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Old 04-28-2008, 11:34 AM
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First of all I truly appreciate all of the opinions and information on these boards. Thanks to all of the knowledgable people who give their time to help everyone out.

I've been seriously investigating areas around Orlando to relocate to from Chicago. My reasons for wanting to relocate to the Orlando area are:

1) Tropical Climate
2) Affordable housing
3) Plenty of entertainment options
4) family and friends usually visit the Orlando area at least once a year
5) we'll spend less on our Disney vacations (this one was not a reason for a move but an added bonus of the move)

I work from home with a company I've spent 15 years with. A residence based on job location is not important to me.

By the time we move (planning for 1 1/2 years from now), I'll have one child out of high school and one just starting high school.

We currently live next to Naperville, IL where many people admire their great schools. However, what is rarely discussed is how many kids miss out on opportunities such as football, park district programs, and having their rank looked at. So many kids who try out for football don't make the program (even if they're very good) because they have such a volume of kids at the schools. Anyhow, I bring this up so you can see why I'm skiddish about living in the area that has the "BEST" high school. If you're not always out to be better than someone then it can affect your self-esteem.

Maybe other schools do not have the same experience as Naperville, but I'm cautious of needing to have my child attend the best.

Low violence IS very important to me though.

We would be looking for a 4 br, 2 bath, 2500 sf home in the range of 275,000-350,000. I'm not a country dweller nor a city dweller. Something neighborhoody with people who are proud of their town, have community involvement and care about their neighbors.

We do not want high HOA either. High to me is 100.00/month (I'd want something lower).

With all of this in mind, what area would you recommend? I was thinking of Mount Dora, but I did notice that one could live in Mount Dora but be in the Apopka HS district?

Or, do you think that Lake Mary, Oviedo areas are nothing like the Naperville I mentioned above? Are the schools in these good without being overly crowded and competitive only allowing opportunity for the very best students?

I've tried looking at some of the school websites and they are just confusing. Some of them appear to have visitors ranking the schools. If you have any good school websites that are easy to read, I would appreciate the information.
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