My husband and I (mid- 30's) are thinking about relocating to Florida. We are looking for an eclectic,

Asked by Emily, Boulder, CO Sat Jul 19, 2008

diverse, progressive community. We are hoping to have kids soon so we would like to find a family friendly area with young professionals, good employment opportunities (willing to drive 35 min), but a house that is walking distance to the beach (budget around $450k) near a quaint town.

We would prefer to be on the outer islands. We have done a lot of research on the West coast, but would also consider the East coast.

We love the island feel with a laid back attitude with working professionals.

We are considering Sarasota area - Siesta Key, Longboat Key as well as Sanibel/Captiva, maybe Key West area, but not sure about employment in that area. Just trying to get some good advice to find out what might be good fit for us. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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Emily, Home Buyer, Boulder, CO
Sun Jul 20, 2008
Thanks so much for the tips. My husband works remotely so we aren't as concerned about location for employment. We have lived in Puerto Rico a couple of times and have traveled the Caribbean extensively so for us the location and lifestyle is key.

What are the key differences between Anna Marie Island including Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach and Siesta Key and Longboat Key? Such as young families, housing costs, commute and small town feel. Thanks for your help!
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Dallas Texas, Agent, Dallas, TN
Sat Jul 19, 2008
Would you think it be your best interest narrow the search down where you have employment opportunities first then increase that circle of search. SUGGESTION: You might want to take a vacation spend sometime driving those areas, feel your comfort zone speak with the residence.
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Dena Atkins,…, Agent, Jacksonville, FL
Sat Jul 19, 2008
You could be describing Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Beaches, 'eclectic, diverse, progressive' Jacksonville has so many wonderful areas to choose from especially at the Beaches. There is Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra Beach, within minutes of each other. You can check out these areas on my website: on the links page.

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I would love to send you a relocation package. It contains more detailed information as well as maps of Jacksonville and the different areas. If you have any questions give me a call or email me. Hope this helps,

Dena Atkins, GRI
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