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Old 02-01-2011, 12:07 PM
 
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Hi I am a 30 yr old female relocating to the Daytona area due to my boyfriends job. I currently live in the suburbs of Detroit Mi, Royal Oak area and have lived in Ann Arbor in the past. I am looking for suburbs in Daytona with similar characteristics to these areas. I am looking for an area that is eclectic, culturally rich, healthy, organic, artsy, and physically active area with a variety of activities to do with a good school system. Probably asking for a lot. I dont know if there is anything with those qualities around Daytona, hopefully there is something
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Old 02-01-2011, 02:47 PM
 
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As far as good schools systems go, Port Orange just outside Daytona has top rated schools as well as one of the best high schools in the country, Spruce Creek High School. Port orange is very family oriented and has a great park district with lots of activities. It is a nice contrast to the wild life that you can find in Daytona Beach. Believe it or not there are a lot of cultural events in and around the Daytona Beach area. There is a large selection of live theater and performing arts venues. World-class events and concerts along with a free summer concert series at the oceanfront Bandshell. It has professional theatre productions and international music events. There are even some museums.

And of course the beach is awesome with great refreshing ocean water. Very clean beach. Great for walks. You can walk barefoot for miles and miles on the beach.
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Old 02-01-2011, 05:15 PM
 
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Ahh thanks for the reply. Im just trying to avoid the typical cookie cutter suburbs with chain everything. I lived in places like that in Michigan and they are just so dull. I like older communities with history, unique shops and restaurants with plenty of variety of things to do including a good running community. I hear lots of people compliment Port Orange, they also mention Ormond Beach. What is the differences between the 2?
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Old 02-01-2011, 08:38 PM
 
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You might try DeLand.
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Old 02-01-2011, 09:57 PM
 
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You might try DeLand.
Ditto. You're looking for Deland, which is home to Stetson University and has a pretty neat downtown area. The campus is beautiful and runs on either side of the main N/S street. The homes downtown are anything but cookie-cutter. Lots of cultural and outdoor activities in Deland and it's 30 minutes from the beach and less than an hour from the major theater & concert venues in Orlando.

Welcome to DeLand, FL

Sounds like Port Orange is everything you DON'T want. It has been the fastest growing area of Volusia county in the past few decades, ergo cookie-cutter homes and shopping centers.

Ormond, my hometown, is very nice, but very different from Deland. Even the fixers close to the river or ocean and near shops and restaurants on Granada Blvd. can get pricey and the taxes are high. Not really what I'd call eclectic or artsy. More yuppiefied.

Good Luck in your search!
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Old 02-02-2011, 07:21 AM
 
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Ditto. You're looking for Deland, which is home to Stetson University and has a pretty neat downtown area. The campus is beautiful and runs on either side of the main N/S street. The homes downtown are anything but cookie-cutter. Lots of cultural and outdoor activities in Deland and it's 30 minutes from the beach and less than an hour from the major theater & concert venues in Orlando.
Deland is quite eclectic with the old time feel to it but it also has a very high crime rate. It is ranked in the top 10% of cities in the U.S. for high crime.

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Old 02-04-2011, 06:13 AM
 
Location: North Florida
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Crime is high in Florida. Daytona is no stranger to crime, either. I still think DeLand is a good suggestion.
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Old 02-05-2011, 10:59 PM
 
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A more accurate assessment of the crime in Deland can be found here from the Volusia County Sheriff's Dept.:

CrimeMapping.com - National Map

As in any area, you'd have to be familiar with Deland to know the crime pockets and where not to be at 3 a.m. The area around the university is fairly crime-free, unless you count some apres-keg party college students taking a whack at one another!
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Old 02-05-2011, 11:08 PM
 
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Ahh thanks for the reply. Im just trying to avoid the typical cookie cutter suburbs with chain everything. I lived in places like that in Michigan and they are just so dull. I like older communities with history, unique shops and restaurants with plenty of variety of things to do including a good running community. I hear lots of people compliment Port Orange, they also mention Ormond Beach. What is the differences between the 2?
Ormond has an older feel than Port Orange IMO. Port Orange has had a lot of new development in the past 10-15 years.
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Old 02-06-2011, 10:38 PM
 
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Sounds like, at a minimum, that you're looking for "quaint." Ain't nothin' in Florida that's quaint. No coziness, no culture, no sophistication, no light-bulb "hey-this-is-smart" neighborhoods. Florida looks like a great big dick on a map for a reason. It just hangs there and wants to *********. Do yourself a favor and stay clear.
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