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Old 01-26-2008, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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I don't understand what you mean by a YOUNG community?

I'm 37, and when I'm doing taxes, the people I see are generally YOUNGER than me, so I think it's a young community.

And if you go out to the bars, like Rasher Tierney's...well, I was there only once, I'll admit...but I didn't see many gray haired old fogeys there either.
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Old 01-27-2008, 04:04 AM
 
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I don't understand what you mean by a YOUNG community?

I'm 37, and when I'm doing taxes, the people I see are generally YOUNGER than me, so I think it's a young community.

And if you go out to the bars, like Rasher Tierney's...well, I was there only once, I'll admit...but I didn't see many gray haired old fogeys there either.
Young, under 50 with young ( under 18) children.

I found a home a few miles from Greyhawk landing on th eother side of town. We looked in Lakewood Ranch, it was very nice, but I don't think it is a community for us.
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Old 01-27-2008, 09:17 AM
 
Location: FL 33774
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Sorry to hear this Peaches.
How old is your child? What are his/her interests (if they are old enough to have any) We moved here from another country when our children were 6 and 7. I was lonely for a long time, it's hard to make friends through children at school. Its not like where I lived in the UK, where parents got together a lot and socialized. I found that the parents of children here were not of the same thinking as me. I only started to find my feet when after a few weeks I found soccer clubs for them to join. Here I found my 'home'! Parents with a common purpose. Their children and a sport they liked too (even if they didn't quite get the rules LOL). I am now, after 8 years of this soccer mom life, very integrated, can virtually go anywhere in the bay area and bump into some soccer parent I know, know tons of people at school events, and it goes on. I am certain that it's not just this sport. I am sure dance moms, swimming moms, art moms, boyscout moms and so on, build the same way.
I love Pinellas county, its no secret on this forum It has a great mix of everything in a relatively small and contained area. We have water and beaches, all the usual family needs, and low crime in most areas. Good luck to you all, I hope that you can find a settled lifestyle.
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Old 04-10-2008, 07:48 AM
 
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Default Here's my 2c

Hi
I know you were concerned about Lakewood Ranch being too expensive but I know that there are lots of deals on the market at the moment. Even if something is a little over your price range, sellers are having to be very flexible about what they will accept. If a property is vacant, or has been on the market quite some time - they are more likely to accept a silly offer.

We are about to move next month from NY. We have been down to the area many times over the past few years. I'd suggest Lakewood Ranch - planned community - it has a number of different areas. If you go to Welcome to Lakewood Ranch you can find out all about the communities. There are major deals to be had in property there at the moment and it is totally family orientated. New YMCA, new public schools, wide choice of private schools. Airport is 10 minutes away, which is necessary for us because my husband commutes to NY. Willis Elementary school (pulbic) gets great reviews. Our son is gifted so we did a lot of research about the schools in the area. Clean, tidy, quiet, spacious communities within the "ranch" that have adventure parks, pools, nature reserves, - everything is laid out for bike riding, walking, etc. It has a little Main St with shops, cafes, restaurants, movie theater, and a dinner theater is due to open soon.
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Old 04-10-2008, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Where the sun always shines..
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I can relate- in my 30's married with a 2yo. We don't like it here either. We like being close to the beaches though. I can tell you this, we looked around and found the areas near here to be similar. IMO I wouldn't touch clearwarter, a bit "poor" feeling to me. Sarasota, love it, but can't afford it! EAST bradenton is very nice, try areas like Mill Creek or braden river lakes. Many of my "friends" live out that way.. Personally, My husband and I are looking to get away from the hussle and bussle. We like Parrish a lot, try searching the subdivisions of ancient oaks, lexinton you may like it. They have A schools out there (willliams and buffalo creek) and they are affordable homes!
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Old 04-12-2008, 06:18 PM
 
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We are in our 30's, have a child, and we are all miserable here in West Bradenton!
Join the club!

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why are you so unhappy? because everyone is old?
No.

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are you unhappy because of Bradenton's Gang Problem?
Yes.

Bradenton in general has just become a crazy city that isn't what it used to be. It really is no longer safe. Most parts aren't anyway.
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Old 04-12-2008, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Venice, Florida
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I highly recommend the Lakewood Ranch area, young (new) community, things to do and a short drive to the beach. Not far from Sarasota proper where you have arts and entertainment. Email me if you'd like more information about the area.
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Old 04-12-2008, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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Bradenton in general has just become a crazy city that isn't what it used to be. It really is no longer safe. Most parts aren't anyway.
After two years here, as a PEDESTRIAN (that's right, I DON'T drive), I've never seen nor had any problems with crime. And I live near Cortez and 41.
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Old 04-12-2008, 10:53 PM
 
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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Smile Join a volunteer organization

I belong to Junior League. You will meet tons of other young women there - with kids, without kids - and if you ever move, your membership transfers.

Voila, a new group of friends!
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Old 04-14-2008, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Florida
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After two years here, as a PEDESTRIAN (that's right, I DON'T drive), I've never seen nor had any problems with crime. And I live near Cortez and 41.
You either need glasses or if you have them already, a new prescription is in order.

Take a walk over to Circle K, on 41 just north of Cortez the next evening you want to work off supper and observe the locals.
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