and a vita course. An exceptional variety of educational opportunities supplement the quality public schools, since a number of prestigious private schools and preschools are located near the University of Miami.