Moving to Miami, Florida area

Old Apr 2nd, 2011, 10:00 PM
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Moving to Miami, Florida area

We are planning to move to the Miami area, but I am unfamiliar with all but the tourist destinations. I have two children and will need good elementary schools and safe neighborhoods. We don't have to live inside Miami, just in the general area. Any suggestions on what areas to begin my search? We are not looking ot live in the most expensive area either. Just a safe area with good schools. Thanks!
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Old Apr 2nd, 2011, 10:19 PM
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An area with good public schools is Key Biscayne.
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Old Apr 3rd, 2011, 01:22 AM
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Pinecrest, Coral Gables
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Old Apr 3rd, 2011, 06:46 AM
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I also suggest Pinecrest and Coral Gables. Pembroke Pines and Weston are just outside the greater Miami area. I worked in Coral Gables and several people in my office lived in those locations and commuted (although it could be an hour's drive) because of schools and it being more affordable.
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The city-data.com website is a great place to ask and research these kinds of questions.
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I grew up in Miami, but left many, many years ago. They've since made Dade County, Miami-Dade County and several new cities have been formed. Coral Gables is very nice, but can be pricey. Kendall used to be a nice area too.

Will you need to commute into Miami proper for work?
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For more info on schools
http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org/

Some people consider the Miami area all of South Florida - Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach County.
It depends on what you want - close to the beach, close to shopping, land or zero lot line, condo or single family home, etc....
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Thanks everyone for your help. We do not have to live within Miami and the northern areas are perfect. We can live as much as an hour or two outside of the Miami area if necessary. Are there any other suggestions with that in mind? I really do appreciate all the help.
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From my personal experience raising children here in South Florida, I'd recommend taking a look at Northern Palm Beach County--Jupiter, Juno, Tequesta, specifically. Great schools, safe, nice, family friendly communities, great parks & beaches. I'd say the average drive time to downtown Miami is about an hour & a half. Of course with traffic, could be alot more.
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