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Old 04-13-2016, 05:03 PM
 
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Well, the angry mob is starting to gather methinks. So, you have gotten a LOT of feedback. A lot of it good stuff to ponder eh? If the thread totally derails now with graphic depictions of sharks and gators eating sea lions, and pythons swallowing dogs, .... just remember:

It's all about too many damn bugs!

Good luck with your decision

Maybe you should work as a Bug exterminator.
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Old 04-13-2016, 05:08 PM
 
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Well I like California, I was born there, and spent my adolescent and college years there. But I love Miami Beach, and I'll explain why

1)Miami Beach is in Florida, so no state income tax which for me works out very well. Property taxes are higher, but in my case I save more on taxes living in Florida than in California.
2)Miami Beach is a concentrated, punch of a neighborhood that is not really duplicated in California (for me). The Beach is there, countless restaurants, nightlife venues, museums (yes even these), theaters (both pop and indy), shopping but also hospitals, dentists, specialists, grocery stores all within a very short 1-2 mile walk. I never lived as *carfree* as I do here, I lived in Los Angeles/Santa Monica and San Diego. I'd imagine I'd need to live in San Francisco to surpass the punch of urban amenities but then I'd lose on actually using the beach for anything more than gazing.
3)I did go out on my boat in San Diego here and there, going out on your boat there usually meant going along the coast, maybe fishing and relaxing. You'd think so? Isn't that what you do everywhere? Miami was made for a boat. The most urban corridors of Miami are usually connected by canals, meaning I often go from my condo to my boat, then dock, and go to a restaurant.
4)Living in a high-rise ocean front condominium. When I first moved here I wanted a house, that was what I was used to back in California but my agent convinced me a condo overlooking the ocean was a better fit for me and he was right. First the views are spectacular, but more importantly the building has everything: spa, gym, restaurants, docks (for your boat), tennis courts, you name it. It's really like living in a nonstop resort.
5)Nightlife here is better, and it closes later (5am with some spots staying open the entire night). Don't get me wrong, I'm not a clubber, I only go to those on special occasions but this place has all kinds of nightlife in such a short walk away. Sitting in a restaurant like Baoli, enjoying a fine meal at 2am while the adjacent room (still Baoli) is a lounge/dance floor is a surreal experience.
6)Restaurants, yes I miss the diversity and the *quality* of food out in California, especially Los Angeles. But eating out at restaurants is much about "entertainment" as it is food, and there Miami somehow takes it to another level. Many of the best restaurants here are owned by nightclub owners - fabulously decorated, sexy, great music - they take you to another world every night. Yes the food is better in LA, and some of the same high-end chains exist in both places, but Miami is just loaded with them.
7)In the end, the flora and fauna. Seeing coconut palms, iguanas, parrots all in the city. Feeling warm tropical air, being on my balcony (which is protected by another balcony over mine) during a torrential down pour and drinking coffee, seeing teal/azul waters you think you need to go to the Maldives to witness.
8)The ocean is so nice and warm here, if you're not an ocean person you may not care. But for those of you who are, it's fantastic. Add to that, the third largest barrier reef (after the one off of Australia and another in Belize) is just a bit south of here. Miami was where I first took up scuba-diving and it opened up another world for me and appreciating the underwater life.

Yes, I miss the mountains, I miss all the various neighborhoods in LA, I miss the various hills, I miss asian food (*true asian food*), I miss my friends, I miss my family. But I feel Miami is a better fit for me, and I explained above.
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Old 04-13-2016, 05:09 PM
 
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Baaaack on topic. If you have any interest in staying in SoCal, specifically Orange County, for the short-term while you explore this region at leisure, I would suggest Alicante Apartments in Aliso Viejo.
Aliso Viejo Apartments | Alicante Apartment Homes Aliso Viejo, CA

They offer leases from 1-12 months, and they are very dog-friendly (with breed restrictions). They are also well-managed, and it's easy to meet people there. Currently, 2 bedrooms start at about $2187. The beach is about 10-15 minutes away. Parks are everywhere.Grocery stores, Trader Joe's, restaurants and a movie theater are about .5 mile away from Alicante.

I stayed at Alicante when I first moved from NYC to CA and was pleased with it.

Oops! I almost forgot to tell you that I never once spotted a gator at Alicante, but I did sometimes see coyotes during my early morning walks with my dog.

That's a great idea. I will look into those apartments. You are right to stay somewhere that is flexible with their lease so I can move for whatever reason.
Thank you

That's a good thing there aren't gators there
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Old 04-13-2016, 05:13 PM
 
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If you like to sweat choose FL. Florida has a lot of different places. East Coast is more popular but wealthy Republicans like Naples...
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Old 04-13-2016, 05:14 PM
 
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Maybe you should work as a Bug exterminator.
One of my sons took that up briefly. Like me he hates bugs, rats, snakes. But didn't flip his switch when he discovered the profession was a lot of sales hustle more than killing critters Me 'n the boys are hunters and fishermen. Rattlesnake hunting is a favorite. Tastes like chicken! (really!) Only better. All it takes is a stick and a shovel.

Gator is good too. But I never did that when in Flory-dah.

Then there's wild boar. Plenty of boar hunting in Flory-do-dah. If you're up for it, you can do it with just dogs and knives. I don't anymore but one son does. That and bow hunting. Guns are for pusillanimous hunters
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Old 04-13-2016, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Aliso Viejo, Orange County, CA
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That's a great idea. I will look into those apartments. You are right to stay somewhere that is flexible with their lease so I can move for whatever reason.
Thank you

That's a good thing there aren't gators there
You're welcome. I added this late to my post:"Some corner units have a large gated balcony that's perfect for a sun-worshipping pooch and a container garden."

When I lived there, my dog spent many afternoons sunbathing and "chatting"(that's what my neighbors told me ) with passersby.
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Old 04-13-2016, 05:20 PM
 
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Well I like California, I was born there, and spent my adolescent and college years there. But I love Miami Beach, and I'll explain why

1)Miami Beach is in Florida, so no state income tax which for me works out very well. Property taxes are higher, but in my case I save more on taxes living in Florida than in California.
2)Miami Beach is a concentrated, punch of a neighborhood that is not really duplicated in California (for me). The Beach is there, countless restaurants, nightlife venues, museums (yes even these), theaters (both pop and indy), shopping but also hospitals, dentists, specialists, grocery stores all within a very short 1-2 mile walk. I never lived as *carfree* as I do here, I lived in Los Angeles/Santa Monica and San Diego. I'd imagine I'd need to live in San Francisco to surpass the punch of urban amenities but then I'd lose on actually using the beach for anything more than gazing.
3)I did go out on my boat in San Diego here and there, going out on your boat there usually meant going along the coast, maybe fishing and relaxing. You'd think so? Isn't that what you do everywhere? Miami was made for a boat. The most urban corridors of Miami are usually connected by canals, meaning I often go from my condo to my boat, then dock, and go to a restaurant.
4)Living in a high-rise ocean front condominium. When I first moved here I wanted a house, that was what I was used to back in California but my agent convinced me a condo overlooking the ocean was a better fit for me and he was right. First the views are spectacular, but more importantly the building has everything: spa, gym, restaurants, docks (for your boat), tennis courts, you name it. It's really like living in a nonstop resort.
5)Nightlife here is better, and it closes later (5am with some spots staying open the entire night). Don't get me wrong, I'm not a clubber, I only go to those on special occasions but this place has all kinds of nightlife in such a short walk away. Sitting in a restaurant like Baoli, enjoying a fine meal at 2am while the adjacent room (still Baoli) is a lounge/dance floor is a surreal experience.
6)Restaurants, yes I miss the diversity and the *quality* of food out in California, especially Los Angeles. But eating out at restaurants is much about "entertainment" as it is food, and there Miami somehow takes it to another level. Many of the best restaurants here are owned by nightclub owners - fabulously decorated, sexy, great music - they take you to another world every night. Yes the food is better in LA, and some of the same high-end chains exist in both places, but Miami is just loaded with them.
7)In the end, the flora and fauna. Seeing coconut palms, iguanas, parrots all in the city. Feeling warm tropical air, being on my balcony (which is protected by another balcony over mine) during a torrential down pour and drinking coffee, seeing teal/azul waters you think you need to go to the Maldives to witness.
8)The ocean is so nice and warm here, if you're not an ocean person you may not care. But for those of you who are, it's fantastic. Add to that, the third largest barrier reef (after the one off of Australia and another in Belize) is just a bit south of here. Miami was where I first took up scuba-diving and it opened up another world for me and appreciating the underwater life.

Yes, I miss the mountains, I miss all the various neighborhoods in LA, I miss the various hills, I miss asian food (*true asian food*), I miss my friends, I miss my family. But I feel Miami is a better fit for me, and I explained above.

Thank you for you explanation as to why you like living in Miami. I enjoy reading other peoples opinions. The couple of things that I worry about is the crime rate in Florida and oppressive heat and humidity. I don't know if being near a beach would help.
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Old 04-13-2016, 05:23 PM
 
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You're welcome. I added this late to my post:"Some corner units have a large gated balcony that's perfect for a sun-worshipping pooch and a container garden."

When I lived there, my dog spent many afternoons sunbathing and "chatting"(that's what my neighbors told me ) with passersby.
Lol. Didn't the heat affect your dog? They can overheat so fast. Corner units sound nice. I like some privacy
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Old 04-13-2016, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Aliso Viejo, Orange County, CA
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Lol. Didn't the heat affect your dog? They can overheat so fast. Corner units sound nice. I like some privacy
Nope, there were no problems with the heat since temperatures here are usually mild. Besides, I always kept a watchful eye on him and never let him stay out on hot days.

PS.

Parking is easy at Alicante since you get a one car garage and an assigned covered space.

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Old 04-13-2016, 10:02 PM
 
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Thank you for you explanation as to why you like living in Miami. I enjoy reading other peoples opinions. The couple of things that I worry about is the crime rate in Florida and oppressive heat and humidity. I don't know if being near a beach would help.
I don't feel the heat and humidity is oppressive. Right now as I type this, I'm on my balcony. I'm in shorts and short sleeves but my AC is not on, there is a pleasant breeze and it feels lovely. During the 3 months of July/August/September it's around 90 degrees and very humid, but it's very tolerable. Though I'm a warm weather guy, my ideal is 85 year-round.

Now crime, is a problem as much as I hate to admit. Even Miami Beach which is fairly prosperous has a lot of crime - mostly generated from homeless and tourists. There are around 10 homicides a year here, in a city of less than 100k people. I feel the police can be more proactive. One thing I noticed about Santa Monica versus Miami Beach was the amount of policing. In Santa Monica if you so much as jaywalk you can get a ticket, here cars blast through red all the time without repercussions. In fact two federal agents were killed when a car drove onto the *sidewalk* and ran them over. That's the level of enforcement of traffic rules in this city and in extension other crime as well.
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