Before moving to a new state, it’s only normal to want to perform some research on the best cities and neighborhoods to live in. Most people’s top priorities are wanting to live in an area with a great school district, low crime rates, and plenty of activities to pass the time.
Florida is a beautiful state that attracts tons of new residents a year. In fact, the United States Census shows that 900 people move to Florida every day. You might be wondering what’s so amazing about this state that brings in so many people. Well, the first thing that draws people in is the fact that the majority of the year has great weather. The beaches are fantastic, there’s tons of cultural diversity, and there’s so much to do indoors and outdoors.
Not to mention that there is no state income tax in Florida and the majority of the cities are very affordable to live in. Essentially, Florida is a state where you can feel like you’re on vacation year-round without breaking the bank to do so.
If you’re gearing up to move to Florida, expect to have a lot of choices when picking where you want to live. Here are the five best neighborhoods to live in 2019.
Old Southeast is one of the more affordable cities to live in Florida. It sits right on the gulf coast in the St. Petersburg area and holds the reputation for having extremely pleasant weather. It’s a popular spot for boating, golfing, fishing, and beachgoing. Its waterfront parks host the Dali Museum, featuring surrealist works of art; the Museum of Fine Arts, with works ranging from ancient to contemporary; and Mahaffey Theater, home of the Florida Orchestra.
The median home value in Old Southeast is $216,400. Old Southeast home values have gone up 3.6% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will fall 0.4% within the next year. The median price of homes currently listed in Old Southeast is $282,200 while the median price of homes that sold is $223,000. The median rent price in Old Southeast is $1,595, which is higher than the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metro median of $1,575.
Located on Florida's Treasure Coast, Vero Beach was recently cited as one of "America's Best Small Towns." It has everything that a sun loving individual would want from a town, such as great beaches, plenty of golf courses, and tennis courts. Vero Beach also offers a fun nightlife full of shopping and great dining options. For nature lovers, it's also home to one of the world's largest turtle nesting habitat sites.
The median home value in Vero Beach is $212,000. Vero Beach home values have gone up 5.3% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 1.0% within the next year. The median price of homes currently listed in Vero Beach is $291,900 while the median price of homes that sold is $205,000.
Tallahassee is the capital of Florida and home to Florida State University and Florida A&M. Here, you can expect to experience a combo of a college town with a political town twist. Northeast Tallahassee is only 20 miles from the Gulf of Mexico and about 15 miles from the Georgia border. They have a population of around 191,000 and a pretty low cost of living making it a great spot for anyone.
The median home value in Northeast Tallahassee is $183,400. Northeast Tallahassee home values have gone up 6.9% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.8% within the next year. The median price of homes currently listed in Northeast Tallahassee is $225,000 while the median price of homes that sold is $189,100. Here, the rent is fairly low and sits at a median price of $1,100 a month.
Park Shore is one of the most affluent communities in Florida. It sits right on the Gulf of Mexico in Naples and has gorgeous sunsets and a vibrant downtown. Park Shore consistently makes the lists of best places to live in the U.S. Park Shore also rates highly on the quality of its public schools and has a very low crime rate.
The median home value in Park Shore is $320,300. Park Shore home values have gone up 1.1% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will fall 1.4% within the next year. The median price of homes currently listed in Park Shore is $406,990 while the median price of homes that sold is $317,500. If you prefer to rent a house in Park Shore, you can expect to pay around $3,750 a month.
Dunedin sits fairly close to Tampa and has a reputation for being affordable and comfortable. The town offers 39 miles of walking and biking trails for the exercise-minded. Dunedin is also located on St. Joseph's Sound, which is one of the premier trout fishing spots in the U.S.
The median home value in Dunedin is $249,800. Dunedin home values have gone up 3.8% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will fall 0.3% within the next year. The median price of homes currently listed in Dunedin is $289,000 while the median price of homes that sold is $271,200. Renting in Dunedin is pretty affordable considering the median rent price is $1,650.
As you can see, Florida is a vibrant state that’s full of different activities and sunny places to live which makes it perfect for anybody. Whether you are looking to live in the bigger cities or the low-key suburbs, there’s a home for you.
We know that picking the best neighborhood can be difficult, and finding the perfect home isn’t any easier. If you’re getting ready to make the move to beautiful Florida, we recommend getting in touch with Clever to be connected with a top-rated Partner Agent. They’ll be able to give you the best guidance and support throughout the home buying process, whether this is your first or fifth time finding a home.