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Old 01-08-2013, 02:20 PM
Location: Tampa, FL
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Just FYI: I live a few miles south of Riverview (near Apollo Beach) and the drive to the airport is approx 45 mins each way (I use the Selmon Expressway for some of it).

I think my drive from Riverview to Bradenton is about 30+ mins, depending on what part of Bradenton you're driving to.

The idea of driving into St Pete on weekends for entertainment or to SoHo/Hyde Park makes a lot of sense to me.
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:28 PM
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Check out the Brandon area, near the mall. It's halfway for both commutes. Lots of newer apartment complexes in the area that are within your price range. It's a safe area and a short drive to Tamp/Ybor, S Tampa where you can do lots of things. Lots of places to eat near the Brandon Mall also.

If you consider living in St Pete, make sure your husband is OK driving over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge(I-275 between St Pete and Brandenton) twice a day. It's not for everyone. He must actually drive over it to make sure it is ok for him during thunderstorms, heavy traffic, normal weather, etc.

Also the traffic from St Pete into Tampa each morning can be terrible. Heavy traffic from Pinellas - crossing the hump (aka 275 from Pinellas County into Tampa, just near the Tampa airport). the hump always has heavy traffic, sometime it crawls.

IMO, living in Brandon would be the best commute for both of you. Not only distance, but less traffic which can make life much easier.
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:45 PM
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Originally Posted by QKL View Post
I figure if we lived in a gated, safe communtiy in Riverview we could easily drive to South Tampa for nice restaurants, shopping, etc.
You wont. Downtown St. Pete isn't the ghetto- it's actually quite safe. It's south St. Pete that has a bad reputation (for good reason).

Isn't safety a big issue for everyone?

If you want a good quality of life, downtown St. Pete is it. I would marginally recommend Brandon over Riverview if you're renting but neither offer the quality of life that downtown St. Pete offers. In Brandon, there's a stretch of apartments near Falkenberg Road that are relatively new and close to the mall. They're also close to the crosstown and I75 to reduce your commute to work.
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Old 05-14-2014, 08:30 AM
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This update is long overdue, but I'd thought I'd share where we ended up moving to and how we LOVE it! We decided to move to a condo in downtown St. Pete. It is awesome for this stage of life. We are in our late twenties and don't have children yet. We can walk to the grocery store, great restaurants, entertainment and take long runs along the water where we often see dolphins swimming along! I have never felt unsafe. It is true that south St. Pete has the reputation for begin dangerous; however, that has not crossed into the downtown area (at least I haven't noticed it). The downtown is continuing to grow and revitalize. New shopping, restaurants and residential condominiums continue to be built. I highly recommend this area!
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