Aventura, incorporated in 1995, is one of Miami-Dade’s newest communities and this young, vibrant city is becoming recognized as a premier location in which to live, play or shop. The city’s economic base has grown dramatically from 1996/97’s taxable values of $2.6 billion to an estimated $4.7 billion in 2003/04. This healthy economy continues to draw new businesses to the area supporting opportunity and increased community growth.
Aventura has a population of approximately 30,000 people who have the advantage of living in this upscale community with its abundance of shops, boutiques, and outdoor restaurants. The Aventura Mall is South Florida’s largest shopping destination with over 2.4 million square feet, home to over 280 stores and restaurants. Recently renovated, this multi-level mall features dramatic architecture, a distinctive design, and is one of the five top grossing malls in the nation.
In addition to the Aventura Mall, there are several other shopping areas and retail plazas, including Loehmann’s Fashion Island. It draws visitors who enjoy browsing in its open-air boutiques, bright with fresh flowers, or the casual dining in the colorful sidewalk cafes or splurging in fine gourmet restaurants. The Shoppes at the Waterways is built around a deep water marina with spectacular views of the harbor, luxury yachts, and tall palms.. Residents and tourist appreciate this center with its fine art and clothing shops, and al fresco dining under the stars.
Millions of dollars have been spent on the Aventura’s infrastructure improvements and beautification projects, including new parks, sidewalks, improved lighting and drainage, and safety features. There is a new state-of-the art Government Center plus a 25,000 square foot Community/Recreation Center in a park-like setting on the waterfront.
The first municipal run charter school in Miami - Dade County has been opened to meet the educational needs of families with younger children, grades K through 8.
Aventura is 12 miles north of Miami, 12 miles south of Fort Lauderdale and only one mile from some of South Florida’s finest beaches. It is conveniently located on the Intracoastal Waterway between two major airports. It has an upscale condominium community with some of the best known, large scale condo projects in the state.