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Old 02-05-2010, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach
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I am a 31 year old single father with a 10 year old son and have been thinking about moving to FL for a few years now but i am finally in a position financially to where i feel like i can finally attempt the move. I am looking for opinions on where we should be looking...Need to be close to a beach and i am assuming a city due to the fact that i work in IT. I am also interested in finding suitable areas to raise a child...good schools etc. We are a very active family from sports, boating, wave runners, bike riding. Affordable housing is also a concern as i currently paying $2000 a month for a 4 bedroom 2500sqft house where i currently live in virginia beach. Thanks!
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Old 02-05-2010, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Lake Mary, Florida
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Hey there fellow Virginian, Lake Mary is about 45 to and hour to the beach has good schools and a few IT companies located on International Parkway.

Fiserve, Symantec just to name a couple.
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Old 02-05-2010, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Florida
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The best place to move is where you will have a job.

Find the job first, then housing, in that order.

If you have several solid job offers then we can help narrow it down.

These days the job location determines where you live.
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Virginia Beach
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Finding a job is not really an issue as i am a Self-Employed consultant and plan on retaining my clients when i move as they are located up and down the east coast. I am mainly looking to move for the weather and the fact that i feel like the cost of living in virginia beach is way to high for what it is.
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:35 AM
 
Location: NJ
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it depends on what your looking for...If your interested in South Florida there is Weston, Cooper City, parkland and Boca Raton...Schools are really good in any of these areas so you cant go wrong for your son...also located near the Turnpike and or 95 with lots of restaurants and close to the beach...

good Luck to you
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Old 02-06-2010, 03:22 PM
 
Location: SARASOTA, FLORIDA
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Jobs and schools top priority.

Then you have to think of who will be watching or caring for your 10 year old when you are at work etc.

Take your time and research like crazy.

The care and safety of your son is the most important issue I would think.
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Old 02-06-2010, 03:46 PM
 
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I am a 31 year old single father with a 10 year old son and have been thinking about moving to FL for a few years now but i am finally in a position financially to where i feel like i can finally attempt the move. I am looking for opinions on where we should be looking...Need to be close to a beach and i am assuming a city due to the fact that i work in IT. I am also interested in finding suitable areas to raise a child...good schools etc. We are a very active family from sports, boating, wave runners, bike riding. Affordable housing is also a concern as i currently paying $2000 a month for a 4 bedroom 2500sqft house where i currently live in virginia beach. Thanks!
I would look at the pan handle coast. It has everything. The beaches and you go just a little north and it is rural, you can hike fish, bike ride, camp all kinds of outdoor activities. You have a change of seasons and you are also not so detached from the rest of the country. You are just a few hour drive from other states. I live in south Florida and it is like being on an island you feel so far from everyplace.
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Old 02-06-2010, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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The thing with the western Panhandle is that you've got 95% of the conveniences of a big city, and good airport options if you don't mind connecting flights, but if you need something from the Big City, it's a solid 3+ hour drive one way to New Orleans.
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Old 02-06-2010, 05:12 PM
 
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Northern St Johns County

-Suburbs of Jacksonville
-Great Schools
-Close to Beach
-Outdoor Recreation on St. Johns River
-Ponte Vedra Beach if you can afford it
-NW areas of county good as well
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Old 02-08-2010, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Sanford, FL
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The best place to move is where you will have a job.

Find the job first, then housing, in that order.

If you have several solid job offers then we can help narrow it down.

These days the job location determines where you live.
I know you're probably trying to be helpful, but has it ever occurred to you and the many others who chastise those of us planning a move, that we've probably thought all of that out? Finding a job right now isn't easy anywhere.
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