Well, you like shiny new things, don’t you? Of course you do! For most of Pembroke Pines’ existence, it was a virtual Nowheresville, occupied only by unsettled terrain and the occasional dairy farm. Then, in the mid 1990s, South Florida’s population boomed, quickly transforming the Pines into one of the area’s most prestigious communities and a habitual winner of all sorts of fancy-sounding awards (“All-American City Award,” “City Livability Award”). In the past several years, the city’s population growth has stabilized, resulting in a full, vibrant community that isn’t hindered by overpopulation like so many other South Florida suburbs.
An overwhelming majority of residential dwellings (more than 90 percent) were built in the 1990s or later, meanwhile, so you can expect to live, shop, and play in a city that has a modern, new-fangled look and feel. Factor in weather that rarely dips below 60 degrees, and we bet Pembroke is sounding more like Paradise by the minute …
Simple: Hop in that car of yours and creep on down the highway at about 15 miles under the speed limit! Seriously, though, traffic is rarely backed up in Pembroke Pines. Public transportation is nonexistent, however, so you’ll need your own wheels to shop, bank, golf, and get to wherever you'd like to go.
When the city’s population spiked in the 1990s, townhomes, apartments, and condos (along with single family detached residences) seemingly sprung up overnight. Most are now occupied (93 percent), but plenty of units remain vacant, so it should be easy enough to land the lodgings of your dreams in Pembroke Pines.
Landlords have plenty of time to kill in Pembroke Pines, and they’ll spend a good part of it checking out your past. Expect property managers to do an in-depth credit (and sometimes criminal) check on you.
Don’t bother getting on a waiting list unless a property manager can promise you an exact move-in date. Units are available in the city, but once they’re full, they tend to stay full, as most lodgers are long-time leasers.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a place that was built prior to the mid 1990s, which means you can expect a slew of modern amenities in your new apartment. Most complexes look and feel more like vacation resorts/condos than apartments, and tennis courts, swimming pools, and rec centers are standard. Because many properties are so spread out, management often provides trolleys or chauffeured golf cart rides to get residents from point A to B within the complex.
Square footage varies from location to location obviously, but the typical 2 BR lodging will cover 1100-plus square feet and feature modern appliances, sizable patio space, and walk-in closets. Several new properties opened within the past year, meanwhile, so it’s not uncommon to find an apartment that’s never been lived in.
The average rental price in Pembroke Pines is around $1500, which is a bit misleading considering rental houses usually go for closer to 2 grand whereas apartments and condos can often be found for closer to $1100.
Because all of Pembroke Pines pretty much sprung up at the same time, you won’t find many major differences between the city’s various ‘hoods. However, some neighborhoods, especially the ones erected near the tail end of the housing boom, have a lot of vacancies and continue to offer renters and buyers some killer deals. So be sure to shop the entire market before signing the dotted line.
Enjoy the hunt for your perfect pad, and welcome to Pembroke Pines!