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Old 11-07-2012, 05:12 AM
 
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Hello,
We are moving to Tampa. Husband working at Macdill long hours for sure. In laws live in New Tampa (Arbor Green) so they would be there for support if we live close. Areas we are considering are in Title. Palm Harbor because we think we would really enjoy living there (Lansbrook) but wondering is the commute really that bad to Macdill? Lutz, looks like great schools and not too far from In laws and apparently not too bad of a commute to Macdill (is that correct assessment?) New Tampa to be close to in laws and also good schools. Anyone have an idea about the commute? South Tampa specifically Hyde Park or Palma Ceia. May be a nice lifestyle, easy commute and good schools but worried about finding a nice 3/4 bedroom 2/3 bath within a $2400/month budget. Also heard South Tampa has serious flooding issues and I do not know about living with surrounding areas being a bit unsafe and feeling a little like I am an nice island within a not so nice area around me. Any advice would be great! I have done a fair amount of research before posting so as to focus on these specific areas.
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Old 11-07-2012, 05:27 AM
 
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West Lutz, and also Carrollwood, parts of Citrus Park, even Odessa South on Gunn Hwy, and Westchase are all great options if working at McDill.

Yes South Tampa floods...but off Westshore blvd there is the Westshore Yacht Club that is a lot closer to McDill, and is very nice. I don't know about rentals there, but you can ask an RE.

The area I circled is also nice. Older homes, and some new mansions build over older homes, but it is closer o the base.

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Old 11-07-2012, 07:00 AM
 
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South Tampa would be the most convenient but it's expensive and yes, it floods. New Tampa and Lutz is probably a good idea. Brandon might be good for you too.... a lot of people that work at McDill also like FishHawk Ranch
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:10 AM
 
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Hello,
We are moving to Tampa. Husband working at Macdill long hours for sure. In laws live in New Tampa (Arbor Green) so they would be there for support if we live close. Areas we are considering are in Title. Palm Harbor because we think we would really enjoy living there (Lansbrook) but wondering is the commute really that bad to Macdill? Lutz, looks like great schools and not too far from In laws and apparently not too bad of a commute to Macdill (is that correct assessment?) New Tampa to be close to in laws and also good schools. Anyone have an idea about the commute? South Tampa specifically Hyde Park or Palma Ceia. May be a nice lifestyle, easy commute and good schools but worried about finding a nice 3/4 bedroom 2/3 bath within a $2400/month budget. Also heard South Tampa has serious flooding issues and I do not know about living with surrounding areas being a bit unsafe and feeling a little like I am an nice island within a not so nice area around me. Any advice would be great! I have done a fair amount of research before posting so as to focus on these specific areas.
To be honest...I would wait and see what happens after the elections since there were stories that people would be lay off from their mcDill jobs in the near future and you don't want to end up moving and no job...
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:59 PM
 
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Hello,
South Tampa specifically Hyde Park or Palma Ceia. May be a nice lifestyle, easy commute and good schools but worried about finding a nice 3/4 bedroom 2/3 bath within a $2400/month budget. Also heard South Tampa has serious flooding issues and I do not know about living with surrounding areas being a bit unsafe and feeling a little like I am an nice island within a not so nice area around me.
Limit your search to Hyde Park or Palma Ceia. You will be very satisfied. Not sure about budgets for what you're looking for, but I would definitely focus on the area. Don't forget to calculate the savings in gas, tolls, and time and that may justify raising your limit if you find something nice. Don't pay attention to the flooding. I've lived in Palma Ceia for 3 years and have been inconvenienced twice. It's not worth considering.

Disregard the information on looking around Interbay. The neighborhood doesn't provide the quality of life that Hyde Park and Palma Ceia do. And if you live that close to base, you'd might as well live on-base.
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Old 11-07-2012, 01:02 PM
 
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I agree with this. From Lutz you'll come down Veterans Toll Rd, cause otherwise you'll loose your mind if you have to take Dale Mabry all the way to the base...etc. I think it might be better to find something in South Tampa in your case. What you'll save on rent you'll pay on gas and tolls!


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Limit your search to Hyde Park or Palma Ceia. You will be very satisfied. Not sure about budgets for what you're looking for, but I would definitely focus on the area. Don't forget to calculate the savings in gas, tolls, and time and that may justify raising your limit if you find something nice. Don't pay attention to the flooding. I've lived in Palma Ceia for 3 years and have been inconvenienced twice. It's not worth considering.

Disregard the information on looking around Interbay. The neighborhood doesn't provide the quality of life that Hyde Park and Palma Ceia do. And if you live that close to base, you'd might as well live on-base.
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:09 PM
 
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I agree with South Tampa and Westchase. The commute from New Tampa is terrible!
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:49 AM
 
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My SIL lives in S. Tampa off of Himes and some other relatives south of Gandy. In the 20 something years she has lived there, the only flooding problem she has had was from street flooding but nothing in the house. If you stay in Palma Ceia or Hyde Park you won't have any problems. I agree if you DH works long hours that is the area to live in. Any place else he is looking at 40 min to over an hour each way especially from New Tampa and probably from Lutz too.
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:54 AM
 
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MLS # T2539351 - 3413 W Empedrado St, Tampa FL, 33629 | Homes.com

Check this out. 3/2 in Palma Ceia very good schools there
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