Hubby & I considering moving to Tampa

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Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@BellaDee:  Can you deal with something small in Hyde Park?  It’s a very young professional area with shops and restaurants.  Most people I know that live there live in Brandon, Pinellas Park, or Town N Country.  Traffic in Tampa is horrible so the closer you live to work the better the commute.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

None of the areas you listed are within 20-30 minutes of downtown. Have you looked at the Hyde Park/South Tampa area? Although new construction is harder to find in south tampa…

My mom lives in Westchase and thats like 30-40 minutes to downtown. Very suburban, cute neighborhoods.

Traffic in Tampa is HORRENDOUS. Like I go through the Lincoln tunnel every day and I prefer that to 275

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@BellaDee:  If you want new construction, you’re going to need to look to the suburbs like Brandon then; a friend of mine lived in Valrica which was pretty nice.  Westchase and Carrolwood are also good areas to look.  There really isn’t anything new in Tampa proper.

Traffic is dead standstill during rush hour.  It can take an hour to drive 5 miles if you trying to get into Tampa in the morning or out in the evening.  It’s even worse when there is a football game, baseball game, or major concert in town.  Since your husband works from home, I would try to find an area where you can find a job locally and not have to drive into the city (most people in Florida work in the suburbs rather than the downtown city area.)

Since you’re coming during weekdays make sure you drive during rush hour at least once while you’re here so you can get an idea of the traffic situation.  The biggest difference between NYC and Tampa (and most major Florida cities) is that Tampa has horrible public transportation so everybody (and I mean everybody) drives.

I would recommend renting for a year and then buying so that you get a better idea of the schools and safety in the area you want to buy.  What may look great to you when visiting may end up being a ghost town neighborhood where there are few actual residents which can lead to increased crime.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

@BellaDee:  maybe without traffic? A circumstance you will never encounter.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

@BellaDee:  I honestly don’t know. Tampa was hit really hard by the recession so I’m not sure what areas are recovering. There are some big corporate campuses in Brandon. If you’re looking for beach access you’re getting further away from Clearwater.

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@BellaDee:  We live in Tampa! I love it here! We live in the westchase area which is gorgeous but not gonna lie its pricey! Let me know if you have any questions!

 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Try posting this question on City-data.com. (the forum section) They have lots of helpful people over there. There may already be a question similar to it. http://www.city-data.com/forum/

When we moved to new state (twice) we found this site really helpful.

 

Post # 16
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  • Wedding: October 2012

@BellaDee:  Are you guys looking to rent…..I’ve heard there are still some foreclosures and short sale condos floating around the area….maybe you could buy one for the same price as what you would pay in rent!

Oldsmar is right outside of westchase….its a nice area and things are more affordable there…..also if you buy there taxes a much much lower!

 

 

 

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