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Unread 03-28-2011, 04:24 PM
 
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Default Pensacola for single mom with two kids???

I visited Pensacola over 10 years ago but it was brief and I didn't see much but a nice beach. I have always been curious about living there....and was doing some research on this.

I'm a young widow (mid 40s) with a 3-year-old and a 13-year-old. I'm getting weary of the NW (portland). I grew up in Texas and prefer warm temps and love the beach life. Since California is out of my reach financially and overcrowded, I am looking toward florida. I don't like the Texas coastal towns much.

I am concerned about:

good public schools (if that even exists any longer)
safe community for myself and my children
sense of community
family friendly
walking/bike friendly neighborhood where I don't need my car for everything

Wondering where the ideal neighborhoods are in Pensacola? I work at home on computer so I can live anywhere. Mostly concerned about my children and what is best for them.

Any views on Pensacola that might be helpful...or if another town stands out more based on my needs, I'd appreciate it. I'm not interested in a huge, bustling town but not the boonies either!

Thanks!
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Unread 03-28-2011, 05:22 PM
 
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Honestly, if you don't like the Texas coastal towns then you wont like the panhandle much either. It's very similar, but with less Hispanic influence.
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Unread 03-28-2011, 06:06 PM
 
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Default But I didn't give my reasons for disliking Texas coast towns!

I have personal reasons for this...so don't read into that comment please! I'd still love some information. I'm certain Florida coastal towns are not exactly the same as Texas. Even w/out the Hispanic influence. C'mon now!!
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Unread 03-29-2011, 07:42 AM
 
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Do not move to Pensacola if you want your kids to go to good schools. I will, however, recommend Gulf Breeze if you want to live in the Pensacola area. Much closer to beaches and has the best schools in the area. If you live in Gulf Breeze Proper you will be able to walk to some stores, library, etc., and best of all, your kids can walk/bike to school and after school activities.

I've never found a Texas coastal town that compares to Florida in any way, especially the quality of the beaches/water.
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Unread 05-29-2011, 09:08 AM
 
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I would like more information on Pensacola as well. My job is about to end because we have ran out of funding, so this is a perfect time for relocating. I have a child of school age and I have inherited 4 pets- 2 dogs (which are mine) and 2 cats.

While visiting in Corpus Christi last year, I learned the beaches are dog friendly. I would love information on pet friendly towns with "A" grade schools and employment opportunities.

I am also concerned with the mosquito population. I do not want to trade my child's seasonal asthma for dengue fever.

Any suggestions?
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Unread 05-29-2011, 04:38 PM
 
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I would like more information on Pensacola as well. My job is about to end because we have ran out of funding, so this is a perfect time for relocating. I have a child of school age and I have inherited 4 pets- 2 dogs (which are mine) and 2 cats.

While visiting in Corpus Christi last year, I learned the beaches are dog friendly. I would love information on pet friendly towns with "A" grade schools and employment opportunities.

I am also concerned with the mosquito population. I do not want to trade my child's seasonal asthma for dengue fever.

Any suggestions?
Pensacola has no jobs so I wouldn't bother with that. Also, it's not very dog friendly, especially on the beach. I wouldn't worry too much about dengue fever though. Sure, there are mosquitos but they are basically everywhere.

Have you considered Austin, TX? No beach but at least the economy is doing well. And, you couldn't possibly find a more pet friendly area.
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Unread 07-21-2011, 02:41 PM
 
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Default Austin versus Pensacola??

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Pensacola has no jobs so I wouldn't bother with that. Also, it's not very dog friendly, especially on the beach. I wouldn't worry too much about dengue fever though. Sure, there are mosquitos but they are basically everywhere.

Have you considered Austin, TX? No beach but at least the economy is doing well. And, you couldn't possibly find a more pet friendly area.


Thank you for the suggestion but my goal is to live in a coastal town...and the no jobs status does not affect me because I can live anywhere (I live on survivors benefits and some part-time computer work). Besides, I know Austin well and it is not what it used to be. It is a big, hot, miserable traffic jam in the middle of Texas! Not my cup of tea! But thank you for the suggestion
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Unread 07-21-2011, 02:42 PM
 
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Do not move to Pensacola if you want your kids to go to good schools. I will, however, recommend Gulf Breeze if you want to live in the Pensacola area. Much closer to beaches and has the best schools in the area. If you live in Gulf Breeze Proper you will be able to walk to some stores, library, etc., and best of all, your kids can walk/bike to school and after school activities.

I've never found a Texas coastal town that compares to Florida in any way, especially the quality of the beaches/water.
Thanks! I'll look more into Gulf Breeze. Thanks for the info..
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