This a great time to look for a home in Weston - my Coldwell Banker office is located in Weston Town Center and our knowledge of the area is phenomenol. Though Broward has been hard hit by the depreciation of home values, areas like Weston with fantastic schools have fared better than those areas with schools scoring below A-level.
Weston allows commuters many options to go north, east or as you must, south. Specific to your situation, I am referring to I75 to the Gratigny Parkway, then LeJeune South to the Airport Expressway east - which becomes 195!! Tada - you're at work! There are other routes as well. For the Mercy Hospital route consider the Palmetto down to Tamiami Trail and then east. I have commuted to the Gables, Coconut Grove, Downtown, once you are down here, I can show many route options.
As for your price range, there are very good options at the $500,000 mark, quite frankly, its a buyers market and I have seen beautiful homes for that price - better than just the beautiful homes are the great schools, the huge parks, the sense of community and the beaches - a straight drive down 595. Shopping is easy, dozens of malls nearby - Sawgrass Mills, Boca Raton's Town Center and the Aventura Mall is also a great shopping destination.
With that said about Weston, alternatives are Plantation - a prominent city in Broward, Cooper City and Davie. What is key about all of these cities is - they have A+ schools, and they are all located in proximity to 595 and I75.
I would love to show you around the area - I make my home in Plantation, and I would not give up living in Broward for any other county. It really is central to all the things that make living in the tri-county area fantastic.
Best regards, Attila