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Old 02-20-2014, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Sarasota-Manatee, Florida
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Hey everyone, My girlfriend and I have been living in Fort Myers for close to a year and a half. In a year or so we will need to settle and find a area. We love Florida, Im from New York and she is from South Florida. As much as we love Florida we feel like we "don't belong" in this area of Florida. There are very few young families in this area, we are pretty much surrounded by old retires and snow birds. Then when summer approaches there is no one in this town. The streets are empty. We both want a sense of normal year round living. We even considered moving to my hometown in NY so we can find a neighborhood of year round families. Normal neighborhood to raise children. But our family is down here and want to leave that as our last option.

We have been up to Wesley Chapel, New Tampa, and Clearwater a few times over the past few months and really feel attracted to the area. Are the communities designed for snow birds or for year round Floridians? We don't want a neighborhood where half the people lock up for the summer. Thats what we have now in Ft Myers and hate it.
A few questions that we have about the area.

-How are the school systems in this area? Is there opportunity for the students such as getting involved in the arts, sports, after school activities?
-How are the neighborhoods? crime wise
-Is it dominantly snow birds in the winter?
-What areas of the Tampa area are focused/built up of year round families?
-What are the best areas to consider?

Thank you all for responses, appreciate it
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Old 02-21-2014, 09:43 AM
 
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You will experience the "nobody around" pretty much anywhere in Florida. It is hot here, so in the summer you won't see many kids out...plus we vacation elsewhere....then, if there are kids, they are usually in daycare/school, and to find "THE" cul de sac with kids out will take you some time.

You won't find the type of community you refer to from up north here. People move without being snowbirds or retires. Within the last year one neighbor moved to a hone they were building, so now their home is rented, and the other next door just put the house up for rent; both Floridians.
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Old 02-21-2014, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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-How are the school systems in this area? Is there opportunity for the students such as getting involved in the arts, sports, after school activities? Wesley Chapel and New Tampa have good schools. Also check out Fishhawk Ranch and Westchase
-How are the neighborhoods? crime wise The four neighborhoods I named above are very safe
-Is it dominantly snow birds in the winter? No, very few snowbirds in the winter in these areas. These are mostly families.
-What areas of the Tampa area are focused/built up of year round families? The four I named above.
-What are the best areas to consider?

Wesley Chapel, New Tampa, Fishhawk and Westchase. You can't go wrong in terms of family friendly with one of those. Good luck!
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Old 02-21-2014, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Sarasota-Manatee, Florida
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How about Westchase? I hear it has that "small town feel". Family centered?
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Old 02-21-2014, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Yes, very family centered. See my post above.
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