If I was a single healthcare professional who enjoys nightlife, museums and outdoor cafes and I was a little adventurous, I would probably locate myself in a condo along the rapid transit or people mover system. Let me tell you why.
If I was in your shoes, I probably would want to work in newest hospital in Miami and be in the middle of the medical center. Our newest hospital is the University of Miami Hospital located at the old Cedars Medical Center. UM just purchased Cedars and is focusing moneys and resources to update that hospital and make it a premiere research hospital. But in that area you also have the VA Hospital, Jackson Memorial, Sylvester Cancer Center, etc.
The beauty about this location is that it can be reached by rapid transit. There is a station on NW 12 Avenue by the entrance to the medical complex and by the Mailman Ctr. In other words, this is the center of our medical complex... same as you have in Boston and other major cities.
If I was your age I may try a few buildings in Downtown Miami where I could use the Downtown People mover to get around and walk to Miami Arena or take the DPM to the performing center. From there I could also take the DPM to the Cultural Center or drive to Miami Beach to see the Wolfsonian Museum.
As with any major city, you have to be careful at certain times of the night. Having grown up in Miami and being an architect, I am very familiar with our community. Also my wife has worked at the medical center for over 15 years, so we are also fairly familiar.
There are other medical centers like Baptist and I actually have a 2 bedroom condo just next door... you could actually walk to Baptist. But that would not be near the action you want. Traffic in that area can also be a little problematic. Then you have South Miami Hospital and Larkin Hospital in the South Miami. But you would again be away from the action you want. Mercy Hospital is another good place and you could live in Coconut Grove to work there.
Call me at 305 510.0647 if you have any questions or need more info. Good luck.
Before you make a decision, do look at Delray Beach in addition to the Miami areas mentioned below (which are very good recommendations too). I have watched Delray go from pleasant but a bit sleepy to a great area worth considering.
Living sort of in the middle, in Fort Lauderdale, I get to pick from both Delray/Boca and Miami areas, and both are distinctively different in flavour.
We all will be happy to help you make the right decision, so don't hesitate to contact any one of us.
Have you considered Delray Beach? It is about an hour north of Miami. Voted All-American city TWICE, Delray Beach is a qaint little town bustling with nightlife outdoor cafes and museums. Check out the website. Downtown Delray is amazing. There is always something to do. Art and Jazz on the Avenue happens the 3rd Thursday of every month. The street is shut down for all sorts of exhibits and great entertainment. Boca Raton also offers an abundance of what you are looking for and is only a short drive.
As a nurse myself, Delray Medical Center was also voted top 50 hospital TWICE. It is also the major trauma unit in South Florida. I also hear they have a nice sign on bonus!
Safety is what you make it, but if given a choice of walking in Miami or Delray, Delray Beach wins hands down! I invite you to come down over May 8th to check out Art and Jazz on the Ave. and decide for yourself, you wont be disappointed!
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Depending on whether you want a single family home or a condo (and of course, what price range you are in) , it sounds like you might want to focus on either Coconut Grove, the Roads, or Brickell.
I'll be happy to guide you through the searching and buying process if you'd like to contact me.
Miami is full of great neighborhoods with everything you describe from South Beach to the Design District to Wynwood and Miami's Upper East Side.
I agree with Jose that you will have to do some research and make some decisions. Talk to people and come visit. You can all find "featured neighborhoods" in our website that will give you detailed information, including maps and community links (as well as real estate prices) about different areas within Miami.
The decision will not be an easy one, so good Luck!
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If you would like further information or a friendly guide and native Miami resident to help you when you arrive, don't hesitate to give me a call or to contact me by email prior to your visit. Best of luck! Jose Gomez - Miami Realtor - http://josegomezfl.sef.mlxchange.com/