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Old 03-02-2008, 11:48 AM
 
Location: South Portland, Maine
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I tried this in the "orlando" forum and was recomended to post it in the general florida forum.
Well...........I think I've just about had all the snow I can handle here in Maine Since records have been kept 104" was most we got in one season...we smashed that 2 storms ago. So my DW and I are back thinking about a big move South. I know "some of you" may be jelous of our slow pace of life, low crime rate, and affordable housing.....and myself having lived in other places do appreciate these things.....but I cannot take the winters here anymore. So we are looking at Orlando, Ocala, and now since my DW heard about the schools in Gainsville....Gainsville.

Orlando: Crime, Growth, Costs, and schools are our major concern.

Ocala We still look at orlando as our base of operation not because of jobs or anything but mainly because that is the area we are most familiar with. We thought maybe In Ocala things may be a little slower...we could get more bang for our buck. our concerns are jobs, schools, and culture.

Gainsville I know nothing of Gainsville.....other than their HS is rated tops. So that is a new place we will be researching.

can anyone tell me pro's cons about these choices. Where can I find the best housing deals ( I now its a buyers market) and can someone please enlighten me on the home Ins. costs. I've heard estimates of 2k to 10k for a standard 4br 2ba 2000+ sq ft home. That could be a deal breaker for us. we also want low proerty taxes......here in Maine all of our taxes are out of control and just looking at the city of Orlando their property taxes are high.
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Old 03-02-2008, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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As far as Ocala, its expensive, and the traffic is horrendous in Ocala proper. Job market is very slow right now, and the wage base is low. Schools are not very good, my daughter goes to Lake Weir, so I can speak with some authority on that note.
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Old 03-02-2008, 02:41 PM
 
Location: South Portland, Maine
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Where would you reccomend then. We're looking for place less crowded then Orlando but still has life to it with things to do. Good neighborhoods for children, good schools, and affordability with low property taxes are also important.

Can someone talk about home ins. I have not seem to been able to get a clear picture. How much is it....where is it the cheapest and most expensve.
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Old 03-02-2008, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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I am sure you already know that Fl schools are waaay down on the totem pole, nationally speaking. If one can afford to put children into private school, then you might want to look at Marion County.
It really is lovely if you stay away from the SR 200 corridor, south and eastern parts of Ocala are growing, and congestion is not nearly as bad.
As far as homeowners ins, all I can tell you about is what I know that we pay, and some of my friends. We pay $1500 per year, with a separate policy on antiques and art, I inherited a lot of it, my friends pay about the same.
As far as culture, there is quite a bit to be had here, we have a wonderful museum, a civic theater, art alliances, etc.
Hope this helped a bit, if you have more questions, please feel free to ask!
oooppps, forgot property taxes, we pay $425 per year.
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Old 03-02-2008, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Championsgate, Fl
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If your looking for a nice, quiet family area, then i would recommend Winter Garden, If you select the right areas, prices are very good, and taxes anre pretty reasonable. I have a 7 yr old and we are very happy with her schooling and with a new shopping center recently opened, we spend alot of time, shopping, going to Disney, We pay $380 i think per adult ticket to the 4 Main Disney parks for 1 yr, (Annual park tickets...thats with a florida resident discount although we get ours through our parents who are cast members). Ther eis a great bowlong alley which is family owned, and then you have all the touristy things to drive to like crazy golf etc

Great dog parks if you have a dog, we take our little Cocker Spaniel to one in Winter Garden. There is alot to do. Access is fantastic so even if you need to get somewhere its pretty easy with the roads located here.

Hope this helps
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Old 03-02-2008, 03:49 PM
 
Location: South Portland, Maine
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How about inverness.............someone else mentioned that on another thread. Is there anything in particular you have to watch for when looking at different communitites. I always look at schools, crime, cost of homes, kid friendly neighborhoods ect. I didn't know if there was other hidden things to look out for. Ex. water...are ther some towns that do not have enough water....particular bugs insect problems.....ect
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