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Old 07-02-2014, 07:31 PM
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Anyone who lives or Knows Polk county?

I might be taking a job in Lakeland, and have heard bad things about Polk.


But I am willing to give it a chance if i hear from locals.

I hear about drugs, and generally bad things about the county.


What about Lakeland, Winterhaven? Auburndale? Other towns?

Looking for SAFE, Nice neighborhoods where crime is of little issue.

Any Walkable areas?


If anyone can give me a feel of each of the small towns and what they are like that would be great.

I am considering Living in South Orlando or East Tampa, to be closer to the bigger cities and their amenities as well..


Looks like commute from Orlando or Tampa is only 30 minutes so it seems doable..


Where would you want to live if you were renting an apartment, and working in Downtown Lakeland?


Thanks!

Is traffic really bad commuting to and from Lakeland on I-4?

Maybe I should just Choose a nice suburb or neighborhood of Lakeland or Winter Haven and save my time and money on the commute.
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Old 07-03-2014, 01:40 AM
 
Location: Lakeland, FL
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Hello, I'm your girl! I've lived here most all my life. If you were to commute to Lakeland, you would be going opposite the traffic flow so you'd probably be fine. I prefer Lakeland to Winter Haven just because of the proximity to I-4. Like all towns, you have the good and bad but all in all, I feel very safe here and have personally never been a victim of any kind of crime, well...my car was burglarized once because I was dumb enough to leave the doors unlocked. We do have a bit of an overzealous sheriff so I think Polk appears to have more crime.

There are some apartments near downtown, such as Lake Mirror Tower. If you are looking to stay close to I-4 and go downtown each day, you might want to consider an apartment complex called The Landings at Long Lake. It is only a few minutes from I-4 and about a 15 minute drive to downtown. It's an area that is being more readily developed right now and is located adjacent to Bridgewater. These are both near the near Polytechnic University that is opening this year.

There are also many rental homes in the area. It just depends on what you are looking for. I personally would rather live here if I worked here and travel to Tampa or Orlando on weekends and such as I wanted to.

Here's a few links that might help you, if I can help in any way, please let me know.

Living in Lakeland | Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce | Lakeland, FL
The Landings at Long Lake Apartments - Lakeland, FL 33805 | Apartments for Rent
Lake Mirror Tower
Downtown Lakeland Partnership -

Good luck!
Tonya Lockamy
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Old 07-04-2014, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Tacoma, Washington
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I was born and raise in Polk. Besides all its bad press, Polk County has a very nice old Florida charm in some places. Lakeland has a real sense of place in the areas in and around downtown. The residential neighborhoods around Lake Morton and Hollingsworth are very nice, southern and "normal". They have a lot of homes from the 1920 with a lot of old world charm. This area is very walkable that are a lot of local restaurants and pubs downtown. There are a lot of inexpensive vintage apartments tucked back in the neighborhoods south of downtown.

Lakeland is the more enlightened than other parts of Polk County. Lakeland is situated between Tampa and Orlando making it accessible to a quick escape to the "city".

Winter Haven and Auburndale have very cute downtowns and walkable neighborhoods surrounding. However, I find these towns a little isolated and off the beaten path (kind of cut off from interstate access).
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Old 07-04-2014, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Summit County Co
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Downtown-----South.

Lakeland Highlands area. VERY easy to get to Tampa or Orlando via Polk Pkwy.

I loved living in the area. Around George Jenkins HS.
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Old 07-05-2014, 07:30 AM
 
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Anyone who lives or Knows Polk county?

I might be taking a job in Lakeland, and have heard bad things about Polk.


But I am willing to give it a chance if i hear from locals.

I hear about drugs, and generally bad things about the county.


What about Lakeland, Winterhaven? Auburndale? Other towns?

Looking for SAFE, Nice neighborhoods where crime is of little issue.

Any Walkable areas?


If anyone can give me a feel of each of the small towns and what they are like that would be great.

I am considering Living in South Orlando or East Tampa, to be closer to the bigger cities and their amenities as well..


Looks like commute from Orlando or Tampa is only 30 minutes so it seems doable..


Where would you want to live if you were renting an apartment, and working in Downtown Lakeland?


Thanks!

Is traffic really bad commuting to and from Lakeland on I-4?

Maybe I should just Choose a nice suburb or neighborhood of Lakeland or Winter Haven and save my time and money on the commute.
The commute on I-4 is undesirable. I have done it, my father currently does it..and yes, it COULD be a
30 minute commute, but the reality is that it is rarely less than an hour, and can be upwards of 2 hours. Winter Haven is a great town, and the downtown is being revitalized. The presence of Legoland and the business it brings to the area, has increased the growth and revitalization.

Like Lakeland there are some beautiful older homes, some in lake communities, some close to downtown, etc. You have good options in both places.

Good luck!
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Old 07-05-2014, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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you have kids? the schools in Polk needs help- I think Polk being sooo large and rural it doesn't have enough funding. Polk cty reaches to Davenport which is actually 15 min from Disney. Lakeland has is spots just like any other town. but I-4 needs rail... its wall to wall because it connects 95 to 75 through vacation city- Orlando
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Old 07-05-2014, 11:58 AM
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No kids.

Just looking for a nice place to live.

I dont really like gated communities.

I do enjoy a nice neighborhood, and decent restaurants and places to shop just like the other guy.

One of the main reasons I was considering living closer to Tampa in Brandon is because I like being near the water, and the bridges and beaches.
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Old 07-05-2014, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Lakeland, FL
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If water is your thing, then Apollo Beach, Riverview and that general area might be right up your alley. Commuting from Brandon area to Lakeland means you'd like take Hwy 60 which can be a bear at peak times.

Another consideration is near one of the many lakes in Lakeland or Winter Haven. There are some absolutely beautiful neighborhoods near the many lakes in Polk.
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Old 07-05-2014, 07:57 PM
 
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If water is your thing, then Apollo Beach, Riverview and that general area might be right up your alley. Commuting from Brandon area to Lakeland means you'd like take Hwy 60 which can be a bear at peak times. Spot on!

Another consideration is near one of the many lakes in Lakeland or Winter Haven. There are some absolutely beautiful neighborhoods near the many lakes in Polk.
Ditto! My grandparents live on Lake Cannon, and now that the canals were dredged, we are back to easy boat access to the other 8 lakes. There are many beautiful older Southern Florida style homes on the Chain of Lakes. A lot of character and charm...plus prices are still good!
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Old 07-12-2014, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Tacoma, Washington
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Polk County has some really beautiful natural and recreational areas. The Lakeland Highlands have topography (hills in Florida!!).
Hey TD where did you end up finding a place? What areas did u like?
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