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Old 03-30-2011, 05:19 PM
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Hi - my husband is going to be interviewing for a position near Plantation FL. Just wondering what would be good areas to live in that are not a long commute.

We would want a newer home (less than 10 years old) with at least a 3 car garage, 4 BR, nice kitchen, etc. Pool would be fine but not a necessity. From a quick look it does not seem that wood floors a popular feature. Do any homes have basements? Would be in the $450-525M range

We would also like to be in an area with neighborhood activities if possible. We are a WASP-y couple in our mid-50s and our boys are in college so we are not too concerned with schools. We currently live in a great neighborhood near Charlotte in a brand new 6000 SF house so it will be tough to move...we have only been there a year (relocated from Plano, TX) but my husband's job was eliminated in his role in Charlotte.

Taxes look really high...any places cheaper than others? What about homeowners insurance and utilities?

Any help is most appreciated!
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:05 PM
 
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You could find what you want right in Plantation. Plantation is a lovely area especially if schools are not important to you.

No basements. The water table is really high here. You will find some homes with wood floors but tile and stone are more popular.

You won't find 6000 sf in your price range but you should be able to afford a nice large home with 4BR/3BA/3CG in that price range. You could also look in Davie. Davie is nice and it's close to Plantation.
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Old 03-30-2011, 10:15 PM
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thanks!
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Old 03-31-2011, 02:37 PM
 
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Davie and Plantation both are wonderful choices... You will find more newer homes in Davie than Plantation but you will probably have to go up in the price a bit more.
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Old 03-31-2011, 03:38 PM
 
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Davie and Plantation both are wonderful choices... You will find more newer homes in Davie than Plantation but you will probably have to go up in the price a bit more.
When I looked in Davie and Plantation Acres I found the opposite. The houses in Davie were older than those in Plantation Acres (except for West Ridge and Long Lake). I was looking in the $800-$1 million range. Perhaps at the lower price point Davie has more newer homes.

At any rate I think the OP can find a nice home in Plantation or Davie.
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Old 04-01-2011, 06:01 AM
 
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You won't have any trouble finding a home in that price range. Florida has the highest rate of foreclosures second only to California. Get yourself a good R.E. attorney and enjoy Plantation.
Nice people, low crime and nice neighborhoods.
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Old 04-02-2011, 08:15 AM
 
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You won't have any trouble finding a home in that price range. Florida has the highest rate of foreclosures second only to California. Get yourself a good R.E. attorney and enjoy Plantation.
Nice people, low crime and nice neighborhoods.
You would think that it would be easy to find a home with the market the way it is, but it can be very very difficult. There are lots of short sales that are sitting out there as active listings. Many of them have accepted offers but are awaiting approval from the bank. If you happen to find a short sale that does not have an offer on it the bank can take months to respond, if they EVER respond. My MIL had an offer in on a condo in Tamarac since December. When she hadn't heard from anyone on the other side she withdrew her offer and made an offer on a different place (which thankfully was a foreclosure).

Even though there are are some good deals to be had it can be very very difficult to actually buy something right now.

I also think the OP will find something nice in Plantation or Davie but I am concerned about her being shocked at what her money will actually buy here. She is currently living in a new, custom 6000 sf home. She will not find a new, custom 6000 sf home in Plantation for $500K no matter how much the media says things are desperate here.
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Old 04-02-2011, 12:43 PM
 
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You would think that it would be easy to find a home with the market the way it is, but it can be very very difficult. There are lots of short sales that are sitting out there as active listings. Many of them have accepted offers but are awaiting approval from the bank. If you happen to find a short sale that does not have an offer on it the bank can take months to respond, if they EVER respond. My MIL had an offer in on a condo in Tamarac since December. When she hadn't heard from anyone on the other side she withdrew her offer and made an offer on a different place (which thankfully was a foreclosure).

Even though there are are some good deals to be had it can be very very difficult to actually buy something right now.

I also think the OP will find something nice in Plantation or Davie but I am concerned about her being shocked at what her money will actually buy here. She is currently living in a new, custom 6000 sf home. She will not find a new, custom 6000 sf home in Plantation for $500K no matter how much the media says things are desperate here.
Momma_bear put it very correctly.... I just did a mls search and didn't see anything that meets OP's critera.. Here is what I found as the closest options... First three are regular sales while the last 2 (including an under construction home) are shorts sales:

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Old 04-02-2011, 05:34 PM
 
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Perhaps check out Cooper City and Southwest Ranches? Aren't the homes bigger out there?
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Old 04-02-2011, 06:45 PM
 
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Perhaps check out Cooper City and Southwest Ranches? Aren't the homes bigger out there?
The homes are large in SW Ranches but I don't think the op will find a 6000 sf house in SW Ranches for $500K. There are plenty of large homes in Plantation and Davie but they are out of the OPs price range.

Cooper City doesn't really have that many large homes. The OP might find what she is looking for in Country Glen in CC though.
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