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What part of Florida should I move to?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Erik, Jul 16, 2009.

  1. Erik

    Erik Regular Member

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    Hey guys,

    I got to thinking I could use a change from the upper east coast. I think Florida might be a change of pace. Thought I would ask if any of you guys live / have lived down there, and can offer up some advice on some places to look into.

    1. I'd like to be within 1 hour from the coast.
    2. Lower cost of living but not so low the quality of life there takes a hit.

    That's basically it.
     
  2. greyhatdude

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    I have been looking at Panama and Florida. Two walls I keep running into are maintenance fees on condos (I want to live ON the water) and the people. Too many New Yawk-uh's in FL. If you find a good spot, PM me, please.
     
  3. kleg

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    We went to ft meyers one time for vacation, I thought that place was awesome. There were dolphins and sea turtles swimming like 5 foot away from us, on the other side of the sand bar.
     
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    Florida is a POLICE state if you don't know. They just passed a law that now the police can stop you for just not wearing your seat belt & many others.

    That said, the outskirts of Orlando is pretty cool.

    Watch out for anything with a home owner's association.
     
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    I lived in Destin on the gulf coast for three and a half years. Awesome, awesome place.

    The cost of living isn't ridiculous or anything but it is higher than your average locale.(obviously) I had not yet discovered the world of blackhat and IM at that time and was just a regular Joe living in a three room apartment. $850 a month and I was a half mile from the beach. Great food, awesome clubs and hot college girls as far as the eye can see all spring and summer long.

    A blackhatter could literally make a fortune right there just being a consultant/web specialist. I've never seen more money in one place. I mean really, it's absolutely ridiculous how many filth rich people there are in Destin and Sandestin.
     
  6. phoumy

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    I live in the Tampa Bay area you will love it here so come on down.

    Phoumy
     
  7. Marcus_Finch

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    I live in St. Pete right on Sunset Beach. Down here is beyond chill. The locals are awesome, and the tourist women? Well... how can you beat small bikini's and smaller levels of inhibition?

    Perfect place if you ask me. Check craigslist, there's a ton of apartments right here in Treasure Island too for cheap.
     
  8. weaselstomp

    weaselstomp Registered Member

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    Punta Gorda/Port Charlotte is the best :)

    We're halfway between Sarasota and Ft. Myers/Cape Coral, the traffic is nice, barrier islands keep us safe from (most of the) hurricanes. I moved here from Grand Rapids, MI and love it. Nearly every day my gf and I go out to Englewood beach and watch the sunset, play in the waves. Sometimes they're big (2-3 foot), which turns your innertube into a cheap thrill. Sometimes it's calm (1-2 inch waves lol), in which case some goggles and a snorkel are fun too. The beach isn't over populated (unlike Siesta Key in Sarasota, where I spent my 4th of July with about 10000 other people). There's a neat bar on the water called Harpoon Harry's. They don't have a cover charge, after 11pm on Friday and Saturday they bring in a big young crowd. The bar floats on the water, at the end of this large floating shopping center.

    There's a long bridge between Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda that people walk for exercise, sunsets, and fishing. On one end it spits out into a public walk/park on the harbor, on the other is a longer, more decadent park where people play music daily, and walk out to Harpoons from noon to night for a beer and a steamer of shrimp.

    Punta Gorda itself is a bit pricy, as it's a historic town. I used to live there in a house built in 1923, but moved to GR for other interests. My gf and I now live in Port Charlotte in a 2660 sq ft house (3 bed, 2 bath, 1 garage, 1 workshop, and a dock) for $850/mo, but it's at the end of a sailboat access canal so it's easy to find cheaper if you need. Rentmeflorida.com if you're interested.

    So many good things to say about this area. It's not far from anything, extremely laid back (I haven't worn anything fancier than flipflops in over a year), and right by the water and some of the biggest cities in SWFL.
     
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  9. positivenote

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    Vero Beach,FL is nice..my relative told me he found 2 bedroom apartments from $600-$700
    and the location was near the beach...
     
  10. Moneymaka

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    My e-whore used to live in palm bay.

    Anyway, i've always dreamt of moving to miami and living on the star island.
     
  11. Pofecker

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    North Port / Punta Gorda / Port Charlotte is the best :)

    I agree completely. :)
     
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  12. weaselstomp

    weaselstomp Registered Member

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    But, if you're looking to find a mate, instead of zen, Punta Gorda/Port Charlotte is not for you.

    Marcus has it right, St. Pete/Tampa Bay area is the best for a more active lifestyle (or offline BH marketing lol). They're college towns, right next to eachother tied only by an epic bridge. Popular for vacationers thanks to a slew of parks (Busch Gardens, etc). Florida residents can get UBER cheap year-round passes. My gf went to Busch Gardens and their big water park like everyday while she got her Master's as USF. Lots of bars, free rides home from aforementioned bars, and... once a year... GASPARILLA! The Pirate festival (that is, a 20 hour period in Ybor where it's legal, even encouraged, to be drunk in public, even more-so if you're wearing an eyepatch and grasping a balloon cutlass). Things like that happen all the time in Tampa/St.Pete, but Gasparilla is my fave :)
     
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    I'm a huge fan of Tampa. My in-laws live there and we visit all the time. Close to several great beaches, very affordable, great nightlife, and tons of great restaurants, plus there's a huge cruise port so a cheap Caribbean vacation is only steps away. Can't ask for much more.
     
  14. farfetchedmoney

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    I was thinking about moving to florida on 2 seperate occasions. Water park fl, and south beach.

    If I was you I would take a look at every nook and cranny because lifestyle varies depending on what city you choose. I am not sure how fast or slow you care to live so take that as well as the weather into account. Weather differs in different cities, so, do your diligence.
     
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    I live in Boca Raton. 45 min from Miami, 20 min from Ft Lauder dale, 20 min from Palm Beach. 20 minutes to beach. If anyone is lives in this area or is thinking of moving here hit me up. I can hellp you out.
     
  16. GrotesqueGoddess

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    My boyfriend is moving me to Clearwater/Tampa area. He used to live there and says it's gorgeous. :) Look into that, perhaps.
     
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    I remember when they used to walk around town holding hands in lines. It was always so tempting to take the E-150 and run them all over in succession.
     
  19. farfetchedmoney

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    LOL every place has it's good and it's bad. It depends on the person....you can argue southern california is a piss hole. Florida aint all bad, they're just too many pockets in florida. Plus the locals tend to get bitter about an area because they were born and raised there so perspective is sometimes different then someone coming from outside. It is all on the persons upbringing and perspective of the type of lifestyle that works for them.
     
  20. fl1guy2

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    Tampa or St. pete is the shit we keep it real! But don't even think about it if you scared of certain stuff tho. LMFAO!!! Imma start using that one thanks
     
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