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Old 04-04-2011, 01:12 AM
 
Location: Minnesota
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Default Best place in FL for Chicagoans and Minnesotans?

We're 40/50s, no kids just well behaved pooches. We don't play golf or tennis. We like to walk w/ or w/out the pups and same for riding our big beach bikes w/baskets. We like dining out just about every meal, going shopping, bookstores, and going to the movies. Maybe take a day trip now and then.

Want to spend our winters in sunshine and a pretty environment.
Where can we live that's safe, has great food, great shopping, spas, pet friendly,etc.

Weve tried NWFL-panhandle-gulf of Mexico, but just nothing to do and cold and rainy a lot. Our bad choice. We want to look at other FL places and see if there's something that suits us. If not were thinking to go the other route and try Phoenix

Budget is up to 1m. Were not too old but we also don't do the nightclub thing. Just want an upscale area with newer houses, proximity to restaurants and shopping, where we'd feel comfortable.

I'd like to hear thoughts on any of the following or more that I should look into. Thank you very much for your input.
Boca area
WPB area
StuArt area
Venice area
Vero area
Tampa area
Naples area
& any more you can think of, please!

Thank you so much
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Old 04-04-2011, 05:55 AM
 
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Your criteria for the most part fits all of the locations mentioned, however the eliminating factor is a great dining scene. Florida overall isn't known for it's wide selection of quality eateries or support of them for that matter. Of your list only Boca Raton hits that mark IMO due to it's proximity to the rest of South Florida. Boca's west side (near the Turnpike) is a great area to focus. Good luck!
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Old 04-04-2011, 06:28 AM
 
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I suggest Sarasota. Best beaches on the Gulf side and lots of great dining options of all types. Check out the Sarasota forums for more info. Very dog-friendly town, too!
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:07 AM
 
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Naples, without a second thought... specifically Olde Naples (but keep in mind at only the $1M price point you may get a fixer or slightly dated home) and within a few blocks of 5th Ave South.

Either way it's a great lifestyle with plenty of shopping, restaurants on 5th and 3rd, a mall, hospital, etc. within 1.5 miles, and other shopping like Venetian Village not too far north.

Winter is prime season there and there is no shortage of things to do.

Check out:

Coastland Center - Premier Shopping, Dining, Entertainment in Fort Myers / Naples, Florida

Fifth Avenue South Naples, Naples Florida Shopping, Restaurants and Accommodations, Naples Florida Entertainment - Naples Florida

Naples Downtown in Naples Florida

Third Street South - Shopping in Naples Florida

Enjoy
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Old 04-04-2011, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
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Generally speaking:
People from Chicago tend to flock around Tampa/St Pete/Dunedin
Minnesota around Naples/Ft Myers and Sebring
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Old 04-05-2011, 10:31 AM
 
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Miami
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:31 PM
 
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where do the people from wisconsin retire in fl.
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:36 AM
 
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St Pete has great beaches..
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Old 08-24-2012, 06:07 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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Best place would be in Chicago and Minnesota
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Old 08-24-2012, 11:40 AM
 
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I agree with Naples, about 1001 feet down the Municipal pier. Just kidding...... Actually any place that you like is good. Go looking for yourself.
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