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Old 05-12-2015, 08:55 AM
 
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Hello,


I am searching for a town in Florida similar to my home town in Maine. My current town is approx 2500 people and feels about as big as 5000-6000 people. We have a grocery store, banks, a very small college and even McDonalds. We are located far (about 100 miles) from the nearest mall.

What I enjoy about this area:
-Genuine, honest, hardworking people. We are low middle class, but happy and all part of a community.
-Safe. Violent crime is nearly unheard of here
-The natural beauty is stunning
-Very affordable

I am looking for a similar town somewhere in Florida to visit in the winter and possibly make it a yearly stay. Being away from chain stores and malls is a plus. They are fun to visit from time to time but far from a necessity.

Does anything come to anyone's mind when I describe an area like this? I would prefer Orlando and south for the winter warmth.

Suggestions welcomed!
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Old 05-12-2015, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Central Mexico and Central Florida
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Gulfport
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Old 05-12-2015, 09:17 AM
 
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Dade City/San Antonio! It is beautiful, with hills, lakes, woods, lots of natural beauty. There is St. Leo University, and Pasco Hernando Community College. Dade City is the county seat for Pasco. I think population is about 5000 for the actual city, but the unincorporated areas make it a bit larger. We lived there for about 12 years, loved it. It is also an easy drive to Tampa or Orlando.

If this area is still too large for your liking, check out Floral City (very small, sounds like what you describe) or Inverness.
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Old 05-12-2015, 09:18 AM
 
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Dunedin, Safety Harbor come to mind but there are lots of small towns that would fit. Inverness is another place not too far away from big city but is a nice little place.

I also like Dade city area. Quaint city center and nice little restaurants that aren't chain stores
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Old 05-12-2015, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Central Mexico and Central Florida
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We moved to the Historic Waterfront area of Gulfport and here's what we can walk to in under one-half a mile:

The beach (albeit a small one, it's a great place to walk and watch dolphins, birds)
City fishing pier
Local restaurants (12+ all independent, no chains)
Retail shops
Library
Yoga Studios (2 private) in addition to City classes at Rec Center
Post Office
City-owned Marina
Parks (5 parks, including 2 dedicated dog parks)
City Tennis Courts
Public beach volleyball courts
Dance Ballroom (City Owned, also the venue for art shows, galas and private weddings/parties)
Live Theatre
City Rec Center
City Government Offices
Convenience stores (2, each of which has foods for carryout: one Greek, one Thai)
Baseball field
Weekly Daytime Fresh Market
Twice a month evening Art Walks

What we can walk to between one-half mile up to one mile:
Grocery Store (SaveALot, not my fave but it's handy in a pinch)
Fresh Produce Stand open 7 days a week (use this more than SaveALot)
Vet
Dollar Store
Drug Store (Walgreens)
5 More restaurants
More stores
Banks

I'm sure I left some places out!

For photos and articles on life here in Gulfport, go to:
Gulfport Florida
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Old 05-12-2015, 09:23 AM
 
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Thanks for the quick answers!

Are all of these cities affordable?
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Old 05-12-2015, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Central Mexico and Central Florida
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Define affordable.
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Old 05-12-2015, 09:46 AM
 
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Floral City looks to be the perfect size and also affordable but does not appear to have any type of town center, not even a small one.

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Old 05-12-2015, 09:48 AM
 
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Affordable would be the possibility of buying a house in a safe neighborhood for under $100k.

Basically, the working class.
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Old 05-12-2015, 10:25 AM
 
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Floral City looks to be the perfect size and also affordable but does not appear to have any type of town center, not even a small one.
Floral City or Inverness would be what you are looking for, especially based on your budget. Floral City has almost no town center, but is about a half hour up to Inverness. It is a charming area, you would need to check it out personally. Most of the other suggestions here will not work for you, too large, too expensive. Even Dade City will probably be too expensive for the most part unless you go to one of the unincorporated areas around the town.
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