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Old 06-25-2014, 12:42 PM
 
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Just accepted a new job in St.Pete but not relocating from suburbs of Chicago until my son goes off to college in fall of 2015 so gives me a lot of time to start doing my homework on schools and areas to live. I will have a son entering high school and a daughter starting third grade in fall of 2015. Which is better--find the school district first or the house? Living on/near water is important. Is there flexibility or do you have to go to the schools where the house is located? Other considerations?
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Old 06-26-2014, 05:34 AM
 
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Check out the town of Seminole which is just NW of St Pete. School district first would be most important in my opinion. Seminole has the second best school district in Pinellas County, the top district is up at the northeast tip of the county. Check out Bauder Elementary or Starkey Elementary as well as Seminole High School or Osceola High School. For areas near the water check out the south end of town near Bay Pines (St Pete) which provides easy access to Boca Ciega Bay and Madeira Beach or the west end off of Park Boulevard which is equally close to the bay or beach yet in non-evacuation neighborhoods (hurricanes/flooding) for the most part, which is important if purchasing a house and dealing with insurance.
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Old 06-26-2014, 06:20 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte
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Just watch for FEMA flood zones. You want to be in an "X" -no flood zone. Otherwise, you can run into troubles if the home gets damages, not to mention flood insurance rates.
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Old 06-27-2014, 10:58 AM
 
Location: St. Petersburg
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I would take a look at zoning and see what schools would be suitable for your kids. There are plenty of areas in Pinellas County to choose from within close proximity of water. If you are looking to live on the water it will be almost impossible to avoid being in a flood zone. Luckily, there has been improvements to the flood insurance situation down here which have increased consumer confidence.
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Old 06-27-2014, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Terra
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South St Pete is like a baby version of the South Side of Chicago.
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Old 06-27-2014, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Historic Gulfport
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While home shopping, we had chanted the mantra, "Don't buy in a flood zone....don't buy in a flood zone....don't buy in a flood zone." Well, we did. And we don't regret it for a minute. Insurance rates vary dependent on a number of factors, so don't rule out any houses simply on that criteria. Find out the actual premium, and go from there. I'm not gonna live inland in some gawd-awful suburban sprawl just to save a few bucks. YMMV.
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Old 06-27-2014, 02:24 PM
 
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While home shopping, we had chanted the mantra, "Don't buy in a flood zone....don't buy in a flood zone....don't buy in a flood zone." Well, we did. And we don't regret it for a minute. Insurance rates vary dependent on a number of factors, so don't rule out any houses simply on that criteria. Find out the actual premium, and go from there. I'm not gonna live inland in some gawd-awful suburban sprawl just to save a few bucks. YMMV.
My thoughts exactly Gulfporter.
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