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Moving to the Design District? 7 Things You Need To Do Immediately!

Amit Bhuta

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Feb 8 12 minutes read

Bump into a "gold mine" of art, culture, luxury, and all things FASHION as you immerse into life within the avant-garde neighborhood of the Design District — a pineapple farm reimagined into an ICONIC, internationally recognized shopping and fashion enclave!

All eyes are on the Miami Design District, an 18-block hub of luxury, fashion, and art nestled north of I-195 and Midtown Miami, south of Lemon City (Little Haiti), roughly bound by North 36 St (US 27) to the south, North 43rd Street to the north, West First Avenue to the west, and Biscayne Boulevard to the east.

Internationally recognized as a treasure trove of upscale shopping, edgy art galleries, mind-blowing public art, and stylish restaurants, the Design District is swarmed by the hippest, most-fashion-forward tourists year-round, the perfect representation of Miami's cultural forefront that keeps on getting BETTER!

But as much as it is a must-see travel destination, a few lucky Miamians (and I mean those who can afford it) see the Design District for MORE than what meets the eye.

To its residents, the Design District is HOME, a weekend spot turned into a coveted lifetime paradise filled with endless opportunities to experience the BEST of Miami

And if you have become one of them, let me congratulate you for securing a "front-row seat" to the fashion-forward and art-focused side of Magic City!

In no time, you'll find yourself making everyday an exploration of artistic expression and luxury living inside an iconic neighborhood where CREATIVITY meets the famed Miami lifestyle!

Here are 7 things you need to do IMMEDIATELY when moving to the Design District.


Powering Up Your Creative Space: Organizing Your Design District Utilities

Moving to the Design District soon?

Show your "creative space" (and yourself!) some love by putting your UTILITIES at the top of your 'to-do' list!

Ideally, setting up your electricity, water, and natural gas services should be done at least a week before your move-in date to avoid moving into a cold, dark house.

Nevertheless, if you're still looking for a provider, I'm here to make this tedious process a HUNDRED times easier!

For your electricity, log into your existing Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) website account to request a service transfer to your new address — you'll only need to advise FPL of the date of disconnection (old address), the date of re-connection, and the complete address of your new home.

But, if you're moving from a different state or country, place an online application with your Social Security, Driver's License, Social Insurance, or Tax ID number, the complete service address, and the connection date!

A deposit of $25 (minimum) and initial set-up fees may be charged before service connection, whether you're a new or existing FPL customer.

For your natural gas service, check for service availability with TECO Peoples Gas and Florida City Gas (FCG)!

Upon confirmation, you can submit the necessary IDs and date of connection through your newly created online account, or if you're an existing consumer, advise TECO or FCG of the disconnection date (old address), re-connection date, and the new address.

Charges may include deposit fees based on your home's square footage or equal to twice the average monthly bill and a connection fee.

To round up your list, check for water and sewer availability on the Miami-Dade Water & Sewer website!

Once confirmed, create an online account and deposit $50 for water, $50 for sewer, and a non-refundable $45 connection fee, or settle any outstanding balance on your account before requesting a service transfer if you're an existing customer.


Modern Urbanite Essentials: Finding Ways To "Connect" In The Design District

Are you ready to level up your new lifestyle the Design District way?

Match your community's modern vibe by turning your new home into a state-of-the-art paradise, starting with your internet and cable connections!

For the finest digital connectivity around the Design District (and Miami), seek service from established providers like Comcast Xfinity and AT&T!

Once you've picked out your preferred plan or bundle, submit a new service request online or in person at the nearest store, and provide your complete address and valid ID, or just request a service transfer if you're already a Comcast or AT&T customer — after you've settled any remaining balance on your account, that is!

To avoid confusion, please note that there may be upfront charges like deposits, activation/installation, and equipment rental fees.


Living Among The Elites: Your Premium Pass To Miami's Glory

Well, look at you getting a home in the Design District!

Since you've already decided to live among Miami's most fashion-forward elites, I'm pretty sure you'll want to make everything official, so close that deal with a Florida driver's license!

Aside from being a REQUIREMENT within 30 days of establishing residency, your Florida driver's license allows you to drive across Florida without breaking the law, and you don't want to spend your first weeks in Miami inside a jail — that's a crime of "fashion!"

To get your license, visit the nearest Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) or any local office offering driver's license services and submit the necessary documents. 

Click on the applicable residency status to know which documents to have on hand when you apply:

The initial Florida Class E license, including a learner's permit, is $48.00, a commercial driver's license (Class A) is $75.00, and an ID Card fee is $25.00. 

For a complete list of driver's license fees, click here.

If you already have a current or previous driver's license from another state, country, or jurisdiction, taking the Vision and Hearing test is still a MUST, but you may be allowed to skip the mandatory Drug and Alcohol courses and the Class E Knowledge exam.

Meanwhile, if you already have a Florida driver's license, notify the DMV to get a new license with your updated address — it's NON-NEGOTIABLE, so don't even think about skipping this part.

Oh, and don't forget to get insurance to title and register your vehicle(s) within ten (10) days of establishing residency!


Education Amidst Fashion And Creativity: Getting To Know The Schools Around Miami's Most Coveted District

Heads up, new Design District parents!

If you've spent hours looking for a school around the community, I'm sorry to tell you that you're coming home with sore feet!

But don't get discouraged just yet!

While it's true that the Design District does NOT have a school inside the neighborhood, your children won't have to forego education altogether now that you're living here.

Thanks to its neighboring communities, Wynwood and Midtown, some of Miami's top educational institutions are just a heartbeat away!

Shadowlawn Elementary School, The Cushman School, Mater Academy of International Studies, Design & Architecture Senior High School, and more — who says you're out of options?

For more information on the schools near the Design District, read our blog, Schools near the Design Districtor visit the Miami-Dade County Public Schools website for a complete list of public schools near your home!

Also, if you're looking for a daycare near your new home or workplace, check Daycares near the Design District to find out your options!


A Fashionista's Oath: Earning A Voice Within The Design District

As a fashionista, it's your duty to uphold the principles of fashion by voting!

Just kidding!

But in all seriousness, if you're over 18 and moving to the Design District as an unregistered voter, it's high time you get your voter registration and earn your voice within the Design District community!

So, if you're of legal age and are a United States citizen who meets all the requirements, submit your application and the proper IDs and documents through the Florida Department of State or the Miami-Dade County Elections Department online, by mail, or in person at the Elections Department or any Elections Branch office!

Bringing any current and valid identification with a photograph and signature (e.g., Florida Driver's License, United States passport, etc.) will do!

For more questions about other legal forms of identification and supplementary requirements, visit this link.


A Design District Glow-Up: Achieving Sustainable Living In An Urban Oasis

Since you've made a big decision (and spent a lot of cash) to move to the Design District, this isn't likely your first rodeo in owning or renting a home, and you ALREADY know how significant proper waste management is in the safety and cleanliness of the community.

This rule stays the same in the Design District.

So, with that said, if you want to preserve the beauty and cleanliness of this proud community, take time to know the Design District's established recycling and waste collection schedules, and start earning the respect and trust of your new neighbors!

Please take note of the following information on disposing of your solid waste, "bulky" garbage, and recyclables.

  • Garbage & Trash collection (twice a week) 
  • Free recycling collection every other week 
  • "Bulky" trash collection (once a week)

For more information about schedules and fees, visit the City of Miami Solid Waste Department website.

Warning: any waste management violation MAY result in a $500 fine or arrest.


Surpassing The Odds: Living the Design District Dream 

Congratulations on making your dream community your REALITY!

Now that you're officially part of the Design District gang, it's time to make the most out of your Design District journey, starting by knowing the ins and outs of the neighborhood!

Since the entire Design District spans only 18 blocks, you won't need to drive a car around to explore.

On the contrary, walking (leisurely) is the recommended mode of "transportation" here in the Design District to really reel in its beauty and perks!

And the treasure trove that awaits?

Well, there's no need for a run-down because as soon as you step inside this fashion and retail MECCA, you already know you're in for a SPLURGE of a lifetime!

CHANEL, Dior, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Burberry — need I say more?

Have more questions about your new community?

Read our blog, Explore the Design District, and fall in love with the Design District over and over again!



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