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Housing in Miami

Miami is the only major city in America where government and business are run by people of another culture. Where you move will depend on your lifestyle and budget, but most importantly on where you work as commuting in Miami could well be the worst part of living there. The city may provide some challenges but it is not impossible to find and acceptable place to call home, and if you do not have children your options are the best of any demographic. Those with children must understand the complications that Miami will bring, but it is not impossible to raise a family here and still maintain some sense of normalcy. When you are young and single, this is much easier as you are not hampered by things like schools and affordable houses.

Everyone has a neighbourhood in Miami that can be right for them. The most important things to remember are living close to where you work, quality of life and cost of living. There are less-expensive areas that can still be fun and convenient, but the more you spend the easier your life will be.

If you are young and single, Miami is one of the best cities in the US for beautiful people, beautiful weather, non-stop nightlife and a steady flow of tourists. If money is no object, South Beach (SoBe) will be an ideal place to be as commutting around central Miami will not be too difficult. The only real downside is the incessant noise and traffic that make life in South Beach occasionally unpleasant. Having said that, you are within walking distance from nightlife and the sand. A studio unit will cost you at least $900 a month, and a 1-bedroom apartment is $1200-$1500.

Coconut Grove is another location for a young person moving to Miami. If you choose to move to this area, you will be able to walk to most bars, restaurants, the gym and Biscayne Bay. Or at least make a short drive of it. This area is popular among University of Miami students, especially at night, and you will not have too many problems meeting people if you move here. Rent is slightly cheaper than in South Beach or Brickell, but still more than you would find in the far suburbs.

If you are married, there are a lot of nice beachfront condos in Sunny Isles and Aventura. On the other hand, if you are working downtown or on Brickell, rent a condo on Brickell or in The Roads. You may actually be one of 8 Miamians who can take Public Transportation to work. Should your budget be slightly smaller, the Design District, which is just north of Downtown, may be a better, more-affordable option. If you are working in Coral Gables, move there, as close to your office as possible. Do note that the Gables ends at SW 37th Avenue and SW 8th Street.

For a two-parent family, the prime areas to go are Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay. While located in the Southwest Triple-Digit streets, the location is not as inconvenient as one would think. You are fairly close to access to the Turnpike, not far form the Palmetto Expressway, and can even take Old Cutler Road if you like the scenic route. The neighbourhoods are safe, by Miami standards and the schools are good. Additionally, most errands you would need to run are within a short drive as the nicest Publix in Miami is in Palmetto Bay and The Falls shopping mall is right across US-1. Pinecrest runs east of US-1 from SW 104th St to SW 136th Street, running all the way to Biscayne Bay. Palmetto Bay picks up where Pinecrest leaves off at 136th and continues south to SW 184th. However, this area is very expensive. If you are on more of a budget, you may want to look at West Kendall or the cheaper parts of South Miami. Their schools are comparable, but the area is not as nice.

The Kendall area is ideal for single-parents as it is relatively new and has a lot of affordable townhomes and apartment buildings while still offering decent schools. This is most likely your best bet as you can find reasonable rent in a decent apartment, but again you will spend most of your time sitting in traffic. The further-south communities of Cutler Bay and Saga Bay also offer the advantage of cheaper pricing, but again your commute will be unpleasant and the schools may not be as good.





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