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Old 02-15-2013, 08:53 AM
 
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Moving from NY (Long Island) to SE Florida and contemplating the areas listed in the title. Looking for a familiy friendly and younger community (2 kids 9 and 6), top schools, good shoping and restaturants. I am planning to make several trips soon to explore but any input in advanced would be very appreicated.

Also any gated communities you would recomend would be welcomed as well...new or existing. Looking to spend 500k-650K (depending on condition of home). Also resonable fees.

Thank you in advance!!!
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Old 02-16-2013, 07:03 AM
 
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Moving from NY (Long Island) to SE Florida and contemplating the areas listed in the title. Looking for a familiy friendly and younger community (2 kids 9 and 6), top schools, good shoping and restaturants. I am planning to make several trips soon to explore but any input in advanced would be very appreicated.

Also any gated communities you would recomend would be welcomed as well...new or existing. Looking to spend 500k-650K (depending on condition of home). Also resonable fees.

Thank you in advance!!!
Check out the Bellagio area (west of Jog Road, south of Lantana Rd and on either side of the Fl Turnpike) in Lake Worth as well. The schools are "A' rated (Manatee Elementary, Christa McAuliffe MS and Park Vista HS) and you'll get much more house for the money (many under 500K).
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Old 02-16-2013, 02:05 PM
 
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Check out the Bellagio area (west of Jog Road, south of Lantana Rd and on either side of the Fl Turnpike) in Lake Worth as well. The schools are "A' rated (Manatee Elementary, Christa McAuliffe MS and Park Vista HS) and you'll get much more house for the money (many under 500K).
Bellagio is an age 55+ community.
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Old 02-16-2013, 07:48 PM
 
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Bellagio is an age 55+ community.
Oops...I have friends who live in Smith Farm just to the east of the Bellagio and was using that as a point of reference on the map since it's well highlighted...Here's that actual neighborhood.

Smith Farm in Lake Worth, Florida
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:22 AM
 
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Appreciate the responses. With my online research seems I'm leaning to Boca, Parkland or Weston...thoughts?
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Weston, FL
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Weston
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Akron,Oh and PSL, Fl
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I lived in Weston for 4 years, moved back to ohio for family reasons. I loved living in Weston, my daughter's went to Country Isles Elementary and Tequesta Trace Middle school. We were happy with the schools. Looking to move back to Florida within the year.
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:30 AM
 
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Where will you be working? South Florida traffic during rush hour is not fun at all. You definitely want to factor the commute into the equation.
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Gainesville, FL; formerly Weston, FL
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Moving from NY (Long Island) to SE Florida and contemplating the areas listed in the title. Looking for a familiy friendly and younger community (2 kids 9 and 6), top schools, good shoping and restaturants. I am planning to make several trips soon to explore but any input in advanced would be very appreicated.

Also any gated communities you would recomend would be welcomed as well...new or existing. Looking to spend 500k-650K (depending on condition of home). Also resonable fees.

Thank you in advance!!!
I'm in Weston and don't have children -- I'm definitely in the minority; lots of kids here. My neighbors with kids are happy with the schools. Weston is set up with several gated communities and with your price range, you certainly can consider some of the "top" gated communities, such as Weston Hills, etc. You could even get a larger than normal lot on the water (with perhaps even a pool) in some of the other "mid-range" communities such as The Lakes, North Lakes, etc. I would budget around $100 a month or so for HOA fees (and of course, that varies by the association, but I'm just giving you a general idea).

Weston has a quasi-downtown, known as Town Center with restaurants and shops. For serious shopping, there is Sawgrass Mall to the north and Pembroke Commons to the south; also a broader variety of restaurants too. However, you are going to find that, for the most part, the best dining in South Florida (IMHO) is on the east side of Broward County.

Weston is located in a very nice part of the county -- it is out west, just by the Everglades, but there is easy access to Sawgrass Expressway, I-75, and I-595. It's also a community that is big on appearances -- lots of landscaping that is constantly tended, roads paved, well-marked bikepaths, and lots of parks. Very well kept.

With your budget, you should be able to afford a fairly decent-sized yard -- a quarter to a third of an acre (or maybe more) -- which for Weston, is large. One of the complaints you may hear about Weston is that the homes are so close together and the lots are small, and that is true for many homes ($300k range) but if you are willing to go as high as $600k you shouldn't see this as a problem. Weston also is a very diverse community -- about half of the community is hispanic (mostly from South America) and the other half is from all over the world (as well as the US of A). People are drawn here due to the schools, well-kept community, and overall safety of the city. In my little section alone, I have neighbors from South Korea, India, Jamaica, Cuba, Israel, Mexico, Italy, Russia, Canada and Venezuela (and also from other parts of the US of A). Hope this info is of some help.
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:27 PM
 
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We moved to Weston in October and are very happy so far. We have 3 young kids, so we too wanted good schools and a family environment. What size house are you looking for? With that budget I'm thinking you should find plenty! A large number of communities here, almost all are gated, Except in the Bonaventure area, the north east corner. We decided to rent first, just to make sure the area and even neighborhood was right for us and we plan to buy once the right thing comes up!

We are happy with our move!
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