I want to move to Florida- suggesstions where

cdestroyer

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montana
lake city fl. lived there for 8yrs. gulf of mexico air stream pushes most storms to the north, atlantic air stream keeps most stuff to the east.. city has all the shops you could want.. osceola national forest for camping.good medical care.
 

Angelina

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If Fla. doesn't work out, come on up here to Iqaluit. No traffic and air conditioning is not required ;)
Never known there to be a hurricane or tornado either. A little chilly in winter though 😬


TonightA few clouds. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 34. Wind chill minus 34 this evening and minus 44 overnight. Frostbite in minutes.
Fri, 19 FebA mix of sun and cloud. Wind up to 15 km/h. High minus 28. Wind chill minus 42 in the morning and minus 34 in the afternoon. Frostbite in minutes. UV index 1 or low.
NightPartly cloudy. Clearing before morning. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 30. Wind chill minus 34 in the evening and minus 39 overnight. Risk of frostbite.
Mr. Pants I'd never heard of that place before (but then, I've never been to Canada). Were you born there? Just curious.
 
I have a blind friend who's considering moving to Florida to be close to her daughter. She has a son here but he's working all the time. She's at the point now where she feels she's going to start needing help. Only thing is she says there's a lot of alligators in that area (I forgot which town). Between that, snakes and sinkholes. There are lots of lizards in FLA too. I'm not afraid of them but wouldn't want them running around in my house. My honorary son who lives in an apartment in Tampa said they had to screen in the patios to keep the little lizards out. When I first got to his apartment on the second floor, there was a little lizard hanging off the outside of the screen. When I went to Ft. Lauderdale decades ago, a lizard had gotten into the hotel (more like a motel where the room was on the ground floor). I left that hotel and went to a Sheridan.
I love the little lizards (green anoles) that inhabit my porch. They keep the ant population down and scarf up the occasional mosquito carcass. Also fun to watch play and scurry around. Only 4 or 5 inches long and harmless.
 

OneEyedDiva

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Location
New Jersey
I love the little lizards (green anoles) that inhabit my porch. They keep the ant population down and scarf up the occasional mosquito carcass. Also fun to watch play and scurry around. Only 4 or 5 inches long and harmless.
Helen if I'd had room in here for a tank, I actually considered getting a lizard a few years after my cat died. It would have had to be a vegetarian one though. LOL I probably would have let it out once we "bonded". :D
 

Serenity4321

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Location
Florida
We moved here from California a few years ago to be near our daughter. Hubby passed away so now my family here is just my daughter and me. We are in Lakeland..Kind of middle of state...Frankly, the worst is the humidity but that is only for a few months during the summer. At that time when you step out of the house, it feels you have stepped into a sauna. I daily bless whoever invented air conditioning!! 😀

The beaches here IMO are superior to those in California..at least in the LA county area...Sun feels more intense than I have ever felt. I do miss the mountains but love the wide op[en "BIG" sky and love all the birds everywhere.

I have read our county is the second-fastest-growing county in the country! I am not really sure why..but as anywhere there are pluses and minuses. The hurricanes do not seem to come this far inland with any damage and honestly, I do not miss worry of coming earthquakes..esp the "Big One' 😀
 

MrPants

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Location
Tuktoyaktuk
We moved here from California a few years ago to be near our daughter. Hubby passed away so now my family here is just my daughter and me. We are in Lakeland..Kind of middle of state...Frankly, the worst is the humidity but that is only for a few months during the summer. At that time when you step out of the house, it feels you have stepped into a sauna. I daily bless whoever invented air conditioning!! 😀

The beaches here IMO are superior to those in California..at least in the LA county area...Sun feels more intense than I have ever felt. I do miss the mountains but love the wide op[en "BIG" sky and love all the birds everywhere.

I have read our county is the second-fastest-growing county in the country! I am not really sure why..but as anywhere there are pluses and minuses. The hurricanes do not seem to come this far inland with any damage and honestly, I do not miss worry of coming earthquakes..esp the "Big One' 😀
Sounds like a very fair assessment(y) I remember the first time I experienced the 'summertime Fla humidity'. Brutal!!
 

Jim W.

Member
I grew up in Florida without air conditioning. Always liked the humidity, and miss it. As a friend used to say no matter how hot and humid it gets all you need is a cold beer and a good shade tree and all is well.
I've lived in Florida almost all my life and spent many many years enduring the heat and humidity without a/c to save money on my utility bill.

But I gotta say, I've never heard anyone say they liked it before!!!! o_O
 

Knight

Senior Member
I think jujube's post #46 says it best.

We looked/traveled to various states to get a sense of where we wanted to live out our retirement years. North to Maine & Vermont, South to Florida, Mississippi, & Louisiana Mid country to Arkansas & up to No. & So. Dakota. Down to Texas & Arizona. Then California, Washington & Oregon.

We decided warm, hot, hotter then warm with low humidity to stave off arthritis combined with 24/7 access to something to do worked for us. So southern Nevada was where we bought a home & have been happy ever since.
 
Not sure about the panhandle of Florida, but, down along the Gulf coast you can't touch a house or mobile home unless you've got a boatload of money. :( We've been trying to buy something down there for the last 2 months. Every house is being snatched up. Heck, 3 days ago we agreed to one for the full asking price. All looked good until 23 minutes later, the realtor called back and said it was sold to someone who paid $30,000 over the asking price. o_O
Houses that 7 months ago were selling for $180,000 and up are now $300,000 and up. :mad:
 

Old Dummy

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Backwoods of NYS
Not sure about the panhandle of Florida, but, down along the Gulf coast you can't touch a house or mobile home unless you've got a boatload of money. :( We've been trying to buy something down there for the last 2 months. Every house is being snatched up. Heck, 3 days ago we agreed to one for the full asking price. All looked good until 23 minutes later, the realtor called back and said it was sold to someone who paid $30,000 over the asking price. o_O
Houses that 7 months ago were selling for $180,000 and up are now $300,000 and up. :mad:

Sheesh yeah, I've been hearing these stories, and not just in Florida.

I've thought seriously about moving to FL also (I posted about it before here somewhere). I would likely be in the north central area, I have good friends who winter there. It's very rural which is what I like.

My buddy (mentioned above) and I might fly down in July to look around. My family has been in NYS since 1802 but I have to get out of here.
 

Pappy

Living the Dream
We moved here from California a few years ago to be near our daughter. Hubby passed away so now my family here is just my daughter and me. We are in Lakeland..Kind of middle of state...Frankly, the worst is the humidity but that is only for a few months during the summer. At that time when you step out of the house, it feels you have stepped into a sauna. I daily bless whoever invented air conditioning!! 😀

The beaches here IMO are superior to those in California..at least in the LA county area...Sun feels more intense than I have ever felt. I do miss the mountains but love the wide op[en "BIG" sky and love all the birds everywhere.

I have read our county is the second-fastest-growing county in the country! I am not really sure why..but as anywhere there are pluses and minuses. The hurricanes do not seem to come this far inland with any damage and honestly, I do not miss worry of coming earthquakes..esp the "Big One' 😀
Lakeland. Publix headquarters. Go by there on way to Tampa casino.
 

Serenity4321

Member
Location
Florida
Lakeland. Publix headquarters. Go by there on way to Tampa casino.
Lakeland has pluses and minuses..guess everywhere does. Publix is all over - kind of like 'on every corner' almost like Starbucks 😃 ..and has * an interesting history re: the founding. I have been to Tampa but not the casino..is it anything special?
 

Serenity4321

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Location
Florida
I've lived in Florida almost all my life and spent many many years enduring the heat and humidity without a/c to save money on my utility bill.

But I gotta say, I've never heard anyone say they liked it before!!!! o_O
LOL same here...I grew up in Louisiana but never really realize the humidity until I moved away and went back to visit.
 

Serenity4321

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Location
Florida
I grew up in Florida without air conditioning. Always liked the humidity, and miss it. As a friend used to say no matter how hot and humid it gets all you need is a cold beer and a good shade tree and all is well.
I love a cold beer but even in the shade, you can still feel the humidity. Still at least you are out of the intense heat of the Florida sun. I am happy for you if you can enjoy the humidity because that is my main discomfort/complaint for a few months.
 

Pappy

Living the Dream
Lakeland has pluses and minuses..guess everywhere does. Publix is all over - kind of like 'on every corner' almost like Starbucks 😃 ..and has * an interesting history re: the founding. I have been to Tampa but not the casino..is it anything special?
It’s quite impressive. Huge casino with a nice hotel. Been awhile since we’ve been there and I think they’ve added on even more.
 
Sheesh yeah, I've been hearing these stories, and not just in Florida.

I've thought seriously about moving to FL also (I posted about it before here somewhere). I would likely be in the north central area, I have good friends who winter there. It's very rural which is what I like.

My buddy (mentioned above) and I might fly down in July to look around. My family has been in NYS since 1802 but I have to get out of here.
Hang in there. Right after I posted, I got a call from the realtor telling me a house we had looked at had fallen out of escrow. We jumped and now have a home in Florida besides our Ozark place. :)
 

garyt1957

Member
Not sure about the panhandle of Florida, but, down along the Gulf coast you can't touch a house or mobile home unless you've got a boatload of money. :( We've been trying to buy something down there for the last 2 months. Every house is being snatched up. Heck, 3 days ago we agreed to one for the full asking price. All looked good until 23 minutes later, the realtor called back and said it was sold to someone who paid $30,000 over the asking price. o_O
Houses that 7 months ago were selling for $180,000 and up are now $300,000 and up. :mad:
It's like that all over right now. This too shall pass.
 

Jim W.

Member
My older sister was looking at buying a mobile home in a mobile home community with amenities like a pool, clubhouse and lawn maintenance that was covered by an annual fee. The cost of the mbile hme itself was a bit over $60,000, the lt rent was over $500 a month and of course, utilities on top of that.

She decided to hold off on it.
 

lovemydad

New Member
Hey all I've been thinking about moving to Florida for a few years now. But decided I will actively prepare my home for sale here.

Im looking for information in,the Pensacola area.

Thanks
Pensacola is wonderful. still a slight change of seasons, lots of trees and the beach. friendly people. good economy. not overly crowded.
 
My older sister was looking at buying a mobile home in a mobile home community with amenities like a pool, clubhouse and lawn maintenance that was covered by an annual fee. The cost of the mbile hme itself was a bit over $60,000, the lt rent was over $500 a month and of course, utilities on top of that.

She decided to hold off on it.
Lol, we were looking at some mobile homes in a park down around Ellenton Fl. (below Tampa St. Pete). Price of some of the mobiles was low, but, the space rent ranged from $780 to $1200 :eek: and they stated that the rent could go up at ant time. Made me look at real homes in a different light.
 


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