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Moving to Allapattah? 7 Things You Need To Do Immediately!

Amit Bhuta

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Feb 5 9 minutes read

Step into Miami's revered "Melting Pot" of culture and community, Allapattah, an up-and-coming, working-class neighborhood boasting art, world-renowned cuisines, and multi-cultural heritage in every street and corner — Magic City's "Little Santo Domingo!"

Welcome to one of Miami's oldest communities, Allapattah, a multi-faceted, working-class district covering 4.653 square miles within the core of Miami City, lying northwest of Downtown Miami, and west of Wynwood, near the communities of Overtown, Midtown, Buena Vista, Miami Design District, and Little Havana.

Armed with an ideal "inner-city" location and a copious amount of experiences you can't find anywhere else in Miami, Allapattah has slowly risen to the ranks of the top tourist destinations in the Metro and is slated to become the next "Hot Hood" of Magic City, alongside the famous areas of Downtown Miami, Wynwood, and the Design District, thanks to its diverse array of delicious eats, contemporary art museums, and emerging nightlife scene — all influenced by a proud Latin heritage! 

But of course, the significance of Allapattah within Miami extends beyond its famed tourist attractions.  

Over the years, Allapattah has evolved into a diverse community with a perfect mix of residential and commercial spaces, with the growth of industries and the influx of immigrants contributing to its dynamic character.

In fact, to most Miamians,  Allapattah isn't JUST a holiday spot but a focal point for affordable housing and new developments (due to its new-found popularity), as well as a key transportation and trade hub, making it a choice residential enclave for those looking for a central and accessible position within Miami's expansive urban landscape.

So, if you've decided to move to Allapattah, congratulations!

With comprehensive research, you can SEAMLESSLY transition to your new city and confidently embark on this NEW adventure!

Here are 7 things you need to do IMMEDIATELY when moving to Allapattah.


Assembling the Basics: Getting Your Utilities Up and Running for Your Allapattah Home

A significant part of moving into a new home, or to ANY home, for that matter, is setting up the utilities, including gas, water, and electricity (the basics of human life!).

To get your Allapattah home up and running, create or log into an existing account at the Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) and pay a deposit of $25 (minimum) plus any other initial set-up fees for your electricity.

On the other hand, if you prefer a natural gas service for your home, you can apply for an account at TECO Peoples Gas or Florida City Gas (FCG) online. 

The required deposit will be based on the residence's square footage, and a cash deposit equal to twice the average monthly bill and a connection fee may be required before starting your service.

Lastly, for your water and sewer services within Miami-Dade, check for availability at your new address at the Miami-Dade Water & Sewer

New customers can create an account online, and a deposit of $50 for water and $50 for sewer, as well as a non-refundable $45 fee, may be required to start the services.


Staying in the Loop After a Move: Setting up your Allapattah Internet and Cable 

Moving into a new home, let alone a new city, shouldn't stop you from staying in touch with your loved ones and keeping track of your favorite TV shows and local news.

To stay in the loop upon your Allapattah move, apply for reliable connectivity with Comcast Xfinity and AT&T for your cable and internet services, either online or at the nearest store!

Please note that deposits, activation/installation, and equipment rental fees may be charged upon activation or on your first bill.


Exploring Allapattah 101: Updating Your Driver's License  

If you're moving to Allapattah from another state, getting a valid Florida driver's license is a MUST within 30 days of establishing residency — that is, if you want to drive on Florida roads!

To do so, visit the nearest Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) or any local office offering driver's license services. 

Upon submitting your application, you may be given a vision test, but you may also be eligible to receive a license without taking a written or road test.

Aside from securing a Florida driver's license, you'll also have to get insurance to title and register your vehicle(s) within ten (10) days of establishing residency.

The requirements for your Florida driver's license and Florida ID card will vary on residency status, so click on the applicable residency status to know which documents to have on hand when you apply:

Further, the fee for an initial Florida Class E license, including a learner's permit, is $48.00, while a commercial driver's license (Class A) is $75.00, and an ID Card fee is $25.00.

For a complete list of driver's license fees, click here


Moving With Kids: Enrolling to a New Allapattah School 

Another significant step towards a "stress-free" transition to Allapattah, especially with a family in tow, is researching the best school to enroll your kids before, during, or after your move.

Yes, this is a NON-NEGOTIABLE.

So, to make an informed decision, check out our blog, Schools in Allapattah, for schools in and around Allapattah.

You can also visit Miami-Dade County Public Schools for more public school options near your area.


Shaping Miami's Future: Registering to Vote in Allapattah 

Registering to vote is a RIGHT, even as a new member of the Allapattah community.

If you are over the age of 18 and are a United States citizen who meets all the requirements, be sure to submit a Voter Registration Application through the Florida Department of State or the Miami-Dade County Elections Department online, by mail, or in person at the Elections Department or any Elections Branch office with a copy of the necessary ID.

Always remember — your voice can help shape Allapattah's future, from local initiatives to city-wide projects.

Make your VOTE count!


Immersing Yourself in Your New Community: Joining Allapattah's Trash and Recycling Efforts 

Join your new community's efforts in keeping Allapattah CLEAN and GREEN at all times!

Avoid dumping garbage on the streets (even in vacant lots!) or disposing of large items at the wrong time or place to save yourself from a $500 fine or arrest!

Note that the City of Miami Solid Waste Department provides residential garbage collection twice per week and free recycling collection every other week.

Meanwhile, bulky trash is collected once per week. 

To keep yourself in the loop on the trash and recycling schedules and for more information on proper waste disposal, check out the City of Miami - Solid Waste Department website.


An In-Depth Dive into the Allapattah Scene: Top Must-See Spots in Allapattah 

Are you ready to embark on your new Allapattah adventure?

Stroll through lively streets, check out local produce, dabble in the local art scene and entertainment, and eat new and exciting cuisines!

If you didn't already know, Allapattah is pretty famous for its Latin restaurants and state-of-the-art museums like Rubell Museum, SuperBlue, and El Espacio 23, so be sure to start there!

You can also deep-dive into "Miami's Little Santo Domingo" through this link, Allapattah, Miami, Florida — Everything You Want to Know, to experience Allapattah the best WE know how!

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