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Old 05-30-2010, 11:31 AM
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Is there such a thing as rural Florida? I am looking to relocate our small family, and we want a rural setting with year-round warm weather. Ample sun and rain is important, as we are looking into buying land and living off the grid. We lived in Hawaii for a couple years, and we love the tropics, but we want to be closer to our families now that we have a baby. Florida is the closest we can get to that on the mainland! My sister lives in St. Pete, so somewhere near this area would be nice, but we can't stand cities or even charming towns anymore and want to really stretch our legs. I lived in Tampa when I was younger, but I have no recollection of ever seeing an area that wasn't loaded with Burger Kings and strip malls, aside from the Everglades!
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Old 05-30-2010, 11:36 AM
Location: Tampa
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Florida is all rural with the exception of the metro areas. This is true in every state- Florida is no exception. You just have to be willing to make sacrafices to live there. There is NOTHING between jacksonville and tampa except cows and oranges with the exception of small city/town here and there and a university in gainsville.
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Old 05-30-2010, 11:37 AM
Location: Hernando County, FL
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There are rural areas all over Florida and many close to Tampa.
How much land are you looking for?
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Old 05-30-2010, 11:53 AM
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I would pick Glades or Hendry county as that would be my first pick. Nothing around for miles but sugar cane.
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Old 05-30-2010, 08:45 PM
Location: Tampa
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They're right. Most of Florida is pretty rural. Check out the interior of Florida from Hwy. 60 on down. Also check out the areas north and west of Gainesville extending to the state line and the Gulf of Mexico. Nobody's out there. Same thing goes for a lot of the Panhandle. Liberty County is the least-populated one in the state.
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Old 05-30-2010, 08:50 PM
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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I will agree with all. Rural is all over the place. Just get away from the cities.

I would probably think to look North of Ocala though. Avoid the potential growth in the generations to come. I would look inland as well to avoid the inevitable flooding along the coast IF the sea levels ever do rise to the predicted levels and a lot of the FL coast as it exists today submarines.

But yeah, sans the major cities its all pretty rural. I consider S. Hernando County as being
mostly rural sans Spring Hill which is a large pre planned residential development.
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Old 05-30-2010, 10:58 PM
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Not sure if there are self-sustaining communities near St. Pete, but there are loads of rural areas...northern areas of Pasco County, most of Polk County, etc.
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Old 05-31-2010, 06:59 AM
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Plenty of places where you can buy a bit of land and plop a trailer on it ,just dont hook up power or plumbing if you want to be off the grid,i cant think of too many places anywhere near the St Pete/ Tampa area where you could fulfill your needs but get 70 miles north and its no mans land, basically there isnt much between Brookesville and Tallahassee .
Curiosity is making me wonder if the rest of the family is also as committed to this self imposed isolation idea.
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Old 05-31-2010, 07:44 AM
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The thing is, they would have to get REALLY rural to be able to live "off the grid" - Polk County isn't rural enough, I am sure there are codes, zoning, permits, etc. that would require them to hook up at least to plumbing before they can live somewhere. Not saying there aren't places like that, but they would be pretty darn isolated. As others have mentioned, it would most likely be found in the northern part of the state.
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Old 05-31-2010, 08:58 AM
Location: Tampa, FL
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I like the horse country of Ocala - beautiful rolling hills. That's where I'd go if I didn't live close to Tampa.
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