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People are so rude here. - 3/7/2008
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Norma
Homestead, FL

I moved back to Homestead after a few years away. What a mistake!
Is not the same thing anymore. I am not earning not even close to what I was earning at the place where I lived before. People changing lanes without signal light, running late yellow lights already red. This causes so many accidents. If you go grocery shopping, people with shopping carts trying to get ahead of you, and then turning back to give you a bad face. People actually fighting over a spot to the cashier, and what's worst, being rude to elderly persons. I truly want to go back to my other place.
I you consider moving here, please check not twice, but 5 times.
My days get better when I find nice people and I am nice to them. I wish we'd try a little harder. I'm not sure if I want this place for my kids to grow up.

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Homestead, FL

People are so rude here. - 9/4/2012

I moved to Homestead in 1980. I was 10 years old. I stayed until hurricane Andrew in 1992, but since I still lived in the area I found myself visiting with friends that I grew up with almost weekly. I finally moved away from Florida in 2002. I have never looked back. Every negative comment I have read here only scratches the surface. Crime, drugs, prostitution, have always been apart of Homestead. Many nights I remember falling asleep to the sounds of gunfire, sirens, and then helicopters. I lived in what might have been considered a lower middle class neighborhood (Avocado Villas), but we were lucky enough to have a low income housing project right down the street. The West Homestead Projects. I recently came across this website and took the time to register so I could give my two cents on this issue. From 1980 to 1992 Homestead was just a small town that was dumpy and rundown. After 1992 it went to a whole new level of poverty. Calling it a third world country is accurate. Before writing this I took a stroll around town on google earth using street view. Vacant lots today in 2012 were once houses and buildings in my youth. Hurricane Andrew destroyed many locations that are still empty today. People have always been rude to each other, It's a way of life there. Even if you live in the Redlands you will see the trashy parts of Homestead, Goulds, Naranja lakes( did they ever rebuild), Perrine Cutler Ridge and let's not forget Florida City. Just looking at the rotten stuff on your way home to your quiet little place in unincorporated Dade county will give you the sense that you are surrounded by all a hardworking person might find offensive. The frustration of working hard to have a nice house and a safe place to raise children is always there when you drive home and see people out at all hours and spray paint on every palm tree, as well as all the trash by the road side and in peoples yards. Crossing all language and race barriers is that frustration. Either you are living in the low income areas affected by all that you see, or you are driving through it still being affected by all you see. It's better to move away if you live there or not move there at all. [read more...]


shannon
Homestead, FL

Don't move here - 9/4/2011

I have lived in homestead for 2 years due to a job in Key largo. While the housing is on the cheap side for what you get the town really has nothing to offer. Your stuck really only going to Miami or to the keys and its still about a hour drive each direction. I have young kids and need to get out of this town asap because theirs no way they will be going to the schools here. The weather is always humid and full of bugs i can't even enjoy walking outside or getting the mail for that fact. It rains everyday and forcing you to be inside most the summer. Winter is nice but the past few years it has been getting into the 40's. I would only be moving here if it was for a job nothing else.[read more...]


MuUpsilon
Homestead, FL

Seems fine to me - 5/8/2011

I have visited Homestead five times in the last six months and never had any problem there. Officials, store employees, people on the street and in restaurants all seemed polite and helpful. I have been around downtown and, like a lot of smaller cities, the recession has treated it hard, but it's still cute. People do seem to drive a little more wildly, however, so I learned to take precautions. It has a nice new Thai restaurant as well as a good Mexican one downtown. And you can't beat being between two interesting National Parks in one direction and Miami and the keys in the other. Location, location, location, and the Florida Freeway is great, now that tolls are automatic.[read more...]


Marie
Pensacola, FL

City Of Homestead - 7/29/2010

I lived in Homestead for 10+ and yes, I agree things have changed. A lot of it has to do with the rapid growth that Homestead experienced during the real estate boom. It is very sad. Homestead used to be a farming area, everyone new each other and many years ago it had that small town feeling that which has Been lost. Crime and break ins have gone up drastically. This is one of the reasons why I relocated. The school system is very poor. Homestead is not known for good schools. If you are planning on raising a family this is not a good choice. I myself have no kids and yet I would not want to live in Homestead. Hope this helps. [read more...]


Efrain
Milwaukee, WI

Concerns of citizens of homestead - 1/31/2010

My brother lives in homestead and he has sharded his dislike for the area that he moved to. Everyday he has seen people speaking profanity in spanish to others like it was the normal language of the land. No matter how much money is spent in education today in America it will not turn it around. The system is broke and no matter who is in the white house it has gone on the same path as the Roman Empire.[read more...]


Angel
Homestead, FL

Homestead is Home - 10/17/2009

Ever since moving to the city in 2003 from Downtown Miami, I've been treated with respect and made to feel welcomed by the residents everywhere I go. I've been fortunate to have lived in several cities throughout the country and Homestead does not stand out as being any better or worse than say Virginia Beach, VA or San Diego CA. Two cities which I found to be welcoming as well. Today, Homestead is a crossroads of cultures due to its proximity to Miami, FL, gateway to the Americas. Homestead is not by any means the bustling metropolitan area of Miami proper but if you're looking for a laid back place to raise your family and still be within a short drive from the world famous beaches of South Beach while also close to fishing and scuba diving in the Keys then Homestead is the city for you.[read more...]


Anonymous
Homestead, FL

The comments don't even cover just how bad it is h - 10/10/2009

We have lived in Homestead for 10 years and to this day can not and do not consider this place home, in fact if it wasn't for reasons of being contractually bound for employment we'd leave immediately. People are beyond rude, driving anywhere literally puts your life on the line (it's common for people to make right hand turns from the far left lane), trash is thrown all over the place, and English isn't even welcomed here. Both my husband and I were brought up to always say please, thank you, excuse me and to behave appropriately in public, we are definitely the exception, not the rule. I've lived in both large cities and small tiny towns and I've never seen a place like Homestead or people like those who live here. Vulgarity, rudeness, overt obnoxious behavior, and complete lack of manners is the rule, not the exception in Homestead. While there are a few exceptions do not expect to be treated as anything but an inconvenience if you go into most retail establishments or have to deal with people for services etc. Fully expect if you do not speak Spanish to be treated even worse. We live in an established neighborhood that is considered to be in the upper middle class area of Homestead. In the last year our vehicles have been broken into over a dozen times, gang tags now get put on signs, fences, playgrounds and even some of the houses. People throw their trash everywhere, allow their pets to run free and teenagers loudly roam the neighborhood at all hours of the day and night. Then we have those that drive through the neighborhood blasting their radios so loud it's easily heard inside peoples homes. It's not uncommon to listen to people having parties, blasting music until 1-2am on the weekends and at times during the week. All of this in an area that is considered one of the nicest and safest neighborhoods in the town! All of this can be yours for a 1/4 of a million dollars or more for your house. Friends of ours who live in similar neighborhoods tell us they have the same problems, that is typical Homestead. Yes, we have a police force who will come out and tell people to turn their music down or break up a party however don't expect much more. As soon as our employment contract is up we are leaving, regardless of how much money, benefits or bonuses the employer offers. Nothing is worth staying one more minute in this town or in S. Florida for that matter. If we could sell our house right now we would lose tens of thousands, that does not even matter to us as we want out of here that much. Given all I've said I will say there are a few great places and things about Homestead and surrounding area. Robert is Here and Knaus Berry Farm are both great places to shop (expensive but that is S. Florida) and you will be treated very well at both places. If you like Orchids or want to start growing them there are many very good places to go with great people and organizations. Also, every year there is an Asian Festival and Orchid Shows at the Fruit and Spice Park; another good place to go to. We look forward to both each year. Publix employees, one of the most popular grocery store in Florida, are professional, pleasant and one of the few places you'll be told Thank You at. Homestead has a yearly Rodeo and of course there is the Racetrack if you're into NASCAR. Although these places and events are nice, they do little to offset all that is so wrong in Homestead. If you enjoy filth, rudeness beyond the pale, gang life, can't drive and want to live outside the US without actually having to move overseas, Homestead is the place for you. If you're a normal American looking for a good area to live and raise a family, do NOT move to Homestead.[read more...]


Kathleen
Homestead, FL

Sad - 9/29/2008

What is saddest about these opinions are that they are true, and can you imagine what it must feel like for the people that were born and raised here?! I have lived here for over 8 years, moved here because of a job commitment and continue to stay here because I can't sell my house now. The second I sell my house, I will be back to the land of America! People use the system here to get whatever they want and steal the rest! I am tired of having to clean up my front yard everyday because people throw their trash out of their car windows! I am tired of having people say that I need to learn Spanish to live here! I am tired of people driving with no courtesy whatsoever for anyone else! This is no way to live! There are plenty of places in this country where hard work and good values mean something. Where courtesy is a way of life! Where people respect each other! But it isn't here, and that is very sad![read more...]


Andrea
Homestead, FL

Is Homestead still in the US? - 5/29/2008

Moved from Southern Utah to South Florida in 2006. We had no other chance, but after two months we were already thinking about to get out here. People are so rude, People are so selfish, People don't speak english, People come here to the US and try to adapt americans to their culture. They don't even try to be proud to be in the States, they don't even try to adapt the multi culture. Why should they? Everything is in spanish, even to become a AMERICAN citiezen you get in spanish. Teachers don't speak enough english and they teach????? Homestead is for me a 3rd world country and just could South Florida off and give it to the latins. Why I'm still here? Because we have a job commitment and hoping to get out asap. [read more...]


Norma
Homestead, FL

People are so rude here. - 3/7/2008

I moved back to Homestead after a few years away. What a mistake! Is not the same thing anymore. I am not earning not even close to what I was earning at the place where I lived before. People changing lanes without signal light, running late yellow lights already red. This causes so many accidents. If you go grocery shopping, people with shopping carts trying to get ahead of you, and then turning back to give you a bad face. People actually fighting over a spot to the cashier, and what's worst, being rude to elderly persons. I truly want to go back to my other place. I you consider moving here, please check not twice, but 5 times. My days get better when I find nice people and I am nice to them. I wish we'd try a little harder. I'm not sure if I want this place for my kids to grow up.[read more...]


Norma
Homestead, FL

Pleople are so rude here. - 3/7/2008

When we moved back here after 7 years away, I couldn't believe how much it haschanged. It's not the same thing any more. Even though a lot of people are not nice, I still believe there are some people that are trying to make a change in this city. People changing lanes without signal light, running in front of you with the shopping cart and then turning back to make a bad face. I miss so dearly the town I used to live before. Santa Paula, CA. It may cost a little more to live, but, I was happy over there. It's hot here in the summer, I wouldn't mind this if the other things were better.[read more...]


Linda
Homestead, FL

Used to be Nice, not anymore. - 5/19/2007

Homestead used to be a farming community, but since Hurrican Andrew, it has become a Section 8 (low income housing) hell hole. Therefore the crime is up, education down. Also, not many people speak english anymore. It's time to leave.[read more...]