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  • #61
    Rent a place in FL for the winter and keep a smaller place up north....@ $14.00 for a bale of hay bring your own in a Box Truck Rental.....the bugs in summer, gators, snakes, mosquitos, Fire Ants, and flies (every size and variety) Pasture grass is something to be coveted and that requires real research and location..Sand Sand Sand COLIC. Yes the Sand can be very beneficial for feet but not so much for the Gut. Stall Fans, trailer fans. I rent a small place for a few winter months (it was 30 last night BTW) and then slingshots to the 80’s. We get out before end of April. Every place is a trade off. I hate the cold as well but don t want to live here year round, did it 1x for 4yrs in 70’s.

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      #62
      Originally posted by judybigredpony View Post
      Rent a place in FL for the winter and keep a smaller place up north....@ $14.00 for a bale of hay bring your own in a Box Truck Rental.....the bugs in summer, gators, snakes, mosquitos, Fire Ants, and flies (every size and variety) Pasture grass is something to be coveted and that requires real research and location..Sand Sand Sand COLIC. Yes the Sand can be very beneficial for feet but not so much for the Gut. Stall Fans, trailer fans. I rent a small place for a few winter months (it was 30 last night BTW) and then slingshots to the 80’s. We get out before end of April. Every place is a trade off. I hate the cold as well but don t want to live here year round, did it 1x for 4yrs in 70’s.






      This is great for the people that don’t actually have to work....
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        #63
        Originally posted by mmeqcenter View Post

        Completely agree with this. I detest winter, personally. It annoyed me to no end when people went all coo-coo when I'd say I wanted to move to Florida. "It's so hot, it's so humid, the bugs, oh my!"
        Look, everyone deals with temps differently, and if you'd rather be hot than cold, then go for it. It's really. Not. That. Bad. In my opinion, anyway. In one place, like Ohio, you have a dumb-hot-humid summer, a horrendous winter with snow+ice+below freezing temps, and a cold, wet spring with knee-deep mud. In the other place, you have a dumb-hot-humid summer that's a bit longer, and an absolutely gorgeous winter and spring. (Autumn no longer exists, really). I'm absolutely LOVING the latter. Hands. Down.
        All three summers I've been here I've had no problem riding 5-6 days per week all summer without a covered, but I am a bit north of where you're looking. I stick to the formula:
        Real temperature (°F) + Humidity %
        <120 = safe to ride
        120-150 = ride with caution
        >150 = don't ride

        The sand and wet are a bit of a downside for their feet through the summer, but none of mine, at least, have completely fallen apart. Turpentine, Coppertox, and Iodine help a ton.

        I saw a nice property on Zillow in Okeechobee the other day. 3/3, 6 acres, barn, $499k. An hour to Jupiter.
        Exactly my thoughts! Unfortunately Okeechobee is going to be too far away from jobs for my husband. He’s in construction and needs to be closer to west palm and ft Lauderdale area. We really like the Jupiter farms area but considering both Loxahatchee area and Stuart area.

        In terms of riding during the summer I’m planning on not riding July or august. I like to give my horse a couple months off every year. Does wonders for him. So I’m not really concerned. But right now he pretty much gets 4 months off during winter with no indoor to ride in. And at that point we’re pretty much starting over again which is frustrating. Seems like by the time we get back into it its fall and have only a month or two left in the season
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        • #64
          Originally posted by btswass View Post

          My husband won’t live further than an hour from the beach. And no further than an hour from Jupiter which would put our other family in Delray close to 2 hours away. Preferably we’d like to stay in the middle between Jupiter and Delray. Also better jobs in that area. There’s got to be a reason prices are half as much in Ocala...we can’t get stuck with what we have now which is rural with very limited job opportunities. I think thats all Ocala would be
          I live in Ocala. It is a very vibrant area, one of the fastest growing areas in FL. You are very wrong in your assessment - Not trying to change your mind, just want to set the record straight.

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          • #65
            Originally posted by lorilu View Post

            I live in Ocala. It is a very vibrant area. What are your careers? (I know the reasons you want to be in S Fl..... just trying to support Ocala!)
            LOL, exactly! OP, if you gotta live in S Fl, then you gotta live in S Fl, but no need to cast undeserved aspersions on the Ocala area as an excuse not to live there. There are plenty of opportunities in the construction field in the Gainesville-Ocala-The Villages areas and it's not exactly a cultural backwater.
            "Facts are meaningless. You can use facts to prove anything
            that's even remotely true."

            Homer Simpson

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            • #66
              We moved to the north end of Ocala 2 years ago and love it here. The summers are cooler and less buggy than Northern Virginia summers. I ride almost every day, yearround.

              Be careful of where you buy. Some areas have lots of bugs. Some areas have sugar sand, which won’t support pasture grasses for horses. Plan on buying more acres than you think you need so you will have grass year round. Buy land that does not flood or get swampy.

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                #67
                Originally posted by lorilu View Post

                I live in Ocala. It is a very vibrant area, one of the fastest growing areas in FL. You are very wrong in your assessment - Not trying to change your mind, just want to set the record straight.
                I’m not saying Ocala doesn’t have jobs. We seriously looked at that area. But he’s dead set on being closer to the ocean and I’m dead set on being closer to family. Hence south Florida.
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                • #68
                  Sansena should chime in, she just made the same move as you are planning.

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                  • #69
                    Originally posted by btswass View Post
                    Well thats depressing. Our family is in Jupiter and Delray so we wanted to stay near them plus no more than an hour from the coast
                    My parents are in Lake Worth and love it. However, there is no land to speak of. You'd have to be in Wellington ($$$$$$$$$$$$) or out further, like Loxahatchee.

                    You might find what you're looking for in Palm City.

                    FWIW, Lake Worth has not suffered any damage in any of the major hurricanes that have come through the area.
                    Originally posted by PeanutButterPony
                    you can shackle your pony to a lawn chair at the show...so long as its in a conservative color.

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                      #70
                      Originally posted by soloudinhere View Post

                      My parents are in Lake Worth and love it. However, there is no land to speak of. You'd have to be in Wellington ($$$$$$$$$$$$) or out further, like Loxahatchee.

                      You might find what you're looking for in Palm City.

                      FWIW, Lake Worth has not suffered any damage in any of the major hurricanes that have come through the area.


                      Wellington is out of the question because of cost. We’re looking in Loxahatchee, Jupiter farms, and palm city area. Those seem to have the most housing options with land.

                      I know we’ve only been searching for a month but it seems unlikely we’ll find what we’re looking for in our budget.
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                      • #71
                        Maybe I missed it but has your husband secured a suitable job yet in the area you're looking?
                        Because Florida is such a different state and job market compared to where you're coming from I would highly advise
                        you to find suitable work before moving here. For some Florida is an employment shock. Wages are way lower than
                        the NE even in construction.
                        Is his experience in residential or commercial construction?
                        He needs to line up some employment interviews before you move lock stock and barrel. IMO. Otherwise you may find he has to commute a long distance from where you live here. Or step way down from the level and salary that he's accustomed to.
                        Just my experience.
                        "There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery." - Charles Darwin

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                          #72
                          Originally posted by Marla 100 View Post
                          Maybe I missed it but has your husband secured a suitable job yet in the area you're looking?
                          Because Florida is such a different state and job market compared to where you're coming from I would highly advise
                          you to find suitable work before moving here. For some Florida is an employment shock. Wages are way lower than
                          the NE even in construction.
                          Is his experience in residential or commercial construction?
                          He needs to line up some employment interviews before you move lock stock and barrel. IMO. Otherwise you may find he has to commute a long distance from where you live here. Or step way down from the level and salary that he's accustomed to.
                          Just my experience.
                          No because he’s going to get his masters in construction management. His experience is in commercial construction and getting his masters should open up more opportunities and better pay. Yes we are prepared to live with no salary for a year plus the cost of school. We realize pay in Florida is less but right now he looses 30% of his pay to taxes. Not to mention the higher cost of living in NY taking even more of it.
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                          • #73
                            Originally posted by Chall View Post
                            Sansena should chime in, she just made the same move as you are planning.
                            Didn't she move to Texas? Doesn't really matter, as she is banned at the moment.

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                            • #74
                              Originally posted by Scarlet Gilia View Post

                              Doesn't really matter, as she is banned at the moment.
                              Well that just sent me down a rabbit hole. . .

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                              • #75
                                Originally posted by Marla 100 View Post
                                Maybe I missed it but has your husband secured a suitable job yet in the area you're looking?
                                Because Florida is such a different state and job market compared to where you're coming from I would highly advise
                                you to find suitable work before moving here. For some Florida is an employment shock. Wages are way lower than
                                the NE even in construction.
                                Is his experience in residential or commercial construction?
                                He needs to line up some employment interviews before you move lock stock and barrel. IMO. Otherwise you may find he has to commute a long distance from where you live here. Or step way down from the level and salary that he's accustomed to.
                                Just my experience.
                                This really needs be followed up on as the poster is correct. Back up East in the northeast everything is highly regulated between the State or whatever oversight there is. A company needs a state licence for this, a city licence for that, pay this to them, that to those, labor is highly unionized

                                Down south... the wild west regains ... labor often comes from sources one does not want to know or care....

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                                • #76
                                  I am just going to repeat something that a lot of other people have said, visit in the summer and imagine wearing a hard hat and riding clothes in that heat.
                                  Everybody is different and you might have a higher tolerance to the heat and humidity.
                                  If you are someone who can realistically get up at 5 in the morning to ride than it could work out.
                                  However please don’t think July and August are the only hot months, summers down there can be much much longer.

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                                  • #77
                                    I think OP has made her mind to go.
                                    Other than the geography is determining there.
                                    The question was where to go in that region.

                                    If it doesn't work, they can later look around again and pick some other place to move to?
                                    Maybe after schooling is over, degree obtained?

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                                    • #78
                                      Originally posted by btswass View Post



                                      Wellington is out of the question because of cost. We’re looking in Loxahatchee, Jupiter farms, and palm city area. Those seem to have the most housing options with land.

                                      I know we’ve only been searching for a month but it seems unlikely we’ll find what we’re looking for in our budget.
                                      My suggestion to you is to wait if at all possible.

                                      A lot of properties are rented for the season and sellers don't want to deal with obnoxious tenants who won't allow a property to be shown. An agent may know of things that will be for sale but aren't currently because seasonal rentals are so lucrative down there.

                                      I know of a very nice property in Deer Run that will be for sale after the season for a good price, 5ac, no barn but plenty of places to put one. I think it may be on the MLS now.

                                      That said be careful with Loxahatchee. One of the downsides to Florida is that one town can be absolutely massive, and it is easy in Lox to end up 45 minutes from real civilization with a whole bunch of roads between you and say, Southern Blvd or even Seminole Pratt Whitney.

                                      If you at all can I would look at properties in person even if they might be a little out of range price wise as you'll get a sense of where you are and are not willing to be.

                                      I don't know palm city as well but Jupiter and Port St Lucie is a hot market, you will probably not be able to take your time there.

                                      ​​​
                                      Originally posted by PeanutButterPony
                                      you can shackle your pony to a lawn chair at the show...so long as its in a conservative color.

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                                      • #79
                                        Originally posted by clanter View Post

                                        Down south... the wild west regains ... labor often comes from sources one does not want to know or care....
                                        Florida has state and local lisencing..... (I cant spell that).

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                                        • #80
                                          Originally posted by DQ Foxhunter View Post
                                          I am just going to repeat something that a lot of other people have said, visit in the summer and imagine wearing a hard hat and riding clothes in that heat.
                                          Everybody is different and you might have a higher tolerance to the heat and humidity.
                                          If you are someone who can realistically get up at 5 in the morning to ride than it could work out.
                                          However please don’t think July and August are the only hot months, summers down there can be much much longer.
                                          and TODAY it was mid 80's......

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