David Guetta Moves to Edgewater: "This Is a Little More Cool, a Little More Cultural"

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Hey, what's David Guetta looking at? Why, it's the Wynwood Art District!

David Guetta is something of a perverse pioneer. He's a true trailblazer, even if we don't all necessarily want to follow his path.

Several years ago, the scraggly-bearded Frenchman brought dance music to the masses unlike anyone before him. And today, he still sits atop the pop charts, alongside Miami natives and residents like Pitbull, Flo Rida, and Lil Wayne. So why not join the rest of these hitmakers by moving to the MIA?

However, unlike most other stars, David Guetta hasn't chosen a long-established celebrity enclave. The "Fuck Me, I'm Famous" DJ is once again poised to lead the way -- but not in a musical sense. He is joining the real estate takeover of non-SoBe Miami, essentially becoming the latest face of mainland Miami gentrification.

Get ready, hipsters ... Guetta is officially moving to Edgewater.

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"One of the reasons that got me excited about this project was the neighborhood," Guetta told us.

We met him on NE 31st Ave. right off Biscayne, along the bay. It's the future site of two chic skyscrapers situated on a one-acre plot of land to be called Paraiso Bay. You may have seen conceptual pictures on bus stops in downtown Miami. Imagine a pair of silver towers, covered in strange, effervescent bubbles.

"Being from Europe, I always thought that Miami was only Miami Beach. And like everybody from France, that's what we think," he added. "Of course, it's amazing, but for me to buy a place, I need also something else. Then I discovered the art district and the Design District and all of this, and I'm like, 'Wow, this is a little more cool, a little more cultural.'"

Yes, it seems the very thing that's made Miami livable for its artsy-fartsy dreamer kids is now the future playground of the globe-trotting upper class. Of course, rich people don't want to live next to Wood Tavern, so they're going to take over whatever grass clings to water.

"I would have never imagined this would exist," Guetta said. "It's like the perfect combination between a little bit of that European flavor and it reminds me of home. But at the same time, the sexiness of Miami and the beach and the beautiful weather."


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Likrish Sasha
Likrish Sasha

And this is why I have to move...ridiculous rents :(

Monica Gonzalez
Monica Gonzalez

There's a street named Edgewater in the Grove, not to be mistaken with the area on Biscayne after Adrienne Arscht

Andres Lemos
Andres Lemos

John, edgewater as you point out is actually situated in Coral Gables bordering the Grove on the South East end close to the cocoplum

el_negro_mama
el_negro_mama

John, you mean Edgewater Dr. in Coconut Grove - a two block lane with maybe 3 or 4 high rise buildings which is actually a neighborhood known as 'Baker Homestead,' due to the old property that used to be there. Google "Baker Homestead Miami." Nevertheless I see what you're getting at. It's all about real estate rebranding i.e. SoFi, Sunset Harbour, Midtown Miami. Sadly, what starts out as a 'cute' marketing gimmick quickly metastasizes into a sanitized, corporatized, soulless area where $$ is the only common denominator. 

John Viera
John Viera

“This four-block area is ours,” said his brother Carlos, whose Melo Group has seven condominium and apartment projects lined up in the area. “We bought [the lots] one by one. It’s hard work.”

Miami New Times
Miami New Times

John, there's nothing cute about it. The city has officially recognized the name of the neighborhood for decades. It's not a new term or some developer rebranding.

John Viera
John Viera

Its cute that developers like to be cute. I get it.

John Viera
John Viera

That's cute. But I've lived in Miami for 40+ years and been to over 15 parties in Edgewater. In the Grove. Ask a cab driver where edgewater is?

Miami New Times
Miami New Times

John, Edgewater is the area north of downtown Miami starting around 14th Street until 36th Street, east of Biscayne Blvd. (Although, some argue it's everything east of NE Second Ave.) It's often mistakenly lumped in together with Midtown or Wynwood.

John Viera
John Viera

BTW it's 32 ST and Biscayne. 2 Blocks east of the prostitutes.

Dana Murad
Dana Murad

He could learn a few things from the local talent here

el_negro_mama
el_negro_mama

eh..if only he moved La Sowesera. Now thats what i call "a little more cool" and "a little more cultural." 

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