I'm with Gerard as far as my feelings about the sinkhole issue. If you're buying a home on a canal with Gulf access, you are less likely to deal with a sinkhole than you would be East of U.S. 19. However, I have seen houses on canals deal with settlement issues resulting from failed seawalls allowing the soil to wash into the canal, or from improperly directed downspouts, both of which can undermine the foundation of a house. Having said that, yes, the whole State of Florida has the potential for sinkholes. You can find all the information you could possibly need about sinkholes on my website - http://www.WAPHomes.com
- under the "Florida Government Info" link on the left toward the bottom of the page.
As far as Tony Marks' comment that there isn't much up here (my office is at Hudson Beach), I would have to disagree with him. I've lived and/or worked on the Gulf Coast of Pasco County for over 14 years now, and I can honestly say that there is plenty available for folks to do. Shopping - (1) the Gulf View Square Mall is within 5 miles of my office and it hosts Macy's, Dillard's, Sears, J.C. Penney, Hollister, Aeropostale, Victoria's Secrets, Best Buy, T.J. Maxx, along with about 100 specialty stores; (2) there is a large shopping center across U.S. 19 from the mall that hosts Sports Authority, Books-A-Million with JJ Muggs coffee shop, a Michael's Arts and Crafts Store just to name the big shops; (3) the Super Walmart is about 2 miles from Hudson Beach, and across Beacon Woods Road from Walmart is the Kmart. Restaurants - we have a ton of them and a lot of variety at that - from Sam's Beach Bar, to Inn on the Gulf (if I want fish, that's where I go, unless I want sushi, in which case I go to Jade Fire on U.S. 19 just South of the Post Office), to Ollie Oyster's - all of which are just down the street from my office. Entertainment and activities - (1) We have several movie theaters, with the largest of them being the Hollywood 18 just north of the Gulf View Square Mall; (2) there is a ton of outdoor activities - we are part of the Nature Coast, after all! Behind the Gulf View Square Mall is a huge park, Werner Boyce Salt Springs State Park, that is old Florida nature at its best and largely unspoiled. One afternoon I walked for almost 2 hours and saw only 2 other people in there. Starkey Park East of Little Road is huge. There are plenty of boating opportunities available from kayaking and canoeing, to flats fishing, to boating down to Anclote Island and the Sand Bar for laying on the beach and relaxing. Weeki Wachee River, and the Springs is only about a 15 minute ride up U.S. 19 for more kayaking and canoeing, as well as just tubing down the River - you'll often see manatee in it as well. Hudson has ridiculously easy access to Tampa via the Suncoast Expressway - it's roughly 45 minutes to the Tampa Airport that way. North of us about a 10 minute drive is Spring Hill for even more shopping if you can't get enough here. We have a much more laid back lifestyle up here - Hudson started out as a fishing village back in the 1800's and it's still that way now - just more modern. Granted, Hudson isn't for everyone, but the Gulf access is good and the real estate prices and the real estate taxes are a whole lot cheaper than Pinellas County! Pasco County also has high end Gulf access real estate in Gulf Harbors and Flor-a-Mar in New Port Richey for those that are looking for a little more refined surroundings. Okay, I've stood on my soap box long enough! Hope the info helps those that have questions about our area.