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Old 11-15-2011, 09:56 PM
 
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My wife and I currently live in Michigan and are looking to move somewhere without the awful winters. We've been talking about FL, and the Tampa area has come up. I'm rather familiar with the Fort Lauderdale area, but with Tampa i'm lost. Have not been there since I was a teenager.

We are in our 30s. Like to go out to see bands and such from time to time, so our new loaction should be within a reasonable drive of such places. We have no children so schools are not of importance. The biggest thing to me is living in a nice and safe area. Also shopping places and such should be close by. We'll probably look to rent a place, like a townhouse or condo. I am willing to pay as much as 1600 per month, but in theory could go higher for something beyond perfect.

Any advice on a location?
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Old 11-16-2011, 07:43 AM
 
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South Tampa. With that price range, you can look at townhomes or condos in good neighborhoods. I would look from Westshore to Downtown Tampa and consider everything north of Gandy and south of Kennedy. This gives you good locations to consider that are close to shopping (International Plaza and Westshore Mall), entertainment venues (south Howard for eating and drinking, Channelside for the same), sporting events (the Bucs/USF play at the Raymond James Stadium, Lightning at the St. Pete Times Forum, and Rays right over the bridge), and concerts are held from the Straz Performing Arts (downtown) to the amphitheatre (a manageable drive for special occasions). I would look in downtown Tampa too if you're considering high rises. Downtown is growing and you can get a nice rental there while you figure out your bearings in Tampa.

With no kids, definitely consider South Tampa and Downtown.

This should give you some research topics. Good luck!
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Old 11-16-2011, 02:15 PM
 
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GoRays,

Thanks for the advice. Is Downtown Tampa safe? I know no place is really safe, but i'm sure you know what I mean. My job requires me to spend much of my time away, so this is of paramount imortantance to me as my wife will be there alone often.

One thing i forgot to mention regarding the place to live is i'd really like an attached garage, this is mainly why i'm focusing on townhouses. Getting that with a condo is probably not going to happen. I have too many tools and such not to have one.
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Old 11-16-2011, 08:13 PM
 
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Downtown Tampa is probably the safest downtown that I've been to in the U.S. The areas to look out for are far enough away from the high rises there. But if you're looking for an attached garage, you're not going to find it downtown. I would stick to the parameters above. I'm biased towards the Hyde Park area personally but have lived in the area long enough that i can provide information on other neighborhoods.
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Old 11-17-2011, 02:41 PM
 
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As you know nothing about the Tampa Bay area it would be in your best interest to rent for the first year just so you get the lay of the land and dont end up buying something you later regret..
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