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  • btswass
    started a topic Florida Living

    Florida Living

    DH and I seriously considering moving to Florida. We have money to build a new house. Almost rebuilt our current house. Then almost bought land several times in our area. But we don’t love it here. DH doesn’t even like it here. No family and nothing really holding us here. If there were ever a time to uproot our lives and move it would be now.

    So. Tell me the good, bad, and ugly about living in Florida. Specifically generally a little inland from west palm area. We would be buying at least 5 acres and keeping horses at home (currently one horse one donkey with no more than 2 more horses in the future).

    Bonus points if you can compare it to upstate NY (Hudson valley) area.

  • btswass
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    Originally posted by lorilu View Post

    Realtor.com has a great search engine...... lots of filter options. I imagine its as close to MLS as the rest of us can access: Edited to add: note the "map" option on the top right, and you might want to serch for Palm Beach COunty then move the map to the area you want.
    https://www.realtor.com/realestatean...Loxahatchee_FL
    That’s what I’ve been using. Good to know its pretty much the same. Thanks!

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  • lorilu
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    Originally posted by btswass View Post

    I just keep checking different realty sites daily seeing if anything new pops up. Wish I could get on MLS!
    Realtor.com has a great search engine...... lots of filter options. I imagine its as close to MLS as the rest of us can access: Edited to add: note the "map" option on the top right, and you might want to serch for Palm Beach COunty then move the map to the area you want.
    https://www.realtor.com/realestatean...Loxahatchee_FL

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  • btswass
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    Originally posted by soloudinhere View Post

    There were entire weeks of summer where it was hotter and more humid in my hometown in Massachusetts than it was in West Palm.

    I was just recently down for two weeks and the temps were 75 at the highest the entire first week I was there and most days were below 65. People were walking around in parkas.

    It's easy to generalize, but the fact of the matter is 100k people a month are moving to Palm Beach County, so the weather doesn't seem to be stopping the area from booming.
    Yea it can be really hot in the northeast! The heat just lasts longer in Florida. Which I’m 110% ok with! And I know what it feels like to lesson at noon when its 100+ degrees out. Cerasport is a life saver! Makes it so much easier to tolerate the heat and not feel like I’m dying after getting my butt kicked into gear for an hour. And I’m still walking around in a coat at 65 even in New York. I’m always cold

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  • btswass
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    Originally posted by soloudinhere View Post

    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.

    ​​​
    We’ve decided we’re going to wait as long as it takes to find the right place. Even it thats a year or more from now. Although I’ve been hoping after wef ends much more places will be available and hopefully prices slightly cheaper in the heat of the summer when people are less likely to move down.

    We are aware of how far away the west side of Loxahatchee can be. And with no main roads have to drive out of the way to get east. Pretty much how it is where we live now which we hate. We’re spending a week down there in mid April and plan on driving around a lot and visiting as many houses as possible.

    I just keep checking different realty sites daily seeing if anything new pops up. Wish I could get on MLS!

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  • btswass
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    Originally posted by clanter View Post

    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....
    He’s not a laborer in construction. Does all the paperwork and oversight of projects. I’m sure labor down south is much cheaper. Here union workers make $100+/hour! And waste half the day so they can get paid more

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  • soloudinhere
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    Originally posted by lorilu View Post

    and TODAY it was mid 80's......
    There were entire weeks of summer where it was hotter and more humid in my hometown in Massachusetts than it was in West Palm.

    I was just recently down for two weeks and the temps were 75 at the highest the entire first week I was there and most days were below 65. People were walking around in parkas.

    It's easy to generalize, but the fact of the matter is 100k people a month are moving to Palm Beach County, so the weather doesn't seem to be stopping the area from booming.

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  • lorilu
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    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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  • lorilu
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    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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  • soloudinhere
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    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.

    ​​​

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  • Bluey
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    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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  • DQ Foxhunter
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    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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  • clanter
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    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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  • Redlei44
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    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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  • Scarlet Gilia
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    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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  • btswass
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    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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  • Marla 100
    replied
    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.

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  • btswass
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    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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  • soloudinhere
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    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.

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  • Chall
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    Sansena should chime in, she just made the same move as you are planning.

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