If you're planning on moving to the area, you might already be aware that any major city can be a tough nut to crack. Housing in Miami and its districts can be pretty competitive, and that tends to drive up the prices. So, don't expect to walk in and find an all utilities paid place in West Miami going cheap, because that might be beyond your reach.
When you start your search for a new place, you'll have two neighborhoods to choose from. So, it's not like you've got a great amount of choice - but then, what did you expect for somewhere that's only three quarters of a square mile in size?
City Center: Basically, you've got one neighborhood in the north and one in the south. The one in the north is called City Center, which is funny given that it's not in the center of anything! Anyway, it's a competitive renter's market here, compared to the rest of the state. But remember, you'll be earning Miami bucks, so that shouldn't be a problem. Transportation options are good, although most people like to drive to their destinations. You'll find that there's a small park in the southeast corner and great places to eat, too.
SW 16th Street / SW 57th Avenue: This is the other neighborhood, sitting directly underneath City Center. Rental homes here are about the same as in the north, and given the tiny nature of the city, transportation options are also pretty much the same. Right in the center, however, you've got West Miami Recreation Center, which is pretty cool, and there's a popular tavern called Duffy's over in the east.