(Closed) Might Be Moving to Tampa Bay Area/Clearwater/St Petersburg- Any local bees?

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Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

South Tampa  is also another trendy area you might want to check out 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

swonderful:  I’ve lived in the Tampa Bay area for 4 years now, I moved here from Boston, originally from Maine. I’ll admit that a lot of people that I know that have moved here don’t like it, but I love it. I think downton St. Pete would be a great fit for you. I lived there when I first moved here and it’s totally walkable, there are great restaurants/bars, as well as art galleries and shops, music venues and theatres. Plus you have the water right there too, it’s beautiful. The first Friday of every month they do a big block party on Central, which is fun as well. It is expensive to live in downtown, but it gets cheaper the further out you go, you just have to be careful because some areas can get dicey the further you are from the water. 

South Tampa is good too, faster paced than St. Pete, more clubs and party people. I’d prefer St. Pete over South Tampa, but that’s just my preference, I’m not a club person. You also have Ybor there, I wouldn’t live there, but it’s fun for the night life, it can get kind of crazy and dangerous at times though in certain areas. 

There are A LOT of transplants, especially from the northeast, so it won’t be weird at all that you’re from NYC. 

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

swonderful:  I saw this title and thought I wrote it and forgot about it! My Darling Husband and I are planning to move to the Tampa Bay area next summer as well. We’re from northern New Jersey. I’m commenting to follow!

I used to live in the Pinellas county when I was in college. I loved it. I think St. Petersburg would be a great fit for you. There are a lot of transplants from the area – I met many people from my area of NJ when I was down there.

There are a lot of foreclosures. I think a lot of people there in general were hurt by the crash. You do have to be careful about areas. My parents have a house in a great neighborhood in one of the Pinellas county towns – and then 3 blocks later there is a bad area with run-down homes. The amount of foreclosures is good for us because we plan to buy one and fix it up 🙂

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Bumble bee

St. Pete > South Tampa by FAR, but it depends where you guys will be working.  My Fiance and I have a lot of experience with the traffic around here, so when you know for sure, let us know.

I love love loved life in St. Pete.  It’s just so much more laid back.  South Tampa to me is nowhere near as beautiful, fun, or laid back and St. Pete is (in the right location).  

I refuse to buy a home in the area unless it’s St. Pete, which might be not for a long time considering Fiance works all over Tampa and I am working in Palm Harbor 🙁

Edit: I currently live in South Tampa.

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

swonderful:  I know it’s not a question that you asked me, but I spent 2 years commuting from St. Pete to Tampa and I didn’t mind it. It depends on where you are, but I commuted from South St. Pete to North Tampa and it was probably about 50 mins one way without traffic. Traffic does get bad though through downtown Tampa on the highway.

 

Why many transplants don’t like it… I think the weather is part of it, especially for people used to snow in the winter (I hate snow myself). I also think that a lot of transplants don’t care for the people here. Customer service is generally terrible, many people you deal with are lazy and/or incompetent or straight up scammers. Crime/break-ins can be an issue depending on where you live. I think this view is obviously colored by where you came from though. If you come from a friendly small town that’s obviously going to give you a different view than if you came from a big city.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

swonderful:  Exactly! I have my parents (who have a vacation/eventual retirement house down there) looking at all of the neighborhoods for us prior to even thinking about buying the house. You can change almost anything about a house except for its location is what I keep telling myself haha.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I grew up in the Tampa Bay area (Clearwater to be exact)…unfortunately (for me) I’m in ATL now. For me Downtown St Pete would be a great fit for you, especially since you decirbed yourselves as hipsters! It is absolutely beautiful and there are a lot of cool things down there, like the Saturday Morning Market throughout the summer, First Friday, there are a BUNCH of hip and trendy spots to eat, lots of events/things going on and little festivals in Straub Park and Vinoy Park which by the way view from these two parks is absolutely beautiful, it will NEVER get old and the best part is you can walk between the two (it’s only about a half mile.) Like a PP stated St Pete can get dicey – you could be driving down the street feeling perfectly fine and make a turn and feel like you need to roll up your windows and lock your doors – i’m just being honest, but it’s kind of almost like that everywhere in the Tampa Bay Area. But there are a lot of cute old houses and bungalows in DTSP (especially between Beach Dr and 4th St) – some that just need a little TLC and would be amazing!

 

South Tampa, I don’t have a lot to say, IMO it’s very pretentious, super tan meat head guys and barbie looking girls and a lot of over-priced hangouts. Just not my style, but to each their own. Tampa in general is just not my cup of tea. St Pete/Clearwater is literally so beautiful and laid back the traffic to Tampa from there is not really that bad I’d say on average in traffic your commute from St Pete to Tampa would be an hour…but a bonus is that you get to drive over about 3 miles of water everyday. Its something I definitely miss now that I’m landlocked in GA!

 

Good luck to you, I hope you love it! I wish I could move back!

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Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

swonderful:  I know, right?! I love the weather here. Sure, it’s hot and miserable in the summer, but everywhere is air conditioned and it sure beats shoveling or tredging through the snow!

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