Upper Eastside Miami is rapidly becoming a very trendy neighborhood that is popular with the artistic crowd and young professionals. Most like the fact the community offers plenty of tasty restaurants with some of the city's finest chefs at the helm and the healthy suburban feel to it. Upper Eastside is comprised of Morningside, the MiMo district, North Beach, and Midtown. The area is also home to art galleries and boutique shops. Housing runs the gamut from single-family homes to multi-family units, apartment complexes, and high-rise condos. In the MiMo district, there are several hotels built in the 1950s and 60s that have been renovated and turned into a range of businesses.
The weather here is ideal for dog lovers as there are very few days where you and your pup won't be able to go for walkies. Even in the middle of winter, the average temperatures are in the sixties with the occasional rain.
Upper Eastside is a blend of residential areas, main streets with business, and level roads. The big challenge for you and your pup is working your way up to taking in multiple blocks on your walks. While most of the neighborhoods within Upper Eastside have relatively low crime rates, you should talk to your neighbors to find out if there are any areas to avoid. If you have just moved into the area from out of state, you may not be aware of the problem with the pavement here.
According to experts, once the outside temperature is in the mid-70s, pavement exposed to direct sunlight typically measures 120°F which is hot enough for you to add oil and fry an egg. When the sun heats the outside temperatures to 85°F and above, the pavement will measure 135°F or more. At this temperature, paw pads can be severely burned within minutes, requiring immediate treatment that you want to avoid.
There are several parks within the limits of Upper Eastside starting up north with Baywood Park which is an extended area of grass running alongside the water. The park is mostly just a strip of grass with a walking trail, but it's better than being stuck walking on the pavement all the time!
Legion Park spans from Biscayne Blvd. to the water and offers acres of grass, shade trees, walking trails, and a great view of the water and all that passes by in it. It also has a dog park where you can let your pup run off-leash. The park is also home to the Upper Eastside Famer's Market where you can choose from an incredible selection of locally grown produce.
The other big park is Morningside Park spanning seven blocks along Biscayne. This hidden gem offers acres of grass, a community pool, walking tracks, and many other activities that make it extremely popular.