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Old 01-06-2007, 10:46 AM
 
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I have been looking to relocate to FL from NY and Polk seems to be reasonable for what you can get for 225k compared to other areas. I appreciate feedback but if you just want to complain, go elsewhere. I have a family and looking for good schools. Davenport or Kissimmi come to mind.
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Old 01-06-2007, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Central Florida
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Well, you need to re evaluate your meaning of "good schools" they are few and far between down here..
Depending on what you want , busy night life , or calmer area// Kissimmee is busy lots of traffic, and a larger Hispanic Population,
Davenport is sort of laid back not a happening area, but nice homes are affordable ...and there is a large European Population Mainly Brits who come for 6 months....and then go back
there are alot of Vacation homes in Davenport,
Kissimmee there are TONS of homes for sale, and at a decent price, close to disney , and some good outlet shopping...
it really just depends on what kind of place you like
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Old 01-06-2007, 05:36 PM
 
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I like the sounds of Davenport better.
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Old 01-06-2007, 06:09 PM
 
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NE Polk County (Davenport, Haines City, etc) is experiencing a lot of growth with a lot more coming. It is very close to the attractions area and has decent access to both Orlando and Tampa. There isn't much right in the area as far as restuarants and night life, but there are an awful lot of golf courses.
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Old 01-07-2007, 04:27 PM
 
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I lived in Polk County for 10 yrs.I would recommend Winter Haven.Schools are good city is clean.Lots of lakes and its close to all the parks.New homes with a decent sized lot are more of a value than places closer to Orlando.
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Old 01-09-2007, 02:25 PM
 
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I myself is thinking about moving to kissimmee around poincianna area can anyone plz tell me more about the areas as far as schools,crime,jobs,mall ect.........

thanks
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Old 01-09-2007, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Central Florida
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i live in Poinciana,
and although its a very pretty area, its growing rapidily, the traffic is not great , and there has been alot of talk about GANGS, now before some one from Poinciana jumps down my throat about about the GANGS, Go read the lakelandledger..
Now that being said ,the cops are out in force here , we even have a citizen patrol with a police cruiser ( no weapons) they just drive around looking for "Criminal element".which is GREAT...( and of course they call the police if found)
there is a big "melting pot" of culture here
we have several nice parks, we have some decent shopping , but nothing to write home about ...
the one thing about poincian , is that no one expected it to boom as fast and as quickly as it did, so there fore there is not a real good infrastructure.
but in time im sure it will come.
Ok if you have school aged children, the schools are'nt the best, but im sure that will change also, they are currently building a new High school and two new Elementry schools.
the town ( city Center) of Kissimme is about 20 minutes, away..
come and check for your self, but mind you , don't come at 5 pm to 6pm thats when the traffic is at its worst!
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Old 01-09-2007, 09:52 PM
 
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Hello

This is my first posting so please be kind as nervous

I live in the Davenport are and whilst the area is very nice some of the schools are not so nice.

Haines City High should be avoided if possible although there is talk of new schools being built due to the expansion in our area

Celebration high is a good school but to attend you have to live in Osceola county
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Old 01-11-2007, 05:49 AM
 
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there already is a new High School in the Davenport area , its called Ridge, and it took some of the haines city kids due to over crowding
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Old 01-12-2007, 01:58 AM
 
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I have been looking to relocate to FL from NY and Polk seems to be reasonable for what you can get for 225k compared to other areas. I appreciate feedback but if you just want to complain, go elsewhere. I have a family and looking for good schools. Davenport or Kissimmi come to mind.
Kisimmee is basically part of Mexico now. Davenport has a large British population, they are WONDERFUL PEOPLE to deal with, very polite and professional. Davneport has also a lot of retierees, so BE PATIENT in traffic, they are slow and believe it will be peaceful and quiet at night. Big chnage from NY!

Polk county is nice, however, you need to understand, public schools in Florida are terrible, so bad I have to pay $335/mo for each of my kids to go to private school. But again, if you live in NYC and your kids attened public schools, then Polk schools will be easy, they won't have to worry about too many bullies or crack dealers at school (compared to NYC).

One thing to watch for is TORNADOES. They have them a lot in Polk, Osceola and north towards Sumter and Flager counties.

Good luck.
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