To the Sunshine State Please

Happy Friday! It feels SO good to escape from everything going on in the world outside, and bring back in sense of normalcy - and for me that means sitting down to blog.

How are you all holding up? I'm extremely thankful for a fulfilling job that is flexible enough to allow me to work from home until it's safe to go back into the office. And with that, I am even more thankful that we made the best decision ever about ten years ago to relocate from Connecticut to Florida. While we are all practicing social distancing, and staying home as to not spread the "virus that shall not be named" any further, it's refreshing to have beautiful weather outside for walks around the neighborhood, lots of playtime in the backyard for Lil' Miss, and the pool water is almost ready for us to jump back in. Well - who are we kidding!? A certain three year old braved the chilly water last weekend, and of course came out shivering. Ha!

I have talked to a lot of friends from back up north and a lot of you here in our blogging community who have expressed a desire to relocate down south to the sunshine state for year round outdoor living, and if you are moving away from the northeast like I did - much lower cost of living. Let's also remember that Florida does not have a state income tax. Hello only filing one tax return, and more money in your paycheck! I truly mean it when I say it was hands down the BEST decision we ever made. I love attending outdoor events all year round, having a short drive to the beach, and taking Lil' Miss to the theme parks which are practically in our backyard. And did I mention how easy it is to drive to the many cruise ports without stepping foot on an airplane. Gateway to the Caribbean!

When we first started discussing a big move, we didn't even know where to start. So many questions swirled around in our heads - what area should we focus in on? Do we want to be by the beach or in Central Florida for the job market and all the fun theme parks? Do we rent an apartment for a little while before committing to purchasing a home? How will we know if we even like the area or if the school districts are good for down the road when we want to have children? We ultimately decided to move into an apartment first so we could get to know the area more before making the big commitment of buying a house. Looking back, I know that it would have been a total game changer to work with a local real estate agent who already knows the area and could have helped us answer any and all questions. It truly would have made a difference, and set our minds more at ease.

I like to think of having an expert helping you every step of the way during a big move like having your own personal cheerleader. They are there for you, and are rooting for you to WIN! They will get to know you, figure out what your must haves and your deal breakers are which will then help you narrow down your search. That makes it easier for them to present you with options like homes for sale in San Marco. Excuse me while I swoon over all those beautiful homes, especially ones with those water views. I don't think I need to twist your arm, especially if you are getting out of the tail end of a long winter up north to consider living in the sunshine state. Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty will be here to help you live out your dreams. Living where others vacation, while working with a real estate professional who will make sure all i's are dotted and all t's are crossed before you even make an offer on the perfect home. I'll take mine with a water view - please and thank you!

*This post is a sponsored article that I'm excited to share you with you, as it came at the perfect time with us wanting to enjoy all the extra sunshine. Enjoy! 


  1. Living near the water is the best. I am so glad you moved to Florida and love it. Sending lots of hugs during this weird time.

  2. Florida sounds wonderful! I'm in Illinois and it's nice to see our grass is turning green and looking forward to my tulips and daffodils blooming soon. Not much we can do about the situation but we're finding plenty of things to do to keep us busy at home!
    Ellibelle's Corner

  3. I am definitely a fan of the south after living in the northeast and midwest before moving down here. We didn't quite hit Florida status, I still like to see at least a few weeks of winter LOL so I am thankful that I have lived in Georgia and Alabama. Having a realtor that knows areas is definitely an asset when looking for a home in a state you aren't as familiar with!

  4. I wish we could move there, but I am so, so happy with out decision to move to the South, too! Glad to hear you guys are hanging in during this crazy time! XO

  5. So glad you have a job that’s flexible. What a relief! I know y’all are enjoying this beautiful week of spring weather we’ve had. I had the windows and doors opened today, letting the breeze blow through the house. It’s been amazing!

  6. It's nice you are able to move and enjoy the nice weather and low tax there :) So good you can work from home to stay safe too!

    Hope that you are having a nice weekend :) It's another quiet one here.

    Away From Blue

  7. We just moved in with family so we can figure out where we want to live next. Definitely a warmer climate!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  8. No state income tax was the best part of moving back to Texas from California... but I do miss the beach and the weather. ;) Glad that things are okay and that you're able to work from home. I'm sure little miss S loves having you home!

  9. Wow totally love Florida! I'm glad you are settling well Kate
    Hope you stay healthy and safe
    style frontier

  10. Having a flexible job is definitely a huge advantage nowadays, especially in the situation the world is in right now. Keep safe dear!

    Jessica |