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Old 05-03-2009, 08:36 PM
 
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Do hurricanes hit in Jan-April? In Stuart, are there property management companies that will take care of the home the other 8 months out of the year?
Hurricane season is June through November, with August, September and early October the height of the season and the time you need to worry.

There are companies and people that can watch your home, if needed.
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Old 05-03-2009, 08:38 PM
 
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The areas with the most foreclosures, like Cape Coral and Port St. Lucie, are the exact areas that don't fit your bill.
Why do those areas not fit my bill?

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There aren't many snowbirds with young children though, and that may be an issue.
Whenever we vacation there are never other young couples with kids since we always vacation during school months as the vacation spots are less crowded that way. We are used to acquiring new "grand parents" while on vacation. The kids love it to.
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Old 05-03-2009, 08:39 PM
 
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If I have a Wal-Mart (super preferred) within 10 minutes of my house I really don't need the town I live in to have anything else other than a nice church. I do not mind driving 30-45 minutes to get to a town with movie theaters and other entertainment venues.
Then also put Vero Beach on your list.

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What is the main draw/difference between the west and east coast of FL. Where was the housing boom the worst and what offers the best chance for finding a distressed/foreclosure home?
The housing boom was the worst in some of the larger cities, such as PSL, Cape Coral, Northport (West Coast). I don't know much about the West Coast of Florida, to be honest.

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Stuart is not part of Pt. St. Lucie. In fact, Stuart has been around for well over 100 years, and is the county seat of Martin County. Port St. Lucie was built in the 60's.

There is a world of difference between St. Lucie County and Martin County.

Haha, yeah, but as much as Martin County folks like to think otherwise, the whole area bleeds together in such a way so as that PSL residents and Martin residents have been shopping, dining, and interacting with one another since PSL started up, and are economically interconnected (Martin County's sales tax revenue owes a LOT to PSL shoppers who until recently had to travel to Martin to shop). God help the Treasure Coast mall if Western Port St. Lucie gets its own mall!

Nonetheless, PSL is definitely not what the OP is looking for. Way too many people.
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Old 05-03-2009, 08:40 PM
 
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The mall is on it's last legs anyway.
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Old 05-03-2009, 08:42 PM
 
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The mall is on it's last legs anyway.
It's actually the same or better than it was ten years ago, if you can believe it!
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Old 05-03-2009, 08:43 PM
 
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Why do those areas not fit my bill?
Because those areas aren't true towns. They were huge tracts of land that were trned into suburban housing with no town center, or anything even approximating a town like feel. Then they built strip malls and such.

Houses were built on lots smaller than a quarter acre, and when the boom came, they became expensive and people speculated or got in over their heads. Now there are lots of foreclosures. You can get a cheap house, but you never will know what's arounfd you, and you could, and will, end up with a bunch of renters, or squatters, or abandoned homes as your neighborhood.
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Old 05-03-2009, 08:44 PM
 
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It's actually the same or better than it was ten years ago, if you can believe it!
No, no way! I was speaking with a deputy the other night, and she said she wouldn't let her kids go there on weekends.
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Old 05-03-2009, 08:50 PM
 
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I just checked google maps and the way to get from PSL to Stuart is all toll roads. That always blows my mind when in FL. We have no toll roads in KY.
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Old 05-03-2009, 08:51 PM
 
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What's the boating scene like there? Seems like it would be a wonderful place to own a boat.

Are there any new homes in Stuart?
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Old 05-03-2009, 09:19 PM
 
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I just checked google maps and the way to get from PSL to Stuart is all toll roads. That always blows my mind when in FL. We have no toll roads in KY.
No, that's not true at all. Sure, you can get on the Florida Turnpike and go one exit, but that isn't how people travel. It is most definitely not toll roads. Most people travel on US1.

Don't trust google maps.
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