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Old 08-17-2013, 08:14 PM
 
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I am a single guy living in Aventura looking to relocate west. I think West Pembroke Pines and also Sawgrass Mills areas are beautiful but can't decide which is better for me. P. Pines is closer to work in Doral, but Sawgrass is only 10-15 minutes further. It seems that a 2 b/r condo can be had in either area for around $200k which is around my budget. It seems like there are more restaurants/stores. etc in the P. Pines area than in the Sawgrass Mills area....challenge for me is that I like them both. I'd love to hear from people that know these areas better than me. I work a lot, go to the gym a lot, bicycle ride...It seems that both have easy access to I75/I595, etc. to access the rest of S. Florida. For those who know the areas, please tell me the pros and cons. Thank you.
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Old 08-18-2013, 07:07 PM
 
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Why are you leaving Aventura for either of these areas? It's obviously my personal preference, but Aventura is superior to both areas.
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Old 08-18-2013, 07:38 PM
 
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My wild guess...

Because of this;

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Why are you leaving Aventura for either of these areas? It's obviously my personal preference, but Aventura is superior to both areas.

You can't get this;

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I am a single guy living in Aventura looking to relocate west. I think West Pembroke Pines and also Sawgrass Mills areas are beautiful but can't decide which is better for me. P. Pines is closer to work in Doral, but Sawgrass is only 10-15 minutes further. It seems that a 2 b/r condo can be had in either area for around $200k which is around my budget. It seems like there are more restaurants/stores. etc in the P. Pines area than in the Sawgrass Mills area....challenge for me is that I like them both. I'd love to hear from people that know these areas better than me. I work a lot, go to the gym a lot, bicycle ride...It seems that both have easy access to I75/I595, etc. to access the rest of S. Florida. For those who know the areas, please tell me the pros and cons. Thank you.
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Old 08-18-2013, 07:42 PM
 
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Why are you leaving Aventura for either of these areas? It's obviously my personal preference, but Aventura is superior to both areas.
Did you read his whole post? He wants a 2BR condo for around $200K. He won't get that in Aventura. And for what it's worth not everyone likes Aventura. I personally avoid the area like the plague and would never ever want to live there.
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:25 AM
 
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Aventura is way too crowded. There are a handful of good restaurants, butonce you're west of US1 the neighborhoods deteriorate and there's reallynothing, so you're confined to the congested east corridor (East of US 1). Forthose that don't live here, Aventura is incredibly congested with traffic andwith people traffic in the parks and open spaces. Also, yes, I do not want tospend $3-400k for a decent 2br in Aventura. I really don’t go to the beach, soproximity to beaches is not that important.

I've worked in Doral for 9 years and likely will continue working there atleast another 5-8 years. The commute from Aventura to Doral is much more difficultthan the commute from P. Pines/Sunrise to/from Doral. Also, I'm looking for alittle more open space (not too much). It also seems to me there is a lot morebusinesses/restaurants etc in the West Broward areas, than there are incongested Northeast (East of US1) Miami-Dade. Every time I'm inSunrise/Plantation/or West Pembroke Pines those areas look so much more idyllic than Northeast (East of US1) Miami-Dade.

I read another post in which someone stated that Sunrise/Plantation isprettier than W. Pembroke Pines due to older neighborhoods (trees) and thatPembroke Pines looks a little more sterile.

Anyway, I'm just hoping to get others opinions on the question of WestPembroke Pines or Sawgrass area of Sunrise. Much thanks again for yourthoughts.
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Miramar, FL
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In in Miramar (just south of West Pembroke Pines) and I love the area. Just moved here and couldn't be happier. Sawgrass just seems like a hassle and not as nice from what ive seen so far.

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Old 08-19-2013, 11:10 AM
 
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I am generally not a fan of Pembroke Pines, but it seems convenient of you are working in Doral.
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Old 08-21-2013, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Vero Beach, Fl
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For what it's worth. Check the properties in Pembroke Pines and find out if they were rental apartments before they were converted into condos. While most of the conversations were done some time ago, rentals, as a rule, do not have the same quality as condos. I realize this point can be debated. I believe the condos at Sawgrass were just that and were never conversions.

Just check it out and ask lots and LOTS of questions, particularly related to foreclosures and how that impacts the association dues. Also, check the reserves for the building that you are interest in. If your realtor tries to divert the topic, press them on it. Do your research. :-)
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Old 08-21-2013, 07:52 PM
 
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Thank you for your good guidance. I feel like I favor the Sawgrass area more than West P. Pines and for some of the reasons mentioned. It is true that P. Pines is an easier commute to Doral. Thank you jhlcomp ref your advice on checking if the condos were previously apartments....that is good advice as I know that during the housing boom (before the bust) there were many apartments being converted and resold as condos. Also, good advice on the HOA financials. Thanks again.
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