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Hello Folks,

This is chuck7 ...I plan to relocate up in the panhandle in 2 more summers..I'm just doing some pre season scouting {-:

I have a few questions if you folks don't mind answering ..I would really appreciate it.

I'd like to move with in 45 minutes of Blackwater WMA . I'm looking to buy a nice home on about 1 acre and as close to Alabama or maybe even in Alabama I'm thinking around Laurel Hills orjust into Alabama.. I'm a teacher and will be relocating.

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1.Where would I find some nice homes in that area with decent neighbors? {-:

2. For you who run your central AC alot..about how much is the electric bill.? Mine in Lakeland is almost 400.00

I will be driving up Nov. 2nd and 3rdto bow hunt on some private property in Okaloosa County.

I appreciate it..This forum has been as real blessing to me and I appreciate you guys.

Chuck7
 

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Chuck as far as the bill goes: I have gas water heater and furnace, run the A/C from 3pm until 8am at around 75 or so (it's turned up to 80 while we're not home) in a 1700 SqFt house and keep two ceiling fans going pretty much all the time, we operate 3 computers and a TV or stereo while we're here, and my kids can't tell the difference between the lights on and off. My bill reaches a peak of $160.00-$170.00 in August
 

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Laurel Hill is a nice little town as is Paxton. As far as living in Alabama just know that there is a state income tax also. What are your plans as far as work, or retirement so on and so forth.
 

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I am in Navarre with 1400 sq ft total electric house. Summer electric runs around $180. That's with a programable thermostat and 78degrees when home. Winter is usually under $100. If you are looking to teach up here, Santa Rosa County has one of the best school systems in the state and is always looking for teachers. Might be because of lower pay I'm not sure.
 

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I really appreciate the replies ..My wife and I are both certified teachers . I need to put in 10 more years beforeI can retire. Hey , those electric bills are great.

I'm certified in Elementary K - 6 or Special Education K-12.

I specialize in tough kids.{-: and slow learners.I'm not too worried about the lower pay. I've been poor before.LOL

Thanks again,

C7
 

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I just compared Santa Rosa with our Polk County. I would be getting a 2000 dollar raise in Santa Rosa..
 

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There are several new subdivisions going in up in Milton. That's North Santa Rosa county and close to the Alabama line. Only about 30 min. to Pensacola or Navarre and about and hour to Destin.
 

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I appreciate the feedback. I believe the entire state of Florida is going through magor changes in the teaching profession. We are observed daily and you better be teaching according to the county curriculum maps when the big boys come into your room.{-: Our school did very well last year so we are all getting a bonus 1000 dollar check for Christmas. We get a lot of Hispanics who do not speak any English. That is a challenge. We also have a lot of students whose parents are in jail becasue of Crank...That is also a challenge. Discipline can be tough and teachers at my school must handle discipline themselves..That can be tough as well. The kids seem to get worse every year.

I am calling in sick Nov. 2nd to bow hunt in Okaloosa County.{-:
 

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check out the Pace area!!! You may also want to check out Seminole, AL.



As for power bills, don't let mine scare ya! 4000sq ft, totally computer controlled living space with 23 foot ceilings in foyer and living room.... 53 windows and the house is allowed to go between 75 - 65 when alarm is in away. When someone is home, it's between 72 - 69 but shuts off areas not in use at night when we sleep. 2-natural gas Tankless water heaters (never goes over min bill). 3 heat pumps, outside lighting on every night from sunset until 10:30pm and then garden lighting dims to 30 percent and stays lit until 30 minutes before sunrise., 3 kids who like their lights on when they are not in the rooms and their pillows to be able to enjoy watching TV. 2 fridges, 2 freezers, 600 pound per day ice machine I use a good bit, 6 computers on all the time... Gulf Power loves me!!! :)banghead:banghead:banghead Sept. power bill was $468.00)
 

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Laurel Hill is a great place. You are not far from BMA. Lot of new homes going up in that area. Most of the homes are being built on acre lots. Another place that is a great area out that way is Blackmen. It's even closer to Blackwater. I'm pretty sure Chelco is the electric provider for that area. I'm building a house just S. of Laurel Hill about 5 mins from Laurel Hill and Chelco is the service provider. If you are planning on buying a new home your electric bill should run anywhere between 100 to 300 depending on sq footage. I just built my daughter a 1700 house and her bill runs 250.00 with thermostat setbetween 68-70 degrees. I have to wear a jacket when I visit her. Chelco is their electric service provider. If you need info on the area as to what houses and land are selling for in that area PM me and I can give you my daughters email address and she can set you up with a email listingas to what is selling in the area. She's a Real Estate agent here in Okaloosa county.
 

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I've got your email and I will give it to my daughter. She can set you up on an automatic email of property in that area. I will have her email you to get your preference. I'm going to send you a email so you will know what her email address is so you will know who it is.
 

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Gulf Power loves me!!! (
Sept. power bill was $468.00)




LOL My litle house is 1100 square feet. WE set our Trane at 78 degrees. Our electric bill was 350/00

Bill 225 .00

added charge because they are in dept. 125.00

Total 350.00

this has been going on for 4 years..to everyone in our county, WE have over 600,000 in our county.
 
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