Art galleries. Open-air street art installations. Antique shops. Eclectic bars. Creative live-work dwellings. Those are just some of the characteristics of the creative Miami neighborhood known as Wynwood.
Wynwood has yet to realize its full potential amid the Downtown Miami renaissance but is beginning to attract attention even as its reputation for hosting a distinctive blend of street art and sophisticated art galleries ripples through international investor and development communities.
Once a warehouse and manufacturing quarter of Greater Miami, Wynwood boasts mid-century industrial warehouses, art galleries and street art. In fact, many consider it the epicenter of “pop art” in Miami with its avant-garde vibe that brings together artists, musicians, graphic designers and commercial brands to offer inventive creations.
Wynwood has garnered international recognition for combining inspiring street art and unique industrial character. Beyond its 70 art galleries and monthly art walks, Wynwood’s building murals, which feature the work of local and international talent, attract thousands of people to the neighborhood each year. And, of course, when Art Basel comes to Miami the neighborhood becomes a centerpiece of the international art community’s attention.
With so much investment in the surrounding neighborhoods, Wynwood is transforming from a once-bleak industrial district marked by barbed wire to an outdoor museum in the making. The neighborhood has strong transportation infrastructure and strategic residential and commercial real estate projects that facilitate a live, work and play culture. Indeed, heavy investments in infrastructure and beautification have paid off with a growing community of artists, young professionals and creative types seeking modern urban living. This melting pot called Wynwood will soon become a 24-hour community that acts as the heartbeat of Miami’s art and culture scene.
Wynwood is divided into several submarkets. The Wynwood Art’s and Café District, for example, is most active during the daytime hours. Clustered around NW 2nd Avenue and 29th Street, this area is famous for its monthly Art Walks. Further up North Miami Avenue, Wynwood is witnessing a surge of new restaurants, nightlife venues and other creative expressions. Meanwhile, The 29th Street corridor, the main artery in Wynwood connecting Edgewater, Downtown, Midtown and the Design District to Wynwood, is home to the Rubell Collection, O Cimena, Museo Vault and the Ducati Miami Showroom.