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Old 07-03-2013, 12:48 PM
 
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I have looked at several Sky Point condos on youtube & condo.com. They seem to be upscale and some units have a nice view. The association fees seem a bit high on some units.

Has anybody lived there or visited?
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Never have, but park my car by there all the time when downtown and it looks like an awesome place to live in my opinion.....my main concern would be personal safety/security. Seems like a lot of homeless roaming around in the vicinity.
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:19 PM
 
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I considered buying there, but I read the HOA is like a Gestapo and plus the CSX train currently runs right next to there in the middle of the night. I also think some of the rules were nuts. Here are the latest rules: http://www.myskypoint.info/docs/rules.pdf

The prices seem inflated for condos and the HOA seems inflated for what you get. IMO, prices there are high because they are really the only player. If other condo buildings go up, I believe prices would drop substantially.
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Old 07-03-2013, 02:37 PM
 
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I considered buying there, but I read the HOA is like a Gestapo and plus the CSX train currently runs right next to there in the middle of the night. I also think some of the rules were nuts. Here are the latest rules: http://www.myskypoint.info/docs/rules.pdf

The prices seem inflated for condos and the HOA seems inflated for what you get. IMO, prices there are high because they are really the only player. If other condo buildings go up, I believe prices would drop substantially.
Thank you for posting that pdf, I just read it and I actually don't mind strict rules b/c I am very quiet and rarely have quests. Typically, strict rules and high prices/HOA fees weed-out undesirables.

Now the train in the middle of the night is a big concern. Have you or anyone you know been in a unit when it traveled by?
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Old 07-03-2013, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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I'm like you. Love a strict HOA for the undesirables.

I used to live by train tracks and hated the 3 a.m. train tooting the horn - of course the management where I rented forgot to tell me about that.

Maybe you can talk to someone who rents. I'd think what side of the building you're located on makes a big difference as well.

I like that location - Broadway plays season tickets run for about $11 for cheap seats, the symphony has a concert on Fridays during the non-summer months (cheap seats available). There are a few bars down the street near U of T. Lots of cool places to visit.

Library, parks nearby. I see a lot of younger professional people walking their dogs and running, exercising during the evenings. Seems like a place for young people.

Shopping is relatively close and is Hyde Park - as well as the Tampa Bay Times Forum where they have concerts, ice hockey. Hopefully Channelside will be dealt with and renovated to be a good place to visit.
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Old 07-03-2013, 04:59 PM
 
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If my real estate agent ever calls me back I'll ask about the train near by.
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:30 PM
 
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If your real estate agent can get the information, try to get the percentage of units that are delinquent on their dues from the HOA. If the rates seem unreasonably high, the reason may be that a large number of units are delinquent and the rest of the units have to make up the difference. A high delinquency rate also is a sign that there might be a lot of units going through the foreclosure process. That building was finished during the height of the housing boom and many of those units were sold for WAY more than they are actually worth.
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Old 07-04-2013, 12:45 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Assumed OP was thinking rent, not buying. My mistake. If buying, there are a lot of things to eval. Tall order. Good luck.
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Old 07-04-2013, 07:16 AM
 
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If your real estate agent can get the information, try to get the percentage of units that are delinquent on their dues from the HOA. If the rates seem unreasonably high, the reason may be that a large number of units are delinquent and the rest of the units have to make up the difference. A high delinquency rate also is a sign that there might be a lot of units going through the foreclosure process. That building was finished during the height of the housing boom and many of those units were sold for WAY more than they are actually worth.
Good & interesting question, I'll ask.
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Old 07-04-2013, 07:19 AM
 
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Assumed OP was thinking rent, not buying. My mistake. If buying, there are a lot of things to eval. Tall order. Good luck.

Glad you asked, yes I'm looking to buy.
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