A Look at Margaret Pace Park in the Arts District of Miami

February 23, 2009 by Lucas Lechuga

Margaret Pace Park in the Miami Arts District

I had some time to kill in between showing appointments Sunday afternoon so I decided to take a walk around Margaret Pace Park.  It was a warm afternoon and the park was bustling with activity.  For those of you who don’t know, Margaret Pace Park is located in Edgewater Miami along North Bayshore Drive from NE 17 Street to NE 20 Street.

A few volleyball games, tennis matches and a pick-up game of basketball took place while I was there.  People were also out walking their dogs or jogging around the path that surrounds the park.  I noticed several parents having fun with their young children at the playground as well.

Margaret Pace Park volleyball courts

Margaret Pace Park basketball court

Margaret Pace Park children's playground

Margaret Pace Park on Biscayne Bay

1800 Club, Quantum on the Bay, Cite on the Bay and Paramount Bay are a few condo developments across the street from Margaret Pace Park. (Below, from left to right)

1800 Club, Quantum on the Bay, Cite on the Bay, Paramount Bay

Here’s an aerial view of Margaret Pace Park that I took a few years ago from one of the condo buildings nearby:

Margaret Pace Park aerial view

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Anonymous
Bmw m3
7 years 7 months ago

Not very well kept….but it’s ghetto-tastic!

Anonymous
AJ
7 years 7 months ago
You guys knew this would make me crawl out of the wood works! Lucas, Thanks for making my day. Such a nice feeling to be reminded of my fav home/neighborhood especially while I am away from America for so long. Nice pics. There is one shot from the Venetian causeway toll plaza framed with Venetia to the left and Paramount Bay to the right in the frame. That is an astounding pic of the entire Pace Park area. Try and capture it when you can (or I can send it to you if you want). I am enjoying the last… Read more »
Anonymous

Are there a lot of homeless in the park?

Oh wait… I am talking about Miami… Never mind I already know the answer.

Anonymous
Visionary
7 years 7 months ago

Lucas,

Thank You for the fine pictures.
This is absolutely the best place to live in Miami.

Anonymous
Condo Swindlers
7 years 7 months ago
Much has changed since I proposed to now ex wife in that Park in the last 10 years. As a former owner at 21 Biscayne I can remember a day when Crack was dealt openly there, the homeless bathed in the bay, and then came Something about Mary…The best thing that could have happened, yet why oh why so many condos and now another one-Paramount Bay that corridor is going to be very crouded and too bad as those old houses were truly a piece of old florida Architecture from a time we all forgot, and now will never remember-so… Read more »
Anonymous
7 years 7 months ago

This year when I went to the boat show and parked in front of this park, I made a point of carefully watching where was I stepping.

This is because a few years ago when I walked across the park to look at the water, the whole place stank of dog excrement and I may have stepped on some.

Never gone back, and not much interested either.

Anonymous
Wild Bill
7 years 7 months ago

Nice to see street level photos. The rest of this area is going to be vacant lots for another twenty years. Drive a few blocks west. Don’t be fooled by one park that is used as a dog toilet by condo owners.

Anonymous
H20
7 years 7 months ago

Off topic but here goes… what does anybody know about the closing rate for the Dezer developed Trump Towers? Are numbers even out yet? I know you cover Sunny Isles Lucas, have you gotten any numbers from them? Also, is it just me or does anyone think that the younger Dezer is a doppelganger for Ron Jeremy?

Anonymous
lara
7 years 7 months ago

Hi Lucas,

Thank you very much for your pictures. It reminded me also about the place and what attracted me there from the very beginning when I discovered it which was 4 years ago.

there are a lot of young professionals there and it is full of energy. IT is also 2 blocks from PAC which is great.

Anonymous
New Yorker
7 years 7 months ago
Pace Park does indeed add a positive dimension for those living in 1800, Quantum, Cite & Paramount. Much more appealing than the location of developments like Platinum Onyx, & Star Lofts on those empty streets which dead-end at the bay. But in the bigger picture of Miami city planning and zoning policy, this is a tiny sliver of public bayfront land that doesn’t even begin to address the long term needs for this type of space when the downtown & mid-town population finally catches up and fills all the existing development in 7 – 10 years. If city leaders had… Read more »
Anonymous
moretroops
7 years 7 months ago

New Yorker hits nail firmly on head. Miami’s leadership is incompetent. Hell its drycleaners are incompetent.

That said, there has been much structural improvement in recent years — regardless of where the credit belongs. This can hardly be denied. A little positivism is okay.

Anonymous
New Yorker
7 years 7 months ago
Moretroops – you’re right, there are more positives recently than before and at least issues like upgraded public transportion, zoning, and LEED building codes are being discussed more seriously at the city level. No sense in crying over spilled milk since we can’t go back and change history regarding things like a continuous public waterfront and more responsible zoning that might have buffered this crash, but I really do have a deep affection for Miami and it’s sometimes painful to see all the greed and corruption in the face of “what might have been”. So when I see things like… Read more »
Anonymous
Kramer
7 years 7 months ago
Thanks Lucas Urban living at its best. This is a model for what every city person desires. Great water views from your front porch balcony and only an elevator ride away for soccer games,tennis games,volleyball,childrens playground,basketball games and a place for your dog to exercise. This place is bustling with energy. One of my criticisms of Brickell is that there isnt one park in or near Brickell that is within walking distance of your condo or office. Except for that tiny tiny one next to Icon. Also Brickell condos like Plaza,500 Brickell,Bricell On River,Icon,1060 Brickell, Infinity, – they are not… Read more »
Anonymous
Renter Tom
7 years 7 months ago

Looks like a nice park from the pictures. Having nice open spaces is a plus which is why I like Haulover park and marina adjacent to Sunny Isles Beach….it is huge with kite flying, marina, jogging paths and is safe, esp. since the naturist on the north beach can’t had a weapon! LOL

Anonymous
Condo Vulture
7 years 7 months ago

I have been ready this Blog for some time and I’ve come to the conclusion that The Ace aka The Smart Money is really Peter Schiff incognito.

When you eliminate the impossible all that remains no matter how improbable has to be the truth.

Anonymous
Condo Vulture
7 years 7 months ago

And before the “spell checkers” crucify me I meant to say…

I have been reading this Blog…….

Anonymous
DJ
7 years 7 months ago
I like Pace Park a lot. I’m renting in a waterfront place here now, and was thinking about buying here, but I don’t like 1800 Club or Quantum enough to want to buy in either building. The views are great and its really nice living across from the park (I play basketball or volleyball pretty often, or even just take a walk with the girlfriend along the water), but all the units in 1800 or Q are pretty cookie-cutter, small, and overpriced for what you get. I’d stay in this area if there were decent units in either building, but… Read more »
Anonymous
7 years 7 months ago
Kramer said it best. I am a NY transplant and I’ve lived in Miami since last May. I love the liveliness of all of the different areas of the city, the culture, the weather ! The one thing I miss most about NYC is the ability to use my car ONLY to visit my friends and family in NJ. It drives me insane that I have to drive everywhere! Then I have to drive to the beach and pay $20 to park. I live in what I refer to as the “midtown compound” and I can walk to a few… Read more »
Anonymous
7 years 7 months ago

NJHG/ YOU LIKE IT BECAUSE YOUR NEW MOST PEOPLE BURN OUT ON MIAMI AFTER 2 YEARS
LIVLINESS ??

MONDAY -FRIDAY SOUTH BEACH IS A GHOST TOWN, TRY LIBERTY CITY
OVERTOWN OR EVEN N MIAMI THATS NICE

GO TO CORAL GABLES AND SEE THE LIGHT

Anonymous
Probably too Cynical
7 years 7 months ago
I am hoping someone with more knowledge than me on this topic will comment on this. (particularly you, Renter Tom.) I sense the gub’ment is going down a path that will lead us to inflation the likes of which we’ve not seen since the Jimmy Carter abortion of a presidency. would this not be beneficial to homeowners that are underwater but have a fixed-rate mortgage? (though to the detriment of the more disciplined members of our society who’ve been saving money during the recent madness.) is it possible to inflate our currency out of this debt mess? secondly, what hedges… Read more »
Anonymous
Raffi
7 years 7 months ago

probably too cynical,

If you have read previous posts on this blog you may have noticed that I have had that discussion with renter tom, I believe that we will have hyper inflation in the coming years. when inflation spikes up its def. beneficial to have a long term fixed rate mortgage because in essence you would be paying nothing due to the high inflation. a 6% rate now will look free 5 years from now, as far as hedging goes you have many options and gold is one of them.

Anonymous
ocean5
7 years 7 months ago

DJ – I’ve been around Pace Park and agree with other posters that it is nice to have a park with all the activities that Pace Park has. I’ve also wondered whether crowding was ever a problem given all the new condos in the immediate area.

What has been your experience with crowds at Pace Park? Also, I’m curious which building you are in if its not 1800 Club or Quantum?

Anonymous
BMW M3
7 years 7 months ago

No hyperinflation. Just inflation. Inflation in commodities without wages going up similar to Argentina. Government will take action to prevent hyperinflation. Hyperinflation is never overnight, and can ALWAYS be stopped if the government takes the right actions. IMF issued a paper on this. This means home prices won’t increase like they did in the 1970s. It just means that people get poorer and can afford less nice things. Home prices won’t be heading back up, if anything, this kind of inflation pushes home prices down further.

Anonymous
BMW M3
7 years 7 months ago

Also, if inflation is coming in 36 months an you buy now, you will lose 50% of your money in real terms. Also, if homes in Miami can’t be purchased on margin and require 40% down payment, why not buy a much better inflation hedge like gold?

Anonymous
AJ
7 years 7 months ago

New Yorker,
I lamented before about the lack of any waterfront parks in Miami all the way from Keystone to Rickenbacker. Any other city would have set aside parks like Pace for the sake of the public. Even Pace is not sop much because of the city but due to the Margaret Pace Trust. Yes it is a shame.
All said and done just because there is no other such waterfront park ringed by buildings, the buildings surrounding pace park become that much more attractive to live.

Anonymous
AZ88
7 years 7 months ago

How is Pace Park at night? Is it safe?

Anonymous
Muir
7 years 7 months ago
Gold is not being bought on hyper-inflation worries. It’s being bought as an insurance policy against a total collapse of all financial systems. We are in a full-fledged deflation. It’s so obvious if you stop listening to CNBC and look. What does it tell you that AMEX is giving $300 to get it’s card back? The era of easy credit is over. There is less cash every day, the velocity of money has come to a crawl. This is the deflation. The 1 Trillion stimulus will do nothing to stop this freight train. Don’t know where RT gets his rep,… Read more »
Anonymous
BMW M3
7 years 7 months ago

Muir, perhaps you should have a look at itulip to balance out your views:

http://www.itulip.com/forums/showthread.php?p=77759#post77759

Anonymous
Kyle
7 years 7 months ago
Pace Park makes the around it. Living in the apartment buildings around Pace Park is a huge benefit because of the waterfront views, the Metromover stations, its proximity to Downtown and Pace Park. That said, there is a lot to do in Miami and if you know where to live there are places in Miami that you can live without a car (Downtown, Brickell and South Beach). And you never have to “get bored” of them, there’s always something to do there. To say that South Beach is dead from Monday to Friday is a blatant lie, because South Beach… Read more »
Anonymous
Muir
7 years 7 months ago

BMW M3,
I have ITulip bookmarked.
A lot of people have lost a lot of money in recent years following their advice and others.
U.S. was supposed to collapse and EU and gold would triumph, as well as BRIC.
Want me to dig up posters here less than 6 months ago mentioning BRIC?
The smart money is on deflation for the time being. When there is hyper-inflation, the smart money will change course.

It’s easy to make money, here take a look at this graph and tell me what you would do.

Muir, member of the “smart money.”

Anonymous
7 years 7 months ago

you have to have a gold position plain and simple buy gxd aem anyone of them

miami is realy starting to remind me of ny without the good food, or employment…

the west coast of florida is starting to look realy good to me i think i will buy aa house for a 100 grand…..

getting arrested by the beach for a tailight may have been my final straw

Anonymous
DJ
7 years 7 months ago
ocean5 (post #23) I live in Bay Parc Plaza….a somewhat decent rental building located inbetween Opera and 1800 club. I moved here in May, 2006 right after I finished law school, so I wanted something affordable but still nice with decent views. When I moved in, Opera, 1800 and Quantum were all still under construction, so since moving to the area I’ve seen a huge influx of new residents. Even with all the new people living here, it looks to me like a lot of the people (especially playing sports) in the park probably come from elsewhere, so its never… Read more »
Anonymous
Renter Tom
7 years 7 months ago
Probably too Cynical – Inflation? It seems to be a mid to longer term concern and inflating our way out of a nominal priced debt obligation would seem to be one solution except when you don’t finance such debt obligations with only long term notes. That is, the short to mid term notes will need to be refinanced going forward and if there is high inflation the lenders will demand a high interest rate! Defeats the deflate your way out debt scheme. Moreover, there is a lot of pain when inflation reaches higher levels esp above 10%. I have been… Read more »
Anonymous
Richard
7 years 7 months ago

Pace park needs to give the security people a paint brush and a sprinkler–let security go undercover. They need an electronic fence to keep the dogs out so kids and people could enjoy grass picnics. Dogs are great but should people living in apartments have them.

Anonymous
RAM
7 years 7 months ago

Muir,

Did you buy gold in coins/bullion or futures contracts?

Anonymous
Raffi
7 years 7 months ago

BMW M3, when you say govt. will take action to stop hyperinflation do you mean by printing money 24hrs. a day?? because thats what they are doing. on top of our HUGE federal deficit (I think around 10 trillion now), the yearly deficit we have, and osama over there printing money likes it going out of style (all of which won’t do anything to spark the economy) I don’t see how we won’t have hyperinflation. In 5 years we’ll see what our dollar of today will be worth. I’m thinking around zero.

Anonymous
Renter Tom
7 years 7 months ago

Raffi – So far…..so far at least, we have not monetized the federal debt via printing money. But that could happen if people don’t lend the money to the fed govt….unprecedented amount of borrowing is coming and the fed govt would need to do that EVERY year in an ATTEMPT to re-inflate the credit bubble…..they simply don’t have the resources to do that though. Like I have said, the debtor lifestyle is over…

$2 Million Miami Beach Condo, $100K Convertible, not having to pay back the debt and a moratorium on foreclosures…. priceless.

Anonymous
Renter Tom
7 years 7 months ago

priceless, except on our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren…..

Anonymous
Laura
7 years 7 months ago
My husband and I love Pace Park as it is one of the few Miami parks where you can actually barbeque. We live on South Beach, get on our bikes and ride across with charcoal, steaks and have a beaut picnic with a lovely water view. There’s also a cricket pitch and we are looking for friends to have a game day. (husband is Australian) BTW, tired of the Miami haters and whiners who comment. Make the best of this fab city or go elsewhere! If you think living in Miami is so bad, try living in Detroit.
Anonymous
H20
7 years 7 months ago

If Miami Beach had it’s own fragrance it would smell like Astroglide, narcissism and desperation.

Anonymous
DJ
7 years 7 months ago

If it was possible to bottle that scent, I’d buy it.

Anonymous
BMW M3
7 years 7 months ago

Well, alls I know is that prices in Miami are plummetting. Raffi, I know you purchased, so of course you want home prices to skyrocket. It ain’t gonna happen. Miami is down 2.7% in December.

Anonymous
makes me think
7 years 7 months ago
I smell fear and I’m loving it! I just love reading this blog and hearing the likes of RT and Un-Releated talk about socialism, Obamunism, hyper-inflation, gold and moving their money to foreign accounts. I bet you these boys stay up all night worring about those things. I get off seeing their counterparts on CNBC yelling and screaming about socialism. Did you guys see Santelli rant at the pit the other day? Man seeing these boys shitting in their panties is better than sex, well almost. I see Panic setting in and I am busy buying everything in sight(No gold)… Read more »
Anonymous
H20
7 years 7 months ago

makes me think,

“I see Panic setting in and I am busy buying everything in sight(No gold) I’m looking for more real estate, I’m buying oil, Industrials and even financials hell I’m buying everything these cowards are selling.”

I’m throwing a yellow flag and calling a Bullshit penalty on you. 15 yards. Loss of down.

Anonymous
Kramer
7 years 7 months ago
Renter tom suggests that govt programs and govt meddling are ineffective and it is better to let the market adjust itself and let it burn out on its own. That was President Hoovers approach after the stock market crashed in 1929 and proved to be ineffective over the next 3 years (30-31-32) as the Dow collapsed from its 1929 high of 381 Dow to its bottom in 1932 of Dow 45 and unemployment peaked at 25%. Three years of letting it burn out with no goverment intervention. Only after President Roosevelt was inaugurated in March of 1933 and “meddled” with… Read more »
Anonymous
Un-Related
7 years 7 months ago
makesmethink ends his rant with: “When will these sheep learn! ” Maybe us “sheep” learned the downside the last time out during the toxic Carter years. No mortgage and no plastic here (but still get the “invites”. Yeah, I got burned for a net of less than $25K in the “condo bubble” and learned my one and only “pre-construction lesson”. The thievery behind it only surprises me to the extent that lenders were actually forking over billions of dollars to these sky-changing developers. No, I don’t worry about it at night…….my “old age” money has been in oil and oilfield… Read more »
Anonymous
makes me think
7 years 7 months ago
Ok, you call a yellow flag. good for you! What part of that would be BS? Buying houses that can pay for itself in 4 or 5 years or buying stocks that are at multiyear/multidecade lows. I consider many of these stocks as Options with no expiry or LEAPS (if the government eventually takes over or they go bankrupt). Buy a couple hundred shares lock them away in a safe and hopefully in 10 or 20 years one or two of them are doing well. At these prices you can still come out way ahead of the game if you… Read more »
Anonymous
makes me think
7 years 7 months ago

Un-Related,
I can’t argue with you. You and RT are like religious fanatics on this blog, you are right about everything, you are going to heaven and the whole world is going to hell because We don’t subscribe to your fanaticisim.

Anonymous
H20
7 years 7 months ago

makes me think,

“What part of that would be BS?”

The part about you spending money like there was no tomorrow buying up all asset classes (except gold) like there was no tomorrow. Name your LLCs and let us verify.

In short, I think you feel the need to talk a big game instead of simply stating your opinion. Nothing wrong with simply stating an opinion MMT, but anyone foolish enough to buy now shows that they have inherited money. Prices will be lower in 6 months and we will have better clarity to boot.

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