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Old 02-23-2019, 09:13 AM
 
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Thanks Libertad06. I'm liking what I'm hearing about Deerfield's beach. Quiet may be more important than crowds and beaches. Good air quality is also very important. Brevard has it's crime as well but may be a slower pace and friendly people in general which might suit very well. No Trader Joe's though...
Thank you CFBS91. I will stay away from major roads in LHP. I'll be looking into these 3 areas.
LHP is nice, strong police presence (note the traffic cameras throughout the town, recording/running plates to intercept trouble). Just keep in mind you share your stores/restaurants with Pompano (directly west of LHP) so you will see dirtbags in Walmart.

Cove are is nice, waterfront stuff is big money for what it is (small houses/small lots).
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Old 02-23-2019, 12:39 PM
 
Location: California
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Thanks City Guy! I know what you mean. Pompano is really expensive from what I saw and for what you get too. There are beautiful new homes on close to an acre on water in Sebastian. It's very tempting. I have to visit to see what it's like there. Close enough to Vero and Brevard perhaps for entertainment. Not as tropical as S.E. Fla. but friendly and laid back may be better. Any experience with Sebastian or Brevard? Thanks for your candor! I would love any opinions.

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Old 02-23-2019, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Delray Beach
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The area in Delray is by Linton between Congress and Military off Via Verona and Germantown Rd.

I live very close to that area. Happy to answer any questions you want to send my way.
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Old 02-23-2019, 06:34 PM
 
Location: California
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Thanks SoFLBreeze! How is the traffic? It is a beautiful neighborhood and looks pretty calm there.
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Old 02-24-2019, 05:32 AM
 
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Thanks City Guy! I know what you mean. Pompano is really expensive from what I saw and for what you get too. There are beautiful new homes on close to an acre on water in Sebastian. It's very tempting. I have to visit to see what it's like there. Close enough to Vero and Brevard perhaps for entertainment. Not as tropical as S.E. Fla. but friendly and laid back may be better. Any experience with Sebastian or Brevard? Thanks for your candor! I would love any opinions.
I was in Sebastian last month for the first time in 30 years. I thought it was ok, not as nice as I once remembered it. Lots of old, run down trailer parks on the main road then a new waterfront home across the street! The newer retail development was out by the interstate.
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Old 02-24-2019, 05:58 AM
 
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Thanks City Guy! I know what you mean. Pompano is really expensive from what I saw and for what you get too. There are beautiful new homes on close to an acre on water in Sebastian. It's very tempting. I have to visit to see what it's like there. Close enough to Vero and Brevard perhaps for entertainment. Not as tropical as S.E. Fla. but friendly and laid back may be better. Any experience with Sebastian or Brevard? Thanks for your candor! I would love any opinions.
I would highly recommend Brevard County and have a good working knowledge of the area. Check out listings in Melbourne Beach and Indialantic if you like being closer to the beach or in Suntree/North Melbourne and Viera if looking for newer HOA type communities.
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Old 02-24-2019, 07:15 AM
 
Location: South Florida
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I have to visit to see what it's like there. Close enough to Vero and Brevard perhaps for entertainment. Not as tropical as S.E. Fla. but friendly and laid back may be better. Any experience with Sebastian or Brevard? Thanks for your candor! I would love any opinions.
You really must spend a lot of time visiting before making your decision.
The areas you’re considering are extremely different from each other.
It’s like comparing apples to paper clips
Best of luck and keep us posted!
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Old 02-24-2019, 07:25 AM
 
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Thanks all. They are extremely different from each other! Apples to paper clips. haha, funny but true.
Good to know that Sebastian isn't what it used to be. Interesting. I'm not crazy about swampy, preserve areas either.
Brevard county would be something to check out. I've been to Merritt Island several times years ago.
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Old 01-25-2020, 07:10 AM
 
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Thanks City Guy! I know what you mean. Pompano is really expensive from what I saw and for what you get too. There are beautiful new homes on close to an acre on water in Sebastian. It's very tempting. I have to visit to see what it's like there. Close enough to Vero and Brevard perhaps for entertainment. Not as tropical as S.E. Fla. but friendly and laid back may be better. Any experience with Sebastian or Brevard? Thanks for your candor! I would love any opinions.
We looked into Sebastion a few years ago, and it was mostly foreclosures in between a lot of undeveloped lots. It felt like it was waiting to be built, if that makes any sense. Kind of ghost towney.

We passed. But it might be different now.
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Old 01-25-2020, 07:15 AM
 
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The biggest misconception I see regularly on CD is that Boca is a Beverly Hills type area. It's not. Sure there are some 10mm homes, plenty of flashy cars but not 1/10th of a Beverly Hills or even Palm Beach.
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Boca has trailer parks, low income government housing, crappy condos. Plenty of regular blue collar/middle income people live there also! Lots of NY/NJ types like to promote it as swanky/wealthy area to try to impress their friends/family up north but I'd say that it is probably 35% of the area and 65% regular people.

Just to prove the point, you can buy a regular 1/1 condo in Century Village for 29K. The cheapest place in Beverly Hills (1/2) was 799K. Both found today on Realtor.com.

So East Boca (east of US1) is million dollar+ stuff, the country clubs can be big money but the rest is just regular houses at inflated prices. You literally can buy the identical house in Pompano Beach that you can buy in Boca. Sure the house will be 100K more in Boca but its not like it will be a mansion! Both houses will be 1/5 acre lot, 1300 sq ft ranch house built in the 60s.

One interesting thing, the country clubs can have a huge negative effect on values. In Boca West there are dozens of condos listed for $500-10,000 as full price. Why? You have to join the country club for $70,000 and pay the annual dues of 10-12K. So people looking for a 2/2 condo don't want to pay 100-200K for the condo then pay the club fees so the sellers are forced to give the condos away. The cheaper they sell it, the faster they themselves can stop paying the dues! Boca Greens/Woods have had similar issues but not to the extreme of Boca West. Boca West is beautiful, like 5 golf courses, top notch place but expensive.

I lived in Boca for 16 years. Biggest employer in the town for years was IBM, guys making 50-100K as white collar IBMr's living in 200K houses driving Fords/Chevys.
There was a poster here -- a snowbird or sheltered retiree -- who would ALWAYS tell me how wrong I was when I would post the same info.

Boca is like most places, it's got its good parts and it definitely has its bad parts. I would guess people who do a quick walk through may not even know they are in a potential bard part, in some cases.

Visit. Multiple times. Day and night. Drive around. You'll figure it out.
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