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Old 03-29-2013, 04:05 AM
 
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Matter of time before SH becomes just like NPR/Holiday/Hudson. They have so much in common in how they were built/planned.
Dead on, Just that Spring hill was built up about 10 years later than the west Pasco area. Once all the old people are dead in come the low class renters.
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:12 AM
 
Location: In a little house on the prairie - literally
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So, let me get this straight: You're happy with a house you have yet to close on, have yet to live in, and have yet to experience the city itself?

Seems legit.
Well, I have closed. Neighbors I met are great, and when I researched the complex, it has great reserves, excellent maintenance, and the owners I talked to were positive to a person. When I heard the same positive thing from people who lived there 12, 14 and 17 years, one has to feel positive, doesn't one? Oh yes, the crime stats in the area are virtually nil.
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Old 03-29-2013, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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Some how, Spring Hill got dragged into this thread about Holiday.

Here is some updated info for those who have never been here or havent been here in 5 years or longer.

The US Census states that the percentage of persons 65 years and over in 2011 was 26.1%.
Someone referred to all the old people dying off. They are a minority here now. I don't foresee a flood
of Estates renting out homes.

The home ownership rate, 2007-2011 82.4%. Why would anyone be so anti-renters? So long as the
landlord does his due diligence in selecting tenants and keeping up the property. People rent for many
reasons, not always financial issues.

I can't see how a reasonable person could make assumptions on a place they have never been or have not been for a while. It is simply a large swath of housing with the necessary support systems well in place.

Yeah, it's away from "it all", but "it" all is continually creeping north.

I keep looking for these ghettos a few write of here, but dammed if I can find any.

They stopped building strip malls a long time ago. The latest 3 projects have been brand new shopping arcades.
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Old 03-29-2013, 12:35 PM
 
Location: North of South, South of North
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Dead on, Just that Spring hill was built up about 10 years later than the west Pasco area. Once all the old people are dead in come the low class renters.
Unfortunately "usually" higher percentage of renters = higher crime = lower property value.
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Old 03-29-2013, 03:36 PM
 
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Unfortunately "usually" higher percentage of renters = higher crime = lower property value.
Renters sure ruined Westport.
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Tampa, Fl
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Can you bowl in more than one place at a time?
Can't fight that logic... Although I can say that, if Tampa Lanes is busy, I can always go to Pin Chasers... Or find another open alley somewhere.

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There is a lot more to do in SH than bowling.
Do elaborate.
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Old 03-30-2013, 09:29 AM
 
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Can't fight that logic... Although I can say that, if Tampa Lanes is busy, I can always go to Pin Chasers... Or find another open alley somewhere.
Do elaborate.
I never thought I'd stick up for Spring Hill, but there IS more to do there than bowling. When we lived there, we went out to eat. We watched the sunset at Pine Island (although we rarely ever went during the day because the water there is DISGUSTING). We rode our bikes at the Weeki Wachee Preserve or the Suncoast Trail. We went to the movies. We bowled. We kayaked down the WW River. We even did Weeki Wachee Springs and Buc Bay from time to time.

Is there more to do further south? You bet. Where we live now is an entertainment mecca, and we LOVE it! But to say the only thing to do in Spring Hill is bowling is not true.
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Old 03-30-2013, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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Do elaborate.
Ok., so same here, 2 places for bowling. Another down 19 as well. Elaborate? OK. Like to fish? There is lakes, rivers, springs and the Gulf. You can get a deep sea charter out of Hernando Beach for the big stuff. You can catch blue claw crabs for dinner, hike the forests, ATV riding, horseback riding, Golf, go up to the shooting range, bird watching, berry picking (seasonal), snorkeling, boating, canoeing, swimming, manatee watching, visiting antique shops, flea markets, a few good local pubs for food and entertainment, catch a play or other event at the Playhouse. Catch a movie, a couple of movie houses here, I know of more than one billiard hall as well. So, what do can you do where you are vs. where I am.



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Old 03-30-2013, 10:51 AM
 
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Spring Hill has all the basics. The difference is in the QUALITY of things to do.

I feel that the difference between Spring Hill and communities like Palm Harbor, Oldsmar, Safety Harbor, Dunedin, etc. is that everything is better in those Northern Pinellas communities. In my opinion, the restaurants are better. The beaches are better. The fishing is WAY BETTER. Outdoor activities are better. The parks are better. The movie theaters here are better (and certainly cleaner). The theme parks are better. (Adventure Island vs. Buc Bay … hello?!?) The shopping is better. The educational opportunities for kids are better. There are FAR MORE family-oriented activties here. Even mini-golf is better here! Spring Hill does not have a funky downtown area like Safety Harbor and Dunedin that has festivals each week. We have sidewalks EVERYWHERE down here. People laugh when I mention that as a plus to living here, but after living in Spring Hill for about a decade with few sidewalks, I really do appreciate having them right outside my door!

Like I said, Spring Hill is OK. It certainly has things to do. It is adequate. It has less traffic. Life is very simple up there. Housing is extremely cheap there - where else could you rent a home for $400 or $500 per month or buy a decent looking place for under 100K?

But, in my opinion, (and I know this is an opinion and some may not agree) life down here is just better. The thing is, if you've been living there for a long time, you start to get used to mediocrity. It becomes normal to not have sidewalks. A fake beach with rough, grainy sand and bacteria-filled muddy water becomes normal. Seeing a movie and eating at Chili's for your big night out on the town becomes normal. None of these things are bad (well, maybe the beach water is bad), but I feel it is BETTER elsewhere. People living in Spring Hill don't realize it because they've lived in it for so long. My friends who come down to visit me here from there always say the same thing, "Wow … this is great down here! Now I see why you moved!" We now have friends who have decided to leave the area recently, and my parents just bought a home down here and will be leaving Hernando County as well for the same reasons - they just want BETTER.
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Old 03-30-2013, 11:13 AM
 
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I almost forgot one of the most important parts … HEALTH CARE down here is MUCH BETTER than in Hernando County! I have several personal horror stories about Hernando's doctors and hospitals. Even when we were living there we drove down to Pinellas and Hillsborough for just about everything because we'd had so many negative experiences with the health care in Spring Hill/Brooksville.
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