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has written 1 SperlingViews. Currently, laurel is living in Englewood, FL and has a little something to say:

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Life Stage:Mature Single
Location:Englewood, FL
Enjoys:tennis, cooking, photography, sewing, walking, the beach!
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A little too dead Posted On: 8/23/2012 7:34:36 PM

My fiance and I who are in our early fifties moved here from NYS to look for a permanent place to settle. We weren't sure where we wanted to be, but found a good priced rental close to the beach and tennis courts-which we like to play mostly every day. We have found Englewood to be nice if you don't mind not being near a lot of stores, or malls, but we like a little more going on-not crazy night life-just more to do and see-it's really dead here. Some people love it though-older people mostly, although I met a woman and her husband who are in there late 40's who love it-they're bike riders-like long distance and they love the bike trails and kayaking. It's not really that pretty here either, in fact, not at all. As you come in from the north after Sarasota and Venice it looks like a ghost town. Dearborn St. is about the only place there are some cute shops and a couple of good eating places. There are a couple of o.k. restaurants, but nothing great. I think Venice and Sarasota are much better if you want more choices of everything. Also, you have to pay to park at the Englewood Beach which is ok but sand not that great-not as nice as Venice or Lido where you don't have to pay. The local people are very friendly we've found-it's the snowbirds that can be uppety-in a hurry and impatient-for what reason I don't know-you're in beautiful, sunny florida with the palm trees swaying-why not just enjoy it and relax! Don't sweat the small stuff! So I think we'll be looking more Venice area to stay-not too big, not too small, not much crime, nice beach and restaurants, festivals,near Sarasota,not pricey like Naples but located where you can jump on 75 and be in Tampa-St.Petersbug or Naples-Marco-Sanibel within a couple of hours.