The most western city in Broward County, Weston is home to 65,300 residents and shares its western border with the Florida Everglades. Weston has been ranked in CNNMoney’s “Best Places to Live in America” and Family Circle’s “Ten Best Places for Families”. Weston is also a safe choice to make a home – ranked as the 5th safest city in the whole of Florida, with a violent crime rating of 91.9 and the chance of being involved in a property crime being less than 1%.
Yes, I was surprised as well. I am not a journalist, nor am I part of the ‘Weston Tourist Board”. In fact I do not even live in Weston! I am a father of two and so I do appreciate the importance of living somewhere that is good not just for me, but for my family. I live in Coral Gables which I love, and think it is a superb place (but it only came in at No 21 on the previously ranked list – which surprised me!).
So I got into my car and took a drive to Weston. I met with a number of locals and top agents to get more information on this No1 ranked city.
First off, people who live in Weston are very proud to be ‘Westonites’ and take great personal pride in the look, feel and community they have. One word that kept coming up in conversations was ‘synergy’. Synergy between families and between the communities. It is a diverse community indeed (in fact 39.5% of the population was born outside of the US), but also a very educated one with 58% of the population having a degree or advanced degree. The ‘tech’ business seems to be the dominant business here, as well as the ‘Cleveland Clinic’ who also employs a significant number of medical staff.
There are plenty of soccer clubs, parks, social gatherings and I noticed it is very easy to park. I went there during what I figured would be rush hour traffic, but there was no traffic to speak of. Come evening time there is no crazy ‘South Beach’ vibe going on. It has some nice restaurants but almost everything seems to revolve around the families; BBQ’s in the back yard, family picnics etc. There is a number of golf courses and sports clubs, such as ‘Midtown Athletic Club’.
Naturally the biggest element when choosing a city best suited for the raising of children is the school system. Top schools include: American Heritage and Cyprus Bay, which has increased its student population by over 1,000 new students in the last couple of years.
So where is the best place to buy in Weston?