Reviews & Comments
Winter Haven, FLNot a bad place to live
I lived in Bartow, right down the road from WH for many years. This is not a metropolitan area. It is middle class, bedroom community. It will take you less than an hour to get to either Orlando or Tampa. There are many restaurants to pick from. Publix is the grocery store of choice. WalMart is better than any grocery except Publix.
The downsides are homeowners insurance is HIGH. Hurricane season lasts for about 6 months. As a west coast raised person, it put me on edge the entire season.
Utilities.... you must have central air. I had a 1500 sq ft 3/2 and during the peak summer season, my electric ran $350/mo in 2005. This was a new house with good insulation (R40/20). I did not have a pool which would be nice.
Car insurance is more expensive than Wa state where I am now. However, housing is cheaper.
As usual, it's a trade off. Living there does give you the advantage of getting annual passes to many theme parks. It's a cost savings and you needn't go for the entire day, just whenever you want.
I may go back.