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Old 08-22-2010, 09:03 PM
 
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My husband and I are making an offer on a home on Siesta Key. While the location on water and walking distance to the beach is a dream come true for us, I am a bit concerned if our children 2 and 4 will have many children to play with as they grow up.

We have visited Siesta Key several times and love the area but we are well aware that great vacation locations can be a bit of a hassle for full time residents during high season(we live in a Florida coastal town now) The home we are looking at is south of the Stickley Point bridge which we thought would be less congested than the Siesta Dr bridge during season. I would appreciate all comments
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Old 08-23-2010, 05:37 AM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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My kids have several friends that live on Siesta. They are, of course, older than your kids-12 & 17 years old. I don't know the exact amount of kids but I would say there's a fair amount. When I look in the Pine View student directory I many Siesta addresses.

I like the south Siesta area quite a bit. It eliminates most of the winter traffic being down that far. Not sure where you're buying but The Sanderling is one of my favorite subdivisions down that way.
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Old 08-23-2010, 09:24 AM
 
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My kids have several friends that live on Siesta. They are, of course, older than your kids-12 & 17 years old. I don't know the exact amount of kids but I would say there's a fair amount. When I look in the Pine View student directory I many Siesta addresses.

as i was leaving pine view this morning i notice one of the bus lists posted was for Siesta Key. But i am new here and have no idea!! If all goes well and we decide to buy a house we want to be closer to the beach so we may look over there (my kids are 7 and 9) and we are in Osprey right now
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Old 08-23-2010, 09:53 AM
 
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as i was leaving pine view this morning i notice one of the bus lists posted was for Siesta Key. But i am new here and have no idea!! If all goes well and we decide to buy a house we want to be closer to the beach so we may look over there (my kids are 7 and 9) and we are in Osprey right now
I heard that Pineview has a bus stop on Siesta. I hope our boys can test into Pineview. I am a bit dismayed at the prices of the private schools. I just called Out of Door and can't believe it is $14,000 for Pre K!!! My 4 year old goes to an amazing private school here for $6000 which I thought was a bit high considering its 4 hrs a day. I was expecting maybe $9k but $14k WOW and no sibling discount!
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Old 08-23-2010, 10:10 AM
 
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I heard that Pineview has a bus stop on Siesta. I hope our boys can test into Pineview. I am a bit dismayed at the prices of the private schools. I just called Out of Door and can't believe it is $14,000 for Pre K!!! My 4 year old goes to an amazing private school here for $6000 which I thought was a bit high considering its 4 hrs a day. I was expecting maybe $9k but $14k WOW and no sibling discount!
yup, no joke. we moved here from a private gifted school in NY (long island - that's outside NYC) after researching up and down the east coast for a public gifted school. 2 kids in private school since pre-k. This year tuition would have cost me over $30k . I really hope Pine View works out!!
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Old 08-24-2010, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Punta Gorda and Maryland
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yup, no joke. we moved here from a private gifted school in NY (long island - that's outside NYC) after researching up and down the east coast for a public gifted school. 2 kids in private school since pre-k. This year tuition would have cost me over $30k . I really hope Pine View works out!!
I'm sure they will do well as long as you stay involved and make sure they pick the right peer group of friends that also want to learn and do well. As long as they have the desire and value for education (which is going to propell them for life) then they can get a great education there. That doesn't mean that there won't be bumps in the road, barriers for you to help them over or charge through - that happens everywhere. I went to both public and one of the best private prep / boarding jacket and tie schools in the country. I wanted that education and got it in both places, and I saw others that just couldn't care less - they were just going through the process and spending the time. So, more than you realize the burden is with the kids and the support and strength of the family and what they instill.

jnanner, I'm impressed with how helpful and supportive you and rushmore, gettingoutajersey, and some of the other newer posters have become!! You guys have really helped solidify and have helped keep this board one of the best on CD.
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Old 08-24-2010, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Hi Seasidejules

My family and I are considering moving to Siesta Key too. We live in the DC area and are ready for a change! We have a 6 and 3 year old. As much as I love Siesta Key, my one concern is not having permanent neighbors and living in an area where there aren't many families.

Please keep us updated on your move, as I would love to hear about your experience, as I prepare for our potential move next summer.
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Old 08-24-2010, 04:36 PM
 
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I love Siesta Key,what a beautiful place to live.

2 Questions.

How quickly can a person evacuate,if a hurricane/bad storm hits?

Also isn't it true all of SK is in a flood zone.
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Old 08-24-2010, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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I love Siesta Key,what a beautiful place to live.

2 Questions.

How quickly can a person evacuate,if a hurricane/bad storm hits?

Also isn't it true all of SK is in a flood zone.
Yes, SK is in a flood zone, as many of the barrier islands are. There aren't THAT many people living on the key so I suppose it would get somewhat congested if there was a mandatory evacuation but I don't think it would be too bad. Also it's much more crowed in the winter than in the summer-most hurricanes hit in the summer when it is less populated with tourist and seasonal renters.

Also if you're considering living out on the key you might want to stay north of the north bridge or south of the south bridge. If you're anywhere in between the bridges you're going to get snarled up in traffic on a daily basis in the winter month with the snowbirds making their way to and from the beach. It gets real old, real fast
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Old 08-25-2010, 10:09 AM
 
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We didn't get the house we were interested in buying on Siesta Key which is probably a blessing. We've decided to rent for a year to make sure we want to live on the key. I am concerned about the number of children living there full time as well. I haven't found a neighborhood area that really fits all that we want. So any advice would be appreciated.

My husband really wants to be on water. His dream is to have a boat in the backyard. But we also want a family friendly neighborhood with at least some children within walking distance and a good elelmentary school in case our boys are not able to get into Pineview. Of course we think they are brillant

Not sure if it exists for under $600k and even then not sure if it would be a social neighborhood. Our experience has been the higher priced the neighborhood the less social it is. Our neighborhood now is very upscale but I hate it because most people are older and no one socializes. Boring and lonely!!! We definately don't want this again. I'll take nice, fun neighbors over McMansion anyday.
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