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Old 10-06-2010, 07:06 PM
 
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My husband & I currently live in PA & we are both sick of the cold long winters. My father lives in Kissimmee & we go down several times a year to visit him, we both love Florida but not the Kissimmee/Orlando area to live. After doing some research, Lake Mary seems to be the place for us, my father works in Lake Mary & loves it .We have never been there but have been to several other parts of Florida. we are waiting until i finish school for LPN in May. Does anyone what the job market is like for LPNs there & the pay? My husband would also like to get a job in law enforecment. Can you tell me about Lake Mary, the good & the bad. We are both late 20's & no childen, yet. is there a lot to do there? We do not want to live in a secluded area or a place where you have to drive 15 minutes to get to a store or restaurant. is it a busy town with things to do? What is your overall opinion about Lake Mary, likes & dislikes?? Thanks!
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Old 10-07-2010, 11:06 AM
 
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Lake Mary is not secluded and if you drove 15 minutes you would be 3 suburbs over. There is a fair amount of shopping and dining options in and immediately around Lake Mary. It is a laid back suburban area, but I really like it there. You don't feel like you're in a small town at all but also don't feel like you're in a ridiculously overbuilt bedroom community, translation= they left some trees, and peaceful side streets intact. There are places to eat, shop, see a movie, and even some nice spots to go out and socialize, maybe have a drink and dance. Plus as I mentioned, 15 minutes of driving into Orlando would have you almost there w/o traffic and 15 minutes in the opposite direction will have you in some beautiful river country to satisfy those cravings as well. IMO, Lake Mary is a very well situated suburb which ranks 8 out of 10 for me. With a future SunRail stop I might upgrade the ranking to a 9 of 10 since having 2 methods of public transit and a 4 year college is pretty tough to beat.
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Old 10-07-2010, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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My husband & I currently live in PA & we are both sick of the cold long winters. My father lives in Kissimmee & we go down several times a year to visit him, we both love Florida but not the Kissimmee/Orlando area to live. After doing some research, Lake Mary seems to be the place for us, my father works in Lake Mary & loves it .We have never been there but have been to several other parts of Florida. we are waiting until i finish school for LPN in May. Does anyone what the job market is like for LPNs there & the pay? My husband would also like to get a job in law enforecment. Can you tell me about Lake Mary, the good & the bad. We are both late 20's & no childen, yet. is there a lot to do there? We do not want to live in a secluded area or a place where you have to drive 15 minutes to get to a store or restaurant. is it a busy town with things to do? What is your overall opinion about Lake Mary, likes & dislikes?? Thanks!
I hear ya on all the things you stated about not driving 15 or minutes to the stores. I moved from the Poconos in PA and Lake Mary is sooo much better! Great choice! Stores, restaurants, entertainment and more are 1-5 miles the most. It is definately not secluded but not urban either.

As for jobs, you'll just have to apply to find out what's available. I'm sure you can land a job in a nursing home or doctor's office. I'm not sure about law enforcement though.

Do a search at the top right corner for Lake Mary. There are several threads with very good info about Lake Mary.

Godd luck! Where are you in PA?
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Old 10-07-2010, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Oviedo, Fl formerly from the Philly Burbs!
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I don't know what type of work you are looking to get but if you are looking at working in a hospital setting, you can open your search to Winter Park as well...there are at least 2 hospitals there. Florida Hospital Winter Park and Florida Hospital (south? or east) I forget what it's called exactly but it is on Orange Avenue just outside of Winter Park in Orlando.

Winter Park has some very nice areas as well! (It is big, so there are some not so nice areas too, so be sure to check it out)
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Old 10-08-2010, 06:03 AM
 
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Thanks for the post. I live in Kingston, its by Wilkes-Barre, we used to live in Stroudsburg. Where did you live in the Poconos? How long ago did you move to Lake Mary?
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Old 10-09-2010, 09:12 PM
 
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Lake Mary is not secluded and if you drove 15 minutes you would be 3 suburbs over. There is a fair amount of shopping and dining options in and immediately around Lake Mary. It is a laid back suburban area, but I really like it there. You don't feel like you're in a small town at all but also don't feel like you're in a ridiculously overbuilt bedroom community, translation= they left some trees, and peaceful side streets intact. There are places to eat, shop, see a movie, and even some nice spots to go out and socialize, maybe have a drink and dance. Plus as I mentioned, 15 minutes of driving into Orlando would have you almost there w/o traffic and 15 minutes in the opposite direction will have you in some beautiful river country to satisfy those cravings as well. IMO, Lake Mary is a very well situated suburb which ranks 8 out of 10 for me. With a future SunRail stop I might upgrade the ranking to a 9 of 10 since having 2 methods of public transit and a 4 year college is pretty tough to beat.
Hi! my family is considering a move to Orlando as well. some questions for the local posters are:
1) can someone comment on the daily commute between Lake Mary/Heathrow and Lake Nona? or between Lake Mary and UCF Main. We want to know if this is a doable during rush hour and what would be the average commute time?

2) where are the best public IB and magnet schools - for math and sciences and languages?
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Old 10-09-2010, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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Thanks for the post. I live in Kingston, its by Wilkes-Barre, we used to live in Stroudsburg. Where did you live in the Poconos? How long ago did you move to Lake Mary?
Yup, I know all of those. Moved to Lake Mary 11 years ago from Greentown and never will go back. Plenty to do here. It is very convenient with everything 5-10 minutes away. Also, it is safe. The thing I don't care for are cookie cutter neighborhoods. Although, there are other options. It depends what you like. Everything else, I do like.
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Old 10-09-2010, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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Hi! my family is considering a move to Orlando as well. some questions for the local posters are:
1) can someone comment on the daily commute between Lake Mary/Heathrow and Lake Nona? or between Lake Mary and UCF Main. We want to know if this is a doable during rush hour and what would be the average commute time?

2) where are the best public IB and magnet schools - for math and sciences and languages?
I think Lake Nona is too far, especially in rush hour. LM to UCF is about 30 minutes.

Seminole High has an IB program.
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