Help my parents find a place to live in Florida
October 3, 2013 2:18 PM Subscribe
My parents have decided to relocate from Long Island, NY to Florida sometime in the next year. They will be taking a few trips down to try to get a sense as to where they might want to be, but are pretty clueless about the different areas/cities and what would work for them. Can you help me narrow it down for them? More details inside...
posted by msjoannabanana to home & garden (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
They are in their late 60s and both in good health. They would prefer a house to a condo. They are used to life in the suburbs of NYC, with lots of greenery but also easy access to restaurants, shopping, etc. I think another suburb that is close-ish to a city would be a good fit.
They would like to spend as little as possible for housing (and they will be purchasing)--that being said, they understand that they will pay more for the conveniences they want. My mom is a housewife and my dad will be retiring prior to the move. My dad has been looking at short sales and foreclosures--any insight on this process and whether it is a good idea or not would be appreciated.
My dad has been looking at the West Coast, at Tampa and St. Pete so far. I know they would like to be close (driving distance) to the water--right now they live maybe 15 minutes from a harbor in NY.
A community of other NY/CT/NJ transplants would be nice, as would a Jewish community in the area.
Other data points:
-My dad is an extremely liberal ex-hippie.
-Mom is a TERRIFYINGLY bad driver, so someplace where she wouldn't need to be driving long distances/on any highways to go about her day to do is best.
-They're more or less homebodies, they like going to the park to take walks, out to dinner near their house, shopping together on the weekends, and occassionally a movie.
Based on the above, where should my folks be looking?