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IWISHFORDISNEY
07-09-2008, 08:38 AM
I know all of the crew are Florida transplants. Do you have any tips for those of us considering relocation to the area. I think my dream may be coming true.:cloud9:

I would love to hear everyones thoughts/tips on relocation to Florida and the Disney area!!!! We are looking at east coast so I would be about an hour away from the parks. Much better than 16 hours away.:thumbsup2

DVCsince02
07-09-2008, 08:47 AM
Noooooooooooooooooooooo!
Liz, you and I haven't had a chance to meet yet. You can't leave now...... :(

IWISHFORDISNEY
07-09-2008, 08:53 AM
Noooooooooooooooooooooo!
Liz, you and I haven't had a chance to meet yet. You can't leave now...... :(

I know we had a very weird turn of events here. We were supposed to move last year and couldnt sell the house and my DH's job couldnt be held any longer. The director called him and said the offer is open again so that is why I was asking about renting your points. However I figured out some deals and we are going to look at property in 2 weeks.:eek: Then we are sneaking in a little of the mouse.:banana: I will definatly catch up with you before we move. If it is anything like last time we will be stuck here quite a while.:mad:

Jacklynn
07-09-2008, 10:28 AM
My DH and are actually also relocating to the Central Florida area (near Clermont) and I'm interested in some tips as well. We are moving from the Chicago area.

SamIAm21
07-09-2008, 10:50 AM
My DH and are actually also relocating to the Central Florida area (near Clermont) and I'm interested in some tips as well. We are moving from the Chicago area.

I have driven through Clermont on SR50&US27 on my way to WDW for the past three years, and it is growing by leaps and bounds. You can see what used to be a small rural town and how it has just grown immensely. It's a very pretty area and there even seems to be a bit of rolling hills here and there (small ones of course). There is no shortage of homes going up all around there. Best of luck on your move down there. I envy you getting away from these horrible Chicago winters!!

Not looking forward to another one of those that's for sure!

HunnyBunny
07-09-2008, 10:57 AM
Stock up on shorts and tees at the end of summer clearance sales!!

Ok, in all seriousness...what kind of advice are you looking for? I've moved back and forth to Florida twice. Try to move in the winter when it's cooler, because unloading a moving truck in 100 degree heat is insane. Houses are getting cheaper by the week around here, but I'd recommend staying an apartment first for 6 months so you can decide on what area you would prefer. Easier to do research when you live in the area. I didn't know anything about Clermont when I first moved here, but I found out it had everything I wanted (a real neighborhood and downtown yet still has a bit of a small town feel)

You could also get subscriptions to the papers in your area to tell you more. Not just Orlando Sentinel, but the local papers for an area you might be interested in. Lake County has a couple of additional papers to choose from.

Hope this helps!

Tonya :surfweb:

Oh yeah, get lots of sandals at those sales too!

alysnwndrlnd
07-09-2008, 11:46 AM
I've been wondering this for a long time... thanks for asking this, IWISH!

I'm currently an activity director/ event planner for an assisted living facility. I was wondering what the market is like down in FLA. I realize with the large amount of seniors who live there, there are plenty of independent, assisted, and long term care facilities. I also realize that with many facilities, the annual wages would be lower, than in a place that would have fewer facilities, even though it would be easier to get a job.

I am wondering how long of a stretch it would be to work in the travel industry with a background in activities and event planning?? Would it be better to have the job before relocating, or relocate then find a job?

The real estate market here is at a standstill so it would also be a long while before i could sell the house.

safetymom
07-09-2008, 12:06 PM
Don't move to an area or take a job where you need to use I-4 during rush hour.

Moving to FL was one of the best decisions in my life. I live south of the parks so I can be at the Atlantic or the Gulf in little over an hour.

cyberbox2
07-09-2008, 02:00 PM
This has been a serious dream of mine for a long while. I tried very hard to make something happen this past March but just couldn't force any doors of opportunity open to save my life. I'm in the I.T. industry and I know that this line of work is needed everywhere, it's just that Florida as a general rule doesn't pay as well in this field compared to norther states:confused: Just my luck huh.

I need some serious pixie dust sent my way!!!

IWISHFORDISNEY
07-09-2008, 03:10 PM
I was searching for hidden things that I wouldnt normally look for. Such as the home owners insurance is much higher than here. Taxes are about the same. We are looking at the east coast Melbourne area. Just wondering if you love it or hate it. Was it a good decesion. I think staying in apartment might be a good idea but that means moving twice. :sick:

I know the pay is alot lower for the healthcare industry but the coast of living does appear to be lower than the northeast.

Are you glad you made the move. That sort of thing.

Oh yeah and the bugs are they really that bad???

safetymom
07-09-2008, 03:13 PM
I don't live along the coast. My home owner insurance here isn't much worse than it was in PA.

I love that I moved here. I don't like the palmetto bugs but I can live with the others. Not a fan of the fire ants.

I moved here the season of 4 hurricanes. Nothing can chase me away.

bentleygirl22
07-09-2008, 03:13 PM
I know all of the crew are Florida transplants. Do you have any tips for those of us considering relocation to the area. I think my dream may be coming true.:cloud9:

I would love to hear everyones thoughts/tips on relocation to Florida and the Disney area!!!! We are looking at east coast so I would be about an hour away from the parks. Much better than 16 hours away.:thumbsup2

If your moving that way .. Move to Clermont it very nice area .. we lived there for 5 years and loved it !! :goodvibes

HunnyBunny
07-09-2008, 05:20 PM
I never owned a home before I moved here, so I can't really compare taxes, insurance etc. I find that having pest control services is imperative. Can't do it well enough on our own. Just figure that into your monthly bills. Living in Clermont, I almost never have a need to take I-4 and to be honest, almost never leave Clermont unless I'm going to Disney. I work from home and DH works a short ways down 50 in Ocoee. As for moving twice... yeah we did that, but we kept most everything in boxes knowing we were looking for a house, plus we didn't have kids at the time so I know that made it easier. But, in this market, I'd hate to buy house only to find I don't love the area I'm in. Good luck in your search... and if you're looking for a nice house, there's one for sale in my neighborhood!! :laughing:

Tonya

mjperry
07-09-2008, 06:55 PM
I'm thinking about moving too, if I could just find a job there.

Jacklynn
07-10-2008, 10:24 AM
I never owned a home before I moved here, so I can't really compare taxes, insurance etc. I find that having pest control services is imperative. Can't do it well enough on our own. Just figure that into your monthly bills. Living in Clermont, I almost never have a need to take I-4 and to be honest, almost never leave Clermont unless I'm going to Disney. I work from home and DH works a short ways down 50 in Ocoee. As for moving twice... yeah we did that, but we kept most everything in boxes knowing we were looking for a house, plus we didn't have kids at the time so I know that made it easier. But, in this market, I'd hate to buy house only to find I don't love the area I'm in. Good luck in your search... and if you're looking for a nice house, there's one for sale in my neighborhood!! :laughing:

Tonya

We are moving near Clermont in about a month (Montverde actually) I'm curious how you get to WDW without taking I4. Do you take some sort of back road, is it faster?

HunnyBunny
07-10-2008, 11:01 AM
We are moving near Clermont in about a month (Montverde actually) I'm curious how you get to WDW without taking I4. Do you take some sort of back road, is it faster?


Clermont is essentially located at the intersection of Hwy 50 & US27. You can take 27 to 192 and head east to Disney. That is the fastest way from my location. And yes, I do sneak in some back roads once I hit 192 that brings me right to AK Lodge. From Montverde, you are closer to the turnpike. You can take the turnpike to 429 south, which also hits 192 a bit closer to Disney than 27 does. And again, you'd just head east on 192. If you'd like I can give you even more backroad ways to get there (just send me a pm)
:teacher:

HawkeyeThad
07-10-2008, 02:53 PM
Can anyone tell me about Winter Garden? My mom moved to The Villages recently, and while I was down visiting her in June, we passed by this area several times on our to/from WDW. It looks like a pretty nice area, and looks like you could get anywhere in the Orlando area without having to use I-4. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks!

bawstngrl
07-10-2008, 03:08 PM
My DH and are actually also relocating to the Central Florida area (near Clermont) and I'm interested in some tips as well. We are moving from the Chicago area.


I actually live in the Clermont area so ask any questions you might have...either on the board or you can PM me

bawstngrl/Marianna

bawstngrl
07-10-2008, 03:15 PM
I was searching for hidden things that I wouldnt normally look for. Such as the home owners insurance is much higher than here. Taxes are about the same. We are looking at the east coast Melbourne area. Just wondering if you love it or hate it. Was it a good decesion. I think staying in apartment might be a good idea but that means moving twice. :sick:

I know the pay is alot lower for the healthcare industry but the coast of living does appear to be lower than the northeast.

Are you glad you made the move. That sort of thing.

Oh yeah and the bugs are they really that bad???



I would NOT live along the coast....very HIGH homeowners insurance sue to hurricanes ( several have come close to Melbourne area!)

Homeowners is sometimes hard to get (depending on how old your house is)and expensive down here...due to hurricanes of 2004

Pay is definitely lower accross the board in all industries ( I was a teacher when I moved here and pay was about 10,000 lower)

real estate taxes vary tremendously among communities...a thing to check before buying

I would also strongly suggest renting first to determine where you feel most comfortable

bawstngrl/Marianna

jezebella
07-10-2008, 03:27 PM
Winter Garden is awesome! You're minutes from the back entrance to Disney, but without all the tourists like on 192. They just opened Winter Garden Village, which pretty much has everything you'd need on a day to day basis, so you don't have to drive to Clermont or Ocoee anymore. There's a mixture of housing with a lot of townhouses and single family homes. The schools are great (for Florida) and the downtown area is charming! We love it here!

jezebella
07-10-2008, 03:27 PM
If you have specific questions about closing on homes in FL, feel free to PM me. I am a title agent and have been doing closings for over 7 years. :thumbsup2

IWISHFORDISNEY
07-13-2008, 09:18 PM
I would NOT live along the coast....very HIGH homeowners insurance sue to hurricanes ( several have come close to Melbourne area!)

Homeowners is sometimes hard to get (depending on how old your house is)and expensive down here...due to hurricanes of 2004

Pay is definitely lower accross the board in all industries ( I was a teacher when I moved here and pay was about 10,000 lower)

real estate taxes vary tremendously among communities...a thing to check before buying

I would also strongly suggest renting first to determine where you feel most comfortable

bawstngrl/Marianna

WOW thanks for all the tips. My husband is a die hard surfer boy and insists on living near Sebastian Inlet. However the further I go inland the lower the insurance gets. Are the homes in the Clermont area alot lower priced than the East coast? A close friend just moved to the ValRico area and she said it is very nice over there too. I think we are gonna do an apartment for about 6 months. We come down in 1 week to look at new homes and existing homes. I cant wait!!!

pklein09
07-14-2008, 05:48 AM
Enjoy planning your move and finding a new town!!!

My dream is Celebration. Any thought on this town??? Thanks!!!

--Michelle

jacstangler
07-14-2008, 06:57 AM
Give a look at the new area of Viera which is north of Melbourne. We are
10 miles from the ocean and less than 1 hour to Disney. We are in the area
west of I95 so the insurance is lower. The insurance is slightly more than
St. Louis. Since this is a new community taxes do seem high but not out of
sight. There is lots going on here and the area appears to be very safe.
Being close to I95 we go a short distance to the B line Toll road and straight
to Disney. They are building new schools, churches and yes there is golf, and
minor league baseball in the summer and Washington Capital's spring training.
We looked hard at Celebration and truly love that area but for us the prices were just too high. What ever decision you make will be right for you. Good
luck.

John

lovethecastle
07-14-2008, 09:03 AM
How are the schools in florida. Does anyone know anything about the special education schools. My older ds goes to special ed. On Long island the schools(general ed & special ed) are pretty good. That may be the only thing keeping us from moving to Fla.
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Sandy

jennz
07-14-2008, 03:05 PM
I recently read an article in the Orlando Sentinel ranking their schools as #49th out of the states...not too good! Actually I was kind of surprised because then in the Forbes report of the top 1300 high schools I'm pretty sure I saw University High (east Orlando) in there and a few others. Now being a product of the Orlando schools I can tell you they weren't good at all when I was there. I guess you just have to check around. FL also has an excellent reputation for homeschooling, if that interests you...

lovethecastle
07-14-2008, 03:45 PM
Thanks Jennz for responding to my question. as for home schooling I have to figure out how going to disney world would work into the lesson plan.
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sandy

HunnyBunny
07-14-2008, 04:04 PM
Thanks Jennz for responding to my question. as for home schooling I have to figure out how going to disney world would work into the lesson plan.
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sandy

Ok, in all seriousness... I do use Disney to homeschool!!! :teacher:
Yes, Disney is a lot of fun, but I do lesson plans based on ocean life (trip to Living Seas,) food groups (Behind the Seeds tour,) cultures around the world (Epcot pavilions,) animal lesson plans (ride on the safari.) Epcot and Animal Kingdom are a wealth of information when you can slow down and not have to rush from attraction to attraction. And it never hurts to finish a "lesson plan" with a Mickey bar! :rotfl:

IWISHFORDISNEY
07-14-2008, 04:40 PM
Give a look at the new area of Viera which is north of Melbourne. We are
10 miles from the ocean and less than 1 hour to Disney. We are in the area
west of I95 so the insurance is lower. The insurance is slightly more than
St. Louis. Since this is a new community taxes do seem high but not out of
sight. There is lots going on here and the area appears to be very safe.
Being close to I95 we go a short distance to the B line Toll road and straight
to Disney. They are building new schools, churches and yes there is golf, and
minor league baseball in the summer and Washington Capital's spring training.
We looked hard at Celebration and truly love that area but for us the prices were just too high. What ever decision you make will be right for you. Good
luck.

John

We are actually looking at some homes in the Viera (Rockledge) area. So that makes me feel good. We are also looking at Bayside lakes area of Palm Bay. I like the planned community thing not the random lot type of building. I cant wait to see the homes down there next week.

How are the schools in florida. Does anyone know anything about the special education schools. My older ds goes to special ed. On Long island the schools(general ed & special ed) are pretty good. That may be the only thing keeping us from moving to Fla.
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Sandy

I actually did alot of reasearch on the greatschools.com site. It has alot of information and the realtors can give you alot of information.

MM32830
07-14-2008, 09:47 PM
Clermont is essentially located at the intersection of Hwy 50 & US27. You can take 27 to 192 and head east to Disney. That is the fastest way from my location. And yes, I do sneak in some back roads once I hit 192 that brings me right to AK Lodge. From Montverde, you are closer to the turnpike. You can take the turnpike to 429 south, which also hits 192 a bit closer to Disney than 27 does. And again, you'd just head east on 192. If you'd like I can give you even more backroad ways to get there (just send me a pm)
:teacher:


I also live in Clermont (at least 3 of the 4 seasons). The route I use to go to Disney depends where in Disney I am going. If I am going to the west side of property (like Animal Kingdom), then 27 south to 192 east is the best way (taking the Black Lake Road shortcut at 7-11).

If going to the Magic Kingdom or Downtown Disney, then I take Hartwood Marsh Road to 535 south.

Either way takes about 30 minutes from Clermont, depending on traffic. 192 can have LOTS of traffic at certain times (especially in the morning when the parks open) whereas route via 535 rarely has any traffic problem (even though it is currently under construction for widening).

If you do take the 429, you don't have to take it all the way to 192. Exit 8 off the 429 exits right into Disney, between Coronado Springs and Animal Kingdom.

If anyone has any questions, feel free to PM me.

Armand

MM32830
07-14-2008, 09:51 PM
Enjoy planning your move and finding a new town!!!

My dream is Celebration. Any thought on this town??? Thanks!!!

--Michelle


Celebration is nice if you have the $$$$. We almost bought there but we were able to afford a LOT more home for much less money.

Also, the Covenants (all the rules of living at Celebration) filled TWO fairly large 3 ring binders. Where we ended up buying, the covenants are only about 30 pages.

Armand

pklein09
07-15-2008, 04:57 AM
Celebration is nice if you have the $$$$. We almost bought there but we were able to afford a LOT more home for much less money.

Also, the Covenants (all the rules of living at Celebration) filled TWO fairly large 3 ring binders. Where we ended up buying, the covenants are only about 30 pages.

Armand

Thanks for the info. The prices don't scare me (I live outside Princeton, NJ!), but I've never lived in a place with Covenants. At this point, we're no where close to relocating, unless DH lands an job with Disney corporate.

MM32830
07-15-2008, 06:52 AM
Thanks for the info. The prices don't scare me (I live outside Princeton, NJ!), but I've never lived in a place with Covenants. At this point, we're no where close to relocating, unless DH lands an job with Disney corporate.

I have a nephew that lives in Princeton (works for TRC) so I am mildly aware of the prices in your area. Celebration is right up there.

Nothing to fear about living in a community with covenants. I truly believe that when you start living in a really nice area (like Celebration), you need rules that everyone needs to live by. It keeps the community looking nice. Yes, sometimes covenants can go overboard (like my area has a restrictions on lawn ornaments can't be taller than 6 inches, so if I wanted to put something in my lawn that was a few inches taller, too bad). The best thing you can do is get a copy of the covenants for the area you are interested in before buying.

Armand

BigTiggerGuy
07-21-2008, 01:26 PM
I'm actually in the process of relocating to Orlando myself. Have an interview tomorrow:yay: I too would love any information about areas in Orlando that would be reasonably priced as well as safe. My job would have me working on International Drive but I'm not opposed to a commute.
I did some preliminary research and found a couple of promising apartments. Anyone familiar with "Heritage on Millenia" on Millenia Blvd. in Orlando? From the website it sounds great but you never know.
Any advice would be appreciated!

Thanks!

MM32830
07-21-2008, 02:40 PM
I'm actually in the process of relocating to Orlando myself. Have an interview tomorrow:yay: I too would love any information about areas in Orlando that would be reasonably priced as well as safe. My job would have me working on International Drive but I'm not opposed to a commute.
I did some preliminary research and found a couple of promising apartments. Anyone familiar with "Heritage on Millenia" on Millenia Blvd. in Orlando? From the website it sounds great but you never know.
Any advice would be appreciated!

Thanks!

Sorry, I don't know anything about Heritage on Millenia. You will find that apartments are very scarce in Orlando but that is changing. With the housing boom a few years ago, many apartment buildings were being converted to condos. At one time, Orlando had less than 1500 apartment UNITS, not buildings. That's in a city of over a 250,000 people. Some of those converted condos are being coverted back to apartments (actually the condo owners are renting them out).

The Mall of Millenia area is a very easy drive from I-Drive. I-Drive is centers on Exit 74 of I-4 and the Mall of Millenia is at Exit 78 (only 4 miles up the road). Universal is just a few miles away and Disney is only 10 miles from the Millenia area. Nice location.

Armand