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Old 03-29-2011, 04:31 PM
 
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I may have a job opportunity coming up in Orlando. My husband's family lives in Bradenton.

I'd like to live about mid-point, but I don't want to live in the middle-of-nowhere. I've been looking at Lakeland simply because of its location, but are there other places I should be looking at too?

I'm the one making the commute, husband would be a house-husband until he found a job.

We don't have kids, but probably will start a family in the next few years. We like a quiet-urban/suburban lifestyle, I enjoy an eclectic, artsy culture (originally from Seattle). We live outside of Philly right now and Philly is too loud for us, but a quiet city where we could get a house with a yard would be an option.

Thanks for your suggestions. I'm getting a little overwhelmed with the options.
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Old 03-29-2011, 05:02 PM
 
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You're not going to find an eclectic, artsy culture anywhere that isn't in Tampa or Orlando.. certainly not in Polk County. It's pretty conservative out there. Is being that close to his family really that important? Because you'll probably find more of what you're looking for in an Orlando suburb, or even possibly downtown.
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Old 03-29-2011, 05:08 PM
 
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What area is your employment? Traffic is hectic no matter what time of day on I-4. Lakeland is not exactly Eclectic. You get a lot of snowbirds there. I know of one member who lived in Lakeland for a while. Bradenton is still a good drive from Lakeland.
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Old 03-29-2011, 06:11 PM
 
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Employment would be at Lockheed Martin.

I hadn't actually considered living in Orlando proper. I guess that's an option. And we wanted to live near his family in case we have kids, but I guess if we aren't living within 30 minutes, it isn't worth it to live a distance from them, a distance from my work, and unhappy at home.

My dream place is somewhere with festivals, farmer's markets, parks, independent theaters, and not too noisy (I don't need a wild nightlife). I hear about the lack of culture in Florida, and I'm not expecting NYC (or even Philly), but a community theater/college music/theater/dance/art departments would be fine.
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Old 03-29-2011, 06:34 PM
 
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Winter Park is plenty uppity.
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Old 03-29-2011, 06:56 PM
 
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Winter Park is plenty uppity.
I didn't realize I came off like that -- my apologies.
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Old 03-29-2011, 07:36 PM
 
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Didn't mean it like an insult, Winter Park would be right up your alley though.
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Old 03-29-2011, 07:37 PM
 
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Winter Park does sound like a good fit for you. It has everything you asked for.
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Old 03-30-2011, 03:33 AM
 
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Didn't mean it like an insult, Winter Park would be right up your alley though.
Whew! I was afraid I was already thrashing the culture difference and insulting people before even making the move.

Thank you so much for the suggestions. I'll look into Winter Park!
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Old 03-30-2011, 06:56 AM
 
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You might also look at Lakeland. People aren't exactly sitting around on porches spitting watermelon seeds for entertainment. It has some great historic areas with a similar vibe as Winter Park (albeit much less developed), where your housing dollar will go much further.
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