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Old 03-24-2012, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Gainesville, FL
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Hi!

We fell in love with the construction company Maronda Homes. My husband graduates this May and we are considering relocating to Hillsborough county. Our "plan" is to work in the Tampa Bay Area but live in Ruskin since the houses are affordable. However, we have a couple of questions regarding Ruskin:

-Could anyone tell me what the area is like?
-How about utilities (water, cable, electric, internet)?
-Overall the commute, on Mapquest, says it is 30 minutes, is this feasible?

Thanks!
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Old 03-25-2012, 04:46 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Very rural, lots of older people and migrant workers - not much to do there. Nearest beach is a small strip called Lil Harbor Resort. Commute time is about 30 mins to downtown Tampa. 45-60 mins to Clearwater. Brandon 20 minutes. Downtown St Pete about 45 mins via the Skyway.

Tempting to buy a home at these prices, but I know of so many cases where people buy then have to move and have a problem re-selling. Also millions of people are underwater on their mortgages or have to abandon homes d/t being laid off from work. Sometimes renting an apartment would have been the the best decision for millions of Americans.

I live in a subdivision not to far away - my home is relatively new. My utility bill this month was $35 elect, $50 h20, cable bill will be different since it's part of my HOA and I have phone/internet add-ons). Newer homes built to code might have lower utilities than an older home.

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Old 03-25-2012, 08:38 AM
 
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I too am curious of Ruskin and that southern areas in my searching, so thank you for asking this question Laurie. BucFan, is it old people and migrant workers in the entire area, or are there some divisions that are "family oriented" like I see in Seven Oaks and places like that up in Wesley Chapel? I also heard that Apollo Beach has a "smell"? What's that about?
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Old 03-26-2012, 07:31 AM
 
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I live in a subdivision not to far away - my home is relatively new. My utility bill this month was $35 elect, $50 h20, cable bill will be different since it's part of my HOA and I have phone/internet add-ons). Newer homes built to code might have lower utilities than an older home.

Wow, I'd say you are abnormally low. My modest sized Apollo Beach home was rebuilt in 2010 and my elec typically runs $100-150 and H2O is typically anwhere from $80-150 depending on whether or not we are routinely watering the lawn.
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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HOA pays external h20 for lawn care. I don't own a pool, either. Should have stated that. Also, I don't run the AC during days when the temps are in low 80s and below. Can't remember the last time I had the heater on as well. I do think my home is insulated very well - thanks to the builder.
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:59 AM
 
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Can you please tell me how I can get a $35 electric bill?

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Very rural, lots of older people and migrant workers - not much to do there. Nearest beach is a small strip called Lil Harbor Resort. Commute time is about 30 mins to downtown Tampa. 45-60 mins to Clearwater. Brandon 20 minutes. Downtown St Pete about 45 mins via the Skyway.

Tempting to buy a home at these prices, but I know of so many cases where people buy then have to move and have a problem re-selling. Also millions of people are underwater on their mortgages or have to abandon homes d/t being laid off from work. Sometimes renting an apartment would have been the the best decision for millions of Americans.

I live in a subdivision not to far away - my home is relatively new. My utility bill this month was $35 elect, $50 h20, cable bill will be different since it's part of my HOA and I have phone/internet add-ons). Newer homes built to code might have lower utilities than an older home.
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Old 03-26-2012, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Castle Rock, Co
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Can you please tell me how I can get a $35 electric bill?
dont live in the house.
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Old 03-26-2012, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Can you please tell me how I can get a $35 electric bill?
Buy an up-to-date home built to code. Don't run the AC on days like today (Windows are all open today - nice to have fresh air).
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Old 03-31-2012, 06:20 PM
 
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There's no "smell" in Apollo Beach. Don't know where that came from.
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Old 06-26-2012, 12:35 AM
 
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Well,the power plant is literally right there covering everything in soot so maybe that's what they are talking about.
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