Please don’t hate me too much if you’re currently up to your waist in snow and negative temperatures…
Friday seems like a good time to write a brief ode to my beloved Florida, so here are my current Top 5 Things I Love About Florida. Being winter, they’re mostly weather-related. In the fall this list tends to include more football/tailgating, in the summer it’s (even) more about the weather, seafood, and water sports.
1. The Weather – Florida weather can be nutty sometimes. It might be in the 80s one day, and a freeze warning the next, but just about the time you’re sick of the current weather and longing to lie on a beach somewhere it will do a 180 and be sunny and perfect again. (We always say “Don’t like the weather? Wait 15 minutes, it’ll change”.) We basically have three seasons, Hot, Hotter, and Chilly. Just enough sweater/coat weather so we don’t get sick of it, and no shoveling snow.
2. The Water – I’m pretty sure that when anyone thinks of Florida the ocean, or water in general is not far behind. The river here is pretty massive, at least compared to other parts of the country. It’s really nice to have an ocean (and the Intercoastal) on one side and a wide river on the other. Having lived in Tallahassee during college, I know that I start going stir-crazy in more “land-locked” places. (Also, in Florida “land locked” means the beach is 2 hours away instead of 20 minutes or less).
3. Sunsets – Yes, every place has sunsets, but there is just something about a Florida sunset, especially over the water, that melts tension away like nothing else. It doesn’t hurt if you’re gazing at that view with a cocktail in hand, either.
4. The Beach – I’d be remiss if the beach didn’t get it’s own number. Whether it’s winter or summer, there is nothing quite like a walk on the beach. Winter storms bring seaglass and bigger waves, and summer is perfect for soaking up some vitamin D, boating, and long walks. Our local beaches are not quite the white sandy beaches & clear water of South Florida, but they have a breathtakingly rustic beauty all their own. Check out Yellow Brick Home and Katie Bower’s posts about nearby Amelia Island if you don’t believe me.
5. Relatively Inexpensive Real Estate – Obviously this is subjective, but after a few Twitter conversations I’ve come to learn that the South has pretty inexpensive real estate compared to the rest of the country. Not as inexpensive as some parts of the Midwest, but definitely affordable. Things I consider expensive are apparently dirt cheap. Houses in our area of Florida (at least moderately sized ones like our 1850 sqft house) are in the mid-100s. $400-600k will buy you a McMansion on the river, or if you have more to spend (think the $1mil range) you could buy a larger McMansion on the river with acreage for horses and still be close to everything in town. $1-3mil would buy the same McMansion on the ocean. A more modestly sized beach house starts around $600k. Rentals are very reasonable, too.
What are you loving about where you live? Would you believe I’ve only seen snow twice in my lifetime? (And that if you even count the dusting we had here when I was 2.)