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Old 01-03-2012, 01:51 PM
 
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So I currently live in Lakeland right now, going to college at Florida Southern. I was born in raised in Tampa, and kind of want to stay here. I am getting married soon and I'm looking to purchase a house or condo/townhouse somewhere in Tampa. I know I want to stay in hillsborough county, and within reasonable driving distance to usf (where i will be attending graduate school). I know i want to stay away from unincorporated north tampa , temple terrace, brandon. Im wary of living in South Tampa , might be way to pricey for me. I've got a decent bit of money I've come into, and I am looking for something in the range of 60K-160k. Me and my soon to be wife are both in our early 20's. We are quite active and enjoy nature, hiking, kayaking, and similar activities. We also both enjoy "urban" stuff such as parks, seeing plays, museums, historical sites, etc. Another thing we really appreciate is local businesses (mom and pap restaurants, etc. ). We also enjoy going out at night some, a nice restaurant, or a nice bar, live music, etc. (not really into clubs). Where would you recommend looking at?
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Old 01-03-2012, 05:45 PM
 
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I would look around Carrollwood area or Forrest Hills. You can probably find something in those areas although it might be a short sale
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Old 01-03-2012, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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You were born and raised here and dont know the area??
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Old 01-03-2012, 09:58 PM
 
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Lol born and raised in tampa, but I mostly know brandon, temple terrace, dover, seffner, plant, etc. I venture into south tampa and similar areas occasionally, but I only know these areas as a place to do fun things. I wouldn't trust my initial judgement to actually settle down and live in any of these areas.
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Old 01-04-2012, 07:55 AM
 
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Definitely look in Seminole Heights. Plenty of opportunities.
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:06 AM
 
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I've been doing some hardcore researching and I've kind of settled on two particular areas of tampa. Westchase and New Tampa/Tampa Palms. There are few things that concern me about these two areas. Both my fiance and I will be attending graduate school part time at USF. With that being the case, I know that New Tampa/Tampa Palms is definitely a faster commute, but I'm afraid that the New Tampa/tampa palms area might be a little to sleepy/ slow paced for me. While my fiance and I are not big party-types, we do enjoy "liveliness". While we wouldn't be hanging out in Ybor and going to night clubs, we do enjoy things like festivals, small concerts, livelier pubs/bars, farmers markets, city-parks, and generally crowd oriented things. Think down town St. Pete (her family lives in clearwater and we frequent downtown st. pete quite often with them) in I'm not sure if I will be able to find that in New Tampa easily.

Westchase has certain appeal to me. I like the idea of a small-town within a big city type thing. Meaning I like the idea of having a walkable town with shops, cafes, restaurants, and bars while simultaneously being within quick driving distance of places channel side, international plaza (baystreet), hyde park, south tampa, ybor, dunedin, clearwater beach, etc. On the downside, the commute to USF might not be the best.

Opinion please?
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Old 01-04-2012, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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I've been doing some hardcore researching and I've kind of settled on two particular areas of tampa. Westchase and New Tampa/Tampa Palms. There are few things that concern me about these two areas. Both my fiance and I will be attending graduate school part time at USF. With that being the case, I know that New Tampa/Tampa Palms is definitely a faster commute, but I'm afraid that the New Tampa/tampa palms area might be a little to sleepy/ slow paced for me. While my fiance and I are not big party-types, we do enjoy "liveliness". While we wouldn't be hanging out in Ybor and going to night clubs, we do enjoy things like festivals, small concerts, livelier pubs/bars, farmers markets, city-parks, and generally crowd oriented things. Think down town St. Pete (her family lives in clearwater and we frequent downtown st. pete quite often with them) in I'm not sure if I will be able to find that in New Tampa easily.

Westchase has certain appeal to me. I like the idea of a small-town within a big city type thing. Meaning I like the idea of having a walkable town with shops, cafes, restaurants, and bars while simultaneously being within quick driving distance of places channel side, international plaza (baystreet), hyde park, south tampa, ybor, dunedin, clearwater beach, etc. On the downside, the commute to USF might not be the best.

Opinion please?

Westchase is a nice area, a bit pretentious and Desperate Housewife like.

I'm not familiar with North Tampa, but I know it's out there quite a bit.

I second Carrollwood, anything north of Fletcher. I also like the Greater Northdale area. Both places are relatively close to USF campus. Lots of bars and places to go along Dale Mabry.
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Old 01-04-2012, 11:35 AM
 
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I agree about Carrollwood. It's close to plenty of things to do, and there are nice areas there. The worst choice is New Tampa - the only thing going for it is the location, but traffic is horrendous and it is VERY bland. From your post of what you like, I don't think you want this location.

I don't have personal knowledge of Westchase, but most people consider it a very desirable place to live.

Hope this helps!
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Old 01-04-2012, 04:25 PM
 
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I've been doing some looking into Carolwood, I'm starting to warm up to the idea. I was initially against the idea because I had an aunt that lived in kind of the Carolwood area, and I wasn't to fond of it from the various drives over. I've done some more research and did a little bit of driving around there today, and its growing on me. Can anyone else speak for the Carolwood area? What the "culture" like in the area? What sort of things are there to do in the area? Any specific places in the area to look at for houses?
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Old 01-04-2012, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Definitely look in Seminole Heights. Plenty of opportunities.
Disregard that. The only opportunity is to get robbed/burglarized and to have your home go down in value.
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