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Old 12-20-2010, 11:27 AM
 
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I am looking for the best places to live near Tampa. First priority is schools. We are looking for a master planned community, looking to spend no more than $325,000. Willing to commute 30/40 miles one way if necessary. Any opinions?
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Old 12-21-2010, 06:44 AM
 
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I am looking for the best places to live near Tampa. First priority is schools. We are looking for a master planned community, looking to spend no more than $325,000. Willing to commute 30/40 miles one way if necessary. Any opinions?
You don't need to go anywhere near that far. Check out the East Lake Woodlands community in Oldsmar, which is at the north end of Tampa Bay between Clearwater and Tampa. The schools are excellent and overall probably the best in the area. The high school (East Lake) is one of the best (and newest) in the state. You'll find a good selection of homes in the area as well. I sent you a list of examples via direct mail.
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Old 12-21-2010, 08:40 PM
 
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There are so many great master planned communities with great schools. It depends on your style of architecture and lifestyles. If you are looking for schools within the community, FishHawk Ranch in Lithia is great. Lots of walking trails, aquatic park, scateboard park, library. There are some private gated areas for those who would like extra security. If you prefer a "Key West" style home, I would suggest MiraBay in Apollo Beach. Resort style living, spa and gym in the two story club house, aquatic center, huge man made lagoon with lift to take your boat from one of the interior canals out into Tampa Bay. Both of these communities were designed by Newland who also designed Celebration at Disney.
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Old 01-11-2011, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Louisville,CO
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You don't need to go anywhere near that far. Check out the East Lake Woodlands community in Oldsmar, which is at the north end of Tampa Bay between Clearwater and Tampa. The schools are excellent and overall probably the best in the area. The high school (East Lake) is one of the best (and newest) in the state. You'll find a good selection of homes in the area as well. I sent you a list of examples via direct mail.
I agree our family loved living in ELW in fact the house we lived in is for sale, it is listing for $319,000 in Stonebriar a nice subdivision. We had to move when my daughter was going to be in kindergarden but I know the schools are pretty good there. It was a great area for kids lots of parks near by and the best ice cream ever at Sun Groves in Safety Harbor. In fact we are coming back to ELW for a month on vacation from our home in Colorado.
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Old 01-11-2011, 01:51 PM
 
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Do any of these planned communities in the Tampa area have town centers in walking distance to the homes?
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Old 01-11-2011, 07:41 PM
 
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I recommend that you look at Riverview and Fishhawk Ranch. We do not have a town center yet but Fishhawk does have a "gathering place" in the summer time where concerts are held. Both places have good schools. I love both places!
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Old 01-11-2011, 08:30 PM
 
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Do any of these planned communities in the Tampa area have town centers in walking distance to the homes?
We don't have a "town center" in East Lake Woodlands but it's quite walkable to shopping, restaurants, etc.

I can walk to a Publix, Sweetbay, Target, Walgreens, CVS, a dozen or so full-service restaurants (mostly non-chain), a Starbucks, a few bars, a wine store, parks, a "greenway" and lots more.
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Old 01-12-2011, 06:29 AM
 
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Westchase has a town center with a Publix and other stores. There is also Doctor offices nearby.

Where is the job located? 30-40 minutes is nothing during rush hour, it can take you that long to go 10 miles.
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Old 01-13-2011, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Palm Harbor, FL
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I'd also like to give my vote to the East Lake area for all the reasons people have listed. We love living here, while it doesn't have a town center, there are areas up East Lake Road that are walkable/bike-able until you hit Keystone Rd., then it becomes more rural but its being built up so who knows. Not to mention we're a five minute drive to Brooker Creek Preserve which has some excellent hiking trails and a nature center that my kids enjoy.

Otherwise, cities with a town center....

Westchase
Safety Harbor
Dunedin (although its more of an older set)
Oldsmar - It does have a city center but not what you'd think of when you define it. IMHO

I'm more familiar with Northern Pinellas County so that's the only advice I can give based on my experiences.
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Old 01-13-2011, 10:37 PM
 
Location: Tampa, Fl
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Tampa is a good place near Tampa.
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