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Old 01-04-2010, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Fort Myers FL/ Ottawa ON
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you should ease into it - start spending vacation time in the area to start getting an idea of whats available, then come down for a month and check out areas more specifically, then rent month to month, then lease for a year, then buy (maybe, if you are sure everything is perfect)...anyway, one formula if circumstances permit

Just south of Fort Myers beach is the free dog beach dogpark on the south end of Lovers Key.

Speaking of HOAs, If they could it would be better to have a dog section of an HOA so that the dog and non-dog people are not mixed up with each other. I have neighbours who hate dogs who when seeing an unpicked up poop, are SURE who did it and are ready to make a public arrest, just on a hunch. The other area of conflict is pool behavior. Put a dog in the pool, and then the fireworks really get going!

My vacation home is South Fort Myers in the Daniels corridor. Close but not too close to airport, very safe and gated, 10 minutes to Daniels and Trail shops and restaurants, 20 minutes to beaches, islands, Naples maybe 30 minutes away, low risk flood zone. About half of the residents are locals, half of them have kids.
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Old 01-05-2010, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Meredith NH
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Lehigh Acres might be a good bet...lots of diversity,affordable housing
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Old 01-10-2010, 05:59 AM
 
Location: Harrisburg,Pa
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central fl and south east more diverse, born and rasied in fl, I lived in dallas for awhile that was diverse, then came to SWFL, not diverse and It seems very segerated, I have to go to the hood to get my girls hair done
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Old 01-10-2010, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Lakewood NJ/Murrells Inlet SC/ N. Naples FL/Swainton NJ
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We just did a drive from the South end of Ft. Myers Beach (where we are staying) past the Lovers Key Park, though Bonita Beach and onto Estero. Drove through Fountain (forget the rest of the name) and was not impressed. Bonita Beach looks real nice. Any sub-$2K condos or townhouses in that area worth checking out?
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Old 01-10-2010, 04:08 PM
 
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I wouldn't recommend anything in or south of Estero. Here's an article from Naples Daily News. If you want a good indication of racial intolerance, just read the 100+ comments after the article.

Scuffle over confederate flag leads to arrest of Lely High studentĀ» Naples Daily News
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Old 01-11-2010, 08:48 AM
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Location: Fort Myers FL and Bullhead City AZ
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If mixed races makes you happy, then you should be looking at Fort Lauderdale/Miami, NOT the western side of the state (except for some parts of Tampa/St Pete).
For the most part every city from Sarasota to Naples is white and it is all suburbia.
The only place in Florida you will find that has the international big city vibe is the FLL/MIA area.
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Old 01-11-2010, 03:06 PM
 
Location: on the edge of Sanity
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We just did a drive from the South end of Ft. Myers Beach (where we are staying) past the Lovers Key Park, though Bonita Beach and onto Estero. Drove through Fountain (forget the rest of the name) and was not impressed. Bonita Beach looks real nice. Any sub-$2K condos or townhouses in that area worth checking out?
If you are talking about Fountain Lakes in Estero on Route 41, most of the 2 and 3 bedroom condos and villas are listed for under $200,000 now. The single family homes are a lot more.

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What are the best towns to live in on the western part of fl? I am looking for a town that is very diverse as far as many different races, my kids are mixed and in new york you see a whole lot of different people which is good. I alsoi would like a niuce town with a good rep. Please tell me anything you can. I also, don't want to be in the middle of no where.
Since the above post mentioned Bonita Springs, I want to add that Bonita is not diversified at all. If the 4 or 5 Blacks who live there move out, the percentage will be zero. Same with Naples. Since there are a lot of Spanish speaking people, mostly Mexicans, people often call Bonita and Naples "diversified" but they're still mostly White cities.

Fort Myers is much more racially mixed, but it's also very segregated too. Sarasota is nice, but it's very conservative and attracts a lot of wealthy retirees.

You will find a lot more to do if you move to a suburb of Tampa where many young families live. Then you're just across route 4 from Orlando. You didn't mention politics, but you might find the West Coast of Florida to be extremely bigoted and politically myopic. I'm not saying everyone is like that, since there are many loving, kind people who live in SWFL. However, I found that the East Coast was much more diversified. Stick to the suburbs of the larger Metropolitan areas like Miami, Tampa or Jacksonville that attract a lot of working families.
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Old 01-11-2010, 03:20 PM
 
Location: on the edge of Sanity
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If mixed races makes you happy, then you should be looking at Fort Lauderdale/Miami, NOT the western side of the state (except for some parts of Tampa/St Pete).
For the most part every city from Sarasota to Naples is white and it is all suburbia.
The only place in Florida you will find that has the international big city vibe is the FLL/MIA area.
I just read the other posts on this subject. I didn't see them before I posted.

Yes, I agree.

I was going to post this when I moved to Vero Beach, but I was afraid it would be misunderstood since I'm White. I rented a condo off of U.S. 1 in South Vero and when I went out to the grocery store and Walgreen's, I couldn't help noticing how many Blacks there were. I just never realized how homogeneous Naples & Bonita were, and after living there for 13 years, it was a surprise to move to the East Coast. After a few weeks, I didn't even notice.
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Old 01-11-2010, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Lakewood NJ/Murrells Inlet SC/ N. Naples FL/Swainton NJ
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Anyone have a knowledge of or opinion on Brendan Cove in Bonita Springs?
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Old 01-11-2010, 05:26 PM
 
Location: where my heart is
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Default You have never lived in Naples?????

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Sarasota florida is the most boring place on earth do not move your kids to a retirement community.. I have two girls 5 and 8 the HATE me for moving them here.
If you think Sarasota is a boring retirement community. My 30 year daughter left here after 4 months saying, "All I see are OLD PEOPLE".

She was right.
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