Power of Love
- Aug 24, 2011
Now that mention of the Bahamas is good salesmanship. I love boats. Wife hates boats. [sigh] Proximity to Key West is also appealing.
Has anybody heard anything good or bad about the new Margaritaville themed retirement communities? I went by one on the way to the Savannah airport. I had heard of them, but don't know much. This one is, of course, not actually on Hilton Head. Latitude Margaritaville - Hilton Head | New Homes for Sale in South Carolina | 55+ Community I have to confess that as a Parrothead I like the overall vibe. If I did the snowbird thing, I could see enjoying this.
No, but it has to be sucky and overpriced doesn't it?
I can't imagine even considering such a place unless you like Buffett and parrotheads. I certainly wouldn't want to live out my final years in a community full of them.It doesn't look expensive at all. Home quality seems decent. Amenities look like the kind I'd enjoy. Outdoor bandshell for concerts, giant pool like at a resort, big Margaritaville style bar, indoor and outdoor, fitness center, tennis, pickleball, kayaking, etc.
I can't imagine even considering such a place unless you like Buffett and parrotheads. I certainly wouldn't want to live out my final years in a community full of them.
did you look at Viera? looks nice ....We retired almost five years ago. Three years prior, we started the research and the search to see what our destination would be.
We loved out CT home. We had great views from Newtown, across the river, into Southbury. Many referred to it as the party house. It was a perfect set-up for entertaining. But the cost of living and the tax structure, both property and income, was out of hand.
Our internet search led to our in-person search. We looked at properties in Florida and Tennessee. We were really liking the Nashville area until it snowed. That did it for the wife. We were not moving to any place that snowed. For her it's freezing out when the temps go below 75.
Our Florida search to us to St. Augustine first. As mentioned by others, it's a lot more than a tourist attraction. Some great housing options. We learned that outdoor living is just as important in Florida as indoor. We saw house that had outdoor living spaces with fireplaces, wired for TV, cable and internet. We also looked in Leesburg, Clermont and Kissimmee and Orlando. We did look at a lot of 55+ communities.
It took 2 years to sell our CT home. Housing market crash plus living in the Sandy Hook section of Newtown made for a long haul.
Bottom line, we purchased a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath in a 55+ community in central Florida. For us, it was the right move. There are presently about 5,000 homes in the community. Two large amenities centers with pools, exercise rooms and meeting rooms. There are a total of 14 pools in the community. Two 18 hole golf courses and 3 restaurants. 250+ plus clubs operate year round. And I could go on. If you're bored in our community its your own fault. As to the weather, we love it. Contrary to popular belief, the humidity in July, September and part of October is not as intense as one would have in CT during July and August.
The life style is totally different. Very laid back and relaxed. Not as many family own restaurants as up north but we have found some really good ones. We have 2 sets of friends that have moved into our community, in part, due to our recommendation. They love it. And there is no state income tax in Florida.
My wife reaches computers in the community. Her courses are always full and yes, she gets paid. Plus she has a church job, choir director and organist, just down the road. I work with CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). We do traffic control for big events and parades. We did two COVID pods that vaccinated over 2,700 residents. I also play in two community bands, one a 16 piece jazz band and the other a 9 piece backup band for 5 vocalists. Between the two, I play in around 12 performances a year.
Do your research. Know what you want and what you don't want. Know what you can and cannot afford. Enjoy the journey.
Brevard County ..... just north of MelbourneWhat city/ town/ county is Viera located?
We did not go to the space coast area. Biggest reason was the frequency of hurricanes that come up the Atlantic coast. And with having 4 grandsons, being close to house the mouse built was a priority. We are 40 minutes away from Disney.Brevard County ..... just north of Melbourne
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