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hi we are moving to spring hill in aug. this year, how far is the ocean or water you can swim in, or a sunset you can watch! is living there nice? slow? or just would like to move away
Well, all great questions! To get to a really good beach is about an hour away... Clearwater Beach. From there south it's ALL good. But, to see a sunset is just 15 minutes away! There is a tiny beach called Pine Island complete with sand, the gulf, a nice little food area, public restaurants and showers...but frankly, the water is awful for swimming and I wouldn't advise it. It's very shallow and has been known to be unsafe for swimming. Yep, it's slow around here which was a major draw for us coming from the Washington DC area.
Originally Posted by WeekiWacheeWoman
There is a tiny beach called Pine Island complete with sand, the gulf, a nice little food area, public restaurants and showers....
Sorry! That should read "public RESTROOMS" and NOT restaurants
Good luck getting a job everyone.. I have applied everywhere.. to no avail.. I wish people were honest with Me before I moved to Spring Hill 7 months ago.. If you can get out of it, do so.. You won't find work, unless you drive over an hour to Tampa and pay tolls.. Stay where you are if there is employment there.. my advice.. Sorry for sounding so terrible about it. But I feel I should share with you all what I have been going through. Oh,, I did find one job.. had to start at 6 am and clean houses for $6.50 an hour..not including my drive time, by the way. That was 3 dollars an hour.. Good luck.. I really mean that. Dorothy
On a good note.. so you all don't think I am a bitter person.. The weather here is gorgeous..I love my beautiful home and pool.. It is a nice town.. But if you have to earn a living.. it is going to be a big struggle for you. I have gone through my savings. Now I am down to nothing and still looking.. I have applied to the county.. hopefully I get a call.. No one bothers to call you here either..but there is always hope! Good luck
I live in Holiday and have lived in Spring hill for a year in high school. I dont advise anyone to move there unless you are retiring. Especially if you have children. There is nothing to do. A small theater and a small mall about 30 miles away in port richey. Hudson beach is not too far and it's a very small beach but good for swimming. It has a nice restuarant that you can watch the sunset while you eat and their is a small playground. A few new stores such as walmart and Target has been built a few years ago and it has all your major restuarants. Anything north of it is dead. Just land for miles and miles. You can drive all the way up US19 to Georgia and not pass anything worth seeing. That's all going to change someday, all of florida land is being teared down to put up more stores and gas stations. Every bit of land left is being turned into a housing development with houses no one can afford. Stay where you are or find a new location. I cant think of any companies there, they're all in Tampa or St.Pete. Dont move there. You will regret it after a year or so.
OK - you guys are scaring me. I am closing on my house in Spring Hill - Sterling Hills on Thursday of next week. I know that it used to be mostly a retirement community but I was hearing that it had changed alot. I know a couple of people in the area - spoke to one in the same community and they all said that it has been built up alot and is getting very child friendly. When I went down there to look, there were new stores everywhere. Signs that said that Linnens and Things, Michaels, Panera bread, ect...
As far as work, it is a job transfer for us, so that I am not worried about the financial aspect of it. I know we will be able to live alot more comfortable down there than we do here on LI.
I'm sorry that you are having such a tough time of it. I hope things start to pick up for you. I think you were the same person who said that you missed ny (or was it LI)? Are you still homesick? Have you made any new friends??
We finally moved to Spring Hill/Weeki Wachee area about a year ago. It took over two years to get our home built (we custom built). Sterling Hill was one of our first choices in this area but it wasn't even near ready for sale yet when we started looking - roads weren't even in. I have family that has lived here for years. You can get a lot for the money here. Well paying jobs are a problem unless you want to commute to Tampa and or were transferred as my husband was fortunate enough to have been. The house prices are less typically but are more commensurate with the salaries available. There are sink hole problems, some areas more than others but each county has sink hole problems - we are not unique in this. The area has changed considerably over the past 10 years and there are more and more shops and restaurants popping up. We moved from the suburbs of Philadelphia PA and had to drive much further to get to shops and go into the city.
A lot depends on what you're used to. I can say having just turned 40 with a college age child our biggest problem has been meeting others because we don't live in a master planned community or have small children - and we're in no way ready for the over 55 crowd (not that there's anything wrong with it). We still think of ourselves as young 30 somethings. I would recommend anyone with children consider the ammenities of a Master Planned community first. We needed more property because of our hobbies than a planned community offered.
I recommend you take every opportunity to meet people and network in the area. We went so far as to join meetup.com (which is totally free) to find out about "new in town" activities in the area and find folks to dine out with. Took our chances and it's working out and growing.
Hang in there and give it a chance. If you were a city-folk before you will find it a much harder transition.
Having lived in Spring Hill 20+ years, I speak from experience.........there is very little to do locally for children, teens is even worst......ever drive to Dunkin Donuts on any given night, especially the weekends.......see the kids
they go there because they can use rest rooms/hang out in the parking lots
they see the cops, they move across the street to Taco Bell.......gang colors in Springstead HS, absolutely........drug use......absolutely........drop out rate a good 35% and they (school personel) don't care. Sure, there are sports
soccer, flag football, swimming, you can spend your Sat. running all around SH
dropping and picking up your children.
This year nearly every senior that was accepted to college is going to a junior
college because no national colleges will accept the kids from here, not one
scholarship to out of state schools has been offered.
The new Math and Science elementary school on Elgin Blvd. does not offer
tutoring to their students, either before or after school. No teacher will do tutoring period.
One lousy beach, Pine Island which is often closed because of bacteria in the water.........Jenkins Creek for fishing......Rogers Park another cesspool.
Jobs, this area is a service area.........no executive jobs to be had......many people from up North come here thinking how hard is it to get a job Go try
if you want to commute to Tampa via Suncoast Parkway it will cost approx.
$6.00 in tolls each way.............Clearwater is another one hr 20 mins.
traffic on 19 weekdays is a horror. If you want to wait tables, mow lawns
spray pest control, deliver newspapers, come on down!!
Crime......last week three houses were hit at 10:15 in the AM, all homes
were occupied........garages were open, an invitation to steal and that's
what happened from Gatewood Ave to Rio Vista in 7 Hills.
Spend a summer here, and the heat will drive you crazy, the kids will scream
I want to go swimming..........from a a/c house to an a/c car to a/c stores
is that the way you want to live..........the heat here in august is the pits
the humitity is the pits...............Welcome to Spring Hill.
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