Homestead is a city located in Miami-Dade County, Florida, approximately 35 miles southwest of Miami proper. Situated between the Biscayne National Park and the Everglades National Park, Homestead is a major agricultural area and one of the most southern suburbs of Miami. It is currently home to a population of over 60,000 residents, and was first settled in the late 19th century. It began as a homesteading area along the Florida East Coast Railway during its construction. Initially the town was nothing more than a camp, which produced lumber for the construction of the railroad. The area was known as “Homestead Country,” which was shortened to “Homestead” upon incorporation as a town in 1913. Today, Homestead sits at the southern end, and is the terminus of, the Florida Turnpike.
Basic Facts About Homestead
- Current population: 60,500
- Current mayor: Jeffrey Porter
- Total area: 14.4 sq mi
- Official website: http://www.cityofhomestead.com/
- Located in: Miami-Dade County
- Founded in: 1913 (incorporated)
- Zip codes: 33000-33099
- Area codes: 305, 786
Tips for Auto Transport to Homestead
Homestead sits about 35 miles south of Miami proper, along the Florida Turnpike (also known as State Route 1). It is the last major stop before Key Largo, which is one of the largest of the Florida Keys. Because of its southern location, and the fact that the only real way in or out is via a north-south state highway as opposed to a major interstate (as well as the fact that the only east-west route into Homestead is a state route that goes through some of the most remote parts of southern Florida), auto shippers don’t really like traveling to Homestead.
Homestead also isn’t as popular of an auto transportation location for customers, who would prefer to be closer to the Miami metro area – which is surrounded by smaller cities that are incredibly popular snowbird destinations. This means that shipping into Homestead proper will likely be a bit more expensive than into one of the closer suburbs to Miami. How much, we can’t really say; there are a lot of different factors that go into your price, and some companies may not have a problem running routes to Homestead at all. After all, it’s still a major part of the Miami metro area, and even the Homestead area has several communities around it including Florida City.
At the end of the day you’ll want to talk to your auto transport representative about possible ways to save time or money shipping into the Homestead area. You may be able to shorten your pickup window, and maybe lower your price, by shipping to Miami proper, but as mentioned it depends on a lot of factors. If you need to get a hold of somebody to have some questions answered, you can give us a call at 800-930-7417 and we’ll be happy to help. However, the best way to get in contact with someone is to fill out our free online quote form; it takes less than two minutes and you’ll get quotes from some of the best shippers in the industry. Their quotes will include contact information, so you can easily talk to one of their agents, who can give you more specific information about conditions into and out of Homestead and the surrounding areas.
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