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Old 09-26-2011, 08:52 PM
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Here is the story:

Just turned 40 and am officially fed up with living in Delaware. I believe that I am a Mer-person or perhaps a re-incarnated manatee. I have this calling to be near clear water, wildlife and warmth year round and it is looking like SW Florida fits the bill.

We have 2 children ages 10 and 12.

2 Cats and a small dog

Both self employed: I run an online retail store. Wife has a pet sitting/dog walking business and does catering. I am sure relocating both businesses shouldn't be a problem.

Here is what we want: RENTAL 4 or 5 Bedroom home with a lanai pool either on the water or within 10/15 minutes. (we have a boat and want to use it as much as possible)

Maximum monthly rental we can afford is $2,000 looking for a 2 or 3 year lease before we buy. Lease purchase is also an option we would consider.

What are the best places from Sarasota > South? Best neighborhoods, cleanest areas, better public schools etc?

We are planning a 10 day trip this winter to snoop around and I am hoping to convince my wife to pack up and move at the end of the school year... her only real objection is that she likes the change of seasons and that "it's too hot in Florida"...

Any advice would be greatly appreciated and Realtors, feel free to let me know about listings fitting my criteria.

Thanks!
Mike
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Old 09-27-2011, 02:56 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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Here are some rental sites and agencies to try. I would suggest contacting a rental specialist and they can search for something to meet your specific needs. They can show you around if you are coming down for a visit. North Port in Sarasota County and Charlotte County (Englewood, Rotonda, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda) may have more affordable living. Charlotte County has a lot of boatable areas and canals. Click the image below to see some rental listings with at least 4 bedroom up to $2,000 per mo.

40 Year Old Family Thinking of a SWF Relocation. Thoughts?-rentals.jpg

Rental Ads

Ebay Classifieds www.ebayclassifieds.com
Florida Rental Ads www.floridarentalads.com
Real Rentals www.realrentals.com
Rentals.com www.rentals.com
Rent Range www.rentrange.com
Sarasota Herald Tribune www.heraldtribune.com
Sun Herald www.sunnewspapers.net


Rental Agencies

Rent Me Florida
517 Paul Morris Dr.
Englewood, FL
www.rentmeflorida.com

Bruce Moran 941.474.2882 ext. 225
Venice / Englewood / North Port Rental Specialist

Jan Lee 941.474.2882 ext. 216
Vacation Rental Specialist

Susan Pimsner 941.474.2882 ext. 223
Englewood Rental Specialist

Lee Ann Burch 941-474.2882 ext. 210
Port Charlotte Rental Specialist

Frank Barrow 941.474.2882 ext. 228
Sarasota / Manatee Rental Specialist

Stringer Management
6524 Superior Ave
Sarasota, FL
941-922-4959
http://www.stringermanagement.com/

School District Web Sites in this area

Sarasota and Charlotte County are both "A" rated school districts. There are many posts on city-data talking about the schools and neighborhoods if you perform a search.

Sarasota County Schools - http://www.sarasotacountyschools.net/
Manatee County Schools - http://www.manatee.k12.fl.us/
Charlotte County Schools - http://www.yourcharlotteschools.net/
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Old 09-27-2011, 07:10 AM
 
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With your pets just be sure to check the rules regarding animals, regardless of whether you rent or buy. Some places have rules which limit the number of pets you can have.
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Old 09-27-2011, 07:19 AM
 
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You might want to check out the Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach and Anaa Marie Island area.You will be right at the beach and in todays market you probably can find a home for rent in your price range. There are some lovely homes (older) that are right on canals.

Right across the bridge heading towards Bradenton there are also some nice communities that offer homes on canals, again should be in your price range.

I have lived on the island before and really enjoyed it.

Have fun exploring!
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Sarasota/ Bradenton - University Pkwy area
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NW Bradenton/ Cortez/ Palma Sola area would be zip code 34209.

The Palma Sola area of NW Bradenton offers mainly older neighborhoods but many have gorgeous views of the bay and that area is just a short drive across the bridge to Anna Maria Island. Some neighborhoods in the Palma Sola area that you may like (some actually on canals) are Mariners Cove, Smigglers Landings, Harbour Landings, Sunny Shores, Paradise Bay, Coral Shores, Bay Lake Estates, San Remo Shores and Palma Sola Harbour.

Just north of these neighborhoods is another group of communities on the NW tip, some bordering the Manatee River. These include River Harbor West, Alazea Park, Indian Springs, Pine Bay Forest, Shaw's Point.

There are some neighborhoods further east, along the Manatee River that would have access out to the bay. Those would include Riverdale & The Inlets (although the Inlets requires you locking through a canal owned by the subdivision),

An option might be to look at some of the communities along the north end of the Braden River, which has access to the Manatee River. (Further south, the Braden River has a dam that keeps the lower portion fresh water but also prevents access out to the Manatee River.) There are homes that are not in subdivisions along Caruso Road (60th St. E) and Morgan Johnson Road (57th St. E.) that are on the Braden River with boat access out to the Manatee River.

If you want to be within walking distance of the bay but without boat access, there are some popular neighborhoods in the area west of US 41 and south of the airport. The northern most of those is Whitfield. Whitfield runs both on the bay side and to the east on a golf course.

South of Whitfield (running north to south) in north Sarasota county is Ballentine Manor, Saphhire Shores and Indian Beach, commonly referred to by people as "the museum area" as the Ringling Museum is located just west of US 41 at University Pkwy. This area consists of mainly older homes built in the 1950's and 60's, although there are some newer homes mixed in that were built from the 80's up to around 2000. The area neighborhoods are popular for the bungalows and cottages mixed in with larger estate homes.

In Sarasota, just south of Bee Ridge by the bay you might try Oyster Bay, there are some homes with canal access.

Pine Shores, just west of US 41 and north of Stickney Point has some homes on canals and you may possibly find a rental home in your price range. Pine Shores is located next to the Stickney bridge to Siesta Key and you can actually within a bike ride from homes in that neighborhood out to the beach. The homes are on larger lots and it is not deed restricted, so you could park your boat when not using it.

Probably the most affordable option, depending on the size of your boat, is to look for homes that are on the lower end of the Phillippi Creek The creek starts a point just north of Pine Shores from the bay and meanders northeast for miles. The portion south of Bee Ridge does allow for some boat traffic and many of the homeowners along that part of the creek have boat docks.

Going south from there are Bay View Acres, Coral Cove, Pelican Cove and Tropical Shores. Tropical Shores homes are mainly inland but there's a neighborhood boat ramp. Most of the Vamo Road area there is reasonably priced and is not deed restricted so you could park your boat at your home.

Pelican Cove, a condo complex off of Vamo Road does have deeded boat docks but the largest units are 3 bedroom.

You might find something more affordable just south of Sarasota in the Nokomis - Osprey area.


Are you planning to keep your boat at your home if not on the water or store it somewhere? I'm asking because I can think of some nice neighborhoods that might fit your other criteria but some have deed restrictions that would not allow a boat to be parked beside or behind your home. Boat storage at a marina can get kind of expensive in our area.
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:46 AM
 
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southbay in osprey? has it's own marina
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Old 10-02-2011, 08:31 PM
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Thanks so much for the info so far... Looks like I will be heading down for 10 days on February 10th to scout! Hopefully the weather will be nice... I am sure it will be better than here
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Old 10-03-2011, 03:41 PM
 
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Be sure to look into schools where the teachers are treated well. Although the schools my kids attend are supposed to be the better ones, some of the teachers at act like they don't want to be there, some are not the most professional, and some just don't teach well. It's rough when you get used to good schools with good teachers. We were seriously considering virtual school at first since I have one as a Jr. in highschool, but I talked her into going to try it first now I'm back to thinking about virtual school. Just dont expect perfection or anything close out of anyone when you get here, because you will be disappointed.
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Old 10-04-2011, 08:57 PM
 
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Algenubi, how would you search that?
I am trying to find a location for our family, based on schools and where can we find an affordable waterfront home. Started in Sarasota, started looking south (cape coral,) but Sarasota schools have a much better reputation...
Relocating from NY, where we love our school district. We really want to make sure we choose wisely...
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Old 10-06-2011, 01:53 PM
 
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If your wife thinks it is too hot in Florida, why bring her in the winter? Bring her to FL in August to let her feel the heat.

You risk her wanting to move back after she experiences the hot/humid months of May, June, July, August and September.

Watch areas south of Sarasota that have high populations of senior citizens. These areas are great to live, and are safe and clean. However, some towns have a very low number of children/young families compared to other areas. Just go to the grocery stores and see who is walking in and out. Mostly older folks, hardly any younger folks. (if you go in winter you will get skewed results because many retiree snowbirds are here for winter months only). Bottom line, some areas won't have many young families or many kids. Though they do exist, the numbers are way low due to high percentage of senior citizens. However, it is rather nice to live amongst a high number of senior citizens. They don't cause a ruckus, are clean, are quiet, don't speed their vehicles, etc. But a teenager or young adult might get bored quickly.
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