Originally Posted by jdsd-tourteam
I'm working on a job change that if it happens, would find me moving from the Philly area down to the Orlando area. The company I am negotiating with has an office in the eastern side of the city.
Like many other LT owners, I like to ride and commute on a bike and I would guess the weather down there is much more conducive to riding year round than up here.
I was wondering:
How's commuting traffic in the Orlando area? My current commute does not take me into the thick of Philly traffic because of my route and the time of day. For a 20 mile commute, it takes me about 30 minutes to ride in at 6 AM and about 45 minutes to ride home at 3:30 PM.
Any idea of cost of living differences between the Philly and Orlando area’s? Any high recommendations for a great realtor?
BMW (or other) dealers to take the LT when it needs work (other than the stuff owners normally can do on a 05 LT)?
If there are any folks out there that like looking up in the 'clear' night sky, are there any residential areas that have relatively dark skies (low light pollution) that are within commuting distance of eastern Orlando?
And what about gators, love bugs, and other fauna that a Midwestern and Easterner would not know much about?!
Thanks for any info!
Originally from PA (Allentown) myself. Moved with my job to Orlando area back in 1984 and eventually retired in 1998. I did commute year round on the bike and for the last 4 years that I worked I rode from Mount Dora to South Orlando, about a 35 mile drive. Back then as I recall it was about a 45 minute drive. About 1/2 2 lane roads and 1/2 Florida Turnpike. That 90 minutes was the best part of the day. Unfortunately the traffic density has increased tremendously since then. As I said, I haven't had to commute for the past 10 years so I'm a little out of touch but rush hour traffic can be a real bear. The highway capacity just hasn't been able to keep up with the growth. As with relocating to any new area I would suggest making the drive over the intended route at the appropriate time before committing to a home purchase.
I'm out of touch with cost of living in PA so can't help with that comparison. Nor do I have any current info on realtors.
Fortunately there are several BMW dealers in the State. The one in South Orlando and one in Daytona are the closest. They're both owned by the same guy. You'll get mixed reviews on both of them but when I absolutely need a dealer I usually go to Daytona.
Light Pollution is pretty much unavoidable these days unless you really get out in the boonies and then commute times become prohibitive.
As far as wildlife and creepy crawlies, Gators are a lot like PA black bears, if you leave them alone they will leave you alone. Just don't feed them or get between momma and babies. Oh yea, don't try to out run them either as they can sprint up to about 30 mph. Love bugs are a pain in the ass. Fortunately they only come around twice a year, typically May and Sept. I keep a couple of old beach towels in the workshop and soak them with hot water after a Love bug encounter. Lay the wet towel over the affected area on the car or bike for 30 or so seconds and they wipe right off. Just don't let them on the paint for extended periods as they will pit the surface.
As far as weather, summers are pretty much hot and humid. Winters are fantastic. I haven't had to shovel snow or chip ice for 24 years!! Year round riding is wonderful.
And OH YEA, I just happen to have my property for sale. Not sure where you’re looking to locate but I'm about 30 miles north of center city Orlando in a rural area where there are only 8 5 acre lots. The surrounding area is orchards and cattle. We have a 3 bedroom/2 bath home built on 5 acres in 1994. It includes an attached 2 car garage, a detached 3 car garage/workshop, 2 stall barn with 12X24 tack room. The back 3 acres is fenced and cross fenced, and all 5 acres is irrigated.
If you would like more specific info on the area or the property PM me. Good luck on your decision.