December 17, 2009

I Moved to Florida


For those of you who missed my farewell to Austin post, I decided to move across the country yet again. A few people made guesses as to where I went and one person managed to get the state right on. It’s the Sunshine State!

Why Florida?

There are a few reasons why my girlfriend and I decided on Florida. The obvious one is the weather. The first few days we were here it was sunny and in the 80’s. Talk about perfect weather, especially for December.

The second reason is due to the beaches (and palm trees). Ever since I lived in Honolulu, I’ve missed the beaches that Hawaii has to offer. Hanging out by the ocean was one of my favorite things to do and I’m excited to be located by one again. Austin had a few lakes, but nothing compared to the beaches they have here in Florida.

If Hawaii was cheaper, I would probably head back there sometime. However, the location is too remote for me and road trips are impossible there. So the only options left were California and Florida. I wasn’t that impressed with the beaches in California and the cost of the living was basically the same as Hawaii. So florida it was.

Which City?

Once we decided on making the drive to Florida, we spent a month or so reading up on the cities located here in Florida. I must say, City-Data is one heck of a tool. I’ve used it every single time I’ve moved so far. It sure makes learning the neighborhoods and cities a lot easier.

We took a look at both coasts, specifically the large cities including Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, and Tampa. Orlando wasn’t really an option since I’d much prefer to be by the ocean.

After doing the research, we decided on the Tampa Bay area. The cost of living seems to be more reasonable than the Miami area. Once we decided on the area, we drilled down and decided which city we were going to live in.

After much debate, St. Petersburg was the choice we made. It’s affordable, located right on the bay, and has a downtown we can walk to. It reminds me of Honolulu in a lot of ways. Not only is there a nice park along the bay with a bike/running trail, but there is also a beach where you can swim.

We managed to find a nice apartment in the Old Northeast area, which is made up of brick streets and restored bungalows. Plus it’s only a few blocks from downtown and the beach. Best of all, the apartment is much nicer than the one we had in Austin and cheaper. We went with a year lease so I’ll be here for at least that long. We will see…

More Adventures To Come

I haven’t had much time to explore the city and take pictures yet but hopefully I will soon. We’ve got a ton of work to do since we sold everything we had back in Austin and we need to get internet setup ASAP.

Once I actually get settled in I’ll be writing a lot more about the city and what we find. So stay tuned for some new adventures from here in Florida.

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8 thoughts on “I Moved to Florida

  1. James NomadRip

    Great place to be. Girlfriend has lived here her whole life, except for college. No shortage of things to do here, either. I second the Saturday Morning Market. Give me a shout if you want to know of anything to see or do.

    1. Justin Wright Post author

      Looks like I’m going to check out the Saturday Morning Market. Looks pretty cool and I’m a big fan of supporting local business and farmers.

      Anyone have any advice on where to take a few of my visiting friends for New Years?

      1. James NomadRip

        They do a First Night downtown for New Year’s Eve. Bands all over, shops, bars, etc. Those parks down there by the museum are usually pretty full of people and things to do then.

        You can email me if you are looking for any type of thing in particular. I’ve only lived here a couple years, but there is something for any kind of crowd.

  2. Robby G

    Really good choice. I always recall the great times I spent in Florida. All the best luck there and hopefully one I’ll travel there and we’ll hang out at the bar and the beach. The clubs there are amazing too. The warm weather really feels like heaven. I’m tired of moving from one cold place to another :/

  3. Terri

    Have you settled in yet? I have only been to Orlando and that was to see my son while he was in school. I wasn’t real crazy about all the traffic. Then in Feb while it was freezing up here in the Northeast we went to Key West. Had a great time, a bit expensive but worth the road trip. Have you gone there yet?


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