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Old 12-22-2011, 04:31 PM
 
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I may be moving to Miami from Boston for work. I'm a young lawyer working in-house for a corporation with branch offices located in Miami. I'd love to live in an area (in Miami or within commuting distance) that doesn't feel sterile, but rather, has some architectrual and cultural personality, is classy, and is as walkable as reasonably possible. Ideally, I'd like to pay around $1500 a month for a rental (looking for at least 1000 square feet and a kitchen that doesn't look like an old lady died in it), but I'll pay significantly more if I must. Suggestions? Also, if I haven't provided enough information, feel free to be creative, fill in the blanks, and provide suggestions anyway.

What areas do young professionals gravitate towards in South Florida? Mind you, I don't mean older professionals and/or millionaires. I mean young, working professionals, such as lawyers, doctors, etc., in their late twenties/early thiries.

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 12-22-2011, 06:28 PM
 
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You'll fit well in Brickell.

The area has shopping, restaurants, and plenty of new construction condos.

The area is very walkable and you'll see people out at all hours walking, jogging, etc.

Take a look at Icon, the Plaza, 500 Brickell or Axis. You can find a pretty good list of buildings here,
Miami Condo Lifestyle - Miami Communities
Note that Brickell on the River and Brickell on the River South are under "Miami River" for some reason instead of Brickell. Both are in a very good location.

You also might like this site,
MIAMIurbanlife.com - Who's your neighbor?
Although it's not terribly active, it might help you find some like minded people that also live in Downtown or Brickell.
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Old 12-23-2011, 12:32 AM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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I may be moving to Miami from Boston for work. I'm a young lawyer working in-house for a corporation with branch offices located in Miami. I'd love to live in an area (in Miami or within commuting distance) that doesn't feel sterile, but rather, has some architectrual and cultural personality, is classy, and is as walkable as reasonably possible. Ideally, I'd like to pay around $1500 a month for a rental (looking for at least 1000 square feet and a kitchen that doesn't look like an old lady died in it), but I'll pay significantly more if I must. Suggestions? Also, if I haven't provided enough information, feel free to be creative, fill in the blanks, and provide suggestions anyway.

What areas do young professionals gravitate towards in South Florida? Mind you, I don't mean older professionals and/or millionaires. I mean young, working professionals, such as lawyers, doctors, etc., in their late twenties/early thiries.

Thanks in advance for your help.
The 1000sqft will probably be a problem at that price level in the nice areas. If you can live with 700 or so you might be able to find something. Brickell and Downtown Miami is where you want to be. Miami Beach South of 24th Street is another nice area also. A hidden Gem IMO is Downtown South Miami area. You wont find the nicest places, but they will be cheap and in a great walkable neighborhood. Another area is Downtown Coral Gables, nice, walkable, "old" looking for Miami at least. But IMO the best place in Downtown Miami/Brickell.
There is also midtown Miami area which will have lower prices and newer places but not as walkable unless you live the development called "Midtown Miami" which has really grown into a serious area the past two years however it is very pre-planned and "fake" city looking but a great place day and night. Very popular with the Miami young professionals.
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Old 12-23-2011, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Miami
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South Beach or Brickell will be were you want to look.
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Old 12-23-2011, 07:44 PM
 
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Thanks for the suggestions!
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Old 12-24-2011, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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How is Coconut Grove these days? Has a lot of that crowd moved over to Brickell?
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Old 12-24-2011, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Altoona, PA
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Brickell for sure...

Like FlyMIA mentioned though, I would come down a little in terms of your square footage expectations. For that price (or a little more) you could certainly find something in the 700-800 sq. ft. range. You will find rents more affordable than what an equivalent condo would cost in Boston for the same amenities you'd find in a condo in Downtown Miami. I wouldn't worry about lame, dated kitchens either. Most condos I looked at had state-of-the-art kitchens with granite countertops and all the mod cons you need.

I would also look in Downtown Miami itself as it's also a good place for young professionals. I rented at Met 1 for a year and enjoyed it. You have everything on your doorstep, including bars, restaurants, Bayfront Park and I believe they're building a new movie theater. It's definitely walkable, plus you have the convenience of the Metromover and Metrorail close by.
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