Prestigious Pine Tree Drive is the neighborhood of choice for people who crave gracious older homes set amid tropically landscaped gardens on spacious lots.
Starting at 28th Street, it crosses 41st Street, Miami Beach’s main east-west route, and continues north for another 2 ½ miles, parallel with La Gorce Drive to 63rd Street. Pine Tree Drive gets its name from the Australian pines lining the median for several blocks as a living reminder of Miami Beach’s early agricultural past. The trees were planted as a windbreak for the avocado groves of pioneer developer John Collins and now have a historic preservation order on them.
Pine Tree Drive’s northern section ranks among the best residential areas in Miami Beach. The area is low-key but only minutes from the beach and all the buzz and amenities of Miami Beach. On the eastern side of Pine Tree Drive Impressive gates open to the courtyards of vast waterfront estates that present an idyllic scene when viewed from Collins Avenue across Indian Creek. Guest cottages, separate staff quarters and large indoor and outdoor entertainment areas plus yachts docked on Indian Creek, are a feature of many grand homes here.
Many of the classic Mediterranean mansions were designed by distinguished architects of the1930s and ‘40s while other homes display varied architectural styles. Some modem mega mansions have also gone up in the past few years.