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Old 08-07-2014, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Historic Gulfport
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Dunedin was our runner-up location for our home in FLA. Anywhere in the historic downtown is fine; we rented there a few times before buying in Gulfport.

Yes, traffic can be frustrating around Dunedin (getting to major grocery stores) and parking in both Dunedin and Gulfport can be tight in the winter season near the eateries. But the KEY to living in the historic downtowns of either Gulfport or Dundin is that you won't be driving much, you'll be walking 90% of the time!

We go to Publix/Winn Dixie, etc. about twice a week on average. Other than that, we're on foot. Many of our neighbors are on bicycles ... I may take that idea out for a spin, soon.
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Old 08-07-2014, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ottawa Valley & Dunedin FL
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Dunedin was our runner-up location for our home in FLA. Anywhere in the historic downtown is fine; we rented there a few times before buying in Gulfport.

Yes, traffic can be frustrating around Dunedin (getting to major grocery stores) and parking in both Dunedin and Gulfport can be tight in the winter season near the eateries. But the KEY to living in the historic downtowns of either Gulfport or Dundin is that you won't be driving much, you'll be walking 90% of the time!

We go to Publix/Winn Dixie, etc. about twice a week on average. Other than that, we're on foot. Many of our neighbors are on bicycles ... I may take that idea out for a spin, soon.
Gulfporter is right. If you're walking distance to the historic downtown of Dunedin, or biking distance, the traffic is not a concern. It's mostly the alt-19 boogie, Clearwater to Tarpon, with the dogleg right in town which is a pain. We bike and walk everywhere, and use the car only to drive to the supermarket and the big box stores once in a while. Our first, most important criterion when we purchased 3 years ago was that we be walking distance to the historic downtown. We are about a mile away.
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Old 08-07-2014, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Tampa Bay Area
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My parents have lived in Dunedin for 25 years, at Golden Acres, a very nice 55+ resident owned mobile park. It's a wonderful, well run little town. Downtown is always bustling. It's so walk and bike friendly, especially with how close to downtown you are. I'm not sure when the farmers market starts up again. The marina has a fish store that's really good.
My second favorite, due to proximity to St Pete/Tampa, is Safety Harbor.
You can't miss with either one.
Enjoy!
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Old 08-08-2014, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ottawa Valley & Dunedin FL
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My parents have lived in Dunedin for 25 years, at Golden Acres, a very nice 55+ resident owned mobile park. It's a wonderful, well run little town. Downtown is always bustling. It's so walk and bike friendly, especially with how close to downtown you are. I'm not sure when the farmers market starts up again. The marina has a fish store that's really good.
My second favorite, due to proximity to St Pete/Tampa, is Safety Harbor.
You can't miss with either one.
Enjoy!
Ah Golden Acres! We meet folks from there when we go to hear the live music at Stars restaurant sometimes. I've met people there who don't even have a car--walk and bike everywhere! We're just on the other side of Main, in Patrician Oaks.

I think the "Green" market starts up around the end of October or so. I love the fish at the Olde Bay Cafe at the Marina, and at Jensen's, on Douglas.
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Old 08-09-2014, 03:02 AM
 
Location: North of South, South of North
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Dunedin was our runner-up location for our home in FLA. Anywhere in the historic downtown is fine; we rented there a few times before buying in Gulfport.

Yes, traffic can be frustrating around Dunedin (getting to major grocery stores) and parking in both Dunedin and Gulfport can be tight in the winter season near the eateries. But the KEY to living in the historic downtowns of either Gulfport or Dundin is that you won't be driving much, you'll be walking 90% of the time!

We go to Publix/Winn Dixie, etc. about twice a week on average. Other than that, we're on foot. Many of our neighbors are on bicycles ... I may take that idea out for a spin, soon.
I notice you mention the "historic" downtown in both places. Is there a difference between downtown and historic downtown for each? Just wondering, as some places create new downtowns away from the originals. Thx.
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Old 08-09-2014, 06:22 AM
 
Location: Historic Gulfport
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In Gulfport, the Historic Preservation District is designated as the original downtown commercial area, plus the adjacent residential area. Gulfport's small....there's only room for one downtown

The Florida State Preservation Commission lists localities that have Certified Historic Preservation ordinances and I don't see Dunedin specifically listed.

Florida Historical Commission - Preservation - Florida Division of Historical Resources
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Old 08-10-2014, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ottawa Valley & Dunedin FL
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I notice you mention the "historic" downtown in both places. Is there a difference between downtown and historic downtown for each? Just wondering, as some places create new downtowns away from the originals. Thx.
There's only one downtown in Dunedin. It's just that it's small, mostly restaurants, bars and small shops, and all of the main services you need, like supermarkets, big box stores, are outside, either out east along Main St., or strung along highway 19, north and south, or further west, along alt-19 (Broadway), to the north.
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Old 09-23-2014, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Dunedin
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Hi,
My husband and I are thinking of snowbirding to Fl. We are active athletes and teachers and would like to retire soon. Any feedback would be appreciated.
Hi Cathy, my wife and I relocated here last August and love it, it was such a hard time finding a active town that offers so much, I am now a realtor here and my wife is a critical care nurse at the hospital in town. Try going on you tube and link on to funedin.lipdub and just a sample of the fun we have in town. Spring training baseball, nearby beaches, community center, and its so safe, and activities almost everyweek . enjoy your search...

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Old 09-23-2014, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Dunedin
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interesting comments. We also might winter in Dunedin and have found a rental that is on Scotland St. Anybody know this area? Curious on your imput.
Great street right behind town and near the Pinellas trail. you cant go wrong
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Old 09-24-2014, 05:08 PM
 
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I am a 46 year old, gay, female who is looking to relocate to escape the terrible traffic/commuting in Atlanta. Would Dunedin be a good fit for me? I don't know anyone there or near there but I have heard great things about it. How is the cost of living? Job Market? Commute to Tampa and St. Pete? I just want to live a nice simple life in an area with a relaxed pace but still plenty to do. Please let me know what you think. Thanks!
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