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The Least Expensive Florida Waterfront Community - 4/1/2008
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Dan
Pensacola, FL

For years 17.5 to be exact I watched real estate values in this community. Our median price for a home here for the 1st quarter of 2008 is $155,565. there is no other waterfront community that offers so much for so little.
Arts, Theater, Symphony, Festivals, Sports, Beaches and oh yes did I say BEACHES! When I arrived here in 1991 Dr Beach rated Perdido Key State Beach as th 2nd best beach in the US ... well the first was in Hawaii .. a bit to far for me to travel or live.

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Arianna

re: The Least Expensive Florida Waterfront Communi - 5/25/2014
What about the other reviews saying that it has become ghetto?


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Joseph
San Jose, CA

Currently thinking of returning to Pensacola - 8/23/2014

I grew up in Pensacola then moved away to college then directly to the San Francisco Bay Area and have more or less lived in California ever since. But as retirement approaches, my wife and I are considering a move back. We even spent an afternoon last week with a real estate pro looking at typical properties while visiting family. We found we could BUY a very comfortable house in one of the best neighborhoods for HALF what our current rent (already a local bargain in Silicon Valley) is. Our pensions and social security will go a long way in Pensacola. No state income tax is another big draw. First, the climate. People vary in their response to Pensacola's climate - some crave the mild winters and very warm summers, others find the heat and humidity during the long summers oppressive. If you're the latter, like me, there's usually air conditioning. Outdoor life can be constrained by miserable summers so many people only come out at night 4 or 5 months a year. Even the winters can feel colder than the thermometer reading due to the humidity in the air transferring heat away so effectively. A "dry cold" is more comfortable than a "wet cold." But there's a saying, "a cold winter is the best insecticide" which tells you something about the vermin problems. I found I was well served in my public education (1956 to 1971) when I transferred from PJC to U. of Florida where my preparations for engineering school were superior to most of the students who entered UF as freshmen. Choose your local school district with care though - some are terrible. While some call the politics "right wing," one could say that the area believes in limited government. Corruption is there but it need not touch one's life and the effects don't seem significant. I love reading the local paper on visits since following the shenanigans of the political class is a popular form of entertainment. Yes, wages are low and professional opportunities few - my technical talents would have not found a rewarding outlet there. The smart, ambitious locals go into small business or get government jobs (or leave). Pirates used to infest the Gulf Coast - today we call them "lawyers" of which there seems a surplus. Downtown has been GREATLY gentrified! I expect my wife will become involved in the art gallery scene there. There are many areas of high crime and low cultural expectations (ie slums.) You learn where they are and keep driving. Owning a gun is prudent. The Navy seems to have declined in local impact - the cosmopolitan military population was a great stimulus to the townies like me. Another plus is the nightlife - the tourist trade provides financial support but the locals make the most of it - there's a great blues scene for example. Perfect places to live are unicorns. One must look at one's life course and balance the compromises. Pensacola has both pluses and minuses.

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Amanda
Pensacola, FL

Pensacola-gone to $h!t - 8/15/2014

I have lived all over the Panhandle my entire life, from Destin, FL all the way over to Pensacola, FL where I am now. And I have to say, this place has gone to h3ll in a handbasket over the years. Prostitution, drugs, murders, rapes, robberies, homelessness and crime in general abound. Yes, there is history-in the downtown section. Yes, there is shopping, in the middle/northern part of town. There is also a lot of corruption in the politics, (and I'm including the Sheriff's Dept in this), and very bad economy-housing sucks, jobs are little to non-existent unless you're a doctor or a lawyer or military. The roads suck, the taxes suck, the neighborhoods suck, the people here seem beaten and down-trodden with life. The police here are a freakin joke. They find reasons to harass people walking down the street (except for Cervantes) so they can "get to know the citizens around town". HA. And when/if you need them, they are no where to be found. It is hot, humid, and rainy a lot of the months out of the year. Yes, we do get fall-like weather, sometime in October, and "Winter" starts about December/January-ish and lasts only through about 2 weeks into February. Don't waste your time buying a house in Pensacola, unless it's in the more swankier parts of town off Bayou Blvd/12th Ave/Mallory Street/Scenic Hwy/Gaboronne/Marcus Pointe. Everywhere else is hit and miss with quality of housing/quality of the neighborhood, etc. For years I have watched this town go to $h!t, and I am working towards getting OUT OF HERE as soon as possible! Pensacola Beach is nice, but you have to pay a toll to get to it, and it's actually located THROUGH Gulf Breeze, and over a bridge....Watch out for the tar balls and sharks. If you stay in town, watch yourself wherever you go. Either the crooks that live in the streets may get you, or the crooked cops will get you. STAY AWAY. There's a reason we have a -5% population growth! People are LEAVING! That should tell you something right there!

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Debbie
Pensacola, FL

Pensacola - 1/20/2014

Pensacola is nice - alot of history - downtown has alot of activities & its right on the water - Just dont care for the humidity ..

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David
Destin, FL

An Up-N-Comer - 5/11/2013

Although it has always been more of a transient town due to the large inundation of military folk, Pensacola's younger generation has started to make great strides with making Pensacola a great place, regardless of your background. Furthermore, city leaders have invested an incredible amount of their time and money in order to make selfless contributions to the city. Expect great things from Pensacola in the near future!

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Robert
Anchorage, AK

Anchorage AK - 9/24/2012

Great in summer and beautiful but cold in winter.

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Chris
Tallahassee, FL

The real truth about Pensacola - 2/7/2012

I grew up in Pensacola and i know all about the crooked politics but at the same time they are crooked because they do not comprehend how to fix the crime and industry. These politicians are called corrupt due to their always being concerned about beach industries. It is an OLD city and being that all of the big money is OLD money. This OLD money refuses to allow outside progress to occur if they cannot control it. In the late 80's Busch inc tried to offer to clean up the extremely large and polluted property that the paper mill rests on. They wanted to open a bottling plant and another theme park. All creating extreme job opportunities and much positive movement for the local economy. But the people who are the OLD money control the politics and hold the true decision making ability. I have not told you about the most important thing about Pensacola. The crime is more in depth than you could ever comprehend! I have traveled all over the world except Asia and have never seen anything like it. You see all of the smuggling that is shipped in from South Florida coming from the Haitians, Orientals, Cubans, Russians, and Jamaicans either have to go through Jacksonville interstate or Pensacola interstate. And these people don’t want the attention that is acquired by going through Jacksonville. Well when these drug lords come through Pensacola they see all the potential for business success and a good posibility that you will get away clean even for murder. So they stay in Pensacola and feed off of the good peoples weaknesses. Hints why the missing persons, murders, robberies, and other crime annual reports are so unbelievably high. This is a good place if you’re willing to make the best of it and now how to handle yourself in difficult situations. It is definitely a place you will get killed in if you don’t avoid certain people +places. As for business if you dont own it then dont bother. Private industry is the basically the only profitable industry. One other thing if you have children whatever you do DO NOT put them in public school. Seek private assistance. This is a place that will make you or brake you when your young. I would say around 25-30% of the people i grew up with are either dead, in jail, or on their way.

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Lora
Pensacola, FL

Beaches and Bugs - 12/26/2010

I have lived throughout florida, and have found the months of march/april/ and early may, the best months.There is a lull after the cold,humid,cloudy,windy winters days and before the intense heat and biting insects, make life outdoors unbearable.The sand on the beaches as of the first week of june are scalding to walk on at the beach, and the yellow flies,fire ants,fleas,scorpions,etc. bite and several types of bugs, leave scars after their bites.The gators and poisonous snakes also come out and you have to be very careful where you go, and what you do. Needless to say, I hightail it to the gorgeous state of New Mexico (mountains), for their 75 degree summers, low humidity, etc. Am truly considering making that a permanent change, as florida has suffered the eco-disaster of the BP oil mess recently, and now the waters are full of Benzene, and the seafood is inedible for the long-term, since the oil is settled on the bottom of the Gulf.....Nothing like being chased around the map by environmental disasters......

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john
Pensacola, FL

missed potential - 8/17/2010

Nice beaches, no education, bribery in politics, no taxes so no law enforcement, no upgrades in pollution control, lots of murder, drugs, people here turn a blind eye to others needs, pollution breeds greater ignorance, very low income, 15-30K avg, my best friend's daughter just raped by the campus police officer, there is a need for clear thinking but because no money, no one wants the responsibility. A lot of religion fanatics, I have been here 15 years. and am hoping for a change. Do not move here without a clear purpose.

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mumbaki
Pensacola, FL

Affordable place to live - 5/12/2010

I live in Pensacola for over 30yrs and the city used to be one of the affordable places in Florida. After huricane Ivan it changed for the worst. Property taxes and insurance went up, County, city taxes/fees increased or added and jobs were lost due to base closures or downsizing. However, there are still some pros about the place like good weather, water fun activities and nice white sandy beaches that might hold me around for at least the next five yrs before I start looking for greener pastures.

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Bp
Gulf Breeze, FL

Pensacola Beach - 2/22/2010

I must agree that Pensacola is a dying town and the crime is the same as in any large city and the beach is bad too. Living at Pensacola Beach means you pay to lease the lot your house is on and then pay property taxes,but you do not get title to your house or the lot. When a storm destroys your home, the Santa Rosa Island Authority tells you that you must rebuild (out of your own pocket)exactly prior to the storm. The Santa Rosa Island Authority will make decisions for "improvement" which means some contractor the SRIA hires destroys your yard and driveway. You are always told that everything will be replaced,Ha. During Blue Angel weekend, people park their cars in your yard. They throw their trash in your yard, they tear up your yard when they leave drunk. You have to replace water sprinklers and pick up their trash. One weekend in May, some graduates of a Mobile highschool come to the beach and they bring guns and drugs. They wander the neighborhoods and wander into your yard. A friend of mine was in his garage when 2 of these kids just walked right into his garage and became physical. Two other friends were sent to the hospital because 3 of these kids severely beat them up over on the boardwalk. Now a lot of these stories do not get told, because the majority of the kids from Mobile are Africian American and the people getting attacked are white. But the beach residents are not protected and if you want to protect your property, you must hire police yourself. The property values are so bad that you can't sell. If the property values every rise, we are selling and leaving the state of Florida. The state of Florida is very close to Calafornia in that this state will be bankrupt soon. Take my advice, don't move to Pensacola and if you have to move here, avoid buying anything on the beach.

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becca
Gulf Breeze, FL

GREAT PLACE TO LIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 12/14/2009

i was born and raised in this small town but it is an amazing place to live and raise a famil. i HIGHLY advise you to move their and see for your self

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Tom
Pensacola, FL

Crime and Homeless have taken over Pensacola - 6/6/2009

I have been living here since 2001. The homeless problem has aways been bad here. But after hurricane Katrina the homeless people and crime has become very bad. Pensacola use to be a nice place to live, but with almost daily shootings, rapes, break in's and the list goes on. I am working towards getting out of this city. If I wanted this much crap I would of moved to New Orleans. Hard to go any place without some homeless clown asking for a hand out. Gangs are here and the list goes on. Property taxes are ultra high. If you live in the city limits you should see all the extra taxes the city adds on to your utility bills. Jobs are hard to find and most will pay min wage.

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Kammy
Pensacola, FL

Big Town / Small City - 5/22/2009

Pensacola is a great place to live. The weather is great almost all year and winter only lasts 6-8 weeks. The cost of living is low. We have cultural sites and events both in Pensacola and within easy commute. Pensacola has the feel of a town but the variety of a city.

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BenH
Pensacola, FL

The Emerald Coast is a Beautiful Place to Live and - 10/4/2008

Pensacola is well known for having the whitest sand on the beach, but what Pensacola isn't as well known for is the wonderful bay available for water recreation. I believe Pensacola Bay rivals the more well known sailing destinations such as Annapolis, MD and Charleston, SC. Boating is a great way to spend time as a family and Pensacola offers many places to anchor for lunch or the entire night. You can sail, fish, ski, and just plain enjoy the wonderful body of water we have called Pensacola Bay.

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kristi
Lillian, AL

Small town. - 9/8/2008

Expect "good ole boy" politics and thinking. Right wing culture. If that's your thing, great. If not, stay away.

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Keith
Pensacola, FL

Changes Needed to Control Crime - 8/12/2008

The crime rates in Pensacola are way above average for the United States. New leadership is needed to abolish the "good ole boy" politics and increase the effectiveness of the police forces.

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DJ
Pensacola, FL

World's Most Beautiful Beaches . . . - 8/2/2008

. . . but that's about it.

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john
Pensacola, FL

Nice but backward - 7/6/2008

Pensacola has some of the best beaches I have ever seen. Not only that they are very accessible by the public. Compared to other beaches in Florida there are none better. However the city really has the character of Alabama. Education levels are not that high and there are no jobs. Tourism is the only industry. There is no reason to move here unless you are a beach bum of want a poor house and a low cost of living.

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Dan
Pensacola, FL

The Least Expensive Florida Waterfront Community - 4/1/2008

For years 17.5 to be exact I watched real estate values in this community. Our median price for a home here for the 1st quarter of 2008 is $155,565. there is no other waterfront community that offers so much for so little. Arts, Theater, Symphony, Festivals, Sports, Beaches and oh yes did I say BEACHES! When I arrived here in 1991 Dr Beach rated Perdido Key State Beach as th 2nd best beach in the US ... well the first was in Hawaii .. a bit to far for me to travel or live.

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London
Pensacola, FL

It may look nice, but think twice! - 2/26/2008

I originally moved to Pensacola to attend the University of West Florida. Upon graduating I couldn't find a job that would offer more than $9-$11/ hour without being obligated by signing a contract.The city itself offers nothing unless you are looking to retire and aren't looking for a career that offers stability and the possibility of you not having to work two jobs for the rest of your life. There is nothing fun for children to do and the only thing teenagers have to do is walk around the mall. Most of the university's professors are grad students and for those who aren't they are only there because they're tenured and are waiting to retire. In most of the college departments the classes are a breeze and the most you have to do to pass a class is show up and copy and turn something in. It may sound good to some, but not if you want to learn and are planning to become successful in whatever field of study. Competence is a major issue that affects the entire city and every entity that it is composed of!

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