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Old 04-02-2008, 06:08 PM
 
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Does anyone have any input on the Grand Central at Kennedy condo complex?

My wife and I are DINKs in our mid 30s and moving to MacDill in June. We are looking for something more urban than suburbs that is near nightlife shopping and other activities. Based on our readings it looks like Channelside, Harbour Island, SOHO or Hyde Park are the best options for us.

We are not yet sure if we want to buy or rent, but we noticed the Grand Central at Kennedy complex and really like what we are seeing of the place on-line (especially love the gourmet kitchens . It also looks like some really good deals are to be had in this area right now. I assume that is due to the low occupancy rate in this and other complexes in channelside...

Does anyone have any input they could share?

Thanks,
Pat
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Old 04-02-2008, 06:28 PM
 
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Dinks? I would not suggest living downtown its a ghost town and you will have to drive to get to the things you need
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Old 04-02-2008, 07:35 PM
 
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DINKS = Dual Income No Kids

Thanks for the info. Any alternate areas you suggest?

Pat
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Old 04-02-2008, 08:56 PM
 
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I just moved into Grand Central and LOVE it!! No need to drive when you can take the trolley into the heart of Channelside and walk to the St Pete Times forum. Plus the fact they are BRAND NEW with granite, viking appliances, hardwood flooring secured parking garage and they are offering great incentives. To me it was a no brainer

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Old 04-02-2008, 09:16 PM
 
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That's the only place the trolly takes you? Hmm I would suggest south Tampa it has more to offer imo. There are plenty of threads about south Tampa. Perhaps you should rent a place at Grand Central just to see if you like it. Only way you will know for sure is if you experience it.
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Old 04-02-2008, 11:13 PM
 
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We're DINKs in our twenties. Thanks for the tip on grand central. It looks fantastic but i's too exensive for us. Maybe by the time we're DINKs in our thirties.
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Old 04-03-2008, 07:06 AM
 
Location: South Tampa - Bayside West Neighborhood
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I have friends that live in Grand Central and really enjoy it, there is alot of retail coming into the area, and sicne the Towers of Channelside have opened along with six other condo/townhome complexes, and they are gettign ready to open the first rentals in the area(Seaport), the is alot of activity in the area. Channelside Bayfron Entertainment center is a few blocks, SweetBay is poening the grocery store, several small cafes, a hairdresser, spa, and some professional offices have opended in the Channelside neighborhood. The streetcar can take you to Ybor City(less then a mile), and downtown near teh Forum and COnvention Center. There is also a trolley which circulates throughout Channelside and Downtown. its a new Urban area.
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Old 04-03-2008, 07:59 AM
 
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tampaguy03 & twoutrally,
Thanks for the comments about the location. It sounds like the area is starting to get more retail and it should be starting to have more places to go shopping and eating locally. My assumption is that once that happens more folks will start moving in and prices will go start going up.
It looks like this property might be a really good buy right now and we can get a much nicer place here than other areas like Hyde Park for the same amount of money.

Have any retailers started moving into the Grand Central buildings yet? How is the area around immeadiately around the complex?
Also, it looks like there are several ways in and out of this part of Channelside so commuting to and from MacDill might not be too bad, is that accurate?

Thanks again,
Pat
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Old 04-03-2008, 09:26 AM
 
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Strange everytime I go downtown it is deserted. I have probably seen the trolly run twice.

I agree downtown is up and coming. But I kind of feel its way too overpriced. For that kind of money I would expect to live in an already thriving area.
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Old 04-03-2008, 11:01 AM
 
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I work in Channelside and am there quite often. The trolleys run very regularly. (I should know because they get in my way every time I have to turn onto a street and they honk in my ear every time I am walking)

There are many unused spaces so far for retail. I can't wait to see what is going in them. I just heard lastnight that the towers went bankrupt. Can anyone verify this? Is it really true? It just doesn't seem like it is. I mean, I know they are having troubles trying to fill condos but BANKRUPT? Anyone? Anyone?
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