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Old 09-17-2012, 03:15 PM
 
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I am 26 years old and am moving to the area and was unsure of areas that would be a good place to live. I do not want to be as far west as Pembroke Pines is, as I do like to be somewhat close to the beach. Also, being that I am young, I do want to be somewhat close to the "action." Family-oriented regions aren't what I'm avoiding but I would like to be near a decent bit of bars, restaurants, etc. However, I don't want to end up living in a dangerous or undesirable locale. I have been recommended to avoid alot of the Hollywood area, as it is pretty grimy in certain areas. I also do not know much about the Fort Lauderdale area except that it is a popular vacation spot. Pompano Beach sounds like a nice area but besides there, Pembroke Pines, Fort Lauderdale, and Hollywood, South Florida is an unknown place for me. As much info as possible would be great in helping me decide on place. Thanks.
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Old 09-17-2012, 05:33 PM
 
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Will you be working? If so where? Traffic is horrible so it makes a difference
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Old 09-18-2012, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Fl.
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Pompano Beach is in the middle of everything. It's within 10 minutes of downtown Fort Lauderdale, 30 minutes to Miami, and 25 minutes to Delray. Housing is relatively cheap, and the malls, beach, bars, and restaraunts are right there.
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Old 09-18-2012, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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Yeah, I'm going to second for Pompano. It's not all bad like some will tell you, and you can find a nice place for good money. It has alot of places to eat and shop, you got the beach. Do some research on the city. See if you like it.
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Old 09-18-2012, 03:29 PM
 
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Be careful with Pompano Beach. You MUST live right on the beach or east of US1. Once you go a bit west of US1 it is like being in South Central LA. There's really nowhere to go out in Pompano Beach and you'll find yourself driving to Fort Lauderdale to go out. That drive from east Pompano to downtown Fort Lauderdale takes more like 25-30 minutes contrary to what others posted. Miami is at least 45 minutes away at night and 1 hour during daytime. People often measure only from exit to exit, but don't take into account that it takes 10 minutes getting to/from the exit.

The area with the most "action" is called Las Olas. It is the downtown section of Fort Lauderdale where there are many bars. It is also pretty expensive, so it depends on your budget. You are gonna have to tell us what your budget is to give us a better idea of how to advise. There is an apartment complex called Port Royale on the east side of Fort Lauderdale on US1 that is popular with young people. Its units are cheaper than downtown prices and the crowd is decent.

Your assessment of Hollywood is spot on too. The cool areas of Hollywood are downtown and the beaches. Downtown has a few nice apartment buildings with bars and restaurants you can walk to, but they are pricey and you have vagrants walking the streets. Once you go 1-2 blocks outside of downtown the neighborhoods are rough. I've never been a big fan of Hollywood. Its fun visiting here and there, but not living there in my opinion.

Other better areas for someone single in their 20's to live would be Plantation and Davie which are suburbs about 15 minutes west of Fort Lauderdale. They aren't as far west as Pembroke Pines and housing is cheaper than areas further east. Coral Springs and Weston are also very nice, but are also far west similar to Pembroke Pines. It all depends on your budget. If money isn't a factor, I would chose Las Olas without hesitation.

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Old 09-19-2012, 07:28 AM
 
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When young people go out, they are going to Las Olas, Himmarashee, Fort Lauderdale Beach, Riverfront, or the Hard Rock. With the exception of the Hard Rock, all of those locations are in Fort Lauderdale. It seems that wherever young people live, they all end up going out in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Your best bet is to figure out where you'll be working, and assess the type of commute you want to have. To me, East Fort Lauderdale is an awesome place to live. Your best bet is to explore Fort Lauderdale, Pompano, and some of the suburban cities. Then you can make your decision.

Most people have no understanding of what South Florida's different cities are like until they visit them.
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Old 12-03-2012, 06:07 AM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale
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I would live close to Los Olas in Fort Lauderdale. Close to the beach, great restaurants, boutique shopping and the nearby Himarshee area that caters to 20 something's. Victoria Park offers rental options and generally you want to stay east of Highway 1 but there is also a pocket of awesome rental options close to the Performing Arts Center just east of Highway 1. Good luck with your move!
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Lakes by the Bay, FL (for now)
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If the OP's got a good budget, try that Harbor Beach area in the southern tip of Ft. Lauderdale Beach. Great overall, safe, definitely not far and yet not too close to the whole 'action' scene.
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