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Old 01-21-2010, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Boston MA, by way of NYC
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Can someone (preferably, a person who lives or has lived in these cities) please tell me how long it would take me to get to work, if I worked in downtown Miami from the follown cities (assume I have to be there at 8:30a and I leave at 5:00p):

Cooper city
Weston
coral springs
parkland

also, please suggest a city with a relatively short commute but is a nice neighborhood and a schools that is a must! Looks like for the money I need - I may have to go to Miami, booooooooooo! Thank You in advance for your help!
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Old 01-21-2010, 03:47 PM
 
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Can someone (preferably, a person who lives or has lived in these cities) please tell me how long it would take me to get to work, if I worked in downtown Miami from the follown cities (assume I have to be there at 8:30a and I leave at 5:00p):

Cooper city
Weston
coral springs
parkland

also, please suggest a city with a relatively short commute but is a nice neighborhood and a schools that is a must! Looks like for the money I need - I may have to go to Miami, booooooooooo! Thank You in advance for your help!
I'm certainly no expert on traffic patterns in Broward (compelled to reply is, though), but I would guess:

Cooper City - 60 minutes
Weston - 75 minutes
Coral Springs - 85 minutes
Parkland - 90 minutes+

Perhaps you should consider Kendall, South Miami, Coral Gables, Miami Lakes, or Aventura - all are just as nice as the areas you have named and are much closer to Miami. If you really want to live in Broward, though, Cooper City is a good choice.
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Old 01-21-2010, 04:24 PM
 
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My husband works in Coconut Grove and we live in Weston. He has figured out ways to get there in about 45-55 minutes. Going in he takes I75 and cuts over to I95 way down somehow but does not use the Palmetto. Even with the southbound express lanes open on 95 now he still doesn't go that way. Too much traffic on 595. He leaves the house at 7:30AM.
On the way home he goes 95 to the turnpike to 595. And again he has it down to 45 minutes but leaves work at 6:30 PM!
Of course this is only if there are no accidents or interruptions!
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Old 01-21-2010, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Boston MA, by way of NYC
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I'm certainly no expert on traffic patterns in Broward (compelled to reply is, though), but I would guess:

Cooper City - 60 minutes
Weston - 75 minutes
Coral Springs - 85 minutes
Parkland - 90 minutes+

Perhaps you should consider Kendall, South Miami, Coral Gables, Miami Lakes, or Aventura - all are just as nice as the areas you have named and are much closer to Miami. If you really want to live in Broward, though, Cooper City is a good choice.
Crisp do you know how the schools are in these areas you mentioned? That is my main concern - 60 minutes is the least and that is a lot 2 hours a day yuck!
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Old 01-21-2010, 05:28 PM
 
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Chels - all the areas mentioned by Crisp are really good choices. All have good schools available - particularly if you do your research. There is also Key Biscayne - but that's pretty pricey. Excellent schools though. If I were looking I would rank in the following order: Coral Gables; South Miami; Aventura; Miami Lakes: Kendall.
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Old 01-21-2010, 08:24 PM
 
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What about W. Miramar or Pembroke Pines? Think u may be a tad closer.........
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Old 01-21-2010, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Weston, FL
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I have a coworker who goes every day from Sunrise to our Miami downtown office.

So Weston is doable too.

He takes I-75 South via Gratigny, but not all the way to I-95.
Instead he jumps on 22nd Avenue and heads South to Airport Expressway. Then he takes Airport Expressway to I-95, and then I-95 to downtown.

22nd Avenue is kind of ghetto-ish, but OK during the day.
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Old 01-21-2010, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Weston, FL
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Pembroke Pines and Miramar are a total zoo in the morning BEFORE you even get to I-75.

Personally, if I need to go to our Miami office, I find a way to get on the road after 9am. And I am there by 10. From Weston.
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Old 01-22-2010, 06:21 AM
 
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Ruski - good point on Miramar and Pines - you can easily use 30 minutes from your home to the onramp of 75. I so dont miss that nightmare!
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Old 01-22-2010, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Boston MA, by way of NYC
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So basically, it is either live in Miami or work in Ft. Lauderdale. My commute right now is 30 minutes, I really didn't want to do too much longer than that - 2 hours a day of my life in traffic, I think I will become bitter. I just didn't think Miami paid so much more than Boca or Ft. Lauderdale - it is quite a difference.
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