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Old 08-10-2016, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Sarasota-Manatee, Florida
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Sarasota county does have some of the best schools in the state! FL DOE rates three school districts as A rated. They include St. Johns, Sarasota, & Okaloosa. Doesnt mean that other districts are poor. I'm a school teacher and most of us take that with a grain of salt.
Lakewood Ranch is a great area on the west coast. Keep in mind, that is Manatee county, north of Sarasota county. I have to agree with newtovenice, you wont find a move in ready home for 250-275k in Lakewood Ranch. I havent seen a whole lot of "Masterplanned Communities" in Sarasota county in that price range. Try Southwest Florida (Fort Myers to Bonita Springs). I will post some links of masterplanned communities below.

Lennar, Reflection Isles, Fort Myers: http://www.lennar.com/new-homes/flor...xecutive-homes

Neal, all communities in Fort Myers: http://www.nealcommunities.com/where...-myers-naples/

Southwest Florida will be hot & humid in the summer and on the warmer side during the winter months. Last Christmas it was 80 something degrees, you'll have your sun all year in Fort Myers for sure.

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Old 08-24-2016, 09:29 AM
 
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Take a look at Palm Coast, just south of St. Augustine. Beautiful, uncrowded, lots to offer and still somewhat affordable...actually about 25% more affordable than other parts of Florida. Good schools, uncrowded beaches, lots of restaurants, only 30 miles to St, Augustine and Daytona and only 1 1/4 to Orlando. Winters mostly in the 50's and 60's...very comfortable. A few days a year it may drop into the 30's but that's only a few days.
If you're interested let me know and I can send you lots of info on the area.
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Old 08-26-2016, 05:56 AM
 
Location: Venice, FL
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+1 Sarasota County, we have a relatively low crime rate here and we have the #1 rated school in Florida which also happens to be #7 in the nation as well. But, it all depends on what you want, the east coast & west coast of Florida are two different places, the west coast tends to be a little more laid back, less congestion in my personal opinion. I actually live in Venice, FL and a lot of the younger residence here will go away to college and then come back and live in and work in community, we're a sleepy little city with a lot of history here, but we're not too far from major cities either, Tampa is about an hour and half from us, Orlando is about 2hrs, Fort Myers is about an hour, we're pretty centrally located and most homes are located not more than about 10-15 mins from a beach and you can definitely find a house in your price range. If this sounds like something you're interested in, please don't hesitate to send me a PM and I'll get some information for you.
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Old 08-26-2016, 07:31 PM
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Tallahassee is nice, check it out.
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Old 08-28-2016, 09:56 PM
 
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You all gave some wonderful advice!!! I really appreciate it! We are leaning toward the Jacksonville area with our budget. The winter doesn't seem so bad so I think we can handle a few days of freezing temps per year! Lol Once again, thanks so much! I'm going to find the Jacksonville forums!!!
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Old 09-02-2016, 11:49 AM
 
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Default Just an idea.

A bit off topic, but you might want to consider a 3 bedroom and do a 4th bedroom conversion. The permitting process was extremely easy, cheap and quick when we did a dining room to bedroom conversion in Nocatee/SJC. Saved us a ton of money. Here in Nocatee, the cheapest I have seen our neighbors sell a detached 3 bed/2 bath in recent months is the low 300's. 3 years ago, when we first moved here, the cheapest I saw in Nocatee,SJC in our neighborhood that sold were low-mid 200's for 3 bbed/2 bath, detached. Good luck.
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Old 09-02-2016, 03:24 PM
 
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You all gave some wonderful advice!!! I really appreciate it! We are leaning toward the Jacksonville area with our budget. The winter doesn't seem so bad so I think we can handle a few days of freezing temps per year! Lol Once again, thanks so much! I'm going to find the Jacksonville forums!!!
Winter isn't that bad at all in North Florida and doesn't differ that much from the middle part of the state. If you're not adverse to non-cookie cutter/older neighborhoods (mostly early 90s build) you might also check out the Orange Park/Fleming Island area to the south of Jacksonville. It's very established with good schools and has approachable home prices.
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Old 09-03-2016, 05:08 PM
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Tallahassee is great for kids
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