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Old 04-08-2010, 02:51 PM
 
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My wife and I spent a couple of days in Vero and PSL. Our impression of Vero is that it had a tired, worn out look and feel to it. On the other hand PSL seemed fresher, more dynamic. We cruised neighborhoods in both communities and didn't really see any homes that jumped out at us as possible retirement homes in Vero. But the number and quality of available homes in PSL was nothing short of impressive. Frankly, though, I'm not quite ready to give up on Vero and I'm wondering if there is a better way to explore these communities? Ideas?
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Old 04-09-2010, 05:22 AM
 
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What's your price range? Chances are what costs X amount of dollars in PSL isn't going to get you as much in Vero. Get a realtor, she/he'll help you explore both areas.
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Old 04-10-2010, 06:44 PM
 
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hehhehhe...JimMe...


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What you will be happy with depends on some factors. What kind of lifestyle are you seeking. What price of course. All year or part time? Retire or still have some kids? PSL gives you quick access to West Palm and loads of things to do if we don't have them here.

so...what'cha really looking for and makes you stop and say... I LIKE that! ??

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Old 04-13-2010, 07:07 AM
 
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My wife and I spent a couple of days in Vero and PSL. Our impression of Vero is that it had a tired, worn out look and feel to it. On the other hand PSL seemed fresher, more dynamic. We cruised neighborhoods in both communities and didn't really see any homes that jumped out at us as possible retirement homes in Vero. But the number and quality of available homes in PSL was nothing short of impressive. Frankly, though, I'm not quite ready to give up on Vero and I'm wondering if there is a better way to explore these communities? Ideas?


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Old 04-13-2010, 07:27 AM
 
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hehhehhe...JimMe...


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What you will be happy with depends on some factors. What kind of lifestyle are you seeking. What price of course. All year or part time? Retire or still have some kids? PSL gives you quick access to West Palm and loads of things to do if we don't have them here.

so...what'cha really looking for and makes you stop and say... I LIKE that! ??
FlaLadyB, I always find your posts informative and helpful. My wife and I will be retiring at the end of August 2012. So no kids (all grown) and no need for employment. We like the cinder block style of Florida homes (here in Maine everything is frame) and would like upwards of 1600sf of living space, a decent-sized lot (a quarter acre is enough) close enough to the beaches where we love to walk (but not so close that we have to worry about the salt air ruining our car). We're also exploring the possibility of buying a pool home or having one put in but that's still up in the air. I think we've pretty well ruled out a gated community (we don't want to spend our retirement years fighting some committee). We explored some of the terrain in PSL between Gatlin and Decker on our trip and saw many homes that fit the bill except for the evident crowding. We're looking forward to working with a realtor (or realtors, as you suggest, if we decide to further explore Vero). If you're still in the business when we retire we may be giving you a call.
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Old 04-13-2010, 08:37 AM
 
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Well thank you ...I always try to help. Yes, you will want to look for a CBS home and not frame. Built newer than older because of more restrictions and requirements with building codes.
The average lot is 80x125 in most areas, but some are larger. Remember that most of the older homes will be closer to the water. Mixed newer and older homes to Bayshore. Mostly newer homes from Bayshore west.

Also gated communities aren't as bad as many people think they are. No commercial vehicles is the major one where in general PSL you can put anything- boats, old cars that don't run, multiple cars, trailers, campers, bus, etc.- in your yard and/or your driveway without restriction. Some are good about it, others are not. In communities the lots are smaller because they have amenities to provide and build on smaller lots to make the amount of money spent include what it needs to but you also don't usually have to cut your own grass which for me since I work all the time, I LOVE! They also usually include cable TV, and some include Internet as well. A clubhouse and a community pool too. Most are gated. Kind of depends on your lifestyle. Mine is still hectic and I don't have time to do anything but run in and run out so having my yard look nice all the time is a huge plus for me. I don't find any other restriction to my detriment....I like it, but that's me.

One reason I always ask what peoples needs are to help decided what it is they really want. Some want the things a gated community gives them, others want the space and like mowing the yard.

Either way, there is something for everybody. We just have to make your "wish list" and see what homes fit in it.
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Old 04-13-2010, 10:30 AM
 
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Well thank you ...I always try to help. Yes, you will want to look for a CBS home and not frame. Built newer than older because of more restrictions and requirements with building codes.
The average lot is 80x125 in most areas, but some are larger. Remember that most of the older homes will be closer to the water. Mixed newer and older homes to Bayshore. Mostly newer homes from Bayshore west.

Also gated communities aren't as bad as many people think they are. No commercial vehicles is the major one where in general PSL you can put anything- boats, old cars that don't run, multiple cars, trailers, campers, bus, etc.- in your yard and/or your driveway without restriction. Some are good about it, others are not. In communities the lots are smaller because they have amenities to provide and build on smaller lots to make the amount of money spent include what it needs to but you also don't usually have to cut your own grass which for me since I work all the time, I LOVE! They also usually include cable TV, and some include Internet as well. A clubhouse and a community pool too. Most are gated. Kind of depends on your lifestyle. Mine is still hectic and I don't have time to do anything but run in and run out so having my yard look nice all the time is a huge plus for me. I don't find any other restriction to my detriment....I like it, but that's me.

One reason I always ask what peoples needs are to help decided what it is they really want. Some want the things a gated community gives them, others want the space and like mowing the yard.

Either way, there is something for everybody. We just have to make your "wish list" and see what homes fit in it.
Wish we could make the move now. But two years isn't that long.
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Old 04-14-2010, 12:25 PM
 
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... We...would like...a decent-sized lot (a quarter acre is enough) close enough to the beaches where we love to walk (but not so close that we have to worry about the salt air ruining our car)....
You're shopping for an oxymoron. If you're close to beaches, the air will be salty.

I suggest you press "reset," and hope you have better results than the well-known politician who recently did that.
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Old 04-15-2010, 01:32 PM
 
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You're shopping for an oxymoron. If you're close to beaches, the air will be salty.

I suggest you press "reset," and hope you have better results than the well-known politician who recently did that.
Now you've got me wondering. I was under the impression that if you lived inland a ways, say near I 95, that the salt air would not be an issue. Am I wrong about that?
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Old 04-16-2010, 12:56 PM
 
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Now you've got me wondering. I was under the impression that if you lived inland a ways, say near I 95, that the salt air would not be an issue. Am I wrong about that?
If you live near I 95, salt air should not be an issue because you're no longer close to salt water or beaches. Realize, however, that near I 95 you will be trading less salt in the air (bad for the car) for more carbon monoxide, ozone and particulate matter (bad for the lungs).
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