Hi Maria: Congratulations on your decision to buy your first condo... a lot of your decision is dependent upon your budget - although you can pick up units for great prices in many of the newer, swanky buildings, you will still be taking on high monthly condo fees.
I highly recommend that you select a Realtor who knows the different condos but only recommend those that will work for you and your particular situation. You don't want to be looking at places that may pose financing problems because of the number of foreclosures in the building and you also want to choose an association that is financially stable in these difficult times. Many of the slightly older buildings are completely revamped on the inside yet have lower monthly fees than some of the new ones.
I personally love Jackson Tower, for location and the amazing balconies but they start in the $500,000s and the monthly fees are almost $1,000. Vantage View is a nice building, just south of Oakland Park, with prices in the $200,000s right now and reasonable monthly fees. There are several others in between.
Do you particularly want a high-rise? So many questions before I can give you a useful answer. Just watch for those built around 2005-6 as they are the ones with the financial problems now because of foreclosures.
I hope this helps a little and I'd be more than happy to work with you to help you find the perfect condo.
Best of luck to you,
Villa G Realty, Inc.