Pinecrest was incorporated on March 12, 1996 and is one of thirty-four municipalities in Miami-Dade County. The neighborhood is home to approximately 19,460 residents and is conveniently located twenty minutes south of Downtown Miami and Miami International Airport. Pinecrest encompasses approximately eight square miles and is recognized as one of the most beautiful residential areas in South Florida. The Village's appeal as a desirable place to live is attributed to its natural beauty and schools which are singled out as the best in the county. Residents enjoy a superior quality of life in a unique hometown rural atmosphere and also benefit from the many amenities of the Greater Miami area.
In the 1930s, Pinecrest began to evolve around one of the first tourist attractions established in the Miami vicinity – Parrot Jungle and Gardens. The Parrot Jungle was founded in 1936 by Franz and Louise Scherr on twenty-acres of property located at Red Road and SW 111th Street and over the years became a world famous tourist attraction. Visitors of this attraction included the likes of Sir Winston Churchill. During the 1950s and 1960s the area flourished with the development and construction of ranch-style homes on acre lots. This established the foundation for the community’s rural and lushly landscaped residential character. Rapid real estate growth and local issues during the 1990s inspired a movement led by residents Evelyn Langlieb Greer and Gary Matzner to incorporate the area. The Village of Pinecrest was officially incorporated on March 12, 1996.
Pinecrest is an active member of several recognized organizations that further green causes. The Village is committed to lead by demonstrating sustainable stewardship that will yield cost savings to taxpayers by reducing operating costs, providing a healthy work environment for staff and visitors, increasing public awareness of the environmental and economic problems associated with carbon emissions, and establishing community standards of sustainable living practices.