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Old 10-07-2011, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Parkland 561-213-2252
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Hi and thank you in advance for your help. We are moving to south Fla. for my husbands job in Ft. Lauderdale. We were initially hoping to live in Jupiter, but the commute 2-3 days a week in Ft Lauderdale may be a bit much. We looked at real estate in Parkland over a year ago and I found it to be a nice area, however, we were concerned about the chinese drywall issue. Anyway, we have small children and are looking for a friendly area, good schools, and lots of things to do like bicycling, playgrounds, restaurants, and a feeling of community. Can anyone advise me on this area who has lived here? Thanks!
I would encourage you to ready my article "Parkland Lifestyle" on my website and I think you'll get a good insight into our great city! We've lived there since 1987. The chinese drywall issue is gone, all the homes have been remediated and most of them have already sold.
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Old 10-07-2011, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Parkland 561-213-2252
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(I just posted this on the West Palm Forum also - sorry if I breached any forum etiquette rules)

Hi all,

I wanted to revive this thread because my family's situation is similar. My wife and I are in our mid-thirties with 3 little ones (5, 2, 1). After last winter, we are really looking to move down to Florida. I've spent some serious time reading the different posts in this forum.....so I have a general idea - which makes me dangerous enough to do some real harm. A little background on us - I'm indian from the west Indies and I grew up in Northern NJ. My wife is 3/4 Irish and 1/4 German (also grew up in northern nj) - so we're kinda like the united colors of Benneton. Naturally, our kids are right in the middle (mutli-racial, blended, etc.) My wife is a stay-at-home and I am semi-retired at this point. We left northern NJ about 5 years ago and moved to Orange county ny to get out of the NJ vibe - Keeping up with the Joneses, the plastic people, the Jersey shore people etc (sorry nj peeps don't mean to stereotype everyone from nj). I love Orange county. The place is much more laid back and people are people just living their life...Anyways, the f-ing winters up here are ridiculous. It was cold from 10/15/10 to 4/15/11. That's enough! I've had enough of living like a refugee trapped in the house for 6 months.

So now, after considerable thought we are ready to make the move. Our budget is pretty flexible 1M +/- and we're not really not commuting anywhere so no need to be near any specific location. What we're basically looking for is good schools, good quality of life, stuff for the kids to do, some diversity, and good people - also a good bagel place and a good pizza joint are important. From what I have read, I should be looking at Parkland, Weston, Coral Springs, Jupiter. I would sincerely appreciate any feedback. My kids and my wife are my life so I am trying to put them in a place where they can thrive. Is florida tolerant of interracial couples and multiracial children? Sorry if this sounds ignorant...but I don't want to put my children in a place where they would have to face that. I understand there are knuckleheads everywhere (surprise, we even have some in orange county ny), but as a dad i want to protect them as long as I can. Any feedback on the towns I mentioned or frankly anywhere else in florida would be greatly appreciated. Northerners please feel free to advise on your experience. I have seen a lot of people move down and then move back up north. Thanks in advance.
Hello Gimme_Shelter,

I wrote an article on my website "Parkland Lifestyle" that might give you some more insight into a great place to raise a family!
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Old 10-14-2011, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Parkland 561-213-2252
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Just an update to an earlier post, you can read this article Parkland Lifestyle and many more articles about Parkland, schools, demographics, etc. that I've written which may help with your decision. Good Luck!
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