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Nice Place To Live - 9/29/2006
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Clearwater, FL

I've lived all over Florida for the past 5 years and Clearwater has to be the best place I've lived so far. There are plenty of restaurants, bars, beaches are close by and shopping centers all over the place. It can get pretty muggy in the summer months as it is all over Florida but that's what the beach and swimming pools are for!!! Housing is pretty pricey if you're buying but the rentals are reasonable and affordable. I commute to work 30 miles round trip 5 nights a week. This is a long commute for me, but its worth it to come home and live in this city.

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thumbs down - 3/22/2013

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Nothing really that special... - 7/1/2009

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Please dont move here !! - 11/21/2008

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Living on the Florida Gulf Coast - 7/21/2007

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Clearwater Is Not A Good Place.... - 7/12/2007

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Changing quickly - 1/17/2007

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Clearwater, FL

Nice Place To Live - 9/29/2006

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Long Summers - 9/15/2006

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I will tell you all about Clearwater... - 8/18/2006

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