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Old 03-21-2010, 04:05 PM
 
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I am a recent college graduate and beginning in the summer I am starting my graduate program at USF. I am originally from Tampa so I know the area really well and love the South Tampa area, not the area by USF. I have narrowed my choices down to grand central, the madison at soho and seaport. I want to live close to night life but in a SAFE community! I plan to get a 2/2 with a roommate. Just wondering what the pros and cons of each of these communities are... they all seem to be in the same price range, around 1250 for a 2 bed or a little more. Please let me know what you think! thanks!
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Old 03-21-2010, 05:59 PM
 
Location: South Tampa - Bayside West Neighborhood
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madison at soho would be my first choice, much more nightlife and restaurants, i like the hyde park/soho area best, close to bayshore blvd, and its an established neighborhood...then grand central, then seaport - channelside is up and coming, ybor is a stones throw. ive been in each and know people that live in each.
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Old 03-23-2010, 04:27 PM
 
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A lot of people keep telling me Madison is the best... i know this might sound picky but i saw pics of a typical 2/2 there on craigslist and the inside looks cheap... ugly checkered kitchen floors, no granite and small looking rooms.. no hardwood flooring. the inside of seaport & grand central looks SO much nicer. Has anyone been inside the Madison & agrees/disagrees?
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Old 03-23-2010, 05:57 PM
 
Location: East Tennessee
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I've been in all three. I agreed with tampaguy03 which is why I didn't reply. You just cannot beat the SoHo location, unless you'd rather spend more time with the granite & hardwood. Irregardless of which you choose, please make sure you have a legal and binding lease and that your landlord will provide evidence that your rent is being applied to the mortgage.
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Old 03-24-2010, 07:23 AM
 
Location: South Tampa - Bayside West Neighborhood
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A lot of people keep telling me Madison is the best... i know this might sound picky but i saw pics of a typical 2/2 there on craigslist and the inside looks cheap... ugly checkered kitchen floors, no granite and small looking rooms.. no hardwood flooring. the inside of seaport & grand central looks SO much nicer. Has anyone been inside the Madison & agrees/disagrees?
Ive been in Madison and they are nice, actually all of the mentioned places are nice...Grand Central as far as ameneities has the most upgraded, Madison are now condos(used to be apartments) so the owners have put in hardwoods and granite to their units.
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Old 03-28-2010, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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Location Location Location... Madison gets my vote.
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Old 04-09-2010, 09:13 AM
 
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I have lived in grand central for over a a year and the apartments are really nice but there is nothing to do nearby (channelside gets old real fast). plus BEWARE!!!! the parking garage at grand central is outsourced and run by another company called platinum parking. they run the place like nazis! guests have to pay to park at your place ( if you try to let them out for free they will charge you $20) and you can only park in your assigned spot which is usually eight to nine levels up so you are constantly driving around in circles. Plus it is over priced compared to equivalent places. Seaport is just as nice but there are no parking hassles (people relocate from grand central to seaport to escape the parking nazis) I am currently looking at a place at madison which is not nearly as nice as my place now but cheaper and i wont be putting as many miles on my car driving in circles in a parking garage and to the fun places to eat and hang out.
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