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What to Expect When Moving to Miami Beach!

March 5, 2019

When moving to Miami and Miami Beach, get ready to experience an unparalleled modern metropolis with a tropical flair.

What to Expect When Moving to Miami Beach!

Moving across the United States can be daunting for anyone, even for the person most excited about the next chapter of their lives.  The Miami area has its own unique perks and challenges, as compared to other American cities. Enriched with diversity and full of culture, Miami is a place where anyone and everyone can find their place to call home.

It helps to understand a little bit of the history of Miami. Both Miami and Miami Beach were incorporated approximately 100 years ago.  For so long, the area was considered primarily, a winter haven. In fact, many Northeastern and Midwestern snow birds still consider us a winter haven. The population residing in South Florida year-round was mostly retirees until the 1960’s when the area became much more diverse starting with the Cuban migration.  

As you get to know each neighborhood in Miami and Miami Beach better, you will notice people from all around the world have found a neighborhood to call their own. This multi-national influence of people moving to Miami, created an incredible cultural experience unlike any other place.  Any night of the week you can sample the best authentic food from all over the world, cooked the way Grandma used to make it!  Music and art of all types, inspired from countries across the globe, fill the streets and color every wall.  Inspiration can literally be found on every corner, sidewalk and bodega.  Belly up at the local bar to make fast friends with people born in places like Portugal, Venezuela, Colombia, France and Argentina. Although English and Spanish are the primary languages used, studies show that there are 128 different languages spoken in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Understanding the world from many different perspectives, spurs Miami’s innovation. Only in Miami can you attend a professional basketball game where they celebrate the thriving local Jewish community with an impeccably choreographed Latin song.

People looking to move to Miami for a quiet beach life, find peace easily in places like North Beach, Miami Beach, Surfside or Bal Harbour. Unlike other beach towns along Florida’s coasts, people still have the access to all big city conveniences.  Large corporations and innovative entrepreneurs both, bring a wide variety of careers to the area, creating immense job opportunity.  If you want to easily hop on a flight, the airport is only 30 minutes away!  If occasionally, you want to experience the night life, it is only 15 minutes away!  If you would like city amenities like public transportation and well-maintained streets, bike lanes, sidewalks and plentiful local parks, it’s all here!  To all of you future Miami Beach beach bums, don’t forget your sunscreen, umbrella and beach buggy.

Others looking for an adventurous lifestyle, find their days here full of outdoor activities like swimming, biking, boating, kayaking and hiking.  Their nights begin with some of the best restaurants in the world and end dancing until the sun comes up!  Neighborhoods like South Beach, Miami Beach, Wynwood, Brickell and Downtown are perfect for those who love to explore. Even people looking for this type of lifestyle, find the quiet neighborhoods a refreshing welcome from time to time.  Luckily, the Miami area has something for everyone, only a short drive away!

Even with such diverse neighborhoods, there are many commonalities.  People across South Florida love their dogs!  You will find dogs of all shapes and sizes walking down the sidewalks, inside grocery stores, at your local restaurant, running down the beach and in the basket of bicycles.  If you chose, to live in a high-rise building, you will spend most of your elevator time petting a friendly new fur-friend.  If you are bringing your pet with you on your move to Miami, bring your leash and waste bags.  Naturally, all pet-friendly stores, parks and restaurants expect responsible pet owners and well-behaved dogs.

Locals love their sports!  They enjoy Miami Dolphins football games in the fall, Miami Heat basketball games in the winter and Miami Marlins baseball games in the summer. Futbol (aka: soccer) does not have the level of popularity anywhere in America like it does in Miami! The World Cup is universal here!  During the World Cup, expect to be invited to dozens of watch parties. There, each Futbol fan will do their best to brainwash you into rooting for their favorite team. The arguments supporting their team can be quite entertaining and convincing!  To add to the excitement, Miami is getting their own soccer team for the 2020 season!

Although driving is common here, you will want to explore other forms of transportation. Since the majority of the days in Miami are bright and sunny, residents often prefer to commute by walking, biking, and riding the trolley or train. Undoubtedly, Miami area locals experience health benefits of a higher level of activity, as compared to other American cities.  

Moving to Miami does not have to be intimidating, if you have trusted experts to guide you through the process. Call Urban Resource today to lean on the local Real Estate professionals with over 200 years of combined team experience. They are driven by their passion to find the best Miami area neighborhood and home for each client’s preferred lifestyle. Welcome to the neighborhood!  Bienvenido a Miami!

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