Kim Peran of Daytona, FL; Brooklyn Eagle within the house highlight

Transplanted Brooklynite now happy in Florida, wants to share the sunshine. Brooklyn Eagle Spotlight on Space focuses on a new trend: working far south or even retiring to enjoy the warm Florida sunshine and tax breaks.

In this interview, Brooklyn-born Kim Peran puts on her real estate seller’s hat and waves.

SPACE SPOTLIGHT: Why did you move to Florida?
KIM: I’ve been in Florida since I was seven and have always enjoyed the weather and the palm trees. Most of my family in Brooklyn had moved there too. I chose North Florida because we have a change of seasons. It’s beautiful all winter long with temperatures between 70-75 during the day and 50-60 in the evening. I can be outdoors all year round enjoying the parks, beaches, and hiking trails. It’s also a lot cheaper to live here. Our property taxes are lower, sales tax
is lower and there is no income tax.

Kim role

SPACE SPOTLIGHT: How did you choose your neighborhood?
KIM: My husband and I looked around for a year and ended up choosing Plantation Bay in Ormond Beach for its beauty and abundance of amenities. It’s a golf community but you don’t have to be a golfer to live here. We enjoy the 2 restaurants, the gym, the classes, pickleball, the 2 tennis pools with cabana bar and fire pit (for those cooler nights) and of course bocce (I watched people play in the parks as a kid in Brooklyn) . There are also parks in the neighborhood where you can walk, run, ride bikes, or just take your pups for a walk and hang out with neighbors.

SPACE SPOTLIGHT: As someone born and raised in Bensonhurst, you share with all transplanted Brooklynites nostalgic feelings for that special feeling of neighborhood. What are some of the cultural similarities you found in Florida that remind you of Brooklyn?

Property for sale in Daytona Beach, FL: $ 385,000 (2 beds, 2 baths, 2,400 square feet)

KIM: Like Brooklyn, Florida is a series of many small towns that become their home parishes. It has all the happy interaction that comes from being good neighbors, but on the whole I think it’s friendlier because of the slower pace, minimal traffic, and consistently great weather. I remember how comforting it was to hang out with neighbors on our Brooklyn stairs when the weather was fine. Not many old-fashioned cities in Florida bend over, but the weather gives the neighbors even more chances of getting together. Did I say the weather is always great?

SPACE SPOTLIGHT: Other than the weather, what do you miss about Brooklyn?
KIM: Because Florida is so diverse, and attracts people from all over the United States (and from around the world too), I am often reminded of Brooklyn’s ethnic diversity that grew up. But when I meet someone from Brooklyn, Florida, it’s like I’m back home. We talk about the neighborhoods, the schools, the churches and synagogues. But mostly we talk about the food. My favorite pizza was from DaVinci on 18th Avenue on 65th Street. Whenever I return to Brooklyn, I go there to eat a Sicilian piece that takes me back to my childhood. I loved Rispoli’s Bakery near my house on 72nd even though it is out of order I go back to other bakeries to buy pastries and Italian cookies. In Florida, I still find connections to Brooklyn for food. I would bet that most nights of the week, if I went to one of the good restaurants in my area and if I were so brave, “Who’s from Brooklyn?” I would see the hands go up. There’s a place in Daytona called Rosie’s that is run by a family from Brooklyn. Rosie has the most authentic Brooklyn food, and the Brooklyn Bagel Factory in Flagler is known to import ingredients from Brooklyn to make authentic Brooklyn bagels.


Condo for sale in South Daytona, FL: $ 264,900 (2 beds, 2 baths, 2,105 square feet)

SPACE SPOTLIGHT: If we have readers not ready for retirement, maybe a younger family with kids? What can you tell them
KIM ROLE: Where should I start? No income tax for parents. For the whole family, I would say good schools and endless opportunities for healthy outdoor activities all year round. Kids actually still go out here and play, just like when I was a kid. In addition. You don’t have to completely separate your connections to New York as there are plenty of cheap flights to and from NY.

SPACE SPOTLIGHT: In cold weather, we love the idea of ​​sunshine … but you don’t have Coney Island and the New York Aquarium.
KIM ROLE: That’s right, but we have Disney, Sea World and Universal. On a smaller scale, we have Marineland and the Jackie Robinson minor league baseball field and don’t forget NASCAR races. Plus, you can’t even compare the miles of beaches and beautiful, clean waterways that we have here in Florida.

For a virtual experience of life in Daytona Beach, FL, click here. Click here to contact Kim with Florida Real Estate inquiries.

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