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Old 10-16-2007, 12:49 AM
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What areas are safe for a young single female, and still reasonable to commute to St. Joseph's Hospital (near Raymond James stadium and the airport)?
I looked at some apartments last week and found some I like. Anybody have any comments or warnings before I choose a place to live? I am considering:

Vantage Point Condos (Across the 275 bridge, near St. Petersburg)
Citrus Falls Apartments (Near Gunn Hwy and Veterans Expy)
The Falls at New Tampa (Near USF and Fletcher Ave.)

I would love to find a place close to work where I could avoid some of the horrible traffic that I saw while I was visiting tampa. I'd appreciate any help, thanks!
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Old 10-16-2007, 09:35 AM
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I would suggest South Tampa. Fletcher near USF can be a hit or miss -- some areas are very bad -- alot of college kids.

The area right around the stadium is not very good but if you just go down Himes -- right past Dale Mabry -- you're in South Tampa and there is affordable housing if you rent. And, you don't get cookie cutter apts.
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Old 10-17-2007, 03:11 PM
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Thanks. What about traffic as well? If I have to take 275 to get to work am I going to become hopelessly caught in traffic?
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Old 10-17-2007, 03:41 PM
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If you are working the longer hours on 4 days the traffic is not so bad. But Tampa in rush hour is bad all over really. The areas around USF can be a bit difficult for single women, sadly college campuses and open ones in particular are a draw for the worst kind of people. South Tampa is probably better for you .
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Old 10-17-2007, 06:45 PM
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You don't want to live near USF..

Citrus Falls would be around a 40 minute trip if you travel during rush hour, 25-30 min otherwise. You have several options as far as streets and none would be 275. You would be close to the mall and shopping there.

South Tampa and even a few places closer to St. Joes would be OK too. Being young and single I would look around S. Tampa.
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Old 10-18-2007, 03:21 AM
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Hi. If you lived in S. Tampa you would just have to take Himes which is a 4 lane road and it would be an easy drive. Maybe like 20 min. with traffic (10 min. with no traffic).

Look around Hyde Park & Davis Island. (This is South Tampa)
The main streets are Bayshore, Howard, Kennedy, Swann, Platt.

NOT North Hyde Park - you want to be on the South side of Kennedy Blvd.

It's best to drive around the area and just look for "For Rent" signs. Or you can check tbo.com or craigslist.org.

Craigslist has some sublets where maybe you could stay temporarily until you got a feel for where you want to live.

I don't think Carrollwood is too far from St. Josephs - may want to look there.

As stated before - you probably don't want to live around USF, esp. Fletcher. Those areas have alot of drugs and college kids. If you head east a little bit within that same area there is Temple Terrace. What do you locals think of that?
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