The fountain and four apartment houses were the first structures built on Normandy Isle, the creation of which in and of itself required a great deal of patience. Other original elements remaining in Normandy Isle are the City Beautiful-inspired street configuration, lighting plan, and sidewalks, all which add to the hospitable feel, as does the architectural mix. Those varied buildings are apparent in the business and residential areas.
Bisecting the neighborhood are two main streets, Normandy Drive and 71st Street. There, mostly mid-century structures encompass a thriving commercial area with popular ethnic restaurants, shopping, banks, offices, gas stations, and a longtime weekend farmer's market that gathers around the plaza. While Normandy Isle residents live surrounded by water. Those wanting to swim laps can walk not to the beach but to the renovated park in the center of the neighborhood, Normandy Isle Park and Pool.
There they'll find amenities galore including an Olympic-size pool and basketball courts, tot lot, pavilion and a soccer field. The multi-ethnic character of the area is also catered to with the Hispanic Community Center, located in a striking coral rock house from the early days of Miami Beach, which was painstakingly moved to its present site on Normandy Drive.