best place to relocate in Fl.

best place to relocate in Fl.

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ex Democrat

Golconda, IL

#1 Sep 11, 2012
I am a 49 y/0 W/ widow. I would like to relocate to Florida from the socialist taxed to death failed Democratic state of Illinois.. Where is the best place for someone like me to look/ move? I have very modest income. I would like to rent . I am a conservative woman and would like to live where services are fairly close... Need to start over and scared to death! Thank you!
Go Blue

Miami, FL

#2 Sep 11, 2012
I grew up in Park Forest....if i was moving here. fresh....i might look real hard at the Ft. Myers area...it's a bit more laidback than here and has great beaches....my sister loves Orlando area, but the beaches are far away....i like the Palm Beach county area, especially if you are in business, as there's money all over...maybe you should tell what are your interests more?

“That's all folks...”

Since: Jan 12

Paradise North Georgia

#3 Sep 11, 2012
ex Democrat wrote:
I am a 49 y/0 W/ widow. I would like to relocate to Florida from the socialist taxed to death failed Democratic state of Illinois.. Where is the best place for someone like me to look/ move? I have very modest income. I would like to rent . I am a conservative woman and would like to live where services are fairly close... Need to start over and scared to death! Thank you!
Do plenty of research before making the big decision.
Especially look at other states~~living in Florida is
not the paradise that many are led to believe.
I don't care where you go in Florida, the crime rate is
awful, and the cost of living is through the roof.
A very modest income doesn't cut it in Florida.
It's better to be safe than sorry...
Go Blue

Miami, FL

#4 Sep 11, 2012
Florida's cost of living is not excessive....there is no state income tax and low property taxes....in Michigan, i had to buy lots of stuff, just for winter....
Tired of Silly

Tavares, FL

#6 Sep 12, 2012
The cost of living in PA, where we lived before coming here, was significantly higher than FL. Many more taxes, real estate was more expensive, two completely separate wardrobes for the seasons, things like snow blowers, snow tires, etc. I've never regretted for a moment moving to FL. But for the OP, we really need to know more. Will you be seeking employment? In what field? Do you like the beach or prefer to be inland? Do you have children so that school systems are a consideration? IMO, living in FL IS paradise, but we need more info to give you good suggestions.

“That's all folks...”

Since: Jan 12

Paradise North Georgia

#7 Sep 12, 2012
TOS~~
I based my comments on my experience because I was born in Florida.
I loved growing up there, the old Florida.
Something, in fact many things started going wrong in the 80's. My wonderful hometown became a wasteland.
We are lucky to have the freedom to move and live anywhere we choose.
I chose to leave Florida and have never regretted it. My entire family still lives down there and I
miss them.
Dont Do It

United States

#8 Sep 12, 2012
Florida is not the paradise it seems to be when viewed from afar. Bugs, reptiles, humidity, oppressive heat (summer lasts 9 months), no change of seasons and flat as a damn pancake. Having said that, if your are dead set on moving here, stay north of I-4 and away from the beaches. You can only walk/sit on the beach so mnay times before it becomes tiresome and dull, and living beachside is simply not worth the additional expense and property risk.
ex Democrat

Golconda, IL

#11 Sep 12, 2012
Thank you for the great suggestions. My children are grown and raised. I like the beach but. Am looking for a safe, relatively quiet place where I can rebuild my life.. I had been married for 28 years when I lost my husband to cancer. Living in my home here is like living in a mausoleum. I cared for him for 5 years by myself while he suffered horribly and eventually lost his battle w/ cancer in our bedroom. I love the good memories but the painful ones are too much. The cost of living is high here in Illinois and I am looking for a smaller place to care for. I have a 50 acre ranch and a huge farmhouse. I am a retired Rn. I am active in my church. Love to garden , read , socialize.. Like a place where I can walk or join a gym. I really just want to meet new single people.. I live in such a rural area here there really aren't many single people here. Not into clubbing but I like live music. I would like to try to learn to dance.. I guess a place that might have classes or opportunities to explore interests I've never had time to.. Thank you so much.. You have been wonderful and the suggestions really help me think this through!

Level 9

Since: Jun 11

Location hidden

#12 Sep 12, 2012
I'm watching this thread very carefully because I'm considering the same move. And I like reptiles... And amphibians... And the prospect of mild winters...
Dont Do It

United States

#13 Sep 12, 2012
I wish you well in your attempt to start over. The reason I said to stay north of I-4 is I am a life-long Floridian and to me, that is the only area that is "old Florida". Areas to the south are simply too developed and crowded. Lake, Marion and Alachua counties at least have woods and even some rolling hills, and you may even find yourself using the fireplace in the winter. The downside is you may also find those places to be a bit rural. However, if you choose well you can land within striking distance of Orlando and the beaches while still keeping them and their tourists at arms length.

One final thought: Rule out Daytona right now. That town and the surrounding area is a crime-ridden dump.

Best,
ex Democrat wrote:
Thank you for the great suggestions. My children are grown and raised. I like the beach but. Am looking for a safe, relatively quiet place where I can rebuild my life.. I had been married for 28 years when I lost my husband to cancer. Living in my home here is like living in a mausoleum. I cared for him for 5 years by myself while he suffered horribly and eventually lost his battle w/ cancer in our bedroom. I love the good memories but the painful ones are too much. The cost of living is high here in Illinois and I am looking for a smaller place to care for. I have a 50 acre ranch and a huge farmhouse. I am a retired Rn. I am active in my church. Love to garden , read , socialize.. Like a place where I can walk or join a gym. I really just want to meet new single people.. I live in such a rural area here there really aren't many single people here. Not into clubbing but I like live music. I would like to try to learn to dance.. I guess a place that might have classes or opportunities to explore interests I've never had time to.. Thank you so much.. You have been wonderful and the suggestions really help me think this through!
Dont Do It

United States

#15 Sep 12, 2012
Darwin, No winters at all. Never. Not mild. Non-existent. What the locals call winter is a nice October day north of the Mason/Dixon line. Their histrionics over a morning low in the 40's is downright embarrassing. Forget about Fall foliage, robins in the spring and dogwood trees blooming too. And, be prepared to run your A/C from February - November. My cooling bills here far exceed the heating bills I had up north. I got out of here once and made the horrible mistake of returning (albeit for family reasons). The next time I move out of Florida it will be forever.
Charles R Darwin wrote:
I'm watching this thread very carefully because I'm considering the same move. And I like reptiles... And amphibians... And the prospect of mild winters...
Tired of Silly

Tavares, FL

#16 Sep 12, 2012
ex Democrat wrote:
Thank you for the great suggestions. My children are grown and raised. I like the beach but. Am looking for a safe, relatively quiet place where I can rebuild my life.. I had been married for 28 years when I lost my husband to cancer. Living in my home here is like living in a mausoleum. I cared for him for 5 years by myself while he suffered horribly and eventually lost his battle w/ cancer in our bedroom. I love the good memories but the painful ones are too much. The cost of living is high here in Illinois and I am looking for a smaller place to care for. I have a 50 acre ranch and a huge farmhouse. I am a retired Rn. I am active in my church. Love to garden , read , socialize.. Like a place where I can walk or join a gym. I really just want to meet new single people.. I live in such a rural area here there really aren't many single people here. Not into clubbing but I like live music. I would like to try to learn to dance.. I guess a place that might have classes or opportunities to explore interests I've never had time to.. Thank you so much.. You have been wonderful and the suggestions really help me think this through!
Please accept my sympathy on the loss of your husband. Sounds like you'd be happy in a more inland area, which is significantly less expensive than beach front, and has the added plus of not having to evacuate every time the big wind looks like it's coming your way. I admit that I'm biased but I would recommend the northern suburbs of Orlando, particularly Seminole County. Low crime, better roads than Orange County, access to Orlando if you want the city, lots of things to do, a suburban life. Longwood, Lake Mary, Winter Springs, Oveido (a little further east), even parts of Casselberry. There are lots of small houses around designed for retirees, both for rent and for purchase. In fact, at the time we moved here, it was difficult to find a house that accomodated our family, they kept showing us what I referred to as "dollhouses". Reading the gripes about FL, let me quickly address some of them. Yep, we have bugs. If you keep a clean house, you will only see one inside the house once in a while. If you don't.......you will see LOTS of them. Yep, it's hot here. That's the whole point!!! We do indeed have a winter, and most years in the Orlando area there's a hard freeze at least once. We hate those days, LOL. Summer is hot and humid, winter is warm and dry. From late October through mid-April, I have the AC off and the doors and windows open. In the summer, oh yeah, you want the air on! No income tax, most towns don't have local tax. Even though my husband and I took pay cuts when we moved here, we ended up with more discretionary income because of the lower taxes. Best of luck to you in your start-over in life. If you have specific questions please feel free to post them here, I'll do my best to answer.
Tired of Silly

Tavares, FL

#17 Sep 12, 2012
Dont Do It wrote:
Florida is not the paradise it seems to be when viewed from afar. Bugs, reptiles, humidity, oppressive heat (summer lasts 9 months), no change of seasons and flat as a damn pancake. Having said that, if your are dead set on moving here, stay north of I-4 and away from the beaches. You can only walk/sit on the beach so mnay times before it becomes tiresome and dull, and living beachside is simply not worth the additional expense and property risk.
How sad that anyone would ever think that the oceans are "tiresome and dull". Beachside living is expensive and has risks of hurricane damage, but there is nothing on earth more glorious and endlessly fascinating than the oceans. I'm sorry you don't appreciate them.
Tired of Silly

Tavares, FL

#18 Sep 12, 2012
Dont Do It wrote:
Darwin, No winters at all. Never. Not mild. Non-existent. What the locals call winter is a nice October day north of the Mason/Dixon line. Their histrionics over a morning low in the 40's is downright embarrassing. Forget about Fall foliage, robins in the spring and dogwood trees blooming too. And, be prepared to run your A/C from February - November. My cooling bills here far exceed the heating bills I had up north. I got out of here once and made the horrible mistake of returning (albeit for family reasons). The next time I move out of Florida it will be forever.
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In central FL there certainly is a winter. It is mercifully brief and doesn't involve heart-attack inducing snow shoveling or icy roads, but there's a hard freeze at least once most winters. The robins arrive in flocks in my yard around March and spend about a week visiting on their way north. In exchange for fall foliage we have lush green spaces and blooming flowers all year. We can grow poinsettias in our back yards right beside the pineapple plants. Although the robins don't stay, we have incredibly beautiful birds everywhere including cranes, herons, ibises (ibi??), and majestic bald eagles. I usually turn the AC off some time in late November and it stays off except for an occasional hot day until some time in April. Windows and doors are open except for those few really cold days, and the breezes and birdsong are beautiful. We had a 3-story brick home in PA, and our gas heating bills were at least double what we pay to cool our home in FL.

No, it's not for everyone, but I can't imagine living anywhere else, especially not somewhere cold. I also can't imagine why anyone who hates it stays here.....last I heard I-95 was open going north.

“That's all folks...”

Since: Jan 12

Paradise North Georgia

#19 Sep 12, 2012
Tired of Silly wrote:
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How sad that anyone would ever think that the oceans are "tiresome and dull". Beachside living is expensive and has risks of hurricane damage, but there is nothing on earth more glorious and endlessly fascinating than the oceans. I'm sorry you don't appreciate them.
I miss the Gulf~~
Nothing more soothing than an early morning stroll with a big mug
of good coffee to start the day.
Same goes for an evening stroll too, only minus the coffee.
I miss watching the Manatees bring their babies in for a meet and greet...
Tired of Silly

Tavares, FL

#20 Sep 12, 2012
rubygoober wrote:
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I miss the Gulf~~
Nothing more soothing than an early morning stroll with a big mug
of good coffee to start the day.
Same goes for an evening stroll too, only minus the coffee.
I miss watching the Manatees bring their babies in for a meet and greet...
I'm counting the days til my gulf vacation in October. Can't wait to play in those crystal clear waters, dine on fresh-caught seafood, and sit on the beach with a glass of champagne to watch the sunset. That is truly my idea of paradise.

“That's all folks...”

Since: Jan 12

Paradise North Georgia

#21 Sep 12, 2012
Tired of Silly wrote:
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I'm counting the days til my gulf vacation in October. Can't wait to play in those crystal clear waters, dine on fresh-caught seafood, and sit on the beach with a glass of champagne to watch the sunset. That is truly my idea of paradise.
Anna Maria Island in October is paradise~~
Ah the memories...

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Since: Jun 11

Location hidden

#22 Sep 12, 2012
Tired of Silly wrote:
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Please accept my sympathy on the loss of your husband. Sounds like you'd be happy in a more inland area, which is significantly less expensive than beach front, and has the added plus of not having to evacuate every time the big wind looks like it's coming your way. I admit that I'm biased but I would recommend the northern suburbs of Orlando, particularly Seminole County. Low crime, better roads than Orange County, access to Orlando if you want the city, lots of things to do, a suburban life. Longwood, Lake Mary, Winter Springs, Oveido (a little further east), even parts of Casselberry. There are lots of small houses around designed for retirees, both for rent and for purchase. In fact, at the time we moved here, it was difficult to find a house that accomodated our family, they kept showing us what I referred to as "dollhouses". Reading the gripes about FL, let me quickly address some of them. Yep, we have bugs. If you keep a clean house, you will only see one inside the house once in a while. If you don't.......you will see LOTS of them. Yep, it's hot here. That's the whole point!!! We do indeed have a winter, and most years in the Orlando area there's a hard freeze at least once. We hate those days, LOL. Summer is hot and humid, winter is warm and dry. From late October through mid-April, I have the AC off and the doors and windows open. In the summer, oh yeah, you want the air on! No income tax, most towns don't have local tax. Even though my husband and I took pay cuts when we moved here, we ended up with more discretionary income because of the lower taxes. Best of luck to you in your start-over in life. If you have specific questions please feel free to post them here, I'll do my best to answer.
Some of the gripes about Florida are exactly the reason why I will be moving there in the relatively near future. I love the flora and fauna (and that includes beetles that are the size of Volkswagens), the ecosystem is miraculous to me, the seasons are not as extreme, it's not dull and gray five months out of the year, the infrastructure is in good shape, property taxes are manageable, government is far less intrusive, and there are PALM TREES. I know that sounds silly, but I WILL own a home with palm trees- and maybe a lemon tree- on my property.

“That's all folks...”

Since: Jan 12

Paradise North Georgia

#23 Sep 12, 2012
Charles R Darwin wrote:
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Some of the gripes about Florida are exactly the reason why I will be moving there in the relatively near future. I love the flora and fauna (and that includes beetles that are the size of Volkswagens), the ecosystem is miraculous to me, the seasons are not as extreme, it's not dull and gray five months out of the year, the infrastructure is in good shape, property taxes are manageable, government is far less intrusive, and there are PALM TREES. I know that sounds silly, but I WILL own a home with palm trees- and maybe a lemon tree- on my property.
Don't settle for just a lemon tree~~
Go for broke, Orange, Grapefruit and Tangerine.
I'm serious...
Tired of Silly

Tavares, FL

#24 Sep 12, 2012
Charles R Darwin wrote:
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Some of the gripes about Florida are exactly the reason why I will be moving there in the relatively near future. I love the flora and fauna (and that includes beetles that are the size of Volkswagens), the ecosystem is miraculous to me, the seasons are not as extreme, it's not dull and gray five months out of the year, the infrastructure is in good shape, property taxes are manageable, government is far less intrusive, and there are PALM TREES. I know that sounds silly, but I WILL own a home with palm trees- and maybe a lemon tree- on my property.
You will have a hard time finding a house that DOESN'T have a palm tree or two in the yard, D. We got rid of the orange trees because they attract citrus rats, but the palms are beautiful.

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