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Old 06-27-2010, 06:31 PM
 
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My husband has just been relocated to Tampa for work and said he wants to live in Clearwater (he's lived there before). We currently live in Atlanta. I have never been to Tampa, therefore I have no idea what's safe and what's not. I suggested moving into an apartment for 6 months so I can look for a house during that time, instead of jumping into a house without knowing the areas very well. We don't want to break the bank on overpriced rent, but understand you pay for safety.

However, I have started looking at some of the apartments in the Clearwater area, and some are less than appealing. I'm posting this with the hopes that someone will give me advice on safe areas to live in Clearwater, or surrounding areas in Tampa. In Atlanta, there are shady areas (where I'd NEVER live), then a mile down the road is a completely safe, family-oriented neighborhood. Keep in mind, we have two children under 3, so safety is our first priority.

I realize that choosing a place so quickly isn't going to be all that fantastic. However, what I don't want is to end up in an apartment that looks decent, sounds decent, but turns out to be ghetto!!! (i.e. The Wellington??? looks decent, reasonably priced.....but is it unsafe?)

I appreciate anyone's help regarding our issue.
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Old 06-27-2010, 07:35 PM
 
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One of the most important things you can do is go down and spend time in the areas of your choice.

Make a list of several areas and have the time to go to each area/town and spent some valuable time looking around.

Research is key! Time spent in the area is vital.
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Old 06-27-2010, 10:58 PM
 
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Yes, I know from experience that what the above poster said should be told to anyone contemplating moving anywhere. Stay in one of those extended stay places for a while and ck out the neighborhoods in the city before you sign any leases. Go there on a Fr or Sat night and see (and hear) what it's like. Don't be led by realtors or apartment finders into something, because they are not exactly unbiased. There's really no substitute for putting your feet on the ground and taking your time seeing what's available. Don't ask me how I know all this
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Old 06-28-2010, 05:34 AM
 
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My husband grew up in Dunedin so we have visited the area often and are moving there in October 2010. If you look on Craigslist, Tampa Bay, under 'temporary rentals, or vacation rentals' (can't remember exactly what it says) you will find places that rent by the week/month. Some are little 'homes' behind the owner's home, which should be fairly safe. You might want to consider living in one of those for a few weeks/months, while looking for a permanent place.

Since your husband has lived in Clearwater, and he obviously liked it, I'd consider looking at rental places in Clearwater or Safety Harbor, a really cute little town on Tampa bay. My favorite site (it has a map so it's easy to figure out what is available) is:

Florida Homes for Sale direct from MLS

Best of luck.
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Old 06-28-2010, 05:36 AM
 
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Okay, my link didn't work (probably can't put it on this type of board?). Do a google search using 'Clearwater' and 'homes for rent', or 'homes for sale' and you'll find a bazillion sites. I troll through those sites so that I'll be better mentally prepared when we finally move to Florida. I now have a good idea of prices for rentals, a little about prices for homes for sale, so that once we actually move there, and start visiting the rentals, I'll have a much better idea of what type of commute my husband will be faced with and if the price is in the correct ball park.
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Old 06-29-2010, 11:10 AM
 
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There are plenty of places in Clearwater that are nice and safe to live. But like the previous poster says it is a good idea to live in an extended stay place for a while , and then look around.
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Old 06-29-2010, 11:14 AM
 
Location: North Pinellas
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Yes, the Wellington = ghetto. I personally would stay away from renting in that area of US 19/Drew St unless you are of Mexican heritage.
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Old 07-02-2010, 01:37 PM
 
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were is a good african american hood in clearwater,FL thats got a good crime rate
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Old 07-03-2010, 08:52 PM
 
Location: North Pinellas
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were is a good african american hood in clearwater,FL thats got a good crime rate
Wow, let me guess..North or South Greenwood
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Old 07-06-2010, 05:41 AM
 
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I do agree that it is wise to come down and look around first before signing into a lease agreement. An extended stay hotel is a good idea.
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