The Design District, a planned development that was previously referred to as Bueno Vista has both a rich history filled with ups and downs. The old Design District mostly contained low-rise warehouses. Bueno Vista was a flourishing neighborhood in the 1920s and enjoyed as much of the property boom as anywhere else. The area was adversely affected by real estate market fluctuations from then henceforth. Bueno Vista was an underdeveloped and largely ignored area. By the 1980s and early 1990s, there was virtually no interest in commercial or residential real estate in the area.
Bueno Vista rose in the late 1990s and early 2000s like a Phoenix from the ashes. What fuelled the growth of Bueno Vista was the opening of art and retail design stores. A man named Craig Robins is attributed with having jumpstarted the growth of Bueno Vista by buying many run-down properties. Many artists and designers located in the area and Bueno Vista was soon filled with people of such orientation. The area was remodeled by the artists and the designers who made the buildings and the town’s landscape synonymous with beauty and design.
The modern version of Bueno Vista, the Design District consisted of new buildings and renovation of beautifully crafted old ones. The area has become home to over 70 luxury designer stores including Tom Ford, Prada, Cartier and Louis Vuitton. All the luxury stores opened there since 2009 have made the Design District a hotspot for high-end retail. The large number of designers present in the area is how the town came to be known as the Design District. The Design District shows no signs of slowing down with many more shops set to open up in the near future.
Luxury and designer clothing, shoes or jewelry undoubtedly mean one thing: celebrities. Spotting a celebrity in the Design District is almost as easy as pointing out a celestial star in the night sky. There are also many other celebrity attractions in the Design District such as restaurants and art galleries. Some places to mention include Seven Lounge (now closed), Opera Gallery, Swanpspace, Lemoni Café and Paradise Plaza.
Glorified celebrities such as Madonna, Sylvester Stallone, Beyoncé, George Clooney and Donald Trump have been spotted once or severally in the Design District. They do come to experience the exemplary skills of a famous chef or do some shopping and enjoy the Miami sun. The District is also special to those who reside there.