Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Sunset Place: A Shopping Mecca in South Miami

Sunset Place opened its doors in 1999 and has been successful ever since. No matter what type of cuisine or entertainment you prefer, chances are you can find it at the Sunset Place Mall. This South Miami hotspot has a great deal to offer to the discerning shopper and owner of Coral Gables real estate.

At Sunset Place, which is located at the intersection of US 1 and Red Road, one can find popular stores such as Urban Outfitters, Banana Republic, Barnes & Noble, Express, Z Gallerie and Whole Foods.

Hanging out at Sunset Place is a well-practiced art form savored by both visitors and residents who own Coral Gables real estate. It couldn’t be easier and more enjoyable to do with such available entertainment venues as: AMC 24 Sunset Place with IMAX Theatre, Buffalo Wild Wings, Color Me Mine, Cool-De-Sac Play Cafe, Game Time, and Splitsville Luxury Lanes and Dinner Lounge.

Many may not remember as Sunset has been a staple in Miami for more than 10 years but prior to this mall, former shopping mall Bakery Centre took its place. Bakery Centre was built by Martin Margulies in 1980’s which was meant to serve as a mall as well as office space. As a result of poor architectural design and less-than-stellar retail options, the mall was a failure and Mr. Margulies defaulted on his $24.5 million loan.

The mall was sold for $11.2 million to Simon Property Group, the largest U.S. real estate investment trust. Any large mall you’ve been to in the Miami area is probably owned by this group with the exception of Dolphin Mall (owned by Taubman Malls). Dadeland Mall, Miami International Mall, and The Falls. They are all owned by Simon Malls.

Still owned and managed by the Simon Property Corporation, Sunset Place is conveniently located just across the street from the South Miami stop of the Miami Metrorail.

A more obscure detail about the mall that many don’t know is the Sunset Place Farmer’s Market on Saturdays that draws many locals in. Located in the heart of the Shops at Sunset Place, this year-round market is known for locally grown organic food and vegetables, honey, baked goods, plants, orchids, various soaps and tropical fruit.

Come and visit. Sunset Park awaits. 

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