Edgewater, Florida: Known as Hawks Park up until 1924, Edgewater now survives largely on its tourism industry, which is fueled by its proximity to the Indian River and beaches along the Atlantic.
Lovingly referred to as "The Hospitality City," Edgewater is a thriving city whose population density makes it appealing to those who want to live near the beach without being subjected to the masses of people living in and visiting Daytona Beach. In fact, this is likely what contributed to more than 11 percent growth between 2000 and 2012, and this is all while the population growth in Florida generally has been tumbling.
Moving to Edgewater
Moving to Edgewater should be a cinch for those who actually want to make the change, and come on, who in the world doesn't want to live in Florida near the coast? Keep in mind, though, that the move isn't as simple as getting a motel room. There's a little preparation involved, but if you do it just right you'll forever celebrate the day you decided to make the move.
When to start looking: There's no huge rush to start looking right away. After all, the economic downturn of the late 2000s left plenty of real estate open in Florida. So whether you want luxury apartments in Edgewater or a simple studio apartment, you'll be covered. Don't think, though, that the area is any less great just because there are homes to go around.
When to make the move: Any time is a good time to move to Florida. Of course, summer equals tourism season, and this means you could run into traffic from out-of-towners. Of course you'll be an out-of-towner at first, too, but as a soon-to-be local, you might find yourself complaining about all of the tourists.
What to bring along: This is Florida, so you need to be ready to show off your awesome side. Make sure to bring references from previous landlords. Be sure you will make a great showing on your credit check, which you would also be smart to bring along. In a place as nice as Edgewater, if you've got pets, be ready to pay an additional pet deposit even if you're just getting a duplex for rent.
Come on ... you're living in Florida right by the coast. What more could you possibly need? Okay, okay. So you demand more? Well that's fine because each neighborhood offers its own great advantages.
City Center: There's everything from self storage to great shopping and dining here. The Halifax River is nearby, and to get your shopping on, head to the Florida Shores Plaza.
West Park Avenue: If you spent time looking for pet-friendly apartments, you'll love the fact that Dog Dayz Inn is in this neighborhood. Oh, and if you want to see something awesome, such as an airport community with hangars and homes adjacent to each other, check out the Massey Ranch Airpark.
Hucomer: Not only are you next to the Canaveral National Seashore here, but this place is also packed with condos and other places to rent. Add that to the numerous water spots such as Bottle Island Creek and Oyster Bay, and you've got little to complain about.
22nd and Juniper: This area is heavily residential, so you better get along with neighbors! Of course, you're also not far from Highway 1 if you need to get out,. And living in an area also known as Florida Shores, you know you'll get the best of the Sunshine State here.
Living in Edgewater
The awesomeness of the aforementioned neighborhoods simply doesn't do Edgewater justice. There are countless other benefits that come along with living here as well.
Beach: Seriously? You're literally four minutes from the beach. Enough said.
Boat Housing: Ah, does your boat need an apartment too? Well Cameron's Marina, and numerous other places, will have you covered.
Beach Alternatives: Okay, aside from the countless rivers, coves and bays in the area, you could always just go check out Aqua Park as well.
A Little History: Up for a short drive? Well go check out the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum. Yeah, it's a mouthful, but definitely worth the trouble.