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Old 10-19-2010, 08:23 PM
 
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Been doing so much research that I'm cross-eyed. Here's the situation: Have lived in LA my whole life, sick of the whole scene...done raising kids (age: 45+) looking for tropical, hot weather, nice people and FUN!!! Love sunshine and being outside...am artist and hairstylist...fortunately $$$ not a huge issue...want to live on the water, but not necessarily the beach....looking at Tampa area on west coast and Palm Beach/Ft Lauderdale on east coast. Thoughts???
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Old 10-19-2010, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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lol i am opposite. i am single 24 year old guy recently graduated from college and looking for marketing jobs leaving South Florida for LA ? Please give me some advice about LA ? In return i will tell you about Florida thanks
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Old 10-20-2010, 01:19 AM
 
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LA is cool...you need lots of money and patience...people are not friendly, but there is lots to do...weather is very mild...we had no summer this year...lots of fog...a one bedroom apt is about $1000+ if you are lucky...you probably want to stay on the westside...hollywood not good, seedy...valley is like a whole different planet, but cheaper...marketing is good business but jobs here are scarce....12% unemployment...more like 20%...san francisco/ san jose is good for marketing type jobs...LA is about the entertainment business.
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Old 10-20-2010, 10:02 AM
 
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Been doing so much research that I'm cross-eyed. Here's the situation: Have lived in LA my whole life, sick of the whole scene...done raising kids (age: 45+) looking for tropical, hot weather, nice people and FUN!!! Love sunshine and being outside...am artist and hairstylist...fortunately $$$ not a huge issue...want to live on the water, but not necessarily the beach....looking at Tampa area on west coast and Palm Beach/Ft Lauderdale on east coast. Thoughts???
There are a lot of similarities between Palm Beach/Fort Lauderdale and LA.

If you're looking for a change, the Tampa area would be your best bet. I hunted the state for my relocation back (grew up in South Florida and lived 8 years in Orlando area, also 45+) with my criteria being a friendly area with nice recreational amenities, a low cost of living, proximity to the beach as well as decent cultural and social options. I landed on Pinellas County and would urge you to check it out as well. Check out Dunedin (great little downtown area), Indian Rocks Beach (beautiful low-rise, uncommercialized old-school Florida beach community) and Gulfport which is a laidback somewhat quirky Key West-like small town on the water, and is also convenient to downtown St Pete's culture and nightlife.

Indian Rocks Beach, Florida - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Welcome to Delightful Dunedin, Florida ~ Dunedin, Florida ~ Downtown Dunedin Merchants Association
Gulfport, Florida - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 10-20-2010, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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Palm Beach County all the way. I am a full time artist who moved from out west, as well (Colorado), and I really enjoy it here. But one thing I have to say is be sure you are prepared for what Florida really is. The state markets itself as the "New California," but it's more like a banana republic run by Boss Hogg from the Dukes of Hazzard. Take a look at the current election. If you are cool with that, I'm sure you will do fine here coming from California.
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Old 10-20-2010, 10:39 AM
 
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In the past few years I have lived in CA and now in Palm Beach County. I regret moving from CA but everyone is different. I do agree that FL is less expensive especially if purchasing a home. Will you be working as an artist or hairstylist in FL? Palm Beach County is very seasonal so it something you may want to consider as off season income would be much less. FL summers are very humid and hot especially coming from CA. When I moved to CA I noticed right off how dry it felt. Some areas in Palm Beach County I would suggest is parts of Delray,Boca,Jupiter,Palm Beach Gardens. I am not familiar with Ft Lauderdale area or Tampa.
Intel if you don't have a job lined up I hope you have a lot of savings. It is very expensive to live in LA. 1000 for a 1 bedroom is a rare find. Some people rent a room for around that. I know jobs are hard to find in FL but I have friends in CA who also have had problems and work 2 low paying jobs to make ends meet. I don't mean to sound negative just make sure you have a plan and savings.
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Old 10-20-2010, 08:56 PM
 
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There are a lot of similarities between Palm Beach/Fort Lauderdale and LA.

If you're looking for a change, the Tampa area would be your best bet. I hunted the state for my relocation back (grew up in South Florida and lived 8 years in Orlando area, also 45+) with my criteria being a friendly area with nice recreational amenities, a low cost of living, proximity to the beach as well as decent cultural and social options. I landed on Pinellas County and would urge you to check it out as well. Check out Dunedin (great little downtown area), Indian Rocks Beach (beautiful low-rise, uncommercialized old-school Florida beach community) and Gulfport which is a laidback somewhat quirky Key West-like small town on the water, and is also convenient to downtown St Pete's culture and nightlife.

Indian Rocks Beach, Florida - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Welcome to Delightful Dunedin, Florida ~ Dunedin, Florida ~ Downtown Dunedin Merchants Association
Gulfport, Florida - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I second the motion. There is an amazing variety of vibes from Dunedin with its arts, causeway, and Honeymoon Island south through Clearwater Beach to Indian Rocks Beach--the area is a treasure.
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Old 12-24-2010, 08:13 PM
 
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Default Did you move yet?

I am empty nester also. And want to move tampa.




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Been doing so much research that I'm cross-eyed. Here's the situation: Have lived in LA my whole life, sick of the whole scene...done raising kids (age: 45+) looking for tropical, hot weather, nice people and FUN!!! Love sunshine and being outside...am artist and hairstylist...fortunately $$$ not a huge issue...want to live on the water, but not necessarily the beach....looking at Tampa area on west coast and Palm Beach/Ft Lauderdale on east coast. Thoughts???
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Old 12-25-2010, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Indian Shores, FL
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I second the motion. There is an amazing variety of vibes from Dunedin with its arts, causeway, and Honeymoon Island south through Clearwater Beach to Indian Rocks Beach--the area is a treasure.

I third that motion! Now living in Indian Shores, Pinellas County and we love it here. We're from Scotland, but have also lived in Palm Beach County (west palm)...we far prefer the Gulf Coast to the east coast
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Old 12-26-2010, 11:54 AM
 
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I third that motion! Now living in Indian Shores, Pinellas County and we love it here. We're from Scotland, but have also lived in Palm Beach County (west palm)...we far prefer the Gulf Coast to the east coast
Toots, glad you made it. Greater Tampa is unique, and Pinellas County is a jewel. The Gulf Coast is fabulous.
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