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Old 03-20-2012, 02:30 PM
 
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My wife, soon to be born child, and myself are relocating to the Tampa/St.Pete area.

Can anyone make any suggestions on possible neighborhoods/areas for us to focus our house hunting research on? I have read this forum, but I have yet to find anyone that has posed this question similar to our lifestyle.

We currently live in Downtown Atlanta, so being a part of/near a city (read: no suburbs) is very important to us, so I am assuming that we will be focusing our sites on Downtown St. Pete and South Tampa. Am I wrong or missing something?

My wife and I are very outgoing, love experiencing city life, and want to be able to walk to parks, entertainment, restaurants, social gatherings, etc. We love art museums, outdoor entertainment, eating at new (non-chainy) restaurants, and generally enjoy life. The less we have to be in a car the better. Safety is a concern for me, but understand that we are not ignorant suburbanites. Living in Downtown Atlanta, we keep track of our surroundings and are always aware of the possibility of theft, petty crime, etc. I am mainly concerned with not living next door to meth houses, sexual predators, and being concerned for my wife's safety if work has me overnight in a different city (ie rape, murder, home invasion). We enjoy older homes with character, and I am not afraid to put work into the house. Given the current housing market, our budget is pretty loose and would probably cap off at the 400-450K range. Schools eventually will be a mild concern. However, I believe that most of it is my responsibility to be involved, so I would just prefer to not have my child taught in a giant dump. Proximity to work does not need to be a consideration.

Thoughts?

Bonus: Any recommendations on a great pediatrician?
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Old 03-20-2012, 03:26 PM
 
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What you are describing sounds to me like St. Pete.
I will let others describe other places.
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Old 03-20-2012, 07:08 PM
 
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I agree that Downtown St Pete is one of the possible areas. However, I am having problems understanding the drastic housing price differences. It seems as if one road will have homes in the 250's while the next will be 20K. That is a significant difference. Crime reports also do not seem to promising for a smaller city.

We are looking into Hyde Park and SoHo. I just am wondering if I am missing some sort of hidden gem. There should be more pocket of city neighborhoods for an area as large as Tampa.
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Old 03-21-2012, 01:02 PM
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I agree that Downtown St Pete is one of the possible areas. However, I am having problems understanding the drastic housing price differences. It seems as if one road will have homes in the 250's while the next will be 20K. That is a significant difference. Crime reports also do not seem to promising for a smaller city.

We are looking into Hyde Park and SoHo. I just am wondering if I am missing some sort of hidden gem. There should be more pocket of city neighborhoods for an area as large as Tampa.
No, you've got the two right places: SoHo/Hyde Park in South Tampa and downtown/Old Northeast in St. Pete. Coming from downtown ATL, I'm not sure either will have the sort of "city neighborhood" feel you're looking for, but they're the best in the bay area for affluent neighborhoods where you can walk to fun stuff. The bay area has a (sub)urban sprawl feel.

A couple thoughts on housing price variability in St. Pete. First, there are some very clear socioeconomic lines in town, so maybe you're looking on opposites sides of them. Second, if a property is underpriced for its neighborhood and has been on the market for a while, then likely it is distressed and has structural issues. So if you see some "too good to be true" prices, well, they are...

Re socioeconomic lines, near downtown, the big ones are Central Ave (the line during segregation) and 4th Street (the "more money near the water" boundary on the east side of town). Not sure what specific St. Pete neighborhoods or streets you're looking at -- zillow is good for identifying neighborhoods if you don't know the lines. Re crime in St. Pete, most occurs in the bad southside neighborhoods. But the affluent neighborhoods are small and there is petty crime. Based on your previous post, nothing that's a show stopper. In your price range, for easy downtown access in St. Pete, I'd look at condos downtown, or houses in the Old Northeast neighborhood (disclaimer: that's where I live) or, if you're OK biking to downtown, Snell Isle.
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:55 AM
 
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Thank you! This is exactly what I needed. I am used to those type of economic differences in ATL, but they are much more obvious to me because I've lived here for so long.

Quick Followup: Are there housing code restrictions in NE St Pete? IE: In my neighborhood in ATL, most of our homes are historically protected and we basically need an act of massive permit proportions to physically changed the exterior structure. Given the age of the homes in St Pete, is it the same case here?
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Old 03-22-2012, 07:19 AM
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Thank you! This is exactly what I needed. I am used to those type of economic differences in ATL, but they are much more obvious to me because I've lived here for so long.

Quick Followup: Are there housing code restrictions in NE St Pete? IE: In my neighborhood in ATL, most of our homes are historically protected and we basically need an act of massive permit proportions to physically changed the exterior structure. Given the age of the homes in St Pete, is it the same case here?
Nothing's historically protected, as far as I know. Certainly my house is not. I can't speak to every neighborhood, but mine is among or perhaps the most "historic" in the city. In my neighborhood, there are normal restrictions like setbacks, but the only weird thing of which I'm aware is that you need a permit to cut down an oak (and getting one was a total non-issue when we took one down). The neighborhood association is voluntary, so no rules there, either. There is a focus on craftsman-style homes throughout the neighborhood, but the diversity of housing in the neighborhood is a big selling point for most of us.
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:11 PM
 
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Perfect. Thank you so much!
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Old 03-22-2012, 10:48 PM
 
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My wife, soon to be born child, and myself are relocating to the Tampa/St.Pete area.

Can anyone make any suggestions on possible neighborhoods/areas for us to focus our house hunting research on? I have read this forum, but I have yet to find anyone that has posed this question similar to our lifestyle.

We currently live in Downtown Atlanta, so being a part of/near a city (read: no suburbs) is very important to us, so I am assuming that we will be focusing our sites on Downtown St. Pete and South Tampa. Am I wrong or missing something?

My wife and I are very outgoing, love experiencing city life, and want to be able to walk to parks, entertainment, restaurants, social gatherings, etc. We love art museums, outdoor entertainment, eating at new (non-chainy) restaurants, and generally enjoy life. The less we have to be in a car the better. Safety is a concern for me, but understand that we are not ignorant suburbanites. Living in Downtown Atlanta, we keep track of our surroundings and are always aware of the possibility of theft, petty crime, etc. I am mainly concerned with not living next door to meth houses, sexual predators, and being concerned for my wife's safety if work has me overnight in a different city (ie rape, murder, home invasion). We enjoy older homes with character, and I am not afraid to put work into the house. Given the current housing market, our budget is pretty loose and would probably cap off at the 400-450K range. Schools eventually will be a mild concern. However, I believe that most of it is my responsibility to be involved, so I would just prefer to not have my child taught in a giant dump. Proximity to work does not need to be a consideration.

Thoughts?

Bonus: Any recommendations on a great pediatrician?
I think you'd really like Hyde Park or Palma Ceia in Tampa. Davis Islands may fit your profile too.
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