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Old 07-17-2013, 09:58 PM
 
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We are looking to move to the southeast Tampa Bay area (from out of state) and are not very familiar with the area. We are looking for a new build, but do not want to build from scratch, so are looking at inventory homes. We have narrowed it down to two choices:

1. An Arthur Rutenberg home in FishHawk Ranch

OR

2. An M/I home in Panther Trace (PT)

From what we have heard, FishHawk seems to be a very desirable community & Arthur Rutenberg a high quality builder. Seems like the better choice, right? However, the M/I home is priced at $50k less, offers more incentives, is bigger by about 300 sq.ft., is on a larger corner lot, & facing a pretty pond.

The lower price of the M/I home is appealing (plus you get more) but we are concerned about living in Panther Trace - the immediate areas seem "sketchy" and run down. This does not appear to be the case in FishHawk. Additionally, reading some of the threads in this forum, I am getting an impression that Riverview may not be a low-crime, desirable area like FishHawk is.

Can someone give me a very honest answer - would it be a mistake to choose PT over FishHawk? Or is it a fine & safe neighborhood? I get the impression that resale would be no problem with the FishHawk home. What about the PT home?

Any input is greatly appreciated!!
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:39 AM
 
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Check schools zoned to Panther Trace and it should answer your questions.
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:45 AM
 
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Well, looking at the ratings, they are actually quite similar! Both have 'A' rated elementary & middle schools, the difference being high school. PT has 'B' rated school whereas FR has an 'A' rated school.

That helps, but I also want to know community impressions, is PT known as being a nice, safe community? Are there any negative vibes associated with PT/Riverview?

I already got the impression that FR is looked upon favorably but at the same time I get a snobby feeling - is that accurate?
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Old 07-18-2013, 11:50 AM
 
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East Bay High with the rating 4 out of 10 for me says it all (and in my opinion will not add to resell value).
Read existing threads, there were people with similar to yours questions.
Panther Trace or Fishhawk Ranch (or somewhere else)
Panther Trace opinions
Thoughts on PANTHER TRACE?
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:32 PM
 
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Default thanks

Just wanted to say thanks for your help
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Old 07-19-2013, 02:33 PM
 
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As a school district employee, given the choice of Newsome HS or East Bay, I would choose Newsome.

'nuf said.

RM
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