I will be retiring next year and am looking for a place to retire full time eventually since I still have a son in hs.
I looked in Sarasota, Florida last summer and liked it alot. I live in NY and felt that maybe we would be happier where there were more people from the east coast. I was also going to look in Boca Raton and there abouts. The only area in Florida I know is Daytona Beach. My mom used to live there. I feel very comfortable there but there is not much to do. I also was thinking of looking in North Carolina since it seems to be a hot spot for retirees. I am really unsure and want to feel comfortable and home. Do you have any suggestions.
Hey there Shel, you certainly will find you can pick up a bargain in today's market. For instance, an index that tracks real estate prices, Case Shiller, estimates that home prices in Tampa are down 21% from a year ago and nearly one-third from two years ago. Prices in New York have been affected but not as much.
A good resource is http://www.trulia.com/real_estate/Boca_Raton-Florida/ which has more stats.
Also, there is a site that compares neighborhoods in one city that you know to ones in a city you don't know. So this is comparing Boston (where I am from) to Tampa Bay: http://neighborhoods.homethinking.com/in-Tampa-87-to-Boston-6.html
But that site only has Miamia and Tampa and not the two cities you know.
Hi, Shel. I have lived in Sarasota since 1971 and I can tell you it's a beautiful, safe and interesting place. There are many transplants from the northeast, so I feel right at home here (I'm a Jersey girl).
Sarasota has a great cultural base - we have opera, ballet and state theater companies (and many smaller theater groups), many cultural and philantropic groups, great restaurants and, of course, the nicest beaches in Florida!
Our Habitat for Humanity group has won national awards, and they are now working on green building. There is a strong green movement here, if you are interested in those sorts of things, as I am. We have Whole Foods, Saks, Tommy Bahama and lots more upscale shopping on St. Armands (see the weblink).
We have MANY excellent MDs, osteopaths and eastern medicine practicioners, an outstanding hospital (we actually have several to chose from), and our public transportation (while not the greatest in the past) is rapidly improving.
Of course, due to the "wonderful" things that have happened in the real estate market, you can pick up a great home for a steal. (Homes are selling for up to 50% less than they were in 2005-2006.)
If you can't find enough to do here, Tampa and St. Petersburg are only an hour away, and feature great museums, shopping, entertainment, etc. Tampa offers Busch Gardens, the Lowry Park Zoo and the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) with an IMAX theater, and the Salvadore Dali Museum is in St. Petersburg. Orlando is about 1 1/2 hours away via the interstate so, if you have grandkids, they'll have easy access to the Disney and Universal theme park complexes, plus Sea World and other family attractions. You'll never run out of things to do!
Here are some websites that will give you a bit of an insight into Sarasota life:
http://www.sarasotachamber.com/ (check out the live & work tab)
http://www.sarasotadowntown.com/ (my favorite part of Sarasota)
http://www.4sarasota.com/Sarasota/Recreation/beaches.html (about our great beaches)
http://www.srqmagazine.com/ (our premiere "society" type magazine)
http://www.bestplaces.net/backfence/viewcomment.aspx?id=47FB0D27-00D1-463A-A053-F844D7A3F93C&city=Sarasota_FL&p=51264175 (other people's opinions about Sarasota)
http://www.thisweekinsarasota.com/ (weekly events for the "hip and happening" but not only for the young)
http://www.ringling.org/ (the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Ca'd Zan (their fabulous mansion), the state theater company and Ringling circus museum
http://www.starmandscircleassoc.com/about.cfm (upscale shopping and dining - check out the events and maps section)
http://www.lakewoodranch.com/ (a city onto itself, on the eastern edge of Sarasota)
No, I don't work for the chamber of commerce; I just love Sarasota! The only down side, as far as I'm concerned, are the looong summers. Of course, coming from the cold north, you may love that as do many of my northern friends. Hope to see you some day on the beautiful streets of Sarasota!
Have you thought about Charleston, SC? Lots of culture, history, palm trees and salt water. We made a life style move down here 5 years ago, from PA, one of those cold winters... . It seems to be a very popular retirement choice from the NE states
I am also living in little falls ny and looking for a place in Fla I'm from Tampa But have been in ny 16 years the trouble I'm having is I haven't seen my husband in 16 years and the usda tells me that he has to sign the pappers,I'm 64 and care for my 47 year old daughter and we have been living with friends and family for 16 years,does anyone know about a form that I can get that would make him excempt from my life,I;ts not fair for a woman that can't buy a home in the state of Fla without her husband he wou not give me a divorce or sign the papers anyway
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