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Old 10-19-2012, 04:46 AM
 
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I currently live in South Tampa and commute to E. Kennedy for work. I usually go in around 7 and leave around 4. I really love South Tampa for the commute and convenience, and I love being near the bay. However, I am looking to buy and the S. Tampa market has just become so insane that I don't see myself stretching to that point.

I have had suggestions about Carrollwood, Brandon and Westchase, but I really don't want to be inland. I want to be closer to the ocean. ALso, I have family in Sarasota that I want to be close to. The current commute is fine. I don't want to make the commute from Westchase or Carrollwood though.

Anyway, I have heard some great things about Safety Harbor. I have heard its a nice community, is safe and, of course, near the water. It would only add about 7 minutes to my commute to Sarasota, so that sounds great.

I wanted to find out about the commute on tnhe Courtney Campbell Causeway, as well as going north and over the harbor so that you stay on the land and don't have to drive a bridge (in case the bridge is backed up). I have been advised that it is infrequent, especially at the times I travel, to run into bad traffic coming from Safety Harbor to downtown Tampa. Can anyone advise me about the average commute times, how often I might hit traffic problems, how often the causeway gets backed up, etc?

Also, I'd like to know about the community - is it safe, is it stable, is the housing market stable, are there a good amount of stores, banks, gas stations, etc in the area, etc? If there are less savory areas, please advise, as safe is a major factor for me.

Thanks
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Old 10-19-2012, 11:23 AM
 
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I currently live in South Tampa and commute to E. Kennedy for work. I usually go in around 7 and leave around 4. I really love South Tampa for the commute and convenience, and I love being near the bay. However, I am looking to buy and the S. Tampa market has just become so insane that I don't see myself stretching to that point.

I have had suggestions about Carrollwood, Brandon and Westchase, but I really don't want to be inland. I want to be closer to the ocean. ALso, I have family in Sarasota that I want to be close to. The current commute is fine. I don't want to make the commute from Westchase or Carrollwood though.

Anyway, I have heard some great things about Safety Harbor. I have heard its a nice community, is safe and, of course, near the water. It would only add about 7 minutes to my commute to Sarasota, so that sounds great.

I wanted to find out about the commute on tnhe Courtney Campbell Causeway, as well as going north and over the harbor so that you stay on the land and don't have to drive a bridge (in case the bridge is backed up). I have been advised that it is infrequent, especially at the times I travel, to run into bad traffic coming from Safety Harbor to downtown Tampa. Can anyone advise me about the average commute times, how often I might hit traffic problems, how often the causeway gets backed up, etc?

Also, I'd like to know about the community - is it safe, is it stable, is the housing market stable, are there a good amount of stores, banks, gas stations, etc in the area, etc? If there are less savory areas, please advise, as safe is a major factor for me.

Thanks
Have you looked at NE ST pete, the commute to downtown would seem to me fairly easy. It gives you a lot of the South Tampa qualities, and more bang for your buck. My alternate commute from Clearwater to South Tampa when the Howard Frankland is a disaster is through the causeway, I always see cars backed up, on the afternoon heading west. In general if you can avoid going North in the afternoons then you can save yourself a lot of traffic headaches.
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Old 10-19-2012, 11:50 AM
 
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If you live here already, why not try it a few times and see if its something you'd be ok doing everyday.

I agree with also looking in St Pete.
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Old 10-21-2012, 02:33 PM
 
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Also, I'd like to know about the community - is it safe, is it stable, is the housing market stable, are there a good amount of stores, banks, gas stations, etc in the area, etc? If there are less savory areas, please advise, as safe is a major factor for me.

Thanks
I can't speak to the commute as my commute is from Safety Harbor into neighboring Palm Harbor and back every day. That's in the opposite direction you would be heading, though. Traffic inside Safety Harbor isn't bad at all, but McMullen Booth Road and Gulf to Bay/60 are nightmares!

Safety Harbor is a wonderful place to live, in my opinion. It has everything we need and is located very close to everything else we'd want. I feel very safe here. It's one of the few areas where I'm comfortable letting my kids ride their bikes pretty much all over the place. The downtown area is charming and quaint and artsy. The people here are wonderful. It's a very friendly community, and although it has the reputation for being wealthy, the people here are not pretentious at all.

There are "pockets" of less savory areas, but you'd see them quite easily just by driving around. There aren't very many. When we bought our house this summer, the market was going up fairly rapidly. You'll find that Safety Harbor isn't all that easy to get in to. The houses that are priced right go very quickly. You need to be ready to make an offer as soon as you see one you like. If you let me know your price range, I can probably suggest some good neighborhoods.
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Fort Myers, FL
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There are "pockets" of less savory areas, but you'd see them quite easily just by driving around. There aren't very many. When we bought our house this summer, the market was going up fairly rapidly. You'll find that Safety Harbor isn't all that easy to get in to. The houses that are priced right go very quickly. You need to be ready to make an offer as soon as you see one you like. If you let me know your price range, I can probably suggest some good neighborhoods.
Can you suggest some of these neighborhoods in he sub $250 range for family consisting of one 5 year old and his college educated parents (engineer and calculus teacher)

May be transferred this winter and Safety Harbor seems like our kind of place. "Small town" in the city. I will be working near westshore mall.

We desire a neighbor hood where my son could ride his bike and we can take our dog for evening family walks. Somewhere safe enough that my wife can jog without me being nervous.

Thanks.
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Rochester Hills, MI
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Can you suggest some of these neighborhoods in he sub $250 range for family consisting of one 5 year old and his college educated parents (engineer and calculus teacher)

May be transferred this winter and Safety Harbor seems like our kind of place. "Small town" in the city. I will be working near westshore mall.

We desire a neighbor hood where my son could ride his bike and we can take our dog for evening family walks. Somewhere safe enough that my wife can jog without me being nervous.

Thanks.
I, too, would like info on this criteria. We have similar situation and wants.

Thanks!
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:59 AM
 
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I come from Belcher and RT#60- Clearwater to International Mall area every day- 20 25 min normally. BUT I get off on Spruce and avoid all the bridge traffic on 275. Its pretty view drving it everyday.
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:03 AM
 
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I come from Belcher and RT#60- Clearwater to International Mall area every day- 20 25 min normally. BUT I get off on Spruce and avoid all the bridge traffic on 275. Its pretty view drving it everyday.
IF you ever have to take the long way around add at least one hour to that commute time.. at least on Hillsborough ugh
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:10 PM
 
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Can you suggest some of these neighborhoods in he sub $250 range for family consisting of one 5 year old and his college educated parents (engineer and calculus teacher)

May be transferred this winter and Safety Harbor seems like our kind of place. "Small town" in the city. I will be working near westshore mall.

We desire a neighbor hood where my son could ride his bike and we can take our dog for evening family walks. Somewhere safe enough that my wife can jog without me being nervous.

Thanks.
Bay Woods fits that description. It's right across the street from Philippee Park. Most of the residents there are college-educated. There are lots of children there, too.

Good luck!
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:20 PM
 
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Bay Woods fits that description. It's right across the street from Philippee Park. Most of the residents there are college-educated. There are lots of children there, too.

Good luck!
I was having trouble finding homes in that price range in Bay Woods recently, but I have been seeing quite a few right "across the tracks" if you will, in Bay Hills. I personally liked Bay Woods better, but the inventory is pretty slim currently. I would have loved to find a home in the Bay Woods area, I think that would have been our perfect fit To the OP, if you can find a home in your price range in that area, I would have to second what floridagirl says, I think it sounds like exactly what you're looking for.

We also like Del Oro Groves, but again, limited inventory. I also don't think it was as family friendly looking as Bay Woods.
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