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Old 10-27-2011, 11:47 PM
 
Location: Apex, NC
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Hi everyone!

We are family (with two boys: 5 and 15 yo) willing to pay up to $1000 for rent for 3+ bedrooms condo or home. Being close to the water or beaches is important for us. Good schools are important too - ESL classes are a must. Job is not an issue (freelancing) or maybe in graphic and web design area.

My question is what are some positives and negatives in the differences between Central Florida (Tampa Bay Area) and NC when comparing? Which place is more preferable on this limited budget?
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Old 10-28-2011, 06:07 AM
 
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I'll have to say NC, because waterfront property in FL is quite expensive, especially in an area that is safe for kids.


You can live somewhere inland with that budget, and then drive to the beach.

You can check realtor.com or other RE websites to see pricing for waterfront, or close to water in FL. That would give you a better idea as to what is out there.


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Hi everyone!

We are family (with two boys: 5 and 15 yo) willing to pay up to $1000 for rent for 3+ bedrooms condo or home. Being close to the water or beaches is important for us. Good schools are important too - ESL classes are a must. Job is not an issue (freelancing) or maybe in graphic and web design area.

My question is what are some positives and negatives in the differences between Central Florida (Tampa Bay Area) and NC when comparing? Which place is more preferable on this limited budget?
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Old 10-28-2011, 07:47 AM
 
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North Carolina is high on just about every b"best places" list this year, Florida is mostly absent with the exception of Money's retirement list. NC has beach, mountains and 4 seasons, mild winter. Florida has 6-9 months of muggy humid summer.

You can find very cheap housing in both states, but FL has more areas because prices have fallen farther. FL has no personal income tax, sole owner and subchapter s corp.'s included. Home equity, IRA's, etc you assets are better protected by state law in FL. You have a huge advantage being self employed. If you can live anywhere, there are better choices than Tampa.
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Old 10-28-2011, 12:12 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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I have homes in both states and my recommendation for a family would be NC. While FL doesn't have an income tax, its property taxes are high and landlords pass on those taxes through the rent. So, there's no real escape from them.
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Old 11-01-2011, 11:24 PM
 
Location: Apex, NC
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I have homes in both states and my recommendation for a family would be NC. While FL doesn't have an income tax, its property taxes are high and landlords pass on those taxes through the rent. So, there's no real escape from them.
Thanks!
Which city would you recommend in NC with balance of not so high rent costs and good schools?
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Old 11-02-2011, 02:24 AM
 
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Thanks!
Which city would you recommend in NC with balance of not so high rent costs and good schools?
Raleigh and Charlotte are the most popular. Raleigh in particular is noted for its schools, but neither are close to the water. You'd probably want to check out Wilmington if being by the beach is a high priority for you, but I don't know how the schools are there.
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Old 11-18-2011, 01:53 PM
 
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I live in Brevard County, FL. You can find nice homes only 10 min. from the beach. You can live beachside for what you are willing to pay in rent. Most home beachside (where you can literally walk to the beach) are from the 1960s-70s so some are renovated, others are not. It's about 2.5 hours from Tampa. Brevard County is rated very good for schools. Plenty of ESE programs.
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Old 11-19-2011, 07:00 AM
 
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Sorry for all the misinformation, but being close to the beach in the Tampa Bay area is not expensive (within your price range) and there are plenty of safe options with great schools near the beach as well. Look into the Pinellas County cities of Clearwater, Oldsmar/East Lake (East Lake Woodlands), Safety Harbor, Tarpon Springs or Palm Harbor. All have A-rated public schools in safe, family-friendly neighborhoods about 15 minutes from the beach.

Visit Clearwater Florida, FL
City of Oldsmar, FL - About Oldsmar
Safety Harbor FL - Official Website
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Palm Harbor, Florida - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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