Christopher Ames

A Real Estate Agent at Miami Properties

Christopher Ames

Miami Properties

A Real Estate Agent based in Miami, FL

 
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Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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If you’re thinking about renting in Miami, finding an apartment shouldn’t be too difficult. Miami is a very renter friendly city. In 2010, the number of rented properties in Miami doubled the national average, and nearly doubled the number of owned properties in the city. Also a factor is the average cost of renting an apartment, which is only $882. Comparatively, this is much less than the state average of $972 and the national average of $950. Looking for an apartment here is a great idea, and with the help of a real estate agent you can easily find something that will fit your needs.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Nearly one out of every five Miami residents use public transportation, giving it the highest public transit ridership in the state of Florida. The services provided are bus routes, people movers, commuter rail transit, heavy-rail transit, Amtrak trains, and Greyhound buses. The construction of two light rail systems is currently being planned as well. It should be noted that bicycling and walking are also popular forms of transportation too -- Bicycling Magazine ranked the city in the top 50 most bike-friendly U.S. cities, and Walk Score ranked it in the top ten most walkable U.S. cities.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Miami has a large student population, as it is home to 200,000 students enrolled in the city’s colleges and universities. This makes it seventh in the nation in per capita student enrollment. The four largest schools are Miami Dade College, Florida International University, the University of Miami, and Barry University, which combined graduate around 28,000 students a year. Because of Miami’s collegiate population, residents are well-educated -- two out of every three hold a high school diploma, and one out of every five have a bachelor’s degree.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Miami is on par with cities like Las Vegas and New York City when it comes to U.S. cities with the best nightlife. The largest part of this is arguably the city’s South Beach area, which has some of the best nightclubs, lounges, and fine dining in the city. Outside of South Beach, however, are even more opportunities for a fun night on the town. Watch one of Miami’s NBA, MLB, or NFL teams if you’re a sports fan. Or, for culture, check out the Florida Grand Opera at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, which is the second largest performing arts center in the U.S. Many other music venues host live music in Miami as well. The city also has a number of museums, parks, restaurants and bars.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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There are a number of culinary options here in Miramar. For Asian food, there’s dim sum at the China Pavilion, Thai dishes at the Supunnahung, Chinese dinners at the Dragon Gate, and Korean food at the Joa Korean Cuisine. For a Peruvian dinner, check out Granchimu. Or, for Italian, make a reservation at the Capriccio Ristorante. These are just a few of the culinary options here in Miramar, there are plenty more restaurants that will satisfy any craving you have.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Miramar offers public access to 40 parks, which is an incredible 575 acres of open space. There are aquatic centers with pools to swim in on hot summer days, and athletic complexes with fields for sports and recreation. Miramar also has a Cultural Center and Arts Park, which holds art exhibitions, classes, and dance performances, to name a few. Whether you want to be entertained at the Cultural Center or stay in shape by jogging on a track or trail, you will be satisfied by the recreational opportunities here.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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In Hollywood, there is no shortage of education. According to Great Schools, a site that tracks and evaluates schools, there are 20 public elementary schools in Hollywood, 12 public middle schools, and six public high schools. There are also 24 private schools in Hollywood (not counting preschools). As a whole, their schools average a 6 out of 10 grade on Great Schools, which is above average.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

Christopher Ames - Real Estate Agent

There are tons of amenities here in Hollywood that cater to pets and their owners. Hollywood has the most dog-friendly parks in Broward county: three parks allow dogs on their premises, and two parks -- the Dog Beach of Hollywoood and Poinciana Neighborhood Dog Park -- are specifically for pups. There are also pet groomers, such as Classy Clippers and Bubbles to Bows, pet walkers/sitters, such as DogsGoWalking Pet Sitting and Pet Sitters and More, and veterinarians, like the Hollywood Animal Hospital or Veterinary Specialist of South Florida. This is a list of just a few of the many pet services here in Hollywood.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Hallandale is just 17 miles north of Miami, and the two cities are connected by Interstate 95 and Route 1. 88% of the city’s residents drive a vehicle to work, and only 4% take public transportation (higher than the state average, but lower than national). The average commute time for Hallandale residents is 30 minutes, which is higher than both state and national averages.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Renting a property here in Hallandale is a little bit more expensive than the typical price in a neighboring city, but it definitely isn’t the most expensive option. The average price of a two bedroom apartment in Hallandale is $1610. Comparatively, the same space goes for $1224 in North Miami Beach, $1227 in Dania Beach and Hollywood, $1519 in North Miami, $1686 in Sunny Isles Beach, and $1728 in Aventura. Other prices for Hallandale properties are: $1092 for the average one bedroom apartment, and $1764 for a three bedroom on average.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Crime in Aventura is a tale of two sides. The violent crime rate here is low (lower than the national average by 46%, lower than Florida’s average by 62%), but the property crime rate is astoundingly high (higher than the national average by 136%, higher than Florida’s by 86%). To put it another way, the chances of being affected by a violent crime are one in 596. Contrarily, the chance of being affected by a property crime is one in 16. Overall, on the 2010 crime rate index where 100 is the national average, Aventura scored an 84 (safer than average).

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Public transit in Aventura is virtually nonexistent. Though there are buses offered by the Aventura Express Shuttle Bus, Miami-Dade Transit, and Broward County bus transit systems, 88% of residents drive to work every day. Aventura is known for being “car-centric,” and as a result traffic is a huge problem, especially on Route 1 (Biscayne Boulevard). However, Aventura is in talks to be serviced by the Tri-Rail, a commuter rail service connecting Miami with nearby cities, sometime between 2015 and 2030, which would dramatically change the public transportation landscape here.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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The Miami metropolitan area is known for having excellent Cuban restaurants, and Miami Lakes adds to the array with the Ciboney Restaurant, which is one of the best in the area. They offer a wealth of other options too, such as Latin American (El Novillo Restaurant), Italian (Italy Today), Thai (Silverspoon Thai & Sushi), Mexican (Cancun Grill), Asian fusion (Pei Wei), and tapas (El Pimiento), to name a few.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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The public school system here is run by Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and averages a 7 out of 10 (above average) score on Great Schools, a site that evaluates schools and grades them. There are five public middle schools here, and three private ones. For high schools, there are four public, and three private. One of the high schools, the American High School, has named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Miami doesn’t have the best reputation when it comes to crime (they ranked #50 on Neighborhood Scouts 100 most dangerous cities in 2011), and it’s true; the city has a very high crime rate. In Miami Beach, the chance of falling victim to a violent crime is 1 in 100, and to a property crime, 1 in 10. The violent crime rate here is 125% higher than the national average, and 58% higher than the state average. For property crime, it’s higher than the national average by 79% and higher than Florida’s average by 42%. With that said, there are obviously safer neighborhoods than others. The safest Miami Beach neighborhoods are Bay Harbor Islands, Alton Road/Bay Road, Alton Road/Chase Ave, and Atlantic Heights.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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This area is known, of course, for its beaches. You may have heard of Haulover Beach, which is North Miami Beach’s clothing optional beach. However, the city offers more than that. Their parks and recreation department runs two parks -- this might not seem like much, but one of them, Oleta River State Park, covers a whopping 1,043 acres, making it the largest urban park in the state. In this park, you can canoe down the Oleta River, ride your bicycle through miles of trails, have a picnic, go to the beach and swim, or observe wildlife. Also in the city are six community centers, and two renowned theaters, the Littman Theater and Gwen Margolis Ampitheater.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Most residents here take the Dolphin Expressway (FL-836) to get to Miami, which is eleven miles east of the city. 91% of residents drive to work everyday, which is right around the state average. Less than 1% of residents take public transportation to work every day, as there aren’t many options to do so here. The average commuting time, one way, to work for a Doralian is 25 minutes -- this is lower than national and state averages.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

Christopher Ames - Real Estate Agent

Doral is one of the most renter friendly areas in the Miami Metropolitan area. CNN Money put Doral at #51 on a list of 100 U.S. cities with the best mix of business advantages and lifestyle appeal. Also, the city’s population more than doubled (20k to 45k) in the last decade. And, there are over a thousand apartments available in the city right now. All of those factors combined with Doral’s proximity to Miami (just eleven miles) make it incredibly renter friendly.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Hialeah’s public transit is provided by Miami-Dade Transit (MDT), South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA), and Amtrak. MDT provides multiple Metrobus lines that run through the city, and three Metroline commuter rail stops. SFRTA offers its own commuter rail (Tri-Rail) service at two stops in the city as well. Amtrak is also accessible to the city for Silver Star and Silver Meteor service.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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The weather is warm year round in Hialeah, and on days when it’s not too hot, the best place to be is outside. Hialeah is home to 22 parks, three sports complexes, and two adult centers. The two largest parks are Goodlet Park (28 acres) and Bucky Dent Park (25 acres). At Goodlet, there are 27 lighted sports courts/fields, two hockey rinks, a dance studio, a playground, and a children’s theatre. At Bucky Dent Park, there are three pools, four lighted softball fields, a recreational/youth center and a gymnasium. Just these two examples show how many amenities the parks here offer, and how much fun you and/or your family could have at them.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

Christopher Ames - Real Estate Agent

North Miami has all of the necessities for any pet lover to feel welcome. The Greynolds Dog Park is one of the nicest of its kind in all of southern Florida. There are groomers, such as Dog’s Best Friend or Oceanside Pet Spaw, veterinarians at the Biscayne Animal Hospital or Siegel TLC Animal Clinic, and pet stores for treats and toys, like the Pet Supermarket or Mary’s Pound. If you need to leave your pet while you go to work or go away for a weekend, pet boarding/sitting services like Four Legged Pet Care or Miami Dog Walkers will take care of them.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

Christopher Ames - Real Estate Agent

There are a lot of apartments available right now in North Miami, and prices are neither expensive nor cheap for the area. The average two bedroom apartment goes for $1519. In comparison, nearby Biscayne Park costs $1150 for the same space, Miami Shores is $1447, North Bay Village is $1890, Surfside is $1899, and Bay Harbor Islands is $1928. A studio apartment here averages $941, and $1772 for the average three bedroom apartment.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

Christopher Ames - Real Estate Agent

82 percent of the residents in Coral Gables drive a car to work -- only 3% of them take public transportation. Downtown Miami is accessible via Route 1 and Interstate 95, and is nine miles away from the city center of Coral Gables. The drive there can be irritating, however, in rush hour traffic. The average commute for a Coral Gables resident is 25 minutes.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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The Miami-Dade School District operates the schools in Coral Gables, including the high school, Coral Gables High School, and junior high, the George Carver Middle School. The city is home to the University of Miami. The school is the top employer in the city, and has over 15,000 enrolled students, which gives the city a real college town feel.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

Christopher Ames - Real Estate Agent

The neighborhood where serial killer Dexter Morgan lives -- in the television show, Dexter, of course -- is actually one of the safest areas in the entire country. A study done by NeighborhoodScout.com, a website that tracks crime in regions of the U.S., found that Coconut Grove is the safest Miami neighborhood, and cracked the top 10 safest neighborhoods in the country. The Coconut Grove Business Improvement District, which has tried to lower crime in the area, can be thanked for this achievement.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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In Coconut Grove, it’s important that you like Mexican food... or, Japanese, Peruvian, Italian, Mediterranean, American, French, Thai, Vegetarian, Argentine, Seafood, or Chinese? You can find any of these cuisines here in Coconut Grove, and best of all, they’ll all be within a block or two of each other. Also, one of the Grove’s most popular attractions is CocoWalk, which is a huge complex featuring upscale shopping and dining, for those who love to shop and eat.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

Christopher Ames - Real Estate Agent

Miami Beach’s population is one of the most active with public transit. One in ten residents use public transportation to get to work, but it’s also used heavily for leisure. The area is served by Miami-Dade Transit, which offers Metrobus access to the area. Bicycling has also become popular here recently, which cleared the way for bike sharing. Dekobike is a company that provides this service, and it is popular in the area.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Christopher Ames - Real Estate Agent

Miami Beach -- or more specifically, its South Beach -- has one of the most incredible nightlife scenes in the entire country. It’s impossible not to have fun with the area’s fine dining, nightclubs, bars, lounges, and energy that’s more vibrant than its famous neon lighting. It’s not hard to find a place to spend your night here, but one place you might not know about is the New World Symphony, which is a concert venue in the area with brilliant music, and also has movies projected onto its outside wall that anyone can come and watch. You won’t be disappointed if you spend a night on the town here.

 

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