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Old 01-11-2010, 03:10 PM
 
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My husband and I will be moving to south florida for our respective jobs this summer. I'll be working in Coral Gables, and he will be working in Plantation, FL. We want to live somewhere half-way between, so both our commutes aren't terrible (I realize mine will probably be worse than his). We're in our late 20s, no kids, and based on my initial searches, I think we'd really enjoy living in Aventura. Could anyone give me an idea of how long it would take to commute from Aventura to Coral Gables? My husband and I both work M-F, 8:00am - 6:00pm. (Also - if anyone has commute estimates for Aventura to Plantation, FL, that would also be great).

Also - If anyone has other ideas on where a good "half-way" place to live between Coral Gables and Plantation, FL would be, I'd appreciate those suggestions as well. Our priorities are safety, being close to the water, and having a nice area to walk our dog. Our monthly budget for rent is approximately $2500-$3000. Thanks!
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Old 01-11-2010, 04:01 PM
 
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Aventura is actually a good 1/2 way spot. You could also look in Surfside and Miami Shores.

Plantation to Aventura is about 45 minutes door to door. Aventura to Coral Gables - OMG! - I would imagine at least and hour and 15 minutes. The problem is - you have to go South and then West. I dont envy you - get some books on tape and meds. You will need it.
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Old 01-11-2010, 05:49 PM
 
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Aventura is actually a good 1/2 way spot. You could also look in Surfside and Miami Shores.

Plantation to Aventura is about 45 minutes door to door. Aventura to Coral Gables - OMG! - I would imagine at least and hour and 15 minutes. The problem is - you have to go South and then West. I dont envy you - get some books on tape and meds. You will need it.
She will be going with traffic on I-95 from Aventura down to Downtown Miami, but against traffic from Downtown to Coral Gables. That commute would probably take 45 minutes as well; I don't think it would take more than an hour.
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Old 01-12-2010, 12:46 PM
 
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I agree with crisp444. I've made the trip from Aventura to Coral Gables (U of M) in a little over 30 min during the day and about 45 min during rush hour. I also have a friend that lives in Plantation (Nob Hill exit) and its about 25 min without and 40 min with traffic. Although I'll add that I'm leaving from and arriving at locations that are all close to the interstate.
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Old 01-12-2010, 01:50 PM
 
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Thanks so much for the feedback. I'll try to leave a bit earlier in the morning, so maybe that will help! My husband and I are moving to south florida from chicago - so we're used to some pretty awful traffic. Stillthesame - thanks for the tip about Surfside and Miami Shores. From other posts on this forum, I've heard we should try to stay to the east in the Miami Shores area - is that true? Any areas to avoid? I think Bay Harbor Island looks nice too.

Thanks again for the responses!
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Old 01-12-2010, 03:22 PM
 
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Stillthesame - thanks for the tip about Surfside and Miami Shores. From other posts on this forum, I've heard we should try to stay to the east in the Miami Shores area - is that true? Any areas to avoid? I think Bay Harbor Island looks nice too.

Thanks again for the responses!
Pretty much everything east of NE 2nd Ave. (Miami Shores' "mainstreet" area) is nice. There are nice blocks to the west of there, but it gets noticeably less nice the further west you go. I believe the border of Miami Shores proper only extends to 3 blocks west of NE 2nd Ave., so perhaps that should be your guideline.

Bay Habor Islands is a very nice area. Some of the buildings have gorgeous views of both the bay and the ocean, and rents are lower than those in South Beach and Brickell.

Surfside is a great area as well, but it's mostly single-family homes; less rentals.
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