Florida has had a bit of a bad wrap over the past few years. It’s certainly been a couple of decades of turmoil and challenge for the sunshine state. Storms including devastating hurricanes ravaged many parts of the state sending insurance and property taxes soaring. Then the real estate bubble burst and the media seemed to take particular delight sharing daily reports about Florida foreclosures and how the state had become a bargain basement deal – perhaps one of the cheapest places to live in America.
Part of that may be true. There are some great deals to be had in Florida but the image of down trodden, crumbling cities is a complete fantasy. Florida still is the Sunshine State and it always will be. It’s truly one of the most beautiful places in the United States and a great place to live. Florida and it’s diverse selection of cities and rural communities will always be a darling to most Americans.
Historically this state of beaches, canals and cruise ships was thought of as a place to visit – a place where ‘kids of all ages’ could come to play. And a place for those who where ready to transition to the permanent playground we all call retirement would come to live. Imagines of mobile home parks or for those few who were fortunate and wealthy enough – a beach side condo.
But those are images from decades past. Over the past 30 years or more Florida has grown into a state that has something for everyone. Young and old – working or retired. There are still mobile home parks offering low cost options for retirees but there are also some of the most expensive and most luxurious high-rise condos in the country.
When it comes to finding the best places to live in Florida variety and diversity is one of this states greatest strengths. Truly there is a pace and a space for everyone. That multi-national executive may call a Miami high rise their best place while a beach combing retired golfer may want for nothing more in the Pan Handles Panama City Beach. Whatever the lifestyle or interest there is always a place in Florida for someone to call home.