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Old 09-04-2010, 02:57 PM
 
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Like everyone else, I am wondering what is the best part of the Tampa area for what is important to me. I am a professional, 35, SWF. I don't necessarily want to be in suburban neighborhood where it is family after family in houses. But I don't need to be close to the bars and the 'singles scene'. Just an area that is affordable, clean, safe. You know, the basics. I would like to be reasonably close to water (other than a pool, ha ha) - like perhaps 30 min or less to the beach. I am looking to rent at first and then buy after I get more familiarized with the area. But I'd like opinions on a good starting place. I can do about $1000/mo in rent/mortgage. I have a work-from-home job so commute is not a factor. I am planning on moving next spring. Thanks in advance for everyone's opinions and help!
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Old 09-04-2010, 03:25 PM
 
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Proximity to the beach would point you toward Pinellas County, otherwise crossing a bridge from Hillsborough County (Tampa area) makes for a long trek to the beach. For $1000 a month you would get a number of decent choices. In terms of being close to other young single adults, in a safe area, and being not so much in suburbia, consider Feather Sound in SE Clearwater or the Gateway area in NE St Petersburg.
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Old 09-04-2010, 04:37 PM
 
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Thank you so much for the suggestions! I will be sure to check them out.
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Old 09-04-2010, 06:18 PM
 
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Dunedin probably would be it.

St Pete has a lot of singles now and getting more into the true city scene.
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Old 09-04-2010, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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St. Pete is starting to turn around. It's no longer a city that revolves around retirees and snowbirds.
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Old 09-04-2010, 06:37 PM
 
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Old Northeast might be good for you.

Dunedin.

Lots of places along the beach in St Pete and Clearwater.

Downtown Tampa, although the beach is just over 30 mins from there.

Downtown St Pete.

Just a few places.
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Old 09-06-2010, 04:30 PM
 
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I hate to be pessimistic, but I don't feel like Tampa Bay is a great place to live if you're a highly educated young professional - there are extremely few people like that out here. I've been living here for over a year, and I love Tampa Bay - there is a ton going on here, and it is beautiful. However, I still struggle to meet people. From what I've heard, most young professionals end up moving to better places when the opportunity presents itself. Best of luck with your move!
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Old 09-06-2010, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Scarlet, I am curious to see where you end up. I'm very similar to you - professional 33 SWF looking to be close to the beach, but not near bars/clubs/etc. I'm seriously considering a move to St. Pete from Atlanta in the next 6-12 months. I'll be there this weekend to check out the area. I hope you update us on your decision. Best of luck!
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Old 07-08-2011, 01:41 PM
 
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Scarlet, I am curious to see where you end up. I'm very similar to you - professional 33 SWF looking to be close to the beach, but not near bars/clubs/etc. I'm seriously considering a move to St. Pete from Atlanta in the next 6-12 months. I'll be there this weekend to check out the area. I hope you update us on your decision. Best of luck!

Me too! I am 39, SWF- professional looking for the same. Has anyone made a decision on where to live?
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