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Steve_ Jun 3rd 2016 4:42 am

Re: Where to live in Florida?
 

Originally Posted by Samxboy (Post 11963549)
Winter is beautiful until you realize that the population doubles with 'northern' folk escaping the snow.

Canadians used to piss me off when I lived in Florida, always getting lost, got rear-ended by someone from Québec once.

Now I am one, ha. :lol:

Wintersong Jun 3rd 2016 5:03 am

Re: Where to love in Florida?
 

Originally Posted by Steve_ (Post 11963582)
The visa to some extent dictates where to live, that's the point though. If you're thinking E-2 and you want to open a Krispy Kreme, well you don't want to do it in Miami where there are fast food franchises on every street corner.

If you're coming on L-1 you're not going to set up your new office in Ocala even though it's a nice place to live, it's not a good location.

The clue is in post #4 - location is irrelevant when it comes to work in this instance. Besides, if requests for additional info had been couched in those pleasant terms I doubt there'd have been an issue ;)

Catrina Jun 3rd 2016 5:51 am

Re: Where to live in Florida?
 

Originally Posted by Pulaski (Post 11963392)
I am sorry you see it that way, but IMO that was "getting straight to the point", or perhaps "a little blunt". I have seen "rude" before, :o and that wasn't it.

But if you're looking for "Ra ra ra! Life here is the greatest, come on over! :thumbsup:" then you're looking in the wrong place. We are all relatively down to earth, and recognize life in the US for what it is - it is "good" for some of us, and "great" for a few, but even though I am among the happiest and most pro-America members of BE, I would say that there are significant downsides to life in America.

I wasn't necessarily referring to you, as you have given some useful information and given us things to think about, thankyou

Catrina Jun 3rd 2016 5:56 am

Re: Where to live in Florida?
 

Originally Posted by littledorrit (Post 11963398)
I know Florida pretty well. I'm moving to Tampa (assuming visa goes ok) in a few weeks.
We are going to Tampa because that's where our friends and family are, but I do think it's a great city. Lots to do - not far to the beach and an hour and half to Orlando. I like that Tampa does have some actual culture... The schools in Tampa are mixed, but South Tampa has excellent schools. The house prices are very steep though. Saint Pete is great (nearby), but the middle and high school are pretty bad. Palm Harbour is nice too.
Saint Augustine also had good schools - it's a cute town with lovely beaches, but is a little quiet for me. Stuart is a great little town - really nice community, ok schools and water everywhere. I'd live there if I could persuade our friends to go there (but they'd never leave Tampa!)
As for the heat - it is crazy hot in the summer months, but we've always just worked around it, getting out early before it gets too hot, spending time in the water and hiding indoors in the afternoons.
I like that people are pretty laid back and don't take themselves too seriously.


Thank you very much for the info, schools are very important and need to do a lot of research on this!

Catrina Jun 3rd 2016 6:04 am

Re: Where to live in Florida?
 
Thankyou everybody. There is a lot of information for us to think about and to start researching before we come over, and have more of an idea of where to look as it is such a big place, there are some very helpful points :)

littledorrit Jun 3rd 2016 6:23 am

Re: Where to live in Florida?
 

Originally Posted by Jerseygirl (Post 11963427)
I spent a lot of time in New Jersey before I moved. I soon found out that visiting and living in the US are two entirely different animals.

Yeah - I should have mentioned that I have lived in Florida before. So I'm actually going through this visa process for the second time. I lived there for a few years but gave my green card back and retuned to the Uk. So I am very much going with my eyes wide open.
The reality of being there is obviously different than vacations. But I lived in Cornwall for a while - and same could be said for that. People would move from
London - and then quickly realise there were no jobs, the Cornish are a tricky bunch (I'm Cornish so I can say that!) and there are terrible levels of deprivation...
(Actually a lot like Florida!)

RainyDays Jun 3rd 2016 10:09 am

Re: Where to live in Florida?
 

Originally Posted by littledorrit (Post 11963622)
Yeah - I should have mentioned that I have lived in Florida before. So I'm actually going through this visa process for the second time. I lived there for a few years but gave my green card back and retuned to the Uk. So I am very much going with my eyes wide open.
The reality of being there is obviously different than vacations. But I lived in Cornwall for a while - and same could be said for that. People would move from
London - and then quickly realise there were no jobs, the Cornish are a tricky bunch (I'm Cornish so I can say that!) and there are terrible levels of deprivation...
(Actually a lot like Florida!)

Cornish and moving to Florida. Snap!

Boiler Jun 3rd 2016 12:33 pm

Re: Where to live in Florida?
 

Originally Posted by Catrina (Post 11963614)
Thankyou everybody. There is a lot of information for us to think about and to start researching before we come over, and have more of an idea of where to look as it is such a big place, there are some very helpful points :)

I thought we were not to discuss that or how.

kodokan Jun 3rd 2016 5:02 pm

Re: Where to live in Florida?
 

Originally Posted by Steve_ (Post 11963585)
37? I never used to find the temperature to be that big of a problem, everywhere has AC.

Hmmm... depends on daily way of life, I think. My husband used to think this in AZ, this notion of 'meh, it's not so bad, you just go from your AC house to your AC car to your AC office'.

And then he was laid off, and spent last summer out of work. He soon discovered that my experience of AZ summers was VASTLY different to his, and that the heat becomes very, very old after weeks and months of doing gardening and house maintenance when it's already in the 90s at 5am, trying to stop the groceries melting in the car boot, trying to stop bored kids losing their minds during summer break. It was interestingly illuminating for him.

littledorrit Jun 3rd 2016 8:40 pm

Re: Where to live in Florida?
 

Originally Posted by RainyDays (Post 11963744)
Cornish and moving to Florida. Snap!

Awesome! Where in Florida will you be?

AdobePinon Jun 3rd 2016 11:53 pm

Re: Where to live in Florida?
 
Again, why Florida? If you don't have to be somewhere specific in Florida for work, you probably don't have to be in Florida at all. Speaking purely for myself, I'd probably choose at least 40 other states and a couple of territories before I chose Florida. If Florida is really your thing, tell us why so that those who know the place can give you better advice.

Pulaski Jun 4th 2016 1:09 am

Re: Where to live in Florida?
 

Originally Posted by AdobePinon (Post 11964433)
.... If Florida is really your thing, tell us why so that those who know the place can give you better advice.

She already said, ".... and within maybe 1.5 hours of Orlando." ;)

How about Golden Oak? :unsure:

audio Jun 4th 2016 8:28 am

Re: Where to live in Florida?
 
Well we live in the north east on the St. Johns River. We like it lots.
Sure it’s hot and humid but you get used to it. Being on the river, the bugs are a problem at times and so are the gators; one 11 footer took our neighbors 85lb Rottweiler cross recently.
Bass fishing is great. Beaches are great.
Cops are plentiful and very friendly if that appeals.
The roads are pretty clear and well maintained; it does get a bit crazy near some larger towns like Jacksonville though.
Having said our FL praises, we are selling-up to buy a RV to go walkabout around the mid-west.

Ray Jun 4th 2016 11:02 am

Re: Where to live in Florida?
 

Originally Posted by Pulaski (Post 11964458)
She already said, ".... and within maybe 1.5 hours of Orlando." ;)

oh god .. dumb as rocks

robin1234 Jun 4th 2016 12:37 pm

Re: Where to live in Florida?
 

Originally Posted by Pulaski (Post 11964458)
She already said, ".... and within maybe 1.5 hours of Orlando." ;)

How about Golden Oak? :unsure:

I looked at some of those lovely homes at Golden Oak and honestly, they're all more home than I need now. Two powder rooms? A "wine room?" Still, you get more for your $2,000,000 than you would in New York City....


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