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Old 09-26-2012, 09:12 PM
 
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Hi All,

We're a young family that has been living the hustle/bustle life in SE Florida for the past 6 years. Its gotten to the point where I dont know any better or different other than crowds, the I-95, planes, trains and automobile noises. I feel like I've lost touch with the reason I moved to Florida in the first place! We wanted life in the sun, more affordable, at a pace that wasn't just live to work. I think its time to recapture that.

The good news is that we are doing ok on the income side of things. Even if I quit my job, we can still get by on my wife's income because she works from home and can work from anywhere there is a net connection.

So we are looking for the following criteria.

1) Coastal Florida town that has great outdoor amenities...lots of parks, public beaches (fewer condo canyons and defacto private beachfront due to homes/condos blocking everything)

2) Great sailing...we have a 35 foot sailboat with reasonable dockage or dockominium slips for $50k or less (monthly rates in the $300 per month range)

3) The ability to buy a house that is 10 years old or newer for $100k...we'd pay cash.

4) Good public schools or at least great charter schools

5) Safe, small-town feel. I'm sick of the grime, grit, ghetto of SE Florida

6) Not crowded.

7) Year round temps above 70 degrees. We tried Jacksonville, didn't like the winters there. Still gets cold.

So what fills that bill? Tall order I know!
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Old 09-27-2012, 05:16 AM
 
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check out Brevard county. I hope you're not expecting waterfront with that budget
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Old 09-27-2012, 05:20 AM
 
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Maybe something on the intra coastal waterway between Daytona to St Augustine..But for $100K thats a big Maybe.
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Old 09-27-2012, 07:21 AM
 
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There are a lot of towns that would fit the bill except for the $100,000/newer home requirement, I don't think that is at all realistic. Real estate market here has really picked up, especially in the coastal cities. I definitely recommend the Gulf Coast for you, anywhere from Pinellas County on south.
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:41 AM
 
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There are a lot of towns that would fit the bill except for the $100,000/newer home requirement, I don't think that is at all realistic. Real estate market here has really picked up, especially in the coastal cities. I definitely recommend the Gulf Coast for you, anywhere from Pinellas County on south.
If Good schools are important to the OP, I'd probably avoid Pinellas. Sarasota and Brevard county are both top 10 districts in the state

https://app2.fldoe.org/Ranking/Districts/

Sarasota county is a bit more expensive though, especially for waterfront But def more up-scale, so you get what you pay for.
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:34 AM
 
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Thaks all for the replies. Definitely not expecting waterfront for that $100k amount. I intend to find a dockominium or slip rental. We currently live in a waterfront home, and frankly speaking, I just dont see the value in the premium for a canal/waterfront vs the obscene windstorm + flood insurance we pay (Floor insurance has tripled in 5 years).

Brevad County has been high on my list, but the blight of Titusville/Melbourne give me pause. I've visited but never done extensive research on the left coast, however Bradenton, Venice, Sarasota are appealing.

Upscale would be *NICE TO HAVE*...but I'm more concerned about family and values. Strong, tight-knit communities with engaged citizens that want to keep *OUT* the grime, grit, gambling (no casinos/racinos/horse tracks, etc) as I dont want to be near the element that those kind of things draw in...
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:37 AM
 
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Thaks all for the replies. Definitely not expecting waterfront for that $100k amount. I intend to find a dockominium or slip rental. We currently live in a waterfront home, and frankly speaking, I just dont see the value in the premium for a canal/waterfront vs the obscene windstorm + flood insurance we pay (Floor insurance has tripled in 5 years).

Brevad County has been high on my list, but the blight of Titusville/Melbourne give me pause. I've visited but never done extensive research on the left coast, however Bradenton, Venice, Sarasota are appealing.

Upscale would be *NICE TO HAVE*...but I'm more concerned about family and values. Strong, tight-knit communities with engaged citizens that want to keep *OUT* the grime, grit, gambling (no casinos/racinos/horse tracks, etc) as I dont want to be near the element that those kind of things draw in...
In my earlier post I was going to suggest Bradenton/Sarasota/Venice to you. I live in this area, and it is one of the nicest areas of Florida to live, for many reasons. There is something for everyone here. You might extend the search to Englewood, too, kind of a small off-the-radar gem.
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:45 AM
 
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How handy are you? You could pick up the kind of home you want for 60K with chinese drywall. Spend 40k remediating it. You'd have to do a lot of the work yourself though.
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:54 AM
 
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How handy are you? You could pick up the kind of home you want for 60K with chinese drywall. Spend 40k remediating it. You'd have to do a lot of the work yourself though.

I'm fairly handy. As it stands though, I need to have a place to move into and live in while any renovations would happen. From what I understand about Chinese Drywall, the toxicity makes the home unlivable until everything is re-mediated....including drywall, but also HVAC/ventilation, wiring, appliances, carpet and other areas that may have absorbed the formaldehyde and other toxins....

With a 2 month old, this makes a Chinese Drywall house a bit of a stretch
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:04 AM
 
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Brevad County has been high on my list, but the blight of Titusville/Melbourne give me pause. I've visited but never done extensive research on the left coast, however Bradenton, Venice, Sarasota are appealing.
Not all of Brevard is blight, although at the $100K mark, you might be pushing into that territory. There's a lot of nice areas beachside (Indiatlatic, Satellite Beach, Melbourne beach etc.), as well as cheaper areas inland like West Mebourne. You can find a 3/2 in West Melbourne in the low 100s I think (haven't try to buy one but I've seen that in the past year).
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