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Old 08-05-2010, 10:25 AM
 
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Have been contemplating the idea. Parents live in the Brandon area. Thought it might be nice to be near them and near the beach. Seems like a nice place that could also be affordable. I'd always wanted a nice ocean view.

So aside from my fantasy of how great it would be to live in St. Pete or something similar in FL, what's the reality?

1: Unexpected costs...Taxes, insurance, ect...
2: Hurricane issues. I know they don't always hit, but do I have to live with constant evacuation issues as well as insurance costs...
3: Schools...This is important for me, 2 little ones.
4: Community, how are the people?
5: Things to do? Can you enjoy the town without spending lots of money.
6: Jobs: What kind of work can I expect to find?

Any thoughts are welcome.

Mike
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Old 08-05-2010, 11:55 AM
 
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Have been contemplating the idea. Parents live in the Brandon area. Thought it might be nice to be near them and near the beach. Seems like a nice place that could also be affordable. I'd always wanted a nice ocean view.

So aside from my fantasy of how great it would be to live in St. Pete or something similar in FL, what's the reality?

1: Unexpected costs...Taxes, insurance, ect...
2: Hurricane issues. I know they don't always hit, but do I have to live with constant evacuation issues as well as insurance costs...
3: Schools...This is important for me, 2 little ones.
4: Community, how are the people?
5: Things to do? Can you enjoy the town without spending lots of money.
6: Jobs: What kind of work can I expect to find?

Any thoughts are welcome.

Mike
Well, I did a bit of poking to see where you are now and how that would compare.

Coming from Austin you'll find property taxes to be around the same, maybe less. Home Insurance will probably cost more (?), around $1800-$2200 per year. Evacuation issues occur only in coastal/flood areas. You'll know prior to purchase about such issues. Many folks will push you toward upper Pinellas County Schools (Palm Harbor/Tarpon Springs). I'd highly recommend the schools in Seminole..they're just as good and in a more central/convenient area close to the beaches and Tampa/St Pete. I think you'll find people as friendly as where you are now depending upon where you settle. Older, more established neighborhoods (Seminole has some nice ones) tend to be friendlier than new construction neighborhoods. I think you'll find there is a lot to do here that doesn't cost a lot of money. One of the nice perks to living in Seminole is the nearby Pinellas Trail, a free 37 mile long bike/jogging path (Pinellas Trail (http://www.pinellascounty.org/park/12_trail.htm - broken link)), not to mention the very close proximity to Redington Shores/Indian Shores beaches. Lastly, the Tampa Bay area is considered a major metro area (2.8 million people), around the same size as Charlotte, NC or Columbus, OH...and as is the case with metro areas that size, a wide range of job occupations exist.

Hope that helps and feel free to ask more, you'll get lots of good information here.
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Old 08-05-2010, 01:21 PM
 
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and as is the case with metro areas that size, a wide range of job occupations exist.

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I keep wondering where these jobs exist as tampas unemployment rate is at 12%
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Old 08-05-2010, 01:41 PM
 
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I keep wondering where these jobs exist as tampas unemployment rate is at 12%
I didn't say jobs, I said occupations. There's a difference.
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Old 08-05-2010, 01:46 PM
 
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I didn't say jobs, I said occupations. There's a difference.
When I asked the question it was in relation to types of jobs/industry, as well as availability of jobs...

Mike
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Old 08-07-2010, 02:42 PM
 
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When I asked the question it was in relation to types of jobs/industry, as well as availability of jobs...

Mike
What kind of work do you expect to find? It doesn't matter where you're moving in this economy, you should have something lined up or at least a good possibility before blindly moving someplace else.
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Old 08-07-2010, 03:06 PM
 
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I didn't say jobs, I said occupations. There's a difference.
Thanks for clearing that up. There are some folks here that just don't "get it" about the Tampa area and get all flustered with the high unemployment rate.
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Old 08-08-2010, 06:17 PM
 
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Sorry to be vague, but I don't have a ton of time right now.

1: Lived here too long to know what the unexpected ones are.
2: Hurricanes are nothing to get too worked up about... just make sure you have a plan in case we do have to leave or are shut out of power for a few days.
3: My experience is that schools are very sub-par. Having grown up in the system here and attended the universities... they are nothing impressive. I would strongly recommend adding what you can to your little one's educational experience... check out the high school magnet programs as well.
4: St Pete has its rough spots. But it also has some decent spots as well, where people are friendly.
5: Fishing, boating, museums, food. Most things aren't too expensive if you know where to look.
6: Depending on what you mean by jobs... things are tight... just depends on what area you will be looking.

If you are more specific (types of things you like to do or what field you are in), it would help.
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Old 08-09-2010, 02:45 AM
 
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I didn't say jobs, I said occupations. There's a difference.
no there isn't. Not nowadays.

People take whatever they can.
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Old 08-09-2010, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Sacramento CA
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no there isn't. Not nowadays.

People take whatever they can.
Yea this isnt the 3rd world YET, but it is headed there I believe especially outer Tampa.. It will look really ugly in 5 yrs.
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