Pictured above: Scene inside Amelia Plantation, the very large community and resort near Fernandina Beach at the top of Florida's East Coast.
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Do you hate compromises? If you do, maybe you should think about retiring in 2 different places. You might choose a contrast in weather, or maybe in the type of environment. This new article weighs the pros and cons.
The Commerce Department reported yesterday that March building permits and housing starts were above those in February - but below the March 2010 numbers. Separately, Zillow reported that February home prices were 1% below January's and 8% lower than February 2010.
Located at the top of Florida's eastern coast, Fernandina offers the best of several worlds. The town itself is cute, funky, and interesting. And just down the road is the very upscale Amelia Island Plantation, a huge development and resort with first class golf, tennis, and beaches.
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Chandler is a complex mixture. It's a bedroom community for Phoenix and other suburbs, as well as being home to some very large active adult communities. It has a good economic base with some hi-tech firms, yet its biggest festival of the year celebrates Chandler's history as a center for raising ostriches. It also offers parks and culture.