Are you thinking about moving to Coral Springs, Florida, and want to know what it’s really like? In this episode of Hearty Home, we're going to dive into the pros and cons of living in Coral Springs, Florida. We’ll look at everything from beautiful parks and great food to iguanas so you can decide if this area is right for you.
If you’re thinking about living in Coral Springs, there are some things you need to know before you make that move. I’m going to give you the good—and not-so-good—things about living right here in Coral Springs. We are going to start by giving you the four reasons people love living here in Coral Springs.
The very first and most popular reason is the parks. Coral Springs has about 44 parks that allow for bike riding, picnics, sightseeing, and walks. Coral Springs is known for its natural parks, including Sawgrass Nature Center, a privately owned nonprofit nature center. It has an onsite wildlife hospital that treats and rehabs animals so that they are safely released back into the wild.
You can also view exotic animals and birds at the center's exhibit area, which is so much fun for the kiddos to explore. Additionally, you can access the Everglades Conservation Greenway Trail from Atlantic Boulevard to enjoy bike rides, beautiful sunsets, long hikes, and mountain and trail bike riding.
Now that we know the activities, let's go into the second reason people love living here: the people. Coral Springs has 130,000 people, and Money Magazine has recognized the city as the number three location in the 100 best places to live in all of Florida.
Coral Springs has an urban feel, and most of the residents own their own homes. Coral Springs has a great mix of young professionals and families. Are you looking for diversity? Well, Coral Springs is very diverse and residents are friendly.
Now that we know Coral Springs has great people, let's get into the third reason people love living here: the food. If you're looking for a great time and great food, you should check out some of these hotspots.
Coming in on top is Rock N Roll Ribs—and you will not be disappointed. Fun fact, Rock N Roll Ribs is owned by the drummer of Iron Maiden. You’ve got to try this place. They also have great specials and events throughout the year.
I said there was diversity in Coral Springs, and that also means the cuisine. Be sure to check out El Mariachi restaurant, serving up Mexican and Cuban cuisine.
The Cost Of Living
Now that we know Coral Springs has great food, let's get into the fourth reason people love living here: the cost of living. Coral Springs’ cost of living is based on a US average of 100. Any number below 100 means Coral Springs is cheaper than the US average, while above 100 means Coral Springs is more expensive.
Overall, Coral Springs comes in at 124, which makes it more expensive than the US average. You'll spend a little bit more money on groceries, transportation, and housing, but you will save on health care and utilities. Additionally, Florida does not pay state income taxes, only federal.
This is why about 1,000 people per day are moving to Florida and Coral Springs. They're avoiding those high-tax states like New York, California, Chicago, and Seattle—just to name a few. Check out Bestplaces.net for more detailed information when it comes to the cost of living.
Now that you know about some of the pros, let's get into the cons. Did you know that Coral Springs gets super hot in the summertime, especially in August and September? This means that your AC will be working overtime and all the time. Make sure that you get that yearly checkup on your AC unit before summer hits.
If you can deal with the heat, then maybe you won't mind the hurricanes. Hurricane season begins on June 1 and ends on November 30. Peak hurricane season is from the end of August to mid-October. Prior to hurricane season, you want to make sure that you're stocked up on water, batteries, gasoline, and other necessities. You also want to make sure that your personal papers and documents are in a safe place.
One more thing you need to be prepared for is iguanas. If you follow my channel, you hear me talk about these prehistoric-size lizards all the time. They are around and they are everywhere, though Iguanas are not indigenous to South Florida. They live in the trees and can be found pretty much everywhere. And heads up: on cold days, sometimes they fall out of the trees.
Enjoy Florida Living In Coral Springs
I hope this video gave you some insight into the pros and cons of living in Coral Springs, Florida. Coral Springs has many options when looking for a place to live, so if you need a recommendation, feel free to reach out to me and I’ll be happy to help.
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