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Old 03-31-2011, 07:17 PM
 
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Hi,

We are a family of five (middle and elementary school age children) moving from a small town in PA to Tampa - gathering ideas/opinions on areas to live.

Info -

Work is off Exit 254 from I75 - willing to drive up to 45 mins
Schools/education extremely important
Quality soccer/sports programs important
Prefer easy access to restaurants (preferably not chain), parks, grocery and retail
House prices up to $450k

Appreciate any input.
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Old 03-31-2011, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Shohola
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If memory serves, that's a little bit past Temple Terrace and not too far from Thonotosassa. You could check out Safety Harbor which is next to Clearwater, but you're looking at about 45-60min commute. On the other hand, Safety Harbor is very conveniently located to St. Pete and Tampa. Airports are also close. There are some good schools; Countryside High and Clearwater High for when your kids get older. Lots of activities and restaurants also.

I lived in Safety Harbor for over 15 years and miss it dearly. My parents are still there. We live in NYC now, but just bought a house in Shohola, PA.
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Old 03-31-2011, 09:20 PM
 
Location: palm harbor
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I like safety harbor too, but no way I would recommend it for someone who is working near Temple Terrace.
Temple Terrace itself has some lovely homes, but I have no clue about the schools there.
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Old 03-31-2011, 11:13 PM
 
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We moved here (family of 6) from Minnesota 8 years ago. We chose Brandon because of its accessibility to both I-4 and I-75. My job requires travel throughout Florida, so we ruled out the Clearwater area due to traffic.

We've really enjoyed Brandon. There is traffic here, but once you learn the roads, you can figure out your options pretty quickly. We have the typical chain restaurants, but there's several local favorites, too.

As for schools, our kids have attended Cimino Elementary, Burns Middle School, and Bloomingdale High School. The teachers at Cimino were awesome and kept connected with the parents. For both the middle and high school, unless you get yourself involved in the PTA, Band Boosters, or other volunteer opportunities, it's harder to meet the teachers, which is understandable when you consider the number of students. Most will tell you at orientation that they will eventually return phone calls, but will respond to emails, and the only time you'll hear from them is when there's a concern with your child.

The quality of the schools is excellent. Our two oldest girls have graduated from Bloomingdale, and were very active in the music programs they offer.

I am happy with our choice to move to Brandon. The people are very friendly, and there is a diverse population. Overall, if we had to do it again, I would make the same choice.

Hope this helps. Good luck!
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Old 04-01-2011, 06:33 AM
 
Location: Tampa Bay Area
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5 kids sounds like a lot of running around.

I'd connect the dots from schools and work locations and be inside that circle. You can probably find something. Forget the restaurants - your gonna drive to those anywhere, even downtown.

The thing that messes everything up is that a 45 minute drive on a good day is 1.5 hours on a bad one. 15 on a good one is 30-45 on a bad one.

$450k will buy a LOT of house. Decide if you want some space or a community. Lakefront, or??

You should be able to get something convenient and fun.
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Old 04-01-2011, 04:50 PM
 
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Thank you everyone for the responses.
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Old 04-02-2011, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Tampa Relocating to Orlando
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I would not recommend any place but New Tampa. Very diverse community, new subdivisions, self-sustaining area with lots of restaurants, businesses. Very safe and great schools. Good luck
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Old 04-02-2011, 03:49 PM
 
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Seminole has the best schools in the Tampa area..
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Old 04-02-2011, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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I would not recommend any place but New Tampa. Very diverse community, new subdivisions, self-sustaining area with lots of restaurants, businesses. Very safe and great schools. Good luck
Yeah, far-off New Tampa is the only good area in the entirety of the Bay Area.
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Old 04-02-2011, 08:16 PM
 
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As usual, I recommend Riverview!
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