I am 26 and currently live in Charleston, SC and I am thinking of relocating to SE Florida so I can dive more often. My housing budget would top out around 350k. How can I find out about the best areas/neighborhoods to live?
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Fortunately I am able to work remote so the job market won't affect me much. I appreciate the recommendations.The best ocean diving is in SE Florida but the housing costs are excessive for anything in a decent neighborhood. Your best bet to be close to diving would be either Martin or St. Lucie counties, you can get a house in a good middle class neighborhood and only have to drive about 30 minutes to 1 hour to get to good diving. Be advised that wages in South Florida tend to be lower, because everybody wants to live here, so there are more people than there are good paying jobs.
I can't imagine going to a place and buying right away. It would take me about a year on a rental to figure out where do I want to be. The good thing about S. Florida is the variety of places available.How can I find out about the best areas/neighborhoods to live?
Good point, I did this in Charleston and could have chosen a better area with the knowledge I have now.I can't imagine going to a place and buying right away. It would take me about a year on a rental to figure out where do I want to be. The good thing about S. Florida is the variety of places available.
Desirability sometimes can be tricky. This is why I suggested to be in the area for a while.Another point you might want to consider. You don't have to live right next to the areas with the best diving (coastal Palm Beach & Broward counties and the upper Keys). The closer you get to the coast the more affordable areas aren't very desirable (ie. higher crime, less amenities) and the more desirable areas are price prohibitive for most mere mortals like most of us. You can live 30, 60, or 90 minutes away and still have ready access to great diving any day you wish.