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Old 07-02-2012, 02:28 PM
 
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We are moving to the Tampa area and are looking to buy in the Fishhawk Ranch community and I was just wondering what is the closest beach and how long does it take to get there? Thanks!
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Old 07-02-2012, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Lithia, FL
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We live in Fishhawk Ranch & go to Anna Maria Island. It's a little over an hour away.

Last edited by springmac; 07-02-2012 at 02:37 PM.. Reason: correct info
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Old 08-08-2012, 02:28 PM
 
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Personally, I think it is too far...you are closer to Orlando than the beach. People in the community take "vacations" to the beach...been here for 6 months and that still catches me off guard when they say that. If you want beach living Florida, this is not it.
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Old 08-08-2012, 02:34 PM
 
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1 Hour and 11 minutes to Clearwater beach which is the closest.
I wouldn't buy there if I wanted to go to the beach often.


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Old 08-08-2012, 07:09 PM
 
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1 Hour and 11 minutes to Clearwater beach which is the closest.
I wouldn't buy there if I wanted to go to the beach often.
A big part of the Fishawk residents work @ Mcdill, so if they are ok with the 45 min + commute everyday 2x a day, you think they wouldn't mind the hour to the beach a couple of times a month. The advantage of the south shore suburbs versus the northern ones is that sarasota or pinellas is pretty much the same drive time. I do agree if you want to live close to the beach move to manatee/sarasota county or pinellas. I personally think you either walk to the beach or you drive to the beach, if i have to drive it doesn't matter whether its 45 min or 10 min, I still have to pack all the sand toys and all other crap.
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Old 08-10-2012, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Tampa Florida
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I always thought it was an easy drive. Crosstown to Gandy, then Gandy to Park, then keep going until you hit water.
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I always thought it was an easy drive. Crosstown to Gandy, then Gandy to Park, then keep going until you hit water.
I lived out in the Lithia area for a LONG time (I can remember when there was nothing but trees and cow pastures between CR 39 and Bloomingdale along 640) When we'd go to the beach, we mostly went to Apollo Beach (and it was TRASHY) but it was 40 minutes away, as I got older (before I left FL) I'd drive to St. Pete Beach (which I consider one of the only decent beaches in the area) and it would take roughly an hour and half, that was taking the Crosstown to 275 and across the Howard Frankland Bridge..

Like DUNNDFRNT said, if you're planning to go to the beach and spend a day, what's the difference between 10 minutes and an hour ? I'd rather drive the extra time to go to a good beach anyway.
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:44 PM
 
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What's the difference between 10 mins vs an hour drive to the beach?!?! Well...the difference between grabbing a cup of coffee and sitting on the beach vs drinking your coffee on the way to the beach. A last minute decision to watch the sunset vs making a plan hours out to. The difference between packing up the sand toys & a bottle of water vs packing up the sand toys, a cooler, chairs, sunscreen, umbrella, etc, etc. The difference between going to the beach for your morning run vs running before hitting the beach. Yeah, for true & often beach go-ers...there is a difference.
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Old 09-23-2012, 09:56 PM
 
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I'll take the quieter neighborhood with better housing prices vs higher cost housing closer to the beach.
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Old 09-24-2012, 10:36 AM
 
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More and more I am getting on the opposite side of this comment!
And dream of owning a small condo on the beach!!!!!
This is why:
A.G. Photography - Seascapes

And i am not even for "pro" homeownership!

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I'll take the quieter neighborhood with better housing prices vs higher cost housing closer to the beach.
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