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Old 06-18-2013, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Louisiana
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We (my wife and I and one small dog) will be moving to Broward County in August. I will be working in Davie - right off 595. We do not know anything about the area, and want to find a safe place to live with reasonable rent that is not too far from where I will be working. Ideally, we would like a 2-bedroom apartment with covered parking, washer/dryer (or hook-ups) in the unit, and allows small dogs. Can we find such a place for $1500 or less per month? Where? Which areas of Broward County should we avoid? Thanks!

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Old 06-19-2013, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Gainesville, FL; formerly Weston, FL
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Welcome to Broward County!

I have a couple of ideas for you to look at in Davie. I used to rent, and then later owned a condo in the Pine Island Ridge development, which is off of I-595 and Pine Island Road in Davie. If you google "Pine Island Ridge Davie FL rentals" you should see a list of condos available for rent for about you want to pay. Since these are for rent by owner, it will depend on the owner's policy as to whether or not small dogs are allowed so you'll have to filter your search. The area is beautifully maintained, and although when I lived there I was among the youngest in the crowd, it is now a very nice mixture of retirees, singles, and families. The development sits on a natural ridge of grassland and oak trees and abuts Tree Tops Park and it's a great place to experience nature in the middle of suburbia and walk the dogs. So if you think that interests you, check out Pine Island Ridge.

I also had a friend who lived in Arrowhead and liked it a lot. It is a community of primarily townhouses and like Pine Island Ridge, has a golf course and country club. Arrowhead is off of University and I-595. You would google "Arrowhead Davie FL rentals" and then filter your search for those that are dog-friendly.

The area around the BCC campus off of Davie Blvd. is getting nicer and nicer with new developments and shops going up, but generally speaking, if I were to rent a pet-friendly apt. in Davie I would stay west of University. That's just me. I don't know if you want to call that an area to "avoid" or not, but I like the western parts of Davie better then the eastern section.

Also, in the far western section of Davie, near I-595 and I-75, is a small development that is called The Village at Lake Pine -- I have clients there and it is a small, secluded, private area of townhomes. I just did a quick search and there is only one rental that I saw that was listed, and it did not allow pets -- the development does allow pets so maybe you might see a rental for owner that does allow them. I would also say that the further west you go in Davie, the higher the rents, generally speaking.

Hope this helps!
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Old 06-19-2013, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Lakes by the Bay, FL (for now)
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^^^ Good info. Agreed.

You should probably consider too that new complex in Plantation (near the two malls - it's a mid-rise), plus the few apt. complexes in Weston, and also West Pines. They're all not far really at all from Davie, pretty safe, good overall and will be mainly within range. The main area to avoid would be most neighborhoods (there are a few exceptions though) in-between or just near the I-95 and the FL Tpke.
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Old 06-20-2013, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Louisiana
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Wizrap,
Thanks! This is very helpful!
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