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Old 04-17-2013, 09:59 AM
 
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We are a family trying to make this decision. We have family in both areas. We currently live in MA and have a good community and good school systems. We would very likely move to a good area in Palm Harbor / East Lake also with a good community and school system.

My question is - are you happy with your decison? Do you miss the season changes? Do you miss access to mountains and a big city like boston? Or have you found great things in the Tampa area to do - i.e. boating, beach, activities, etc.

thanks,
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:10 AM
 
Location: On the west coast of the east coast
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Yes, happy, and will likely never go back! I do miss the seasons slightly, but we have just enough of the cool weather to satisfy me. Mountains are a good 8 hours away, but easy enough to do for a nice getaway. I do miss the NE charm though. All the stone walls, colonial houses, etc.
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Terra
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If you move here, please don't get mad after a couple years and try to change our area into where you used to live.
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:50 AM
 
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Yes, happy, and will likely never go back! I do miss the seasons slightly, but we have just enough of the cool weather to satisfy me. Mountains are a good 8 hours away, but easy enough to do for a nice getaway. I do miss the NE charm though. All the stone walls, colonial houses, etc.

Do you have children? What area do you live in? Are the people pleasant?
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:52 AM
 
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If you move here, please don't get mad after a couple years and try to change our area into where you used to live.
Wouldn't do that. Would just relocate back. I don't think 1 family could change a culture.
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:54 AM
 
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If you move here, please don't get mad after a couple years and try to change our area into where you used to live.
No worries. wouldn't try to do that. not really sure one family could change a full community anyway.

just was interested if people had a strong opinion one way or the other if it was a good or bad move. thanks
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Terra
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Wouldn't do that. Would just relocate back. I don't think 1 family could change a culture.
Correct, one family can't. But multiple families, coming down all the time, can.
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:12 AM
 
Location: says MA on my license but can be found wandering the beaches of RI
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I am also from MA, though I have not yet made the move (budgeting a plan to move in a little over a year) but I wanted to comment anyway because I understand in some ways where you're coming from.

You mentioned the mountains and as beautiful as they are (i.e. Franconia Notch), ask yourself how often do you actually go to the mountains for a getaway? If you're an avid skier or other winter sport, I'd say that sure, you'd miss it. But if you're anything like me, you don't go enough to make it a reason to stay. And if you really do get the urge, as one previous poster stated, it's an 8 to 10 hour vaca away.

I know I will miss two things when it comes to the seasons - the fall and the first snowfall of each winter. But again, ask yourself - do you like what you like enough to stay or can you accept that the first part of your life was New England and the next chapter is a beautiful gulf coast with warm weather and gorgeous sunsets?

In any case, only you will truly know how much you will miss and I wish you the best of luck if you decide to make the move!
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:25 AM
 
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Do you have children? What area do you live in? Are the people pleasant?
No, no children for us. The people in our 'hood are really friendly and close-knit. Periodic block parties, waving, etc. Westchase (where I live) is pretty geared toward families with children though.
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:28 AM
 
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I know I will miss two things when it comes to the seasons - the fall and the first snowfall of each winter.
Aww yeah the first snowfall is lovely, and that is something I will always miss, but again, something that can be seen on a getaway up in the GA/AL mountains. Plus it really is only the first snowfall and the holidays I miss it on! Just a few days, I can manage to not be too sad
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