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Old 02-12-2015, 01:10 PM
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My wife will be accepting a position near Leesburg. I am Leary as I will giving up my very decent salary and my home as well as her home to relocate for her new position.

Florida is a planned move to begin with. We are in PA and DE. Her, near city, me, small town

So we are selling her house. Moving down. Renting for now and then will be selling my home in the coming months. Keeping it as a security blanket until we are definitely sure about this. She will start a good paying job and I will be giving one up and not have a job lined up

She is late 30's I am early 40's. 2 young children

I have searched the areas for homes, schools, things to do and even employment opportunities for me.

Ultimately we will end up near Melbourne or Ft Myers but until then, we are hoping to hear about your community, especially around Leesburg

We love outdoors so if kids are scarce, I'm sure I can keep them busy. Looking for a home rental in the $1000-1300 range. We can do those searches. What I am specifically looking for is opinions about your area. All the things you don't read about. All the things you enjoy about your community

Thank you in advance for taking time out of your life to assist us in ours
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Old 02-13-2015, 12:20 AM
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Look at the Clermont and Minneola area which have good schools and lots of families living their.
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Old 02-13-2015, 12:24 AM
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Much of the area is rather run down.
  • The crime is noticeably above average
  • Home values are lower than average
  • Schools are largely sub par (even by Florida's generally lesser standards)
  • Household incomes are significantly lower than the Florida average (which is already low vs. the national average)
  • It has some gun ranges and fishing; more worthwhile recreational activities will require a commute
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Old 02-13-2015, 04:54 AM
Location: Central Florida
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You don't have to live there just because she'll be working there.
My wife used to work in Leesburg. We live in Mt.Dora -- a much cleaner, safer, and more interesting town.
I lived in Leesburg for a year.

Things about Leesburg:
-High crimes
-Mostly run-down -- Bassville Park, the entire stretch along Dixie Ave, everything between Main St and 441, Birchwood, Carver Heights... and more... Leaves very few desirable areas.
-Schools are pretty bad, except for Lake-Sumter State College.
-It has a "mall" you'll soon forget about.
-Downtown is dead during the day, and a hub for drug-addicted bargoers at night.

Things about Mt.Dora:
-Low crime
-Has mostly middle to upper class communities
-There's really only one area to "avoid:" the stretch along Highland past the high school
-Has a very lively, surprisingly active downtown
-Has many yearly festivals and art shows
-Is rather scenic
-Has everything you need (grocery stores, department stores, etc.) within a 5-mile radius
-Maintains a small town feel

Clermont is another area you might want to consider.

All in all, avoid LIVING in Leesburg. Working there is fine, but the town isn't much in terms of livability.
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Old 02-13-2015, 05:32 AM
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Leesburg is a economically challenged area but beautiful by the lakes.

We have a cottage by Lake Griffin in Fruitland Park, and love how quiet it is. However our kids are grown.

Tavares is a great little town and just a tad closer than Mt Dora. Tavares is very kid friendly and has nice areas, again just outside of Leesburg where the big box stores are.
Tavares is a seaplane town and has a newly renovated Downtown area with a huge water park for kids in addition to nicely done wood structure for kids to play.

Downtown Leesburg we like and is quaint , they have many activities though out the year.

If we had small kids we would consider Mt Dora ( a very artsy area) or Tavares for the small town fowl and not far from things.

The Villages is all retired folk , though nice there are no children.

Good luck with the move.
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Old 02-14-2015, 09:28 AM
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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The lakes are beautiful in Lake County.

For a family and schools I would live in Tavares or Mt. Dora.
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Old 02-24-2015, 08:08 AM
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Thank you all for your comments. We made the visit and while she completed her all day interview, I drove around the areas for a couple hours. A guided tour would be so much better as I didn't get a good enough perspective. There just wasn't have enough time.

Hopefully replies keep coming or if anyone feels like adding additional information, I greatly appreciate it
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Old 02-28-2015, 01:46 PM
Location: in the miseries
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My Dora is beautiful.

Lots of lakes in this area, so any town near a lake, too.
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Old 02-28-2015, 02:56 PM
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If I were in my 30's with a young family, forgive me, but Leesburg would be the very last place in Florida I would want to live. To me it is deadsville. Sorry. Just my opinion but it is one of the most boring places in Florida.

It is a senior mecca. It isn't close to anything. The town is run-down and they don't seem to be interesting in changing in. A lot of senior housing. To me it caters to the shuffle-board type.

And while Mt. Dora is quaint and a pretty downtown I wouldn't chose to live there either. And hey while I'm at it I don't care for Tavares either. Mt. Dora and Tavares are not very diverse if you get my drift. And while I am sure there are loads of wonderful people living in these cities some seem quite close minded.

If you have to live close to Leesburg for work reasons I too would chose Clermont/Minneola area. Much more geared you younger families, more activities and closer to Orlando.
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Old 03-05-2015, 02:40 PM
Location: Happy wherever I am - Florida now
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Leesburg itself is a distressed city with the exception of the area by the college near the mall or along Lake Harris.

Mt Dora is an artsy community on a large lake system designed by New Englanders around a town square park with boutique stores in the center and big box shopping along the adjacent major highway. Lots of unique restaurants and festivals with limited parking on weekends due to its popularity. There is a gorgeous stretch of homes along the lake from the Tavares waterfront park to Mt Dora.

Clermont is a newer area just above Orlando with rapidly spreading development and shopping centers replacing what were orange orchards. It's hilly with a few smaller lakes.
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