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Old 03-04-2012, 11:40 PM
 
Location: St. Petersburg, FL
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Within the next few months I'd like to purchase a small, inexpensive (under $60k) home in decent repair, not in shambles nor in a danger zone (I have quite a bit of music gear worth about $5k, so the less robberies the better). It's not our settle down home, but I think I'd like it to be our home base for much of our young adulthood. My girlfriend and I would like to buy the home with the aim of renting out rooms to make some money while we work and go to school. I understand we're young and buying a home is a big commitment, but I've had amazing credit since before I could drive and I would consider myself a financially responsible young person. I've done number crunching, and in a home under $60K I would be paying as much or less than I am paying now for rent and utilities per month.

We are both 22 years old and like nightlife, culture, and activities; but not necessarily "high art" (we'd prefer a killer hot dog stand over a trendy martini bar and a "home-like" bar with quirks over a rave party). I'm a music student and she's an art student so we like that aspect of the county.

I am currently renting in the Kenwood neighborhood in St. Pete, and I like the feel there. I haven't ventured to the northern part of the county in years, the farthest north I go is Pinellas Park because I work there. I was wondering if I'd get more bang for my buck and more of a city-feel in Clearwater, St. Pete, or another area? I understand that this isn't NY, Philly, or Boston so I won't get what the transplants describe as a "city feel," but I'd like to be able to walk to my favorite bar, take a drive to the beach, and go indulge in local music, food, and beer when it's not "bill paying week."

So, once again, where should I start looking, Clearwater, St. Pete, or somewhere in the middle? I understand both have pros and cons, but I'd like to hear from residents of both areas on where I get more for my money in Pinellas County.
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:07 AM
 
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Kenwood's not a bad place to start. You could start heading up the 4th St corridor, but I'm not sure how far $60k will go unless you are looking at doing some rehab work on a short sale/foreclosure.

Another point to consider: Kenwood is also a great location because it is a very cheap cab ride from downtown. Trying to drive from downtown St Pete to northern Pinellas after a very late night is a chaotic road rally of drunk drivers and the cops trying to apprehend them, and a $10k DUI is probably not going to help your budget, either.
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Old 03-05-2012, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Lincoln County Road or Armageddon
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Stay away from Clearwater- nothing really goes on there other than the occasional musical event. Even little ol' Dunedin has way more going than Clearwater.

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Old 03-05-2012, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Treasure Island Fl
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Gulfport may fit your needs
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Old 03-12-2012, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Tampa Bay Area, FL
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Yeah I have lived in Clearwater for almost 20 years and there is very little going on here... I am bored out of my mind! I am in my early 30's and feel like an old person, because there is nothing for me to do around here. You can only go to the beach so many times... St. Pete or Tampa are probably your best bets!
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Old 03-12-2012, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Tampa Bay Area, FL
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I did forget to mention Dunedin. That is a pretty cool little town. Main St has lots of good restaurants, some bars, etc. It is close to the water. And Indian Rocks Beach is a good area to check out here in Pinellas County.
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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Clearwater blows. I would stay in or around Kenwood. North County is unremarkable except for Downtown Dunedin and Downtown Tarpon.
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Stay away from Pinellas Park, Largo, Clearwater, Kenneth City and Lealman. And it goes without saying, anywhere in South St. Pete. I also would not live in Gulfport due to it's proximity to the hood.
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Old 03-13-2012, 04:24 AM
 
Location: tampa bay
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Stay away from Pinellas Park, Largo, Clearwater, Kenneth City and Lealman. And it goes without saying, anywhere in South St. Pete. I also would not live in Gulfport due to it's proximity to the hood.
I was going to suggest Gulfport my son attends Stetson Law and he has rented some really lovely condos on a golf course and you could probably get some good deals now!
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:24 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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I was going to suggest Gulfport my son attends Stetson Law and he has rented some really lovely condos on a golf course and you could probably get some good deals now!
Gulfport's fine once you're away from 49th Street (which divides Gulfport from St. Pete).
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