West Lakes Gardens is a non-gated neighborhood of single family homes built along streets in a grid pattern on the west side of Miami Lakes.
It was built in 1989 and has 428 single-family residences.
The community was not part of the original Town of Miami Lakes.
The town included the neighborhood in its boundaries when it incorporated in 2000.
The community is bordered by Interstate 75 on the west, Northwest 152nd Lane at the north, Northwest 147th Lane on the south and Northwest 87th Avenue on the east, said Juan C. Fernandez, a Realtor with Keller Williams Realty in Miami Lakes.
The homes are one or two stories. Fernandez said properties range from three bedrooms and two baths to five bedrooms and additional baths.
Some homes have garages.
A nearby pocket park is maintained by the town.
Picnic Park West at 15100 Montrose Road is within walking distance, as are the Park Centre Shops along Northwest 154th Street at Northwest 80th Avenue, and Royal Oaks Plaza farther east along Northwest 154th Street, at Northwest 77th Court.
And residents can tee off at The Senator Course at Shula’s Golf Club, at 7601 Miami Lakes Drive.
Nearby schools include Barbara Goleman Senior High School and Bob Graham Education Center, as well as the South Campus of that school’s Primary Learning Center.
Who lives there?
Miami Lakes Mayor Manny Cid grew up in West Lakes Gardens, and recalled a time when drivers weren’t distracted and he and his friends could roam the neighborhood at will.
“We moved there when I was 8-years-old,” Cid said. “It was an incredible childhood. I played on the streets every day. We probably had the most kids in Miami Lakes.”
Though the neighborhood’s residents have matured, Cid said young families are moving in again.
What does it cost?
The community doesn’t have a homeowners association.
During the past six months, four homes were sold at prices that ranged from $395,000 to $470,000, Fernandez said.
Currently one home is on the market. It has four bedrooms, three baths and a two-car garage and is listed for $570,000, Fernandez said.
“It’s a working-class community,” Fernandez said. “Owning a single-family home in West Lakes Gardens is a starting point to live in Miami Lakes, considering the price ranges are less expensive than other homes [in town].”