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Old 03-04-2013, 03:07 PM
 
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Hi all, I am finally landing opportunities to relocate from Texas to South Florida (thank God!). I have a potential offer in downtown Fort Lauderdale on Las Olas. However, I would really like to live in Miami, ideally at Plaza Brickell. Is this doable? I understand it should be a reverse commute but is there really no traffic at all? If not, would a commute Aventura to Las Olas be a lot better?
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Old 03-04-2013, 04:45 PM
 
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I wouldn't say no traffic at all. Definitely better than if you were going the other way. The traffic you'll hit will be going into Downtown Ft. Lauderdale, which isn't terrible, but is still rush hour.

Aventura will be a much better commute, without a doubt. It'll save you a moderate amount of time, since Brickell to the Aventura exit in the mornings isn't a hike time-wise; however, you're definitely talking about much less distance and gas.
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Old 02-09-2014, 12:21 AM
 
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Are you still looking to relocate in Briickell? How funny I'd moved too from Houston, Tx and agree with your THANK GOD!!!
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Old 02-09-2014, 04:44 PM
 
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I have been living/working in Brickell happily since April. Houston is terrible. Only reason why there are high paying jobs there it's because life there is miserable.
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Old 02-09-2014, 05:13 PM
 
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I have been living/working in Brickell happily since April. Houston is terrible. Only reason why there are high paying jobs there it's because life there is miserable.
Can you please elaborate on why you feel that Houston is so terrible and miserable. I am honestly curious to know as I have never lived there or visited.
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Old 02-09-2014, 09:14 PM
 
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I am Italian. Born and raised in Milan and married to a Latina. I lived in San Francisco before moving to Houston. Houston to me would be the equivalent of Liverpool or Manchester and Miami is Barcelona. I think that pretty much sums it up. But to be more specific, Houston has no pedestrian friendly neighborhoods like Brickell, the Grove, or South Beach. The people are naive and fake nice. Most are extremely ignorant and close minded about other cultures. Houstonians have an homogeneous sense of style when it comes to wearing suits that don't fit, polo shirts and khakis pants. Galveston is a cesspool. There is nothing to do on weekends other than eating or shopping. The nightlife is terrible for a city of its size. Everybody lives in McMansions in the suburbs, it's not even a city. It's just a suburban sprawl with a dead downtown. It has just been ranked in the top 10 ugliest cities in the world, along with Detroit. People are gun lovers, chew tobacco at work (even in high finance), and in general have no class that money could buy. Pure troglodytes. My wife and I would never raise kids in Houston with those values like hunting, discrimination of other cultures, etc. We want them to be able to speak Spanish and Italian and be proud of their culture. It was so sad to see the kids of so many Mexican immigrants ashamed of speaking Spanish. It's only thanks to the intolerant environmemt of the people of Houston.

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Old 02-09-2014, 10:12 PM
 
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Very interesting ^

I always saw Miami as the Barcelona of North America or Barcelona as the Miami of Europe.
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Old 02-10-2014, 11:28 AM
 
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Unless there are specific people you will visit often in Miami, or specific places you want to frequent that have no equivalent in FLL, I would strongly consider living in the Las Olas area of FLL until they build the FEC commuter rail in the next few years and traffic is no longer an issue (assuming your position is long term?). Reverse commute on I-95 is "usually" smooth most of the way, but can be quite unreliable, especially passing through the Golden Glades interchange. Getting in and out of Brickell by car can be a pain during rush hour. Similar with Aventura--you run in to the school zones in the morning and the mall traffic in the evening, it can easily take 10 minutes or more between I-95 and US1 despite the short distance. If you live in Las Olas it's possible you'd be there in a 10 minute walk!
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Old 02-10-2014, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Miami
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Hi all, I am finally landing opportunities to relocate from Texas to South Florida (thank God!). I have a potential offer in downtown Fort Lauderdale on Las Olas. However, I would really like to live in Miami, ideally at Plaza Brickell. Is this doable? I understand it should be a reverse commute but is there really no traffic at all? If not, would a commute Aventura to Las Olas be a lot better?
I would suggest checking out the Las Olas area, its really nice, close to the beach, lots of restaurants and bars. Save yourself that commute time for fun things.
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Old 02-10-2014, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Weston, FL
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+1 for Las Olas
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