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Old 05-02-2011, 06:52 PM
 
Location: SWFL
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Close is relative to your point of referece IMO. Growing up in Southern NJ we were "car dependent". 20 minutes (across the bridge) from Philly, 40 minutes to "The Shore". So, 15-20 min. to Sarasota and 25-30 min. to AMI beaches is OK with us...

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Old 05-02-2011, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Lakewood Ranch, FL
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The MLS is being serviced at the moment so I can't check for availability but, off the top of my head, I think you might be able to find what you want in your budget but it will probably be a short sale or bank owned. If you drop the need for a pool or bonus room and/or den, it will get easier.

Regarding the communities, Greyhawk is a nice family subdivision and I have never met anyone who did not like living there. However, it is not the same as a master planned community like LWR. I'm not saying that a master planned community is the only way to go (some people don't like that) but, if you want most of the things that go into the "location, location, location" equation at your fingertips, it should be given extra consideration. I don't know Palmer Ranch as well but my sense of it is that it tends to skew a little less 'family' but it may be because I haven't seen as much of the area as I have up this way. If you haven't already checked out Central Park, you should. It is part of LWR and you can definitely build what you want in your price. Cardel Homes is building that size.
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Old 05-15-2011, 07:31 PM
 
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Small world IMRITA, we are from Washington Twp (South Jersey) 20 min from philly! We looked at Central Park, but i just wasn't impressed with the playground area.... it's so new that I'm not sure how family focused it will be. I have young twins and we really want an area where we can all grow.... It seems like HH, LWR and GHL are so far out there.... I was looking today at University Park, but it's a little out of our price range, and i'm not sure if it's young or just old golfers.... UGH! It's so hard! We really want something that is a good location and has a lot of kids.... LWR is so big, we drove all through greenbrook, and lots of the neighborhoods feel like the homes are on top of the street... Any suggestions for actual subdivisions in LWR or palmer or wherever are appreciated. I'm just getting very frustrated. it seems like none of these communities even have any kids out playing, a few in GHL, but again, it seems so out in the middle of nowhere... I thought North Port was out there.... LOL Bradenton almost makes NP look like it's jumping! JK
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Old 05-15-2011, 07:36 PM
 
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I would like to be like 20 min from the beach, but it's not a deal breaker....
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Old 07-24-2011, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Sarasota
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You will be about 10 minutes farther living in GHL than in LWR but I will take GHL any day over LWR. GHL has a guarded gate 24/7 and you get more for your money. Your home will be on a bigger lot, it will be bigger and the fitness is included and is 100% private to the GHL residents.

LWR you have to pay additional to belong to the gym and live on a postage stamp lot unless you are spending over 400K.

LWR recently had a home invasion so it's got it's problems.
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Old 08-15-2011, 07:11 AM
 
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I just want to add that I just moved to Greyhawk and love it here although you do have to drive to get to some places. I'm guessing this area will be developed in the future and soon you wont have to drive anymore, even if its a few years out! There are some nearby shopping areas and the privacy for the price cant be beat.
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Old 08-15-2011, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Florida and CT
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I looked at Greyhawk and liked it, but it seemed like mostly familes. I was not sure a retired widow like myself would fit in or find it easy to make friends there, as I would be living alone.
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Old 08-16-2011, 10:47 PM
 
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There are a lot of older folks around at Greyhawk, I see them out walking their dogs usually alone at times, so its hard to say I guess whether they are married or not.
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Old 05-06-2012, 10:41 AM
 
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Do you know what the HOA restrictions are at grey hawk landing for pets?
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Old 05-06-2012, 11:17 AM
 
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Hi, we are planning on moving from North Port to one of the listed communities. Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! thanks in advance!
Just curious if you've ever been to Sarasota before? Have you considered renting for a year before buying, we didn't but have heard that is the best way to truly decide which area you want etc etc.

There is no cookie cutter method other than getting down here and hitting the pavement by car or bike.

Good Luck !
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