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Old 07-11-2020, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Pinellas County, FL
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My husband's job has gone remote permanently, meaning we can now move basically wherever we want within 4 hours of his office in Clearwater. I have family in Largo (though they plan to move back up north within a few years so I am not basing my move entirely on them), so I'm not looking to move 4 hours away, but 1-2 hours is doable. I know NOTHING about the areas outside of Pinellas County.

We've been looking in Spring Hill, and many of the houses we like end up being in very rural areas, a bit TOO rural, though we'd like a 1/2 acre yard... There are 2 high schools we would want to be zoned for, so that limits us.

Been told to stay away from Hudson, Holiday and NPR.

Our budget isn't huge, at $256k, honestly we don't want a huge mortgage. We are looking for a 4 bedroom, good schools, and some space between houses, but still shopping nearby, we don't need like...nightlife, but a movie theater, an Aldi, a Walmart, Target, etc would be good.

Looked into Inverness and it's too remote.

Not sure about Crystal River, Lecanto, etc. We haven't driven up that far, are those areas decent with conveniences as far as shopping?

Found a house or 2 in Brooksville but I was also told to stay away from Hernando HS.

We'd just stay where we are, but we need a 4 bedroom and our house value has gone up a lot in this market, we'd almost be crazy not to take advantage of that.

I get so overwhelmed just trying to find areas to look into. Our other option was to move back to New England but my husband's job is too good to walk away from and we haven't found jobs that pay similar up there.
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Old 07-11-2020, 02:37 PM
 
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My husband's job has gone remote permanently, meaning we can now move basically wherever we want within 4 hours of his office in Clearwater. I have family in Largo (though they plan to move back up north within a few years so I am not basing my move entirely on them), so I'm not looking to move 4 hours away, but 1-2 hours is doable. I know NOTHING about the areas outside of Pinellas County.

We've been looking in Spring Hill, and many of the houses we like end up being in very rural areas, a bit TOO rural, though we'd like a 1/2 acre yard... There are 2 high schools we would want to be zoned for, so that limits us.

Been told to stay away from Hudson, Holiday and NPR.

Our budget isn't huge, at $256k, honestly we don't want a huge mortgage. We are looking for a 4 bedroom, good schools, and some space between houses, but still shopping nearby, we don't need like...nightlife, but a movie theater, an Aldi, a Walmart, Target, etc would be good.

Looked into Inverness and it's too remote.

Not sure about Crystal River, Lecanto, etc. We haven't driven up that far, are those areas decent with conveniences as far as shopping?

Found a house or 2 in Brooksville but I was also told to stay away from Hernando HS.

We'd just stay where we are but we need a 4 bedroom and our house value has gone up a lot in this market, we'd almost be crazy not to take advantage of that.

I get so overwhelmed just trying to find areas to look into. Our other option was to move back to New England but my husband's job is too good to walk away from and we haven't found jobs that pay similar up there.
East NPR is not bad. Anything around US19 from Holiday to Hudson is very bad and run down with small 2 bedroom homes that are all rented out to low lifes and druggies. Much nicer and newer homes 6 to 15 miles east of US19.
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Old 07-11-2020, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Pinellas County, FL
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I've found ONE house in East NPR, almost in Trinity, in our budget. I search the whole area basically every day, lol. I'd move to Trinity but it seems houses there are pricey.
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Old 07-11-2020, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Pinellas County, FL
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And there was a home in Land-O-Lakes that interested me but then I looked at property taxes and they were insane. Anyone know if all of LoL is like that?
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Old 07-11-2020, 03:49 PM
 
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I'm not sure why the first inclination is to head that direction (Pasco County) but you might also consider the Valrico/Brandon area to the east which is well established with good schools and very family friendly.
https://www.realtor.com/realestatean...50000?view=map
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Old 07-11-2020, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Pinellas County, FL
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Only reason I looked that way is because someone I know is moving up that way and is getting much more house for their money.
So far Pasco, Hernando and Citrus County are the only places that I can find that have a bit more land AND decent schools. We'd like 1/2 acre (or as close to it as we can get).

But that's why I'm posting, looking for ideas for other areas, I have no idea where else might meet some of my criteria. I'd love to look east or south (not too far south) so that we will still be somewhat near the beach.
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