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Unread 09-16-2009, 09:53 AM
 
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Default Moving from Sunbelt states to North Four-Season states.

For those people who may be contemplating moving AWAY FROM/OUT OF any of the Sunbelt states TO any of the North Four-Season states, my experience may be of interest to you because I made that move. Many years ago I relocated to Florida from NY State. My experience in Florida was that once I enjoyed the reasonably good weather (minus the tornados that I survived) between the months of November thru March, visited Disney World & other tourist destinations, and spent time on the beaches at Clearwater/Daytona/etc., over time I realized that I missed so many quality of life aspects that I used to enjoy/liked about the Northern states. In Florida the VERY HOT & HUMID temperatures/weather during the months of May thru October were too stifling to my everyday activities/enjoyment of life unless I spent most of my time inside air conditioned buildings and vehicles. There were also other aspects about the Sunbelt that I did not like. I don't mean to pick on Florida as people have told me that they felt the same about Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Georgia & the Carolinas. To make my/this story short, I ended up moving back North. The Sunbelt may provide GREAT VACATION opportunities but I'd rather LIVE in the Four-Seasons North. You may want to read my posts written under Syracuse, NY titled, "People moving to Northern states from Sunbelt states for many reasons", AND "Syracuse area/region is an affordable place to buy a home".
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Unread 09-16-2009, 09:58 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island and Atlanta, GA
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For those people who may be contemplating moving AWAY FROM/OUT OF any of the Sunbelt states TO any of the North Four-Season states, my experience may be of interest to you because I made that move. Many years ago I relocated to Florida from NY State. My experience in Florida was that once I enjoyed the reasonably good weather (minus the tornados that I survived) between the months of November thru March, visited Disney World & other tourist destinations, and spent time on the beaches at Clearwater/Daytona/etc., over time I realized that I missed so many quality of life aspects that I used to enjoy/liked about the Northern states. In Florida the VERY HOT & HUMID temperatures/weather during the months of May thru October were too stifling to my everyday activities/enjoyment of life unless I spent most of my time inside air conditioned buildings and vehicles. There were also other aspects about the Sunbelt that I did not like. I don't mean to pick on Florida as people have told me that they felt the same about Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Georgia & the Carolinas. To make my/this story short, I ended up moving back North. The Sunbelt may provide GREAT VACATION opportunities but I'd rather LIVE in the Four-Seasons North. You may want to read my posts written under Syracuse, NY titled, "People moving to Northern states from Sunbelt states for many reasons", AND "Syracuse area/region is an affordable place to buy a home".
Well, that's your prerogative, certainly. But please be informed that a great deal of the Sunbelt (1) is vastly different than FL, and (2) enjoys four seasons. I live in such a place.
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Unread 09-16-2009, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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For those people who may be contemplating moving AWAY FROM/OUT OF any of the Sunbelt states TO any of the North Four-Season states, my experience may be of interest to you because I made that move. Many years ago I relocated to Florida from NY State. My experience in Florida was that once I enjoyed the reasonably good weather (minus the tornados that I survived) between the months of November thru March, visited Disney World & other tourist destinations, and spent time on the beaches at Clearwater/Daytona/etc., over time I realized that I missed so many quality of life aspects that I used to enjoy/liked about the Northern states. In Florida the VERY HOT & HUMID temperatures/weather during the months of May thru October were too stifling to my everyday activities/enjoyment of life unless I spent most of my time inside air conditioned buildings and vehicles. There were also other aspects about the Sunbelt that I did not like. I don't mean to pick on Florida as people have told me that they felt the same about Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Georgia & the Carolinas. To make my/this story short, I ended up moving back North. The Sunbelt may provide GREAT VACATION opportunities but I'd rather LIVE in the Four-Seasons North. You may want to read my posts written under Syracuse, NY titled, "People moving to Northern states from Sunbelt states for many reasons", AND "Syracuse area/region is an affordable place to buy a home".
We too, are contemplating moving back up North. As you stated the heat and humidity are so stifling(close to 8 months) that you cannot enjoy outdoor activities...we get life-threatening heat indices for months at a time and contrary to "logic" the coastal areas are very dry, at Sarasota from my experience.......at least.

Florida and it's economy are/were based on continuing fast population growth and the subsequent need for builders. This scenario causes a lack of stability, coupled with transient residents which contributes to increases in the crime rate. The "Ponzi" like economics that has worked in Florida for many years is simply unsustainable and was doomed to failure even before the "bubble burst". Insurance premiums continue to skyrocket. Housing values have fallen up tp 50% here; yet overall property taxes still went up.

It's a mess, with houses for sale, it seems, on every block and many businesses closing their doors; despite having been viable for decades, in some instances.

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Unread 09-16-2009, 10:55 AM
 
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I agree, the best thing you did was move back.
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Unread 09-16-2009, 11:09 AM
 
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Florida is really the only "sunbelt" state that doesn't have the four seasons. If you're talking about Florida, then say Florida and don't put the entire region in the one season category.
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Unread 09-16-2009, 12:12 PM
 
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It's your opinion which you are entitled to but I wouldn't advise everyone not to move to the Sunbelt because they actually might love it there.

I love the "Sunbelt Weather" especially Florida. I just love everything about Florida, if I see an Alligator or a Crocodile I'm gonna run though lol.
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Unread 09-16-2009, 12:35 PM
 
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It's your opinion which you are entitled to but I wouldn't advise everyone not to move to the Sunbelt because they actually might love it there.

I love the "Sunbelt Weather" especially Florida. I just love everything about Florida, if I see an Alligator or a Crocodile I'm gonna run though lol.
Have you ever lived there? Ever visited there outside of the tourist season? Words to the wise!
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Unread 09-16-2009, 12:37 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I still dont' get why some people from northern states who love four seasons and what the area has to offer even bother moving to the Sunbelt. It makes no sense, if you love four seasons and the culture in northern states then what on earth would prompt you to move to Florida?
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Unread 09-16-2009, 01:02 PM
 
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Have you ever lived there? Ever visited there outside of the tourist season? Words to the wise!
No but I can't wait to live there, I've always loved the Sunbelt.

I don't need 4 seasons either when I only like Summer and Spring.
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Unread 09-16-2009, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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For those people who may be contemplating moving AWAY FROM/OUT OF any of the Sunbelt states TO any of the North Four-Season states, my experience may be of interest to you because I made that move. Many years ago I relocated to Florida from NY State. My experience in Florida was that once I enjoyed the reasonably good weather (minus the tornados that I survived) between the months of November thru March, visited Disney World & other tourist destinations, and spent time on the beaches at Clearwater/Daytona/etc., over time I realized that I missed so many quality of life aspects that I used to enjoy/liked about the Northern states. In Florida the VERY HOT & HUMID temperatures/weather during the months of May thru October were too stifling to my everyday activities/enjoyment of life unless I spent most of my time inside air conditioned buildings and vehicles. There were also other aspects about the Sunbelt that I did not like. I don't mean to pick on Florida as people have told me that they felt the same about Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Georgia & the Carolinas. To make my/this story short, I ended up moving back North. The Sunbelt may provide GREAT VACATION opportunities but I'd rather LIVE in the Four-Seasons North. You may want to read my posts written under Syracuse, NY titled, "People moving to Northern states from Sunbelt states for many reasons", AND "Syracuse area/region is an affordable place to buy a home".
The worst thing you could is compare Florida with the rest of the sunbelt. Its much different than the other southern states.
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