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Old 10-18-2009, 03:20 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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In CA but needing to educate myself on communities outside of the Orlando area, there is a possible job opp for hubby.

So far I like what I see online with regard to homes in Clermont, our price point is 350K - 375K, I like having more yard but still want a neighborhood feel.

Must have great schools for my boys, how are the schools ?

How is the commute to Orlando too?

Is there a general rule of thumb in Fl as to which commute to Orlando is better, (i.e. North vs South...)

Thanks in advance : P
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Old 10-18-2009, 04:48 PM
 
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I'm in Clermont. You can buy a nice house in a nice neighborhood with plenty of room for the kids to play in that price range. Stay on the north side of Clermont (North of lake Louisa) or you'll be in a neighborhood zoned for short-term rentals. The north side doesn't allow that, and I know within the city limits they are aggressively going after those who are breaking that code.

You should look at Legends, it's a great neighborhood with a ton of amenities, and you can buy a nice 4/3 (probably with a pool) in that price range. There's a gorgeous 3 BR/3bath with a bonus room/half bath and pool I know of that's in pre-foreclosure that would go short sale in that price range, it's actually probably "worth" $550K or so. PM me if you want details.
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Old 10-18-2009, 07:45 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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Hmmm, I will check into that, thanks annerk!

How is Leesburg, compared to Clermont? If you don't mind : P
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Old 10-19-2009, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Lake Mary, Florida
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When you say a yard, how big, remember it gets hot in the summer. Most want big enough for a pool and area for kids to play any bigger and the cost of maintenance and watering becomes an issue especially as water cost are set to rise or the years to come.

Leesburg is a fair drive to Orlando, have you factored the future cost of gas, this is a concern for driving to work or most all events. You have discussed in other post that you didn't know where the office would be located but what field is it, does it need to be accessible to customers?

Hope this helps.

If you are willing to drive to Clarmont I would again look at the Horizon West area of Orange County.
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Old 10-19-2009, 09:00 AM
 
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Hmmm, I will check into that, thanks annerk!

How is Leesburg, compared to Clermont? If you don't mind : P
Leesburg is more rural, a little more Florida cracker. I'd rent there, but dont' think I'd put down any permanent roots there.
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Old 10-19-2009, 09:02 AM
 
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When you say a yard, how big, remember it gets hot in the summer. Most want big enough for a pool and area for kids to play any bigger and the cost of maintenance and watering becomes an issue especially as water cost are set to rise or the years to come.

Leesburg is a fair drive to Orlando, have you factored the future cost of gas, this is a concern for driving to work or most all events. You have discussed in other post that you didn't know where the office would be located but what field is it, does it need to be accessible to customers?

Hope this helps.

If you are willing to drive to Clarmont I would again look at the Horizon West area of Orange County.
I've got just shy of half an acre, and it's more than enough. I have two stretches plenty large enough for a game of touch football, tag, steal the bacon, etc. I wouldn't want any larger of a yard, because it is a lot of expense to keep it cut, watered, fertilized, etc.
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Old 10-19-2009, 09:29 AM
 
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The only negative I could see about Clermont is the commute. If traffic gets tangled up it could take a while, however there are many routes you can use. Other than that I've only heard good things about Clermont.
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Old 10-19-2009, 12:32 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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okay, thanks to all of you for your awesome input, i will check all options out. still dont know where the office will be yet....it will be close to airport from what i hear.
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Old 10-19-2009, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Minneola
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In that price range, you can get a very nice house. You can actually find pretty affordable homes lower than that. I just helped a buyer close on a 4/3 2900 Sq Ft. with a pool and fenced in yard in LakeView Point (Clermont). It was a bank owned home and really only needed appliances and the pool cleaned. The total price on that was $162,500.

I would look at price ranges starting at $150,000 and work my way up. There are plenty of nice homes starting at that price range.

As for the schools, what grades will your children be in?
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Old 10-19-2009, 01:27 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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My boys will be in 5th and 7th grade -- but they are coming from a private christian school setting, so we are looking for someplace that would possibly even offer that...if the public school option is not to par. Thanks
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