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Old 09-17-2012, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
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The price of this home seems very reasonable for how nice it is. I have been out of the country for a while and know the housing market is very different from when I was in it last but is there anything that looks false, etc?

8907 Magnolia Chase Cir, Tampa, FL 33647 MLS# T2532117 - Zillow

Also, from where this home is in Tampa, would the drive to bay pines be a bad commute?


I will be working in Bay Pines but my wife is an RN and we thought there would be better pay and opportunities for her in Tampa then Pinellas County plus I would like to live in a more modern area and Pinellas County from the impression I get on the forum is that it has very bad traffic, high crime, old homes and much older population.

Thank for your advice.
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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The listing seems legitimate to me. However, a commute from New Tampa to Pinellas would be absolutely brutal.
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:03 AM
 
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You might want to do that commute a few times before locking yourself in with a house purchase.Guaranteed that commute will get old real quick./
Its about a bad a commute as i could imagine..that said i'm sure lots of people do it everyday.
http://maps.google.ca/maps?saddr=Cro...sz=11&t=m&z=10

I'd look for a house on the Pinellas side of the bay..Indian Rocks? Reddington etc.
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Old 09-17-2012, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
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Interestingly enough we have two polar opposites for cities to return to, Boston or Tampa, for my work. My wife is an RN so luckily can get a job most anywhere, she has a great work history with no gaps. The Zillow link is an example of the type of home we would like to purchase. We have learned from other conversations regarding a move to Tampa that Morton Plant would be a great employer for my wife in Pinellas County.

The biggest problem I am having is I havent been able to find homes/communities like the Zillow link IN Pinellas County that provides good schools for the kids (I have three) and safe family neighborhood.

This is the first time I have heard the places Indian Rocks and Reddington, but will look into them now.

Thank you.
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Old 09-17-2012, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Jupiter, FL
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The biggest problem I am having is I havent been able to find homes/communities like the Zillow link IN Pinellas County that provides good schools for the kids (I have three) and safe family neighborhood.
Palm Harbor is the easy choice. The problem is that the commute down to Bay Pines will be a bit harder than it looks due to lack of expressways. There are other good neighborhoods closer to Bay Pines, but that area requires more deftness in picking the neighborhood.
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:59 PM
 
Location: Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
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Could you provide me the neighborhoods that you are thinking about when you say, "good neighborhoods closer to Bay Pines, but that area requires more deftness in picking the neighborhood".

I am assuming if my wife is an experienced RN wanting to remain in a hospital setting, in Pinellas County, Morton Plant will be one of the larger better employers. We have communicated with them already and have gotten positive feedback.

With that said, I would rather keep her drive on the shorter side and mine a bit further. Doing this while still finding a home that is "as close to" that zillow link, great schools and good safe family vibe.

Traveling to Bay Pines I would like to keep my commute to around (or under) 45 minutes, I would be leaving home around 7am and leaving work around 4-5pm.
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Old 09-18-2012, 01:13 AM
 
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How about St Pete's old Northeast section and the adjacent Crescent lake area..? which is just north of downtown St Pete.Under 30 minute commute each..
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/11/re.../11havens.html
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Old 09-18-2012, 02:01 AM
 
Location: Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
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Nice article, may be a pinch more then I can afford, really wanting to stay lower then $500k.

I will check and see what listings I can find and the school ratings.

Thanks.
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:43 AM
 
Location: St Pete
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Old NE, Crescent Lake, Allendale, Snell Isle, Shore Acres, Placido Bayou....many, many great neighborhoods around 15 to 30 min. to Bay Pines or the beach. And please remember, that NY Times article was written back in 2007....price's have come down dramatically.
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Jupiter, FL
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Could you provide me the neighborhoods that you are thinking about when you say, "good neighborhoods closer to Bay Pines, but that area requires more deftness in picking the neighborhood".
I don't know what they are, but it has been discussed before in this forum.

Here is an example of a search that might help. You can also spend some time at a website like greatschools.org looking for highly rated schools.
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