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    Default Where to live with kids?

    We are moving in late summer & I am trying to determine the best place to live with kids (ages 3 & 5) with a great school...is public school possible in Miami?

    My husband will work at SOUTHCOM near airport so we want to keep the commute reasonable.

    Any advice would be appreciated!

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    Hi,rysy, welcome to Miami Beach 411.

    Plametto Bay is a nice community, with a good school system. Houses in the area start at around $350k.

    To see where Plametto Bay is located, take a look at this neighborhoods map.

    The commute would take approximately 40 minutes in rush hour traffic.

    Where are you moving from?

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    Another area that may be interesting to look at is Miami Springs (it is one of the older neighborhoods of Miami with a lot of charm and historic homes). My brother has kids and works at the airport and the kids are in Public School and have all kinds of great programs. The best part is that he is 5 minutes from work (doesn't get any better than that).

    Miami Springs has homes for everyone - from small in the low $200k's to million dollar properties as well.

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    Hi - The Roads is nice, too, as the area is centrally located (just west of Brickell), and the houses are well-sized on good properties, and it's a safe area. The public schools there (Coral Way K-8 in particular) are good.

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    I love Palmetto Bay and Pinecrest for families, but that 40-minute commute figure Gus gave you is pretty generous. I used to live down there and it was 50 minutes to the Flagler exit off the Palmetto in the morning, which is still about 3 miles (of bumper to bumper traffic) south of the exit for Southcom. And that doesn't include the insane street traffic in Doral.

    That's a tough call. I think The Roads is probably your best bet for a reasonable commute and decent schools. If you're willing to do private school, Mid-Miami beach might not be bad as I have a couple of friends who grew up there and went to private school and they seem to be ok. As OK as a kod who grew up in Miami is gonna be, anyway.

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    Thanks so much for all the responses..I really appreciate it.
    What about Coral Gables? What would the kindergarten &
    commute situation be like?

    To answer, the "where are you from" ques:
    My husband has been in the Army for almost 14 years, so we have been alot of places
    but we are originally from CT & NJ (met in college)

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    Yes, Coral Gables is a good choice, too, with very good schools, great homes, and it's centrally located. It's definitely a very family friendly city, and the downtown area is a good place to hang out.

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    Gables is a nice area, but can get expensive too. The commute wouldn't be TOO bad if you live in the northern part (which is also less expensive) so you only have a short drive to 836 West to the Palmetto Expy. The hassle can come if you have to deal with lots of Gables street traffic to get to a freeway to get up there.

    I'd also like to case a second vote for Miami Springs too. Pretty normal area and really close to Southcom.

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    That's true; the Gables is pricey. Miami Springs is more affordable, and much closer to Southcom.

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    Dont have kids their lives are gunna suck anyway just like mine.

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    Well, Rihan did use the correct form of "their"

    Obviously you can see the public schools here are phenomenal.

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    Nice to see there is always a token loser

    How long would it take to get to the beach from Coral Gables
    or Miami Springs (ballpark figure)?

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    My mom can get bitchy at times sorry about that.

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    Move to liberty city and send them to jackson high, thats your best bet.

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    Rihan...the kids are only ages 3 & 5 years old. LOL Don't think they can go to Jackson High just yet...

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    Rihan was not being serious. Jackson would be a good place if you wanted them to have a career in narcotics peddling and/or the NFL, other than that, they'd probably be safer going to pirate school in Somalia.

    Springs to the Beach is about 20 minutes, maybe 25. Coral Gables, it depends what part you're coming from. North Gables is probably 20 minutes, down by UM it's closer to half an hour. These figures are all assuming light traffic as well. A backup on US-1 or 836 or 112, and it can be 45 to an hour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Meltzer
    to have a career in the NFL
    Northwestern, then. Guaranteed draft! :)

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    I used to go there it was fun.

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    I understand that Coral Gables is like the...Manhattan of NY,abnormally expensive,no value for money...

    Otherwise,prices are rather normal in Mi,unless u seek waterfront property...

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    HHmm..... I wouldn't compare it to Miami. Homes in the Gables ARE pricey, but they also tend to be very large and/or unique homes on large properties. With the exception of the older part, closer to SW 8 St, where houses are Old Spanish style, that's the case. There are some very beautiful properties in the Gables.

    Even so, other areas, like Miami Beach and Pinecrest are more expensive.

    I don't know about "no value for money", not sure what you mean. Homes there have historically been more expensive and maintained their value (increased it, actually).

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