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Old 07-04-2008, 05:48 PM
Location: England
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Hallo Colonial Cousins and a very happy Independence Day to you all,

I would like a little bit of help and advice if possible.

I am from England, my wife and I used to own a rental home in Kissimmee but sold up a couple of years ago.
We are now considering re-entering the US market but buying an apartment we will keep and use for ourselves, not rent out. We would aim to use it 4-5 times a year for a couple of weeks or so at a time.

We have a budget of around $100,000, we would want an apartment with at least two bedrooms and two bathrooms.
On-site facilities must include a swimming pool. other stuff (exercise room etc) would be nice but not imperative. It would obviously be good to keep HOA fees as reasonable as possible although I appreciate that a community which provided a lot of services for the HOA fee could actually be a better bet for us.
The thing I am really keen on is being in an area that we could walk out into during the evening, so somewhere with a few shops, bars, restaurants etc within 15 minutes or so walk would be great. I do know that US communities are usually so spread out that taking the car is almost a given but I am hoping to find somewhere like this.

I have picked St Petes as I have read many good things about it but if there are other Gulf Coast areas that I ought to consider I am more than willing to listen.

I would appreciate if respondents could tell me recommended areas (with any web links if possible) and the reason they would recommend them.

We are currently hoping to visit for a week or so in November to have a closer look. We have visited many Gulf Coast resorts but only as tourists so our aim will be to try and look at areas as a resident might.

Thanks in advance,
Mark .Y.
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Old 07-07-2008, 12:32 PM
Location: England
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Just bumping this up folks,,,,,,,,,honestly, us English are really quite nice,,,,,,,,,,,
I thought at least a realtor would have replied in the hope of getting some business !!

Mark .Y.
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