Congratulations on your pending move to the very beautiful Florida! Here is a link to rentals in your price range: http://luxurylivingfortlauderdale.com/homes-for-sale-toppick
If you find a home that catches your eye, you can learn more about the neighborhood right on the listing page like Walk Score, Schools in the area and view a Map. If you want to learn more, you can use the Community Reports widget which will give you terrific detail.
If you have questions, please let me know!
Chad Gray PA, Realtor
Luxury Living Fort Lauderdale
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Delray has dozens of restaurants, shops, and galleries within the town, and is within 20 minutes driving distance of Town Center Mall in Boca Raton and City Place in West Palm Beach. And your husband would have a 30 minute commute from route 95, which is 10 blocks from the edge of town.
Marc Jablon, The Jablon Team
RE/MAX Complete Solutions
Anything in close walk to any beaches in the entire country is always a good to a best neighborhood to be in for they are by far the #1 locations every one wants (or, at least, dreams to one day live on a beach). Remember the old saying: "Location, location, location!).
That being said, if your husband is to work in Fort Lauderdale, then, Fort Lauderdale's "east-side" (along the beach) will be where to look (if your husband will work north Fort Lauderdale, then you can also consider south Pompano Beach, and so on). But, if you don't mind long commuting drives, then, Delray Beach (about 25 miles away) or South Beach (also 25 miles away) are also great areas to live.
However, Fort Lauderdale is really a small town with a big, BIG attitude loaded with tons of civic activities, theaters, zillion of restaurants, exciting night life, GREAT SCHOOLD (public or private) and a huge International Airport only 15 minutes drive to. If you get bored living in Fort Lauderdale, don't blame Ft Lauderdale ;-)
For your budget of "...up to $2,000/month..." it should not be difficult to get you in a condo (not a house) within a short walking distance to the beach on a yearly lease. If you want a house, you will need to be in-land within 10-15 minutes drive to the beach.
Welcome to Fort Lauderdale!
2) What is the best way to look for a rental once we have narrowed it down to a neighborhood? Do real estate agents have more options than what you can find on Craigslist, trulia, etc?