homes in FL

  • briefslover1

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    Apr 05, 2012 11:08 PM GMT
    I know Miami is supposed to be great but if you are thinking of buying a place in FL, any other suggestions to invest in a place for retirement? I want it to be warm... I was thinking Naples but maybe it is to quiet there.....
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    Apr 05, 2012 11:16 PM GMT
    Coral Gables.
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    Apr 05, 2012 11:18 PM GMT
    Lehigh Acres. Rockledge. Satellite Beach.
    Inverness. Dunedin. Palm Harbor.
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    Apr 05, 2012 11:22 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said Lehigh Acres. Rockledge. Satellite Beach.
    Inverness. Dunedin. Palm Harbor.
    WHAT?icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Apr 06, 2012 12:14 AM GMT
    TropicalMark said
    StudlyScrewRite said Lehigh Acres. Rockledge. Satellite Beach.
    Inverness. Dunedin. Palm Harbor.
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    For real! Those are "retirement" places for non-active people...ya know...the ones who get passed by snails when they drive.
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    Apr 06, 2012 12:16 AM GMT
    Saint Augustine. New Smyrna.
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    Apr 06, 2012 12:21 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidCoral Gables.

    Yeah baby! Look what I've been watching go up on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables: http://palacecoralgables.com/

    Seriously, OP should also submit budget and gayness of area. Wilton Manors may be too gay for him, Boca not gay enough.
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    Apr 06, 2012 1:28 AM GMT
    briefslover1 saidI know Miami is supposed to be great but if you are thinking of buying a place in FL, any other suggestions to invest in a place for retirement? I want it to be warm... I was thinking Naples but maybe it is to quiet there.....


    I live in Naples. Weather is great. Kinda expensive place to live, but it's worth it because the city is very clean!icon_cool.gif
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    Apr 06, 2012 1:29 AM GMT
    Boca is cool, come here icon_smile.gif
  • LJay

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    Apr 06, 2012 1:55 AM GMT
    It's all warm. Hot as a matter of fact.

    East coast is somewhat gentler than the west.

    The middle, say Winter Park, Ocala, etc. is a bit more sedate. Art Deco can tell you why he chose the southwest. The panhandle is another world.

    St. Augustine and New Smyrna are interesting options, along with Daytona.

    You really need to travel around a little. Pay close attention to where the groceries, pharmacies and other amenities are. Not much public transport to help.
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    Apr 06, 2012 3:07 AM GMT
    LJay saidIt's all warm. Hot as a matter of fact.

    East coast is somewhat gentler than the west.

    The middle, say Winter Park, Ocala, etc. is a bit more sedate. Art Deco can tell you why he chose the southwest. The panhandle is another world.

    St. Augustine and New Smyrna are interesting options, along with Daytona.

    You really need to travel around a little. Pay close attention to where the groceries, pharmacies and other amenities are. Not much public transport to help.


    Winter Park tops the list here. The Tampa area has some great neighborhoods as well.

    Ocala is too far from Orlando and too small. Kinda redneck up there. I have to give a thumbs down to St. Augustine/New Smyrna Beach and Daytona Beach. The Panhandle is a third world country. Stay outta there!!

    Oh....and stay away from Sanford, Florida.........
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    Apr 06, 2012 3:14 AM GMT
    Sarasota has been hit hard by the downturn. Lots of foreclosures available. It's quite a cultured area with museums, shopping on St. Armand circle. Very gay friendly. Of course, warm gulf waters, but the breezes carry o whiff of dentu-creem and full Depends...icon_eek.gif
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    Apr 06, 2012 3:37 AM GMT
    My bf and I just bought a two-bedroom single family home in beautiful Naples, FL, last May. It has a huge front and backyard, very well built and kept, is only an 8-minute drive from some of the country's best beaches and the price was dirt cheap. It was always a dream of ours to have a vacation home in sunny FL and now our dream has come true.

    For the price we paid for our house in Naples we couldn't have afforded even a shack in one of the worst neighborhoods where we live full time all year round, in metropolitan Washington, D.C.

    Yes, you're right. Naples is very quiet and gay life is non-existant. Although we never make it a secret we're an actual couple, when we go there on vacation we do it for the beautiful beaches, the scenery, the peace and quiet, the dolphins, manatees, ospreys and all the other wildlife we encounter daily. Oh, and we're blessed to have a super progressive 80-something y.o. straight lady neighbor right next door to us who keeps an eye on the property when we're out of town. Everyone in Naples seems to be genuinely friendly. Please let me know if you want me to hook you up with our cool realtor down there.
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    Apr 06, 2012 12:48 PM GMT
    Then again.. there is always the KEYS!icon_wink.gif