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Living a Beach Lifestyle in Dunedin, Florida

Dunedin is an old sailing town of about 36,000 with a spectacular setting on the beaches of west coastFloridar.  Dunedin has a mile of unobstructed views of Gulf beaches including those on Honeymoon Island and Caladesi Island State Park.  The latter was named the best public beach in America. Its downtown is quaint but prosperous. Dunedin was the early name of the Scottish city of Edinburgh - Dunedin was settled by Scots and retains many interesting Scottish traditions and festivals such as the Highland Games and Spring Clan Gathering each spring.

Where to Retire in Dunedin and Home Prices

Dunedin has active adult communities (see link at top right).
Zillow reports the median home value to be $206,200 in mid-2017, with home prices on the rise during the past several years.

What is special about Dunedin

Unusually good access to beautiful beaches. Interesting downtown.  Home to spring training for the Toronto Blue Jays. Many parks and an outstanding recreation program and resources. A 39 mile of bike/pedestrian trail that bisects downtown. Money Magazine named Dunedin 1 of  "6 terrific towns on the water". Dunedin Highland Games is an annual celebration of Scottish music, dance and sports

What is not special about Dunedin

Like a lot of popular places you might complain about traffic and congestion. Hurricanes are scary when you are this close to the coast in Florida. Home insurance rates are high.

Climate and Physical Environment

Right on the Gulf of Mexico and west of Tampa Bay. Just a few miles from Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and Tampa.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Dunedin has a huge new public library that is very popular. The library is across the street from a large senior center and next door to the baseball stadium where the Toronto Blue Jays have spring training and their minor league team plays in summer.  Shopping and restaurants are good in the compact downtown. The Scottish roots of Dunedin provide some interesting festivals such as the Dunedin Highland Games, an annual celebration of Scottish music, dance and sports.  Nature is a big passion in Dunedin, but if you are looking for culture you can find it in nearby Tampa, a very large city with every kind of cultural resource.

Crime

Crime is below average in Dunedin.

Medical facilities

Mease Hospital Dunedin is a 143-bed facility that has every major specialty. In 2009 the hospital was having a major expansion.   Mease Hospital won the Magnet Designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2008.  Other large hospitals are nearby.

Transportation

Nearby Tampa is a major transportation hub. That  airport is a just a short hop away with convenient flights about everywhere. A former trolley line is now an extremely popular walk/bike trail - it runs right through the center of town.  There is a town marina a block from downtown.

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