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Old 07-16-2012, 03:58 PM
 
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Hello all,

I am considering a move to Florida solely for ocean access year round and though it isn't my first choice, Miami Beach seems to be the front runner, given that it has a mass transit system and I cannot drive due to medical reasons. I haven't found any other part of Florida that has good public transit to the beach.

I have not visited Miami yet, but am planning a trip to check things out. I would like some advice on which neighborhoods to visit that would best suit my needs.

I would be looking to rent a small studio apt. for no more than $700 per month, not in a high-crime area, and close to a bus line that would take me directly to a beach. Are there specific neighborhoods to avoid?

Thank you!
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Old 07-16-2012, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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There are a ton of neighborhoods to avoid at that price range, not too many to reccomend. You may be able to find something at that price in Miami Beach. There is no neighborhood in Miamk Beach that I would call high crime. There are a few parts in the northwestern part of the city of Miami Beach that aren't great but anywhere in Miami Beach will be close to the ocean.
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Old 07-16-2012, 04:29 PM
 
Location: north beach
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700/month will realistically not get you much of anything on, or even near, the beach; unless you are willing to consider a roommate situation. (which is possible, you just have to be prepared to do some legwork to find, research, and fully vet, a suitable roommate or apt-share).

i live on Miami Beach up around 85th street - that's called 'North Beach' - and even the smallest studios up here begin at around 800-900/month, and that is considered cheap for these parts. The lower down you go towards South Beach, apts. are even more costly. This area where i live, around 'north beach', is probably the most affordable, as it's sandwiched in-between the high-priced condos of South Beach, and the Surfside/Bal Harbor area, which is also pretty high-end, and more expensive.

For your budget, you will be looking at the mainland... that would be "Miami" - not "Miami Beach" - in areas like North Miami, or the city of "North Miami Beach" (which is actually not 'on' the beach, but is a totally separate town, located on the mainland, and is due north of 'North Miami'. (confusing, i know, but important to know.) These aren't ghetto or horribly bad areas, but are more urban, and of course, not as much of that beachy vibe as actually living 'on' Miami Beach.

i'm not sure about the public trans, but someone else will be able to advise on that part.
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Old 07-16-2012, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Miami
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My friend rents a place a block from Lincoln Road in South Beach for $650. So a tiny studio, with no parking, tiny kitchen, nothing special to the building is what you will find for that price range. It's doable, your going to have to look around.
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Old 07-16-2012, 04:51 PM
 
Location: north beach
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wow, really doggiebus???!! Well butter my buns and call me a biscuit, i stand corrected.

however, i do have to say i saw a few of those kinds of studios when i was apt. hunting, (although not at that great price!) - and they're basically just a small hotel room; none had a full kitchen, just a fridge & microwave, maybe a hot plate; but no stove.

That wasn't enough for me, I need some room to breathe, parking, and a real kitchen. but it might work for this OP, especially since parking will not be needed.
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Old 07-16-2012, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Miami
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^^^ Yep, I was shocked too when I heard the price. Never thought you could find anything under $1000. Especially so close to Lincoln road, its a studio, one room with a tiny kitchen if you can call it a kitchen. No parking. If you live in South Beach and are young, its like living in New York City where your never home, your always out with friends, at the beach or at work. So it doesn't matter how small your place is, being in walking distance is the more important factor because your hardly home anyways.
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