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Miami Fl

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Miami like New York and Chicago is a city that never sleeps. Tropical weather, 15 miles of beaches, lots of sun, great nightlife mixed in with world-class restaurants is attractive to people of all ages.

From downtown Miami and Miami beach to the neighborhoods of Coral Gables and Kendall on to Key Biscayne and then the city of Homestead, Dade county has a place for you. If you like big city life but like the idea of great weather and outdoor recreation, this could be the place. Although more expensive than most of Florida in comparison to New York or San Francisco it’s still a bargain.

Things to consider:

The Miami metropolitan area (Miami-Dade County, which is governed as one entity) has more than 2.3 million residents.
Miami-Dade County has 35 Incorporated cities within its boundaries.
Miami is the financial capital of Latin America and the Caribbean with more than 500 multinational corporations, 40 bi-national chambers of commerce and 100 foreign banks with 60 billion in deposits.
Miami is a major educational center. Best known are the University of Miami, Florida International University, and Miami-Dade Community College, but there are also dozens of lesser known colleges, trade schools, and other educational institutions
The average median age is 37, making it one of the youngest cities in Florida..
Dade County encompasses 2431 square miles
Miami is surrounded by water and wilderness Its eastern edge borders the Atlantic Ocean. Miami Beach, South Beach, and Key Biscayne offer quintessential water playgrounds, with all the other amenities of fine dining and nightlife clustered nearby
The Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) winds through the downtown (separating it from Miami Beach, South Beach, and Key Biscayne), and heads north to Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton, and the Palm Beaches; or south to Florida Bay and the Florida Keys. Key West is just a three hour drive away across a zillion bridges connecting a myriad of island dots tossed on blue-green tropical sea, the Atlantic Ocean on one side of you, the Gulf of Mexico on the other. The Keys have been called Miami’s Cape Cod.
To the West of the metropolitan area is the vast Everglades and Everglades National Park, playgrounds in their own right, and quiet alternatives to the hectic big city. Or drive about an hour and a half across this wilderness and you are at Marco Island-Naples on the Gulf of Mexico.
Miami’s cost of living is 102.6 as of 2004 and was 6th in the State
As of June 2005, an average home was $361,000; but the range is wide, with opportunities for people of all means.
Miam-Dade County is the 4th largest school district in the United States.
Miami has a vibrant arts community, whether your interests run to art, dance, theater, music, and more. These scenese are informed, influenced, and benefit from Miami’s rich diversity of population and location at the crossroads of America, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Europe.
Miami has a rich ethnic and racial mix: all manner of Europeans and North Americans who have relocated here; Cubans, Jamaicans, Haitians, Dominicans and others from the Caribbean; Nicaraguans, Panamanians, Hondurans, and Guatamalans from Central America; Brazilians; and subpopulations from every South American country; small but flourishing Asian groups; and so on. The area is essentially bi-lingual in English and Spanish.
Miami has world class medical/heath facilities (34 major hospitals), with some of its institutions consistently ranked among the finest in the United States
One of the things which knits this diverse area together, for many people, is its professional sports mix: for example, the NFL Dolphins, NBA Heat, and MLB Marlins.
Getting around easily is the bane of many big metro areas: not Miami, which has first class transportation facilities in the form of a highway system that works superbly, excelent mass transit, both bus and rail, and one of the world’s busiest (but easiest to use) international airports
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Sound good so far? See the links to the left, for more specific information. See the google map to the right.


Miami Beach

Miami Beach is as much a state of mind as a real place. For some that state of mind means South Beach, for others the Art Deco district, for still others the miles of condos on the beach. For a lot of its residents it’s the best, most diverse place in America to combine living and leisure, however you individually define it. Real Estate is expensive here, but if you want that Miami Beach state of mind, then only this place will do.
First some of the basics, then some high level generalizations, or at least my perspective on some of the things that might help someone like you decide to live here.
Some of the Basics
The City of Miami Beach encompasses only 7.1 square miles of land and 10 miles of water! And of course it’s surrounded by water. It lies just east of Miami across Biscayne Bay and is accessible by causeways. City boundaries extend from Government Cut to the south, where the big cruise ships come in and out, to 87th St. in the north, or most of the barrier island. Biscayne Bay is to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.

Miami Beach is subtropical in foliage, which is rich and lush. The weather is consistently beautiful, sunny, warm and humid. You can swim all year, because there’s an average ocean water temperature of 74 degrees. The population is just under 95,000.

Miami Beach is divided into three sections: South Beach (from South Pointe Park to Dade Blvd and Collins Park, or about 1st-21st streets); Middle or Central Miami Beach (22nd or 23rd St. to 41st St.); and North Beach (41st St. to 87th St.).

South Beach is the frenetic area of Ocean Drive and its sidewalk cafes, bistros, general daytime Scene, and nonstop nightlife, the photo shoot location known as The Promenade from 5th to 15th , the 1-sq-mile pastel-hued Art Deco historic district, designer shops on Collins, Lincoln Road Mall, art galleries, Espanola Way, the Bass and Wolfsonian art museums, and Lummus, Flamingo, and South Pointe Parks. To many, South Beach is Miami Beach.
Central Miami Beach is all about a hotel-rich Miami Beach of glitz and glamour of 50 years ago, and now some of that faded glory has come back as heavily high-rise residences and new hotels crowd in. This section ends at Arthur Godfrey Road (41st), kosher and Jewish deli central. Beachside it’s a bit longer: The Miami Beach wooden boardwalk runs along the Ocean between the beach and the hotels from 21st street all the way to 46th.
North Beach is so heavily high-rise residential that it’s often called Condo Canyon along Collins north of 41st Street, while streets to the west and especially North Bay Road are lined with wealthy homes and mansions.
Still farther north, beyond 87th where the city of Miami Beach ends, but still on the same barrier island, are three more towns: the heavily French-Canadian community of Surfside, the extreme upscale Bal Harbour area, and the seemingly ever-changing community of Sunny Isles, as well as the everything-available, everything-goes Haulover Beach. There’s a town called North Miami Beach, but it’s on the mainland and has nothing to do with Miami Beach.

Why Miami Beach? The City as Trendsetter
Today’s Miami Beach stands out as a major trendsetter, from fashion, to the Arts to its world famous restaurants and hotels. All of this has made Miami Beach one of the most desirable destinations for tourists, residents and the rich and famous.
Arts and Culture
The City of Miami Beach is rich in opportunity for cultural exploration. The Bass, Wolfsonian-FIU, and Ziff Museums have distinct collections. The Art Center South Florida, Miami City Ballet, and New World Symphony offer world-class visual art, ballet, and symphonic music respectively. The Jackie Gleason and Colony Theaters host varying shows from Broadway style to new works. The City’s Arts Council sponsors over 50 cultural organizations leading to film, theater, dance and music festivals, as well as many performances and exhibits.
Outdoor Recreation
An island surrounded by the sparkling Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach offers a really diverse array of recreational activities. One can jog and bicycle along serene bayside or oceanfront paths, play tennis at a charming area park, swim or dive in the cool waters of the Atlantic Ocean, sail or cruise along Biscayne Bay, rollerblade down Ocean Drive, or enjoy Miami Beach’s lush golf courses.

Although Miami Beach is a relatively small island, recreational amenities abound, including the Miami Beach Marina which offers boat slips and restaurants. Nearby, boat rental outlets provide yachts, cabin cruisers, sailboats, powerboats and catamarans. The City of Miami Beach contains four beautiful large parks: Flamingo, South Pointe, Lummus, and North Shore Open Space. There are three city-owned golf courses: Bayshore, NOrmondy and Par Three.

And it’s not just one-size-fits-all huge beach. There are eight different City beaches, with different “feels” to them, providing plenty of public access to the sand and water all the way up the strip, from the beaches in South Beach to 85th Street and the communities beyond.

Anyway, this is just a short list of some of the things that keep me and my friends coming here -- and coming back! Read some more of what the City says about itself in this informative link:
Unique Ambience
lived in Miami for several years and on weekends would go to Miami Beach to take in its international flavor. It’s easy to imagine being in a major South American city or on the French Riviera here.
So if you like life at a fast pace and then if you want to cool off, wander about 100 yards and enjoy the beaches, this is the place.
Another nice thing about Miami and Miami beach is that you’re less than an hour from the Everglades, which is about as good as it comes in an outdoor experience.
Transportation and Other Living Stuff
The cost of living is high here, but everything is relative. It’s high mainly because of housing. Food, personal goods and services are at, a little less than, or just over the Florida state average. ( Of course, eating out a lot, etc. and enjoying the Miami Beach lifestyle could change that in a hurry!

And health care is well above the state average – but then you’ve got some of the best health care facilities in the world, right here in Miami Beach and Miami.
As to housing. Since this is such a destination point ( over 3.5 million tourists a year), and since lots of people would like to live here who can’t, and since the people living here on Miami Beach love it and aren’t in a hurry to leave, prices are high. Still however if you compare the prices to a brownstone or condo in New York, you’re definitely in the ballpark of affordable.
For more specifics about transportation etc, go to the Miami general information links.

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Corals Gables

Coral Gables, Florida
Miami-Dade County
Population: 42,741

Coral Gables is literally a dream come true! One of America’s first planned cities, with gated communities and stately streets lined with canopies of trees, a man named George Merrick dreamed the city into reality. That dream is still alive today and you can be living that dream today!

Be prepared to feel as though you have walked back in time to the 1920’s. Even the trees seem to have stepped out of the past, streaming their long limbs and branches out over the streets. You will feel as if you are strolling down Plantation Avenue! Mediterranean Revival styles in architectural design are evident in many of the public buildings and houses. Grace and design combine to offer a truly elegant and prestigious neighborhood.

Numerous restaurants are at hand in the city. You will enjoy formal attire at the many fine, gourmet restaurants, or dine in casual style for a night of fun with your friends.

Located a close distance of four miles from Miami International Airport, this “City Beautiful” has more to offer than you can imagine. Gourmet shops, fine dining and hotels, shopping and retail outlets are just a few sample of Coral Gables amenities.

General Information

  • 13.1 square miles of landmass
  • 3257 people per square mile
  • Average age: 38
  • Average Household income: $81,896
  • Median house or condo valued at $818,981
  • Cost of living index 138.1
  • Over 58 % of residents have completed a Bachelor’s Degree or higher
  • 50% of residents are married
  • Average travel time to work: 23 minutes
  • Time zone: Eastern Time
  • Average property taxes: $4,820
  • Average summer temperature: 91 degrees
  • Average winter temperature:  60 degrees
  • Yearly precipitation:  58 inches 

Employment Industries

  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (18%)
  • Educational services (9%)
  • Health care (9%)
  • Finance and insurance (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (4%)
  • Construction (4%)
    Employment Opportunities
  • Top executives (10%)
  • Lawyers (9%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Physicians and surgeons (5%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (4%)
  • Other financial specialists (3%)

In conclusion, whether you desire a new location to buy a new home for your family, or whether you are looking for a vacation spot with all the luxurious spa treatments, golf courses, boating, and shopping malls, Coral Gables is waiting. Visit us today. You may never want to leave!

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Kendall, Florida
Miami-Dade County
Population: 79,350

Kendall, Florida is located just 10 miles southwest of Miami. Perched on the boundaries of the Everglades, you will find this city a tropical paradise. The Metro zoo is a fabulous attraction with its 300 acres of rain forests, jungles, and walking trails, all enveloped within a myriad of moats and waterways. Animals roam free, just as if they were in the wild.

Although the Miami area is well known for the luscious beaches and palm trees, you will discover many other attractions for your entertainment.  Museums, gardens, alligator farms, historical state parks, and a Seaquarium are just a few of the leisure activities you can participate in and enjoy.

Do you enjoy sports? Kendall is the perfect distance from Miami, which is home of 4 major league teams: Florida Marlins baseball team, Miami Heat basketball team, Miami Dolphins, and the NHL hockey team, the Florida Panthers.

In comparison to the rest of the state of Florida, Kendall ranked in the top 16% of the median family income, the top 13% of racial diversity, and the top 12% of college educated graduated. Also top- ranking grades followed in average, well paid single women, middle class or higher families, and use of public transportation.

General Information

  • 16.1 square miles of landmass
  •  4921 people per square mile
  • Average age: 37
  • Average Household income: $73,633
  • Median house or condo valued at $380,300
  • Median rent: $1,185
  • Cost of living index 116.2
  • Over 40% of residents have completed a Bachelor’s Degree or higher
  • Over 53% of residents are married
  • Time zone: Eastern Time
  • Average property taxes: $3,462
  • Average summer temperature: 90 degrees
  • Average winter temperature: 59 degrees
  • Yearly precipitation: 63 inches 

Employment Industries

  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (10%)
  • Health care (7%)
  • Construction (7%)
  • Educational services (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Public administration (5%)

Employment Opportunities

  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (6%)
  • Top executives (5%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (3%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (3%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (3%)

A nice place to make your home, or visit, Kendall, Florida is waiting for you!

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Homestead and Florida City are located at the very end of US1, at the south end of Dade County. Florida City is basically the entrance point to the Florida Keys and also the Everglades; its factory outlet shops and big megastores are a favorite shopping destination of Keys residents.

Homestead’s young residential population (median age 27) is employed both locally and in Greater Miami, which Homestead serves as a burgeoning bedroom community. With its rapid development and good infrastructure, it is also becoming one of southern Florida’s fastest growing relocation destinations, both from within Florida and from around the country.
The population is currently about 37,000; like most of the Miami metropolis, Homestead/Florida City is an ethnically diverse area with an effectively bilingual population.

Homestead/Florida City has one of the most rapidly developing infrastructures (new roads, schools, etc.) in Florida
The area used to be (and much of it still is) farmland
Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Kendall, FL (15.5 miles)
Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Miami, FL (27.6 miles)
Elevation 12 feet, on a “ridge” between Biscayne Bay and the Everglades
Avg. Annual Relative Humidity, Morning: 84%, and by afternoon a pleasant 61%.
Avg. Annual Sunshine Probability 68%
Avg. Annual Rainfall 79.2 inches
Avg. Summer Temperature 82 F
Avg. Winter Temperature 68 F
About the community

The community has focused on preserving and renovating historic buildings, establishing new businesses and creating a historic district replete with charming specialty shops and restaurants.

Many Mediterranean revival structures in downtown Homestead have been refurbished and adapted for new uses.

The antique shops along Krome Avenue form a handsome district, one that is part of a designated Main Street Community of the Florida Bureau of Historic Preservation.

The environment and attractions

The area sits right next to the western entrance to Everglades National Park, one of the country’s most interesting and unique. The microcommunity of Flamingo, inside the park on the tip of Florida’s mainland is about an hour’s drive away.

To the east lie the pristine waters and barrier islands of Biscayne Bay and Biscayne National Park. Despite its proximity to Florida’s biggest metro area, the Park preserves an older, wilder, and primitive Florida that has always been there. Alas, the park is accessible (for all practical purposes) by boat only.

And of course there’s much more -- the large NASCAR Raceway and the Florida Keys to the south, the glitz and glamour of Miami and Miami Beach to the north. You can choose laid-back Key Largo or South Beach, and be in either spot in under an hour.

Housing options
The area offers an abundance of housing options that range from expensive to economical. Because of lower land and labor costs plus the availability of construction materials, new home prices are well below the national average.

This area suffered a rare hurricane in 1992, and since then all new constructions as well as renovations adhere to one of the strictest building codes in the country – regardless of the price.
New housing developments are going up all over and they are generally very affordable (as of mid 2005 new homes could be found under $100,000)
Business potential and incentives

There are lucrative incentives for businesses that locate in the Florida Enterprise and Empowerment zones, in which a portion of the greater Homestead and Florida City area lie.
There is talk of a water-theme park coming to the area and the future development of the property adjacent to the Homestead Air Reserve Base. A large Hospital is currently under construction, and is due to open in 2006.
The area's new industries offer big-city employment opportunities within a small-town environment.
A great site to check out for more specifics:

In conclusion, Homestead offers something rare in the Miami metropolitan area: it was built from farmland, still has a lot of it, is far enough away from Miami to be separated from the hustle and hassle of urban life, yet close enough to savor its flavor. And it’s close to the diving and fishing opportunities provided by the Keys, which complement the area’s own outdoor treasures.

If you’d like the Keys without the price, if you like to have room around you in a residential area that it’s just plain nice to call home, but yet want the amenities of the big city life of Miami and Miami Beach, this could be your area.

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The site has the state divided up into 19 major areas and 80 plus sub-areas. We chose these areas as they are the ones most referred to in guides about Florida and also because most people are familiar with them as the names evoke something. Additionally on each area dropdown there is information relevant to florida real estate and relocating to florida. We have provided lists of Florida Real Estate agents-Mortgage brokers and more.