Moving to a new city is always challenging. And a large part of that challenge is looking for a place to live. There are so many things to consider when weighing your options—house styles, neighborhood safety, quality of schools, the convenience of location—it can be quite overwhelming.
That’s why we’ve done the research for you, so you don’t have to. You’ve no doubt seen our Miami City Guide, which includes a short section on a few of Miami’s most popular neighborhoods.
This list and our “Best Neighborhoods in Miami,” “Best Neighborhoods for Families” and “Best Up and Coming Neighborhoods in Miami” lists are more in-depth neighborhood and suburb guides meant to examine what it’s like living in each of these highlighted areas, with links to popular destinations, as well as available houses for sale and apartments for rent (and by way of introduction, we’re Bellhops—movers in Miami and beyond).
If you’re moving to Miami but don’t want to move into the city, this guide is for you. The Miami suburbs are close enough to enjoy all that urban living offers—the culture, the food, the excitement, and energy—but removed enough to avoid the less desired aspects like traffic, parking hassles, and the expensive housing prices. So, just for you, here are the best suburbs of Miami.
A master-planned community that was designed mostly by the fine folks who designed Walt Disney World, (Arvida/JMB Realty), Weston was established as a city in 1996 and is part of the greater Miami metro area, right on the edge of the Everglades.
Ranked on lists over the past 15 years as “Best Affordable Suburb,” “Best Places to Live,” one of the “Ten Best Towns for Families,” and most recently, as one of the “Top 100 Safest Cities in the U.S.,” Weston is known for its lush landscapes and distinctive neighborhoods.
What’s Happening in Weston
Arts festivals, concerts and celebrity golf tournaments are regular occurrences there, and you’ll find plenty of parks and open spaces for biking and walking, along with shops, hotels and restaurants, many of them in the Weston Town Center.
Schools in Weston
If you have children, you’ll be happy to know there are nine public schools, ranging from elementary to high school, and two schools for higher education. Weston schools are part of the Broward County School System.
Homes in Weston
Home prices range from the upper $100,000s to in the millions, so there’s plenty of variety. If you’re more of a renter, prices start around $1,400 a month. See what’s for sale and what’s for rent in Weston.
Located southwest of Miami, Coral Gables was nicknamed ‘The City Beautiful” by its designer, George Merrick, for its beautiful Mediterranean architecture, miles of waterways, its Venetian Pool, and huge bayans shading the streets. The downtown area has a thriving business district with boutiques, restaurants and bars along the Miracle Mile.
What’s Happening in Coral Gables
There’s plenty of shopping, dining and even a movie theater at the Village of Merrick Park. A fun place to visit for those of you with green thumbs (or those of you who wish you had green thumbs) is the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.
For a little culture, visit the Lowe Art Museum on the University of Miami’s campus. And if you’re a fan of live theater, you can go to productions at the Actors’ Playhouse.
Schools in Coral Gables
Coral Gables schools are part of the Miami-Dade School District and have one high school, as well as a K-8 school, the Coral Gables Preparatory School, and two middle schools. There are also a few private schools.
Homes in Coral Gables
If you’re looking for an apartment, rent varies, from as low as in the $900s a month to houses that rent as high up as $27,000 a month. Home prices range from the lower $100,000s into the millions. See what’s available to rent and buy.
Bordered by West Kendall, Kendall North, Richmond, Pinecrest, Dadeland, and Palmetto Bay, Kendall is a thriving Miami suburb with hotels, shopping, dining and entertainment options that suits pretty much any taste. And the crime rate in Kendall is one of the lowest in Florida.
What’s Happening in Kendall
Dadeland Mall is one of the nation’s busiest suburban malls and is located in Kendall. There are also plenty of affordable golf courses, an ice skating rink, a roller skating rink, a skate park, an indoor children’s playground, and two skate parks.
Schools in Kendall
Kendall has several excellent schools that have a low ratio of 17 students for every teacher. Part of the Miami-Dade County School District, schools in Kendall include Riviera Preparatory School, American High School Academy, and Leewood Elementary School, among others.
Homes in Kendall
Kendal real estate ranges from the mid $100,000s to almost $2 million if you’re looking to buy, and rentals range from just under $1,000 to around $8,000 a month. See what’s for sale and for rent in Kendall.
If you’re looking for some of the best public schools for your kids, then Key Biscayne is where it’s at. Because house prices are higher here, many families rent in this area just so they can get their kids into public schools. Violent crime is much lower than other parts of the Miami metro area. Key Biscayne also has its own newspaper, The Islander News.
What’s Happening in Key Biscayne
There’s a large, family-friendly public beach at Crandon Park, among other beaches to enjoy, as well as the Miami Seaquarium, which is a good place to take the family. Restaurants such as Milanezza and Rendazzo’s Italian Seafood and Classics Restaurant are popular places to eat.
Schools in Key Biscayne
There are three public schools and seven private schools in the area, as well as a few colleges and universities in the area.
Homes in Key Biscayne
Like we mentioned earlier, rent is about average with other areas of Miami, with prices starting around $1,600 a month. But when it comes to homes for sale, that’s where it gets pricey. We’re talking average homes prices in the millions, not thousands. See what you can rent or buy in Key Biscayne.
Only 20 minutes from the Miami International Airport, Bay Harbor Island is located between Aventura and Miami Beach and is part of Miami-Dade County. It was founded in 1947 and consists of two islands, the West and East Islands
Schools in Bay Harbor Island
The West Island features the single-family homes and the East Island has the business district, the highly-rated Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K-8 Center, among other schools, and multi-family housing. The East Island also features one of the biggest collections of mid-century Miami Modern architecture, dating back to the 1940s and ‘50s. See what’s’ for sale and for rent on Bay Harbor Island.
Suburbs and neighborhoods are about location and lifestyle, to be sure. But more importantly, they are about the people who live in them. These suburbs offer a variety of lifestyles to meet most anyone’s needs. We hope this guide helps you make the right choice to fit your lifestyle. And if you’re moving in or to Miami, we’re local and long-distance movers in Miami, so don’t hesitate to reach out.
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