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Old 05-28-2013, 12:26 PM   #46
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I am very envious of you! I have lived in Boston suburbs my whole life and would love to move to somewhere warmer. I was so close to convincing DH to move, and then my FIL got a little tipsy and started blabbering on about how afraid he is that his kids are going to leave him all alone (MIL and FIL split up about 8 years ago). After that, the guilt was too much for DH and he stopped considering it completely
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Old 05-28-2013, 01:18 PM   #47
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In my world it's 72 degrees all summer long. 72 in my house, 72 in my car and 72 inside wherever we go! :-)



It's actually the opposite of NH. In NH we stayed in during the cold winter and played in the summer. Here we play outside in the winter and try to stay inside in the summer.
This is what I tell people all the time when I say I want to live in Florida. They say oh no the heat would kill me, but really I like it and as you said you stay inside in summer and outside in the winter. We stay inside in the winter here and outside in the summer. One thing is our summers are very short and some days lately it's as hot and humid as down there.
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Old 05-28-2013, 01:51 PM   #48
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It is also my dream as well as my plan to eventually move to Florida, although I will want to be in a beach town, not Orlando. I am in the camp that has no idea how anyone would NOT want to move to Florida. When I talk about this and occasionally run across someone like that, that would rather stay in Arkansas or somewhere I'm like really why? To me the heat in Florida is nothing. I"m used to hot summers, Florida would actually be more of a moderate climate for me. What's not to like, beach, palm trees, beautiful clear water, beach shops, beach bars, bikinis, easy going lifestyle, warm weather, and did I say the beach?
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Old 05-28-2013, 02:05 PM   #49
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Congrats! I want to move to Florida so bad after the kids are out of school in 5 years but my husband says no way.

He actually wants to move more towards the midwest and closer to his family in MN. And I say no way to that - snow? Ewwww. never again.

So I guess Georgia is where we'll be staying. LOL
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Old 05-28-2013, 02:10 PM   #50
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As people have mentioned, drivers in the Orlando area are terrible...very aggressive. If you don't speed, you'll get run over. There is one exception, as mentioned by another poster, DO NOT SPEED IN WINDERMERE!

I can't stress this enough. The police in Windermere don't have a lot to do except watch for speeders. When the speed limit says 25 mph, they mean 25 mph. Don't try going 30.

Part of the main street of Windermere is a 25 mph zone. The rest is 30 mph. I can't even begin to tell you how many people I see stopped for speeding in Windermere. They are very, very serious about enforcing the speed limits.

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Old 05-28-2013, 02:20 PM   #51
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We are in nearly the same situation as you. We are planning on moving before school starts down there in August. Want to be in Orlando but DW doesn't have an immediate opportunity with her company, and want to be in the Windermere area. Considering Jacksonville beach, or northeast Tampa also, just to ease into the Orlando area when opportunity arises. All low crime, and good school areas.
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Old 05-28-2013, 04:17 PM   #52
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Good luck and congrats!

In 2005, my parents moved from Bellingham, WA to Winter Garden (well, the first year they lived in an apartment in Orlando, but you get the idea). For the most part they love it. However, there are times my Mom misses the mountains and the evergreens.

The only thing I would caution is that the West Coast lifestyle can be pretty different than other places. My Dad used to talk about how "old" our family living in the Mid-West seemed to him, compared to people of a similar age in Washington. And Florida has some of that as well. This can show up in terms of politics, education, activities, making choices outside of comfort zones and other things. My parents are on the conservative end of the political spectrum but even they had a hard time having to throw away the newspaper and cat food cans because they only had Plastic recycling. Stuff like that, be prepared for.

Also, in Winter Garden my parents can hear the loudest booms of the MK fireworks, so you will definitely hear them in Windermere.
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Old 05-28-2013, 04:38 PM   #53
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Good luck. Sounds like you have the right attitude to make it down here! Just remain flexible and remember living here is a lot different from visiting here. Wont hurt to brush up on your Spanish either. Especially when you visit Miami!
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Old 05-28-2013, 04:39 PM   #54
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Is that little ice cream shop just north of the roundabout on the east side of the street still there? Haven't been through Widermere for quite awhile (go out 528 to I4 now) but used to stop there on my way to work in the summers several years ago. Good ice cream.
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Yes, the northwest is beautiful, but the several months of non-stop cold-grey-drizzle is depressing. It was just on the news recently that a Bellingham school closed so the kids could enjoy a rare sunny day.
Have to love that! We get out for snow days, and they got out for a sun day!


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That's what my parents say. They've been retired to Florida for about 20 years and would come "home" in their motorhome each summer. They've recently bought another house here to have more room and are splitting the year about half here and half there.

One thing that they really miss is the access to excellent healthcare for senior citizens (which won't matter that much to the OP! ). Mother says that the doctors here treat you like you're "old" while the medical personnel there don't. They're more accustomed to seeing active senior citizens, I think.
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Old 05-28-2013, 06:27 PM   #56
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The difference between the extreme heat in Florida and the winters, at least you can still go out, early in the mornings and in the evenings. We are stuck in our houses all winter from November to May. We had the coldest, ice, snowy winter this year in Wisconsin. One morning, I had so much snow on my car, I figured I might as well walk to work. I literally walked through 3 ft of snow 2 blocks to work. With every foot step I took, I was screaming, "Why do I live here!" I could be loosing my job within the next year, and I am seriously thinking of being a snow-bird. I don't think I would live around Orlando though, I would move more north to the Gainsville area.
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Old 05-28-2013, 06:46 PM   #57
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Old 05-28-2013, 07:11 PM   #58
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When we moved to Orlando 35 years ago from the frozen north, all our friends wailed "HOW ARE YOU GOING TO STAND ALL THAT HEAT AND HUMIDITY???"

Well, I've never had to shovel two feet of heat and humidity off my driveway; I've never had to scrape an inch of heat and humidity off my windshield; I've never had to drive 5 mph because the roads were covered with heat and humidity; my roof has never collapsed from three feet of heat and humidity; I've never slipped on the heat and humidity on the sidewalk and broken my tailbone; and my water pipes have never burst from the heat and humidity.

That usually shuts them up real fast....
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When we moved to Orlando 35 years ago from the frozen north, all our friends wailed "HOW ARE YOU GOING TO STAND ALL THAT HEAT AND HUMIDITY???"

Well, I've never had to shovel two feet of heat and humidity off my driveway; I've never had to scrape an inch of heat and humidity off my windshield; I've never had to drive 5 mph because the roads were covered with heat and humidity; my roof has never collapsed from three feet of heat and humidity; I've never slipped on the heat and humidity on the sidewalk and broken my tailbone; and my water pipes have never burst from the heat and humidity.

That usually shuts them up real fast....
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If you don't mind me asking, why would you want to move to Seattle?
Weather, culture, religion, and politics are some of my reasons. I won't really elaborate, since that would likely get me into trouble. But I feel like 99% of the people I've met down here, however lovely they are, fall into one very narrow 'type' that I have nothing in common with.

And I hear you on the change of pace! I was 27 when I left my home state for the first time to come here, and I don't regret that at all. It's been fun living near Disney, but I need so much more than that. There's nothing wrong with trying different areas of the US on for size.
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