The two hot, artsy areas to live in
Miami are Wynwood and Miami Beach.
“They both have good nightlife and day-life,” says Angela Couseillant, Realtor
with Carrington Real Estate Services.
“Wynwood is currently the more up-
and-coming with a younger crowd, and
the area gives a really nice diversity
to the whole scene. In Miami Beach,
there’s a mixture of everyone—trend-
setters, retirees, young professionals
as well as artsy folks.”
A studio in either area costs a
minimum of $950, “which is reason-
able for down here,” Couseillant says.
A one-bedroom apartment runs around
To buy an 800-square-foot studio,
the cost is close to $200,000; a one-
bedroom apartment is worth closer to
$300,000, and a two-bedroom dwelling
costs more than $350,000. According
to Couseillant, “You have to factor in
building maintenance costs too, which
run from $200 to $500 a month.” There
are very few private homes in these
neighborhoods, she adds.
Photographers who don’t mind
commuting can live farther afield, in
the Cutler Bay area, where condos
start at $90,000, Couseillant says. “In
comparison to Wynwood and Miami
Beach, this neighborhood feels very
suburban, with more single-family
homes. It’s like a quaint, family town.
You can still have a great family life
and a great social life.”
A single family, three-bedroom,
two-bathroom home of 1,200 to
1,400 square feet costs $100,000 to
$150,000 in Cutler Bay, plus maintenance, which is also cheaper here—
closer to $150 to $250 a month.
THE BOTTOM LINE
TO BUY: $90,000 and up.
TO REN T: $950 and up.
Miami photographers are a mixed bunch
when it comes to getting around. Ron
Magill is communications and media
relations director for Zoo Miami. He
photographs as part of his job and has a
flourishing photo business on the side.
He drives a lot for his job, spending about
$400 a month on gas for his Toyota
Sequoia, which easily accommodates his
height as well as the fact that he often
lugs not only gear but also animals.
Mary Beth Koeth, a portrait shooter
who graduated from Miami Ad School
in 2012, doesn’t have a car, because of
parking costs, so she rents wheels whenever she needs them, “which is pretty
often,” using Hertz hourly rentals. She
spends around $200 monthly on gas,
parking and rentals, she says.
Gas costs for Jason Arnold, a com-
mercial and editorial photographer who
also shoots sports for Getty, are more
modest—around $240 monthly.
Fashion and portrait photographer
Yachin Parham abandoned driving after
too many speeding tickets and only uses
cabs and public transport, which cost
about $80 and $110, respectively, per
THE BOTTOM LINE
$257 per month.
How much you spend on food depends
on your lifestyle, your family and whether
you like to cook. Sid Hoeltzell, a food and
beverage photographer with clients such
as Burger King and Bacardi, says, “I love
to eat.” He shops at wholesale stores and
restaurant supply outlets and spends
about $450 a month on groceries for himself. Going out to eat, drink and be merry
costs him another $250 monthly.
Koeth spends closer to $220 a month
on groceries and around $115 eating out,
including drinks. Her meals out run from
$10 for cheap Mexican takeout to $30
at a nicer, sit-down restaurant. Arnold’s
food expenses are more—about $600
a month in groceries for himself and his
wife, plus $400 to $600 on eating out.
THE BOTTOM LINE
GROCERIES: $320 per month.
EATING OUT: $205 per month.
Electricity costs can break you in
Miami because of air conditioning, and
some photographers need it running
year-round to protect gear from mold.
Both Magill and and Hoeltzell’s
electric costs are $300 monthly. Koeth
shares a $300 cost with a roommate,
while Arnold spends closer to $160.
Cable costs can range between $60
and $225, with everything (phone, TV
and Internet) included at the upper end.
Another cost to factor into Miami
living is maintenance/association costs
for those living in a condo or planned
community. The fees in Arnold’s gated
community set him back $380 a month,
to cover services such as yard maintenance, house painting and the like.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
UTILITIES AND CABLE: $442 per month.
HO T ROD: A beach scene from Koeth’s cover story on
a Rod Stewart impersonator for Spirit Magazine.