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Old 03-22-2010, 01:15 PM
 
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Default NC vs Florida.... where to live?

Hello,

I already posted a similar topic in the NOVA/DC forum, and I was convinced by some posters that North Carolina might be a better fit for me and my hubby. I've also posted a topic where I asked about neighborhoods and things to do in Charlotte (our #1 choice if we move to NC).

But I'm interested to know, has anyone reading this moved from Florida to NC or from NC down to Florida and liked it/loved it/hated it? What were the big changes or things you missed/didn't miss? Really interested to know!

My husband and I are a young couple, no kids yet, and I'm a Florida native. We like a mix of city/nature with lots of things to do. But putting what we like aside, how did YOU feel about your move and would you do it all over again? What were the pros and cons of both places? Thanks!!
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Old 03-22-2010, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Indian Trail, NC
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I am originally from WV and moved to Orlando when I was 24. I lived in Fl for 22 years. I lived in Jax, Orlando, Okeechobee, Rockledge, Melbourne, Panama City Beach, and Port St John. I am now living about 15 miles east of Charlotte.

What I miss? You said nature. It depends on what kind of nature you like. I like the ocean, beach, sand, the smell of saltwater. Flowers and trees that bloom 9 months out of the year and temperatures that you want to go outside in, not bundle up in front of a heater.

What we have, nature. Mountains, dirt, pretty scenery. Nice greenery, but things don't live very long. If you plant, everything has a "season" some being two weeks. Summers are hot. Winters have been cold. Luckily, we don't have as much snow as the mountains, but I hate ice and snow, so a little is too much for me.

It really depends on what you like or want. Some people love it here, I don't dislike it, but I really miss the beach I really miss being outside in the wintertime and not freezing.

I know it's been a long time and I am not in the club scene anymore, but I don't see Charlotte as much fun as I did Orlando. I'm sure some people would differ.
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Old 03-23-2010, 04:42 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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i moved from tampa to raleigh in 2001...i do like the area but i'd probably move back to tampa if i could..i 2nd what thebalogas has/had said & i do miss the hot weather down there
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Old 03-23-2010, 09:19 PM
 
Location: east of my daughter-north of my son
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Hello,

I already posted a similar topic in the NOVA/DC forum, and I was convinced by some posters that North Carolina might be a better fit for me and my hubby. I've also posted a topic where I asked about neighborhoods and things to do in Charlotte (our #1 choice if we move to NC).

But I'm interested to know, has anyone reading this moved from Florida to NC or from NC down to Florida and liked it/loved it/hated it? What were the big changes or things you missed/didn't miss? Really interested to know!

My husband and I are a young couple, no kids yet, and I'm a Florida native. We like a mix of city/nature with lots of things to do. But putting what we like aside, how did YOU feel about your move and would you do it all over again? What were the pros and cons of both places? Thanks!!
We moved from S. Florida three years ago and love it here! I don't miss the heat, traffic, nasty drivers, and high cost of insurance and taxes.

We love the slower pace of life, affordable home and auto insurance and the change of seasons. Even with the state income tax, it costs us much less to live here than S. Florida. We have the mountains and the Outer Banks. The downside for me personally is that we are inland, no ocean breeze, and I developed allergies. So right now I am enjoying all the spring blooms from inside!

There are things I miss about Florida, but both our children still live there so we get to visit often.

And of course Florida is a big state and my opinions come from living in Ft. Lauderdale.

We would definitely make the move again. There is so much more of N.C. that we have yet to explore.

Good luck in your decision.
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Old 03-25-2010, 06:33 AM
 
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Catrick,

If we stayed in FL, FT Lauderdale was one of the places we are considering. What was life in Ft Lauderdale like? Is it a beautiful place to live like I've seen in some pictures with all the canals? We haven't been yet but are thinking of making a trip to some S. Florida cities before making the jump out of state.

I was checking out some downtown condos in FT Lauderdale and the HOA fees were $700+ a month! I thought that was a lot. So maybe Ft Lauderdale will turn out to be out of our league anyways.

Thanks for your help Catrick, I don't know anyone in/from Ft Lauderdale!
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Old 03-25-2010, 06:34 AM
 
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Catrick,

One more question.... are there any big lakes around Charlotte (or the other big cities in NC)? Any kind of nice water scene? Thanks!
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Old 03-25-2010, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Indian Trail, NC
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I'm not Catrick, but Lake Norman is just north of Charlotte on I77. It is very big. And very expensive to live on.
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Old 03-25-2010, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Indian Trail, NC
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Sparklecat, where in FL are you?
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Old 03-26-2010, 06:32 AM
 
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I live in Tampa Bay area (West coast of FL)... Palm Harbor to be more specific.
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Old 03-26-2010, 09:25 AM
 
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We debated FL v NC for a year, finally settled on Tampa, and then 2 weeks before the movers came changed our mind back to NC. Funny, Palm Harbor was at the top of our list of possible destinations.

For us the deciding factors were - 4 seasons, schools, easy drive to NYC, bugs, alligators, traffic, job prospects, nice people. In Florida we would get that same blank stare from the guy at the check out that we got back in Long Island. In NC you need to get used to the check out person wanting to have a conversation with you. We do miss the water, there's nothing quite like the ocean.

Good luck - you can't go wrong with those choices!
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