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Jamie, Other/Just Looking in Dallas, TX

What is the best neighborhood in the Miami area for families?

Asked by Jamie, Dallas, TX Sun Sep 2, 2007

We are considering relocating to the Miami area from Dallas. I have small children and would like a safe community with good schools and stuff to do for the kids... any suggestions

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2 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 4, 2007
If you want to find things your broker won't tell you, like percentage of people of a particular race live anywhere, just go to city-data.com They have a ton of information gathered by the US government.
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Whoever wrote that article may have misunderstood the law. I think proximity to a church is not discriminatory, you are just helping your clients. Of course California might have a lot of Anti-Religion laws. I would love to live in an area were the concentration of liberal Californians was zero.
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Well it will depend on where your job will be located as Miami has lots of traffic.

My preference is Miami Lakes as it is centrally located and you can be just about any where in 20 mins like: Miami Beach, Downtown, Coconut Grove, South Miami, and Broward county.

Miami Lakes also was featured on America's hidden gem show on the Travel Channel for its small town feel in a big city.

Miami Lakes has beautiful tree lined streets, family parks every few blocks, and stunning spring lakes for its residents.

For more information about Miami Lakes feel free to contact me.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 13, 2014
Public education is provided and managed by The School District of Palm Beach County. Boca Raton is also home to several notable private and religious schools.
As of 2007, Boca Raton is served by four public high schools. Within the city's limits, Boca Raton Community High School serves the eastern part of the city. Spanish River Community High School serves the west-central part of the city limits and parts of unincorporated Boca Raton. Olympic Heights Community High School serves the western unincorporated areas. Finally, West Boca Raton Community High School serves the far-west unincorporated areas. Spanish River, Olympic Heights, and West Boca Raton also serve students from Delray Beach and Boynton Beach.[38]
The area is served by five public middle schools:
Boca Raton Community Middle School,
Don Estridge High Tech Middle School, a technology magnet school named for Don Estridge, the leader of a small group of engineers who developed the IBM Personal Computer in Boca Raton.
Eagles Landing Middle School
Loggers' Run Community Middle School
Omni Middle School
The area is served by twelve public elementary schools:

Addison Mizner Elementary (Founded in 1968. It is named after Addison Mizner.)
Boca Raton Elementary
Calusa Elementary
Coral Sunset Elementary
Del Prado Elementary
Hammock Pointe Elementary
J.C. Mitchell Elementary
Sandpiper Shores Elementary
Sunrise Park Elementary
Verde Elementary
Waters Edge Elementary
Whispering Pines Elementary
Two alternatives to the Palm Beach County Public Schools in Boca Raton are the K-8 Alexander D. Henderson University School (ADHUS) and FAU High School (FAUHS). Both are located on the Florida Atlantic University campus and are organized as a unique and separate school district; they are not part of the Palm Beach County School System. Henderson School is recognized as Florida Atlantic University School District #72, under the College of Education’s administrative oversight.

University schools in Florida are authorized to provide instruction for grades K-12 and university students, support university research efforts, and test educational reforms for Florida schools. Both ADHUS and FAUHS are public schools and thus do not charge tuition. Both are open to children who reside in Palm Beach County or Broward County. ADHUS admission is by lottery, while FAUHS admission is determined by academic ability. Student characteristics of gender, race, family income and student ability are used to match the student population profile to that of the state.[39]

FAU High School is unique in that it is a dual-enrollment program that involves itself primarily in collegiate classes. Students in ninth grade take advanced classes at the ADHUS sister campus, while students in higher grades attend only collegiate classes on Florida Atlantic University's campus, earning dual credit for both high school and college. A student who has successfully completed all four years at FAU High School will graduate having completed three years of university study on a college campus.[40]
Pope John Paul II High School is a Catholic school located in Boca Raton near Florida Atlantic University and Lynn University.
Hillel Day School of Boca Raton
Boca Raton Christian School
Pine Crest School, based in Fort Lauderdale, has a campus in Boca Raton. The Boca Raton campus, originally Boca Raton Academy, was absorbed by Pine Crest in 1987.
Saint Jude Catholic School and Parish is an Elementary and Middle School founded in 1985. The Parish also has a Preschool founded in 1995.
Saint Andrew's School
Pope John Paul II High School
Grandview Preparatory School is an independent college preparatory, nonsectarian, coeducational day school founded in 1997. Student enrollment is offered for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12.[41]
Donna Klein Jewish Academy
Boca Prep International School[42]
Saint Joan of Arc Catholic School and Church
Weinbaum Yeshiva High School
Summit Private School, a Montessori school[43]
Spanish River Christian
Saint Paul Lutheran School
Advent Lutheran School
Torah Academy of Boca Raton
Claremont Montessori School
American Heritage School
Culture and attractions[edit]
Boca Raton is known for its affluent social community and high income demographic. Boca Raton was the site of two now vanished amusement parks, Africa U.S.A. (1953–1961) and Ancient America (1953–1959). Africa U.S.A. was a wild animal park in which tourists rode a "Jeep Safari Train" through the park. There were no fences separating the animals from the tourists on the "Jeep Safari Train".[19] It is now the Camino Gardens subdivision one mile (1.6 km) west of the Boca Raton Hotel. A red wooden bridge and remnants from the Watusi Geyser and Zambezi Falls, a 30 foot waterfall,[20] from Africa USA can still be seen at the entrance to Camino Gardens. In the 1970s, peacocks could still be found in the subdivision, havi
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri May 16, 2014
that's not an answer, it's a novel..........to a question from 2007!!!!

And, I'd hardly call "Boca" part of the "Miami area" considering it's over 40 miles away.
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Thank you
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I live in the Redland area in Miami. It is an agricultural area with homes from $150K to multi-million dollars. Even the Bicardis have a mansion near us. People here ride horses and homes are on acreage. It is not like the city. We are between Homestead and Kendall. I have lived here for 20 years and would never live anywhere else. You have beautiful groves, orchid houses and very few businesses. It is mostly residential and farmland.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 5, 2007
Hi Jamie, My name is Stelin Rojas and I currently live in Miami and looking to relocate to New York....I live in Cutler Bay, FL an area that's about 15 miles south of the downtown area. It is very family oriented and the schools in the area are all A/B schools. Shoot me an email at r_stelin@bellsouth.net so that I can give you more info on one of my two homes which I have much interest in selling.

Stelin Rojas
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 5, 2007
I just relocated from Miami to Dallas after 19yrs in South Florida. Be ready because you will be shocked at the cost of living in South Florida. I paid over $8,000/yr year in insurance on a 4k sq ft home. I currently pay $1200/yr on a comparable home in a very nice neighborhood in Collin County. Auto insurance is twice as high in Miami due to all of the insurance fraud. Highway infrastructure is horrible in Dade and Broward counties. Sales tax is higher in Dallas but you see the benefits in better public schools, roads and airports. I live near an elementary school that had its portable classrooms taken down after a new school opened nearby. Portable classrooms are never taken down in Dade County due to overcrowding. On top of all this, salaries are very comparable in both cities.

You will also notice when comparing to Dallas that South Florida is a very compressed area because its surrounded by water on three sides. DFW is more open.

Baptist Health System and Tenet are very comparable to say Baylor and Presbyterian. Childerns Medical seems better than Miami Children's.

That said, I do miss knowing that the ocean was only 20 minutes away. In any case, I can be in Puerto Vallarta in 2 hours from DWF.

You better have compelling reasons to relocate to Miami from Dallas.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Sep 30, 2007
Key Biscayne is also considered a very good area with high end properties

0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 26, 2014
There are lots of GOod areas but in general Coconut Grove and Coral Gables are seen as good areas because of its safety and great school district

For more information look at my blogs on these areas
Coconut Grove: http://luxlifemiamiblog.com/category/coconut-grove/
Coral Gables: http://luxlifemiamiblog.com/category/coral-gables/

With kind Regards

David Siddons
305 508 0899
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 26, 2014
Hi Jamie,

Normally Coconut Grove, Coral GAbles and Key Biscayne are very suited for families. They are save, they are tranquil yet close to the Beaches and the business areas.
All these areas have great school districts as well.
Check these neighborhoods out here:

We also wrote a 2014 Investors Guide to Miami Real Estate which describes the areas in numbers like price per Sq.Ft, price changes etc - http://luxlife.wpengine.com/invest-in-miami/

For any other questions call me 305 508 0899 or email me siddons.d@ewm.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 24, 2014
Miami Shores, Ojus, Coral Gables
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 12, 2014
Boca Raton??? ROTFL!!! How is Boca the best neighborhood in the Miami area?? There is a "dozen" cities between Miami and Boca!!!!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 18, 2014
I Live in Dallas Tx and I'm really considering moving to Miami I have 3 Kids and I'm a single mom I need to know what area would be a great place to move, great schools, less crime rate, pls Help me Thanks.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 6, 2014
Miami Shores, Miami Lakes, Coral Gables, Belle Meade.
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Here is a link to community reports by zip code. It will help you view schools and important community information to help you relocate. You can compare 2 zip codes at a time. Here is the link http://www.topmarketer.net/CSR/CSReport.aspx?XC5NMHF3O0PJ#

These zip codes are my pick's for families.
Miami Lakes 33014, Coral Gables 33146, Pinecrest 33156,
Flag Fri Jun 13, 2014
Please know that Miami is over 40 miles from Boca - it's not a good suggestion if you want to live in the "Miami area"......some of the other agents below gave better answers.
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Coral Gables is a community that is popularly known as The City Beautiful because of its outstanding qualities that make it one of the most impressive areas within the Miami region. It is among the first ever planned communities in existence which is why many will come to find the structure of the city to be well-designed to provide residents and guests with as much ease, comfort, and convenience as possible.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 9, 2012
Yes, there are many communities in Miami conducive to raising children. Coral Gables, The Roads, Pine Crest and South Miami are highly desirable, offering many amenities such as great public and private schools, parks and local youth activity centers. Additionally, the general Miami area is close to the coast, making a drive to the beach just minutes or easy access to marinas for those who enjoy boating.

An important consideration would be proximity to work and mode of preferred transportation. Some of the areas I mentioned are suburban and would likely require more commute time. Size of lot would also have to be considered. Urban properties tend to be on smaller lots and suburban properties on larger ones. For example properties in the Pine Crest area are generally larger, usually starting at an acre where in Coral Gables 10 to 20,000 sq ft lots are the norm.

Price varies as well. Urban properties tend to be price higher than comparable suburban ones.
The Greater Miami area is a great place to live. I have made it my home for over 40 years. I have watched it evolve into a highly diverse and exciting metropolis, offering a vast variety of life styles.

For more information you can contact me at 786.302.0351 or email me at juan@insideMIAMIrealestate.com. You can also find relevant information on my website http://www.insideMIAMIrealestate.com.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 14, 2012
Hey Jamie ,
Maybe you'll desire a quick and easy moving experience. Please call me directly if so .

Michael Deluca
305 487 2616
Beachfront Realty Inc
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 14, 2012
Hi, we are relocating to the Sunrise-Hollywood-Ft. Lauderdale area and could use some help figuring out the best places to live. We really want to live in an established neighborhood, not new construction... want something maybe in the mission style, historic neighborhood. We currently live in Oak Park (just outside Chicago), which is home to Frank Lloyd Wright... I mention that because we'd love to find an area similar to OP, rich in culture, older trees. Thoughts??? Also, welcome any realtors who would like to work with us. Thanks.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 14, 2012
Just a note: Gary Smith
Agent wrote a link for an article on what an agent can and cannot do. I find that many of the answers on this post show a violation in your code of ethics. Be careful out there agrents. The testers are on this site!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 17, 2009
aventura, bal harbor has excellent schools "A" VERY safe neighborhood selenafung@aol.com i am a realtor who would be happy to assist you
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 17, 2007
There are many option for you, and many agents will offer you different location. You must look first for a place close to work or school, that way you will be saving in time and gasoline. Miami is a beautiful city, and I am sure that finding a nice place for you and your family will not be that hard. See your option, and choose wisely. If you need some help, please click on the link to my website and you will find my information. It will be a pleasure to help you relocate to Miami. happy Holidays!
Web Reference: http://www.realtordoral.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 11, 2007
I am also thinking about moving to Miami area (North Miami Area). We looked around Aventura and we seem to like it there. Life is very expensive in Miami as compared to Atlanta. I prefer to stay in Atlanta, but we may have to move for my wife to go back to school there. Hope this was helpful
Web Reference: http://www.doyenrealty.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 5, 2007
Please log-in to this site so you can read and find out more about each of the areas in Miami.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 5, 2007
Please go to to this website and call me for more information - Regards Daniel
Web Reference: http://www.kafka-franz.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 5, 2007
Key Biscayne is great if you can afford it - centrally located, one of the best K-8 schools, and extremely safe. Then there are Coral Gables, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay. They are all very safe with good schools.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 5, 2007
There is no "best" neighborhood! There are all sorts of neighborhoods that could be considered "the best". Oceanfront, Golfcourse....
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 12, 2007
I don't want to disappoint anyone, but I believe that called "steering" against our code of ethics.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 1, 2007
Well, knowing the area very well I would say: Coral Gables, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay (Cutler Ridge), Redlands would be your best bet for a safe area to raise a family. All of these areas are very nice.

Now everyone knows where the nice areas are so that means you will have to pay big money to move there, so I recommend shoulder areas. Areas right next to the rich neighborhoods that are just as good, but cheaper and the values will always be pulled up by the rich neighbors.

That being said, Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay (NE Cutler Ridge – Zip 33189) are bargains compared to Pine Crest and all are near a kid friendly beach (Matheson Hammock) and Marinas (Black Point, M. Hammock). You are next to the ocean, you avoid the west to east commute that 80% of the people have to do, and you have the turnpike to take you to Airport or Florida Keys.

And there are many lake homes in these areas too. Add a pool and you have Ocean, Lake, & Pool!

Here is an example:
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 1, 2007
Hello to all,

The best neighborhood in Miami??? I would have to say just based on your info I would narrow down your selections to Pinecrest, South Miami, Coral Gables and Miami Beach. Yes, in that order. I was born and raised here in this wonderful city. I know its past, present and future. They are all very inviting places to live and each city does have its own characteristics. I have family that live in Pinecrest and Coral Gables, and I live on Miami Beach. I can guide you to different websites that would describe each city, but truly the best way to learn about a city is to ask its residents. Please feel free to send me an email with any additional questions or comments you may have.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Sep 27, 2007
Myself and my wife and two boys 7yrs and 4yrs old have just moved to Miami.we would like to know which areas are good to raise a family.my youngest boy suffers with autism and would need a school to suit,my wife works near the airport and would need a round journey of about an hour?
Flag Mon Oct 8, 2012
You can also click on these links to view the Featured Areas in Miami:

Miami Condos:

Brickell Condos:

Brickell Key Condos:
Web Reference: http://www.kafka-franz.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Sep 9, 2007
Hello Jamie,

You are welcome to visit http://www.dienerproperties.com to see all the condos listed in Miami.

Personally, I feel that Coral Gables offers a secure and highly-thought after location within Miami. I grew up in South Coral Gables and attended one of the finest private schools in the area. Coral Gables has one of the lowest crime rates in the area and provides for plenty of family oriented activites and events.

You can also click on these links to view the Featured Areas:

Brickell Key: http://www.dienerproperties.com/brickell-key-condos.htm
Brickell Avenue: http://www.dienerproperties.com/brickell-avenue-condos.htm
Coral Gables: http://www.dienerproperties.com/coral_gables.htm
Coconut Grove: http://www.dienerproperties.com/coconut_grove.htm
Deering Bay: http://www.dienerproperties.com/deering_bay.htm
Dadeland: http://www.dienerproperties.com/dadeland_area.htm

Kind regards,
Philippe Diener
Avant Realty International
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 4, 2007
You'll have to talk with Deborah Madey about that.
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