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Old 03-03-2009, 02:24 PM
 
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Hi There,

My husband and I are considering a move to the North Port area this summer. We have an eight year old son that will be making the move with us. I do have a friend who already lives in North Port but wanted any and all advise anyone out there is willing to give, from where to hunt for jobs (I work in the clerical/admin/billing side of healthcare right now), to the best places to rent (Apartment community, House, Cond???) Have NO interest in buying as we recently lost our home here in New England due to one of those "don't worry about the pmnt right now...we're going to refi you in 3 months anyway mortgage companies.
So anything you're willing to share...schools, neighborhoods, even grocery stores..you name it I would like the info on it.

Thanks sooo much

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Old 03-03-2009, 02:27 PM
 
Location: MA
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Hi There,

My husband and I are considering a move to the North Port area this summer. We have an eight year old son that will be making the move with us. I do have a friend who already lives in North Port but wanted any and all advise anyone out there is willing to give, from where to hunt for jobs to the best places to rent (Apartment community, House, Cond???) Have NO interest in buying as we recently lost our home here in New England due to one of those "don't worry about the pmnt right now...we're going to refi you in 3 months anyway
Schools, neighborhoods, you name it I would like the info on it.

Thanks sooo much
Hi Chel, I can't help you since I still live in MA right now, but we are also planning a move to that area this summer. we will also be renting. I have been looking at rental housing in North Port through a Coldwell Banker website and saw some really, really amazing houses to rent for like 1/4 of what it would cost to rent a house that size here in MA, its amazing. Of course, I know it is all relative, costs of living, etc, etc.

Please keep in touch, maybe we can help each other out as far as research and stuff goes!
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Old 03-03-2009, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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I live in North Port so I can probably answer most of your questions. I'll start with schools-I prefer Cranberry or Lamarque Elementary, possibly Toledo Blade for their gifted program which is new this year.

There are some great little fresh produce stands on US41 from Port Charlotte all the way through North Port. One is called Sunshine Produce on the left hand side just after Toledo Blade heading north from PC. They usually have pretty good produce at reasonable prices. I buy all of my produce there and boxed and canned goods at WalMart but WalMart has awful produce. You can find pretty good produce at Publix as well but it's much more than purchasing at the produce stands.

Neighborhoods are named by what major street runs by them so sometimes they are a bit hard to define. If you want a more populated area stay between Sumter and Toledo Blade. Anything east of Toledo Blade gets pretty rural. I live off Chamberlain Blvd and like my neighborhood.

You could probably get a newer home for around $850 per month or so. I would surely do some bargaining with the landlord, most prices are quite flexible right now. You might want to try Craigslist for rentals and I would agree with Madaly's recommendation of Coldwell Bankers website for rentals.

The job situation is tough right now here. You will probably have to travel to Port Charlotte, Sarasota or Venice for work. You might want to look for a rental that is closer to I-75 for easy access.

Let me know if you have any more questions about the area.
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Old 03-03-2009, 05:30 PM
 
Location: MA
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I live in North Port so I can probably answer most of your questions. I'll start with schools-I prefer Cranberry or Lamarque Elementary, possibly Toledo Blade for their gifted program which is new this year.

There are some great little fresh produce stands on US41 from Port Charlotte all the way through North Port. One is called Sunshine Produce on the left hand side just after Toledo Blade heading north from PC. They usually have pretty good produce at reasonable prices. I buy all of my produce there and boxed and canned goods at WalMart but WalMart has awful produce. You can find pretty good produce at Publix as well but it's much more than purchasing at the produce stands.

Neighborhoods are named by what major street runs by them so sometimes they are a bit hard to define. If you want a more populated area stay between Sumter and Toledo Blade. Anything east of Toledo Blade gets pretty rural. I live off Chamberlain Blvd and like my neighborhood.

You could probably get a newer home for around $850 per month or so. I would surely do some bargaining with the landlord, most prices are quite flexible right now. You might want to try Craigslist for rentals and I would agree with Madaly's recommendation of Coldwell Bankers website for rentals.

The job situation is tough right now here. You will probably have to travel to Port Charlotte, Sarasota or Venice for work. You might want to look for a rental that is closer to I-75 for easy access.

Let me know if you have any more questions about the area.
SoFlGal, thanks for your input!
I wasn't sure if it was a good thing to look through a RE company but I figured maybe we should since we pretty much know nothing. I was also kind of Leary at the idea that I could actually rent a BRAND NEW home for what I saw. some that were never lived in. I thought maybe something was wrong with them, or it was some sort of scam because a house like what I saw would go for over 2k a month here.
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Old 03-03-2009, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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SoFlGal, thanks for your input!
I wasn't sure if it was a good thing to look through a RE company but I figured maybe we should since we pretty much know nothing. I was also kind of Leary at the idea that I could actually rent a BRAND NEW home for what I saw. some that were never lived in. I thought maybe something was wrong with them, or it was some sort of scam because a house like what I saw would go for over 2k a month here.
Nope, no scam...usually. There's just a lot of inventory here in North Port so the competition makes the landlords have to lower the prices. Just double check that the landlord is not going into foreclosure. That's not a situation that you would want to get into.
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Old 03-03-2009, 05:35 PM
 
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I have found a few rentals in the 800.00 to 900.00 area but they are asking for a security deposit of @ 1300.00 dollars!! Is that the usual?? then there is the water deposit 100.00+ and the pet deposit 350.00+...when all is said and done its almost a $3000.00 outlay to rent a house (which is what I'd prefer) but with that kind of $$$ it's looking more and more like an apartment community is the direction we may have to go ( , would you say there would be wiggle room in that area or would it be a waste of time to try...
Thanks again for your help.
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Old 03-03-2009, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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I have found a few rentals in the 800.00 to 900.00 area but they are asking for a security deposit of @ 1300.00 dollars!! Is that the usual?? then there is the water deposit 100.00+ and the pet deposit 350.00+...when all is said and done its almost a $3000.00 outlay to rent a house (which is what I'd prefer) but with that kind of $$$ it's looking more and more like an apartment community is the direction we may have to go ( , would you say there would be wiggle room in that area or would it be a waste of time to try...
Thanks again for your help.
I'd try to talk the deposit money down-That seems a bit excessive. Everything is negotiable. I'd just start calling and see what kind of deal you can make. My neighbor moved in with no deposit. If they want to get it rented they're gonna have to be a little more flexible with the deposits.
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Old 03-04-2009, 02:43 PM
 
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How far is the REAL drive to Venice & Sarasota from North Port? We've been looking online there also. Thanks
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Old 03-04-2009, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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It's about 15-20 minutes from Venice and 35-40 minutes from Sarasota depending on where in North Port you are coming from and where you are going to in the other cities.
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Old 03-04-2009, 06:37 PM
 
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It's about 15-20 minutes from Venice and 35-40 minutes from Sarasota depending on where in North Port you are coming from and where you are going to in the other cities.
I have to put my 2cents in here because I drive from South Sarasota to Nokomis frequently, and it takes 15-20 mins to get there. (traveling South, Nokomis comes before Venice) so you could do some deductive reasoning
- That would be taking US41.

Now if you want to take 75 you could possibly make it there in SOFLGAL time frame for Venice and North Port.
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