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Old 04-13-2017, 11:47 PM
 
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I am in the process of looking for a new home in the general area of Marion County. I started looking near Ocala, but I have found properties as far away as Gainesville. I wonder if people can give me some advice.

I would like to have a lot of land, like 50-100 acres. It looks like most of the properties that are within reach are 10-20 acres, which would certainly be better than the tiny plot I live on in Miami.

Seems like I will probably have to go to areas in the southwestern or northern part of the county to get what I want (Morriston, Williston, Citra, etc.).

My elderly father will be with me. He likes to have lunch in restaurants, so I am wondering if these areas have anything to offer. Nothing fancy, but better than Subway. Also, is access to medical care (including EMT's) good in these areas?

I would like to have decent soil in case I have to grow things. Rolling hills are a plus from the privacy/shooting standpoint. I don't want to be in a trashy area with unusually high crime.

Any advice you can give me would be appreciated. I am counting the minutes until I get out of South Florida forever.
Me too
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Old 04-13-2017, 11:55 PM
 
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Oh please tell me wizrap where is this place. I'm in south Florida and I'm not liking it too much. The rudeness has absolutely shocked me. The traffic is horrendous. I do love the beach, but I'm convinced that living near the beach has a price to pay. Better to just visit.

I have a house up north in a rural area. Having 2 places is getting too much going back and forth. My hubby isn't well. I would love a place like my home up north, but without the snow. Sounds,like you have found it. So knowing where you have found this paradise would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 04-13-2017, 11:58 PM
 
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It's beautiful up here -- lots of nature, very woodsy, great produce, excellent health care and a general lower cost of living. Slower paced--less traffic.

I still visit South Florida about once a month to see clients, and it is nice to visit, but I do not miss it.
I wouldn't miss it either.
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Old 04-14-2017, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Gainesville, FL; formerly Weston, FL
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Hello Marblecake. We settled in Alachua County, just west of Gainesville proper, west of I75. We rented in Newberry for 18 months & bought in unincorporated Gainesville 5 months ago shortly after selling our home in South Florida. It was an excellent decision for us.

I can only imagine the huge job of managing 2 homes; it is so much work for me just taking care of one.

Good luck with your search!
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Old 04-19-2017, 11:08 PM
 
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Thanks wizrap. Were snowbirds. Our second winter down here in this madhouse.

About having 2 homes, I close down one place when I'm at the other place, so not really too bad. And in SF it's a condo not a house. The difficult part is when we go back and forth. Takes many days to get prepare to go, and get settled once there.

Another thing I noticed in SF is when you signal to change lanes, instead of the drivers slowing down to let you in, they speed up. Imagine!!!! Unbelievable.

SF!!! What was I thinking?? I know, I love the beach. But living close to the beach has a price to pay.

Thanks again for the info. I'll check it out.
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