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Old 05-08-2020, 11:32 AM
 
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Looking for advice for 50 year old couple moving to the area from the midwest.
We've stayed there several times, so we know the basics, but any advice from someone that has done this relocation would be appreciated.
We will probably buy a single family home - we seem to like island estates.
We're both work from home, will buy a small boat for cruises and frequent the restaurants.
Thank in advance.
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Old 05-08-2020, 12:06 PM
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Do not stay on the Island Estates side of the bridge. Traffic will be a complete nightmare for you to do anything at all. I lived on that side and it got to the point of just not wanting to leave the house. Stay on the east side of the bridge - the mainland side.
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Old 05-08-2020, 12:14 PM
 
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I understand, but we really want to be within walking/bike riding distance to the beach.
We don't plan on going into Clearwater mainland very much.
When is the traffic so horrible? I haven't seen it yet and I've been there in Jan and Nov.
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Old 05-08-2020, 03:23 PM
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I understand, but we really want to be within walking/bike riding distance to the beach.
We don't plan on going into Clearwater mainland very much.
When is the traffic so horrible? I haven't seen it yet and I've been there in Jan and Nov.
You will need to go to stores, especially grocery stores. That will be a nightmare. If you have to be within walking distance of the beach then you may want to consider beaches further south. That way you will have more routes to use to come and go. The problem with Clearwater Beach is pretty much one way in and one way out for thousands of people per day pretty much every day once we are done this Covid issue.
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Old 05-08-2020, 04:16 PM
 
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Isn't there a Publix right on Island Estates??
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Old 05-08-2020, 05:20 PM
 
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Isn't there a Publix right on Island Estates??
Ya there was in the 80's and i guess it is still there. During spring break jake you will wish you never moved here.
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Old 05-08-2020, 08:51 PM
 
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We have friends that have lived on Island Estates for years...yes during spring break it's a nightmare going over causeway...however you work from home so it should be tolerable...It's a lovely community but not cheap for a single-family home with a dock!
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Old 05-09-2020, 08:43 AM
 
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I can deal with a few weeks of spring breakers - I was part of the problem for plenty of years...
I do realize that its expensive, but it seems like the best beach community that we can find on the gulf side, so you have to pay for that.
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Old 05-09-2020, 09:35 AM
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I can deal with a few weeks of spring breakers - I was part of the problem for plenty of years...
I do realize that its expensive, but it seems like the best beach community that we can find on the gulf side, so you have to pay for that.
It is much more than a few weeks of just spring breakers. But you seem to have your mind made up based on visiting a couple times so have at it. Best of luck to you.
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Old 05-09-2020, 09:49 AM
 
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Consider buying a house boat to live in.
There goes your traffic problem. Except out on the water.
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