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syncsk8mom
05-22-2007, 10:10 AM
Has anyone out there relocated to FL?? If they have, were did you move from and were did you move too?? Also, are you glad that you moved??

My husband and I are considering a move to either Naples or West Palm Beach this year. We are currently from OH and have HAD IT with SNOW!!

Our oldest daughter will be away at school and the baby will of course not be affected and will essentially grow up in FL.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

MiniGirl
05-22-2007, 10:22 AM
I moved here from Louisiana. I've been in the state now for over 15 years, and I've lived in the Ft. Lauderdale area, West Palm, and now Melbourne area. West Palm was probably my least favorite. We found it to be a bit more "cosmopolitan" than we're comfortable with. We love living beachside here outside of Melbourne. Very laid back. Good schools, and close to the Mouse.

ducklite
05-22-2007, 10:46 AM
I moved into my house in a small but growing area near Orlando in September, 2004. I've been very happy here and am glad I made the move. I had a good situation, in that DH still works for a NJ company making NJ income, he telecommutes from FL about half the month, and is in teh office in NJ the rest of the time.

Good paying jobs can be more difficult to find here in Florida, and living near the coast as you suggest could present VERY high homeowners insurance premiums.

We waited until our son was finished with high school, I wanted nothing to do with 99% of the schools down here. With what I've seen, even most of the private schools down here offer a lower standard of education than most of the public schools up north.

Anne

rapmarks
05-22-2007, 11:51 AM
We moved to Estero, which is 15 miles north of Naples. We only stay 6 to 7 months. We lived in the chicago area and we have a summer home in wisconsin dells. We have residency in Florida and it saves a lot in state income taxes, but our insurance is very, very high (5 times the amount of our Wisconsin home with a hugh deductible). We love our area in florida and the weatherf is fantastic in the winter.

PatriciaH
05-22-2007, 04:39 PM
Some good info:

http://www.city-data.com/forum/florida/

winnyis
05-22-2007, 08:22 PM
I moved to FL 2 years ago from NJ and would say if you can do it GO FOR IT. Best move my family ever made. We hated the winters so we absolutely love the year round nice weather. I live in the Tampa Bay suburbs and the schools are good (All "A" schools - thats why we chose the area), its not too congested and reasonable commute to Lakeland where I work, while still being closer to the Gulf of Mexico. I am also lucky like Ducklite that my move was a corporate relo so I kept my northeast salary and they paid for the entire move.

Overall the cost of living is about the same. Housing is cheaper, taxes are cheaper but homeowners insurance is alot more. IMO the quality of life is so much better. Being able to play sports all year long and enjoy being outdoors is priceless to my kids. Oh and the fact that we were swimming on Xmas and New Years was pretty cool too. And you cant forget those awesome FL resident rates on DCL - saves you a bunch!!!!

good luck whatever you decide.

jcc0621
05-22-2007, 09:44 PM
Moved to Davenport, FL in 1991. They LOVE IT! We do to, sicne they both got p/t jobs with WDW. They are 10 minute from the magic and the perks are fabulous:thumbsup2
They were just here visiting last week. It was in the 70's and they were complaining that it was cold :sad2:
If you can do it, go for it!

Blondiex46
05-22-2007, 10:42 PM
Iwant to move but don't want to take the twins away from their siblings. They are in 7th grade (almost over though) and in 5 short years I am there. Well that is my intention anyways.

TDERadulski
05-23-2007, 02:11 AM
My parents moved to Palm Coast from Connecticut almost 3 years ago. They love it! Espicially when they talk to friends back north and they hear how cold it it!!

jckdisneybound
05-23-2007, 08:18 AM
We're doing it next month. I hope I love it!!!

Savsmommy
05-23-2007, 08:52 AM
I live in West Palm Beach. I have lived here for over 22 years. I moved down here when I was 10 from Ohio also. Our house is currently on the market. We want to move to NC. I love it down here but we are ready for a change. Let me know if you have any questions about the area. :)

Faerie
05-23-2007, 09:19 AM
I moved from SE MA to Broward County (Fort Lauderdale area) in 1994. I love living in Florida but I'm sick of South Florida and all that comes with it. My BF and I have thrown around maybe moving to Melbourne sometime in the next couple of years which would be nice.

ducklite
05-23-2007, 09:22 AM
Some good info:

http://www.city-data.com/forum/florida/

Just use caution with that site. While there is a lot of good info, there is also a lot of very out-of-date data.

Anne

momoftwodisneykids
05-23-2007, 10:10 AM
I moved to Florida from Ohio 12 years ago. Best move I ever made! That being said, you might want to reconsider Naples or West Palm Beach, especially with having a young child. No offense, but both are definitely cities with a LOT retirees and not a whole lot of young families. We live in the Tampa area, where the average age of the residents is 33. Great place to raise kids, with lots of things to do. Housing is reasonable. You can get a nice house for around $220K. The schools are very good, assuming you live in a nice neighborhood. In general, I think Florida schools get a really bad rap. We are about 1 hr 15 minutes from Disney and 1 hour from the Gulf Coast beaches. Only about 2.5 hours from the Atlantic beaches. Unless you already have a job lined up in one of those cities, you should check out other areas before you make the decision. For us, Tampa ended up being the right fit. Good luck.

Joanne :flower3:

twinklebug
05-23-2007, 10:31 AM
I'm very interested in what anyone has to say about moving to FL with middle school aged children - particularly if anyone has moved away from FL to get a better education for their kids. I know I can get a decent paying IT job in the Orlando area, but my parents, who live in Clermont area keep telling me that I don't want to move there until after the kids have graduated as the schools just aren't nearly as "good" as the Massachusetts schools.

IMHO children can do well in any school system if they and the parents are dedicated to making sure the child learns. It starts and ends at home. Too many folk believe teaching & learning is for school time only.

If anyone cares to explain what the problems with the school systems in FL are (or can point me to a site) I would love to hear what they are because I'm reasonably sure that there are many public schools in my area that have the same issues. TIA! :)

Faerie
05-23-2007, 10:44 AM
Twinklebug - I was going into my sophomore year when we moved - my sisters were in 6th grade and 4th grade.

I was ahead of a lot of my classmates, only because of the order of classes in my old school (World history there was a freshman class where here it was a sophomore class...). I can't fault my school at all, it's been both an "A" and "B" school in recent years. There was a lot of other things that were hard for me to deal with in the move. I was 15 so I was losing friends I'd known since kidergarten, going to a very clicky school. Lucky for me, I was a drama nerd so I found a "home" very quickly with my Thespian/Drama troupe.

mercydisney
05-23-2007, 11:02 AM
I'm very interested in what anyone has to say about moving to FL with middle school aged children - particularly if anyone has moved away from FL to get a better education for their kids. I know I can get a decent paying IT job in the Orlando area, but my parents, who live in Clermont area keep telling me that I don't want to move there until after the kids have graduated as the schools just aren't nearly as "good" as the Massachusetts schools.

IMHO children can do well in any school system if they and the parents are dedicated to making sure the child learns. It starts and ends at home. Too many folk believe teaching & learning is for school time only.

If anyone cares to explain what the problems with the school systems in FL are (or can point me to a site) I would love to hear what they are because I'm reasonably sure that there are many public schools in my area that have the same issues. TIA! :)

I moved to FL from NJ 7yrs ago. Very near WINNYIS (HI neighbor!:wave: ) DD11 was just entering kindergarten, by 3rd grade she was reading Harry Potter
books, encouraged by her teacher. I have nieces and nephews in Bergen county schools and DD11 is doing so much more advance work then they are.


When DH was transfered here several of his coworker's wives were teachers. When they started working for the Hillsborough school systems they stated "FL school system expects more from the kids then NJ does".


I love the school system here. They Hillsborough County has a no tolerence rule. Any child w/any kind of weapon (even table knife) is expelled from the county not the school).

People will always have negative things to say about FL education. But people who live in Fl know better.

winnyis
05-23-2007, 11:58 AM
I moved to FL from NJ 7yrs ago. Very near WINNYIS (HI neighbor!:wave: ) DD11 was just entering kindergarten, by 3rd grade she was reading Harry Potter
books, encouraged by her teacher. I have nieces and nephews in Bergen county schools and DD11 is doing so much more advance work then they are.


When DH was transfered here several of his coworker's wives were teachers. When they started working for the Hillsborough school systems they stated "FL school system expects more from the kids then NJ does".


I love the school system here. They Hillsborough County has a no tolerence rule. Any child w/any kind of weapon (even table knife) is expelled from the county not the school).

People will always have negative things to say about FL education. But people who live in Fl know better.



Hi Neighbor - I havent found anything negative about the Hillsborough School system, My kids were in 2nd & 5th grades when we moved here and my 5th grader STRUGGLED that first year because the curiculum they were covering especially in math had never been touched on in NJ. SHe did fine with alot of help from MOM at night but I felt they were more advanced than NJ. DS was in 2nd and did fine but I think its because they dont really start the fast pace of the math skills until 2nd-grade and he started it with all his classmates. With that said both kids are now straight A students and DS is even in the gifted program so I think it definately varies from county to county in FL but I am very happy in Hillsborough.

Hey MercyDisney - what schools do your kids go to - mine are in Nelson and Mulrennan.

mercydisney
05-23-2007, 01:02 PM
Winnyis, DD11 goes to Randell Middle School and DD7 goes to Boyette Springs. Boyette Springs was a yr around school. So next yr DD7 will and DD11 will be on the same school schedule.

The only thing I miss about NJ are the malls (one in every corner) and no tax on certain items.

zalansky
05-23-2007, 01:28 PM
I am in Tampa too and just wondering where you can get a nice home in this area for $220k, like someone had mentioned? Prices are coming down for sure, but not that much!

PatriciaH
05-23-2007, 03:09 PM
My advice:

-Have a good job before you come
-Have plenty of money and no debt
-Rent for a while-home prices will keep dropping until they fix the tax and insurance mess here
-Private school
-Don't come just because of the weather. Bitter cold stinks but skin cancer, Red Tide and hurricanes are no fun either:)
-Florida is not cheap anymore-it is more expensive for us here than MA and we are making over $20,000/yr less. Our friends from CA, CT, NJ and NY say the same-it is more expensive here/they make less $

umaangel00
05-23-2007, 03:41 PM
Let us know how it goes! I want to move so badly. I hate Michigan. Not only because of the Government here (and how run down She is making our state) but because of the winters. I am only 25 and DH is 27 but he will not listen. Now only if I could force my company to do a relocation for me.....hehe.

syncsk8mom
05-24-2007, 02:30 PM
Thank you so much for all the advise!!!!!:yay: :yay:

Update:

My husband has 2 good job offers, one in West Palm Beach and one in Savannah. Both are Fortune 500 companies and both are for considerably more $$$$$.

Choices, choices.

The teenager will be at boarding school, so that will not be an issue and the baby is a LONG way from it being an issue.

The women from MI whose husband wants to stay, I say get out! Ohio and MI suffer from the same poor governor leadership problem! My husband was in the mortgage industry for years (family owned business) until the bottom just dropped out!!

I am still not sure were we are going. We will be visiting both areas in the next 2 weeks. When we have made our decision I will let everyone know.

Thanks again for all the advise!!!

rparmfamily
05-24-2007, 06:35 PM
Savannah is wonderful, I have a friend who lives in the Richmond Hill area and loves it.

I moved from Cincy to FL as a sophomore too. I had some terrific teachers in both places.

LOVE Florida, it's my home now!! But I would live further "north" and not get stuck down south, evacuations for hurricanes are horrible!! The whole state gets tied up! At least from where I lived (near St Augustine) I was only over an hour from the state line and could get out if I needed to, but I never did need to evacuate. We lived 30-40 miles inland, which made a HUGE difference on our homeowners too.

Ileana
05-24-2007, 09:51 PM
My advice:

-Have a good job before you come
-Have plenty of money and no debt
-Rent for a while-home prices will keep dropping until they fix the tax and insurance mess here
-Private school
-Don't come just because of the weather. Bitter cold stinks but skin cancer, Red Tide and hurricanes are no fun either:)
-Florida is not cheap anymore-it is more expensive for us here than MA and we are making over $20,000/yr less. Our friends from CA, CT, NJ and NY say the same-it is more expensive here/they make less $

What she said!

Bring money - lots of it.

You think snow is bad? Try traffic and blue hairs :scared1:

twinklebug
05-25-2007, 01:51 PM
You think snow is bad? Try traffic and blue hairs :scared1:

LOL - Been there, done that. The traffic in the Orlando area is no worse than Boston and entire vicinity :rotfl2: Instead of blue hairs we have road rage: ranked #2 this year on yahoo. Only beat out by New York (dang yankees, they'll do it every time LOL), now add ice. Hmmm, Bostonian Road Rage on Ice. Sounds like a new drink.

All joking aside, FL is expensive to live in. I have yet to understand why produce is so expensive down there. For anyone interested in moving, a quick, semi-acurate look at the cost of living/income by area side by side check out this calculator:

http://biospace.salary.com/CostOfLivingWizard/layoutscripts/coll_start.asp

There are obvious flaws in the calculations (too many assumed variables), but it does give a good glance at how you may fair before private school costs of course. If I were properly employeed (working on that) I'd be looking at near $5K drop in disposable income by relocating to the Orlando area.

ampc3
05-25-2007, 03:15 PM
to the OP it sounds like maybe Naples is off the table? Just wanted to add my 2cents... We moved fromthe chicago area to naples when I was a sophmore in HS (84)... I of course loved moving to Florida where I could hang out as a teenager at the beach every weekend!
But you definitly need a whole lot of $$$$ it is not cheap anywhere! Even the "poor" sections that I remember we couldn't afford to live in.
And everything people have said about insurance etc. is very high. My mom still lives in Bonita Springs and she can't even get personal homeowners insurance!
Definitly take a look around the area you want to consider~ good luck!

Ileana
05-25-2007, 03:59 PM
LOL - Been there, done that. The traffic in the Orlando area is no worse than Boston and entire vicinity :rotfl2: Instead of blue hairs we have road rage: ranked #2 this year on yahoo. Only beat out by New York (dang yankees, they'll do it every time LOL), now add ice. Hmmm, Bostonian Road Rage on Ice. Sounds like a new drink.

All joking aside, FL is expensive to live in. I have yet to understand why produce is so expensive down there. For anyone interested in moving, a quick, semi-acurate look at the cost of living/income by area side by side check out this calculator:

http://biospace.salary.com/CostOfLivingWizard/layoutscripts/coll_start.asp

There are obvious flaws in the calculations (too many assumed variables), but it does give a good glance at how you may fair before private school costs of course. If I were properly employeed (working on that) I'd be looking at near $5K drop in disposable income by relocating to the Orlando area.

Orlando is Cake!! It's Miami that's horrendous :(

simplify3
06-06-2007, 09:02 PM
I've lived in Naples, FL for 5 years now. In Golden Gate Estates area (which is the "sticks" part of Naples that few know about - the "Swampland in Florida to sell you" claim to fame :) I originally came down from NJ.

It's not cheap living, but it's very clean. It's probably cleaner than Disneyworld!

Ken
owner of free.naplesplus.us - 5000+ Collier County news articles per day. Jokes, Recipes, fun redneck medical tips and more.

Cindi0511
06-06-2007, 09:41 PM
Hey, OP, I'm originally from Leroy Township, not too far from you! My DH was in the Navy for 9 years, and when we got out, we were in our early 30s and moved to Naples from DC area. Way more expensive in Naples, although I loved it there. I could walk to the beach from Naples Park, but my guess is that's gotten way expensive. We were renting at about $1,200 for a 2/1.

We're now in Punta Gorda, and while I do like it, the road rage thing does get crazy. People can't find the gas pedal in a 55/65 mph area and all kinds of people from other states think it's perfectly fine to stop in the middle of a 4-laner and cross all lanes of traffic instead of just turning around at the light 50 feet in front of them. And most of the old people, and there are TONS (80 is the new 60-year-old!), don't really mean to be rude drivers, they simply can't see you.

Personally, I'd stay away from West Palm, but it will of course be up to you and your hubby as to what you like. There are also annual love bugs that come every year and just trash your cars and get all over in your house, etc. It can actually sound like it's raining on your car when the bugs are splattering nonstop.

I do love the winter weather, although we also have a lot of fires with the dry season. Just consider all the pros and cons from what your fellow DISsers let you in on, and good luck with your decision!:goodvibes

ah1126
06-07-2007, 12:29 AM
I moved to Destin, FL about 6 1/2 years ago now from WV. I would move back north in a heartbeat. Weather wise, I miss seasons. It is hard dealing with the weather being hot or hotter. Our pay here is much better than WV. Around here you can make almost $10 an hour just working at Burger King. But the housing costs are insane. Another thing to consider is how far you will be from your family. I guess there are pros and cons, just like anywhere. Good luck with your decision!

mamalle
06-07-2007, 08:00 AM
do your research- esp with the schools. there are some in palm beach county that are rated A others not as good in west palm beach. Plus the homeowners insurance and taxes are a hot issue down here right now. Know what you are getting yourself into before you decide this is right for you. The county is threatening layoffs and cutbacks on services- we do have beautiful parks, etc but that might be something that will not be in the future. Gang violence is on the rise esp in west palm, rivera beach and the city of lake worth. Mayor Louis Frankel is trimming her budget also in the city of west palm to lay off police and fire rescue. I think the housing market is on a slight decline but still overinflated IMO. It is a beautiful place to live but not without a price Im afraid to say. read the Palm Beach Post online it will give you more information on this county