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Old 06-04-2015, 02:12 PM
 
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Hi guys!

I live in South Florida. We are looking for a nice, "small town/rural" area to move to in Northern Florida. We would like to stay in the Tallahassee area. I've noticed that the city of Monticello, FL, 25 miles from Tallahassee, has some gorgeous old antebellum homes at a great price. Some even come with acreage. A "walking tour" of the city on googlemaps streetview shows a very cute, well manicured little town. So, why so cheap?? Is this a good area to raise kids? Is this a safe area???? Are there "racial issues" ??? I can't help but think that there must be something wrong with the city for there to be such great deals on housing, less than 30 miles from Tallahassee. Any and all info on Monticello wold be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!
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Old 06-05-2015, 01:58 PM
 
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We live just outside Monticello (about 4 miles from downtown) on 10 acres in the woods. We love it here. There are many people that have moved here from south FL and really like it.
The schools are horrible. The lowest rated in the state.
It is a quick and easy drive to Tallahassee, but even quicker and easier to get to Thomasville, GA, which is my new favorite small city.
There are bad sections of town, but the main part is beautiful and clean and well-kept. There are many beautiful old homes.
Crime/criminal activity is almost exclusively restricted to the "bad" areas, and some "bad" people that reside in those areas.
I have not noticed any racial tensions, although according to statistics, Caucasians are slightly in the minority here.
There are some really nice, "country" people here. There are some well educated professional people here.
There are some "trashy" people. It's a pretty mixed bag.
Oh, and I suspect that the reason homes are 'cheaper' here, is because of the really bad school system. And the slightly longer drive to a 'big' city.
You should definitely visit
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Old 06-06-2015, 04:01 PM
 
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Monticello is a very pleasant town. The low prices are due to its small size, remote location, and "bad" public schools. There is no Walmart, not much in the way of amenities. There is a Winn Dixie for groceries.
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Old 06-06-2015, 07:28 PM
 
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Monticello is a very pleasant town. The low prices are due to its small size, remote location, and "bad" public schools. There is no Walmart, not much in the way of amenities. There is a Winn Dixie for groceries.

We have a Piggly Wiggly also.
Burger King, Subway, and Pizza Hut in town, Arby's and McDonald's at the I-10 exit. Family Dollar, Dollar General, Fred's and CVS. Several local restaurants and shops/stores. NAPA, Advanced Auto and O'Reilly's Auto Parts. Tractor Supply Store, and a local hardware store.
But no Walmart, although there is one less than 25 miles away in Thomasville, GA, and several less than 30 miles away in Tallahassee.
But seriously, the public schools are BAD.
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Old 06-11-2015, 12:32 PM
 
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We have a Piggly Wiggly also.
Burger King, Subway, and Pizza Hut in town, Arby's and McDonald's at the I-10 exit. Family Dollar, Dollar General, Fred's and CVS. Several local restaurants and shops/stores. NAPA, Advanced Auto and O'Reilly's Auto Parts. Tractor Supply Store, and a local hardware store.
But no Walmart, although there is one less than 25 miles away in Thomasville, GA, and several less than 30 miles away in Tallahassee.
But seriously, the public schools are BAD.

What do you mean by "BAD" ... behaviors of kids, teachers, school test results for standardized testing, or all of above? Just wondering as we are considering relocating to this area as well.
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Old 06-11-2015, 08:15 PM
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Poor county. Mostly African American kids in the schools. Fights, drugs... Bad schools.
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Old 06-12-2015, 01:03 PM
 
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What do you mean by "BAD" ... behaviors of kids, teachers, school test results for standardized testing, or all of above? Just wondering as we are considering relocating to this area as well.

Pretty much all of the above. While I'm glad our taxes are low here in Jefferson Co., the school/education budget is incredibly small. No $ for good teachers, books, equipment, etc. Just this spring they announced that due to budget cuts, they were eliminating the entire custodial staff. Not sure how that will work
We really do love living in this area, but I would not send my kids to public school here.
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Old 06-12-2015, 06:49 PM
 
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In the Deep South, public schools being "bad" means that they are predominantly black. I for one went to one of the "good" public schools, and it was terrible, so I am deeply skeptical about the whole "public school" thing.

In Jefferson County, the whites with money opened their own school (Aucilla Academy) after integration and left the public schools to the blacks and poor whites. This is typical throughout the region.
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Old 06-12-2015, 09:00 PM
 
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In the Deep South, public schools being "bad" means that they are predominantly black. I for one went to one of the "good" public schools, and it was terrible, so I am deeply skeptical about the whole "public school" thing.

In Jefferson County, the whites with money opened their own school (Aucilla Academy) after integration and left the public schools to the blacks and poor whites. This is typical throughout the region.
I agree. Public education in many areas (NOT just the Deep South) is a total mess.
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Old 06-14-2015, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Kansas City
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What county is right outside of Tallahassee? Like a nice suburb?
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