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Old 12-04-2015, 10:59 AM
 
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Safety Harbor is very nice, I prefer Palm Harbor myself, located on the western -gulf- side of the peninsula Palm Harbor FL Real Estate - 902 Homes For Sale | Zillow
Keep in mind once the houses down here hit 50 years old the insurance goes through the roof. The closer to resent building codes they are the lower your insurance premium. In some cases insurance will cost you more than a mortgage near the coast. Pay close attention to elevation.
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Old 12-04-2015, 01:16 PM
 
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We went on the Kenwood bungalow tour over the weekend and feel madly in love with those houses - and now you're making me think perhaps Safety Harbor is the place for us. What you're describing is exactly what we're looking for - the eclecticism and community, plus safety.

Tour? What kind of tour? Sounds fabulous.
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Old 12-14-2015, 04:31 AM
 
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I love St. Pete and the downtown/Kenwood area. I find it overall having character (this term can be as general and broad to some, so by character the waterfront parks, etc.) and quaint as a lot of areas in St. Pete. But for housing, I just like having carpet and central AC especially in Florida and I haven't found many houses that are "historic" to have those elements. Plus I see no need in having a fireplace in Florida.
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Old 12-14-2015, 04:47 AM
 
Location: Central Mexico and Central Florida
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I love St. Pete and the downtown/Kenwood area. I find it overall having character (this term can be as general and broad to some, so by character the waterfront parks, etc.) and quaint as a lot of areas in St. Pete. But for housing, I just like having carpet and central AC especially in Florida and I haven't found many houses that are "historic" to have those elements. Plus I see no need in having a fireplace in Florida.
Carpet in Florida....you must be kidding. The humidity, coming in from the pool. Carpet is sooooo awful just about anywhere, it's a dirt sponge for germs, mold, etc. Modern carpeting is full of synthetics that cause allergies....anyone with kids knows this.

Every watch ANY of the home improvement shows on HGTV....every see any carpeting??? Hard surfaces is what sells a home....good luck on resale of carpeted home. All potential buyers see is the cost in converting to hardwoods or tile.

Carpet...YUCK!!! Especially in a warm, humid climate.
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Old 12-14-2015, 06:09 AM
 
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Bungalows are nice.

Carpets in FL.......NO. Humidity and sand does not work with carpeting here.
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Old 12-14-2015, 10:15 AM
 
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It was totally fabulous - Bungalowfest 2015:

BungalowFest 2015 | Historic Kenwood

Definitely check it out next year!
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Old 12-14-2015, 10:48 AM
 
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There's nothing inherently wrong with carpet...

In fact, EVERY home built in Florida from roughly 1975 until the early 2000's had carpet as the primary flooring.

In fact, in the 70's through the 90's people were covering up their hard wood floors and terrazo floors (popular in the 60's and early 70's) with Carpet.

In fact it's still put in MOST houses. Maybe not high end ones, because people like the look of tile or wood.

Don't get me wrong, I do to. My home has tile, I pulled up the carpet when I bought it and put down tile. But some rooms I kept carpet. I like it, but I also like the low maintenance of tile

Now, that said, in a bungalo with a sub-floor, I can see if the floor's not sealed great, it could be a problem. But in a non-crappy home with a real foundation build in the last 60 years, it's a non-issue
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Old 12-14-2015, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Central Mexico and Central Florida
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Carpet is a huge issue for breathing....it makes its own indoor air pollution from the fibers. And the mites, the molds....it all stays in the carpet....ewwwwww!!!

And as far as looks and resale, carpet is a big negative. Any home beyond lower level builder's grade will not have carpeting in this day and age.

I always think resale when we buy and we haven't had carpeting in any of our homes since 1987. Never lost money on a home sale either and we've bought/sold nine of them, even in the downturn.

A house is a huge investment and can become a big liability if you pick one that no one wants when it's time to sell.
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Old 12-14-2015, 11:06 AM
 
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Carpet is a huge issue for breathing....it makes its own indoor air pollution from the fibers. And the mites, the molds....it all stays in the carpet....ewwwwww!!!
If your home has a concrete slab the carpet does not really "breathe".

Mold is only an issue if you have leaks, or cracks in the foundation, or if you don't run the air conditioner (who doesnt here in FLA)

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And as far as looks and resale, carpet is a big negative. Any home beyond lower level builder's grade will not have carpeting in this day and age.
That's a pretty snobby attitude and wrong

[quote]I always think resale when we buy and we haven't had carpeting in any of our homes since 1987. Never lost money on a home sale either and we've bought/sold nine of them, even in the downturn.

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A house is a huge investment and can become a big liability if you pick one that no one wants when it's time to sell.
Nonsense...

It's not a liability.

Having wood floors will give you a premium at selling time, as will nice real wood cabinets and stainless steel appliances.

But those are all easily replaceable, like carpet. Ask any realtor how many homes with carpet and cheap formica cabinets they sold in the run-up to the bubble 2004-2008.

Similar houses are selling right now.

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Old 12-14-2015, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Let's just drag the carpet beyond a one post who mentions carpet ... cripes.

Well, I could have tile or wood floors in the dining and living room, but for ME I prefer in bedrooms. Either way. The good thing shopping in the markets are options. With more options, you also pay more. Throughout Tampa Bay there are a variety of houses with interior features. You could have your all wooden floors and fire places with granite and stainless steel and go get Swiffer "for those who have kids." Anyone with pets know this .....

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