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Old 07-28-2013, 09:34 PM   #91
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By the way, for an update on this, we DID sign on a 1-year rental lease on a house in Windermere FL! It's 2400 sqr feet, built in 2007, single story, in a good neighborhood less than a mile from school, and only $1795/mnth. We're going to stay for a year and if we like it, we'll stay in Florida. If not, we'll move back to Seattle.

Apparently you can see the fireworks high in the sky from behind the Magic Kingdom every night from the front porch of the house. How cool is that!

We'll be there around Sept. 11th or so! Annual passes here we come!

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Old 07-28-2013, 09:39 PM   #92
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Moved to Orlando from the Washington, DC area almost 20 years ago and have not once regretted it (well, except for the occasional run-in with those darned tourists who can't drive worth a darn! ). Windermere is an excellent area and you will be happy with the schools in Orange County...Florida overall might not be the best schools but Orange County is a GREAT school system! Good luck to you, and enjoy all the Florida resident deals on theme park passes and Disney cruises!
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By the way, for an update on this, we DID sign on a 1-year rental lease on a house in Windermere FL! It's 2400 sqr feet, built in 2007, single story, in a good neighborhood less than a mile from school, and only $1795/mnth. We're going to stay for a year and if we like it, we'll stay in Florida. If not, we'll move back to Seattle.

Apparently you can see the fireworks high in the sky from behind the Magic Kingdom every night from the front porch of the house. How cool is that!

We'll be there around Sept. 11th or so! Annual passes here we come!

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Very cool!

We contemplated moving 20+ years ago and really should have done it. Excited for your new adventuere!
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:56 PM   #94
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By the way, for an update on this, we DID sign on a 1-year rental lease on a house in Windermere FL! It's 2400 sqr feet, built in 2007, single story, in a good neighborhood less than a mile from school, and only $1795/mnth. We're going to stay for a year and if we like it, we'll stay in Florida. If not, we'll move back to Seattle.

Apparently you can see the fireworks high in the sky from behind the Magic Kingdom every night from the front porch of the house. How cool is that!

We'll be there around Sept. 11th or so! Annual passes here we come!

Ethan
Nice area, and great price on the house! Good luck with the move.
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I read most of this thread and didn't see if you mentioned a job. Do you have a job lined up in Florida?
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Old 07-29-2013, 04:44 PM   #96
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I read most of this thread and didn't see if you mentioned a job. Do you have a job lined up in Florida?
The third sentence in the the first paragraph of the OP states he is a work at home software something or another.

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By the way, for an update on this, we DID sign on a 1-year rental lease on a house in Windermere FL! It's 2400 sqr feet, built in 2007, single story, in a good neighborhood less than a mile from school, and only $1795/mnth. We're going to stay for a year and if we like it, we'll stay in Florida. If not, we'll move back to Seattle.

Apparently you can see the fireworks high in the sky from behind the Magic Kingdom every night from the front porch of the house. How cool is that!

We'll be there around Sept. 11th or so! Annual passes here we come!

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Welcome to the neighborhood! Sounds like you'll be very close to me. You're going to be very happy with this area.
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:25 PM   #98
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Yay!

Let us know how Windermere is, I have heard some great things, but not much detail!

We have our own boat/yacht cleaning biz, I work from home, and I'm a massage therapist (becoming Physician's Assistant) and we are looking to move that direction too! We are currently in the Florida Panhandle (a.k.a. Emerald Coast). I LOVE the Gulf of Mexico area, but we would love to be farther south and closer to WDW!!

I just turned 35, my DH is 30 and our kids are DS4 & DS6. School's would be a huge factor for us, too. How exciting for you & your family! Keep us posted!
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By the way, for an update on this, we DID sign on a 1-year rental lease on a house in Windermere FL! It's 2400 sqr feet, built in 2007, single story, in a good neighborhood less than a mile from school, and only $1795/mnth. We're going to stay for a year and if we like it, we'll stay in Florida. If not, we'll move back to Seattle.

Apparently you can see the fireworks high in the sky from behind the Magic Kingdom every night from the front porch of the house. How cool is that!

We'll be there around Sept. 11th or so! Annual passes here we come!

Ethan
That is so exciting! I moved to South Dakota a few years ago from Maine and lasted about 8 months before I missed my Mom and had to move home . I am sure your family will love it. Even if you move back, I am sure it will be a great experience for you!!
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For those Diser's that are familiar with the area, what hospitals are within 10-15 miles of Disney?
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Dr. Phillips, Health Central and Celebration
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By the way, for an update on this, we DID sign on a 1-year rental lease on a house in Windermere FL! It's 2400 sqr feet, built in 2007, single story, in a good neighborhood less than a mile from school, and only $1795/mnth. We're going to stay for a year and if we like it, we'll stay in Florida. If not, we'll move back to Seattle.

Apparently you can see the fireworks high in the sky from behind the Magic Kingdom every night from the front porch of the house. How cool is that!

We'll be there around Sept. 11th or so! Annual passes here we come!

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So, as I work out my options for moving to FL in 2014, I read your entire thread. And I'm curious - now that you've been in FL for a few months, how are things going for you?

(And all the other posters who are locals, thank you for the great information!)
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Congratulations on your move. I stayed in Kissimmee a few years ago for the winter and loved it. Met so many nice people who were just so happy to be out of the cold weather, that was mostly their decision for moving there. Would love to move there but dh isn't ready yet!
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Just came across this thread and have enjoyed reading all the posts. I am jealous - congratulations and good luck Ethan to you and your family. Sounds like you did your research and know what you want.

I have said for years that I would love to move down there someday - not necessarily in Orlando. We just sold a condo (used to be by inlaws) in Jupiter. We were not ready to go back and forth and become snowbirds.

I then went onto saying - cannot move there completely since we would definitely miss our kids and soon grandkids but would like to become snowbirds eventually and still feel that way.

Now my mom's health and my mil's health prevents us from spending more than two weeks anywhere (more so because of my mil - my dh is the only child living). We would like to try different areas for a few yeas first before deciding which area we would like and if we never purchase anything, we can rent for a month or so in the winter. We shall see.

Any updates Ethan? Windmere is a beautiful area and I have heard the schools are excellent.
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