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Old 07-13-2007, 12:13 PM
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Well I figured I was not paying enough in insurance and taxes so I picking the family up and moving to S. Florida. Besides my wife has been given a great opportunity in S. Florida

I was looking for suggestion in the South Dade area for a relatively safe gated community with close proximity to Everglades National Paark. We are looking to rent the first year to get our bearings and other properties sold prior to buying since we will be there for the next few decades.

Any suggestions, I have already investigated Key's Gate and that is at the top of the list.

Thanks in advance
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Old 07-13-2007, 12:22 PM
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How's your Spanish? Seriously.

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Old 07-13-2007, 12:30 PM
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Wet-n-Wiley - 7/13/2007 12:22 PM

How's your Spanish? Seriously.

Yo no hablo inglés y muevo a Florexico

my wife is fluent in the S. American Dialect of spanish also....Ican't wait to move to to third world country
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Old 07-13-2007, 12:56 PM
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Mardi-Gras - 7/13/2007 12:30 PM

Wet-n-Wiley - 7/13/2007 12:22 PM

How's your Spanish? Seriously.

Yo no hablo inglés y muevo a Florexico***

my wife is fluent in the S. American Dialect of spanish also....Ican't wait to move to to third world country
***while there are mexicans here...the opperative word for SoFla. right now is still...
Floricuba...mang...

welcome to the heat belt...ya will be close to the keys however...that's worth something...

lots of building in that area in past 2-3 yrs...new hospital...and of course the speedway...
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Old 07-13-2007, 03:33 PM
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Keys Gate is probably your best bet for the Homestead area.

When the car races are in town, you may just want to take a vacation. The traffic from all the drunken idiots is thick.
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Old 07-16-2007, 11:19 PM
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Where will your wife be working? If you can work your way up to Palmetto Bay...... close to marinas and a little closer to city.(also more Americanized) Homestead is way south. If she is working down there look in the Redlands, west side of Homestead. If shes working in Coral Gables or Miami, it a real long trip everyday. Good luck you will enjoy down here.
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Old 07-16-2007, 11:40 PM
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I agree with reefraft. Try to find something in Palmetto Bay if it fits your budget. Nicer place, closer to everything, and good value in current real estate situation.
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Old 07-17-2007, 07:50 AM
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Mardi Gras welcome. You are about to visit a THIRD WORLD COUNTRY without the need of a passport. Never go to miami int'l airport, never go to blackpoint marina on a weekend and never ever venture outside of your home without your sidearm. PLease enjoy your stay.
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Old 07-17-2007, 10:08 AM
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holic I don't know where you are, but I do not have your same experiences. I am Cuban live in Palmetto Bay with two teenage boys and a wife. Most of our friends are Americans, my only problem with my sons is that they do not speak Spanish, all of their friends whether American or from a third world all speak English perfectly.
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school is ranked 64th in the US by Newsweek. I have never been robbed (lucky) and my door is usually open (Teen boys) You are right about Black Point, it is bad on weekends, pick your time correctly and you will be ok, but what marina is not crowed in Dade County or anywhere else in Florida. But the good part is your in great water of South Biscayne Bay, you have to take the good and the bad in a huge place like South Florida .So Mardi Gras don't worry it is not as bad as the Urban Legends.


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Old 07-17-2007, 10:29 AM
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How long of a drive is from Palmetto Bay to Homestead AFB? A lot of traffic? Where is the best place to launch a boat that is not too congested? Im also probably heading to that area sometime soon.
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Old 07-17-2007, 12:23 PM
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The most important info is where are you and your wife working???The traffic in Miami is terrible........If you work downtown and live in Keysgate, you will hate your life from day one.

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The drive from Palmetto Bay to HFB is about 20 min. and not bad traffic. The boat ramps are Black Point (busy) and Homestead Bayfront Park (not as busy).
I'm born(1954) and raised in Miami and English only. Spanish will help soften the culture shock. PM me with any questions you have.
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Old 07-17-2007, 01:52 PM
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holic, you are clueless, just spouting off what you've heard others say. Look at the diversity as an opportunity, not a hinderance.
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Old 07-17-2007, 02:03 PM
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My wife will be a the South Florida Ecosystem Office in Homestead and then an additional field office at Everglades National Park.

We are flying down Friday to lease a house for a year in Keys Gate before we buy, that way we can decide where to call home.

Thanks for the tips on all of the locations I will be sure to check them out.

As for me I am setting a remote office from our home so all I have to do is get on a flight a few times a month.

The on apealling thing is that Homestead Bayfront Park is 2.3 miles from Keys Gate and a straight shot, not a long wait for a wet slip either.

Best part (we both scuba) is that the Keys is so close and we may even buy a house down there....

is the housing market still soft or is it strengthening ?
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Soft and getting softer.

Someone figured out that Florida has unsustainable industries. bummer.
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Congrats to yer wife!! Just stay outta trouble Derek and you'll be fine


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Old 07-17-2007, 06:16 PM
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Ive been here 38 years. Seen alot of changes, love the cuban food. Too old for the South Beach crowd but its not as bad as it was when the Cocaine cowboys were around. Go with the the flow. Learn a little Spanish, it wont kill you. There are people "accross the pond" who would like to kill all of us. Cuban,white,black,Jew. We all have to fear them, not us locals.
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Old 07-17-2007, 06:22 PM
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Well said jreyyk. Embrace the change
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Old 07-17-2007, 06:27 PM
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Mardi Gras,

Congrats on the new job and what I hope is an exciting new chapter in your life. I think you will find south Dade county a great place to live. It is a part of the county that is really growing. It is close enough to everything in Miami from far enough so that you are not in the most congested area of the city. The proximity to Homestead Bayfront Park and the Everglades (Flamingo) is great and the Keys are your back yard. I love Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay (I live there) but if you and/or your wife will work further south (Homestead), then you may find more house for the money down south. The real estate market has slowed considerably but home prices are still high, "starting to soften" is a good desription; taxes and insurance are a big expense down here.

Don't listen to the haters. Miami and South Florida is a great place to live. Many of the schools, especially down south, are excellent. This "winter" while many are counting the days until spring so they defrost their "winterized" outboard, you'll be running in your boat out of Homestead Bayfront Park across the clear water of Biscayne National Park watching the sun rise over Elliot Key.
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Old 07-17-2007, 07:20 PM
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Welcome. I'm a native. No place better on earth. And for those who don't like it please leave. I liked it better 40 years ago, when the fishin', diving and water were less congested. Paradise is not cheap anymore. FWIW what is "winterizing"?
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