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Old 03-06-2012, 07:07 AM
 
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Can any one tell me any thing about this area? I saw a feature about it in a magazine, and it seemed to have a lot of antique shops, flea markets, and artsy type people.

What other areas are near there? I am looking for a small second home, in a friendly funky area with nice people and pretty surroundings.i
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Old 03-06-2012, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Sanford, FL
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Can any one tell me any thing about this area? I saw a feature about it in a magazine, and it seemed to have a lot of antique shops, flea markets, and artsy type people.

What other areas are near there? I am looking for a small second home, in a friendly funky area with nice people and pretty surroundings.i
It has a fair amount of antiques shops, a large flea market and a cutesy downtown area. I wouldn't call it funky, and it definitely isn't what one would call artsy in terms of who lives there. If looking in Florida I would recommend either Gulfport, St Augustine or Key West. Key Largo could be an option as well, as it's less crowded and less expensive.

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Old 03-06-2012, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Arctic Tundra, MA
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The lake boardwalk there is AWESOME. I have not been there in 16 years, but I thought it was awesome then.
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Old 03-06-2012, 08:11 AM
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In addition to Kyle's suggestions, you should check out Sarasota, just about the artsiest small city in Florida. It's really great (I live here and LOVE it!) A very vibrant, bomenian downtown, and lots of artists, festivals, art happening, museums, etc. Best beaches in the country, too!
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Old 03-06-2012, 08:15 AM
 
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In addition to Kyle's suggestions, you should check out Sarasota, just about the artsiest small city in Florida. It's really great (I live here and LOVE it!) A very vibrant, bomenian downtown, and lots of artists, festivals, art happening, museums, etc. Best beaches in the country, too!
Second that. St Augustine is also a good choice, as Kyle mentioned. I'd probably pick either of those over Mt Dora
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Old 03-06-2012, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Asheville NC
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We have friends that we visit there. They retired to Mt. Dora about seven years ago, and refurbished a beautiful home, walking distance from downtown. They enjoy it, and are into all the civic stuff.

It is very conservative, and the schools are bad. Because of the economy, many small shops have closed.

It is quaint, but is well kept. Around Thanksgiving they have a Christmas Pageant, and choirs in the town square; they light up the town with those tiny white lights, and the stores are all open late.

I would retire in Sarasota if it wasn't so very hot in the summer. Good restaurants, lots of art, theater, and more upscale shopping.

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Old 03-06-2012, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Bunch of pretentious people too. Mount Dora is in the middle of nowhere, literally. It's a nice enough area, but dont offer much if you like to live near civilization.
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Old 03-06-2012, 07:24 PM
 
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I'll pass on Mt. Dora. Another place I might want to visit,( I really like flea markets) but live there? You have all given me what look like better options.

Even though it's a modified "snow bird situation' (I am WAY too young to be a Snow Bird) I can not take ONE MORE ENTIRE WINTER in the North East!

Next year after the holidays I'm outta here! Till the Spring.
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Old 03-06-2012, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Arctic Tundra, MA
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Old 03-06-2012, 09:44 PM
 
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I'll pass on Mt. Dora. Another place I might want to visit,( I really like flea markets) but live there? You have all given me what look like better options.

Even though it's a modified "snow bird situation' (I am WAY too young to be a Snow Bird) I can not take ONE MORE ENTIRE WINTER in the North East!

Next year after the holidays I'm outta here! Till the Spring.
I spent four years in syracuse as a native Floridian. Totally understand
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