In addition to meaning “look at the sea”, Miramar is a city in Florida. It also happens to be a landlocked city in Florida where you’d be hard-pressed to catch a view of the sea at all, but no sense arguing with nomenclature. I’m sure the city fathers had their reasons.
Miramar is centrally located about halfway between Miami and Fort Lauderdale. You simply can’t beat the Florida sunshine with a bushel of oranges. Median rents here hover around $1300 and those dollars will get you considerably more space than in Miramar’s coastal neighbors.
Just to set the record straight from the beginning, neighborhoods in south Florida don’t exist. They have “developments” instead. Architecturally, condos and townhouses are by far the most plentiful, but single-family homes and apartment complexes do still exist, though they can be a bit harder to come by. Don’t worry, they all come with palm trees.
When it comes to setting up shop here, West Miramar is universally considered the place to go. This little slice of Florida suburbia delivers if you’re seeking a strictly bedroom community with newer construction.
Monarch Lakes and Montclair are popular options located near Flamingo Road and Miramar Parkway. The price tag is generally not lower than $1200 for a decent 2BR or $1600 for a 3BR townhouse. Studios and 1BR condos can get as low as $900. Miramar’s nightlife is mostly nearby along Pines Boulevard and offers the usual chain restaurants and malls.
Housing prices are lower in East Miramar with studios going for as low as $550.
Public transportation is not prolific, but it becomes more of an option the closer you get to the Fort Lauderdale/Miami metros. As with many US cities, the more suburban the area, the more car-centric it tends to be. Miramar is no different, so a car is virtually mandatory. Or maybe a rocket-propelled scooter with some handlebar streamers. Up to you.
While you may feel cheated at the lack of ocean views in Miramar, it must be said that it’s not a bad place to bunk down for a while. Florida housing prices are nearing insanity levels, but Miramar manages to offer places at reasonable rates. If the south Florida sun is calling your name, then Miramar is waiting for you!
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