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eric    Posted 07-02-2003 at 12:07:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My family and I are looking to relocate to N.Florida to a country style home, with some acres, and maybe with small income potential, within 30min-1 hour drive of a city....any suggestions as to what neighborhood, or at least which city, or county we should be looking in? Any info would be very much appreciated! Thanks!

Northern Safety    Posted 03-20-2004 at 08:04:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Honestly, I wouldn't live anywhere in Florida. There is crime. Lots of crime. Forget the humidity, mosquitoes and all the other ills that plague the state. The number of violent crimes per capita is higher there than anywhere else. I am glad to raise my kids in a much safer place in the upper East Coast, where there are not nearly as many negative, and especially harmful incidences like Florida. Just visit that state and promptly leave.

ShepFL    Posted 07-03-2003 at 10:18:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Hello Eric -
I live in Baker County in a town called Sanderson. Been out here off and on for over 20 yrs. Wife & I commute to Jacksonville for the day job. Have 2 boys 12 & 13. I would like to commute to Lake City but not enough technical work.

I have a few acres of land and just recently finished building a new home after yrs. and yrs. of scrimping and saving and penny pinching. Big change from living in our mobile home (4 sale cheap). County seat is Macclenny. We in the county are working desperately to manage the on-coming growth to ensure we maintain the current rural lifestyle. We are small enough to still get excited at the High School football games, lighted Christmas parade, spring parade and Honor Roll students.

Land around here runs ~$2500-$5000 per acre depending on where located and zoning. Most of the timber companies have sold out and all trees are being harvested with land being rezoned to be sold for real estate development. Big push for housing now that timberlands are opening up. I have an elderly friend who has 56 acres with outbuildings and farm equipment for sale right now. Feel free to shoot me an email if any interest or other questions.

Have to agree with all others, West Coast of FL is the prettiest and the panhandle around Don is still rural. Where I located (dead middle between Jax and Lake City) we are still pretty rural but big cities are close enough to keep Mrs. satisfied.

The weather in FL is HUMID and HOT in the summers so be prepared for that. This yr. has been the first in while with some substantial rain (drought past 5 yrs).

Also, just to stop it before it starts WE AIN'T NO YUPPIES, YIPPIES OR OTHER SUCH trying change the county demographics. We are just country folk that enjoy our lifestyle, quiet country nites, not afraid of hard work and we want to maintain our heritage for our children and beyond. As the ol' country song sing, "changed her mind but she didn't change me, changed directions and came back home where it is all Haggard and Jones. . ."

eric    Posted 07-06-2003 at 03:17:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thank you so much for the great information...My wife and I are currently in her home country, Switzerland, and we are planning on moving back to Fl (my home state) next year. I lived in south FLA for the last 18 years, but we are looking for something different...something that will match ou you described! We will keep you updated!

Joshuatree    Posted 07-03-2003 at 17:03:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
That is one gorgeous home!

ShepFL    Posted 07-04-2003 at 13:31:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thank ya!
Been a life long dream to build this thing. Drew it up several times over the yrs. Do to financial constraints had to do some reworking of our dwg. I wish back porch was bigger.
Check out and search for ShepFL if you want to see more.
Thanks again for the kind words.
Still chuggin in the weeds. . .

Don in Tallahassee    Posted 07-02-2003 at 18:55:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Eric, you are in luck. I am the north florida expert here. haha. Seriously there is a lot of land available around here and reguardless where you locate you will be within a hours and a half from a good size city. Here is a picture of My homeplace about a hour north of Panama City and a hour west of Tallahassee. By the Way I have been in Real Estate for the last 12 years. You may e-mail me if you wish.

Juliana    Posted 07-02-2003 at 18:18:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
You might want to look at the Ocala area, it's THE horse capital of the south. Very pretty area, not a lot of tourest that there in the beach places. They tend to have a "season" with the spring breakers and the snow birds. Reddick is just north of Ocala and land is way cheaper there than right in Ocala, but the surrounding area has all price ranges. Used to live in Orlando and was looking into that area, so moved here to Tn. instead. Like the mountains and the seasons. Good luck.

Joshuatree    Posted 07-02-2003 at 17:06:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Eric - I'm originally from Jacksonville Beach, but if I had my rathers, I'd move to the Panhandle area on the Gulf side. I have a good friend in the Niceville/Fort Walton Beach area, and it is by far the most gorgeous, beautiful area I've ever seen. The sand is like sugar, the water like emeralds, and the neighborhoods quite friendly. Of course there is Eglin AF Base nearby, but by and large, they are good folk so shouldn't be a hinderence. Check out the panhandle before you decide. You'll be glad you did.

Patria / PR    Posted 07-02-2003 at 16:25:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey eric, nice to meet you!

I'm just dropping by to say hi. My son Freddy, just arrived yesterday in Puerto Rico. He's been away for 11 years now. Left PR to live in Parris Island SC, then GA, NC, and now he's in Fernandina Beach in Jacksonville,FL.

He's working in Amelia Island Plantation Golf Resort. I'm so happy to see him!! He's 28y/o, married and had two boys, one is 6 and the other 2y/o. He's doing really good.

He told me today that there's a job waiting for me, if I want it; as a consierge , $15 an hour. That's more than I'm doing here right now, and I'll get a raise in 6 months.

Right now I'm working on a project of my own, but got an offer yesterday for Marbella, Spain for next year. My head is a whirlwind right now..

I would love to stay in PR; But Marbella is looking better and better by the second.

I'm open to anything that will bring some good money in my wallet..:-)

I couldn't advice you on whether FL would be good for you or not. This sunday my son is spending the night with me so maybe I'll get some input about his experiences living in Florida.

But to be honest, I replied to you because my brother's name is Eric.:-)

I'm sure someone has the right answers you're looking foward to hear. Mudcat and Cindi live in FL, maybe they'll dropp by...

Hang on..

but Maggie    Posted 07-02-2003 at 14:57:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
it ain't TEXAS!!!!

Maggie/Tx    Posted 07-02-2003 at 20:14:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
LOL! I know that! But the most beautiful spot I've seen in the U.S. is the Emerald Coast of Florida. :)

skinwhittler    Posted 07-02-2003 at 15:51:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
i bet shes knowin thet much. she might be there now but she aint atall like some wots been there an lefft. i figure you jossin right? be nice to Maggie. if you joss smile more wen you do. my 2 sents worth.

Maggie/Tx    Posted 07-02-2003 at 20:16:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Bless your heart, Skinwhittler! Oh yes, he's joking with me. I think it's a friend of mine named Ron. ;)

Ron,Ar    Posted 07-02-2003 at 20:52:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
yeah, I forgot some of you pay attention to isp numbers. I remember years ago I read about Texans: "real Texans never go any farther East than New Orleans, farther West than Las Vegas, and never ever go to Oklahoma" I guess most of the Texans I know broke that rule. Been to Pensacola once myself.

Maggie/TX    Posted 07-03-2003 at 08:46:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes, but I am a transplanted Texan. By birth, I am an Alabamian and I've been as far east as Savannah and as far north as North Carolina. My daughter is a Texan by birth, but just went to Oklahoma to get married. Oh well, I think that if you're not breaking a few "rules" you've had a boring day. ;)

Lenore    Posted 07-03-2003 at 08:29:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
That pretty much describes me!
I did make it over to Biloxi, Mi. before I became a 100% Texan.
(I used to be just 1/2 Texan)
I've been to ElPaso that is about as far west and south.
I never been to Oklahoma!!
I do not know if the song will work.
I know it knocks Clod off line if he tries to play it. ;-(

Maggie/Tx    Posted 07-03-2003 at 08:48:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Lenore, the song wasn't there. Maybe they won't work on this board?
Have a great day! :)

Maggie/Tx    Posted 07-02-2003 at 12:36:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Eric, the only part of Florida that I know anything about is the Pensacola to Panama City area. Pensacola is lovely and so is Gulf Breeze, which is between the city of Pensacola and Pens. Beach. Just take a good look at the property tax situation in Florida, as I have heard that it's gone WAY up in the last few years.
If you've never seen this part of the gulf and beaches, it is a must-see, no matter where you settle. Absolutely beautiful!

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