Now that I am back in Florida and my body is finally warm throughout, and the Polar Vortex is only a bad dream, I’ve had the opportunity to really look at things. I have to ask myself if I really want to give up my NY lifestyle and settle down into a Florida lifestyle. I can’t own two places at the same time. I only get one choice: beaches or the mountains? What will it be?
Granted I have my RV and I can travel but each location has its limits. It’s easy to get to Maine from NY but not as easy from the southern tier of Florida. It’s easy to go out west from Florida but extremely time consuming from the northeast. Time is running out. Youth is slipping by. Each passing year makes it harder no matter how prepared I think I am.
The broker who sold my smoke ridden Florida condo last year still has given me the best advice ever. “You come to Florida to get warm. Not to buy houses or make a real estate investment. Come and get warm and then get out”
So, that’s the decision. That’s the choice. I’m warm. I’m having a great fun time. Love it here. But when my time is up I’m going back home to upstate New York. I started looking at single family homes along the Atlantic Ocean here but by the time I added up the taxes and HOA fees I was no better off than when I began. There’s no money saving opportunity down here. Plus you’ll be trapped inside your home in the summer because the heat is unbearable at times. So what was the point?
My original plan, back in 2010 was the best. Live upstate and RV in Florida during the winter. Whether it’s one month or two months or two weeks, you get warm and you get your mental thinking abilities back in order and you adhere to reason. It’s a nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live here. I made the right decision. It was good to sell my condo last year. No regrets. I did the right thing at the right time. There’s nothing to go back to. Except move forward. I booked Key West for us next year and that about wraps up this series in my life.