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Old 10-06-2012, 02:57 PM
 
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My husband and I will be relocating to South Florida come this summer, July 2013. He has accepted a position in the Pembroke Pines area, and it is my job to figure out where we should live. We are looking for a highend area with homes ranging from $700k and up, great schools (public and/or private), safe (gated if possible) communities, with many young families and professionals. Any advice on the BEST areas with that criteria would be super helpful.

We would like to be near the water, but that isn't a necessary requirement.

Thanks in advance for everyones help!
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:29 PM
 
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My husband and I will be relocating to South Florida come this summer, July 2013. He has accepted a position in the Pembroke Pines area, and it is my job to figure out where we should live. We are looking for a highend area with homes ranging from $700k and up, great schools (public and/or private), safe (gated if possible) communities, with many young families and professionals. Any advice on the BEST areas with that criteria would be super helpful.

We would like to be near the water, but that isn't a necessary requirement.

Thanks in advance for everyones help!
I use YellowKeyRealty.com when searching for a place to live by putting in the town or zip code and amount you wish homes to be in.

I like the Las Olas area of Fort Lauderdale which would be 33301 zip code where I have a few friends who live and then there is the Port area which would be 33316 zip code and both of those are near the ocean. When you say near water, did you mean the ocean and if so then those might be good areas for you.

West Pembroke Pines is far from the ocean but has some high end homes in it and then there if Cooper City which has some great gated communities such as one newer one called Monterra which would not be that far away from work for your husband and many others such as Embassy Lakes which would be older homes, gated and should have lots of children too. Getting a little farther away but still within 15 to 20 minutes by car would be Davie in the west areas. All of those will have areas with man made lakes in them.

Hope some of that helps.
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:39 PM
 
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Pembroke Pines = White Trash with good jobs.
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Old 10-06-2012, 07:49 PM
 
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You are describing Parkland. Also Parkland has led the county in home value appreciation (and lack of depreciation through the housing slump). In fact Parkland hit the bottom in October 2010 and has been recovering ever sense. You'll find many luxury homes in gated communities and Parkland schools were rated #1 by Forbes magazine for bang for the real estate buck.
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Old 10-06-2012, 08:55 PM
 
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You are describing Parkland. Also Parkland has led the county in home value appreciation (and lack of depreciation through the housing slump). In fact Parkland hit the bottom in October 2010 and has been recovering ever sense. You'll find many luxury homes in gated communities and Parkland schools were rated #1 by Forbes magazine for bang for the real estate buck.
I was thinking of something closer... Parkland may be a bit far of a drive
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Old 10-06-2012, 09:12 PM
 
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+1 @ .... Pembroke Pines = White Trash with good jobs.

For a family, you have only two options. Parkland or Weston. Parkland is more American, and Weston, the last 10 years as become heavily Venezuelan and Colombia, and many of those groups prefer to speak their native language; Espanol. Jupitor and Hobe Sound are without question the best family cities to live in all of South Florida, period. Or commute from Naples or Sarasota.
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Old 10-06-2012, 09:38 PM
 
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+1 @ .... Pembroke Pines = White Trash with good jobs.

For a family, you have only two options. Parkland or Weston. Parkland is more American, and Weston, the last 10 years as become heavily Venezuelan and Colombia, and many of those groups prefer to speak their native language; Espanol. Jupitor and Hobe Sound are without question the best family cities to live in all of South Florida, period. Or commute from Naples or Sarasota.
Thanks for responding to my post this is very helpful! What do you think of Plantation, Cooper City or Davie? Are any of these areas worth considering?
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Old 10-07-2012, 06:57 AM
 
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Davie has a lot of trashy whites. Cooper City, the same. Plantation is very dicey. Research is the key here. Sadly, since Hurricane Andrew, a lot of trashy people from Homestead have migrated up to Plantation driving down home values and quality of life. However, I think Jacaranda Country Club ( and that area ) is still desirable. I'm single. But if I had a child, no way in heck would I'd live anywhere south of Jupiter, and Florida Keys is not a place to raise a family either. Better yet, I would live somewhere outside Orlando, in a nice upscale white community. My $02. Peace.
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:14 AM
 
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Davie has a lot of trashy whites. Cooper City, the same. Plantation is very dicey. Research is the key here. Sadly, since Hurricane Andrew, a lot of trashy people from Homestead have migrated up to Plantation driving down home values and quality of life. However, I think Jacaranda Country Club ( and that area ) is still desirable. I'm single. But if I had a child, no way in heck would I'd live anywhere south of Jupiter, and Florida Keys is not a place to raise a family either. Better yet, I would live somewhere outside Orlando, in a nice upscale white community. My $02. Peace.
Unfortunately, moving that far north is not an option. What about Coconut Creek area?

Also, concerning Weston, I am not of Hispanic decent and neither is my husband. Will we find this area to be welcoming? Is there enough Americans there for us to socialize with?
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:33 AM
 
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There are plenty of Americans in Weston as well as in Cooper City. The white trash comment is strange to me since western Davie has no white trash that I have ever seen and neither does Cooper City and I have friends who live in both areas and have spent a lot of time in both. East Davie does have some lower income people.

Coconut Creek is also far from Pembroke Pines. West Plantation is another area you might wish to look at. Hawks Bluff has upscale homes as do other gated communities within Plantation. East Plantation is where the lower income people live.

In Davie there is North Star homes and Long Lake Ranches and Long Lake Ranches West, all upscale, gated and if there is any white trash there then I only wish I could be white trash.
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