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Old 09-27-2010, 09:25 PM
 
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Hubby and I would like to move to the Tampa Bay area due to the weather and being closer to family. We would like to live in the suburbs within 25-30 min to city max. We have a baby and a toddler so schools are important. I would like a family-friendly neighborhood with great schools. I was reading that Valrico might be nice and there seems to be some more established neighborhoods than in New Tampa. Are the people friendly there? We don't want an area full of snobby/stand-offish people. I also read that there are a lot of military folk there. Does that mean that it is a very transient place, or will our kids get to grow up knowing more of the same kids? We would like to spend no more than around 200k for a home. Oh and I know the question might come up... hubby and I run a business from home so we don't have to worry about finding a job.
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Old 09-27-2010, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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Valrico is older than New Tampa, a lot older than many people think. It's also more rural, I believe. I think you'll run into your typical suburban types there; it doesn't come off as very snobby or pretentious or whatever. There is a large military presence in the Brandon-Valrico area, and I suppose they are kind of transient, but the number of regular homeowners will outnumber them.
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Old 09-27-2010, 11:25 PM
 
Location: Tampa, Fl
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I'll continue to say, if you want to live close to Tampa, live IN Tampa.
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Old 09-28-2010, 12:13 AM
 
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I think its very hard for kids to grow up to know the same people down here, I like valrico.
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Old 09-28-2010, 05:44 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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NOBODY should be snobby in Valrico. It is Valrico. It is a typical suburb. There are far better places in Tampa for snobs to live, they would really have to swallow their pride to live in any Eastern Suburb of Tampa. They live in south tampa (westshore/bayshore/hyde park) or westchase or some other northern Tampa golf community.

Everything in Tampa is cookie cutter unless you want to live in a snobby area (with ybor and st pete the exception IMO)

Snobbyness is relative though. If you are a snob and dont realize it, you may feel that a snobby area isn't that bad. I realize I am a little bit of a snob, and I can hack it in snobby parts of town, although some people are extra bad in these areas.
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Old 09-28-2010, 06:13 AM
 
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You might also check out the city of Seminole. It's a well established middle-class suburb with a tradition of excellent schools. It's proximity is pretty convenient, close to downtown St Pete (15-20 minutes) and around 30 minutes to downtown Tampa or Tampa International Airport.
It's quite safe/family-friendly and would think within your price range, minus the cookie-cutter homes as well. Seminole is very close to the beaches and the Pinellas Trail (Pinellas Trail (http://www.pinellascounty.org/park/12_trail.htm - broken link)) which is a nice perk, but also for the most part non-flooding/non-evacuation because it's on higher ground (among the highest in Pinellas County). I'm sure FloridaKash could give you some detailed info about moving into the neighborhood as a newcomer. Good luck!

Seminole Preschools and Daycare Centers - Seminole, FL | GreatSchools
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Old 09-29-2010, 12:25 AM
 
Location: Sacramento CA
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NOBODY should be snobby in Valrico. It is Valrico. It is a typical suburb. There are far better places in Tampa for snobs to live, they would really have to swallow their pride to live in any Eastern Suburb of Tampa. They live in south tampa (westshore/bayshore/hyde park) or westchase or some other northern Tampa golf community.

Everything in Tampa is cookie cutter unless you want to live in a snobby area (with ybor and st pete the exception IMO)

Snobbyness is relative though. If you are a snob and dont realize it, you may feel that a snobby area isn't that bad. I realize I am a little bit of a snob, and I can hack it in snobby parts of town, although some people are extra bad in these areas.

I'd take those "snobby areas" over bland cookie cutter.
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Old 07-10-2011, 12:36 PM
 
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Hubby and I would like to move to the Tampa Bay area due to the weather and being closer to family. We would like to live in the suburbs within 25-30 min to city max. We have a baby and a toddler so schools are important. I would like a family-friendly neighborhood with great schools. I was reading that Valrico might be nice and there seems to be some more established neighborhoods than in New Tampa. Are the people friendly there? We don't want an area full of snobby/stand-offish people. I also read that there are a lot of military folk there. Does that mean that it is a very transient place, or will our kids get to grow up knowing more of the same kids? We would like to spend no more than around 200k for a home. Oh and I know the question might come up... hubby and I run a business from home so we don't have to worry about finding a job.
CandyGal, Am also considering the move to Valrico. And have the same family oriented questions. May I ask what kind of home business you do? Thanks
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Old 07-13-2011, 11:33 AM
 
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nobody should be snobby in valrico. It is valrico. It is a typical suburb. There are far better places in tampa for snobs to live, they would really have to swallow their pride to live in any eastern suburb of tampa. They live in south tampa (westshore/bayshore/hyde park) or westchase or some other northern tampa golf community.

Everything in tampa is cookie cutter unless you want to live in a snobby area (with ybor and st pete the exception imo)

snobbyness is relative though. If you are a snob and dont realize it, you may feel that a snobby area isn't that bad. I realize i am a little bit of a snob, and i can hack it in snobby parts of town, although some people are extra bad in these areas.

lmao!!!!!!
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Old 07-17-2011, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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As I was reading your question I was thinking VALRICO all the way.. maybe Riverview.. Lithia.. KeyStone ( a little more rural.. horsefarms) .. Land O Lakes.. that;s about it, there's a ton of new construction (cookie cutter).

Seminole Heights is great - I lived there as a kid, the elementary school was nice (20 yrs ago). I think it's probably even better now. The people there are friendly. I wouldn't say snobby, but definitely proud of there unique neighborhood. I don't know how much house you'll get for 200 though. They are smaller, older homes.
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