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Old 05-24-2009, 04:40 PM
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Hi All,
We're coming to Florida for 2 weeks to check out different areas with a view to relocating. A lot of posts are from folks who already have a job and need to find the best area to live relative to their jobs. I prefer to first figure out where I want to live, and then look for a job. (I'll be looking for something in either social work or college instruction.) What we love: the outdoors, the beach; walking along boardwalks or walking trails; diverse communities (GLBT friendly); good cultural experiences (theatre, performing arts), good libraries and bookstores; good coffee-shops. We plan on buying a small condo or townhouse in an affordable area. What we don't need: nightlife like clubs, bars, etc; high-end shopping. What we don't want: gated communities, narrow-minded folks. Our plan is to check out: Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petes, Sarasota, Ft.Myers, Naples. We're open to suggestions of other places, or neighborhoods within those cities. Thanks for any and all advice/suggestions.
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Old 05-29-2010, 07:32 AM
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I would advise you to look at Sarsota area. I lived there for 81/2 years. I loved it...beaches, the restuarants, the people. I would go back in a flash. Siesta Key is my pick.
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Old 05-29-2010, 08:31 AM
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Gotta agree with Sarasota - got everything on your list, IMO far and away the best fit for what you want. Sarasota has a GREAT downtown, with a gorgeous newer library, Whole Foods, lots of neat little European bakeries, cafes, ethnic restaurants, etc., beautiful park on the bayfront, and fabulous beaches. Very artsy, Bohemian and cosmopolitan. Second would be St. Pete. Same feel in the downtown, but less amenities and a much larger city with more traffic.

I don't have first-hand knowledge of Ft. Myers or Naples, but everything I have read or heard from others leads me to believe those areas would not be up your alley. Again, I really don't think you could go wrong with the Sarasota area.
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