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Old 04-30-2007, 05:51 PM
 
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In Tampa, like I am sure most cities, you have to know the good parts and the bad. The bad parts are what I would call ghetto and the more primary drug trafficing areas. I would consider these areas down town mostly, and then it spread a little more down Dale Marbry. West of Dale Mabry is such a great place to live. The good parts of Tampa are very effiecient with so many things close by. Orlando is no more than 2 hours, there are countless beaches up and down the coast of Tampa, and Clearwater (one of the top rated beaches) is no more than 30 min away. There is a lot of night life in Ybor, Channel Side, Hyde Park, and a lot of areas in Clearwater. People for the most part are very positive. I highly suggest the area Westchase, VERY good schools, close to malls, shopping, restaurants, ect. The community and the surrounding areas are beautiful! Westchase is also very far from the bad parts of Tampa, (I would say about 40 min)

If you would like any information I would be more than happy to help you with any questions about Tampa or surrounding areas, I am a travel agent for the area. Email: shayna2020@hotmail.com!!

Good Luck!!
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Old 04-30-2007, 08:15 PM
 
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I agree. Tampa proper is a small city, so it makes any existing slums seem more prevalent. North of USF is basically all nice as well, in the metro area.
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Old 05-04-2007, 02:34 PM
 
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Most of us who work in downtown Tampa prefer to call it the "Little City Who Could"...
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Old 05-05-2007, 04:36 PM
 
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I highly suggest the area Westchase, VERY good schools, close to malls, shopping, restaurants, ect. The community and the surrounding areas are beautiful! Westchase is also very far from the bad parts of Tampa, (I would say about 40 min)
Yeah but got to clarify - Westchase is a strict deed restricted community, planned development - as suburban as the suburbs can get and that's not for everyone. Some people love that and for others (like me) that's like kryptonite

But there is definitely something for everyone in Tampa. Those who wouldn't be into the Westchase lifestyle would probably like Seminole Heights or Tampa Heights (old bungalow homes, many in need of work, artsy, diverse, etc)
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Old 05-07-2007, 08:53 AM
 
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Those who wouldn't be into the Westchase lifestyle would probably like Seminole Heights or Tampa Heights (old bungalow homes, many in need of work, artsy, diverse, etc)
That sounds interesting. I like the idea of older bungalows, even if they need a bit of fixing up. What would be the average price range on homes in this area? And the commute time to downtown?

Also, regarding Riverview, I've heard it's sort of "far out" from Downtown Tampa. What's the commute time? Is there shopping, dining, entertainment right in Riverview also or is it strictly a suburban housing area?
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Old 05-09-2007, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Tampa Bay`. ><((((>.`><((((>
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Other good things to know about the Tampa Area:

http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/aa157/ceide/CaladesiBeach-mar.jpg (broken link)
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Old 05-09-2007, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Clearwater
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Yeah but got to clarify - Westchase is a strict deed restricted community, planned development - as suburban as the suburbs can get and that's not for everyone. Some people love that and for others (like me) that's like kryptonite

But there is definitely something for everyone in Tampa. Those who wouldn't be into the Westchase lifestyle would probably like Seminole Heights or Tampa Heights (old bungalow homes, many in need of work, artsy, diverse, etc)
They are totally different areas. I have a friend living in Seminole heights. lets just say that there is no comparison in crime rates!
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Old 05-11-2007, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, N.C.
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So the more downtown and southern areas of tampa are the ghetto parts, while the northern parts of tampa seem to be cleaner and safer to live/rent?

Thinking about moving. Any help would be great.
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Old 05-11-2007, 01:26 PM
 
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Riverview to downtown is about 30 minutes if you take the Crosstown. Not too bad, if you don't mind tolls.

Alot of it is going to depend on where in Riverview you are coming from and what time of day. 301 gets pretty snarly in the morning at around 7:15. If you leave earlier than that...it's not too bad.
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Old 05-11-2007, 02:33 PM
 
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So the more downtown and southern areas of tampa are the ghetto parts, while the northern parts of tampa seem to be cleaner and safer to live/rent?

Thinking about moving. Any help would be great.
Depends on your definition of "ghetto". I live in South Tampa and I am not in a ghetto. There are pockets of crap anywhere, you just have to look at more specific areas, not just north south east and west.
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