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Old 12-03-2008, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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thanks but looking for things to match my criteria, not you're ideal place. Thanks tho!
lmfao.
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Old 12-03-2008, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Houston
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-COASTAL
-WARM YEAR-ROUND
-IS NEAR A DOWNTOWN AREA
-SAFE
-HAS GATED COMMUNITIES WITH LARGE HOUSES
-GOOD FOR FAMILIES
-GOOD SCHOOLS

if you know of such a town, please reply!
Tampa Bay, FL
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Old 12-03-2008, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

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-COASTAL
10 out of 10. Easy access to several nice and distinct beaches on the Atlantic Ocean.

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-WARM YEAR-ROUND
8 out of 10. It'll get below freezing for a week or so each year.

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-IS NEAR A DOWNTOWN AREA
7 out of 10. Not far from Jax downtown, but that ain't really a great thing. As far as big city amenities and attractions go, Jacksonville's downtown gets a C minus. But you're also not far from St Augustine...and as far as small city, historic downtowns go, St Augustine gets an A.

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-SAFE
7 out of 10. Pick the right area. Do the right thing. And be smart. Then you'll be pretty safe.

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-HAS GATED COMMUNITIES WITH LARGE HOUSES
10 out of 10. I think Jacksonville is among the capitals of gated communities. I can't imagine there are more than one or two cities in the US that have as many of these as we do. And Ponte Vedra certainly has its share. What is most typical of such a neighborhood? Golf courses and tennis clubs, right? The ATP (association of tennis professionals) tour and the PGA (professional golf association) are both headquartered in Ponte Vedra.

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-GOOD FOR FAMILIES
9 out of 10. Pretty family friendly. Jax in general is family friendly.

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-GOOD SCHOOLS
8 out of 10. This is very much personal opinion, I believe...but people often point to St. Johns County (Ponte Vedra) as the part of Jax with good schools. Also plenty of good private school options in the region, and strong magnet programs in Duval County, although your kids would have to be both accomplished and fortunate to get in.

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if you know of such a town, please reply!
I just did, geez.
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Old 12-03-2008, 08:12 PM
 
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Boca Raton,FLA
2nd that.
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Old 12-03-2008, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Connecticut... but trying to get out
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Charleston, SC?
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Old 12-03-2008, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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Savannah, GA
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Old 12-04-2008, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Rockport Texas from El Paso
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Rockport Texas - It doesn't need gated communities - I often leave my door wide open. Its warm all year round however its 59 today (Dec 4) and I will probably stay indoors all day lol. Its 24 miles with no traffic to Corpus Christi. I've lived all over the US and picked this place- its really nice. I also like El Paso for a contrast (desert v ocean)
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Old 12-04-2008, 09:54 PM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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my ideal town-

90% women
lots of alcohol
and nuthing to do
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Old 12-04-2008, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Tampa Bay Area, FL
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Palm Harbor, FL

Is a gulf coast town. Its a safe, higher income area with lots of large houses in gated communities. It is a suburb of Tampa/St. Pete that has A-Rated Florida schools (most florida schools suck). It is centered in the Tampa Bay metro area and is within a half hour drive of both Tampa and St. Pete. Honeymoon Island and Caladesi Island which are both top rated beaches by "Dr. Beach" are within 10 minutes of anywhere in Palm Harbor.
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Old 12-04-2008, 10:57 PM
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Location: Ohio
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I'd suggest a suburb of Houston, but the best suburbs are inland and not close to downtown. The areas that are truly coastal are either industrial or touristy and thus don't have very good schools.

I can't think of anywhere else on the Texas coast that has the schools and big houses in gated neighborhoods you're looking for.
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