Hi Jenni, Congratulations to you and your husband! Weston is a great place to consider whether you have children or not because it draws buyers just on the strength of it A-rated schools. In fact, our market in Weston has seen inventory drop to a 12 month supply, which suggests a strong, healthy housing market! Imagine that in South Florida!
I use to work in Coral Gables - and commuting to Downtown Miami is a lot easier! What I discovered while commuting is that new routes would come up and I would try them. For example, few people know that 441/StRd7 runs parallel to I95 in Dade beginning at the Golden Glades and then south for quite some distance... N. Miami Road, a little east of I95 also runs parallel to it, have you considered the TriRail and the Metromover - if you work close to a station, that may be a good choice. The thing with Weston is, it has obstacles between it and Miami. The trick is to find a solution that works at the time you are on the road. Friend of mine will travel Weston to Ft. Lauderdale, gets to work in 25-35 minutes at the right time of the day - if he leaves 10 minutes out of his window of opportunity - its an hour commute!
Trial and error and success... that's what it will take - and from an area like Weston, there are plenty of avenues in and out... I took the challenge of the commute as a way of keeping the commute entertaining, and suddenly the commute was a bit more fun. Standard commuting time is 1hr, bad conditions maybe 1hr+15-30. Leave earlier in the AM, and later in the PM! Listen to traffic reports (WLRN or WIOD or go to traffic.com for online updates. They post accidents, construction areas, etc. that will help you avoid the bad spots!
I just helped a gentleman who is considering a commute between Coconut Grove from Weston... I belong to the Coldwell Banker Weston office and with my previous commutes into Miami/Coral Gables, I could relate to his concerns regarding this issue. Let me know if you want other routes to consider, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Best of luck. Attila Laczko