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Old 04-28-2012, 08:34 AM
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My DH has a possible great job opportunity in South Beach but we don't want to live there. We have 3 small kids, a 5yo and twin 3yo, so good schools, safe, clean areas are a must. What areas should we look at? He doesn't mind a bit of a commute but nothing more than 35/40 minutes. Any ideas?
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Old 04-28-2012, 12:36 PM
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We need more details such as how much do you want to spend, are you renting or buying, how many bedrooms & baths, condo or single family home, do you have pets?, etc.
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Old 04-28-2012, 01:28 PM
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We will need 3 bedrooms, 2 baths (could live with 1). We'll be renting for at least a year and would prefer a house but a larger apartment would be ok. Is wanting something under $1500 totally unrealistic? We do have a lab mix that will come with us.
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Old 04-28-2012, 02:45 PM
Location: north beach
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Check into Surfside - still on Miami Beach, about 9 miles north of SoBe, (it goes from about 87th-96th Sts.) - lots of very nice single family homes there.

North Beach could also work (just south of Surfside - from about 71st-87th Sts.); although NoBe tends to be more apartment buildings than single family homes.

there's also an elementary school right at 87th and Byron; 'Mater Beach Academy'. No idea if it's a "good" one, but there are a lot of families in the area.

Mater Beach Academy

Even further north up the coast, is Sunny Isles -- (about 17 miles from SoBe); that area tends to be a little bit more pricey with fancier homes, but it's a beautiful, quiet area.
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Old 04-28-2012, 10:55 PM
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Thanks for responding. What about the Homestead area? Good/bad? Commute? I don't know the area at all so any and all suggestions are appreciated.
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Old 04-29-2012, 07:53 AM
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Your money will get you much more in Homestead than Miami but you have to be careful of where you rent. Some parts of Homestead are not so desierable. That being said I lived there for a year and liked it. I rented in Mandarin Lakes for $1200 a month. 3 bed 2 bath 2 car garage. Hard to get that price though. Most likely $1500 to $1700 as I got a good deal. Always have options and negotiate.

The commute however will be a pain...

I would pay more for less of a commute or sacrifice location

Cant help with the kids since I dont have any but have heard thats a tough one in most places.
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Old 04-29-2012, 08:24 AM
Location: Miami Florida
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Try Miami Springs, Biscayne Park or Miami Shores. Homestead is very far +1 hour commute. I live with my family in Biscayne Park and it's a small town with a small town feel. Everyone knows their neighbors and we have decent size houses for a decent price. Biscayne Park is about 20-30 minute commute during rush hour. Non rush hour is 10-15 minutes.

Good luck

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Old 04-29-2012, 12:37 PM
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Thank you for all the suggestions. The issue I am running into are the low rated public schools. This is a huge issue for us since we simply can't afford private school. What about the Cutler Bay area? My DH would be driving off rush hour...around how ling is that drive.

We are moving from Delaware and this is all new to me. Our plan was to move to Sarasota but the jobs aren't great there but we found great schools and places to live. An amazing job came up in South Beach that DH is super excited about but the cost of living is huge and the schools are poor. I want to make this happen for him so any other ideaas?
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:18 PM
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Hi mbb28,

While this was posted a while back, I'm curious to know what you decided on since I am now in a VERY similar situation. Thank You
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