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    Hi,

    We have new jobs in North Miami starting in September and are trying to get an idea of neighborhoods to look in. We would like to rent at first while we look for a home to purchase. The criteria:

    A single-family residence or a duplex. Two big dogs require back yard that can be fenced in, no condos.

    An older neighborhood, not plastic subdivision Hell, but something with some character.

    Not too far to commute.

    Reasonably priced, an upcoming neighborhood.

    Can be ghetto, but not too ghetto.

    Here in Jacksonville, we live in the historic district. It's where all the cool kids and kooks live. We love our kooks! It's a crazy little artsy neighborhood with most of the houses dating from the 20's and 30's. We are looking for that in North Miami. Also, we don't mind mid-century ranch houses.

    Any input would be greatly appreciated!

    Best regards,

    Starla

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    Hi Starla, I've lived a few places in Miami and Miami Beach. I'll try my best to answer your question.

    In regards to finding available houses for rent, your best bet is to search Miami Craigslist. Here's a link - http://miami.craigslist.org/apa/

    Although the apt / housing Forum has quite a bit of noise (lots of real estate agents spam the list) you will find the best mix of houses to rent over there. I suggest following the Criaglist Rental Forum on a daily basis, and calling on the rentals that you're interested in. Think of it as fishing. Some days you won't get a bite, but one day you'll see a beautiful fish. Then, reel her in.

    Back in February of 2005, we found our house on Craigslist in one day. The asking price was $1,275+ they wanted us to take care of the yard. We gave them the asking price, but were able to negotiate them to hire a gardener. I did not want to mow the lawn all year.

    The New Times newspaper comes out once a week. If you can get your hands on a copy, you will also find houses to rent there.

    In Miami, most of the leases are negotiable, but expect to pay utilities.

    Landlords here usually ask tenants to pay three months rent in advance (first, last and security).

    It also seems like rental prices can fluctuate depending on the time of year. You will mostly see this though for condos and apartments in Miami Beach.

    As far as good neighborhoods, I would recommend looking in Little Haiti which is located adjacent to Miami's Design District. It's also close to North Miami.

    Good luck with your move. I hope this was helpful and answered some questions about where to live. If i can be of any furthur assistance, free to continue the discussion.

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    Hi Starla,

    North Miami is a great area - I lived there for 3 years when I first moved to Florida. I had an apartment on 142nd Street between US-1 and 16th Ave. and another one off 135th Street, one block from US-1. I would check that neighborhood first.

    I know 2 families that have rented houses there and I believe it's still affordable. West of US-1 is less expensive than East.

    What I liked most about living in North Miami is it's close to Aventura (shopping) and not far from the beach. The shopping centers were just redone and there's lots of growth in that area.

    Good Luck!
    Michelle

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    Hi Starla,

    Alex here. I saw your post and wanted to pass along some info about nearby places to live. I live off of a street called NE 10th Ave. on NE 84th St. I love it. I moved from South Beach more than a year ago and could not be happier. If you drive North on NE 10th Ave. from NE 79th St. there is really interesting area tucked in to the left and right of the Ave. (will define interesting). Within the ten or so block radius you will find the following: Shore Crest, Davis Harbor, Edgewater Manner and other unincorporated blocks. The homes range from 20's bungalows to the newest in the area a 2005 Spanish Mizner on the water...but mostly you will find 50's-60's mid century modern (if interested I would love to drive you around and give you the dish on neighbors and homes...disclaimer here...I am a Real Estate Broker).

    Having lived in the area for close to two years I can say it is wonderful. The area is really hidden from traffic. All of my friends who come to visit never believe that this area exists...right off of Biscayne and nestled next to Biscayne Bay boasting canal front estates and eclectic MIMO properties. All this and only five minutes to the 79th Street and Collins beaches, 11 minutes to MIA (in the am or late evening), and 16 minutes to South Beach.

    In terms of prices the least expensive single family on the West side of 10th Ave is mid to high 300's on up to $2.8MM for bayfront.

    I hope this helps in your search and feel free to post any other questions.

    Welcome to the neighborhood.

    -Alex

    BTW: Interesting...Once home of Al Capone's right hand man as well as the estate of the Barcardi Family...plus too much more to print.

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    Thank you all so much for your kind replies. My husband and I flew down there this weekend (boy are our arms tired ; ) and are really excited about the area. We think that Biscayne Gardens may be our best bet to buy a house. I'm sure I will have a bajillion more questions.

    Thanks again!!

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    Hey there....well here is what I would reccomend, contact someone at a rental brokerage....I am a real estate attorney in South Florida and work with quite a few of them but one is Rent Free Realty in Hollywood, Florida (not sure exactly where but call information and when you get the number ask for Dan or Michele). These places get paid by the landlord so you have nothign to lose and they will know where everything pretty much is. Try to get a shorter term lease though so you can get a chance to get a feel for the place and figure out what you want. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me and good luck....

    P.S. Stay try tomorrow

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    Good tip Iameric:

    Try to get a shorter term lease though so you can get a chance to get a feel for the place and figure out what you want.
    I find Miami landlords are more amicable to negotiate rent and make changes to the lease more than in other cities I lived in.

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    especially this time of the year when a lot of landlords are prepared for "seasonal rentals". If you need help, email me and I'll get you a number or see if someone I know can help

    Good luck.

    [edited by: Gus at 11:09am on Aug. 28, 2006. Edit reason: Email drops not allowed - TOS 7]

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