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Old 07-07-2014, 08:42 AM
 
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Hello! My boyfriend and I have decided that Tampa is the place that we are going to call home! We are extremely excited but a bit stressed at the same time. We will be relocating from Richmond, Virginia and it will just be us and our 2 year old son starting completely new and let me not forget to mention we are just 20 and 21. So, it's kind of a big deal haha. We are planning to move there within the next 6 months and wanted to see what were some nice, safe, family friendly areas to rent a house/townhome/apartment for of 1250/month?
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Old 07-07-2014, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Toledo, OH
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If you want to be around more things like shopping and places to eat I would recommend the Carrollwood area. If you are looking for more peace and quiet, a bit of a drive to shopping, food, work, etc... then I would recommend Wesley Chapel, Land O Lakes, and even New Tampa on the North and North East side of Tampa. St Pete, Largo also has some nice places but a completely different feel.
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Old 07-07-2014, 10:46 AM
 
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Is there a specific reason that you chose Tampa? Do you have family down here or a job already lined up, or do you just think that you'll like the area?

I ask because there are a lot of threads on the forum (you can probably look and see several) from people who decided on a whim to move to Tampa without any real connections to the place, only to later find out that they hated it or couldn't find a decent job. Moving anyplace without a plan--especially being a young family--is not a good idea.

The areas gulper recommended are good options, as is Brandon and Carrollwood. Lots of it depends on where you want to be, which I assume will have something to do about where you will be working. There's no sense living in Land O Lakes if you're going to be working in Largo. The commute and gas costs will be unbearable.
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Old 07-07-2014, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Seminole, FL
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If you're going to be working in Pinellas (St. Pete, Clearwater, Largo, etc.) then I could suggest the Seminole area. It's where my girlfriend and I moved. Supposedly, it has some of the best schools in the area. You're 15 minutes from 3 different malls and movie theaters, < 10 minutes from the beach, and about 25 minutes from downtown St. Pete. There's a pretty good amount of restaurants in the area, though you probably won't be walking to any, as well as parks and some recreation centers.

As a previous poster mentioned, the location of your job will have a big impact on where you want to live. Traffic in Tampa Bay isn't too bad for a major city, but you don't want to be crossing a bridge over the bay during rush hour.
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Old 07-07-2014, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Jupiter, FL
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Any idea where you will be working? Tampa Bay has many nice places spread out all over the region and your life would be less stressful if you could keep your commute manageable.
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Old 07-07-2014, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Tampa Bay Area
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Default month to month

As others have mentioned, there are lots of very nice areas in the Tampa Bay area, but your job will determine which of the nice areas is good for your family. Maybe you could find a month to month or short term lease in a centralized area, like Clearwater. Then after you find your job/jobs, move to a nice place closer to work. Tampa Bay has so much to offer. You don't want to spend all your time in traffic commuting.
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Old 07-07-2014, 08:52 PM
 
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Is there a specific reason that you chose Tampa? Do you have family down here or a job already lined up, or do you just think that you'll like the area?

I ask because there are a lot of threads on the forum (you can probably look and see several) from people who decided on a whim to move to Tampa without any real connections to the place, only to later find out that they hated it or couldn't find a decent job. Moving anyplace without a plan--especially being a young family--is not a good idea.

The areas gulper recommended are good options, as is Brandon and Carrollwood. Lots of it depends on where you want to be, which I assume will have something to do about where you will be working. There's no sense living in Land O Lakes if you're going to be working in Largo. The commute and gas costs will be unbearable.
Here is how the reasoning went or so it appears....

Check the affordability of places

Is Charlotte an affordable place to live?
Is myrtle beach an affordable place to live?
Is Tampa an affordable place to live?

Then flip a coin and pick Tampa.....

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My boyfriend and I have decided that Tampa is the place that we are going to call home!
And someone actually dared to ask if they have a job or family around and here is the answer....

Quote:
We will actually be relocating due to my boyfriends job and I actually am a "career woman" due to my amazing job that allows me to work at home.
So, they have this figured out. Just need some additional info
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Old 07-07-2014, 09:59 PM
 
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Here is how the reasoning went or so it appears....

Check the affordability of places

Is Charlotte an affordable place to live?
Is myrtle beach an affordable place to live?
Is Tampa an affordable place to live?

Then flip a coin and pick Tampa.....



And someone actually dared to ask if they have a job or family around and here is the answer....



So, they have this figured out. Just need some additional info
Oh trust me, so much more went into the decision we made
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Old 09-28-2014, 10:38 PM
 
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My boyfriend and I moved to Pinellas in July from RVA! We love it here in Clearwater and I am so happy with where we ended up. We searched all over Pinellas and Hillsborough for the perfect spot. We are renting so I'm sure this won't be where we stay forever but coming from Virginia I really wanted to be close to the beach and also close to our jobs of course. We also live very close to tons of restaurants and shopping. Check out Dunedin and Largo as well. Good luck!
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