Are you interested only in single family homes, or might you be interested in a condo or townhome? Condos are easier to leave for long periods of time due to the fact that they have the grounds, pool, etc. maintained, so you can just lockup and go. However, there are also neighborhoods where lawns are maintained also. During the time you are in your home or condo, I'm sure that you would make friends who could advise you.
If you are interested in a condo, I have a lovely one listed in Satellite Beach with a beautiful view of the pool, rec. room and miles and miles out into the Atlantic Ocean. If you are interested, please let me know and I could e-mail you the listing. Also, if you are not already working with a Realtor, I would be glad to e-mail you listings of properties according to your wants and needs.
Ruth Ann Harvey