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Old 02-20-2018, 02:49 PM   #1
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I was recently in Florida for a week long corporate off-site event. A few of the local employees are trying to recruit me to relocate to there. I wonder what the attraction is? It certainly wasn't the "You can pick up a nice place, that has already been rehabbed, for only $600k-$700k." Yikes!
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Old 02-20-2018, 03:00 PM   #2
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Old 02-20-2018, 03:04 PM   #3
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Snow shovel are not sold there
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Did you get to St. Pete or just stay in CLW?
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Old 02-20-2018, 03:24 PM   #5
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Beautiful area, beautiful climate, beautiful water. We're on our way there now.

As to cost of living, it's a matter of comparison. If you're talking waterfront Clearwater vs. Lincoln, Nebraska then expensive, but if you're talking suburbs of Tampa vs midtown Manhattan, then it's cheap.

We use to do something for persons considering relocation to our area. That was to engage a realtor to spend 1/2 day showing them around town. The rules were no attempts to sell them a home, because we advised renting initially until they knew the area. Instead it was to sell them on the area, to show them different neighborhoods and different price ranges. The realtor would then benefit much later but amazing how many homes they sold to our employees.

I'd suggest, if you're seriously considering it, you contact a realtor, tell them exactly your situation, that you might never move there, but would like to be shown so you could get a feel for what you could afford and where you might want to live. The first one you contact might say no, but you'll find someone more than willing to take the chance.
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Oh, I was just joshing. I know the attraction, just can't afford the ticket of $600k-$700k if I want to retire any time soon. I live on the water now, the Chesapeake for half that. It ain't Florida, but it ain't bad either. This is the view from my deck ... and my "office."
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Did you get to St. Pete or just stay in CLW?

Just Clearwater Beach. I was trapped in a conference room and evening events from 8AM to 8PM. My wife hung out at the pool! But we did tack on a few extra days after the conference. I'm starting to peel from the sunburn now.

Beautiful area. Yeah, I'd live there if I could.
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Oh, I was just joshing. I know the attraction, just can't afford the ticket of $600k-$700k if I want to retire any time soon. I live on the water now, the Chesapeake for half that. It ain't Florida, but it ain't bad either. This is the view from my deck ... and my "office."
Yes, you should only pay half price. You only have half the season. lol
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Let's see-no state income tax, no snow, year round boating, marinas everywhere, great fishing, great scuba/snorkling, Bahamas for the weekend, did I mention no state income tax.
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I live 15-20 minutes north of Clearwater. Homes are a fraction of that.
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Yes, you should only pay half price. You only have half the season. lol

Bahaha! Good one.
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Oh, I was just joshing. I know the attraction, just can't afford the ticket of $600k-$700k if I want to retire any time soon. I live on the water now, the Chesapeake for half that. It ain't Florida, but it ain't bad either. This is the view from my deck ... and my "office."


As someone who lives on the W coast of FL, yes the year-round boating is nice, but many days Id kill to see waterfront like in your picture, with that many other boaters out.
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Was just there last week. Beautiful weather and no riff-raff. Go Phillies!
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Was just there last week. Beautiful weather and no riff-raff. Go Phillies!
Wifey B: How can you say no riff-raff and Phillies in the same post?

Although I'm not talking baseball with our new owners giving away every decent player they had. I refused to go to the Marlins games before and sure as heck won't go now.
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Let's see-no state income tax, no snow, year round boating, marinas everywhere, great fishing, great scuba/snorkling, Bahamas for the weekend, did I mention no state income tax.
High sales tax on most things except food, bad traffic, boat ramp parking full by 9 am on weekends and holidays, hot, high humidity, land that is dead flat, bugs, snorkeling that is so-so, slip waiting lists that are years long, relatively high crime rate. What's not to like?

I've heard that property taxes can be pretty high, not as high an NJ, but higher than most places. Got to make up for no income tax somehow.

I've spent way more time in FL over the last 20 years than I ever thought I would (many months/year for work). So far it hasn't grown on me.
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We moved to Pembroke Pines, Florida from Annapolis, Maryland. The lower cost of living over Maryland, and the better, weather, was a slam dunk, decision wise.

(Then, we moved to Mississippi, even better cost of living, but not quite as nice weather).
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I live just south of Clearwater and been in the Tampa/St. Pete area for most of my life.... and I'm staying. We have out goods and bads, just like a lot of places. I don't like winter, so this works.

Yes, property is expensive on the water, and taxes are rather high, too. Traffic is a mess, especially this time with the snow birds.

Clearwater Beach is just too crowded for me, and I just quit going there.

But the water is great and one can avoid a lot of traffic with a little planning.
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There are very nice condos in Gulfport FL that can be had in the $120-$200K range .

Rental slips available with a 1 block walk..
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Yes traffic is avoidable with planning, but even the bad traffic is less than what it is in Ct.
And I'm paying easily $5K less in property tax here than in Ct.
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We keep our boat in Clearwater, love the area.


Previous boat we kept on the East coast of Florida, between Fort Lauderdale and Miami.


Its all about personal preference, we like the west coast so much more. A friend of mine used a term "Urban boating" to describe Dade and Broward counties.
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