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Old 05-18-2011, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Rochester, NY
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I'm at the beginning of my research, for a possible move, from upstate NY to Florida. We work at home, so employment is not an issue. Our kids are out of high school, so schools are also a non-issue. We will be looking around during August, but I'm trying to pre-scope out potential towns and areas.

I'm looking at Lake Worth at realtor.com, as far east as possible, for < $300k, and see these, which each strike my fancy for different reasons:
6613 Paul Mar Dr, 33462
3060 Springfield, 33461

Can anyone tell me anything about either of these areas? (I realize that these houses may be sold by the time I'm ready to buy, but I'm trying to wrap my head around generalities)

For the Paul Mar Drive address: We are not interested in extensive boating, but thought it might be a nice plus to have access from the house to minor recreational boating activities, for when our kids come to visit (and later on with their families). And we'd prefer not to have a pool.

I see a dock in the photos, and the description says boating is possible.... but I don't see any boats. Are the water bodies used? Or is it 'possible' but not done by anyone, and, if so, why?

I see so many small bodies of water in the east coast of Florida. Do folks have a lot of trouble with mosquitoes when they live right alongside one of the waterbodies?

Thanks!
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Old 05-18-2011, 07:53 AM
 
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The Paul Mar Drive house is in a much better location. Frankly, I would scratch the Springfield location off your list.

Be aware of higher insurance premiums and the need for flood insurance if you live RIGHT ON the water, however.
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Haverhill, Florida
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Springfield location is crap. My best friend lives across the street from there. Nothing special about that area.

Paul Mar Dr you would have access to Lake Osborn (fresh water). There is a huge park there that you can take your boat or JetSki to and BBQ.

You're right about being as far east as possible. I would try and find a place east of i95 in a decent area. The Paul Mar Dr isn't bad though. There's a driving range down the street if you golf.

Have you drivin around the areas on google maps? (street view)
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Old 05-18-2011, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Rochester, NY
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Thanks for the feedback.

I haven't exactly driven around the areas on google maps with the street view; just individual houses. That's a good suggestion - I'll try the remote drive-thru.

College Park seems nice... I like houses from the 1950s-1970s.
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Old 05-18-2011, 09:47 AM
 
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Thanks for the feedback.

I haven't exactly driven around the areas on google maps with the street view; just individual houses. That's a good suggestion - I'll try the remote drive-thru.

College Park seems nice... I like houses from the 1950s-1970s.


College Park is very nice, especially east of Federal. In Lake Worth, also check out the Parrot Cove neighborhood.

Also, Southend West Palm Beach is nice, east of Dixie Highway, as is Historic West Palm Beach (East of Parker between Okeechobee and Belvedere, and East of Dixie Between Belvedere and city limits).
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Old 05-18-2011, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Haverhill, Florida
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^ Exactly. all of those hoods are great and you would have the town feeling. Check out Old Northwood (north WPB city limits towards the water)
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Old 05-19-2011, 12:06 AM
 
Location: Rochester, NY
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mmmm.... revealing my TOTAL ignorance of Florida here.
So let's say I'm living in College Park or Parrot Cove. And my grown daughters come to visit with friends or, later one, their young families.

And they want to go to the beach. Are beaches public?

Where do they go?

Is there a park or place to sit/walk near Lake Worth, or does the lake butt-up to the houses as private property?
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Old 05-19-2011, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Haverhill, Florida
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There are plenty of parks and public beaches in the area.

Closest beaches to your suggested area would be Lake Worth Beach, Phipps Ocean Park, it's a nice drive to Boynton inlet and Ocean Ridge if you take A1A. The town of Palm Beach has a huge public beach right of famous Worth Ave.
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Old 05-30-2011, 12:41 PM
 
Location: West Palm Beach, Florida
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mmmm.... revealing my TOTAL ignorance of Florida here.
So let's say I'm living in College Park or Parrot Cove. And my grown daughters come to visit with friends or, later one, their young families.

And they want to go to the beach. Are beaches public?

Where do they go?

Is there a park or place to sit/walk near Lake Worth, or does the lake butt-up to the houses as private property?
Aprox. 10-15 min. over the Lake Woth or Southern Blvd bridge to the beach
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