11 Reasons Why You Should Move to Clearwater

11 Reasons Why You Should Move to Clearwater

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By Stephanie Hyland, Storage.com

Storage.com takes pride in helping people move into their new homes, whether that involves providing a storage unit in between or by helping people discover more about their new city.

The Sunshine State has a lot more to offer residents and visitors besides the warm beach climate and oceanside views. Even though Clearwater residents enjoy approximately 361 days of sunshine every year, it is also home to a low cost of living, countless education opportunities, and there is never a dull moment for outdoor enthusiasts.

Here are 11 reasons why Clearwater is the perfect place to call home.

1. ENJOY THE SUNSHINE IN CLEARWATER.

people at beach
Photo by Visit St. Pete/Clearwater

For anyone who hates being cooped up inside during the winter months, Clearwater is the place for you! One of the many perks of living in Florida’s climate is the beach-perfect days and the mild winter temperatures. In February, most people in the U.S. are shoveling snow off their driveway and bundling up from head to toe just to get the mail, but the coldest average temperature in Clearwater during that time of the year is between 55-60 degrees. Even though you may not be swimming in February, it is still well above freezing and for many, that is enough. Fun fact: Clearwater averages 361 days of sunshine every year and holds the record for consecutive sunny days at 768 in the Guinness Book of World Records.

2. CLEARWATER HAS A LOW COST OF LIVING

beach sky view
Photo by Walter

Besides the postcard-worthy weather, calling Clearwater home is easy when the cost of living is 3.8% less than Florida’s average and also 2.5% less than the national average. The average rent in Clearwater is approximately $954 with the average cost of a home sitting around $166,300. The majority of Clearwater residents own their home opposed to renting a space.

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3. CLEARWATER IS HOME TO A NUMBER OF SCHOOLS.

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Photo by CCAC North Library

For families who are moving to Clearwater with school-aged children, there are a number of elementary, middle, and high schools located in the area. In Clearwater, there is a total of 41 public schools and 29 private schools and the teacher to student ratio is 16:1.

4. THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING TO SEE IN CLEARWATER.

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Photo by DebMomOf3

Besides the pristine beaches that Clearwater has to offer residents and visitors, there are a number of attractions that people of all ages can enjoy. Head to downtown Clearwater to catch a show at the well-known Capitol Theatre or head over to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to get an up-close look at some of the local wildlife such as sharks, otters, dolphins, and turtles, just to name a few. A few other popular spots in the area to visit include Francis Wilson Playhouse, Coachman Park, Cliff Stephens Park, and Moccasin Lake Nature Park.

5. MEET WINTER AND HOPE.


Speaking of the the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, you cannot head home without meeting Winter, a dolphin that has become quite famous in Clearwater after staring in Dolphin Tale. Winter lost her tail after she was found caught in a crab trap. After receiving intensive care and rehabilitation services from the aquarium staff, Winter is thriving, and is now swimming with the help of a prosthetic tail designed specifically for her body. Winter is also paired with another dolphin at the aquarium named Hope who was found in the same area Winter was before she was rehabilitated.

6. FOLLOW THE DOLPHIN TRAIL.

dolphin art
Photo by Josh Grenier

Dolphins are not just found in the water in this Florida city! Clearwater’s Dolphin Trail is a unique artistic display that features more than one hundred, six-foot tall, fiberglass dolphins. Each dolphin has been individually designed by a local artist and sponsored by an area business. See how many dolphins you can find during your visit to this beachfront city!

7. VISIT AWARD WINNING BEACHES.

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Photo by L_Beth

The beaches in Clearwater are famous for their white, sandy appearance accompanied with the clear waters of the gulf. Between Clearwater Beach and Sand Key Park, there are endless amounts of outdoor fun to be had. Clearwater Beach has received a number of awards over the years for its beauty. Most recently, USA Today named Clearwater Beach the best beach in Florida in 2013. They even have full-time lifeguards on duty to ensure that everyone has a safe visit.

8. ENJOY A FESTIVAL EVERY DAY IN CLEARWATER.

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Photo by Melvin “Buddy” Baker

Sunsets at Pier 60 is a daily event that happens just two hours before the sun goes down on Clearwater Beach. The pier becomes full of local musicians and a variety of local artists who show off their artwork or craft. They even have a fire breather! Besides shopping, families can enjoy the playground, catch a movie at the sunset cinema, go fishing, or just enjoy the beautiful sunset on the beach. Fun fact: This daily event recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.

9. BOATING AND FISHING ENTHUSIASTS LOVE LIVING IN CLEARWATER!

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Photo by Zach Petersen

Since Clearwater is located right off of the Gulf of Mexico, it allows boating and fishing enthusiasts to really enjoy their favorite pastime. There are a number of fishing and scuba diving tours that take visitors and residents out to enjoy their favorite sport. Some of the most popular charters in the area include 2 Shea Fishing and Diving, Tanks-A-lot Dive, and Gulfstream Deepsea Sportfishing.

10. BASEBALL FANS CAN CATCH A GAME.

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Photo by civilengtiger

Baseball fans will love calling Clearwater home! Residents and visitors love catching a Clearwater Threshers game at Bright House Field. The Clearwater Threshers are a minor league baseball team that play for the Florida State League. The team plays its home games at Bright House Field and is the High-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.

11. THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING TO EAT!

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Photo by John Liu

After a long day at the beach, the whole family is going to be hungry! Clearwater is home to a plethora of restaurants that offer a number of different cuisines. Seafood lovers will love trying the shrimp and grits or fish spread at Nauti-Nancy’s. If you want to grab a bite to eat before you head to the beach in the morning, enjoy a plate of chicken waffles benedict or a few danishes at Lenny’s Restaurant. Other popular stops in the area include Rumba Island Bar and Grill, Mellow Mushroom, Crispy Cajun, Island Way Grill, and the Besa Grill.

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What do you love about living in Clearwater? Tell us in the comments below!

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Moving? Self Storage Can Help

Moving? Self Storage Can Help

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By Patrick Galvan, Storage.com

Storage.com is your number one ally when moving to a new home. We’re here to provide you with useful moving tips and hacks, or additional storage whenever necessary.

Whether you’re moving across town or to another state, relocation can be a time-consuming and strenuous process. Did you know that self storage can help make the process of moving easier, even before the big day?

Here are some tips and tricks to make moving day a more comfortable experience.

Moving Trucks and Packing Supplies

Some storage facilities provide moving services to make relocation easier. Before you hire a moving company to transport all of your belongings to your new home, ask if your storage provider is able to give you use of a moving truck.

Some storage facilities offer a free truck rental with a unit rental. Others offer truck rentals at discounted rates for tenants. Thanks to these perks, renting a storage unit and moving at your own pace can be an affordable alternative to hiring a moving team to haul everything for you on moving day.

If you’re using a storage facility’s moving truck, ask if it comes supplied with moving blankets and straps to protect your furniture during transit. For heavier items, such as furniture and refrigerators, ask your storage operator if they have a dolly or cart to loan you.

mother and daughter packing to move

You can often find the packing supplies you need at your storage facility, too, including high-quality, sturdy boxes and cushioning materials to better protect your more delicate belongings. Ask your local self storage operator if they can help you out. Some facilities sell packing supplies to clients at a discounted price when you rent from their facility including:

  • Boxes
  • Tape
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Packing Paper

Organize Your Move

A storage unit can help you before, during, and even after your move. Use your storage unit to stockpile your belongings between homes, give yourself extra time and space for cleaning before moving day, and move your items into your new place at your own pace.

Once you have packed all of your belongings and are ready to move them into storage, keep them organized by room. Divide your boxes into groups according to what room they will eventually go in. Label and color-code each box, so all your kitchen supplies will be categorized in one group, and so on. Store your items in room groupings for a quick and organized move.

Also, rent a storage unit with drive-up access to make the process of unloading your truck or other vehicles faster and easier.

couple unloading boxes from a moving truck

Lighten the Load on Moving Day

Self storage can give you a jump on moving your belongings out so you have more time to clean your old place. This is especially helpful if you have to move out by a set day and time. Rent a storage unit a couple of weeks ahead of your move-out date and start to transfer your possessions to your storage unit on your own timeline.

As you transfer everything to your storage unit ahead of moving day, you will have the time and space to clean your former home and other last-minute details. In fact, this approach is very helpful if you plan to show your home or apartment to prospective buyers or renters before your move-out date. Moving non-essential items into storage will get you one step closer to both moving out and selling or renting your old place.

Self storage can be a great resource during the process of moving, including before the move, moving day, and even after the move, as you get settled in your new place. Find a storage facility near you and ask your storage operator what they can do to make relocation easier for you.

 

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  • IsabellaR

    Some storage units offer free moving service as a perk to their tenants. This can be helpful when moving in expensive city like New York and can save tons of money. So keep an eye out for the perks when looking for a storage facility in NYC

  • Laila Keirstead

    Storage makes every moving day a lot easier especially if you take all of the storage boxes and put them in storage. My friends use this method because they only have a mini van and it is really hard for them to move a lot of their stuff at once. They had their appliances put on the moving truck, their storage boxes in the storage unit along with some boxes that were full of clothes, and the items that couldn’t fit in boxes that were shaped weird or made it hard for boxes to be placed in the cars. It was a pretty easy move for them and luckily the storage facility was right down the road. http://www.HubschMoving.com

  • Thomas Mackay

    Very well written article. I totally agree that having a storage facility can definitely help while on the move. Shifting home is a stressful thing as, more often than not, we tend to lose important stuff along the way. My cousin recently moved into his new house. He followed a systematic pattern as he did not want to move all his stuff at once. Hence, he made use of the storage facility( http://www.migsonstorage.com/ )in Toronto and gradually moved everything in due course of time.

  • Stoyan Stoyanov

    A great tool to create home inventory and later use it for your move is the MoveAdvisor app. Generally, it is intuitive and easy to work with, with nice visualizations.

  • Susie

    These two cities have their advantages. Once I had the same choice but decided to opt Seattle, that team http://smile-moving.com/wa/tacoma helped me to move all my possessions fast and easy. This fact was the first improvement I`d made the right choice.

  • Gretchin Anderson

    Great article Gretchen!

  • wintrykiss

    im sorry i ever left to be honest

  • Jose Verschaffel

    And if you for the best place to live in the Bronx, come to Coop City !

    • Ronald Grossman

      Grew up there. Too bad it had to replace Freedom Land.

  • Leo

    Cant forget about Fieldston , where they have huge mansions !!

  • Daved DeGregoreo

    They haven’t ditched Columbus day like the rest of the libtard world!

  • C. Liann

    CORRECTION NEEDED! That pic you have up of the NYBG is NOT The Bronx Botanical Garden. It is Brooklyn’s B.G. In the Bronx is no Japanese themed lake & foliage, although there was a rock garden.

  • Ronald Grossman

    Has several White Castles. Wish there was still one at the end of the El by Van Cortland Park. We need more White Castles.

  • Patti Bevilacqua

    You forgot to mention City Island in the bronx ,I was born and raised in the Bronx been everywhere mentioned in this post moved to Florida in 1975 miss it so much especially when it comes to the food on Arthur Avenue Bronx ‘ s Little Italy GO BRONX NO PLACE BETTER !!!!!!

    • jcsmitty

      I miss the Jewish Delis and their corned beef sandwiches.

  • Edna Krause

    The Bronx is a borough of bridges, Whitestone, Throggs Neck, George Washington, Highbridge, City Island Bridge, etc. I love bridges!

  • jcsmitty

    St. Nicholas of Tolentine, the “cathedral of the Bronx,” is still a loving memory. Also, Poe Cottage located in Poe Park on Jerome Avenue.

  • http://movemypiano.com/ Mary Gregorio

    Thanks for Sharing this informative write-up. Storage is really important when you want to move your valuables to a long distance.