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Old 01-28-2011, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Greensboro - Winston Salem
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We are nearing retirement and are considering a second home in Florida.

We are interested in a community that is safe, reasonably priced (say $125,000 or less for a condo/townhouse), easy drive to the beach, friendly. We enjoy sports so the availability of a baseball team (minor league is ok), college basketball, college football (doesn't have to be a major program like UF or FSU).

Thanks for your input.

Alan
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Old 01-28-2011, 05:02 PM
 
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Port Orange. Nearby teams are the Daytona Cubs- a Chicago Cubs minor league team. Plus men's and women's college sports from Daytona State College. And of course lots of motor sports at the Daytona Speedway including a 24 hour road course race as well as the Nascar events and many more. Like NBA? Check out the Magic just a one hour drive away. Like NFL? The Jaguars are a 90 minute ride away. Low crime. Affordable housing. Family oriented. Just minutes to the ocean. Awesome waves. Ultra clean beach. Clean and inviting ocean water. Plenty of golf and fishing too. Friendly down to earth people. Great shopping nearby. Brand new shopping mall on 73 acres called the Pavillion. Super Target. Super Walmart. Really nice and really affordable area.
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Old 01-29-2011, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Greensboro - Winston Salem
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Sounds promising. + my son and his wife are in Orlando, though they could move due because of his work.
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Old 01-29-2011, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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You might want to look in North Port or Venice in Sarasota county. They have the Stone Crabs MLB: The Official Site of Minor League Baseball | Charlotte Stone Crabs Homepage NP is about 30 minutes from the beaches and Venice has it's own beach. You could find something there in your range. It's about 40 minutes from World Famous Siesta Key Beach.
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Old 01-29-2011, 03:20 PM
 
Location: SARASOTA, FLORIDA
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I would be looking at something south central so you can go any direction and still get what you want.
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Old 01-30-2011, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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We are nearing retirement and are considering a second home in Florida.

We are interested in a community that is safe, reasonably priced (say $125,000 or less for a condo/townhouse), easy drive to the beach, friendly. We enjoy sports so the availability of a baseball team (minor league is ok), college basketball, college football (doesn't have to be a major program like UF or FSU).

Thanks for your input.

Alan
Alan,

Yours is really a two-part question, and the second part is always the toughest to answer. I am reasonably certain that you will be able to find an area that will match most of the criteria/amenities that you seek for the $125000 condo/townhouse. It is the "reasonably priced" component that is more of an oxymoron for a vacation home.

When I view retirement, I will be trying to balance the necessities of living comfortably with a better quality of life and the simple luxuries. Living on a fixed income, with the significant monetary outlays necessary with owning the second home, I believe that such a move may drastically limit my overall quality of life. Realistically, the $125000 spent on the condo/townhouse is only the beginning of the money pit that you will be digging for yourself. Between the association fees, non-resident property taxes, utilities, insurance, and maintenance costs, it is not inconceivable that your yearly ownership costs (beyond the mortgage) will reach $10000. If you consider $10000 as a reasonable expense, and can divert $125000 of your retirement savings to this 2nd home, then the second part of your question has been answered, as well. Good luck!
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