look around New Smyrna Bch. About 20-30 min south on the Atlantic and considerably less expensive.
Range out west and north as well... traffic in that area is doable.
Florida has a fantastic back roads system that can get you pretty much anywhere almost as fast as an interstate, with less traffic.
Trust me, you don't want to live IN Daytona when bike week is happening..
As a tourist it is not so bad..as a local... it is massive PIA.
here look a bit at these towns.
Eaustis and Mt Dora are a bit further inland but and hour and a half out.. but quiet and a lot less expensive
New Smyrna Bch and Edgewater to the south..
Palm Coast, Flagler beach to the direct north..
Palatka and Green Cove Springs to the NW
One of the nicer things about that particular section of Florida is that most things are not that far away.. driving time. coast to coast on SR 40 that goes thru the Ocala Natl Forest through Ocala and ends at Dunellon on the west coast) is that it is only a 3 hr drive.
My mom lives in Crystal River from there to Starke is roughly 2 hours all back roads more or less.
The inland lakes George, and all that .. are awesome for bass fishing.
My personal preference for Florida is still and always will be the SW coast Or the area just west of Gainesville towards Bell or Perry. . We call it the Big Bend area Still very very rural and redneck.. absolutely my kind of woods.
A lot of the area is planted pine for paper mills so it is not subject to development. That part of Florida has a low incidence of Hurricanes. Now watch.. this year we shall get two one coming in at Cedar Key and the other Jax.
As I said PM me if i can be of any help.. When you start talking to Realtors ask about flood insurance. I would recommend you try real hard to not get into one.. Even USAA has pulled out of Florida for writing new policies.
The ones who are writing in Florida have a waiver for hurricane damage.. I think it is something like 2 or 5% of damage off the top and above your deductible then they start paying.. IF you already have a policy with USAA on another house, then they might allow you to switch it to the new house. The only exception is for active duty and they will write new for them only.. Can ya tell I have been on the phone with them recently.
I would offer this suggestion. Considering the state of the RE market at the moment. There are some really good deals out there. Contact a RE broker and start to work with them. We all have access to the MLS listing and might be able to steer you to something even better than you can find out on your own. Don't worry about the distance. I did deals via phone and fax with th owners either buying or selling either to or from Europe, Indonesia and a few other exotic places. NO, my brokers license is currently inactive and will remain so for the forseeable future. What will happen is you ask for a 'buyers-broker" someone who will represent your interest. Most of the time you don't have to pay them.. they get thier commision via the sale of the house. But be sure to ask and make that a stipulatoin if you have to..
Do NOT get a 'manufactured home." It might not look like an aluminum tornado magnet but that is exactly what it is under another name. 1960's era homes are eminantly more suitable to withstanding hurricane damage than newer homes. Also built for the climate. It is depends exatly what you want and where you want it.. I would seriously once, you find what you are interested in.. drive around the neighborhood at difference hours of the day.. like friday and sat night (if you don't like loud parties)..
and finaly remember 'handyman special' could mean it is trashed, 'waterfront' could mean the ditch in the back gets sorta kinda wet at high tide, 'waterfront view' could mean a cot under a bridge.. YMMV
Originally Posted by quietstorm3155
Thanks for all the recent replies everyone.
18D4VRWB: Are you contracting now? I've seen a number of SF types in uniform here, but either I have been busy on duty (security type) or they have been busy so I haven't had a chance to speak with or introduce my self to the men. I am at FOB Prosperity / Camp Olympia.
D9: To clarify my question sir, I was inquiring as to if I wanted to be full time guard at the training site between drills and get paid. Instead of working part-time somewhere and then showing up ONLY on drill weekends. I was wanting to show up in uniform everyday and absorb as much as I can from the unit even when not drilling. I was wanting to be on site, as NQP or Non-MOSQ'd, go to SFAS, to The Q, and then straight to Team. I guess that is a question that I will ask the recruiter as well. Thanks.
Also to the responses of allowing me to contact once I relocate. Thanks. It means a lot, and I'm sure I'll hit some of you up on that offer. As for me I've been to the bike races and Daytona 500. I am not familiar with the area so much, but I do have family that live in Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral that I visit from time to time. For now looking at homes in Daytona online. When I go out on one of my rotations I plan on staying in a hotel and then doing some house hunting in person.
Thanks again for everyone's input.