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Old 04-14-2009, 08:52 AM
 
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A house off Westshore and El Prado is a very busy area, no wonder the house was cheap.the homes for 100k in south Tampa will be crack dens and on busy streets. I also do not understund the "appeal of south tampa" although I do love Wrights Deli. I have friends who live in Hyde Park, Westshore, Virginia Park, etc. The people who live in Virginia park are complaining about hobos walking on Dale Mabrey and on their streets and parking problems and noise. If you have to put a sign in front of your house that says "5 minute parking only", that is a problem right there; I could never live there. I need peace and quiet.Also south Tampa is one good hurricane away from elimination. If you have children, Plant High is a decent school but there are private schools that are much much better, like Berkley Prep. There are some nice areas in Tampa Bay that do not have many of these these issues (CarrolWood, Westchase, etc).But the south tampa kool-aid drinkers will keep drinking and selling the koolaid until the cows come home.
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Old 04-14-2009, 09:03 AM
 
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If you care about housing values 10 years from now, then South Tampa beats Westchase and Carollwood any day of the week.
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Old 04-14-2009, 07:14 PM
 
Location: South Tampa - Bayside West Neighborhood
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A house off Westshore and El Prado is a very busy area, no wonder the house was cheap.the homes for 100k in south Tampa will be crack dens and on busy streets. I also do not understund the "appeal of south tampa" although I do love Wrights Deli. I have friends who live in Hyde Park, Westshore, Virginia Park, etc. The people who live in Virginia park are complaining about hobos walking on Dale Mabrey and on their streets and parking problems and noise. If you have to put a sign in front of your house that says "5 minute parking only", that is a problem right there; I could never live there. I need peace and quiet.Also south Tampa is one good hurricane away from elimination. If you have children, Plant High is a decent school but there are private schools that are much much better, like Berkley Prep. There are some nice areas in Tampa Bay that do not have many of these these issues (CarrolWood, Westchase, etc).But the south tampa kool-aid drinkers will keep drinking and selling the koolaid until the cows come home.
I couldnt help but laugh at this one....the house in Bel mar Estates in NOT on westshore, its on Renellie, near westshore and el prado...and im not when you were last in south tampa last, but crack dens??, please stop telling folks about my neighbors
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Old 04-14-2009, 07:36 PM
 
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Thanks for the replies so far. I guess we really missed some stuff and need to go back. Does anyone have any "must see" places, identified by intersection, that I could plug into the GPS as waypoints? You know, a great shopping or park area or what not?

A lot of the commercial areas we saw were along the major arteries and pretty seedy in some sections, as were the homes adjacent to the area, so clearly thats not where we want to be.
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Old 04-15-2009, 06:20 AM
 
Location: South Tampa - Bayside West Neighborhood
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Thanks for the replies so far. I guess we really missed some stuff and need to go back. Does anyone have any "must see" places, identified by intersection, that I could plug into the GPS as waypoints? You know, a great shopping or park area or what not?

A lot of the commercial areas we saw were along the major arteries and pretty seedy in some sections, as were the homes adjacent to the area, so clearly thats not where we want to be.
Hyde Park Village - park in one of the garages and have some lunch, then stroll around the neighborhood through streets like Edison, Inman, Orleans, Boulevard, etc.), Ballast Point Park/Pier, Davis Islands - Marjorie Park/Yacht Basin, Bayshore Blvd Linear Park, ...check out neighborhoods like Old Hyde Park, New Suburb Beautiful, Golfview, Beach Park, Culbreath Bayou/Isles...shooping areas like Bay to Bay Blvd and MacDill Avenue area, South Howard Avenue area from Kennedy to Bayshore Blvd.....
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Old 04-16-2009, 06:17 AM
 
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The one thing everyone needs to understand about South Tampa is the cost of the land. Double lots in desireable locations exceed prices anywhere else in the area (excluding bayfront). It doesn't matter if there's a house on the lot, or its physical condition. You can change a house, but you can't change the lot or its location. This same scenario applies to much of Pinellas County. Less supply + higher demand = higher prices. People who really want to live South of Kennedy Blvd. will pay higher prices or move elsewhere.

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Old 04-17-2009, 06:15 PM
 
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The one thing everyone needs to understand about South Tampa is the cost of the land. Double lots in desireable locations exceed prices anywhere else in the area (excluding bayfront). It doesn't matter if there's a house on the lot, or its physical condition. You can change a house, but you can't change the lot or its location. This same scenario applies to much of Pinellas County. Less supply + higher demand = higher prices. People who really want to live South of Kennedy Blvd. will pay higher prices or move elsewhere.
Yes, I believe this is very true. The one thing that doesn't make sense is why/how there are still so many trailer parks in relatively good areas of Clearwater, Safety Harbor, Dunedin, etc. We all know the land is expensive and we all know that trailers are cheap and easy to get rid of. No wrecking ball required, just hitch them up and in one afternoon, presto... instant build-able land!

And in fact I'm surprised that there aren't more homes being bulldozed. If the market ever picks back up it might happen. There is a lot of near-bayfront land being occupied by homes that could be bought up cheap and disposed of.
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Old 06-03-2009, 02:04 PM
 
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South Tampa sounds appealing to me, based on what I read in this thread. A question (and it might be a stupid one, but I have never even been to the state of FL): Are there townhouses and apartment buildings there, or is it only single family homes? I am not into mowing the lawn and worrying about flood insurance...

Thank you!!
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Old 06-03-2009, 02:40 PM
 
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There are some townhomes around but you might have better luck with an apt depending on your budget.
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Old 06-04-2009, 06:48 AM
 
Location: South Tampa - Bayside West Neighborhood
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South Tampa sounds appealing to me, based on what I read in this thread. A question (and it might be a stupid one, but I have never even been to the state of FL): Are there townhouses and apartment buildings there, or is it only single family homes? I am not into mowing the lawn and worrying about flood insurance...

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Yes, townhomes, condos, apartments are all around the South Tampa area in addition to single family homes.
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