JD â€œDanâ€ Weisenburger, GRI
Vanguard Realty, Inc. GMAC Real Estate
I use to live in FL and I always preferred the gulf side. I considered it less congested and a little more relaxed. Of course that is going to depend on your preference. I use to live at Burnt Store Marina & CC. It was between Punta Gorda and Cape Coral. As far as real estate value you need to examine what you want in an area and then consult a local realtor. I liked gulf side which was a personal preference. You have some great areas on the Gulf side and some high priced areas on both sides. The nice areas are quite a few such as Sanibel and all along the gulf.
Coldwell Banker Triad
I personally like the west coast for a short vacation ,week end and relaxing.I live on the east coast and love the City live and what is has to offer.I can also go to the Keys in less than a hour where the water is crystal clear and great for boating.
Good value in Real Estate can be found on both sides at this moment, plenty of properties for sale.
It all depends o your livestyle
The Atlantic side is much too busy and rush-rush for me. Yes, the weather is about 5 degrees warmer than the Gulf side, but it is prone to more hurricane danger and, because of the congestion, much more prone to crime. If you like the hustle and bustle of a big city like New York, then the east coast side is it. If you like more of a midwestern attitude, go to the west side of Florida.
Florida real estate values are down across the board and you might get a better deal on the Atlantic side, but there are plenty of deals on the Gulf side too. For my tastes, the Atlantic side is too congested. I would prefer the west coast from about Citrus/Hernando down to Sarasota. The northern counties actually get cold in the winter with a more distinct winter season. Go south of Tampa/St. Pete to blunt that winter effect. By going to the Naples/Fort Myers area, you pretty much avoid cold winter weather - but you run up against much higher prices and into the "relocated refugee's from the east coast" (those who lived on the Atlantic side and found out the hard way they didn't like it.).
A little background on me, I lived in Tampa (felt too northern for me!), moved to St. Pete and still live on the water - but the insurance premiums have gotten to me. I own a small parcel of land in eastern Manatee county (the REAL boondocks complete with wild boar, turkey, deer, snakes, gators!!!) and am looking forward to moving toward Panther Ridge or Lakewood Ranch in Manatee County soon due to family reasons. There are reasonable deals all over the place, I expect to snag one myself.
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I work in the greater Fort Lauderdale-Boca Raton area, and visit Naples regularly. I'd agree with Larry that the Gulf coast is more relaxed and quieter. The Atlantic coast, especially the Boca-Miami region, is more active, has more events and activities, but is also a bit faster paced. When you decide upon an area, talk to local Realtors to get a better feel. You are in Boynton Beach and you know already what difference 10 mi north or south can make. Good luck!
Well then aim for closer to another area. Some of the area's I mentioned before are more remote and you have to drive a bit for entertainment. I do have a company that could help you. They specialize in vacation homes and really understand the market. They will do alot of research and can help you make an informed decision for yourself. The agents name is Terry Mohler and the website is link is below.
Good luck and happy hunting
Coldwell Banker Triad
I haven't received any comments from Realtor's from the East Side/South Florida and was also wondering about the entertainment options as this would be a vacation/second home. Thank you again.