Wow, I just read all of those answers. Very confusing, especially if you're not familiar with the areas. Any Realtor wanting to sell you is going to want to sell you their area, myself included. However, ... I would want your referral after you had been a happy customer. If you were not happy with your new location you would not be that happy customer.
My suggestion would be to possibly Rent someplace at first and explore. Go to the different areas. Look at Retirement communities, Gated communities and regular neighborhoods.
If you rent at first you wont be locked in to an area that you may not like. While you are renting, you can contact a couple realtors in different areas (or 1 realtor willing to travel) and see which part of Florida you would like to live in.
Of course I'm partial to Southwest due to the climate, but some people might not like all of the sunshine and warm weather. My sister opted for north Florida. She likes it cold. However, If I can be of any assistance to you pleas let me know and I hope this helped.
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I did the same thing you are contemplating doing, about 6 years ago. My husband and I always vacationed at a Florida beach, varying East and West Coast locations. Although we love the southwest Gulf Coast and also the Jupiter Hobe Sound areas, we chose the central Panhandle community of Port St. Joe for our relocation. We both could not be happier. This place is still the Old Florida I remember when I was younger. It is beautiful, quiet, low crime, no traffic, no highrises. Absolutely too quiet for some!
We are located about 50 miles east of Panama City and about 100 miles west of Tallahassee. What is not available locally, can be found at either of those cities. We also had a new hospital open here in 2010.
We also have seasons here. Coming from RI, adjusting to constant warm, humid weather can be a challenge. We have generally mild winters, with an occasional freeze. But generally, when we freeze, so does the rest of the state!!
My advice would be to take some more vactions, visit the towns of Apalachicola, Port. St. Joe, Mexico Beach, and surrounding areas. St. George Island is a lovely place to vacation and launch your exploration.
Here is a link for you to follow: http://www.forgotten-florida.com
Also, try renting for a year no matter where you go, to be certain you have a fit.
Paula Kroll, Broker Associate
Beach Realty of Cape San Blas
Having been from Jacksonville to Key West and Naples to Pensacola and most points in between I know the state very well. There are some amazing places to call home but many differences in weather, lifestyle and landscape; stay below Vero Beach on the east coast and Sarasota on the west coast if you want the best winter weather. The best place I can point you is a brief blog I did about the Jupiter area;
As a resident of Jupiter, I work throughout Palm Beach and Martin Counties, and a great place to start is by defining your goals and comparing the lifestyles and housing costs of areas that you are interested in. There are so many different options available to us that reside in the state and I have selected Jupiter because of the quality of life that we enjoy. From my viewpoint, there is no finer place to reside that the Jupiter area; from the best schools, to a fantastic economy fueled by many factors and of course the wonderful facilities of Max Planck and Scripps Institute, to incredible unspoiled beaches, unbelievable dining and shopping options, numerous boating and golf opportunities, uncrowded streets, low crime and just the overall kindness of our residents. Just Friday we were out with a client form New York who commented on just how nice everyone is; and why not as we are truly lucky to live in Paradise.
I work almost entirely as a buyers agent in Palm Beach and Martin Counties and certainly would be honored to be on the list of RealtorsÂ® you interview and happy to be of assistance in any way that I can. If you are in the area and would like a tour I would enjoy showing you why I am so fortunate to call Jupiter my hometown.
I hope this information is helpful but if you need anything additional please do not hesitate to give me a call.
Always at Your Service,
Tom Priester e-PRO
"Results Driven Real Estate"
Keller Williams Realty
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