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Old 01-10-2012, 11:17 AM
 
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Hey guys I am looking to move to downtown Tampa from Palm Harbor. I like Palm Harbor but I'm 23 and want more ppl around my age. So I am looking for a luxury high rise apartment downtown in a safe area. Budget is probably around $1000-1100.

Now for ppl who have lived in high rise apartments what are some pros and cons? I think it would be awesome to live in one with all the views. Any input is greatly appreciated

Thanks in advance!!
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Old 01-10-2012, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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I once lived on the top floor (16th) in a place several years ago - it took getting used to since I don't enjoy intermediate heights. Standing on my balcony looking down would give me the heebie jeebies (sweaty palms, etc). Biggest irritation for me was whenever I bought groceries, getting the stuff from the car to home was a hassle. Probably need to use a cart of some sort to save trips.

From what I see, looks like a fun place to live (downtown Tampa). I walk by a couple of them (high rise apts, forget the name) once-in-awhile at night and it seems somewhat deserted. I've seen homeless in the area and would have concerns about security in the area, especially p.m.
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Old 01-10-2012, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Think your budget is WAY too low.
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Old 01-10-2012, 07:07 PM
 
Location: tampa bay
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Can you get a roommate and double the budget? I was at the Florida Aquarium on Friday and saw some highrises around there that looked great...Channelside is fine but the area around there is loaded with homeless and I wonder how it would be night?
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Old 01-11-2012, 06:24 AM
 
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Hey guys I am looking to move to downtown Tampa from Palm Harbor. I like Palm Harbor but I'm 23 and want more ppl around my age. So I am looking for a luxury high rise apartment downtown in a safe area. Budget is probably around $1000-1100.

Now for ppl who have lived in high rise apartments what are some pros and cons? I think it would be awesome to live in one with all the views. Any input is greatly appreciated

Thanks in advance!!
If you can bump your limit to $1200, you should be able to find a rental in a highrise. I would look at the Element.

Some initial cons: if you have a dog, it can become a hassle to go down the entire building just to take your dog on a walk. Parking garages are also crammed and can take 10 minutes of driving just to get to a spot.

The pros are endless though especially for the Element. You can walk to everything that you need and while downtown is still not where Tampa wants it to be, your essential needs are easily met.

I profusely recommend downtown Tampa only second to the Hyde Park area. Good luck!
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Old 01-11-2012, 06:51 AM
 
Location: East Tennessee
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A 30-something pilot friend of mine has lived in Skypoint for the past 2 years. He says it's noisy, convenient to everything downtown, and the views are amazing. And the pet owners irritate him. Seems there are too many to suit him.
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Old 01-11-2012, 10:21 AM
 
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Think your budget is WAY too low.
funny that, last i checked most of those downtown high rise apartment complexes were mostly vacant. if they're not going to rent them or sell them for the highest price they can get, (prob less than $1000 in this economy), then who are they going to do with them, tear them down?
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Old 01-12-2012, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Downtown Tampa
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funny that, last i checked most of those downtown high rise apartment complexes were mostly vacant. if they're not going to rent them or sell them for the highest price they can get, (prob less than $1000 in this economy), then who are they going to do with them, tear them down?
There are a lot of vacant (but owned) units. Skypoint, the Channel Towers were completely sold out. Of course units have come back on the market but you would be surprised, there aren't as many vacancies downtown as people think.

http://www.tampasdowntown.com/userfi...0Forum/HCP.pdf

I agree though that OP's budget for a high rise may be a bit low, maybe $1200-1300 for a 600sq ft place in skypoint from a private owner but most the decent sized condos start closer $1500-1700

OP's budget does not rule him out of downtown at all though. You could easily find a place for a $1000-1100 in Channelside or Harbour Island.

You may get some type of move in special at the Element but unless you feel like moving every year more than likely rent will go up when it's time to renew, which could put you back out of budget. It's just easier to negotiate with a private owner. Find a realtor that deals in rentals downtown tell them your budget and I'm sure they will find you something.

Irishiis49 Channelside is absolutely fine at night, maybe you happened by during a homeless AA meeting (lol) but I rarely see homeless in Channelside district.
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