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Old 01-25-2011, 10:06 AM
 
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Family of three (child 6) moving to St. Pete area. Husband transferring with Veteran's Administration Office there. PLEASE help us figure out the best area to live in for our family with a young child. We want good schools, good neighborhoods, younger to mid-age families, things to do. With not knowing the state/area at all, we're hoping some Florida natives can give us the best advice. We will be moving late May/early June.
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Old 01-25-2011, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Englewood, FL
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St. Pete would be a pretty good commute from any of the other areas you mentioned....about 1 hour each way or more depending on traffic. Are you sure you want to look in the Sarasota area? St. Pete has beautiful areas as well.
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Old 01-25-2011, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Englewood, FL
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You should be in the Tampa forum for help in that area. Good luck!
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Old 01-25-2011, 12:14 PM
 
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I thought the commute was much less, when I did a search of driving times. Hmmm, no don't want to commute an hour. What about St. Pete schools, though? I see everyone raving about Sarasota schools and it is very important to us. How does the size of St. Pete compare to Sarasota? And does anyone know what Lakewood Ranch is??? Thanks!
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Old 01-25-2011, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Ohio/Sarasota
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Generally, the further north in Pinellas County the better. There are a few "pockets" here and there in the southern end of the county, but not many. Pass-a-Grill, Seminole and Tierra Verde come to mind. I think the VA center is in Seminole, so that could work. Driving anywhere in that county at rush hour is a nightmare, though.
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Old 01-25-2011, 12:41 PM
 
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St. Pete is THAT big? I didn't think it was. We're used to St. Louis traffic, don't like it, but used to it. Also used to having to drive to get anywhere fun or just to work. Only one of us would be commuting to St. Pete. I won't be working right off the bat. Where would you live with a small child going into 1st grade? If you wanted a gated community, a pool, somewhat close to the beach, GOOD schools, some racial diversity.
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Old 01-25-2011, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Wandering.
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St. Pete is THAT big? I didn't think it was. We're used to St. Louis traffic, don't like it, but used to it. Also used to having to drive to get anywhere fun or just to work. Only one of us would be commuting to St. Pete. I won't be working right off the bat. Where would you live with a small child going into 1st grade? If you wanted a gated community, a pool, somewhat close to the beach, GOOD schools, some racial diversity.
St. Pete is a different animal than the Sarasota Bradenton area. There are no real rural areas in Pinellas county, but if you go far enough north (into the neighboring counties you can find some.)

While it's not New York, it has a much more big city feel, in that it's packed solid from wall to wall.

To give you an idea, Manatee (Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch) and Sarasota counties cover some 1400 square miles (although much of it is farmland), and contain about 700k people. Pinellas county covers 280 square miles and contains 900k + people

Depending upon where you are commuting to in St Pete, and where you were to live in Manatee County, you can make it in as little as 20-30 minutes each day. For instance from Lakewood Ranch to downtown St Pete is probably a 30 minute drive, if everything goes smooth.

You really have to visit the area, and see how everything feels for you.
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Old 01-25-2011, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Ohio/Sarasota
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St. Pete is THAT big? I didn't think it was. We're used to St. Louis traffic, don't like it, but used to it. Also used to having to drive to get anywhere fun or just to work. Only one of us would be commuting to St. Pete. I won't be working right off the bat. Where would you live with a small child going into 1st grade? If you wanted a gated community, a pool, somewhat close to the beach, GOOD schools, some racial diversity.

If I had to live in Pinellas County, I would try Seminole. But if it was me, I would look into Lakewood Ranch.
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Old 01-25-2011, 03:44 PM
 
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Thanks! Great info. We may not get the opportunity to actually visit before we make the plunge, so researching as much as possible. I've read so much about Lakewood Ranch. Is there a lot of rental property there at this time? Do you know what school district it is in...like in Sarasota school district? I heard they have great schools, or do they have their own district? I think we'll stear clear of St. Pete...only for work. If Lakewood Ranch is in it's own town...is it or is it actually in Sarasota? I'm so confused. Do you think for a one child family, Lakewood Ranch area or Sarasota would be better? I think Lakewood is further from the beach, but even at 30 minutes to the beach, it still beats 3 days to the beach from where we are! LOL!!
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Old 01-25-2011, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Lakewood Ranch, FL
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It might help to know where his office will be located. I lived in the Lakewood Ranch area (before there was a LWR, too) and drove to St. Pete every day for work. It was a very reasonable drive but I was located at Central and 54th.
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