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Old 05-21-2013, 03:13 PM
 
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Hello

I've done a lot of reading, and traffic is often mentioned, but I work from home, and wouldn't need to be out in rush hour that often.

I'm looking for something

- safe
- close to good schools (have a two year old)
- close to stores/parks things to do
- Newer house 1990+, 3BR+
- $250,000-$350,000 price range

I'm not sure what area would be better, Clearwater or Tampa?
I'm in a smaller city, and one of my reasons to move is to give my kid better opportunies in life. Would he have that in Tampa?
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Old 05-21-2013, 05:18 PM
 
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Clearwater is older housing stock and does not have much in the way of cultural pastimes. Nice people there and some fun spots, especially over in Clearwater Beach. Tampa is the largest city in the metro and is really a large suburb. South Tampa is the nicest/most urban part of the city. It can be pricey, but the schools are decent in most of the S Tampa area. Outside of the south end, Tampa is older and grittier until you get into the tract housing/subdivisions. New Tampa is great of that's your living style.

Don't discount St. Petersburg. North and North East are probably best urban living I the Bay Area. The housing stock is older, but well kept. Old NE is a dream for families.

You should also look at Dunedin and Palm Harbor. They are smaller, but very nice towns in Pinellas County near Clearwater.
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:23 PM
 
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Thanks, I'll take a look. Do you have some specific names of the areas to look for?
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:48 PM
 
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I would suggest Palm Harbor if schools are important...while there are many great places to live in Pinellas...schools are best in the Palm Harbor/Eastlake area!
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:30 PM
 
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I would suggest Palm Harbor if schools are important...while there are many great places to live in Pinellas...schools are best in the Palm Harbor/Eastlake area!
What she said.
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:50 PM
 
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Thank you for all the help.
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:52 PM
 
Location: North of South, South of North
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I would suggest Palm Harbor if schools are important...while there are many great places to live in Pinellas...schools are best in the Palm Harbor/Eastlake area!
Wise advice.
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Old 05-21-2013, 11:31 PM
 
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It's small, but Safety Harbor is perfect...so convenient to the airport with a nice little downtown.
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Old 05-26-2013, 07:47 AM
 
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It's small, but Safety Harbor is perfect...so convenient to the airport with a nice little downtown.
I agree! Safety Harbor is wonderful! Good schools and VERY family friendly. The OP should be able to find a decent place within the price line he/she stated.

Palm Harbor and Easlake are also nice areas.

You can't go wrong with any of these.
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Old 05-26-2013, 04:14 PM
 
Location: North of South, South of North
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I agree! Safety Harbor is wonderful! Good schools and VERY family friendly. The OP should be able to find a decent place within the price line he/she stated.

Palm Harbor and Easlake are also nice areas.

You can't go wrong with any of these.
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