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Pembroke Pines, Florida has won or been nominated for a string of awards, including the National Civic League's coveted "All-America City Award.” The city has received an "outstanding achievement award" sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and many Pembroke Pines schools have received the "Five Star School Award" from the Florida Department of Education for demonstrating exemplary community involvement. In addition, for the second time, the City of Pembroke Pines has been Ranked #1 in Florida Best Place to Raise Your Kids!
Pembroke Pines’ livability has led to significant growth over the last decade-plus. Now home to 154,750 residents, the city is Broward County’s second most populous city and the 11th largest in Florida. Since 2000, population Pembroke Pines has grown by 12.33 percent, and demand for Pembroke Pines real estate has grown along with it.
Historically, Pembroke Pines was incorporated in 1960, its name drawn from its location in the pine tree-rich Pembroke Road area. However, the name Pembroke dates back much farther, possibly to an early landowner from Britain known as the Earl of Pembroke.
Buying Pembroke Pines real estate provides quick access to many nearby dining and shopping choices. The Shops at Pembroke Gardens is a memorable, open-air center situated just off Interstate 75 at Pines Boulevard. The Shops include:
The Shops at Pembroke Gardens also offer numerous eateries, including Brio Tuscan Grille, Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, Sal’s Italian Ristorante, Brimstone Woodfire Grille, Gelosia Delizia Italiana, RA Sushi Bar, Kilwin’s Chocolates and Ice Cream, the Cheesecake Factory and That Wine Shop.
Pembroke Lakes Mall is anchored by Dillards, JCPenney, Macy’s and Sears. The list of individual retailers and eateries runs from A to Z – in this case, from Aeropostale to Zales Jewelers.
For general groceries, Whole Foods offers a strong selection of healthy food, supplements, housewares and deli selections. Overall, restaurants and shopping are plentiful including many locally-owned shops and restaurants in addition to the many major restaurant and retail brands.
Broward County has many parks, and the nearby Everglades are a world unto itself. C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines is one of the County’s best, providing 299 acres of fun, with golf and batting cages, a concert green, a campground, tennis and basketball courts, a bike and jogging path, horseshoes and volleyball. Along with a water park that includes waterslides and a tube ride, C.B. Smith Park offers a large RV campground.
Smaller Flamingo Park offers facilities for baseball/softball, a batting cage, a playground and a picnic shelter.
The median cost of Pembroke Pines real estate stood at $165,500 (as of 2012). Home appreciation during 2012 into 2013 was well over 3%. Those looking to purchase Pembroke Pines real estate will discover a wide variety of home prices and settings. There are condos, townhomes and single family homes of all sizes, from smaller 2-bedroom cottages to capacious, 6-bedroom estates on sizeable lots. Typical dwellings here would be 3-bedroom townhomes and 3-4 bedroom single family homes.
Among Pembroke Pines real estate’s sections and neighborhoods, Chapel Trail is very desirable and features numerous subdivisions with a wide range of home sizes, typically between 1200 and 4000 square feet.
Other in-demand developments in Pembroke Pines include Pembroke Falls gated community; Grand Palms golf course community, Pembroke Isles, Pembroke Shores, Encantada, Spring Valley, Keystone Lakes, Estancia, Towngate, Walnut Creek and Pembroke Lakes.
Broward County Public Schools administers schools in Pembroke Pines and the city runs several charter schools. Local students who wish to stay close to home for higher education have a number of options including the Broward-Pines Center regional campus of Barry University, a campus of Broward College, a regional campus of Florida International University and Keiser University Pembroke Pines.
Memorial Hospital West opened in 1992 and offers one of the busiest adult emergency care departments in Broward County. Memorial Hospital West operates a separate, family-focused Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital emergency care department and features advanced cardiac, oncology and neurology programs plus rapid response teams for around-the-clock emergency treatment of heart attacks and strokes. Memorial Hospital West offers an intensive care unit, a level II neonatal intensive care unit and a Family Birthplace maternity center.
Pines Blvd., the major road that runs east-to-west through the center of the city, is a true “main street” experience. However, transportation overall is strong in the Pembroke Pines area, with Interstates 95 and 595, U.S. 441 and Florida Hwy 821 nearby. For air travel, Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is 30 minutes away and the Miami International Airport is a 35 minutes drive.