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Old 10-21-2006, 12:15 PM
 
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Our family is moving to Ft Myers/Naples area from Kansas. If it weren't such a great business deal for my husband, we wouldn't consider leaving our wonderful, suburban location but, we're working on getting excited because we can't go back now.

Can anyone offer thoughts on where we should live? I've been doing a lot of calling around and the Lee County School district scares me a little. So, I want to live in Collier County but the home prices there are just as scary. The big question is: Do we want the bigger home or the school district? I've looked at Gateway Community where they have a couple charter schools but there's no guarantee on that. We've also looked at Naples Park as more of an up-and-coming kinda place which might be fun and a good investment, albeit small.

I appreciate any suggestions I can get! Thank you!

P.S. Thoughts on why it is a terrible move are not as welcome because we're going regardless...
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Old 10-21-2006, 05:11 PM
 
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Naples Park has been there a long time. Its right off Tamiami tr (us41) and the beach is right there. lee county homes are less and yes you could get more house. as far as the schools well there is school choice.

you might try the tv news site
nbc-2.com

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Old 10-21-2006, 07:31 PM
 
Location: FL
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I live in Naples, and happen to be a collier county public school teacher. Yes, we do have some great schools-many A and B rated schools. Yes, it is barely affordable here and what can be afforded by regular paid people like teachers is about the size of a closet. Lee county is more affordable (but if you look at other states, it is still very high!)...but the other poster was right, you do have school choice. You are broken down into I think 3 zones, and you get to chose from a couple of elementary, middle and high schools. Now, some parts of Lee county aren't too nice, so I would look at that too. San Carlos Park is pretty nice. It's in Lee County, but not too far from Naples; it's a little community and the schools are pretty good.
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Old 11-16-2006, 09:32 PM
 
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Coming from Kansas, you may be infor shock at how small lots are in Naples Park. It is up and coming, well at least pre-bubble, but still a little mixed with newer homes, yucky duplex and triplex rentals, and some middle class looking homes. I don't know alot about Naples Park elementary, but there are better schools. I believe taxes in Lee County are higher.....if anything can be higher than Collier. It's just really expensive too live in Collier County. You are in good shape to buy a home because real estate is leveling off finally. Try some of the family oriented communties off Immokalee Rd....Pebblebrooke Lakes, Indigo Lakes, Laurel Lakes, maybe even Willoughby Acres. It is pretty unlikely you will find anything for much less than $300k depending on your price range. The schools for these communities are pretty good. Good luck. I live in North Naples, by the way but luckily bought here many years ago.
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Old 11-16-2006, 10:39 PM
 
Location: chicago, il
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i'd say it's a pretty good move. even though i do not live in florida (though i sure wish i did!) i have heard that florida has been improving during the past 8 years or so. (yes, that very likely includes schools, medicade, and everything else)
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Old 12-29-2006, 05:59 PM
 
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Default Affordable is a relative word...I agree

We are moving from Orinda California which is in the San Francisco Bay Area...houses here went from 580 to 1 million in the last 4 years...it's crazy...South Florida looks tame in comparison...

Does anyone know a good place to move with a young family...preferably public schools and a housing range of 600-700k...My husband will be commuting to the Sanibel area so I was thinking maybe Ft. Myers Beach??

thanks for your help!
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Old 12-29-2006, 06:15 PM
 
Location: The Conterminous United States
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I just noticed this thread. I have to say that my daughter went to the new elementary school in San Carlos Park. It was a nightmare.

School choice was a joke. We put down our three choices and that is what they stuck us with, and I was there the first hour that school choice opened up.

I didn't care for San Carlos Park. Some of the areas are getting run down, and can be pretty iffy. I thought Three Oaks was nice, though.
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Old 10-02-2007, 03:41 PM
 
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Default Moving to South West Florida

I have lived in this area for over three years now and have young children. Truly I think the best location for a young family is Cape Coral. I love it and the schools are great! Again there is school choice but research the A schools and you shouldnt have a problem. Stick to the south west/east and you'll find incredibly afforable homes in very nice neighborhoods. Right now is the time to buy down here as the investors have over invested and are trying to get rid of them now. Its a buyers market ; ) Good Luck!
The only draw back is the rush hour traffic in the AM and Florida is hot most of the year .
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Old 10-03-2007, 07:33 AM
 
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I have lived in this area for over three years now and have young children. Truly I think the best location for a young family is Cape Coral. I love it and the schools are great! Again there is school choice but research the A schools and you shouldnt have a problem. Stick to the south west/east and you'll find incredibly afforable homes in very nice neighborhoods. Right now is the time to buy down here as the investors have over invested and are trying to get rid of them now. Its a buyers market ; ) Good Luck!
The only draw back is the rush hour traffic in the AM and Florida is hot most of the year .
I have been here all my life and know the true crime stats. Good luck selling the area it might work if people can't read the paper or watch the news nobody wants to admit that they made a mistake. Moderator cut: Unnecessary comment ...

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Old 10-03-2007, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Palm Beach, FL & Napa, CA
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Naples is a charm when:

1) During Off Season, Summer months for you newbies.
2) If your rich and don't need to work.
3) You don't care about nightlife and clubbing SoBe lifestyle

If you can't find good work (which is very difficult in SW Florida) or take a major pay cut, be ready to make major sacrifices to live the lifestyle....
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