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Old 02-17-2012, 12:32 PM
 
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My family may be relocating due to DH's job to Tampa area...His job would be in St.Petersburg. Our main concern is our 2 kids - they will be in 1st and 5th grades next year. We are looking first and foremost for good public school system which I believe Plant HS dist. is what we have been focusing on. We were first looking at Davis Island and Hyde Park. We want to make sure there are a lot of kids in the neighborhood too. Right now we live in a development with school aged kids in just about every house on our street and its great my kids met other right away and are always outside with neighbors. I want that when we move. But, the houses are very pricy (compared to others) in those areas and not sure about families....what other developments/areas of South Tampa should we look? We will be going down in a few weeks to look if this does happen.
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Old 02-17-2012, 12:47 PM
 
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Of course they're expensive because those are among the more desirable neighborhoods in Tampa. I would suggest looking at adjacent houses within Plant's district. I have no idea of their boundaries, but maybe looking towards the west and southwest of the high school will put you in a more reasonable neighborhood without sacrificing a great school.
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Old 02-17-2012, 04:05 PM
 
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Of course, are there specific area's/development names I should look for? I've found a lot of homes on line around 500K that look nice, but I'm looking for a great street for kids.
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Old 02-17-2012, 06:42 PM
 
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Just a thought.. if your DH works in St.Pete, have you also considered areas in Palm Harbor/Dunedin areas ? It's just about half an hour or so commute, of course depending on what part of St. Pete. Palm Harbor/Dunedin has very good public schools, from elementary to high school(e.g Palm Harbor University HS). They also have good fundamental/magnet programs. I have been living there for quite a number of years and really like it. Kids-friendly and easy access to Clearwater beach /parks. There are also quite a lot of nice gated communities around. It's worth checking it out.
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Old 02-18-2012, 12:38 AM
 
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Just a thought.. if your DH works in St.Pete, have you also considered areas in Palm Harbor/Dunedin areas ? It's just about half an hour or so commute, of course depending on what part of St. Pete. Palm Harbor/Dunedin has very good public schools, from elementary to high school(e.g Palm Harbor University HS). They also have good fundamental/magnet programs. I have been living there for quite a number of years and really like it. Kids-friendly and easy access to Clearwater beach /parks. There are also quite a lot of nice gated communities around. It's worth checking it out.
Agreed, worked quite a bit in the Burg and lived in PH/Olds/Dun area, commute is not bad and I prefer north county over south county and hillsborough for living. Its fun to go to those areas do stuff, but I wouldn't choose to live there.
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Old 02-18-2012, 07:03 AM
 
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thank you. Houses look nice in these areas and worth checking out schools and communities there...we like to be very close to action though...one thing we miss where we live now is being able to walk to places or at least not have to drive over 20min to get to anything...I would choose a smaller house over more space for a fun location but also one that is great for kids I know I'm asking a lot...we have moved a lot over the last 5 years and we know what we like. But, of course good schools comes first because we don't want to pay a fortune for 2 kids in private schools.
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Old 02-18-2012, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Clearwater, Florida
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I would agree about the Dunedin and Palm Harbor areas. Palm Harbor would probably be the best area for schools but it is more of a bedroom community and doesn't have many areas within walking distance of a lot of activity. Dunedin is good for schools but not as good as Palm Harbor when it comes to the high school, but if you can find a house near the downtown area then that would give you the other thing you're looking for - walking distance to activities. There are restaurants and shops downtown plus activities like craft fairs, a wine and blues festival, Mardi Gras festival, Christmas parade, etc. The Toronto Bluejays spring training stadium is also within walking distance.

The best area to buy a house to be within walking distance of downtown is just south of the downtown Dunedin area to about Marine Blvd and west of Douglas. There is also a nice area east of Douglas on Scotland and Wilkie going to about New York. (You'll probably need to look at a map to see where these areas are.) There are a lot of older homes there but there is a variety of styles and some are quite nice, but lately there haven't been a lot for sale in that area.

Both Dunedin and Palm Harbor have several nice areas but the downtown Dunedin area is probably the one that is closest to what you are asking for when it comes to being within walking distance to activities.

Sincerely,
Ron
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Old 02-18-2012, 08:36 AM
 
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I think Palma Ceia in south Tampa is the ideal neighborhood for you. It won't be any more of a commute than Palm Harbor or other areas suggested and you will be close to everything. It's also the best school district. The area is very family friendly, beautiful and not cookie-cutter. It's always been one of my favorite neighborhoods in Tampa.

Good luck!
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Old 02-19-2012, 08:11 AM
 
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Thank you...From looking on line, if we can't get anything on Davis Island or in Hyde Park I definitely see good choices in Palma Ceia. Looks like in St.Petersburg we could get great views, but being zoned for better HS is very important to me.
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Old 02-20-2012, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Pinellas County
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Look at Seminole school district in mid pinellas, right by beaches, perfect for young families, very safe, family friendly and mid to high price homes all over. A good mix and very safe. Commute to Tampa, 30-35 mins maybe 40 on bad days. Great to come home to be near to beach at end of day/week
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