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Old 02-26-2012, 06:31 AM
 
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Default Mid-life move to Miami

I have the possibility to relocate to Miami for work and I am struggling with the best areas of Miami to consider living. I am 49 and I have a daughter who is a sophomore in high school and a son in college. I am concerned about schools and safety for my daughter, but at the same time, I want to be in an area that I will enjoy after she leaves home. I will be working near the airport. I am probably looking for something in the 300-500 range. I would love to find an area that offers good restaurants and shops in close proximity. I have thought about Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Brickell and maybe even Weston. I have thought about living in Ft Lauderdale as well, but I am concerned that the commute would kill me. Anyone have some suggestions/comments?
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Old 02-28-2012, 01:41 AM
 
Location: Dallas
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I have the possibility to relocate to Miami for work and I am struggling with the best areas of Miami to consider living. I am 49 and I have a daughter who is a sophomore in high school and a son in college. I am concerned about schools and safety for my daughter, but at the same time, I want to be in an area that I will enjoy after she leaves home. I will be working near the airport. I am probably looking for something in the 300-500 range. I would love to find an area that offers good restaurants and shops in close proximity. I have thought about Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Brickell and maybe even Weston. I have thought about living in Ft Lauderdale as well, but I am concerned that the commute would kill me. Anyone have some suggestions/comments?
Well I dont know where you are coming from but Miami is not the most recommended place to go to High School. You'll need to avoid Miami Dade Public Schools. If you can afford private, that's the best bet. As far as where to live, well school is a big factor. But w/o that factor, I'd have to say rent someplace really cool for a little while then decide where to buy. Brickell is good, but Miami Beach or the little town on the Island north are also excellent. Mid-Beach or north I'd recommend to keep your daughter out of trouble because Miami is the kinda place girls get in trouble plain and simple. Try Surfside, Normandy Isles, or up near 41st. That's a nice Jewish Community - very low key. That would also be an easy commute to the airport right across the causeway.

I can't emphasize enough how important it is to stay east of route 1 - PREFERABLY ON THE ISLAND - or someplace really posh that does NOT route to Miami-Dade Public Schools. If you don't, it will be yet another move to Miami EPIC FAIL.

Perhaps you ought to just wait till the kids are out. Then you can buy a nice little high rise condo anywhere in South Florida.
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:15 AM
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Hmm, is it correct you want to rent something in the $300-$500 per month range? That will be impossible in any area even remotely respectable.
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:27 AM
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I think they meant $300,000 - $500,000 range.

Pinecrest has the best Public High School you will need to see what areas feed into this area. Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay feed into this school for sure, but there are other parts that I remember being surprised by that do feed into its feeder pattern.
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:27 AM
 
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pinecrest and palmetto bay - should be on your list to check out, grade a schools, more family orientated, less crime, peaceful and for your price range you should be able to get a 3/4 bed with 2 bathrooms, 15,000 sized garden with a pool..pinecrest is more expensive than palmetto bay, as is coconut grove and coal gables....i have just bought a houe in palmetto and we are v v pleased with our choice....my husband works in doral too - and it takes 40 mins to get to work....
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Old 03-01-2012, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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I bet you could find a deal with one of the condo associations for 300-500k. I never was in Miami while I was in high school so I honestly can't help too much with the school systems. The houses in Coconut Grove can be beautiful and are in my opinion the nicest houses in the Miami area (besides the huge Mansions on Miami Beach).

I love the Coconut Grove area with all of the trees, it feels kind of like you're driving through a tropical forest.


Basically anywhere in this general vicinity.

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=coconu...89.81,,0,-4.02
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Old 03-02-2012, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Miami Florida
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You may want to consider Miami Springs since you will owrk in Hialeah too.
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