Tampa area bees, need some help!

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
297 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Born and raised in Tampa 🙂

Do you know where DH will be working if you decide to move here? I just want to keep commute times in mind because there are some not so pleasant commutes around Tampa.

Post # 3
1686 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

There are some great areas in Tampa, but so much in terms of neighborhood and school district rests on where you’ll be able to afford to live. Palma Ceia, Davis Island, and Bayshore Beautiful are great, but only if you have $500-600k minimum to spend on a house. 

Sarasota is also lovely, with great schools, but more of a retirement area.  The beaches down that way, though… better than any.  Siesta Key is fantastic.

I would look into St. Pete, personally.  Very vibrant nightlife, and the downtown area is growing and thriving, as are the arts and music scenes.  Once again, cost of living is a little higher. 

Try to stay near the beaches… during the summer, most other outdoor activities will be too warm.  The winters are like heaven.  Highs in the 70s-low 80s most of the time. 

If you can avoid an I4 commute for your DH, do so. 

(I’m from Central Florida and have lived in both St. Pete, Orlando, and halfway between the two.  I grew up spending a month each summer in the Sarasota area.  I’m currently house shopping in Tampa because I just got a job offer there. Let me know if you have any questions!)

Post # 4
664 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Look into bright futures scholarships once the kids are old enough to be thinkimg about college

Post # 5
5843 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

We just relocated to Tampa from NJ and the schools here are largely terrible. Anything in the Plant HS school district in South Tampa will be good but homes with >2000 sq ft are going to be like 700k+.

what to know… the lifestyle is great, weather is beautiful and even a “bad” commute here can’t compare to our old commute to NYC

 the bad… the FOOD yes you will find spots that are better than others but it’s overall not going to match anything up North. My husband also jokes that it is corporate/franchise heavy. South Tampa is a little more charming but other parts of town are pretty charmless.

Post # 6
297 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I just realized DH doesn’t have a job to transfer to, but is job hunting.

Dunedin is a coastal town near Clearwater, has a nice little downtown, is also near Clearwater Beach, Honeymoon Island, etc. Dunedin is more affordable but also a decent area to live in, if you can’t afford South Tampa/Bayshore or somewhere right on the beach. I’m not sure about the schools in Dunedin. I lived in Palm Harbor for a few years and it is also a decent area near the water. I grew up in Seminole Heights, which is just north of downtown Tampa, and is a happening and growing place right now. It’s a short drive to the water (not a coastal part of Tampa, more historical) but it has lots of new restaurants and bars, etc. and lots of beautiful houses. Hillsborough High School is in Seminole Heights and has an IB program. I’m not sure about elementary/middle schools

Avoid: Largo, East Tampa/near the Hard Rock, Temple Terrace/near USF, Pinellas Park, South St Pete…I’ll add more as I think of them

Post # 7
297 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

If you want to be minutes from the water, check out the Palm Harbor/Dunedin area. 

Avoid: Holiday, New Port Richey. 

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