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Old 10-02-2011, 01:24 PM
 
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Well perhaps I'm wrong but from my experience on this message board, Plantation is not known for its good schools.
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Old 10-02-2011, 01:25 PM
 
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Relocating from Chicago-

The Fort Lauderdale area is NOTHING like Sarasota. Except that it is hot and there are beaches. Sarasota is a small town and Fort Lauderdale is a large metro area with 1.5 million people sandwiched between Miami and the Palm Beaches. Sarasota is quiet, laid-back retirement area with a much smaller population. Sarasota is also somewhat isolated from any major metro areas. Tampa is at least 1.5-2 hours away. Many of the residents of Sarasota are former Midwesterners mainly of retirement age.

Fort Lauderale has a much larger population, is a much faster paced environment, has worse traffic, and is sandwiched between Miami and the Palm Beaches. Also, most of the residents in Fort Lauderdale and Broward County are former New Yorkers or are from Latin origin. There are a good number of Midwesterners, but they pale in comparison to those from the Northeast.
Good. My family is currently in Tampa Bay and it's not a good fit. It's too hillbilly for us. We're hoping South Florida will be different.
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Old 10-02-2011, 01:26 PM
 
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Well perhaps I'm wrong but from my experience on this message board, Plantation is not known for its good schools.
Which area do you like best for a young family looking for a safe area with good public schools and mostly white collar workers?
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Old 10-02-2011, 01:28 PM
 
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I know what you mean and South FL sounds like the right place for you. While we do have our share of rednecks, overall the area isn't hillbilly at all. South FL is more sophisticated and more cosmopolitan than the other FL metro areas. You will find more culture here than Tampa and it is a faster pace of life.
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Old 10-02-2011, 04:06 PM
 
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I know what you mean and South FL sounds like the right place for you. While we do have our share of rednecks, overall the area isn't hillbilly at all. South FL is more sophisticated and more cosmopolitan than the other FL metro areas. You will find more culture here than Tampa and it is a faster pace of life.
That is exactly what we are looking for! Thank you for the reassurance. While I'm sure Tampa Bay is a great fit for some, it's really not for us.

Can you recommend specific areas in South FL we should make sure to spend time in and others we should be sure to avoid? While we're searching for an area with good schools, sophistication, culture, safety, etc., we definitely want to avoid ending up in a gated neighborhood.
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Old 10-02-2011, 05:53 PM
 
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Gated communities are in high demand around here because of crime or perhaps the illusion of crime. The Western Suburbs are generally the nicest and have the best schools, but are also where you find lots of those gated communities. The Eastern suburbs are generally older, have older smaller homes, less gated communities, but not as nice schools. The public schools in the east can be pretty bad but there are exceptions. You have to do your research. I am not the best person to ask about schools since I don't have kids.

Unfortunately, safety and good schools do not go hand-in-hand with culture and non-gated communities. LOL. If that makes any sense. It is usually either one or the other.
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Old 10-07-2011, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Parkland 561-213-2252
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Really? GreatSchools.org shows Plantation as having better ratings than Coral Springs. Is this incorrect, IYO?
I don't know GreatSchools.org but definitely wrong. People move from Plantation to Coral Springs/Parkland every year to escape the schools. Now there are some great private schools in Plantation, but I assume you are talking about public schools.
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Old 10-10-2011, 08:00 AM
 
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I don't know GreatSchools.org but definitely wrong. People move from Plantation to Coral Springs/Parkland every year to escape the schools. Now there are some great private schools in Plantation, but I assume you are talking about public schools.
Yes, we want to continue going the public route. So Coral Springs > Plantation?
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Old 10-10-2011, 08:17 PM
 
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I feel that Coral Springs is exactly the opposite of what you are looking for based on everything you've mentioned in all of your threads. Coral Springs has more gated communities than just about anywhere. The shopping plazas are all uniform, meaning every business in the plaza has to be the same color. The McDonalds golden arches are not golden. They are light brown or whatever color the rest of the plaza is.
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Old 10-11-2011, 01:29 PM
 
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Relocating from Chicago-

I just did the same this past May. You will not regret it, especially when January/February rolls around and Chicago hasn't seen the sun since November.

-yb
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