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Old 10-18-2011, 10:40 PM
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Hi all, new to this site, we have recently found a home in the winston heighs area of lakeland..that we love but know nothing about the area at all. Jobs, crime, schools, I have a 4 year old. Its near kathleen high, off swindell. Any advice plase?
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Old 10-19-2011, 06:00 AM
Location: Lemon Bay, Englewood, FL
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For Lakeland, you will want to post on the Tampa or Orlando forum.
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Old 10-19-2011, 07:38 AM
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You found the right AND wrong place.

The right place because Sarasota and Venice are a far better choice to live than Lakeland. Just a day or two visiting there after being in Lakeland will show you that.

The wrong place if you sadly really want to move to Lakeland. The place doesn't have it's on section on here, Tampa would be the closest place and best bet.
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Old 10-19-2011, 11:03 AM
Location: Sarasota/ Bradenton - University Pkwy area
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You might have better luck with the Orlando forum. I visit Lakeland frequently because we have friends there, but don't know the neighborhoods well enough to give a perspective on them. I love the older part of Lakeland, around Lake Alfred and Mirror Lake. The old downtown streets are beautiful, with the 1930's and 1940's brick and stone front buildings. We were just there last Saturday for the Mirror Lake Classic Car show. Fun! But Lakeland is also dealing with issues like many cities and it would be in your best interest to find an agent that's lived in Lakeland for years and knows their way around to assist you in finding a home. Good luck in your search.
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Old 10-19-2011, 11:18 AM
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To make this a bit more on topic, we considered moving to Lakeland in the past. How does Lakeland compare to the Sarasota area?
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Old 10-19-2011, 12:44 PM
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Originally Posted by LovePalms View Post
To make this a bit more on topic, we considered moving to Lakeland in the past. How does Lakeland compare to the Sarasota area?
What kind of comparisons are you looking for? We lived in Lakeland from 2007-2008, then moved to Sarasota/Bradenton (where we had lived previously in 1981-1997. We enjoyed our time in Lakeland. Here are some comparisons:

Weather: - Lakeland is warmer in summer, cooler in winter; however the air feels a bit drier because it is inland. Temps in Sarasota are a bit more moderate, but the air will feel more humid being near the coast. We do get more breeze in Sarasota.

People: Friendly in both areas, we found Lakeland to be very friendly with happy people and a slightly more conservative and Southern feel ( but not in a bad way) More community feeling overall here, due to the fact that it is not so much a vacation place. Sarasota has a lot more transplants and feels more "cosmopolitan" if you will due to this. It, too, is friendly, but can vary within different areas.

Shopping: Hands down Sarasota has the better shopping, from malls, to groceries, gourmet stores, almost anything you want you can get here. Lakeland has OK shopping, not much in the way of organic or gourmet; however it is easy to drive to Tampa or Orlando for more options.

Both are beautiful artsy cities with nice downtowns. Lakeland has a restored vintage downtown built around a park, very charming, for a city of it's size it lives like a small town - has that "town that time forgot" but in a good way. Lots of great vintage architecture here. Lots of beautiful sculptures all over town, and Lake Mirror (downtown) has the formal Hollis Gardens and a restored 1920's promenade all around. Lake Morton on the southside is a swan sanctuary. Downtown Sarasota is vibrant with all kinds of restaurants, cafes, etc. and it is basically on the Bay (separated by US 41)

Sarasota probably has the better schools, and is overall more expensive than Lakeland. Like anything some people love these towns, some hate them and some are in between. Like anywhere in the country they both have their pluses and minuses, good and bad neighborhoods, people, etc. Overall I have found them both nice places to live; but at this stage of my life, have more of what I (and hubby) want here in Sarasota/Bradenton.

Hope this helps!
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Old 10-19-2011, 05:58 PM
Location: Brookfield CT-Sarasota FL
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Don't move to Florida without a job first. Tons of people buy a house in a city to then find no jobs in the area. Then you are stuck with a house.
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