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Old 08-20-2011, 01:34 PM
 
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My husbands job has transferred him to Tampa from Boise, Idaho and we have an 11 year-old daughter that needs a good school. We have visited there for vacations but have no clue to the decent areas to rent and have great schools. We cannot go over $1,100 for rent as I will not be working right away. Any suggestions? We don't want a long commute for him but at the same time needs an area that we are comfortable living in with great schools. He will be working in the area of E Hillsborough and I-4.
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Old 08-20-2011, 06:17 PM
 
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$1,100 for rent (for an apartment) is going to limit you, depending on the size of apartment you're looking for. You will be hard pressed to find a decent house for that much, unless you're willing to live in a grungy area.

At this point I would suggest looking in the Brandon area, as the schools will be decent and it's relatively close to where he is working.

Once you get settled and have additional income, you'll want to move farther out in the 'burbs.

On a related note, I'm surprised he's that limited as far as housing - Boise is far more expensive to live than Tampa....

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Old 08-20-2011, 11:06 PM
 
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Since you posted two threads, I'm guessing perhaps you have a choice between Miami and Tampa. On a limited budget and coming from Idaho, Tampa would be an overwhelmingly better choice than Miami.
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Old 08-21-2011, 07:19 AM
 
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Check out Riverview and Brandon. You can find a house but it is probably going to be an older home. You might also find something around Lakeland and homes rent should be more reasonable.
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Old 08-21-2011, 05:40 PM
 
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I appreciate all the information. Actually Boise is reasonable for cost of living the average rent for a 3/2 home is less than 1,000 and it is a pretty nice home. Not a mansion but suitable for middle class. We will know for sure where tomorrow and we are hoping for Tampa. We did live in Orlando a couple of years ago and I lived in Lantana when I was a teenager. I also lived in LA for a few years. So big cities do not intimidate me nor my husband who has been driving commercially for over 20 years. I just want some input on these areas from experts such as yourselves. You live it and I want the truth. So roadtrip75 thank you for the info on both threads.
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Old 08-21-2011, 10:13 PM
 
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I appreciate all the information. Actually Boise is reasonable for cost of living the average rent for a 3/2 home is less than 1,000 and it is a pretty nice home. Not a mansion but suitable for middle class. We will know for sure where tomorrow and we are hoping for Tampa. We did live in Orlando a couple of years ago and I lived in Lantana when I was a teenager. I also lived in LA for a few years. So big cities do not intimidate me nor my husband who has been driving commercially for over 20 years. I just want some input on these areas from experts such as yourselves. You live it and I want the truth. So roadtrip75 thank you for the info on both threads.
I think he means that the type of people in Tampa would probably be better for you. They're both big metro areas, but Tampa is a more laid-back and "politer" place, at least I think so.

You might also try renting in the far north suburbs along I-75 in Pasco and/or Hernando.
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Old 08-21-2011, 10:32 PM
 
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Since you posted two threads, I'm guessing perhaps you have a choice between Miami and Tampa. On a limited budget and coming from Idaho, Tampa would be an overwhelmingly better choice than Miami.
I would agree with that assessment. Brandon may be a good option as well. You should be able to find a small home to rent for that price in a decent neighborhood.
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