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Old 03-01-2008, 09:47 AM
 
Location: South Portland, Maine
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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 03-01-2008, 10:11 AM
 
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orlando: yes, crime is a problem, but violent crime is mainly concentrated in certain areas. property crime is very common, so you have to make sure to lock up, close your curtains, etc. growth wise, orlando is starting to slow a bit. unfortunatley, the roads weren't ready for orlando's past growth, so traffic gets dense. home prices are dropping a bit, but its still pricey. 2,000 sq ft will start at 300,000 in a decent neighborhood, and quickly climb in good school zones. best schools are in the winter park, windermere, conway area.

i've only visited ocala and gainsville, and bother area's are very pretty (and fairly close to each other). the springs and forest are nice and there are a few museums.
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Old 03-01-2008, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Lake Mary
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i relocated from Bangor (actully Hampden) in 1990! always nice to have another "maine-iac" here!
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Old 03-01-2008, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Championsgate, Fl
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Hi there, unfortunatley crime is everywhere but as was mentioned it is fairly well concentrated so by choosing the right area you cannot go wrong. I would be happy to recommend several areas if your interested. A colleague of mine actually lives in Ocala, and my wife and i love visiting him up there. Ocala is a very nice area and im sure if you were interested i could get some info for you for areas to consider up there.

I have no experience of Gainsville so i couldnt possible comment on that area, but im sure there are plenty of people who can offer you some advice on that area.

If you would like any info just give me a yell
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Old 03-02-2008, 10:13 AM
 
Location: O-Town
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You might want to post in the Florida thread as those two towns are not really Orlando area.

I can tell you that Seminole county and winter park have lower crime and better schools then Orlando does if that helps.
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Old 03-02-2008, 11:47 AM
 
Location: South Portland, Maine
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Yes......I will, thank you! the responses have been a little slow
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Old 04-25-2008, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Spartanburg SC
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Hi there, unfortunatley crime is everywhere but as was mentioned it is fairly well concentrated so by choosing the right area you cannot go wrong. I would be happy to recommend several areas if your interested. A colleague of mine actually lives in Ocala, and my wife and i love visiting him up there. Ocala is a very nice area and im sure if you were interested i could get some info for you for areas to consider up there.

I have no experience of Gainsville so i couldnt possible comment on that area, but im sure there are plenty of people who can offer you some advice on that area.

If you would like any info just give me a yell
Im yelling lol. I would love whatever info you have. My husband and I are interested in moving to Ocala/area. We are planning a "fact finding mission" in June or July. We are looking to rent as I don't want to purchase a house over a distance and want to make sure we are happy with the place before we get locked into a house. We have a 9 year old son so a good school would be ideal.

Thank you.
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