Where would you pick to live if it could be anywhere in the US?

Real Estate Agent with Tim Francis Realty LLC

Where would you pick to live if it could be anywhere in the US?  Not too many people get or MAKE the opportunity to pick where they want to live.  Interestingly, I grew up in a family where they did just that in 1978!  Let's start at the beginning.  In 1977, we were living in a charming RI town.  My father's job became to find another job.  Months of interviewing lead him to an opportunity in NJ, but shortly after arriving, he got an opportunity in Miami, Florida.  Since this had originally been their goal to live in a warmer climate, they took the opportunity to move to Florida.  

Naples FL Pier in distanceOnce we moved to Florida, my parents set out to look at almost the whole state on each coast.  They checked out every town and were huge information junkies (before the Internet ages!)  They talked to tons of people, realtors and traversed a lot of streets to check out towns.  

Their final choice in mid 1978 was Naples, FL.  Hard to believe but it was a pretty sleepy town at that time with such a very seasonal population that a majority of the stores CLOSED for the summer.  The major things that attracted them was the temperatures, excellent zoning that dramatically limited the NEON signs and the size of the town.  

So, they moved us one last time to Naples, FL.  My dad had a great background in accounting and business financials. My mom had run a small business.  They both got their Real Estate licenses.  She sold more residential and he became a business broker.  


POPULATION TRENDS (000) Excludes Visitors

Collier County

 Year     Full Time 

1980      86k 

1990    154k

2000    252k 

Naples, FL has changed so dramatically, it's almost hard to recognize some places at this point.  The swamp lands between Naples High School and what was the original Coastland Mall are now a major road.  The interstate didn't even come by Naples.  it ended in Tampa in the early 80's.  When I-75 first did reach Naples in 1984 it actually felt like you were coming to the end of the world, as the interstate became grass with the ending the final exit to Pine Ridge Rd.  Now, this week, they've finished construction on a 3rd lane north and southbound through Collier County.  

While many facts, buildings, homes,

Naples FL Beach Shot Dec 2009

 roads, stores and figures have changed, my parents are still thrilled to be living in Naples, FL.  It's hard to beat an average daily temperature of 74 degrees.    It's even harder to beat a nice day at the beach late December 2009!

So, my question to you: Where would you pick to live if it could be anywhere in the US?

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Blatt + Cutino
Keller Williams Coastal Estates - Monterey, CA
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I live in the most beautiful place on Earth already. The Monterey Peninsula! But I love Boston, Massachusetts! Lovely city! Lots to do..just extreme weather conditions though!

Dec 29, 2009 09:11 AM #1
Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease

Angelica,  Monterey sounds lovely.  I do like Boston as well.  It all depends on what you are looking for, but the cold weather conditions don't work for me either.  All the best in 2010!  Michelle

Dec 29, 2009 11:10 AM #2
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

Hey Michelle - I"ve got family that lives in Naples and they love it. Me, I am pretty happy being in Phoenix and also having the opportunity to travel to cooler climates in July and August. This is home for me!! And that is after growing up in MN and living in Vail after college (way too cold for me in both places!)

Dec 29, 2009 12:38 PM #3
Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease

Anna,  I bet they do!  I forgot to add in the blog post that he didn't have a job, they didn't know anyone there, and just loved the area.  It was pretty brave.  There's a lot of great places.  Some work better at one age than another.  Being a ski bum sounds wonderful.  There is an OTH (Over the hill club that ski's at age 76+ at Copper, that is a great way to be!)  I love the people in Minnesota, but the temps don't work for me, also never developed a love of ice fishing;-)  All the best in 2010!  Thanks for your wonderful support.  Michelle

Dec 30, 2009 11:00 AM #4
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