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Old 04-07-2013, 11:10 AM
 
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We will be moving to FL hopefully soon. We want to be somewhere between Orlando & Clearwater. We have been looking at Seffner,Lakeland,Plant City,Lithia. Any suggestions for a safe,good schools(highschool/college) nice homes but not too pricey w/pool $50,000-$130,000. Will this even be possible to find something nice in this price range w/pool?
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Toledo, OH
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With pool - VERY DIFFICULT!!! Unless a much older home which could cost more to update and fix then spending a little more now and get what you want.

I'll stick with Lithia area as the others are out of my comfort zone making any recommendations other than traffic patterns and such.

Higher end at 130K may get you a smaller home in a subdivision with a community pool (but I think you may have to look at a higher price for this). If you end up paying 200 bucks extra a month for additional HOA/CDD fees to have that community pool, you could get the same home for 150K-170K for the same monthly payment. Could find a small or no HOA and no CDD.

Doesn't make much sense, but at the end it is how much you want to pay per month. Mortgage, taxes, Insurance, and possible HOA/CDD.
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Old 04-07-2013, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Lived in Seffner years ago and have visited there a few times since leaving that area and it doesn't look like a nice place to live anymore- and recently that tragic sinkhole event has made it even a worse place to live anymore. Wouldn't recommend it - kind of a poor area, imo.

As for Plant City - it seems to have a nice smalltown USA feel to it. I've driven through it to visit that small hospital and there were areas that looked attractive to live. Not sure what Walden Lakes homes cost - noticed they did have a few townhouses, condos that look like their in peaceful neighborhoods (Walden Lakes).

Good luck in your search.
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Old 04-07-2013, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Lived in Seffner years ago and have visited there a few times since leaving that area and it doesn't look like a nice place to live anymore- and recently that tragic sinkhole event has made it even a worse place to live anymore. Wouldn't recommend it - kind of a poor area, imo.

As for Plant City - it seems to have a nice smalltown USA feel to it. I've driven through it to visit that small hospital and there were areas that looked attractive to live. Not sure what Walden Lakes homes cost - noticed they did have a few townhouses, condos that look like their in peaceful neighborhoods (Walden Lakes).

Good luck in your search.
^^^ This is a very fair assessment. My family lived in Seffner when I was little, it was decent then, but it's not a great area now. Plant City/Lithia is a great place to raise a family (if you have one!)
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Old 04-07-2013, 05:48 PM
 
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Lakeland is the the best place to live along I-4 outside of Tampa and Orlando ....hands down
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:53 PM
 
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Any suggestions for a safe,good schools(highschool/college) nice homes but not too pricey w/pool $50,000-$130,000. Will this even be possible to find something nice in this price range w/pool?
There is no way to get a house with good schools in that price range. Yes, you can get a house for that money, but there is no way you will be zoned for good schools... sorry
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:59 AM
 
Location: Tampa, Fl
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Seffner is great... If you're looking for meth. Then again, to be fair, I wouldn't live in any of those cities. I'd just stick to Tampa, Orlando, or Clearwater.
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:57 PM
 
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Very Rural!

Boring...nothing to do...and in no way there are "good schools" on those pastures...Sorry.
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Old 04-08-2013, 01:58 PM
 
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I would skip seffner and plant city (pc has more of a "trailer trash" kinda feel to me). I'd look more into Brandon (Valrico side, not tampa side), Valrico, Lithia, or Lakeland.
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Terra
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The areas are a mix of old and poor with some new development sprinkled in. It's almost like once you leave the gates of your HOA and new development, you end up in a neighborhood with trailer parks and meth houses right across the street.

Some very strange areas between Tampa and Orlando. It's the twilight zone for sure.
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