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Old 09-12-2013, 06:01 AM
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Good morning, I will be visiting the Tampa area in early October and moving there in November. I am going to rent so Iím putting together a list of apartment developments to visit during my trip. I wonít be limited to the list.

Do any of you have knowledge of the Camden Preserve (zip code 33616) and Camden Woods developments (zip code 33634)? Other suggestions are welcome.

I am a 66 year old single retired male. I hope to find a gated development in a relative safe area. I travel so I need to lock and leave my apartment for a few weeks from time to time. In addition, I am retired military thus I would like, but it is not a requirement, to be near MacDill afb so that I can use the base facilities several times a week. It appears that Camden Preserve is close to the base but the rent is about $100 more than I would desire to pay.

Thanks for your assistance
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Old 09-12-2013, 10:21 AM
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Camden Woods is in Brandon, so I would avoid that if you are interested in being really close to MacDill.

Camden Preserve is on Westshore a good ways south to wear it *nearly* becomes a bit sketchy honestly, although I have never heard of issues before. You would have a VFW close by and one of the best restaurants in South Tampa (my opinion) with Hula Bay.

We *almost* moved into Mainsail apartments on Himes just north of Gandy (near the YMCA) whenever we first moved to Tampa. They looked decent although a bit outdated. Seemed safe for sure.

Another to look at if you want to be REALLY close to MacDill is Clipper Cove. I don't know the specifics of them, but they are on Interbay just west of Dale Mabry. They appear to be newer than others in the area.

There is another Camden property...Camden Westshore. This property is in a better area than Camden Preserve and is on the corner of Westshore/Gandy. I have known a few people to live there and enjoy it.

One of the most popular complex is The Cove, also on Westshore. A bit more of a younger crowd I would say, although I do know plenty of 50+ year olds that live there who frequent some of the local bars in the area. To me, they were overpriced for the condition they are in- probably due to being close to water.

Good luck!

All of the ones I mentioned are within 5 minutes to the gate at MacDill, if not closer.
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Old 09-12-2013, 02:10 PM
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Thanks for the info SeaSpur. As a VFW life member, it great to learn that there is a post in the area close to MacDill.
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Old 09-12-2013, 02:21 PM
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The Pavilions. It's not gated, but the grounds are beautiful and I loved living there. It's about a half mile from the base gate.
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