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Old 10-08-2014, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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I'd go 100% in the other direction and argue that there are plenty of places like the OP is looking for- there is tourist Florida and there is people who actually live here Florida, and nowhere is the divide so clear as Orlando where, in a rare moment of forethought, city planners corralled the short timers very neatly in the airport-Disney-Seaworld area, with few of them venturing further north or east than Mall of the Milenia. You know, nowhere close to where the longtime residents happily live away from the chaos of out of state license plates.

A good realtor can steer you to those places- they can't say certain things outright because of redlining laws, but if you say "I want an area near School X, Y, or Z (which you've looked up online on the relevant web sites) where it's common for people to live there for 10-20 years" then they should be able to point you in the right directions.
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Old 12-23-2014, 08:24 AM
 
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Have you looked into Palm Coast? This is a little known, relatively new city, established in 1999. Located on the Atlantic Ocean coast between St. Augustine and Daytona, it's all about lifestyle. Very "relaxed" community with good schools (12th best in the state) and very affordable housing. A section of the city contains "canal homes." These homes are on salt water canals which lead to the intracoastal waterway and the Atlantic ocean. Uncrowded beaches are just a 10 minute drive (no traffic). There are more events taking place in this city than you could ever attend. Often, you have to make a decision as to which events you want to go to out of the many taking place. International food festivals, outdoor movies for the kids, air shows with well known cover bands, modern comfortable movie theaters, "broadway-like" theater with music and Broadway acts, surf events, fishing contests and, so much more. Only an easy 30 minute drive to St. Augustine (America's oldest city) and Daytona. Those of us who relocated here from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states consider this to be an undiscovered paradise. If you have not made a decision yet, you might want to check out Palm Coast.
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