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Bostonian, Home Buyer in Boston, MA

Recommended area for a vacation home in FL.- a walking distance to restaurants and close to a Jewish community

Asked by Bostonian, Boston, MA Mon Aug 25, 2008

I live in Boston and would like to buy a family vacation home in FL. Looking for something that is in a walking distance to many restaurants, safe & secure neibourhood for kids and preferebly close to a large Jewish community. My budget is around $350K and I was wondering what is the best neiborhood(s) for me to look at, based on the above criteria? Thinking mainly in the areas of Aventura, Palm Beach or Naples but open to other suggestions. Any recommendation/insight?


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Hello, Bostonian!

There is a strong Jewish community in Miami Beach, Bal Harbour, North Miami and Aventura. If what you are looking for is to be walking distance to restaurants and beautiful beaches you can pick Mia Beach or Bal Harbour. If you want a more family oriented area then Aventura will be the place. West Palm and Boca Raton also has a big Jewish Community.

Good luck in your search!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 2, 2008
Hello Bostonian,
I think you would love Bal Harbour, its has everything you are looking for.
Let me know if i can help.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 30, 2008

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 29, 2008
I am a Religious Jew and live in Aventura Florida which is voted the number one Jewish community in North America!!! We have plenty of synagogues (Ashkenaz, Sephardic, Orthodox, Conservative etc) as well as a large concentration of kosher restaurants, shops, schools and more. Most of our condo buildings enjoy concierge services such as Valet, Security, Gym, Swimming Pools, Media Rooms, Party rooms etc. We are also 5 minutes from the beach and enjoy the Turnberry Golf Course and shopping at Aventura Mall!!! We have a good selection of properties available for you that meet your budget criteria. Please contact us at 786-333-6200 or visit our website at http://www.golanteam.com
We look forward to welcoming you here to our community!!!
Debra & Eyal Golan
Web Reference: http://www.golanteam.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 28, 2008
I work in the Miami Beach office of EWM which is on Arthur Godfrey Road. We are centered in the heart of a very solid Jewish community. There are 8 synagogues within a five mile stretch of Miami Beach of varying denominations. The communities that surround Arthur Godfrey Road are family oriented with good schools and walking distance to many restaurants. Another area in southeast Florida that meets your requirements is Boca Raton.
Web Reference: http://www.ewm.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 26, 2008
Hello Bostonian,

I'm actually catching a flight out to Boston tommorow, I hope the weather stays nice! It sounds like you want to stay on the coastal ends of Florida which is a great choice. I grew up in the Palm Beach area and I highly reccomend it to anyone who is thinking of moving to FL.

What I love about it, especially with kids is that it's only 2 hrs and 15 minutes from Disney. The beaches are not over crowded and polluted. The city itself is large but it's not congested like some of the larger cities down South. If you want to be walking distance to nightlife, restaurants and shopping you will want to find a place in downtown West Palm Beach near City Place, Palm Beach Gardens near the new downtown area (Palm Beach Gardens mall), or Abacoa in Jupiter. In your price range you should be able to find a nice upscale condo or townhouse in West Palm Beach and possibly Abacoa. I will be honest with you though, the beaches along the West Coast are much more beautiful than the east coast and they are not as eroded.

Good luck on your quest and I hope you find the perfect place for you and your family!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 26, 2008
Good Morning Bostonian,

Aventura you'll love. Voted one of America's Most Walkable Neighborhoods with a Walk Score: 86 out of 100. Aventura has everything to offer from the finest restaurants, synagogues, arts, entertainment, business, shopping and more.

Perhaps one of the most famous attractions is the Aventura Mall, a 2.4 million square foot indoor shopping center located in the center of the city. The city also has its own exclusive park, Founders Park, and an outdoor mall named the Shops at Waterways. Although not inside the city limits, some of south Florida's finest beaches are just a few minutes away from Aventura, across the William H. Lehman Causeway.

The Aventura Express shuttle bus is a city run public bus service, free to Aventura residents. The Miami-Dade Transit, and Broward County transit bus systems also run through the city. The Miami-Dade Metrorail and Metromover does not, however, serve the city.

The main north-south road in the city is Biscayne Bouelevard and the main east-west route is the William H. Lehman Causeway. Although no interstates run through the city, I-95 is just 5 minutes away. Aventura is between south Florida's two main airports, the Miami International Airport and the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, both 15 minutes away.

If you would like to know more about this fine city I'm a resident of please feel free to give me a call (305) 788-6643 or send me an email: andreshambley@keyes.com. I'll be more than happy to assist you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 26, 2008
Good morning Bostonian,
have you thought about Miami? It is a vibrant city, has a lot to offer and excellent flight connections to Boston (my daughter goes to boarding school in Milton). Regarding a hice home for you and your family, I would like to get a little more information as to what the requirements are and what you absolutely have to have in a home. I am confident I can help you find it.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 26, 2008
I'm Jewish as well and have bought in SW Florida in Sarasota. There are five different Jewish religious houses of worship: everything from Chabad, to Reform. I chose Sarasota, however, because of the cultural benefits such as symphony, ballet, excellent theater, a museum...and lots of intelligent folks who have moved here from everywhere in the world.

It is extremely lovely with lots of places with water views. I work on one of the barrier islands --on St. Armands Circle where the world passes my door and I have a chance to chat with them should I step outside my office. And we watch the sunsets from the beach daily.

It is a small place compared to some of the cities on the West Coast of Florida so getting around is easier. Folks are very friendly.

For $350,000 right now you can buy a huge home (3-4 bedrooms, 2-3 bathrooms). If you would like me to begin sending you examples, please send me your email or call me at 941-400-4660.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 26, 2008
If you have never been to the Emerald Coast, I would encourage you to do so. We get many people here from the Northeast as well as the Midwest. Destin is probably the best known of the resort areas here, but there are many choices and alternatives. I don't know about the Jewish Community, but our population is actively engaged in spiritual growth of all who choose to be a part. Best of all for us, we have lots of open space without the urban sprawl that you find in most sunbelt destinations. Have a look--there are links on my website to take you to all the information that you might want about this area. Let me know if I can send you a packet of information, or if there is anything else that I can do to assist you.
Web Reference: http://www.MykeTriebold.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 26, 2008
Hi Bostonian. I have the perfect home for you. I guess that's what all Realtors say. But actually in this case it is really true. Without getting into too much details about this home, you can view the place I am talking about at http://www.KendallVillageHomes.com. Oh, and by the way, it is nearly $100,000 less than your budget. After seeing the photos, virtual tour, and floor plan, please contact me at (305) 439-3031 or abhuta@bellsouth.net if you are interested. Thanks.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 25, 2008
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