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Old 04-15-2014, 09:46 AM
 
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We are ex-Floridians now living in Ohio who want to move to the pan handle area. Looking for a smaller town between Tallahassee and the coast. Somewhere that is not a long drive (less than an hour) to either the city or the beach. We want to be outside the storm surge/flood area but not afraid to hunker down during a hurricane as I grew up in Miami. Husband went to Fl State so he is familiar with the city but haven't been there for longer than I care to say! Love nature, biking, walking, canoes and kayaks as well as art, music, theater - not crazy about being right on top of neighbors. Interested in being near the Apalachicola National Forest. Would be great if there were some shops/restaurants/activities within walking distance. Am I looking for the impossible?
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Old 04-15-2014, 10:44 AM
 
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I think the Florida forum might be more helpful!
Offhand, I'd say that arts/culture and national parks don't usually come too close together. I'd love to hear if you find this rare jewel.
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Old 04-15-2014, 11:17 AM
 
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We are ex-Floridians now living in Ohio who want to move to the pan handle area. Looking for a smaller town between Tallahassee and the coast. Somewhere that is not a long drive (less than an hour) to either the city or the beach. We want to be outside the storm surge/flood area but not afraid to hunker down during a hurricane as I grew up in Miami. Husband went to Fl State so he is familiar with the city but haven't been there for longer than I care to say! Love nature, biking, walking, canoes and kayaks as well as art, music, theater - not crazy about being right on top of neighbors. Interested in being near the Apalachicola National Forest. Would be great if there were some shops/restaurants/activities within walking distance. Am I looking for the impossible?
If you want a town between Tallahassee and the coast that is a reasonable drive to both, and you want to be near the National Forest, I suggest Crawfordville. It has easy access to everything you're looking for, EXCEPT you'd probably have to drop the "shops/restaurants/activities within walking distance" criterion.

I suggest posting in the Tallahassee forum -- you'll most likely get more responses there.
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Old 04-15-2014, 04:41 PM
 
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Thanks for the responses
I have been looking at Crawfordville but it doesn't seem there is much to do there.
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Old 04-15-2014, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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Thanks for the responses
I have been looking at Crawfordville but it doesn't seem there is much to do there.
No, there isn't. The only place anywhere near Tallahassee where there's anything to do is Tallahassee. It's surrounded by a whole lotta nothing. At least, until you get to Panama City.
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Old 04-15-2014, 05:51 PM
 
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Husband went to Fl State so he is familiar with the city but haven't been there for longer than I care to say!
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... The only place anywhere near Tallahassee where there's anything to do is Tallahassee. It's surrounded by a whole lotta nothing. At least, until you get to Panama City.
Speaking as someone who went to school in both Gainesville and Coral Gables, I'd like to add that there's a whole lotta nothing in Tallahassee as well.
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Old 04-16-2014, 06:54 AM
 
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LOL - speaking as someone who has lived in Columbus Oh for 35 yrs Tallahassee seems like it has plenty to do
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Old 04-16-2014, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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We are ex-Floridians now living in Ohio who want to move to the pan handle area. Looking for a smaller town between Tallahassee and the coast. Somewhere that is not a long drive (less than an hour) to either the city or the beach. We want to be outside the storm surge/flood area but not afraid to hunker down during a hurricane as I grew up in Miami. Husband went to Fl State so he is familiar with the city but haven't been there for longer than I care to say! Love nature, biking, walking, canoes and kayaks as well as art, music, theater - not crazy about being right on top of neighbors. Interested in being near the Apalachicola National Forest. Would be great if there were some shops/restaurants/activities within walking distance. Am I looking for the impossible?
You want nothing near you but everything within walking distance ?
You can't have both. You need to pick your priority...nature and nothing or everything within walking distance.
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Old 04-16-2014, 08:26 AM
 
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I am looking for the impossible :P
I guess I will have to look at both then decide which works best. I am fine with driving but my Mom may be living with us and she doesn't drive therefore the split desires. Planning a location scouting trip next month. Anyone have a very patient and resourceful RE agent to recommend?
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Old 05-25-2014, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Tallahassee, FL
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Karen,
Have you looked into Monticello? It's a small town that's very quaint and charming, but has a lot of character. You could find a lot of land/home for a great price there and downtown there's shops and even one theater. It's a small town, "Andy Griffin" type place.
If you're looking more upscale, you might try Southwood in Tallahassee. you could probably get a larger lot with a mother-in-law suite and 1.5 - 2 acres for a pretty penny and have an incredible amount of shops, golf course, and amenities within walking distance.
It depends most on your budget and the type of atmosphere you're looking for.

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