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Old 03-23-2012, 09:58 AM
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We are moving to Miami next summer so that my husband can do an ophthalmology residency at Bascom Palmer (900 N.W. 17th Street). We have two small kids, 4 & 2, both of whom will start elementary school during our time there. We can't afford private school and so finding a good public school for them is our top priority. We also are worried about safety. We'd really like to live near the beach since this may be our only time in life living near a beach (we are from Utah and plan to return there)!

We have been looking at Key Biscayne. I realize our rent will be high and we will have to rent a very small apartment in order to be able to afford it, but it sounds like the school there is great. And we'd be able to walk to the beach, etc.

I have also been looking at Surfside, as it also looks like it has a nice school and rent is quite a bit cheaper than Key Biscayne.

My big question is what is the traffic like to both of those areas from Bascom Palmer???? I don't want my husband to have a terrible commute since he will be working such long hours anyway.

Also, what do you think of those two areas? And do you recommend any other areas that we should look into. We will definitely be renting. Thanks!
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Old 03-23-2012, 03:25 PM
Location: Miami
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Key Biscayne will have a better commute compared to Surfside. Both areas are very nice. Over all most Elementary schools in Miami are pretty good, its when you get into Middle and High School they get a little sketchy. So you could save your money and use the public elementary schools.
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Old 03-23-2012, 04:12 PM
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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I agree with what is said above. There are some good Middle Schools though. The real problem comes with High School especially. But by than you and your husband will be able to afford private school given his occupation and him going to gain experience in one of the best eye programs in the world. Must say congrats to that.

Both areas are great. Key Biscayne will have a better commute but the commute from Surfside wont be too bad either. Go visit the two areas and check out the prices. I would suggest both areas to someone in your situation.
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Old 03-25-2012, 12:28 AM
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Key biscayne for sure .... it is expensive but also the best community in Miami area , the state park at the end of road is a very nice place to go with kids , Bike,bbq,fish,nature,lighthouse,beach an a good restaurant all in the same place . Also you are like in another city ... I wont even considerate Key biscayne as part of Miami .
I love Key biscayne
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