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    Default Moving to Miami questions

    My daughter is moving to Miami in a few weeks and is in search for a room to rent in a house/condo/apartment. We've checked out the neighborhoods via internet sites and we're beginning to get a good "feel" for the area however we thought it would also be helpful to ask the people who actually live in these places.

    First off, she's looking at the following neighborhoods:

    South Beach
    Miami Beach
    Brickell
    Coral Gables
    North Miami

    She'll be working in downtown Miami...recent graduate...enjoys sports, beach, and partying.
    She's checking out Craigslist each day for potential places. What do you think of these neighborhoods?
    Any advise would be appreciated

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    Hi Peter!

    If she enjoys beach/watersports and partying, the beach would probably be the best option, although I'm not sure I would rent a room anywhere in Miami without knowing who's living in the rest of the dwelling personally. Is there any reason she cannot rent an apartment?

    That being said, I recommend the Mid-Beach area. Very close to Downtown, easy commute by car. Also close to beach/watersports and partying, but still residential, quiet and safer than South Beach. I've seen cottages for rent around here, but they're just expensive as apartments.

    Brickell is nice too -- but quite dead at night, with regards to nightlife. There is however a very convenient monorail system in place for commuting.

    Coral Gables is also nice, but more of a hassle to commute Downtown and not quite as fun as the beach. Nevertheless, she might be able to find a room to rent near the University, as that kind of situation might be more common near a major campus, and she could take the metrorail Downtown to work.

    I do not recommend North Miami at all. It's a wide area of the city, but some neighborhoods are too sketchy for a young, single gal.

    Good luck and let us know how it goes!

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    Thanks for the reply and info Manola.

    The reason she's looking into renting a room in a house/condo/apartment is that her salery is quite low and even if she found a small apartment she would need to furnish it which is not in the plans yet.
    Another question would be...what areas should she avoid? (crime filled/urban blight areas)

    Peter

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    Hi Peter,

    What is her price range?

    Michelle :)

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    Her price range is $700 per month tops

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    The only place I recommend is South Beach. My reasons are:

    • She will be very close to work (no traffic)
    • Within walking distance of anywhere she wants to go when she's not working
    • No hassle to find parking when she wants to go to the beach
    • No driving after partying
    • Lots of young people to make friends with

    My first few years in Miami (I moved when I was 19 from the NorthEast), I lived in North Miami and off the 79th street causeway. I was always longing to live in South Beach. When I finally moved there, I stayed happily for 5 years. I lived by myself for about half the time and always felt safe.

    For $700/month, she should be able to get her own studio or find a roommate. Craig's List is a great site to follow daily. The New Times, a local newspaper, is full of apartment rentals and roommates. For a current paper, send me an email with your address and I'll mail one to you. I also suggest that she call a property management company to see what's available and ask if any of their tenants are looking for a roommate. I recommend Keystone or Regatta; Chrisken is overpriced.

    A friend of mine lives in a 2 bedroom apartment on Euclid Ave. and 13th Street. The rent is $950 and the apartment is really nice.

    You mentioned that she doesn't have any furniture and that's why you were thinking of a furnished place. If she finds a roommate, hopefully the apartment will already be somewhat furnished. If she moves to an unfurnished studio, there are a few places around Miami that sell inexpensive futons, and wonderful bargains can always found at the thrift shops.

    Hope this helps.

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    Hi My name is Leo and I was wondering how much money should I start saving up between now and the end of the year in order to move to Miami? I will be driving there by car from North Carolina. Can I find a apartment for a good price even though I have bad credit? My Last Question is, I am trying to find a job before I move but it is hard because i don't actually live there yet. Do you know anything I could do or say in order to find work before i move there?

    Thanks

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    I just wanted to thank everyone that responded to my "moving to Miami" questions. My daughter found a very nice one-bedroom apartment on Washington Ave around 13th st. in SoBe. She loves the area and her communte to work (American Airlines Arena) is perfect. We used Regatta Property Management to find the place. They were great!

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    Peter, I'm very happy to hear your daughter found a place and that Regatta was helpful. I thought of moving to that building myself back in the day. She is right in the middle of everything and within walking distance to a lot of great, inexpensive restaurants.

    Let your daughter know that we would love to hear about her experience in Miami. She always has friends here at Miami Beach 411. :coolsmile:

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    Hello Peter

    Im in a similar position. I am a recent graduate also and share similar concern. it would be wonderful to see how this turned out for you all. All advise would be helpful. I am hope to have completed my move by the middle of July.

    Thanks,
    Amy

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    Amy,

    My Daughter, Whitney, settled down in South Beach (SoBe) in a one bedroom apartment. She enjoys the location since there is so much going on and within walking distance. Most of her friends from work travel to South Beach for entertainment so she's right in the middle of the action. Although, it's a bit more pricey than Miami in terms of rent. She found the apartment through Regatta Property Management. They were very helpful.

    Good luck in your venture!

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    ok...so...i am moving to miami....and have never been...i will be working in brickell...and have no car...where should i be looking??? is brickell downtown?

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    HI!i'm planing to move to Miami beach or south beach.
    Don't know no one there.Please tell me,do you have russian community in Miami?if yes,where?
    How much i will pay for one bedroom apartment or studio in Miami beach or south beach?
    I'm massage therapist and i have sertificate issued in Philadelphia,PA,can i legally work with it in Miami,FL?
    What i need to know and how much money i need to have before i move to Miami?
    Thank you!

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    Hi jeh427 & Alex,

    Welcome to the Forums!

    jeh427 - Brickell is just South of Downtown. There are tons of apartments in that area and will be many many more as the new construction finishes. I think good deals will be had. From where I see it, owners will be desperate to fill the empty condos. Living in downtown or Brickell will save you the cost of taking public transportation across the causeway everyday if you lived in South Beach.

    Alex, I'm not aware of any Russian communities in Miami. A studio in Miami Beach or South Beach these days go for about $750/mo. A 1-bedroom is about $1,100. These are just broad estimates. It really depends on what neighborhood and the type of building.

    Check out the Miami Apartment Rentals page. If you scroll down to "Related Links", I think you'll find tons of useful articles and posts to get you started.

    If you have more questions after reading, let us know.

    I'm not sure how the massage therapist license works. Perhaps there's a masseuse out there that can help with that one.

    Good Luck to you both!

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    Alex, I think there is a Russian community in Hollywood/Hallandale, because my former ice skating coach lived there and he had several Russian students. I think I've also seen signs in Russian along the beach. To the best of my knowledge it is not particularly ghettoized (meaning formed into one specific geographic neighborhood). Maybe there is a Russian-American club? There are definitely some Russians here, though.

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    thanks manola:)

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    Here's a Russian Magazine which may prove helpful for connecting in "the south"

    http://www.russiantown.net

    Good luck Alex!!

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    Hello all,
    I am from North Carolina. I will be graduating college this Saturday and plan on moving to Miami in July.

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    Edit: The following message started a new topic at: forums/viewthread/578/ by Gus - 7:00am on May 6, 2006
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    Hi,
    My husband and I are moving to Miami at the end of July. He just got a job at FIU and we were wondering if anyone could tell us about the area. Ideally we would like to be in a part of town that is safe, w/in walking distance to shops, restaurants, theater, etc. (i.e. no suburbs)... we also have a small dog and cat that we are bring w/ us. And we are hoping to get a 2 or 3 bedroom place that is in the 1100-1500 range... is this even do-able?
    Thanks

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    Hi MN80, welcome to Miami Beach 411. Thanks for posting your question.
    My husband and I are moving to Miami at the end of July. He just got a job at FIU and we were wondering if anyone could tell us about the area.
    Have a look at these topics:

    Moving to attend FIU

    Coral Gables and Coconut Grove Questions: Rent, Transportation, Safety

    From my experience, 2 bedrooms start at $1,400.

    Feel free to start a new topic, or continue the discussion in the links above.

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