When to Start
Florida is a popular destination. Even smaller towns experience high demand for their properties, so perhaps this isn't the time to procrastinate. Summer is not going to yield the results you're looking for in terms of vacancy. The off seasons are the time to go hunting. So start early, be patient and wait for the right opportunity.
What to Expect
Moving to the southeast can be quite an experience for the uninitiated. The weather is more beautiful than most of the country can hope for. As the saying goes, if it's not to your liking, wait -- it's about to change. Still, it somehow manages to feel like living in paradise, rain or shine. Bring plenty of suntan lotion, a handful of references and enough cash to cover an application fee or two.
The lakes in Forest City make the landscape more than any other single feature. Bringing to mind the legendary three bears, Bear Lake, Little Bear Lake and Cub Lake (all located in the southern region) provide an abundance of ideal real estate just waiting to be experienced. Regardless of where you settle in, there's almost no wrong choice to be found!
Foxwood: Northwest Forest City exemplifies the modern Floridian neighborhood. Homes here are usually air-controlled, one-story stuccos with a colorful arrangement of palms, varying citrus and other subtropical tree species. One-bedroom apartments for rent should not be very difficult to come by, and access to shopping and entertainment is as easy as hopping on East Semoran Boulevard.
Lake Brantley: Technically, Lake Brantley is the only neighborhood without a large body of water associated with it. It is instead the area between Bella Vista to the west -- which becomes Foxwood -- and the 434 to the east leading into Altomonte City. The entire northeast corner of Forest City is a patchwork of swamp tree groves and residential lanes laid out in self contained groups.
Bear Lake: Bear Lake and its sister lakes take up the southwestern portion of Forest City with a mighty command of the landscape. It's not about where to find lakefront property as much as where isn't there some? Whether you choose to go with large-, medium- or child-sized dwellings on this one, there is more than enough real estate to keep prices in check and demand satisfied.
Forest Lake: Forest Lake makes it apparent where the name Forest City came from. Consisting almost entirely of well-shaded dense foliage, this area is ideal for a comfortable respite from the summer sun. This is probably the best place to begin looking for a duplex for rent or a one-bedroom apartment in Forest City.
Forest City is another small town in Florida, but there's plenty to do, such as eat at all the great restaurants. Check out Sweet Tomatoes or Koy Wan Hibachi Buffet. To newcomers, it can be the rest and relaxation you've been searching for far and wide, especially if you spend a day at Highland Memory Garden. To truly appreciate this popular vacation spot as your next permanent residence, bring a great attitude and appreciation for the simpler things in life. Not long after your arrival, you'll be in flip flops, sippin' lemonade by the pool and glad you made the trip.