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Old 04-13-2007, 07:29 PM
 
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I am originally form Western Massachusetts. I have lived in Daytona Beach,Florida for the last 21 years. I am planning a move back to New England in the Fall. I have always missed the four seasons and am sick and tired of the extreme heat for most of the year. My question is this: Where is a good area in Vermont to live and what is the cost of living like? I am an LPN so jobs are definiteyl a consideration. Just as a guide I am accustomed to paying about $350.00/month here for electric(that is an average) and 120/month water. Our insurance rates are getting higher as we have to have home owneres, wind, hurricane and flood insurance. Car insurance runs us about $2,000/year on 2 older small economy cars. Rents if we opt to rent would run us about $1,000/month for a 2 bedroom. The cost of a 3 bedroom house in a middle to upper middle class neighborhood is about $300,000.00. I'd appreciate any input anyone has.
Diane
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Old 04-13-2007, 08:16 PM
 
Location: N.H.
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I am originally form Western Massachusetts. I have lived in Daytona Beach,Florida for the last 21 years. I am planning a move back to New England in the Fall. I have always missed the four seasons and am sick and tired of the extreme heat for most of the year. My question is this: Where is a good area in Vermont to live and what is the cost of living like? I am an LPN so jobs are definiteyl a consideration. Just as a guide I am accustomed to paying about $350.00/month here for electric(that is an average) and 120/month water. Our insurance rates are getting higher as we have to have home owneres, wind, hurricane and flood insurance. Car insurance runs us about $2,000/year on 2 older small economy cars. Rents if we opt to rent would run us about $1,000/month for a 2 bedroom. The cost of a 3 bedroom house in a middle to upper middle class neighborhood is about $300,000.00. I'd appreciate any input anyone has.
Diane
I Printed this. So when My better half says she don't know, why I won't retire to FL. I can Say this is why.
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Old 04-13-2007, 08:18 PM
 
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We are headed to Fl. wanna trade houses ?
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Old 04-14-2007, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Burlington VT
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Yankeecybercraft -

I know Daytona Beach, although I haven't been back in years. I'd find the heat impossible myself.

Have a look at Fletcher Allen Health Care - the enormous regional hospital in Burlington. The rental inventory is somewhat larger then usual right now and I believe you'll be able to find some decent rentals in the 1000/mo range you mention. There are 79 Single Family Homes presently on the market in Chittenden County (The greater burlington area+) offered for between 250 and 300.

You're likely to pay a small fraction of the cost for electric, because you're unlikely to be paying for a/c - but paying for heating will make up the difference. You'll (probably) pay more for food.

You'll enjoy driving to Boston and Northampton in 3-3.5 hrs.
Montreal's under 2 hours via the scenic route - through The Champlain Islands. Jet Blue etc etc etc fly to NYC cheaply.

You may want to have a look at these VT and Burlington threads - there's a lot of information in there!

How else can we help?
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Old 04-14-2007, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I am originally form Western Massachusetts. I have lived in Daytona Beach,Florida for the last 21 years. I am planning a move back to New England in the Fall. I have always missed the four seasons and am sick and tired of the extreme heat for most of the year. My question is this: Where is a good area in Vermont to live and what is the cost of living like? I am an LPN so jobs are definiteyl a consideration. Just as a guide I am accustomed to paying about $350.00/month here for electric(that is an average) and 120/month water. Our insurance rates are getting higher as we have to have home owneres, wind, hurricane and flood insurance. Car insurance runs us about $2,000/year on 2 older small economy cars. Rents if we opt to rent would run us about $1,000/month for a 2 bedroom. The cost of a 3 bedroom house in a middle to upper middle class neighborhood is about $300,000.00. I'd appreciate any input anyone has.
Diane
From someone who also moved here from Florida (and my husband is a native of Boston)....read the Vermont threads thoroughly so you know what you are getting yourself in to. We have been here for almost 7 years, and will be leaving in the next 30 to 45 days.
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Old 04-15-2007, 04:34 AM
 
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From someone who also moved here from Florida (and my husband is a native of Boston)....read the Vermont threads thoroughly so you know what you are getting yourself in to. We have been here for almost 7 years, and will be leaving in the next 30 to 45 days.
Pucabear.....
What should we expect in Florida ? Other than heat
We are going to the West Palm / Hobe Sound area..
It was going to be Asheville NC but for matters I wouldnt
bore someone with it is definately FL. Ive only been to the area
once. It looks OK for a beach area. Any caveats ??
Im really not a FL. type person, but .......life happens.
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Old 04-15-2007, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Pucabear.....
What should we expect in Florida ? Other than heat
We are going to the West Palm / Hobe Sound area..
It was going to be Asheville NC but for matters I wouldnt
bore someone with it is definately FL. Ive only been to the area
once. It looks OK for a beach area. Any caveats ??
Im really not a FL. type person, but .......life happens.
I actually lived in the West Palm Beach area. We enjoyed it, always lived in the suburbs of the city. There are so many people from so many places in Florida. I liked that because you could always find a group to fit into, and the "native thing" was never an issue. You obviously have to be more aware of your surroundings, lock doors but even in Vermont we should be doing that anyway. As far as the heat...you really do get used to it and central air is a wonderful thing.
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Old 04-15-2007, 09:00 AM
 
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Thanks !!


Sorta what I was hoping to hear !
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Old 08-01-2007, 12:35 AM
 
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Default Vermont and Florida - tough choice

We live near Mass in Vermont and winter in Florida. If you're looking for a place with a great rental possibility so you can get away for a month or two to Florida (as we do for 5 months per year), let me know and I can give you the name of the area/condos and a realtor. I'm not a realtor and don't gain anything from any of them (and don't trust most of them!)

Andy
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Old 08-01-2007, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Diane, you may find that getting re-acclimatized to cold weather difficult. You could be going from one extreme to another. I know that after a few near-frostbite experiences I had as a kid in Vermont, and my reaction to extended cold and dark, that I can't live permanently anywhere north of the Mason-Dixon line. Going from Daytona to Vermont, you'll wonder what ever happened to cloudless days and sunlight.

The insurance, cost of living, threat of hurricanes, downturn in real estate, and other factors are creating a huge migration out of Florida, and a lot of people aren't happy with the decisions they made when moving out. You'll find a lot of issues anywhere you go, and I'd advise you to spend time in an area prior to moving, and then renting before buying. North Geogia and Eastern Tennessee seem to be soaking up a lot of the Florida diaspora.
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