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House searching- Sebastian, Vero Beach or Ft Pierce thoughts

Old 03-04-2019, 10:28 AM
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The wife may be taking a new position located close to downtown Vero Beach.

We have 2 daughters one in middle school and one in elementary school. Schooling has the highest priority and private school is NOT an option. Are there certain areas within these counties to live within?

For the house it needs to be a non-HOA as we have a boat and camper. Is there any areas where horse ranches are located as my oldest rides and we would like to be in close proximity to them?

Now the important part fishing/ boating. I'm not familiar with Sebastian Inlet, but have heard horror stories. Ft Pierce have gone numerous times and really liked it. If I found a house on the water what is the ride time from VB to FP inlet.
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Old 03-04-2019, 11:25 AM
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Old 03-04-2019, 11:29 AM
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I live in Vero. I would think with a family and all around needs Vero will be best especially if the job is in Vero. Vero has numerous charter schools and decent rated schools you can look into. Sebastian and Ft Pierce is only a 15-30 minute drive by car.

Of course everything depends on $$$. Each town has some great communities on the water front if that is what you are looking at with Vero being the most expensive by a good margin.

If I put my boat in at memorial island in the middle of Vero Beach and I would say it takes 45min to hour to get to inlet taking into account no wake zones. If I'm going fishing or diving I just tow the boat to the Ft Pierce inlet to the Stan Blum ramp and your right there.

My opinion, in general Ft Pierce is a little run down and dated and more industrial. A drive on US-1 will show numerous run down and shut down businesses. I would not chose to raise kids there personally as the crime and drug use seems to be higher there. Some google searches shows the violent crime is higher. With that said, Ft Pierce has an excellent inlet for sandbar hanging out and to navigate out of for safety and fishing. Also the areas around the inlet are nice and some excellent restaurants. I 100% of the time use Ft Pierce inlet when going offshore for diving and fishing. ~14 miles to the gulf stream vs 21 miles in sebastian. We split sandbar time between the two inlets or the dozens of spoil islands. Also plenty of restaurant choices at both inlets accessible by boat. Sadly, Vero Beach has only 1 restaurant accessible by boat.

Sebastian is a smaller, sleepier town then Vero. A little bit older and slower paced, more of a 'country' feel to it. The sebastian inlet is also very good for sandbar hoping and exploring. The inlet is a lot narrower and shallower so it will be dicey at times. Plus the run to the gulf stream is further then Ft pierce.

Lots of land and horse farms I have seen west indian river county from Vero and into Sebastian, I don't think you will have problem finding that activity.

I think Vero is a great town to raise a family if you want something a little more laid back vibe. Never much traffic here, good boating options being between both inlets.
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Old 03-04-2019, 11:56 AM
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I would not worry about Sebastian inlet. Respect it and you will be fine.
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Old 03-04-2019, 01:39 PM
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Sway21 summed up the situation well. I use SI all the time and it does get sporty. It requires a lot of respect. Local knowledge and experience comes in very handy when running it against an outgoing tide and south east seas (this is the worst combination). Ft Piece inlet is 10 miles closer to blue water, an easy inlet to navigate, but a lot busier than Sebastian. What I like about SI is once you get away from the combat fishing at the end of the north jetty you pretty much have your inshore spots to yourself. Much less fishing pressure. Bottom fishing starts around 15 miles out of Sebastian, with lots of good spots at 20 miles or so. If I was going to live in Vero I would keep my boat at Ft Pierce.

On schools, my impression is Vero #1, Sebastian 2nd, Ft Pierce a distant 3rd.
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I have my boat slipped in Ft pierce and got in the car to drive home and you cross the bridge to get to 95 and its not a pretty place. Lots of bail bonding places and run down. I would not want to raise my kids there
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Old 03-05-2019, 03:39 AM
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If schooling is your top priority look a tad further north. Brevard County has a few schools rated in the top in the NATION. You can trailer to the Port or to Sebastian from anywhere in Brevard. As said above Ft Pierce and Sebastian aren't the cream of the crop when it comes to demographics.
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Old 03-05-2019, 03:46 AM
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Info provided above is accurate so I don’t have much to add there. What fields do you and your wife work in? You may want to factor that in as well. We chose southern Brevard since I work technical (central Brevard is defense contractor/tech heavy) and wife works legal/finance (good job/client market in Vero area). Although I wish it wasn’t this way, I drive to work more than I drive to the inlet. Picking a place in the middle made sense for us.

As stated, respect the inlet and you’ll be just fine. Good luck house hunting!
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Old 03-05-2019, 05:19 AM
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Vero has no inlet and really lousy schools unless you can get kids into charter which has a waiting list for years. Fort pierce schools are no better. You have to go to the private schools at first until you can get through the waiting list for charter. There are great areas in Fort Pierce with zero crimes and waterfront homes only a mile or two from the inlet. You need an exceptional realtor. See your PM'S
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Old 03-05-2019, 06:31 AM
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Originally Posted by jellington View Post
If schooling is your top priority look a tad further north. Brevard County has a few schools rated in the top in the NATION. You can trailer to the Port or to Sebastian from anywhere in Brevard. As said above Ft Pierce and Sebastian aren't the cream of the crop when it comes to demographics.
Sebastian and fort pierce demographics are very very different. Bunch of retired old white people and middle class families in sebastian. Bikers at the waterfront bars on the weekends.

Ft Pierce, a bit different. As barrel said there are some areas of Ft Pierce that are good, there is a lot of bad mixed in between.
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If you decide to explore Brevard County, feel free to PM me. I am a Broker in South Brevard and have worked with other members here.
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Originally Posted by My Turn View Post
Sebastian and fort pierce demographics are very very different. Bunch of retired old white people and middle class families in sebastian. Bikers at the waterfront bars on the weekends.

Ft Pierce, a bit different. As barrel said there are some areas of Ft Pierce that are good, there is a lot of bad mixed in between.
. Most of the bikers are retired dudes on 15 thousand dollar scooters
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I find this information confirms what I saw when we stayed on Hutchinson Island at a friends condo. Once you left the island it got sketchy quick.
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. Most of the bikers are retired dudes on 15 thousand dollar scooters
pretty light at 15k.. ask me how I know
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Check out Grant in Brevard. We are on 2 acres, HOA allows us to keep boat onsite, next door are horse stables, 6 minutes to the boat ramps with a 15 minute ride to Sebastian inlet. Elementary schools are good but like others have mentioned you can basically pick your schools with the drawback of the wait.
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If you decide to explore Brevard County, feel free to PM me. I am a Broker in South Brevard and have worked with other members here.
Kim has been my realtor helping me get into two properties. Great guy to work with. If you don't mind being a bit away from the center of "town", then as mentioned, the Grant/Valkaria area has the space and horse stuff you're asking about. At first I was intimidated/cautious about SI, but the general rule seems to be that if the weather outside is calm enough for you to have an enjoyable day of fishing, then the inlet is going to be fine regardless of tide and wind.
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Saint Lucie county just raised sales tax rates and now want to raise property taxes again. I would also stay clear of most areas in Fort Pierce. We have poor government leadership.
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I'm on a canal at the south end of Vero; closest to Ft Pierce inlet while still in Indian River County. Happy to chat, let me know.
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Saint Lucie County just raised sales tax rates and now want to raise property taxes again. I would also stay clear of most areas in Fort Pierce. We have poor government leadership.

Hey, don't complain, they have to pay for all the infrastructure they need so that another couple hundred thousand people can be squeezed into the county! How many times has a politician claimed that new developments pays for itself with an expanded tax base?

Boy wouldn't you love to see the personal tax returns of these crooked politicians before they entered office and when they left?
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