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  • #21
    And I am quite sure Florida will not even notice when I do leave-for good.
    That's how I felt. FL doesn't miss me and I don't miss FL.


    • Original Poster

      Thanks for all the responses! Ok, so what about NC/SC vs. Georgia then? I don't have much interest in PA/VA/MD because there is still winter and they're so STINKIN expensive!!!
      Keep talkin' this is helping me out tons!


      • #23
        If you want Florida winters, but not the cost, look at Alabama.

        Housing and land costs are very reasonable here, and taxes are much more affordable then Florida.

        Northern Alabama has mountains and a touch of winter, Southern Alabama has more sandy soil and Florida type winters.

        We have great trainers in all disciplines, and we are close to major shows.

        Not to mention that everyone knows your state's theme song!


        • #24
          Although I have never lived there myself, I have heard fantastic things about Tennessee. Like I said before, GA is really nice, but the cost of living is going up by the day. That's why my husband and I locked in to 5 acres in a nice area. We are afraid that we won't be able to afford the same thing one or two years down the road. Then again, my parents chose to retire here vs. New Jersey. Everything is cheap compared to NJ!

          Not to mention that everyone knows your state's theme song!
          Do I have to sing you a little "Georgia on My Mind"?


          • #25
            That's the cost of living in mid & north GA! Way down here in the equine boonies things are pretty darn cheap Our crappy coastal hay runs $3-$3.50 per bale (and those are BIG square bales). Acreage is easy to come by and you can find decent land for under $2,000 per acre.

            Where I am we have all the same things (heat, bugs, humidity) they have in north FL, but we don't have that pesky beach It (Atlantic or Gulf) is only a few hours away though. I have GA red clay insted of sand in most places, and I have really good grass too.

            All things considered, I'd rather be in the equine boonies of north GA. That heat, humidity, and bug trio is brutal
            Y'all ain't right!


            • #26
              I was at the end of a long, drawn out reply and then AOL gave me the boot! So instead of trying to retype everything I'll just post two paragraphs and then go clean my stalls!

              I'm a Floridian, born and raised in St. Pete/Clearwater and have lived in several areas of the state. Out of all the areas I've lived Ocala is by far the best. I would never, EVER go back to the Clearwater area. It's a concrete jungle down there and not really horse friendly anymore. Plus if a Cat 5 hurricane was to hit there the whole county would have to evacuate and good luck getting out! Dade City, FL, which is an hour north of Tampa is a rural, hilly region that is fighting most of the developers but there is still development there. Lots of horse farms though and the place we lived at was 236ft above sea level. Cute downtown, too! Orlando? Yuck! Tampa? Double yuck! And it's not the heat down here that's bad, it's the humidity. Creepy crawlies can be bad but that's what pest control is for. Don't go riding in the Ocala National Forest during hunting season unless you have a death wish. And during off season be on the lookout for Rainbow people and poisonous snakes! Hay prices are crazy but if you find good locally grown Tifton it may cost you $4-5 a bale. There isn't much of a season change but Ocala is by far a cooler region then say West Palm. Lots of horsey things to do here in the winter and spring but unless you show stock breeds and some other breeds not many h/j or dressage shows going on during the hotter summer months. Overall, Ocala is the best place to live at if you have horses. Dade City would be 2nd on my list or maybe up in the panhandle where land is cheaper. But I'm sure there are many other beautiful horse friendly regions with mild climates out there.

              Oh and did I mention transients? Lots of transplants from everywhere else down here which means more and more development, congestion...you get the drift.


              • #27
                t doesn't make sense to keep horses on property that costs over $300 grand per acre
                That's what we are doing now in NJ!! SO for some it stands to reason moving to FL isn't that big a deal My parents bought a place down there, we may move later on as our farm up here is worth so much more than even places down there are selling for .... we'll see.. I am completing my second degree in teaching and my husband is getting his masters in chem - he wants to work up in Gainesville. So I am sure teachers are needed esp now I should be able to find a job at one of the charter schools pretty easily.


                • #28
                  Originally posted by KimPeterson:
                  <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> t doesn't make sense to keep horses on property that costs over $300 grand per acre
                  That's what we are doing now in NJ!! SO for some it stands to reason moving to FL isn't that big a deal My parents bought a place down there, we may move later on as our farm up here is worth so much more than even places down there are selling for .... we'll see.. I am completing my second degree in teaching and my husband is getting his masters in chem - he wants to work up in Gainesville. So I am sure teachers are needed esp now I should be able to find a job at one of the charter schools pretty easily. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

                  And Ocala wouldn't be that far away for you although there are small towns inbetween Ocala and Gainesville that prices haven't rocketed thru the roof yet.


                  • #29
                    Thanks Hopefully we get down there in the next 4 years or so - the TAXES in NJ are OUTSTANDING - I mean really off the wall, and don't get me to go on about car insurance. I am thinking heat/bugs - bring em on - has to be better than here@!


                    • #30
                      Out of all the areas I've lived Ocala is by far the best.
                      I totally agree. If I HAD to live in FL again with horses, Ocala would be my only choice.


                      • #31
                        Florida girl here, born and bred...Ft Lauderdale to be exact. Married a FL boy, he up and joined the Air Force and we ended up in Sumter SC. Hot, humid, never snowed, actually kind of a pretty area, not far from Camden where the thoroughbreds are. He went TDY, met another woman, we got divorced, and I moved to Spartanburg SC where I met current DH. He's a NC boy, so he didn't want to move back to FL.

                        Well, now it's 20 years later, we're in east TN on 40 acres, and I told him in spring 2005 I was moving back home to FL and he was welcome to come along. He finally gave in. We've spent the winter fixing the house up as everybody that looked at it last summer hated it, about ready to relist, and I can't want to get back home to Florida.

                        Bugs, heat, humidity, tourists...bring 'em on. I'm tired of winter mud up to my knees that sucks the boots right off your feet. Turns cold in September and stays cold until June. Brown...everything is brown or gray here. Very little snow...just dreary.

                        I want to go home where I can grow tomatoes in the wintertime and my roses will bloom in February!!
                        Everybody lies - Gregory House, M.D.


                        • #32
                          Being a snowbird is the way to go if you can!

                          For the rest of us--most people I know leaving Wellington are going to Aiken, SC, some are going to Ocala area.
                          Tinwhistle Farm


                          • #33
                            check out Georgia - you get a reasonable southern climate without the weather disasters; you can be within a couple of hours of the Atlanta airport and enjoy easy travel, in many places (my area is one) land is still quite affordable without giving up the creature comforts of culture, restaurants, health care, and good recreation. We have a solid agricultural base, and horses are fast becoming one of the top "farm production" categories.


                            • #34
                              i too am florida born and rasied, i now live in ocala after a 13 yr. laspe of better judgement in moving to atlanta. well it really was great for the first 8 yrs. then no horse farms and all devolpment. so i love it here in ocala, well really in williston half way between ocala and gainesville!

                              ride it like you stole it! "ralph hill"


                              • #35
                                Sorry to be a thread hijacker, but how far apart are Gainesville and Ocala? I was looking at a PA school in Gainesville...I'm acutally looking all over the country at different schools. I think I'm ready to ditch AR.
                                "They are exuberant. They are sensitive. They have opinions. They in general have too much of every lively quality than too little..." ~Jane Smiley, on the TB


                                • Original Poster

                                  As I recall Ocala and Gainesville are maybe 40 minutes apart. Correct me if I'm wrong!

                                  I've been spending the past few frigid days (we're hitting a "HIGH" of 20 today! - It was 8 below zero last night) looking at properties all over the south on my computer.... still not really sure where I'd like to be - obviously Ocala has it's attractions (my trainer lives there 6 months out of the year, for instance).. but the land prices are scary!

                                  Thanks for all the suggestions everyone - I'll keep them all in mind!


                                  • #37
                                    Kim Peterson, be prepared for some INSANE taxes in some FL counties.

                                    We bought 25 acres east of Tampa (Plant City) in 2001 and taxes on it for ag were 400/year. Still has ag exemption (breeding farm) and we get 25k a year for homestead exemption. We finally finished building our house in 2004, which meant the county could RE-ASSESS the whole property. So, what do you think they are now? Modest (1700 sq foot) apartment ABOVE my 12 stall barn, with screen rooms both ends. Large 40x48 workshop. Anyone want to guess?
                                    Beth Davidson
                                    Black Dog Farm Connemaras & Sport Horses
                                    visit my blog: http://ponyeventer.blogspot.com


                                    • #38
                                      NJ Property taxes close to $8,000 yr on the farm here.. can't be anywhere close - I also pay $1500yr approx car full coverage insurance on normal cars with a clean driving record...


                                      • #39
                                        Mine are 7K. Bet you didn't think you would see THAT in FL. We have a contract on 115 acres in middle TN, south of Nashville.

                                        I think our car insurance for 2 vehicles is 2400/year with clean driving records. Not to mention that right now in FL, people are finding they can't get home owners insurance, no one wants to write policies in FL.
                                        Beth Davidson
                                        Black Dog Farm Connemaras & Sport Horses
                                        visit my blog: http://ponyeventer.blogspot.com


                                        • #40
                                          We have 20 acres - also I would be looking at 10-20 acre farms down there nothing too big. I can't live far from the ocean I could never live in the middle or mid section of the country just for the horses, I am use to going to the beach sometimes on the weekends and my husband is a surfer We have also looked into Northern California KIM