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Old 08-29-2011, 04:50 PM
 
Location: mission beach
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Hi I am permanently relocating from San Diego in a few months (arriving Dec 1) and wanted to get an idea of how long it would take to find a 1BR rental. Here's what I am looking for:

-secure building in south beach (I will be out of town quite a bit, so I need to avoid something in a questionable neighborhood with frequent break ins)
-prefer something not too noisy
-must have private parking
-12 mo lease is okay
-I have a small, well behaved dog

Also, I don't have anyone to stay with so I will need to rent a weekly place in DEC until I find the permanent apartment. I know a lot of people from colder states come down for the winter.. Will this make my apartment search difficult (ie take a month or longer vs a few weeks)?

I am self employed (real estate investor) but have good credit and rental history. I'm not sure if lack of wage income will be an issue or not competing with other potential renters?

My budget is 1500-2000. When I look at listings the prices vary quite a bit, I'd prefer to be closer to 1500, but 2000 is okay.

Finally if I rent directly from the owner, do I hand over the check when I get the keys, or do they customarily demand a deposit beforehand. Obviously, I would have to do some research on the property and owner, if they request money before I move in, which will take time.

Thanks a million and I'm looking forward to my move !
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Old 08-29-2011, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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Hi I am permanently relocating from San Diego in a few months (arriving Dec 1) and wanted to get an idea of how long it would take to find a 1BR rental. Here's what I am looking for:

-secure building in south beach (I will be out of town quite a bit, so I need to avoid something in a questionable neighborhood with frequent break ins)
-prefer something not too noisy
-must have private parking
-12 mo lease is okay
-I have a small, well behaved dog

Also, I don't have anyone to stay with so I will need to rent a weekly place in DEC until I find the permanent apartment. I know a lot of people from colder states come down for the winter.. Will this make my apartment search difficult (ie take a month or longer vs a few weeks)?

I am self employed (real estate investor) but have good credit and rental history. I'm not sure if lack of wage income will be an issue or not competing with other potential renters?

My budget is 1500-2000. When I look at listings the prices vary quite a bit, I'd prefer to be closer to 1500, but 2000 is okay.

Finally if I rent directly from the owner, do I hand over the check when I get the keys, or do they customarily demand a deposit beforehand. Obviously, I would have to do some research on the property and owner, if they request money before I move in, which will take time.

Thanks a million and I'm looking forward to my move !
This is all what a realator is for. I know some good ones for the South Beach area if you want feel free to PM me.

With your budget you should be able to find what you want towards the higher end of your budget. Parking might be the only problem. Most of the smaller apartment buildings do not have much private parking in Miami Beach. As for the weekly place December might be the worst time you could come down. If you cant find anything I would suggest you either come down a weekend or two and look and find some places or stay at a hotel on the mainland which will be a bit cheaper. But of course Winter is the time where the prices are highest and the most places are booked. So if you want that weekly place look out for that now.
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Old 08-30-2011, 03:26 PM
 
Location: mission beach
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I will start looking for the temporary place now, thanks.
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Old 09-02-2011, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Miami
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I would go a little north and find something in the towers from 40 to 60 on collins...nice condos, parking, beach, and quieter than south south. And I think your budget will allow you to get something very nice!

Good luck
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Old 09-02-2011, 02:58 PM
 
Location: mission beach
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I should have mentioned I like to go out to clubs at night often, so I would prefer to be closer to the action. Thanks for the advice though !
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Old 09-07-2011, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Miami
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Well in South Beach, the only nice towers I would recommend are either on West avenue (opposite of ocean drive, facing the city), or on Alton below 5th street.

Anything else, I feel, is just not nice enough and is outdated, bug infested etc.

Try the Flamingo building...it's huge, nice, on the water, and has a lot of younger people.
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Old 09-09-2011, 08:47 AM
 
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Well in South Beach, the only nice towers I would recommend are either on West avenue (opposite of ocean drive, facing the city), or on Alton below 5th street.

Anything else, I feel, is just not nice enough and is outdated, bug infested etc.

Try the Flamingo building...it's huge, nice, on the water, and has a lot of younger people.
+1 on Flamingo. Best rental on SB. They also have an OUTSTANDING gym at the Flamingo. Flamingo South Beach Center Tower | Miami Beach, FL | Home

I am headed to Miami this weekend...woot, woot!
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Old 09-09-2011, 10:27 AM
 
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I am so terribly sorry about hearing you're moving here. But hey, I wish you the best of luck.
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Old 09-09-2011, 11:32 AM
 
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Miami is a great city to visit, but living here is a different ball of wax.
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Old 09-12-2011, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Miami
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Just like ANYWHERE ELSE...
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