Railroad tycoon, Henry Flagler, used the property at US 1 and Southwest 102 Street during the construction of the Overseas Railroad to the Florida Keyes in the early 1900’s. The world famous tourist attraction, Parrot Jungle, located at Southwest 111 Street and Red Road, was founded in 1936. Many generations can remember family trips to Parrot Jungle. Today it is Pinecrest Gardens. The property was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.
During the 1950s and 1960s the area grew with the construction of ranch-style homes on acre lots. Today the natural tropical beauty of homes set on acre lots makes Pinecrest one of the most desirable residential areas in South Florida.
The Village of Pinecrest was incorporated in 1996. The current population of more than 18,000, residents have access to the top public and private schools. The public library and the community center, the parks, recreational facilities, shopping, dining, and markets, make Pinecrest a great place to live. The South Florida Business Journal recognized Pinecrest as one of the ten best places in Florida for quality of life. Pinecrest is nationally recognized as a Tree City USA, a Playful City USA and a Community of Respect. For a taste of Pinecrest, visit the Pinecrest Market at Pinecrest Gardens on a weekend, or one of the many community festivals, including a Chocolate Festival, at the same location.