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Old 07-29-2012, 09:51 AM
 
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[SIZE=3]Hi to all, we are relocating to Tampa Fl. and need some advice. We are a family of 2 adults to children age 6 and 12. Will be working in the 3800 Citibank Center. Our most important issue is the schools for the children. So we were thinking about finding a public school first then finding a place to live within 20 min. commute to work. About the housing, our plan is to rent for at least 1 year, then move on to buy a house. I’m taking my car with me so transportation is not an issue. Any help is greatly appreciated. … Mike[/SIZE]
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Old 07-29-2012, 10:14 AM
 
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You cannot be within 20 minutes of a public school here. Only private. Public schools have boundaries. Look at greatschools.net to get ratings, and see their websites for boundary maps.
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Old 07-29-2012, 10:27 AM
 
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Algia, Thanks for your reply. What I tried to comment was on my commute from home to work sorry if I was not clear. I do not know if this is possible in Tampa. I'm completely clueless about the city and it is becoming very stressful.
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Old 07-29-2012, 10:28 AM
 
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I'm pretty sure she was referring to the commute to work. Lucky for you your job is in a great area not close to downtown Tampa but to interstate 75. You could look at communities in river view, Brandon, new Tampa, lithia fish hawk ranch, and Bloomingdale. All of these are nice communites within a 10 - 25 drive to work. The school in these areas are all pretty good but if you want the best of the best lithia schools are the top rated in the county. GOOD LUCK!!!!
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Old 07-29-2012, 10:38 AM
 
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Ok.


Your best bet is Brandon, or maybe Valrico. Fish Hawk is 30 minutes away from your work, and traffic can be horrible that way. As you can see on the first map, Brandon is "the" closest.

"A" on the map is your work. "B" is Fishhawk Ranch. There are good schools in Both Brandon and Valrico...and of course Fishhawk...you'll just have to increase the commute time for Fishhawk.






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Algia, Thanks for your reply. What I tried to comment was on my commute from home to work sorry if I was not clear. I do not know if this is possible in Tampa. I'm completely clueless about the city and it is becoming very stressful.
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Old 07-29-2012, 01:17 PM
 
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The commute to downtown via the Selmon express lanes from Bloomingdale is under 30 minutes.

Bloomingdale East is far more affordable than Fishhawk and doesn't have the issues related to traffic. Not to mention there are two highly rated schools (Cimino and Alafia, Alafia being one of the longest rated "A" schools in the state) and a YMCA in the neighborhood.

And Bloomingdale East has a wide range of homes and prices, without the CDD costs you'll pay in Fishhawk.

I'm not down on Fishhawk (in fact, I like it) but you pay a price (literally) for living there.

RM
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Old 08-02-2012, 07:11 PM
 
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Thanks a lot about your feedback. You don't know how much it means to me since Im in the dark right now. I've been told Ill move in the next 30 days, so you must imagine my stress level are going way up. I have heard a lot from the Brandon area, Riverside, and Temple Terrace how about there? Algia thanks a lot for your input greatly appreciated
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Old 08-02-2012, 07:23 PM
 
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You're welcome!

I think the best thing is to go with Brandon since it is the closest to your work, and after you get down here, and have a few days off you can explore other areas. Like you said, this is stresfull enough as it is, so there is no need to add more areas into the mix. If you go by greatschools ratings you will be in a good area, and then you can explore other communities in peace.

You will also have the opportunity to evaluate traffic patterns a lot better being here.

Temple Terrace is "ehh"! IMO

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Thanks a lot about your feedback. You don't know how much it means to me since Im in the dark right now. I've been told Ill move in the next 30 days, so you must imagine my stress level are going way up. I have heard a lot from the Brandon area, Riverside, and Temple Terrace how about there? Algia thanks a lot for your input greatly appreciated
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