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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2019 11:38 am    Post subject: Deland, Florida Reply with quote

We are looking to find a winter rental and saw Deland, FL on YouTube. The downtown looks very nice. But I also saw some comments here that the crime rate is high. Does anyone know anything more about Deland? i.e. crime rate, things to do, average temp in winter? We don't need to be on the ocean, we like museums, the arts, culture but don't need to be in a big city. Also medical care is important. Thanks a bunch. Confused
Dawn and Peter
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PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2019 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Dawn n Peter
We are also just about 99 percent sure we will be relocating to Deland also. After the last Hurricane swept all of Florida we decided against Jacksonville as the areas we liked there were all flooded badly. Although our daughter lives in West Deland we had not really given
it serious thought, but after further exploration and time we are now looking at Deland.
The pluses: very walkable downtown, Cultural is alive and constantly growing, from the Athens theater to the beautiful Art Museum etc. There is a very active town association and Stetson University is right at the end of the towns Main Street. We have found the level of friendless very high in Deland.
Amtrak is located in town, Orlando and Daytona offer airports but we’d have not used the latter. Deland is within a short driving distance to Daytona, and other beaches like New Smyrna Beach. We discovered that there are back roads into these beaches also!

A main concern for us has also been the hurricane season. After the last one that swept all
of Florida there were many possible areas we ruled out. Deland neighborhoods had wind damage and loss of power but basically it is in a no flood zone. Big draw for us.

For us, anyway, the local friendliness we have encountered has made a positive impression.
As for the crime rate it varies with retirement sites. We are from New York so you have to keep it in perspective, be smart and you can always talk to the local police if concerned.
My daughter said that there may be crimes of opportunity ( unlocked cars etc) but rarely anything major. It is totally amazing to us the amount of Floridians that do not lock their car doors. But that is another whole discussion🙄

Deland seems to offer the best of what we are looking for. There are times of the year that Deland has many festivals and bike week spills over from Daytona and Deland welcomes all.
It’s not a crazy busy city but vibrant with a hometown feel! Best of luck😎
Edie n Gary
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