Miami is so much more than just a popular vacation destination, which is why so many people opt to buy a home in Miami. The South Florida city is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and Everglades National Park to the west.
With its vibrant culture, phenomenal wildlife, beautiful beaches, and a surplus of things to do, you’ll never be bored living in Miami.
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The South Florida metro has gone through a cultural renaissance of sorts, attracting a great deal of foreign investors and out-of-town companies along the way. While that sounds like a good thing, Miami’s success does have a downside – that being its rising cost of living. The average apartment costs about $1,700 a month and the median price to of a home is $375,000. It may sound pretty steep, but you can find cheaper options online, with the least expensive one-bedroom rentals starting at about $1,000 a month.
Rent is lower than in large cities like Los Angeles and New York, but other living costs are comparable. Expatisan provides a comprehensive breakdown of the cost of living in Miami.
Whether you’re buying a house in Miami or you plan on renting, you’ve come to the right place.
Miami’s Best Neighborhoods
Beyond the nonstop parties and the $18 vodka sodas served in South Beach’s many clubs, Miami is home to several culture-rich neighborhoods, where you can easily find affordable cocktails.
Wynwood, Midtown, Brickell, and Downtown are the best neighborhoods for young professionals.
These neighborhoods are the urban hub of Miami. The area is fast-growing, with new construction surpassing major cities like Chicago, New York City, and Washington D.C. Miami’s urban core caters to people who like to work hard and play hard.
Coconut Grove is a picturesque area that’s perfect for families.
Coconut Grove is Miami’s oldest neighborhood, though its peaceful atmosphere and walkability may make you forget that you’re even in Miami. Coconut Grove is a funky bayside village with Bahamian influences. It has giant oaks framing its streets, wild peacocks roaming, and plenty of scenic parks.
- Miami Beach has a slice of paradise for everyone.
Miami Beach offers modest homes and apartments along with gargantuan seaside properties. There’s Art Deco, an awesome nightlife, the Atlantic Ocean’s clear blue waters, and restaurants aplenty; need we say more?
Once You’ve Decided to Move to Miami, Here’s What You Should Know
Knowing at least some Spanish phrases will benefit you.
60% of Miamians can speak Spanish, while 30% speak only Spanish. If you know some conversational Spanish, it will make communicating and learning about your new city and its residents easier and more enjoyable. It’s been called the “Capital of Latin America” for good reason. A move to Miami is a great excuse to brush up on your Spanish 101.
Tourists – you love them, or you hate them, but Miami can’t live without them.
Tourism is the life blood of South Florida. This is especially true during the winter, where Northerners flock to our sandy beaches. In Miami, most winter days would be considered “bikini weather”. Locals’ complaints about tourists stem from the added traffic, which can already be pretty bad.
The aggressive driving style of seasoned Miamians can take some getting used to.
It’s been said that Miamians have their own version of the DMV handbook. Turn signals? Never heard of them. Laying on the horn? A favorite pastime. Traffic laws? More like traffic suggestions.
Miami gets some gnarly storms and is prone to flooding.
From June-November, it’s hurricane season. Which just so happens to coincide with our rainy season. During rainy season, you can expect daily rainstorms. Usually they hit mid to late afternoon and last for about an hour.
We recommend starting your hurricane preparedness early and checking whether the home you’re looking to purchase sits on the floodplain.
The Cafecito is small but mighty.
Cafecitos, otherwise known as Cuban coffee, is beloved in Miami. So beloved that back in 2012, the City of Miami issued a proclamation making 3:05 p.m. the official Cafecito time. It’s delicious and sweet. One small shot of it is enough to give you more of a jolt than an entire pot of American coffee. You’ve been warned.
Getting Around in The City of Miami
- Cars are the preferred method of travel for the majority of Miamians. If you rely on a car, you should download the ParkMobile and PaybyPhone apps on your smartphone.
- If you plan to use public transit, you have some options.
- Metrobus: Rides on Metrobus start at $2.25 a trip. There are more than 95 routes and close to 1,000 operating buses and it serves all major entertainment centers, schools, and hospitals in Miami Dade County. Metrobus connects Miami Beach, Key Biscayne, West Miami-Dade, Broward County, Homestead, Florida City, and the Florida Keys.
- Metrorail: A 25-mile rail system that provides service to Miami International Airport (MIA) and travels through South Miami, Coral Gables, Downtown Miami, with connections Brownsville, Liberty City, Hialeah, and Medley in northwest Miami-Dade, with connections to Broward and Palm Beach counties at three locations.
- Metromover: a free, above ground ride service that operates seven days a week in the downtown and Brickell area. Major destinations include the American Airlines Arena, Bayside Marketplace, Miami-Dade College and the Miami-Dade County School Board. Pro tip: riding the full Metromover loop is an awesome way to see the entire city from above.
- Trolley: Miami’s trolley service is free and it’s undoubtedly the best way to get around Miami Beach. The trolley runs from 6:30 a.m. until 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 11 p.m., or midnight depending on the location. The TSO Miami Beach Trolley Tracker app is a helpful tool for planning your ride.
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