Living in Florida

Living in Florida – Advice From Fast Florida House Sales

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Where is Florida?
Based on the Southeast coast of America, bordering the gulf of Mexico, Alabama and Georgia and to the east of the Atlantic ocean, Florida is the 8th most densely populated state in the US and the 3rd most populous in the country. It’s also home to the land of Walt Disney World, known as the “Sunshine State”, it is recognised across the country and the world as one of the most beautiful, sunny and happy destinations that millions flock to see, and migrate to, every year.


Of course, Florida is vast and has an array of different areas that will make it stand out from other states in the US, but we are going to do a little more investigation and give you an idea of what it is like living in Florida.

 

Living in Florida
With over 19 million citizens, Florida was the 7th fastest growing state in the U.S. not that long ago, and continues to see it’s popularity increase for a variety of different reasons and not just the fantastic weather that is nearly all year long! In 2014, the population grew to over 19 million citizens, surpassing the state of New York for the first time.

Here are some other interesting facts about the state of Florida;

 

  • It contains the highest % of people aged over 65 (17%).
  • About ⅔ of the population were born in another state; the second highest in the country.
  • A Gallup poll indicated that 47% of its citizens agreed that Florida is the best state to live in.
  • 75% of the population live within 10 miles of the coastline.

 

But of course, that is not everything that Florida can offer in terms of living in the Sunshine State; there is so much more.

Florida has a world of entertainment on its doorstep that features the highly recognisable theme park, Walt Disney World, to one of the oldest natural reserves, the Everglades. It has culture seeping from every pore, it’s proximity to Spain and coastal islands of Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Puerto Rico make it melting pot of culture, language, tastes in food, music and a sweet spot for classic cars.

The state is a mixture of old and new, and everything in between. Art Deco buildings can be seen across the Miami waterfront whilst the Jacksonville is a modern metropolis staking its claim at the state capital for industry and technology.


Transport

Containing 1,423Km of interstate and over 15,000Km of non-interstate there is no corner of the state that you cannot reach.

If air travel was more your thing, you have a variety of airports to choose from, these include;

 

City served Code Airport name FAA Category
Miami MIA Miami International Airport Large Hub
Orlando MCO Orlando International Airport Large Hub
Fort Lauderdale FLL Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood Int’l Airport Large Hub
Tampa TPA Tampa International Airport Large Hub
Fort Myers RSW Southwest Florida International Airport Medium Hub
West Palm Beach PBI Palm Beach International Airport Medium Hub
Jacksonville JAX Jacksonville International Airport Medium Hub

 

You can also get across the state using the region rail lines, all operated by AmTrack connecting the cities to other cities across the United States and Canada. Florida is served by two additional Amtrak trains (the Silver Star and the Silver Meteor), which operate between New York City and Miami. Miami Central Station, the city’s rapid transit, commuter rail, intercity rail, and bus hub, is under construction.


Economy
Florida has seen a wealth of talent and industry arrive into the state over many years, let’s not forget, NASA is based their; meaning some of the best engineering and mathematical minds can be found analyzing data and being at the forefront of engineering evolution.

However, Florida has also been further boosted by tourism, industry, construction, international banking, biomedical and life sciences, healthcare research, simulation training, aerospace and defense, and commercial space travel have contributed to the state’s economic development.

 

With a Gross Domestic Product of $748 Billion, it is the fourth largest state in economic terms, in the US. Driven by 19 of the state’s cities, Florida has been named the Best City For Business in 2011 and looks to take the crown again with further developments in engineering and biomedicine set for the new year.

Sport
Florida has 3, NFL teams, 2 NBA teams, 2 NHL teams and 1 MLS team. The state’s weather can be attributed to many training camps being there and if you were to look closely at the added benefits of playing and training in the state, then it’s no wonder that so many sport stars end up here.

 

From Le Bron to Marino, the state has had it’s fair share of sporting talent take over and bring the state more tourism than just Walt Disney World and the Everglades.

 

College football is also big in Florida with major universities in the state, the rivalry between the University of Florida and Miami University is seen in College Football. The Miami Hurricanes has grown talents such as Jim Kelly, Reggie Wayne, Michael Irvin, Warren Sapp and Devin Hester, to name but a few.  The University of Florida has spurred such talent as Brad Johnson, Reggie Freeman, Devin Bush and Oepheus Roy to name just a few.

 

Punta Gorda
With a population of 165,000 citizens, Punta Gorda can be located in the Charlotteville location of the state of Florida. From Gilchrist park to the residential district, it’s no wonder that this is becoming a location for those looking to kick back and relax in their later years of life. The fisherman’s village is ideal for taking in the sea, sun and visiting local, independent stores to get your fix on the different merchandise that the area has to offer. It’s also great for a meal and taking in the local scenery. Why not visit, The Captain’s Table for a real fish meal experience and a view of Charlotte harbour.

However, don’t fear, if you’re worried about it being a little quiet on the nightlife, you are wrong. There are several bars around Punta Gorda where you can pull up a chair and enjoy a frosty beer. The Fisherman’s Village has the selection of activities (usually aimed at the older clientele) but rest assured there is something for everyone in the area.

For shopping there are many places you can visit but, antiques shops are found throughout Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, but don’t miss the Punta Gorda Train Depot, which was built in 1928 and houses a 20-booth antique mall.

If you wanted to experience something a little different, why not visit, Funky Junkies, a 4000 square feet of space just bursting with all kinds of funky treasures, women’s clothing, home decor, dinner and kitchenware, art, jewelry, handbags, furniture, artists work, known as a local wonder emporium, it’s something to not be missed.


Burnt Store
Forming part of the boundaries with Punta Gorda is Burnt Store. Burnt Store Marina is every boater’s dream.  Located on beautiful Charlotte Harbor, it is ranked one of the top ten places to sail by Sail magazine, the basin is just 10 miles to the Gulf of Mexico.  Charlotte Harbor is the second-largest estuary in Florida, encompassing 270 square miles, yet it is one of the state’s best-kept secrets.  Burnt Store Marina provides direct access to this boating wonderland, just south of Tampa, between Sarasota and Naples.

 

As the largest marina on Florida’s west coast, and one of the largest marinas in the state, Burnt Store offers visitors limitless and unrivaled encounters on the water. After a long day fishing in the wonderful bay, why not visit Cass Cay Restaurant and Bar that offers entertainment, themed sports bars and fish so fresh, it’s as if they have lept out of the bay onto your plate!


Charlotte Harbor

Charlotte Harbor is located on the north bank of the Peace River, known as Florida’s premier year-round eco-tourism destination, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands is known for its pristine, unspoiled beauty.

Home to 7 feature films, heavily featured in sailing magazines around the world and is widely regarded as one of the “10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States”, ranked third by Golf Digest as the The Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America, it’s no wonder that Charlotte harbour is a much desired location for those looking to pass the golden years in a warm and friendly climate.

Money magazine has called Charlotte Harbour one of the “Best Places to Live in the South.”

 

Whilst the whole Port Charlotte area has many attractions, Charlotte Harbor has a unique presence with its farmers markets, not only a place to buy fresh produce but where the community gets together and listens to live music, have coffee with friends and so much more.

Port Charlotte

From beaches to baseball, boating to watersports, golf and athletics, Port Charlotte has an array of activities that anyone who is interested in getting out and enjoying the sun can really take in. With more than 70 parks, preserves and recreational areas, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands encourages inland exploration as well as waterfront strolling. Nature enthusiasts will want to hike and bike along park paths for possible encounters with birds of almost every feather, turtles and other local wildlife.

If visiting the Mall was more your thing, then why not head over to the Port Charlotte Town Centre Mall, the only fully enclosed regional shopping center in Charlotte County and features over 100 specialty shops and eateries along with a 16-screen Regal Cinemas movie theatre, a Food Court restaurant.


North Port

Located in Sarasota, between Tampa and Fort Meyers the city of North Port is tucked away in the South West beneath a thick oak and pine canopy, rich with archeological history, beautiful natural springs, and more than 80 miles of freshwater canals.

With a younger average age than most of the state, 41, it’s main attractions are associated with a sense of youthfulness, energy and bright spirit.

 

From the hive of sporting activities across the area to the laid back golf courses, you are sure to find something to do to pass the time. The majority of the youth environment can be found with the 10,000 school goers making this one of the best areas for schooling in the region.

 

Rotonda & Rotonda West
Situated near the Cape Haze peninsula between the main cities of Sarasota and Fort Myers, this planned community was laid out in the shape of a wagon wheel, and from the air, it’s perfectly circular shape can be easily identified. Closed-in freshwater canals help to create Rotonda’s wheel design and also separate the different subdivisions.


The Gulf of Mexico, located nearby offers mile after mile of white sand beaches and the opportunity to watch the local wildlife in their habitat; but don’t think that your fun stops there. With all the water available, you have a wide choice of watersports to go after such as boating, jet skiing, kayaking and more. Part of a nature conservation area, it’s home to a variety of animals including tortoises, raccoons, armadillos, pigs, bobcats, alligators, turtles, and many species of birds.

At night, you can watch the dolphins whilst dining in one of the many restaurants that look out over the gulf coast, but if you’re looking for a little more excitement why not head to Fort Myers or Port Charlotte to get closer to fine dining and great evening entertainment.


Englewood
Sometimes referred to as “the Gem of the Suncoast”, Englewood has a warm climate, beautiful beaches and quiet gulf setting. From a convenient location to a tropical setting, it still holds an un-commercialized atmosphere, which helps with it’s reputation as a water lover’s paradise and the saltwater fisherman looking to get the catch of the day!

Englewood has a variety of parks, Cedar Point, Don Pedro Barrier Island, Indian Mound Park, Stump Pass State Park and the Lemon Bay Park and Environmental Center are worth checking out. Also close at hand are the Oscar Scherer State Recreation Area and nearby Myakka River State Park.

From the tiki bars to picnic areas and tourist shops, Englewood Beach offers something for everyone, yes, even golden, sandy retreats.

Venice
With a rich history that spans from homesteaders, locomotive engineers and a military presence, to the real estate boom of the 20’s, Venice, Florida has many facets to the town.

If you were interested in shopping, Venice’s specialty boutiques, antique shops, and restaurants are what set it apart from other cities and towns.

As for dining you have a variety of food and tastes that will satisfy any foodie in the area. From Japanese, Thai, Polish, English, Italian to a good ol’ American barbeque!

Having excellent saltwater fishing is an wonderful asset for any City to have. But to have both saltwater AND freshwater, well that’s just what Venice has! On either end of Venice Avenue you have the opportunity to try your luck at fishing! On the west end, Venice Ave runs directly into the Gulf of Mexico. At the opposite end, East Venice Avenue touches the freshwater of the Myakka River.


Home Prices in Florida
According to Zillow, the median home value in Florida is $179,300. Florida home values have gone up 8.2% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 0.8% within the next year.

Mortgage delinquency is the first step in the foreclosure process. This is when a homeowner fails to make a mortgage payment. The percent of delinquent mortgages in Florida is 7.6%, which is higher than the national value of 4.8%. With U.S. home values having fallen by more than 20% nationally from their peak in 2007 until their trough in late 2011, many homeowners are now underwater on their mortgages, meaning they owe more than their home is worth. The percent of Florida homeowners underwater on their mortgage is 17.3%.

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