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Buyerboynton2, Home Buyer in Boynton Beach, FL

How would you compare living on the east side of Florida versus the gulf side?

Asked by Buyerboynton2, Boynton Beach, FL Sun Apr 6, 2008

What do you like about living on the East Side of Florida versus the gulf side? Which one has the best real estate value and why?

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I live on the gulf side out in the Panhandle between Panama City and Destin--I think we have the most beautiful beaches, and the greatest living environment--great cross section of population, lots of great restaurants, and we are surrounded by federal land rather than urban sprawl!! Check us out. go to http://www.Destin-FWB.com for a tour!!
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 6, 2008
Hi there! I used to live in W. Palm Beach until hurricanes kicked my family out of there! My husband was offered a job in Tallahassee, so we thought we would come here as a temporary stepping stone, until we could move to a more desirable location; but after 6 months, I thought "Why would I want to move anywhere? There is just no better place to raise my family. I love it here!" (of course, a day at the beach, is really, a whole day at the beach now.... not just a ride over the bridge for a swim!) and check out our home values... alot of bang for the buck.. http://www.joannaschmidtchen.com/Search_MLS_Listings/page_16…
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 6, 2008
My brother-in-law lives in Bradenton and his home owners insurance is out of site! I live on the east side in Clay county and ours is reasonable. Also homes in this area give the greatest bang for the buck yet we are only 45 minutes from St. Augustine, 90 minutes from Daytona and a short drive to Jacksonville Jaguar games.

JD “Dan” Weisenburger, GRI
Broker-Associate REALTOR®
Vanguard Realty, Inc. GMAC Real Estate
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 6, 2008
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.

Larry Story
Coldwell Banker Triad
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 6, 2008
I live on the gulf side in Tampa Bay area and we do not get the hurricanes that the other side experiences so our insurance is not as high. However, there are miles and miles of gorgeaus beaches on the Atlantic side and one of the things that it has to offer is the scuba diving is more popular in the atlantic. You also have beaches all the way up to Jacksonville. You do not necessarily have to be in the Miami Beach area. There are gorgeous beaches and small towns off St. Augustine etc... So, it depends what you want to do.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 12, 2008
Hello Buyerboynton2,
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
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 12, 2008
I live here on Fort Myers Beach and almost on a daily basis talk to people who are interewsted in moving here, or buying getaway property here, because the east coast is just too crowded and hectic ! The lifestyle here is very relaxed and laid back. As for the current values: our market ( Florida ) has excellent buying opportunities on either coast. Good luck in your search and let me know if I can be of further help.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 12, 2008
ASimply put the atmosphere is more relaxed on the West Coast than the East Coast. The East Coast, From Fort LAuderdale south to South beach is more developed and multi-cultural. These are some very isolated and secluded neighborhoods on the East Coast that are worthly of looking into. It is a matter of personal preference.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 23, 2008
I am NOT a real estate agent, so I have no vested interest in this answer. Coming from the Midwest in the 1980's, I checked out both Florida Coasts before I settled on the Gulf Coast side.

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.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 15, 2008
I love the East coast of Florida! I am from San Diego, CA, and after having travelled the world over and lived in 16 different countries, I have finally found my personal palace in paradise here in Indian Harbour Beach, FL, along Florida's Space Coast!

Local Area Information
Come visit one of America's best kept secrets and you will truly fall in love with our subtropical paradise!

Just 35 miles east of Orlando, Brevard County prides itself as the home of Kennedy Space Center, the only facility in the world that launches the Space Shuttle; Port Canaveral, the second-busiest cruise port in the world; 72 miles of beautiful Atlantic Ocean beaches; and the largest collection of endangered wildlife and plants in the continental United States. With its tropical weather, cultural activities, educational opportunities, active and passive recreation options, high-technology industries, and family-friendly atmosphere, the Space Coast offers an exceptional quality of life that residents and visitors enjoy year-round. Nearly 500,000 people call its 15 municipalities and unincorporated areas "home."
Area history
The county has been occupied by humans for 12,000 years. The Ais were inhabiting Brevard when it was discovered by Spanish explorers.

Juan Ponce de León is said to have arrived in Florida at the shores of the future county in 1513.

The last naval battle of the American Revolutionary War was fought off the shores of Cape Canaveral in 1783, between the USS Alliance and the HMS Sybill.

Brevard County contains the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. the Canaveral National Seashore, the St. Johns National Wildlife Refuge, and the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge. Brevard works together with the federal and state government to help preserve these wetlands, coastal areas and controlling pollution.

Brevard County Parks and Recreation
Brevard County boasts many beautiful and magnificent parks and recreation centers.

Of the many parks and facilities available throughout the county, those that the Department manages include 108 parks, 3 campgrounds, 3 golf courses, 6 nature centers, 42 beach access sites, 13 school athletic sites, and more than 17,000 acres of Environmentally Endangered Lands sanctuaries and conservation areas. The Parks and Recreation Department's website offers residents and visitors a place to discover the unique features and recreational opportunities available throughout our parks. Learn more here!
Natural Spaces
Brevard County Parks and Recreation is a local government agency in East Central Florida, USA. It serves the nearly 550,000 residents of Brevard County including the following municipalities and communities: Aurantia, Barefoot Bay, Canaveral Groves, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Eau Gallie, Floridana Beach, Georgianna, Grant-Valkaria, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, June Park, Malabar, Melbourne, Melbourne Beach, Melbourne Shores, Melbourne Village, Merritt Island, Micco, Mims, Patrick Air Force Base, Palm Bay, Palm Shores, Pineda, Port St. John, Rockledge, Satellite Beach, Scottsmoor, Sharpes, South Patrick, Suntree, Titusville, Viera, as well as local visitors from Orlando, Daytona, Vero Beach and tourists from outside the state.

Action Places
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 25, 2008
I'm partial. We live in Sarasota and simply love the Gulf coast. It has less traffic, midwest friendly influence and attitude with some of the world's finast Beaches. Siesta Key Beach ranks in the Top 10. The area is alive with cultural events, Live theater, The Opera, The Symphony, Ballet or just go to the beach, get your Boat an enjoy championship sport fishing catching Tarpon, Snook, Red Fisg, Trout and Grouper. Golf Courses by some of the worlds top desingners, such a Fazio, Nicklaus-Jacklin, Arthur Hills, Arnold Palmer and Trent Jones Jr. It aslo boasts of excellant Medical care and specialty health and rehab programs. Home prices hav e stabilized and have become very affordable. Vist my web site: jimsoda.com to view more information about our wonderful area. Easy acces with major airlines from Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota and Ft. Myers. Come and see for yourself! Thank You, Jim Soda jimsoda@prudentialpalmsrealty.com
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 7, 2008
B, You can find a really nice primer on the Gold coast as well as all Florida coasts here:


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!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 7, 2008
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
Larry Story
Coldwell Banker Triad
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 7, 2008
Thank you everyone for all the helpful answers. I really appreciated.

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.
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