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Living in Spring Hill - 8/22/2012
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Michelle
Spring Hill, FL

Some parts of Spring Hill are rather nice. Some are indeed poor, and run down. Not difficult to find a nice area. I live in Spring Hill. Close enough to go to Tampa, or my favorite beach, Honey Moon Island. I would rather live in Land O Lakes, (which I have)or if one could afford Palm Harbour.I work in Lecanto, Fl. Co-workers love the area, as well as Inverness. Which are more of a country area, very pretty. Brooksville, while pretty, is not a great place to live. Nothing to do, and becoming run down. One block can be nice, and the next block horrible.I really love Clermont, Fl. So beautiful, rolling hills, water. Lots of roof tops, but still love it there. Lived there couple of years.

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Michelle
Spring Hill, FL

Living in Spring Hill - 8/22/2012

Some parts of Spring Hill are rather nice. Some are indeed poor, and run down. Not difficult to find a nice area. I live in Spring Hill. Close enough to go to Tampa, or my favorite beach, Honey Moon Island. I would rather live in Land O Lakes, (which I have)or if one could afford Palm Harbour.I work in Lecanto, Fl. Co-workers love the area, as well as Inverness. Which are more of a country area, very pretty. Brooksville, while pretty, is not a great place to live. Nothing to do, and becoming run down. One block can be nice, and the next block horrible.I really love Clermont, Fl. So beautiful, rolling hills, water. Lots of roof tops, but still love it there. Lived there couple of years.[read more...]


CARMEN
Spring Hill, FL

Best place to live !! - 6/30/2012

The best place to raise children. The town is quiet. The people are great. Shopping is close and convenient. I moved from Cleveland Ohio to Tampa and I could not get out of Tampa fast enough. My husband got a job at Salishan and it was the best move I made!! If I had to relocate I would love to bring this town with me. [read more...]


michaela
Spring Hill, FL

What it's like for a family to live in Spring Hill - 12/31/2011

My family and I have resided in Spring Hill, Florida for over ten years. When we first moved here, the Suncoast Parkway just opened up and many young families were moving in. These families were a lot like us at the time - young, just getting started, and in search of large but inexpensive homes. The area grew rapidly. Shops and restaurants sprang up every where. When the recession hit, Spring Hill, like the rest of the country, was hit pretty hard. People lost their jobs. Homes went into foreclosure. Businesses began closing. Although Spring Hill isn't what it was several years ago, people are still moving here and the area is still functioning. I am writing this from the perspective of a well-educated wife and mother. I am also a teacher and have a good grasp of the school system here. If you are thinking of moving to Spring Hill and have children still living at home, I hope you will find my post useful. Spring Hill is a lower middle class community. Most of the people here have graduated from high school. A very small portion of the population have four year college degrees. Most are blue collar. The people here are mostly transplants from the North or the Midwest. Most are friendly and down to earth, but you will have your occasional crotchety, grumpy old person from time to time. The area is relatively quiet. There is plenty to do if you are an outdoorsy person: we have parks, the Gulf, the beautiful spring-fed Weeki Wachee river, and a large nature preserve with all sorts of trails. There are very few night clubs and the nightlife here pretty much shuts down at 10 pm. Right now the year is 2011 and there are plenty of homes available, much are short sales and foreclosures so finding a good deal is not hard to do. Bear in mind that Spring Hill has a reputation for being riddled with sinkholes, but most of the sinkholes here are not the swallow-your-house-whole kind. They are the kind that create cracks in your walls and ceiling and often require costly and stressful repairs. Personally, I think almost every home in Spring Hill has some sort of sinkhole activity beneath it. If you are considering moving, don't let this dissuade you though. There are plenty of repaired sinkhole homes on the market that are safe. Most locals would agree that the sinkhole situation is not as desperate at outsiders often believe. Definitely do your homework if you plan on placing your child in a public school. Challenger K-8 is the best for elementary and middle school students. It is a magnet school and oodles of parents try to get their kids in each year. Deltona Elementary is the place to be if your child has special needs as they have a great deal of services available for special needs kids. Springstead High School has an IB program. Nature Coast High is a vocational school. Winding Waters K-8 and Weeki Wachee High are both brand new schools (remember, this is 2011) and haven't yet established their reputations. There are several private schools in the area. Many are very affordable. Spring Hill Christian Academy, West Hernando Christian, and Hernando Christian Academy all have fairly solid programs. Hernando Christian Academy is the most expensive of the three, but it is also accredited. The closest 4 year public university is USF and it is over an hour away. There is one community college, though. There are plenty of restaurants in Spring Hill. We have pretty much every popular "chain" restaurant (Chili's, Applebee's, Panera, etc.) and some smaller local places that make decent food. Shopping has gotten much better over the years. We now have two Targets, a Kohl's, JCPenney's, Belk's, Ross, Marshall's, Sears, Best Buy, Sports Authority, and others. All are in strip malls. We do not have a bookstore. (Years ago, some big name bookstores considered opening here, but apparently they did not feel our population was educated enough to support a bookstore.) There is a Sam's Club and 3 Walmarts. (Depending on your perspective, 3 Walmarts may or may not be a good thing.) We have two movie theaters, but both are kind of dated. Spring Hill 8 is the cheaper of the two. As I mentioned earlier, there's lots to do outdoors. There are a few bars, but most people who want decent nightlife travel south to the Tampa area to get it. There is a new farmer's market that is getting started. They open every Saturday and provide crafts and farm fresh produce to the community. There is also a fairly decent YMCA. Just be careful not to let your children accidentally splash the elderly in the pool; they don't like that one bit! (I speak from experience.) Spring Hill has plenty of churches in most of the mainline denominations. The churches I've attended have been very friendly and welcoming toward newcomers. Some offer contemporary services, but many are still pretty traditional music-wise. Keep in mind that Spring Hill is a large retirement community. Most of its residents are older folks, but there are still plenty of young families in the mix, too. Most residents are white, but we are getting more diverse with more Hispanic and black families moving in. As I mentioned earlier, most people here are either retired or low to middle class. I have found the education level here to be a little below average. Most high school graduates attend Pasco-Hernando Community College. Some finish with their AA degrees. Some do not. Most of the students here are decent kids, though. Crime is fairly low compared to other areas of the country. What does take place are thefts, domestic violence, and often drug-related incidents. I have noticed that since the recession, we've had more crime committed in Spring Hill than in the past. For healthcare, you will want to go to Gainesville or Tampa for the big stuff as Spring Hill healthcare is still somewhat "small town-ish". Your general doctors are OK. Be aware that many of our doctors are foreign and have names that are difficult to pronounce. This has no bearing on how they practice, though. It is merely an observation. You will need some sort of vehicle to get around. There are a few taxis and very limited bus service. Sidewalks are also pretty much non-exisistent. Insurance rates are high due to the large amount of sinkhole activity. We pay about $2500 each year for our very average sized home. They are even higher if you live on the water. Taxes are a little lower than other areas in Florida. We pay about $2000 in taxes each year. In sum, if you are looking for a quieter, slower pace of life and are seeking an inexpensive place to raise a family in a lower middle class community, you will probably like it here. [read more...]


Deb
Spring Hill, FL

Don't come here looking for work! - 11/28/2009

I moved from Ohio in 2005 to build a new life here in Florida....bad move! Don't come here looking for work...unless you intend to sleep on the beach. I live in the worst county...14 percent unemployment. If you are a nurse, doctor or lawyer you will survive...otherwise stay where you ARE!!![read more...]


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Gary
Spring Hill, FL

Living in spring Hill, Fl. - 3/7/2009

Spring Hill is a growing community which is best describe as a retirement community. Although there are a few businesses here the main source of income comes from retail and construction. These businesses are experiencing a lost of business at this time but when the economy was good, they provide a good resource for work. The cost of living in this area is relatively high and I suspect that the areas living costs will continue to increase over the next few years as the state continues to deal with a lost of revenue due to the economic conditions. Right now it is costing me as much if not more than it did to live in Middletown, New York only 7 years ago. Little happens in this bedroom community but crime seems to be increasing the more the recession strenghtens. Other than that, there is not much to say about the laid back community.[read more...]


LM
Spring Hill, FL

Hey! It's not THAT bad! - 8/24/2008

This is a small town. We don't pay city, county or state income taxes. Many retirees in the area keep the money out of services that would normally be available to a community with more families. But housing costs are low, you can actually afford to live in the area and own a nice home. My 5/3/2 with a large pool on a beautiful lot just appraised for $225,000. Where else in Florida are you going to get that? The schools are improving as the population grows. More stores are moving up here too. We do lack any kind of nightlife, so if you are a young adult you wold be bored out of your minds around here. We have fishing, canoeing, large state parks, 9 months of swimming weather, and Weeki Wachee Springs. We have the Brooksville Raid (the south's largest civil war reenactment)and Swampfest. And don't forget...Disney, Sea World, Bucsh Gardens and more are just 60-90 minutes away. Why don't people understand that if you pay less you get less? Don't move to Spring Hill from New York, pay 1/4 of the cost for your home and than whine about our lack of activities![read more...]


LM
Spring Hill, FL

Spring Hill, Get what you pay for... - 6/25/2008

You truly get what you pay for in Spring Hill. The reason so many move here is because housing is lower than many areas. That is why I did. I could no longer afford the prices in Pinellas County. But there is very little public service, bare minimums. Very little public transportation and the schools are good but not state of the art. But I pay lower property tax, no city tax, no state tax and lower sales tax. You have to realize that when you pay more, you get more. I love my neighborhood and my children are thriving.[read more...]


Bp
Spring Hill, FL

Spring Hill, FL - 9/14/2007

In my personal opinion, I do not enjoy living in this town. I was moved here by my parents about 8 years ago. Since then it is booming with families(used to be more for retired people). Unfortunately, there is next to nothing here besides subdevelopments and shopping plazas. Overcrowding is a big issue in the school districts. On a positive note, it is close to Tampa(about an hour on the veterans expressway). My husband and I miss the "Old South" and "Southern Hospitality". Maybe it's dead, but we are searching. Looking to move in a year, need some advice about towns in NC worth looking into. Thank You![read more...]


rob
Spring Hill, FL

Spring Hill, FL - 6/6/2007

Spring Hill was a great place to live 10 years ago, but has exploded in population recently - however now its hard to sell a home![read more...]


michele
Spring Hill, FL

spring hell - 6/1/2007

666 is the area code here. Does that tell you anything?[read more...]


michele
Spring Hill, FL

spring hill sucks - 4/4/2007

prices going up on everything same as the rest of the country but jobs only pay minimum wage. you have to drive to tampa for the money and with gas at $2.73 who can afford to? lots of mexican and puerto ricans. housing, insurance, taxes high. only people who can afford it are the rich retirees. no good jobs, lots of rednecks and drunk drivers. Beer bottles everywhere. cant wait to leave.[read more...]


Michele
Hampton Bays, NY

Over crowded and high crime statistic is enough to - 3/14/2007

Brookville is their neighbor and it's the same if not worse [read more...]


DJ
Spring Hill, FL

Economically depressed - 1/8/2007

Despite the high number of gated communities, I've found the Spring Hill/Brooksville area to be economically depressed. Virtually no disposable income.[read more...]


DJ
Spring Hill, FL

I like it - 1/8/2007

When we were about to move here, from MD, 3 years ago, a lot of my MD buddies were telling me that we'll hate the humidity. I don't find it any more humid than MD was. It's just humid for a longer period of time. As far as heat goes, MD had heat waves when the temp would be around 100 for a week or more. It rarely gets above the low 90s, even in July and August. No snow. I play a lot of baseball, and I love being able to play 12 months a year. From July to Nov, we may get an afternoon storm, but it dries up right away. Rainouts are few.[read more...]


Laurie
Spring Hill, FL

NICE & QUITE - 10/14/2006

I have lived in Spring Hill for 6 years. My neighborhood is very quite. If you like to keep to yourself Spring hill is a good palce to live. Neigbors do not talk much to one another. Spring Hill is a safe town not very much violent crime. I live alone and I feel safe. Biggest problem for me is the best jobs are in Tampa so you have to comute 100 miles a day round trip, that gets old. Also the Insurance rates in Florida are out of the roof and taxes are bad also. Other than what I just said Spring Hill is a nice town.[read more...]


MIKE
Spring Hill, FL

SPRING HILL RETIREMENT - 6/24/2006

GREAT IN WINTER; HIGH HUMIDITY IN SUMMER; TIMBER PINES IS BEST RETIREMEMT COMMUNITY IN US[read more...]


linda
Spring Hill, FL

moving to indiana...but what city? - 4/27/2006

we are getting the hell out of florida !!!This place sucks so bad. we are considering relocating to indiana,but have looked at so much real estate on line that it gets very confusing .we really want a small town low crime,taxes etc. yet handy to everything. we dont want to be stuck out in the boonies. we are lookjng for a nice town with a real sense of community. Something this town lacks ,unfortunately.please if we could get some feedback we would appreciate it.thanks.And as for Spring Hill (or i should say Spring Hell),we cant get out fast enough!!It is so congested here and I dont understand why people keep moving here!!It is so hot and humid here that you walk out your front door and you literally cannot breathe!! There is no change of season here!! We are looking foward to once again experiencing the four seasons!!So unless you like sweating your ass off, I would not advise you to move here!!![read more...]


nehemiah
Spring Hill, FL

florida climate - 4/18/2006

a beautiful sunny location [read more...]