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Old 03-25-2006, 06:16 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Is new port richey a pretty safe area and are jobs plentiful without traveling into tampa?
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Old 03-26-2006, 06:17 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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yes it is very possible
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Old 03-26-2006, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Palm Harbor, FL
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I've been down here 3 years, I check out NPR briefly, its got a somewhat quaint and more importantly a "walkable" down town its Pasco county so Rte 19 has strip clubs, on the news yesterday was an arrest of a neo nazi trailer that went next door and stabed the neighbor lady for dating a black guy, It has a nice festival downtown (chasco festival), it has some trashy elements, another choice might be Spring Hill, (Hernando County)

As for plentifull jobs, Florida has the lowest unemployement in the country, but there mostly service jobs, there arent many corporations in that area, but Dr offices Dentist offices are everwhere of course.
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Old 03-26-2006, 02:02 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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thanks for the info chip,i appreciate it
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Old 04-26-2006, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Spring Hill, Florida
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mystree66... New Port Richey is really going down here.. We just moved from there. That town is one of the biggest meth labs around.. I won't mention how high the homeowners insurance is. I'm currently in Spring Hill now.. So far so good. The schools here I don't like at all. But the upside to Spring Hill is I got my daughter into a charter/public school. (they only accept so many kids) for the 6th grade. Next year my other 2 will be out of the public school as well.. This charter school is awesome.. Pasco county kids were even here trying to get in it.. The name is Gulf Coast Academy..
I live closer to 19 (the coast) and there are alot of retired living here. Lots to choose from if you like the country or the city.. Commuting to Tampa is about an hour drive and Clearwater is about the same..
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Old 04-26-2006, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Land O Lakes
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I have a 3 year old son so I frequent the sex offender site quite often. New port richey has 210 registered sex offenders.

If you have kids I would stay away.
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Old 04-26-2006, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Tampa Bay
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We looked for a home in NPR about 3 years ago and had bid on a couple at the time. Luckily (we know now) those all fell through for us. We recently took a drive up there to see those homes and the area just to see how things have changed and boy are we glad we didn't buy there. The immediate downtown area, along the river is quaint and sooooo charming, but just 2 or 3 streets back is a "whole 'nuther world"! The area seems to have gone downhill from when we were home hunting and really sketchy. One street is within the city and the next street is unincorporated. One house is nice, the next house is owned by Fred Sanford, then there's an old run down trailor next to it, then a duplex apartment. We saw no growth in town for the better, very sorry to say, because we really like the downtown but it's just seems stagnant and mixed with nice homes and others kinda trashy. There are some nicer areas if you don't mind deed restrictions (not really our cup-o-tea). Some parts just outside of town are home to "good-ole boys"... you might not want to wander down too many unknown back roads, we were told by the locals.

The "chaso fiasco" is fun and the Christmas celebration is also cool. If I had the money to have a "Florida getaway cottage" I would buy something along the waterfront, but not to live. Now there are some very nice homes with acreage north east of downtown though (out Osceola Dr? I think).
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Old 04-29-2006, 06:00 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Spring Hill looks nice but I've heard there are alot of sink holes there. Is that true?
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Old 04-29-2006, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Tampa Bay
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Personally I didn't really like Spring Hill when we were looking around, but that's just my opinion. It just seemed like a big subdivision dropped into the middle of a flat dry field...lol. Brooksville was more my cup-o-tea, more trees and some curvy hilly areas. Yes there are alot of sinks holes in SH and also the surrounding areas, but you do see more on the news from SH it seems. You just have to be carefull no matter where you are. Learn everything you can about them, understand what causes them and what to watch for when you're looking at houses... also note that often they run in a line across a neighborhood (following the underground water) so say if the house across the street has signs of a sinkhole and the house behind you has sinkhole damage, and the house you're looking at is between them in the line... could mean trouble for the that house in the future. And also realize that just because a subdivion is BRAND NEW doesn't exempt them from sinkholes or other problems. We've watched these idiot developers build on top of swamps and sell these homes to unknowing northerners, with disasterous results for the new homeowners. Just have to be carefull
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Old 04-29-2006, 01:15 PM
 
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Can't understand how a person complains about run down houses next to nice houses and then states that deed restricted communities aren't their "cup-o-tea"? Deed restrictions maintain the overall quality of a community to agreed upon standards and eliminate the "Fred Sanford" houses previously mentioned as a problem.

Most new developments are deed restricted. Plenty of them around any area north of Tampa. Sun Coast Parkway provides excellent access to Tampa. You might want to consider developments close to the parkway.

Sink holes are primarily a cottage industry created by plaintiff attorneys. Most "sink holes" aren't really sink holes but are due to poor construction and settleling of foundations. NPR is full of billboards advertising attorneys ready to handle your "sink hole" claim. It's cheaper for the insurance carriers to pay them than to fight the vast majority of the claims. It's not so much the proliferation of sink holes that are the problem but the proliferation of sink hole attorneys.
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