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Old 11-27-2017, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Rockton, IL
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Fredesch thank you so much I will take a look!!!
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Old 11-28-2017, 08:55 AM
 
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Smaller towns on the Gulf Coast that you might like are Venice, Gulfport, Dunedin, Anna Maria Island (or Cortez in west Bradenton). I live in Sarasota, which I think you would love, but it has gotten very expensive here, especially in the areas you would want to live. Still, it might be worth a look while you are checking out the Gulf coast.

Venice skews to an older population, but it is beautiful and mostly safe, especially in the older "island" part of Venice. It has a charming walkable downtown, and you can actually walk or bike to the beach from there. Not sure of real estate prices, but I recommend you take a look.
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Old 11-28-2017, 09:03 AM
 
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There might be some hurricane damaged homes for sale at a cheaper price.
Yeah but the rebuild costs will exceed the finished value!
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Old 11-28-2017, 09:06 AM
 
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Look at zip 32176 Ormond-by-the-sea. It is beachside Volusia county between the city of Ormond Beach and North Peninsula State Park. You can easily find a home within your budget less than a block from the beach.

The only querky thing about Ormond-by-the-sea is a few houses cant get fast internet.
Ormond is nice (I was there for T-Giving).......but you certainly can't compare it to the keys!
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Old 11-28-2017, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Rockton, IL
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Nothing compares to the Keys!! I walk for exercise and my husband and I walk & bike for pleasure. We ride everywhere when we are in the keys, so until we can get there I am looking for something with that accessibility. We live in a small town now and want that same feel when we move to FL. I checked out Ormond and it looks wonderful. Venice looks interesting as well - we aren't quite ready for retirement but we do enjoy a slower pace. Thank you gypsychic for the other recommendations, I plan on checking those out tonight. Thank you so much to everyone for your input, it is greatly appreciated. With your suggestions I go to YOUTUBE and check out the towns different "channels" it is a great way to check them all out!!!
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Old 11-28-2017, 11:02 AM
 
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@ jenjmurray ........... Post Charlotte/Englewood is a nice area and I know of one newer home (2,350 s.f.) that may be available for a lease/purchase. It is ~ $3,000/month plus taxes and utilities. PM if interested. Except for being in the keys the area offers what you are looking for.
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Old 11-28-2017, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Rockton, IL
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RexLan: Thank you I will keep your name handy, however, we have to wait for my youngest to graduate in the Spring so we are not quite ready yet.
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Old 11-28-2017, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Ormond Beach, FL
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Ormond is nice (I was there for T-Giving).......but you certainly can't compare it to the keys!
Not trying to compare with the keys. Just suggesting an affordable area with beaches.
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Old 11-28-2017, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Rockton, IL
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Fredesch, I know, I was agreeing with you whole heartedly.
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Old 11-29-2017, 04:47 AM
 
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If your heart is set on the Keys/Key West - wait a year and try your search again. Housing market is becoming poor in Florida and the Keys were hit by Hurricane Irma, and I'm sure many people will look to their sell their homes - badly damaged or not.
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