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Old 08-04-2007, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Aruba
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My wife and I are preparing to move to the Tampa/St. Pete/Sarasota area to be near family living in Venice. We're retired, so don't have concerns about commuting, kid's needs or the job market. We're city-ish people and would like to be walking or biking distance to shops, restaurants and core city activities. (Besides, my wife doesn't drive.) We're looking to rent a nice apartment, probably for a year or two, until we see how the now-volatile real estate market shakes out. I've tried looking at apartments on rentals.com and some other sites but I'm really cluless as to where the apartments they list are in relationship to city life. Any guidance will be appreciated. Also, anybody know what the deal is with renters insurance? I've heard the nightmare stories about HOI. Our Venice relatives are true suburbanites, so don't have much useful information such as we're looking for.
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Old 08-04-2007, 04:04 PM
 
Location: South Tampa - Bayside West Neighborhood
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First, Renters Insurance is still VERY inexpensive.
Now as far as Renting in Tampa close to walking and transport to citylife, get with a realtor and rent a private condo/townhome in Channelside(GrandCentral, Place, Ventana), or downtown(Skypoint), or Harbour Island(Post has several properties, but there are many private condos for rent). Post also has very nice places in Hyde Park Village above the shoppes. But at this time, you could probably get a great rental on a Condo, since it has been difficult for the owners to sell at this time.
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Old 08-05-2007, 05:45 AM
 
Location: Aruba
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Thanks for your guidance. Post is a local newspaper?
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Old 08-05-2007, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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Renters Insurance is not that expensive. For a 5 room apartment it my run you $20 - $25 a month. This would give you around $40,000 in coverage.

Realtor.com will have rentals on there but they are homes and condos for rent not apartment complexes for the most part.

Try the Tampa Tribune or St.Pete Times websites.
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Old 08-05-2007, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Mesa
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Why not rent in Sarasota? It's more pedestrian/biker friendly and will is closer to Venice. Prettier, too.

For apartments, check out rent.com, forrent.com, and apartmentguide.com. You can also find good deals just renting from individuals, check out the Tampa craigslist.
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Old 08-05-2007, 08:57 PM
 
Location: South Tampa - Bayside West Neighborhood
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Thanks for your guidance. Post is a local newspaper?
Post is the company that owns many rental communities thorughout the Nation. Post Hyde Park, Post Harbour Island, many others....
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Old 08-06-2007, 09:05 AM
 
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Downtown St.Pete would be the best place IMO. Lots of shops, restaurants, parks, beachs, can't beat it.
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