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John Bosch, Both Buyer and Seller in Long Island City, NY

IS THE WEST COAST OF FLORIDA A NICE PLACE TO BUY A HOUSE.?

Asked by John Bosch, Long Island City, NY Thu Aug 30, 2007

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I am a Florida native and have only lived on the west coast from Longboat Key to Port Charlotte and everywhere in between. I love the beaches and the water on this coast is much warmer than the ocean side. Siesta Beach is often rated as one of the top beaches in the country. This coast is a bit more relaxed than the other coast in my opinion.
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I liked it. I loved going to the Pinellas County beaches, which had some of the most pristine Gulf Coast beaches. I still dream of the fine white sand, the aquamarine water, the lazy breezes... good times.
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The Bonita Springs, Estero and Naples area offers great opportunities, as well. The area offers a new International Airport (RSW), Florida Gulfcoast State University, of course our white, sugar sand beaches and a carefully planned and developed city scape and infrastructure. As a 22 year resident of Bonita Springs I can tell you I wouldn't live anywhere else.
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I once again agree with Deborah. I would add that the main differences between the east and west coast is the population density, commercialism, (both are lower on the west coast) but mainly the water! On the East coast you have the Atlantic Ocean which is rough, cold(er) and not nearly as nice a shade blue as the West Coast. After 20 years of going to both coasts, I recently bought on the West, so I am a bit biased!!! If you decide to relocate to the Sarasota area, I have a great agent for you!
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The west coast has some beautiful beaches. I can comment about Marco Island, Sanibal, Siesta Key, Sarasota, Longboat Key, and Tampa. Great beaches, great environment. It's a bit more relaxed than the East Coast of Florida.
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Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Red Bank, NJ
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Southwest Florida is in the Gulf Coast Region. The following cities are considered part of Southwest Florida: Bonita Springs, Naples, Cape Coral, Captiva, Desoto County, Estero, Englewood, Fort Myers, Marco, North Port, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Sanibel, Sarasota, and Venice.

Here you will find white sandy beaches, crystal blue warm waters, and light tropical breezes. This is such a beautiful area with many lifestyle choices. You will find it a wonderful place to live. The real estate market offers a variety of homes and condos which are unique to each city. There are properties from magnificent golf course communities...to luxurious estate homes along the beach...to high rises in the sky...to retirement communities.

Home prices are low, interest rates are low and there is no state income tax. Insurance rates are different depending on location. You can compare homeowner insurance rates by going to the following web site: http://www.shopandcomparerates.com/HOCompareRates.htm. Florida also offers a homestead exemption. Details can be found at dor.myflorida.com/dor/property/taxpayers/exemptions.html.

Some lifestyle activities are golfing, fishing, boating, biking, swimming, tennis, shelling, museums, art, shopping, music, sports, dining, parks, bird watching, and nightlife. There really is something for everyone. Because of our tropical Florida weather, there are events year round. If you would like more information about living in Southwest Florida contact a Realtor or Chamber of Commerce in your area of interest.
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John,

Good morning. I think so, but I've only been on the Water since '84 ! Moving from the Palisades of Jersey to Hallandale Beach [Broward Co] on Florida's East Coast in 1984 it was wonderful [at first]. We had a big boat, I met a girl on Hollywood Beach, and the night life was great. ...then... I married the girl from the Beach, my Parents passed away, we had a Son, and all of a sudden South Florida wasn't so wonderful anymore. In 2000 we moved to the Gulf Coast, I took a job representing the Developer of a Coastal Family & Boaters Friendly Community [Gulf Harbors] with its own Private Beach. We're just North of Tampa, Clearwater & St. Pete and that's close enough for most.

Yes, some would say it’s nicer, even a slower pace, but if you're not in a rush... Personally, I like referring to my Coastal Community as a type of 'Mayberry on the Water' where the most important things are Family & Friends and what time you'll be at the Sand Bar [a local tidal sand bar about 5 miles out from our Private Beach].

If you have any questions, please feel free to call or e-mail me directly at: 727-534-3226 or Steve@SteveZimmerman.com

Have a great 4th of July !

Steven Zimmerman Realtor ABR GRI / GULF HARBORS Resident & Specialist / Belloise Realty Tropical
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The west coast is definitely the best place to buy! We moved to Bradenton area 18 years ago and love it. It's the best boating in all of Florida; the golf courses are beautiful, restaurants & entertainment are plentiful, and the beaches are white sand and blue water. Add to that a more relaxed lifestyle than the east coast and you have found paradise!
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I love the west coast, the beaches in my opinion are much better. They are calmer, bluer and have lovely powerded sand. Here on east coast we are always worried about strong undertoe currents pulling people out to sea, shark investations and jelly fish...lol I have a few great agents I work with on the West Coast, let me know where your looking and I will hook you up :)
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Sorry John,

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John,

speak to my good friend John Hand , john@johnhand.com he is in Ft Lauderdale and a real pro on FL. Tell him English Paul from ATL sent you. You will not be dissapointed.
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Personally I like the west coast much better.....more sandy beaches, less populated and blue water.
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