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Old 05-25-2016, 10:01 AM
 
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Hubbie will be retiring as soon as our farm in NY is sold. We want to go to Fla, but not sure where yet- will be taking a road trip this July.


We are considering a house, but after mowing the lawn today, now I'm thinking maybe a condo, townhouse, villa, tent, etc would be better. We are both in our early 60's. Hubbie had 2 back surgeries and I have severe arthritis and fibromyalgia. However...


we have 6 dogs. Two of them are old- a 50 # dog is 14, and our 150# newfoundland is 10 and acts older. Three of the others are small- 2- 20#, 1-7#, and the 6th is a 3-legged 75 #'er who is 9.


I do not expect to sell soon because we have a farm- limited ppl looking for a farm- unlike a "regular" house. I'm not wishing any of the dogs dead, but giant breeds don't live long (we had a mastiff and st Bernard that died at age 8 and 10 respectively), and as I said 1 is already 14. (we took in rescues/ handicapped/ hard to place dogs)


We are considering- on paper anyway- anywhere from Crystal River/ inverness, south to Tarpon Spgs, to the st pete/ Clearwater/Gulfport areas, East to winter park, mt Dora, Lakeland areas, then north on the East coast from Stuart up thru vero, Melbourne, New Smyrna Bch, Ormond bch, St Augustine.


Anyone with any ideas? Thanks.
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Old 05-25-2016, 10:26 AM
 
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You might keep the house option going (even though there is the yard upkeep component) since there's a plethora of yard maintenance companies with an average cost of probably around $50-$60 per month depending upon where you wind up. It'll obviously provide you the most flexibility and number of options since condos/townhouse are difficult in most situations when it comes to more than 2 dogs or if they're larger. I would suggest finding the area you like best in terms of checking off any criteria you have and whether you want more of a city feel, suburban or rural setting. Also bear in mind the central to northern options are your list can get quite cold for a couple to three months (lows in the 30s and 40s) which may not be in keeping with your expectations of moving to Florida.
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Old 05-25-2016, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Davie, FL
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You want to move into a condo with 6 dogs? I'm sure you would be popular with the neighbors. You need to get a single family home, obviously. While people do live in condos and villas with dogs, it's fairly inconsiderate and rude to everyone else around them.
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Old 05-25-2016, 09:22 PM
 
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You want to move into a condo with 6 dogs? I'm sure you would be popular with the neighbors. You need to get a single family home, obviously. While people do live in condos and villas with dogs, it's fairly inconsiderate and rude to everyone else around them.
They are also going to have to check the laws on how many adult dogs are allowed in a house. In Melbourne 4 adult is the limit and that might be the county law, can't remember.

To the OP are they all indoor dogs? It is not against the law to leave dogs in a fenced area or tethered outside for long periods of time but is not advised because of the heat.
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Old 05-26-2016, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte
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Most condos have a 1-2 pup limit. Villas in deed restricted communities have tiny lots, prohibit fences as the HOA maintains all the lawns and also have dog restrictions. Also, most restrict the dog size to small-medium (40 lbs) max.

Get a home in a non-HOA area, put up a fence and enjoy. That being said, you can still run afoul of code enforcement in a typical suburban area with 6 dogs (noise, etc).

Now, there are 'subdivisions' that have acreage lots, and that sounds more like what you need. You can have the area around the home mowed for maybe $75-100 a month rate, let the rest of the yard grow if you want. Alternately, a riding lawnmower, and you can mow easily.

Good luck
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Old 05-26-2016, 06:53 AM
 
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the dogs are all inside dogs and only go out to "do their business." We never leave them out- any dog can get into trouble and get hurt, or stolen, that way.


I heard that there is a 5 dog limit in some areas, and 4 of our dogs are seniors (14, 2 @ 10, and 9). I figured that at least 1 will have died before we got to move- either the oldest or the giant breed. Sounds horrible to say that but that's the way it is with dogs. I'm not wishing them dead. (these are all rescue and they have disabilities from abuse in former lives- 1 eye, 3 legs, or were abused and have PTSD, etc- yes dogs develop PTSD like ppl)


I didn't think there would be a condo, etc but since I don't live there you never know. Thank you everyone.
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