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Moving to Florida: Seeking trendy, slightly more upscale areas to relocate

We and several other friends we know all (in our late 40's, 50's, early 60's) are looking to relocate to a trendy, happening, slightly upscale city/town in Florida with higher numbers of professionals and college grads live.  Somewhere with plenty of outdoor and cultural activities.  Near colleges and hospitals.  Where are the newest cool places that people are moving to in Florida? Any new up-and-coming areas?  Where are the most talked-about Florida places to live these days? We can each spend 300K+ on a new home and want to take advantage of pricing and mortgage rates in the next several months. Thanks for any tips!
  • April 20 2013 - US
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I would like to thank those who have responded here so far.  I am eager to investigate some of the areas you have mentioned.  Thank you so much for taking the time to write such thoughtful replies!  Looking forward to discovering these great Florida cities!
  • May 09 2013
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The Lake Nona area of Orlando is a huge and upcoming market.  Prices  currently start in the mid-200's for single family homes and go up depending on location.

Lake Nona is located on the south east section of the city and is home to "Medical City" where the following centers have opened or will open in the next couple of years:

University of Central Florida Health Sciences Campus
Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute 
VA Medical Center
Nemours Children's Hospital
University of Florida Academic & Research Center 
MD Anderson Orlando Cancer Research Institute 

Lake Nona features world-class education, medical and recreational facilities, a life sciences cluster, diverse workspaces, retail centers, entertainment choices and residential options. Combining the very best in planning and design principals, Lake Nona will preserve more than 40 percent of the community as open space, parks and lakes that can be enjoyed on a 44-mile trail system. It will integrate the very best in department stores, upscale fashion and large-scale retailers, restaurants and entertainment venues in a major open-air town center.

It is located within easy driving distances to UCF, Disney, Universal, and the Airport.

Please let me know if you would like more information!

  • May 08 2013
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Tampa Bay!!!  Where do I start???  Year round professional sports - Baseball, Football, Hockey.  3 Art museums - Salvador Dali, Tampa Museum of Art, Ringling Brothers Circus Museum (30mins south of Tampa).  Cruise Line Port of Call for major lines that sail the Caribbean.  Theme parks - Busch Gardens, Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios (Orlando - 40min drive), Sea World (Orlando).  Universities - Univ of South Florida (Public), St. Petersburg College (Public), Univ of Tampa (Private), Eckard College (Private), Hillsborough Community College and several other smaller private colleges.  Hospitals - Tampa General and The James A. Haley VA Hospital, and Brandon Regional Hospital.  All three support Univ of South Florida's Medical School.  Lastly, miles for beaches and year round fishing.  Tampa is a hot spot on the Gulf Coast!!!  Hope this helps.
  • May 06 2013
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Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter & Delray Beach are in my opinion the most happen'n places.  All in Palm Beach County.

Reason: Proximity to FAU, Beaches, Downtown Nightlife, Cultural activities and a short drive to West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale for more fun in the sun.

Scripps Research Institute and others have made Palm Beach Gardens home, with amazing opportunities in the medical science fields.

As you may expect, prices in these areas tends to be on the higher end of the scale, but well worth the expense.  There are some new construction homes, townhomes and conds available.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

All the best!
  • April 21 2013
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