If inexpensive living is what you are looking for when moving to Florida, these places are the Best places to Live in Florida 2014 on a Budget. Whether you’re retiring or looking to keep your home up north and buy an affordable second home in Florida, there are areas where you can still take advantage of the disastrous price drop that happened in Florida during the great recession. While there may be other areas that are still cheap, I choose these areas because they are also relatively safe and located close to the beaches and the activities people move to Florida for.
Best places to Live in Florida 2014 on a Budget, East Coast, Brevard County
Brevard County on Florida’s east coast suffered two big hits to it’s economy in the last several years when NASA mothballed the Space Shuttle program and the huge loss of real estate values during the last recession. The bottom for this area has been reached and the economy is slowly improving, but there are still a lot of homes and condos for sale under $100,000.
Besides being affordable, living in Brevard County means your are never that far from some beautiful beaches and golf courses. The Brevard County Manatees offers baseball fans affordable entertainment. Trips to the theme parks in Orlando aren’t difficult either since they’re only about an hour away.
There are about thirty miles of beach in the county. They are uncrowded sections perfect for fishing, collecting shells and just laying in the sun listening to the waves. There are also beaches with more going on that are close to bars an restaurants like you’ll see in this video.
If you will be moving to Florida but plan on driving back north often, Brevard’s location can be ideal. because I-95 runs right through it. It’s a much shorter trip back home than traveling from south Florida or the Gulf coast. For air travel, Melbourne International Airport in Brevard County has two major airlines flying from it. Just an hour away, Orlando can get you anywhere in the world.
If you are looking for a place to move to in Florida in 2014 that offers inexpensive living options in a safe relaxing environment, there are areas in Brevard County that may be just what you are looking for.
Best Places to Live in Florida 2014 on a Budget, West Coast, Charlotte County Florida
Like Brevard County on the east coast of Florida, Charlotte County was hit hard by the last recession and prices fell fast. The bottom has been hit here too and prices are increasing but there are still a lot of condos and homes for sale cheap in the area. There are many areas in Florida where there are still inexpensive properties, but they are mostly located in areas with high levels of crime or located out in the middle of nowhere, and after a few months you’ll be so bored you’ll be shoving sharp objects in your eyes for something to do.
Like Brevard County, you’re never that far away from beautiful beaches, golf courses, fishing and all the activities that make people consider Florida when thinking about relocating. Punta Gorda is a nice little town that was a “best places to live” pick many years ago by Money Magazine, when the state of Florida claimed most of the top picks. The town has a large manicured park with tennis courts right on the river waterfront. From the park you can walk to shops and restaurants at Fishermen’s Village. Here’s a video of Fishermen’s Village during the annual Pirate Fest (video was done by a gun advocate he discusses that at the beginning and end of the video, a warning for those who may be upset by that) that shows the village and fest well. On a side note, Florida now has over 1,000,000 people who can legally carry a concealed firearm.
Charlotte County also has a stadium that is the spring training facility for the Tampa Bay Rays Major League Baseball team and the Charlotte Stone Crabs. Charlotte may be a few hours from Orlando but it’s only a little over an hour from Busch Gardens in Tampa. Charlotte also has some nice beaches with clear warm water on the Gulf of Mexico in the Englewood area.
Charlotte County has it’s own small airport with a small number of major airlines offering flight, but the Tampa St Petersburg is probably the closest major airport with lots of flights, about an hour away. While Brevard County may be driven to from points north, a driving to Charlotte County may involve an overnight stay.
Florida isn’t for everyone as the high number of people moving out everyday proves. But if you’re committed to moving to Florida in 2014 and are looking for a place that’s affordable, safe and offers much of what draws people to the state, you will want to consider these two areas. Comments are welcome.
UPDATE: While most of Brevard and Charlotte Counties are still relatively cheap for Florida, but you must see: