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Old 08-26-2015, 06:34 AM
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Looking for the pros and cons of living in the KEYS,never been there but from what I have seen it looks really nice,thinking bout buying a home there.Is it a good time to buy?How"s the rental market?Where"s the best place to invest?;?
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You should probably visit then if you like it rent a house for a month or two
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I would suggest you ask this same question on the Florida board on this forum. Lots of helpful locals over there.
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Hi, I am new to the forum but I thought I could answer your question. I live in Fort Lauderdale about 1 hour and 20 minutes from Key Largo. I go there all the time. I would definitely tell you to rent first and see what you think. However here are a few of the negative items that stand out from the keys...

1. Getting in and out of the keys on a weekend.... early Saturdays ... is pretty bad most people rent from Saturday to Saturday so Saturdays you get the people that are coming and the people that are going ... on a two lane highway.
2. Mosquitos... if you live in an area with lots of mangroves....and they are usually a lot of them...get ready for them.

For me that's pretty much it. Someone else might come up with some other negative things but to be honest the boating, fishing is so good in the keys that everything else that is negative is tolerable...
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Originally Posted by ono loco View Post
I would suggest you ask this same question on the Florida board on this forum. Lots of helpful locals over there.
http://www.thehulltruth.com/florida-...ding-keys.html
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Originally Posted by fishlessam View Post
Looking for the pros and cons of living in the KEYS,never been there but from what I have seen it looks really nice,thinking bout buying a home there.Is it a good time to buy?How"s the rental market?Where"s the best place to invest?;?
It is a 7+ hour drive to reach another State
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We vacation there all the time. The biggest issue with living there is the traffic from all of the people who vacation there. Since I can work from anywhere that has internet I would live there in a heartbeat if the traffic wasn't so ridiculous.
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Hope you are loaded, ( $ wise that is ), $500,000 gets you a dump, in a dumpy area!
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If you plan to buy and the rent out make sure you understand the local municipality rules on short term rentals.

My preference for location in the Keys is the Key Colony Beach area.
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It is a 7+ hour drive to reach another State
How fast are you freaking driving??? I live on Big Pine and 7 hours only get's me to Ocala or so. Still another few hours to the state line.
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Where would you then go for vacation that could beat the keys?
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Originally Posted by kennyboy View Post
Where would you then go for vacation that could beat the keys?
Easy answer, the Bahamas. I went to the keys for years and they are beat down pretty bad IMO. Tons of pressure both in and offshore. Living there, you deal with cash only home purchases, massive building permit restrictions, high taxes and high insurance rates.

Living in Jacksonville and having a non trailerable big boat I can be in the Bahamas in 17 hours which is less than going to the keys. The flats boat is a nice option in the keys because you can get to the everglades, lose most of the traffic and find fish that don't have old hooks hanging out of their mouth. But you will find the Bahamas are not that much more expensive if at all....
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Originally Posted by burningdaylight View Post
How fast are you freaking driving??? I live on Big Pine and 7 hours only get's me to Ocala or so. Still another few hours to the state line.
yeah it's a solid 9-10 hours to the state line for me.
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Your an Extreme!!Yankee!! Down here...woops wrong thread and location..to many wobblie pops ..Eh!!
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We vacation there all the time. The biggest issue with living there is the traffic from all of the people who vacation there. Since I can work from anywhere that has internet I would live there in a heartbeat if the traffic wasn't so ridiculous.
where are you trying to go? thought that was the point of living down there..slow and easy.
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Having lived in the Orlando area for a few years in my past life and working for extended periods in cities all over the state, I can assure you that traffic in the Keys pales in comparison to most other large cities in Florida. I'm surprised to hear someone from St. Pete/Tampa say that Keys traffic is the only thing keeping them away.

Sure, traffic sucks sometimes, particularly during high season when vacationers are at their peak, but it's all relative. Having been in Key West now for 13 years, I can tell you that your perception of "traffic" changes. In Orlando, a one hour or two hour commute to and from work was common place. Now, I get frustrated when there's more than 4 cars in front of me at the one light between my house and my office. And driving the 4.5 miles down to Duval Street is unheard of anymore. A 20 minute drive up to Cudjoe Key for dinner at the Square Grouper? that's a serious jaunt. All of that isn't because of traffic, but because 4.5 miles or 20 minutes up the Keys is now considered a long ways away. In Orlando, 20 minutes was considered "right next door".

Not to mention, I'd much rather be stuck in a traffic jam on US1 with the Atlantic on one side and the Gulf on the other than be stuck in traffic where my only view is another concrete highrise on the left and 4 Starbucks on the right.
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Having lived in the Orlando area for a few years in my past life and working for extended periods in cities all over the state, I can assure you that traffic in the Keys pales in comparison to most other large cities in Florida. I'm surprised to hear someone from St. Pete/Tampa say that Keys traffic is the only thing keeping them away.

Sure, traffic sucks sometimes, particularly during high season when vacationers are at their peak, but it's all relative. Having been in Key West now for 13 years, I can tell you that your perception of "traffic" changes. In Orlando, a one hour or two hour commute to and from work was common place. Now, I get frustrated when there's more than 4 cars in front of me at the one light between my house and my office. And driving the 4.5 miles down to Duval Street is unheard of anymore. A 20 minute drive up to Cudjoe Key for dinner at the Square Grouper? that's a serious jaunt. All of that isn't because of traffic, but because 4.5 miles or 20 minutes up the Keys is now considered a long ways away. In Orlando, 20 minutes was considered "right next door".

Not to mention, I'd much rather be stuck in a traffic jam on US1 with the Atlantic on one side and the Gulf on the other than be stuck in traffic where my only view is another concrete highrise on the left and 4 Starbucks on the right.
First I don't live in Orlando and not sure why anyone would want to but living here on the water near downtown St Pete I can get to just about anywhere I would want to go in less than 15 minutes anytime of day. Getting across the bay into Tampa is only an issue during rush hour and the rush hour here is actually an hour.

I enjoy the middle Keys and love fishing there but I'm not a fan of one two lane road to get anywhere you have to go. Maybe I'm not laid back enough to think 20 MPH or less is how traffic should flow.
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Great place to vacation but not very livable. I found the "keys fleas" to be a bunch of drunkards and a holes!
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Great place to vacation but not very livable. I found the "keys fleas" to be a bunch of drunkards and a holes!
Exactly...in fact, you're right. Not livable. At all. Please don't move here. In fact, don't even visit. This place sucks.

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