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May 22, 2013

George asks…

Does anyone know where to find a safe affordable apartment in the West Palm Beach area?

I’m looking for a 1 bd or 2 bd. that is atleast 600 sq. ft. for under $850
Must have central AC
A fitness center would b nice
A fairly new or remodeled apartment would be preferable
Considering Lake Worth, Palm Beach, and Jupiter.
What areas should I avoid?

Administrator answers:

I agree with the first answer — live in Broward county and drive to West Palm if that’s where you’ll be working. I lived and worked in Ft. Lauderdale for 26 years and could barely afford to eat in a decent restaurant in Palm Beach.

Richard asks…

What is the cost of living in Broward County Florida?

I am planning on visiting next month down there to check out some area’s and places to rent an apartment. Can anyone recommend some nice area’s, I was also looking at the 33312 area. If you have any info on that zip code will you share it with me.

I appreciate all the information on civilian positions and affordable living quarters, stores, churches, shops ect…

Thank you so much for your advice and help. I am looking to move by early april of 2009.

Administrator answers:

I live in the 33326 area code, which is about 5-10 miles west of the area you’re looking at. The city of Davie, which is the 33312 zip code, is a reasonable nice area, but just to the east of the area you’re looking at is a place called Oakland Park, which is not so good. If you’re looking south of the 595 freeway, the neighborhoods are typically somewhat nicer, and in general, the further you go west, the better (but also typically more expensive) the neighborhood.

Jobs are tight right now, gas is pretty high (I travel all over the eastern US, and the only place higher on gas that I’ve visited in the past few months is Chicago), and typically, housing is higher than most of the rest of the US. This kind of depends on where you’re coming from; we moved here from the San Francisco area 2 years ago, and real estate was quite a bit lower than the bay area, but it’s typically as high as or higher than anywhere else except NYC. Insurance and property taxes are pretty high, but there is no state income tax in Florida, so that is an offset.

Take a look at the website below for more numbers. You might want to compare this to the area from which you are moving to get an idea if it will work for you.

Good luck! (All things considered, including the cost of living, the insane South Florida drivers, and hurricane season, I do love it here.)

Daniel asks…

Is there any part of Miami Area that fits this criteria?

First of all, SAFE, and not ghetto. However, the rent should be inexpensive and no more than 30 mins away from downtown.

Administrator answers:

Miami has a number of good and bad cities to live in and to avoid.

In Miami the cities are divided into numerous area’s. Places to avoid in Miami are Liberty City, Overtown, North Miami, Opa Locka, Atlantic City, Carol City, Little Haiti, or anything around Opa Locka Airport. Good places to live in are some parts of Homestead, Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne, Coral Gables, South Miami, and Midtown. If want to live in a SAFE good neighborhood then expect to pay very high rent/mortgage.

Affordable homes? Psshh..Miami is a big city and it’s divided into smaller cities so it depends which area of Miami you move to. Some area’s are prone to crime and poverty so the average apartment rent for a good area there would be about $1500 if you live in a decent area. Home’s are selling less and less today so expect to see real estate prices in the 350k-400k.

As of right now it’s nearly impossible to find a job especially in Miami Dade County. The unemployment rate right now in South Florida has reached 8.1% since December 08 , higher than the national unemployment rate of 7.2%. So that means 752,000 are jobless right now. In the tri-county area, Palm Beach County had the highest unemployment rate, with 7.8 percent, followed by Miami-Dade, with 7 percent, and Broward, with 6.8 percent. Most companies are cutting jobs right now so it’s going to be quite hard for you to find a job because now you have to compete with a whole bunch of people who probably want the same position.

Also If your planning on moving to Miami get ready for nasty rush hour traffic and constant accidents on the 826 (Palmetto Expressway) and any other highway in Miami-Dade County. Miami has the worst set of drivers that’s why I rather live in Broward County.

Laura asks…

where is a good place to live in miami?

where is a good place to live in miami? looking for an apartment to MOVE to with 2bed/1bath or a 2bed/2bath that is located in a good neighborhood and is affordable. im not talking about only the miami area, also talking about fort launderdale or pemboke pines and so on. PLEASE HELP!

Administrator answers:

Depends on what you mean by affordable and if the schools are of concern. In Miami-Dade I would stick with Doral, Miami Lakes, parts of Kendall, Aventura, or Coral Gables. Not the lowest price, but decent.

In Broward Pembroke Pines, Miramar, Coconut Creek, parts of Coral Springs, Lighthouse Point. Again depends on schools and your price range.

I would go further north to Palm Beach County. Boca Raton, Wellington, Jupiter or Palm Beach Gardens are the nicest places to live in South Florida hands down, IMO.

Linda asks…

Is Miami a nice place to live in?

Is Miami a nice place to live in? If so, which areas are the nicest and safest to live in? Are there affordable homes for sale in Miami? Where are most of the fashion jobs in Miami?

Thanks for your help :)

Administrator answers:

Miami has a number of good and bad cities to live in and to avoid.

In Miami the cities are divided into numerous area’s. Places to avoid in Miami are Liberty City, Overtown, North Miami, Opa Locka, Atlantic City, Carol City, Little Haiti, or anything around Opa Locka Airport. Good places to live in are some parts of Homestead, Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne, Coral Gables, South Miami, and Midtown. Most of these places are expensive like crazy.

As of right now it’s nearly impossible to find a job especially in Miami Dade County. The unemployment rate right now in South Florida has reached 8.1% since December 08 , higher than the national unemployment rate of 7.2%. So that means 752,000 are jobless right now. In the tri-county area, Palm Beach County had the highest unemployment rate, with 7.8 percent, followed by Miami-Dade, with 7 percent, and Broward, with 6.8 percent. Most companies are cutting jobs right now so it’s going to be quite hard for you to find a job because now you have to compete with a whole bunch of people who probably want the same position.

Affordable homes? Psshh..Miami is a big city and it’s divided into smaller cities so it depends which area of Miami you move to. Some area’s are prone to crime and poverty so the average apartment rent for a good area there would be about $1500 if you live in a decent area. Home’s are selling less and less today so expect to see real estate prices in the 350k-400k.

As for fashion I have no clue since I’m a conservative guy and I like to save whatever I can. Odds are no one is thinking about hiring anyone. In the last couple of months unemployment center lines went from about 20 to thousands. Not even McDonald’s is hiring and that’s unusual.

Also If your planning on moving to Miami get ready for nasty rush hour traffic and constant accidents on the 826 (Palmetto Expressway) and any other highway in Miami-Dade County. Miami has the worst set of drivers that’s why I rather live in Broward County.

Robert asks…

Should i move to Miami or New york city?

iam 17 years old from Detroit michigan and i want to move to either Miami or New york city after college and i cant make up my mind which city should i move 2 and reasons why i should move there

Administrator answers:

Want a reason to move here? Psshh South Beach should be enough. Ultimate clubs, partying, drinking, shopping, all the things a young adult like you would love are all in Miami.

Since you’ve lived up North you should take a visit to the South and enjoy the sunny beaches and the beautiful weather.

Adjusting to Florida is typically easy since there are many cultures here but if you live in Miami you will encoutner some spanish people or people from the islands/carribean and of course the Florida natives.

As of the weather here it’s typically the same all year round but in the winter time we get a couple cold fronts which makes it cool and nice. From the end of May to November it’s Hurricane Season/Rainy Season and sometimes we get a hurricane or two. We haven’t had any major ones hit South Florida in about 3-4 years now so were on the lucky side.

I’m assuming your going to graduate college in 4 years so I cant really say how things will be then but as of now Florida is kinda in a bad situation.

As of right now it’s nearly impossible to find a job especially in Miami Dade County. The unemployment rate right now in South Florida has reached 8.1% since December 08 , higher than the national unemployment rate of 7.2%. So that means 752,000 are jobless right now. In the tri-county area, Palm Beach County had the highest unemployment rate, with 7.8 percent, followed by Miami-Dade, with 7 percent, and Broward, with 6.8 percent. Most companies are cutting jobs right now so it’s going to be quite hard for you to find a job because now you have to compete with a whole bunch of people who probably want the same position.

Affordable homes? Psshh..Miami is a big city and it’s divided into smaller cities so it depends which area of Miami you move to. Some area’s are prone to crime and poverty so the average apartment rent for a good area there would be about $1500 if you live in a decent area. Home’s are selling less and less today so expect to see real estate prices in the 350k-400k.

But that’s according to right nows situation and I DO NOT know how it will be in 5 4-5 years so don’t mind some of these answers if your not coming down here very soon.

Also If your planning on moving to Miami in the future get ready for nasty rush hour traffic and constant accidents on the 826 (Palmetto Expressway) and any other highway in Miami-Dade County. Miami has the worst set of drivers that’s why I rather live in Broward County.

Donald asks…

Where can I find an efficiency for $400/mo.?

Hi,

I’m looking for an efficiency either in Miami-Dade County close to Florida International University or in the Davie, SW Ranches, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Weston or surrounding areas in Broward County. I am a full time worker (about 30 hours a week) and student at Florida International University. I am a 19 year old female.

I’ve looked all over Craigslist, and haven’t found much that I can afford with everything I need. I need electric, water, internet, trash pick-up, AC, and cable included in the price of rent. Cable is preferred but not totally necessary. I can afford up to $450/mo. I will always be on time with rent. It doesn’t need to have a microwave, but I do need a decent sized fridge with a freezer and a private kitchen/kitchenette (at least with a stove and a sink). It doesn’t even really need to be furnished because I’d be bringing my own. A table would be nice though but not necessary if unavailable. If a security payment is required, I can pay $200 up front but would take some time to produce more. I wouldn’t change anything about the efficiency if asked except bring my own furniture and take it when I leave. I plan on staying for at least a year, no longer than two years. I have a pet dwarf hamster who’s always in his cage and who I keep very clean and well taken care of. I don’t drink, smoke, do any drugs, party, or have any kind of criminal background. It will be just me living in the efficiency. The efficiency can be attached to the house or separate, doesn’t matter. Private entrance is preferred, a private full bathroom is required. I’m very responsible, quiet, clean, and academically oriented. I really need help finding a place to live in a good and safe area.

If anyone knows someone who is renting out an efficiency that meets what I need and can afford, please let me know. Every response is strongly appreciated. I really need help here.
This is in the state of Florida, by the way, just to make sure that was clear.

Administrator answers:

$450/mo. Even for an efficiency apt. May be hard to find. I saw the starting range to be at $500 or higher. Below you have some additional links that may give you some new leads, although in the past I have found Craigslist to be very useful. You may have to consider sharing a 1 or 2-bedroom apt. With a roommate to bring the cost down into the affordable range. Good luck in your search.

Http://www.campusrent.com/florida_international_university_apartments.cfm

http://www.apartmentguide.com/college/Florida

http://www.forrent.com/results.php?page_type_id=refine&search_type=communityname&view_type=list&is_refined=1&is_sort_default=1&seed=1279009006&main_field=Miami%2Cfl&ssradius=10&min_price=%240&max_price=%24500&sbeds=Any&sbaths=Any

http://www.forrent.com/search-apartments-by-area/FL/South-Florida.php

Nancy asks…

Is Hollwood Fl a good place to live??

What are some good parts of Florida to live in around Hollywood

Administrator answers:

Yes. I used to live there and loved it. I moved downtown right before the big boom of people who moved there. So I found a beautiful apartment that was relatively inexpensive and lived close to all the stores and restaurants on the main strip downtown. (Try My Thai was my favorite restaurant and there was a jazz place on Young Circle that was great too!)

The benefit of Hollywood is that it’s easy proximity to both Miami-Dade County and to Central Broward (Ft. Lauderdale). The housing stock has a lot of character, as it is older than Pembroke Pines to the west, and it is very affordable.

John asks…

can someone tell me whats it like to live in miami, fl. is it worth it?

Administrator answers:

This is Miami in a nutshell.

In Miami the cities are divided into numerous area’s. Places to avoid in Miami are Liberty City, Overtown, North Miami, Opa Locka, Atlantic City, Carol City, Little Haiti, or anything around Opa Locka Airport. Good places to live in are some parts of Homestead, Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne, Coral Gables, South Miami, and Midtown. Most of these places are expensive like crazy.

Affordable homes? Psshh..Miami is a big city and it’s divided into smaller cities so it depends which area of Miami you move to. Some area’s are prone to crime and poverty so the average apartment rent for a good area there would be about $1500 if you live in a decent area. Home’s are selling less and less today so expect to see real estate prices in the 350k-400k.

As of right now it’s nearly impossible to find a job especially in Miami Dade County. The unemployment rate right now in South Florida has reached 8.1% since December 08 , higher than the national unemployment rate of 7.2%. So that means 752,000 are jobless right now. In the tri-county area, Palm Beach County had the highest unemployment rate, with 7.8 percent, followed by Miami-Dade, with 7 percent, and Broward, with 6.8 percent. Most companies are cutting jobs right now so it’s going to be quite hard for you to find a job because now you have to compete with a whole bunch of people who probably want the same position.

I’m a conservative guy and I like to save whatever I can. Odds are no one is thinking about hiring anyone. In the last couple of months unemployment center lines went from about 20 to thousands. Not even McDonald’s is hiring and that’s unusual.

As for the weather here it varies from time to time but usually its the same all year round aside from a couple months. Between the months of May and October its the rainy season aka “Hurricane Season”. We haven’t had any major hurricanes here for about 3-4 years now so were on the lucky side. Although its rainy season when its not pouring outside its still hot and the humidity level is up. Between the months of November and December we experience cold fronts that usually cool us down, but not for a long time. Most only last a week, but again as I said before when its not cold/raining its still hot outside and the humidity level is up. Make good use of sunblock and sunglasses because your gonna need them if you visit or move to South Florida.

Also If your planning on moving to Miami get ready for nasty rush hour traffic and constant accidents on the 826 (Palmetto Expressway) and any other highway in Miami-Dade County. Miami has the worst set of drivers that’s why I rather live in Broward County.

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