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Old 06-11-2012, 03:30 PM
 
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Looking online at homes in the Lakewood Park section of Fort Pierce. Homes in the area look nice, but unsure of crime, etc. Would like the good, bad and ugly of the area.
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Old 09-28-2013, 07:30 PM
 
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Default Lakewood Park

I have found homes there as well. If you get any information please let me know.
Thanks!
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Old 09-28-2013, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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Fort Pierce has a marina and a downtown and some lovely old buildings. I did not buy there but really like the feel of the area unlike PSL where I bought that has no character- sorry, no central hub and no marina. I like living here but things could be better.
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Old 09-29-2013, 06:09 AM
 
Location: Vero Beach
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I have only been to Ft. Pierce once, and while the downtown area seemed nice, the business area around it was not impressive (on US 1). It just didn't have the same classiness as Vero Beach. I have heard more negative about Ft Pierce than positive from people who have lived in the Treasure Coast area a while. Apparently it has a higher crime rate than surrounding cities.
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Old 09-29-2013, 08:20 AM
 
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Lakewood Park is the northermost community east of I95 in St Lucie County. The northernmost street runs parallel with Vero Beach. In all likelyhood you will go into Vero Beach to do almost everything like shopping and dining. Not sure about schools if that is an issue. Lakewood is generally properly kept area dominated by older smaller single family homes. Crime is really not an issue, to me is that you are really living in an area where you are pretty far from most everything which is why you are seeing such good deals on homes. That and most homes up there have well and septic, I think you can get city water but do not think there is sewer service in Lakewood Park.
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Old 09-29-2013, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Port St. Lucie, Florida
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There are 33 homes for sale in Lakewood Park that area priced from
$33,900 to $189,000 Mostly septic and well but a few with city water or available.

Most were built from the 70-90's but found two built in 2006 and 2007

The area is on the north side on Indrio and immediately west of the turnpike feeder road
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Old 09-30-2013, 06:45 AM
 
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Fort Pierce has a marina and a downtown and some lovely old buildings. I did not buy there but really like the feel of the area unlike PSL where I bought that has no character- sorry, no central hub and no marina. I like living here but things could be better.

No marinas in PSL? I'm sorry but that is false.

What about Sandpiper Marina? Or River Park Marina?

As far as "central hub" I think it all depends on where in PSL you live. I live near St. Lucie West area so to me the "central hub" is the St. Lucie West & Tradition shopping areas. Sure...PSL does not have a "downtown" area but that is fine. There are enough "downtown" city type areas in this state. I am happy with the fact that some of those areas are within 30-45minute driving distance.

The crime in PSL is low because there is not a "downtown" city area. Downtown city areas attract nothing but problems.

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Old 09-30-2013, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Port St. Lucie, Florida
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Here is a link to crime reports from the Fort Pierce Police Dept.

https://www.crimereports.com/map?sea...pierce+florida

You can look at the map, move it around, or put in an address


hummm ...seems that link shows sex offenders only for some reason...let me define a map for you, although this one IS interesting

ok...you have to up and put in DATES to get all the rest -- from ... to..... not as easy to use as others

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Old 10-12-2013, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Central Florida
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Great topic - my family has been living in Lakewood Park since 1983. My grandmother had a house built there in '83 and my parents have built a house and owned a few other houses and parcels of land since mid-80's. In a nutshell they don't mind living there but would move because the neighborhood seems to be on a decline.

CRIME: Knockin' on wood we've never had any issues with crime other than hearing about some neighbors houses being broken into (turned out it was a neighborhood kid) and a car was broken into probably 20 years ago. My parents say the neighborhood is getting worse though. I'm sure they know things I don't since I no longer live in FL. Super cheap prices could draw un-neighborly like people.

OTHER: if you find a house take a drive around the blocks nearby and look at how well people take care of their homes. I tend to see groups of ****ty houses with overgrown lawns or lawns full of junk. Also, be cautious of wood frame houses they are sporadic and you will have a nightmare getting insurance coverage. Finally, the price often dictates the size and updating of the homes. My parents home is on the smaller side but would be priced higher because it's been recently renovated top to bottom. It no longer makes sense for people to significantly upgrade their houses because the values don't reflect the work. So be mindful of a fixer and how much you'll have to put in versus what it's worth afterward.

PROS: Some properties are new; some properties border or have lake views that cannot be obstructed; quick access to Vero Beach; quick access to i-95; new park with pools, trails and sporting fields; FPL power; Good lot lines (no touching your neighbors!); low crime; local elementary school

CONS: HOA that is too lax; well-water not city water (anywhere! - the HOA priced it out and it would have been a $10K assessment to every piece of land to bring in city water); cheap prices can bring riff-raff; not local middle/high school (have to be bused to Fort Pierce); cesspools no sewers;

I can't think of anything else so feel free to ask some questions I'll answer what I can
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