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Old 03-24-2013, 04:48 PM
 
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My wife (24) and I (27) are looking to move down here from MD. We live in the Baltimore area. We are honestly just fed up with the weather, and the way the City seems to be going downhill! We are looking to rent 1st for a year before looking to buy a house. We have done a lot of reading here on the forums and see a lot of posts about the crimes being bad and frequent down here. Like I said we are from Baltimore, top 3 in the highest crime rates in the nation! When you are describing crime, are you being a bit dramatic!? I mean there is no way it can be that bad compared to other cities. Every city (now talking mainly about Tampa) has their ups and downs, but I feel everything is being a bit over dramatized here on the forums. Anyways I am not here to argue and am here for some information specific for us!

We will be looking to spend up to $1000-1100 a month for an apartment/condo/house and would appreciate the best places to look to rent. We are not huge into the "party scene" however we do like going to casual places to have a drink and meet new people/make friends. We loveeeeeeeee the beach and will spend a lot of time there so being close would be nice.

We will be visiting the area very soon and are looking to basically just explore for a week. As many areas as possible as well as checking out apartments that we could possibly be looking to move into. Are there "known bad areas" with section 8 housing, "ghetto, thug related" areas to avoid? Places tourists would have no business going so to speak? Also gives us a good idea of where to avoid when looking for places to live.

I will leave it at this for now but will post if I can think of anything else!

Thanks for all the help in advance
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:16 PM
 
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Where will you be working?

All those places (and more) that you have in your title have great places to live/rent. But your commute would be different depending where you live. If you are like those who say "since I drive now an hour in DC/MD commute is no problem", my answer is why would you want to spend chunck of your "life" in the road when you could do some other things by living close to where you work. The average driver in Tampa Bay are travels about 15miles or 30minute. If I were you I would shoot for that kind of distance from work.
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:22 PM
 
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Where will you be working?

All those places (and more) that you have in your title have great places to live/rent. But your commute would be different depending where you live. If you are like those who say "since I drive now an hour in DC/MD commute is no problem", my answer is why would you want to spend chunck of your "life" in the road when you could do some other things by living close to where you work. The average driver in Tampa Bay are travels about 15miles or 30minute. If I were you I would shoot for that kind of distance from work.
Thanks for the response. The wife might possibly be working in either Palm Harbor or St. Petes. These are not just "transfer" type jobs so we wouldn't be positive as into where. That is why we are keeping our search broad for now and narrow it down. The commute she has now is 35-60 minutes depending on traffic and she is not a fan! My commute is a 2 minute bike ride to work at the moment and I love it! So hopefully we can get something close because who doesn't wanna be minutes away from home after leaving work!

Any specific places you could mention out of experience or knowledge that are better to rent in as far as prices and stuff to do relating to the 1st post? We really would love to not even bother with Tampa/east side of the skyway bridge. We are trying to stay as close to the water as possible!

Thanks!
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:38 PM
 
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I'm not sure $1000 per month will get you a whole lot in the areas you are wanting to rent unless you are willing to rent in a not-so-great area.
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Old 03-25-2013, 12:07 PM
 
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$1000 is fine, brand new apts just small. Westhore area Tampa, countryside area, Clearwater, Oldsmar, st Pete near the Gandy bridge, near Vinnoy park St Pete, lots of cool places for that kind of money. might even land a nice condo by the beach for 1000,,, but only warning- commute is aful,
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Old 03-25-2013, 03:42 PM
 
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Thanks for the great info tiny. Floridagirls post was a bit discouraging! I was going to say we have been looking around and have found some apartments that look really nice within the range just not sure about the areas! Maybe I will link some of the apartments we have looked at to get opinions that way!

Thanks again for all the info!
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