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  • #31
    Originally posted by Curt Leatherbee View Post
    It's too darn hot in the summer, the humidity can be rough as it makes it feel even more hot.
    old thread - the original poster is my friend and he moved to Ocala, FL - he really likes it there

    Would you rather be stuck at home 8 months out of the year due to cold weather and feet of snow?

    I'm moving to Florida this year, looking for good suburbs around Orlando or Orlando itself. Redfin...
    C5/C6 Complete since 08/22/09

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    • #32
      I live close to Tallahassee I moved from Georgia I love it I am out riding my bike most days weather is good the no seems are horrid

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      • #33
        How about southern California? The weather is the most moderate in the country. If you own, you will likely make money on the property. In Florida the property may not appreciate. The counties along the southern California shore will be too expensive to buy a large lot. But inland you can get great deals.

        I was considering South Carolina at some point when I care less about property value appreciation and more about cost of living. In other words, when I officially call myself old. People with SCIs don't pay property tax. In general, cost of living is less.

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        • #34
          Originally posted by August West View Post
          How about southern California? The weather is the most moderate in the country. If you own, you will likely make money on the property. In Florida the property may not appreciate. The counties along the southern California shore will be too expensive to buy a large lot. But inland you can get great deals.

          I was considering South Carolina at some point when I care less about property value appreciation and more about cost of living. In other words, when I officially call myself old. People with SCIs don't pay property tax. In general, cost of living is less.
          I stayed in Carlsbad, California about 30 miles north of San Diego for about three months back in 2010. I don't like how uneven the terrain is and plenty of hills and mountains.
          I loved the weather but the prices for homes are just too expensive same with gas and even grocery prices
          C5/C6 Complete since 08/22/09

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          • #35
            Originally posted by Mac85 View Post
            I stayed in Carlsbad, California about 30 miles north of San Diego for about three months back in 2010. I don't like how uneven the terrain is and plenty of hills and mountains.
            I loved the weather but the prices for homes are just too expensive same with gas and even grocery prices
            So Cal is diverse. Travel 30 minutes and the terrain and weather both change. There are many flat areas even within the hilly areas. For example, Newport Beach is hilly but next to it are Irvine, Costa Mesa, and Huntington Beach, which are all so flat you may find it boring. Areas that are flat and more affordable include San Fernando Valley, and Inland Empire. But they're pretty hot. Temecula is a hidden gem with a good mix of flatness, affordability, moderate weather, and wineries and Casinos for entertainment.

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            • #36
              Originally posted by August West View Post
              So Cal is diverse. Travel 30 minutes and the terrain and weather both change. There are many flat areas even within the hilly areas. For example, Newport Beach is hilly but next to it are Irvine, Costa Mesa, and Huntington Beach, which are all so flat you may find it boring. Areas that are flat and more affordable include San Fernando Valley, and Inland Empire. But they're pretty hot. Temecula is a hidden gem with a good mix of flatness, affordability, moderate weather, and wineries and Casinos for entertainment.
              That's cool, but I already decided on Florida...
              C5/C6 Complete since 08/22/09

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              • #37
                Good luck. Florida is a good choice too. Which part?

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                • #38
                  Just wondering, how many other states in the US allow SCI's to be property tax exempt?
                  I refuse to tip toe through life, only to arrive safely at death.

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by bigtop1 View Post
                    Just wondering, how many other states in the US allow SCI's to be property tax exempt?
                    Virginia does.

                    Gotta check the fine though. Some states it is just a deferred tax program. Once you die, or sell the house, your estate owes all the taxes that were deferred.

                    VA is a full waiver for the fully disabled, with taxable income under a certain threshold, and various degree of % relief as income rises, up to ~$100,000 a year. They also look at assets. Have to have less than $500-600K IIRC, to qualify.
                    "I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it." - Edgar Allen Poe

                    "If you only know your side of an issue, you know nothing." -John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

                    "Even what those with the greatest reputation for knowing it all claim to understand and defend are but opinions..." -Heraclitus, Fragments

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                    • #40
                      I live in Orlando, too. Summers are quite rough, though I still hang out outside a lot, though it's in a garage out of the sun.
                      Another great benefit is if you have "Crippy" hands (that's what I call my hands), you can get free tolls.
                      Rollin' since '89. Complete C8

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by bigtop1 View Post
                        Just wondering, how many other states in the US allow SCI's to be property tax exempt?
                        Indiana is one of them also
                        C5/C6 Complete since 08/22/09

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by August West View Post
                          Good luck. Florida is a good choice too. Which part?
                          I'm going with Orlando or surrounding suburbs. Making an offer on the house today. 2300 ft.? 4 bedrooms 2 bathrooms
                          I live in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago and here you can't even buy a nice house for the price you pay in Florida
                          C5/C6 Complete since 08/22/09

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                          • #43
                            I live in Indiana near Indianapolis. I use to love the winter and the snow ( I grew up in Michigan) but since I've got hurt the winters are terrible. I like a little snow around Christmas but then I'm over it and I'm stuck looking at my trike wishing I could ride! Anyway my plan is to move somewhere south maybe Georgia or Florida to get away from the snow. Keep us posted on how things go with the move and how you like it. I love the idea of the adaptive sports park.

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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by Mac85 View Post
                              I'm going with Orlando or surrounding suburbs. Making an offer on the house today. 2300 ft.? 4 bedrooms 2 bathrooms
                              I live in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago and here you can't even buy a nice house for the price you pay in Florida
                              Orlando should be fun. Just remember one thing about Florida. The further north you go the deeper south you get (if you catch my drift). Good luck.

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                              • #45
                                This map is pretty much on point. If I could, I'd move closer to a Florida city that has a big university and SCI doctors: Tampa, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Miami.
                                Growing older with an SCI in Florida without local SCI doctors is challenging.


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