One of the most popular residential areas is Aventura, an immaculately landscaped city of open green spaces, lakes, and tropical greenery. Crisp white condominium towers and Mediterranean-style houses are home to more than 23,000 people. A community of old and young alike. Recent estimates put 25 to 35 percent of the residents under age 35 and 33 percent over the age of 65.
Aventura was incorporated as a city in the late 1990s, but it dates back to the 1970s when developers created a master plan to transform swamp land into a luxury community. Today the "City of Excellence" encompasses 3.3 square miles between the Intracoastal Waterway on the east and Biscayne Boulevard on the west. Aventura is midway between downtown Miami and Fort Lauderdale and two international airports and seaports.
If you ask residents why they like living in Aventura, the answer will probably focus on lifestyle in attractive surroundings. Palm trees and flowered medians mark the entrance to the city on Aventura Boulevard. Beyond, Country Club Drive sweeps around the Turnberry Isle Resort golf course. Residents jog, bike, or skate around the bordering 4.3-mile fitness trail.
For two days every February, Country Club Drive is closed off to traffic for the Aventura Festival of the Arts, which attracts some 60,000 visitors. Residents flock to Aventura's Founders Park for the children's playground, tennis courts, and multipurpose athletic field.
Private yachts dock at Waterways Marina in the shadow of a decorative lighthouse. The surrounding village is a charming pedestrian-only area of boutiques and galleries and restaurants.
The area's most famous landmark is Aventura Mall. To date it is the largest in the area with six department store anchors and more than 250 shops in a setting of marble floors, fountains, and palms.
The city's thriving business community is focused on retail, service providers, and overwhelmingly, professionals; Aventura has designs on becoming "the Wall Street of the South." You will find that a large number of physicians maintain offices in Aventura and Aventura Hospital and Medical Center serves the surrounding community.