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Old 09-06-2013, 12:08 PM
 
Location: columbus, ohio
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I am a 22 year old male whom recently accepted a job offer in the Tampa bay area. I currently live in a 'trendy' neighborhood in Columbus called German Village. It has plenty of bars/restaurants, and is rather walkable for much of what there is to do in Columbus. I am looking for a similar neighborhood in Tampa. Since I will have a job, but my boyfriend (who is moving with me) will not, my rent budget is $800 tops. I am fine with a one bedroom or studio, but I just do not know where to look. I see that hyde park, or SOHO seems like my type of scene but I don't know if a $800 budget for a one bedroom is enough. Oh, and I have two small dogs under 20 lbs that will be moving with me as well. I am looking for any opinion or reference I can get. I will not be moving until February 2014, so I have a little under 6 months to plan this, I just would like to get everything in order now.
Also, although I will move to Tampa, my job is in Largo, which from what I have researched may take a bit of a commute, so information on that will also be helpful.
Thank You!
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Old 09-06-2013, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Eh, if you are working in Largo, why not look for housing in Pinellas county? I don't think your budget is acceptable for South Tampa but you will 100% find something in Pinellas.

Pinellas doesn't have the South Tampa scene, but honestly that scene really isn't that cool to begin with. Go to Pinellas. There are lots of bars/clubs along Central Ave which are far enjoyable. If you want to move to FL and be straight up in a party scene, I would recommend Miami.
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Old 09-06-2013, 12:56 PM
 
Location: columbus, ohio
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Believe me, I would prefer to live in Pinellas County, but the sacrifice I had to make in order for my boyfriend to move with me, was to live in Tampa. he has personal reasons for not wanting to live in Pinellas unfortunately (and it is not the people or anything)
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Old 09-06-2013, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Ah, the relationship factor. Luckily that's a two way street. If he demands living in Tampa, then you should demand that he get a job. ~1,200 seems like a reasonable price to rent a 1 bedroom in Hyde Park
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Old 09-06-2013, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Columbus, OH
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I live in Columbus, and I'm working on moving to the TB area in a couple of years, so I've been researching places to live myself. If you're going to be working in Largo, you do NOT want to live in Tampa proper...the daily commute will be hell. Think of driving from German Village to Marysville everyday, with traffic that crawls like the downtown split since they started the construction.

In that price range (which is pretty similar to ours), you're not really going to get anywhere that has the German Village vibe, except maybe on the outskirts of Gulfport in south St Pete, which is actually more like the Short North than German Village.
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Old 09-06-2013, 01:27 PM
 
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Ah, the relationship factor.
yep, to be 22 again and "in love" lmfaooo classic
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Old 09-06-2013, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Relocated to St. Pete from MD/DC in Sept 2013
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Your commute will likely be at least 45 minutes. Something to keep in mind. I currently commute from Largo to downtown Tampa and that's what it is on a typical day. A lot of it is stop n' go with all the lights. I'm glad I'm not staying in Largo because it's getting to me. I see just as much traffic going the reverse direction, which is what you'll be doing.

Try to live in Northwest Tampa if Tampa is a "must"..that's at least closer to the bridge. What does he have against Pinellas that isn't the same in Hillsborough?
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Old 09-06-2013, 02:11 PM
 
Location: columbus, ohio
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Thank you all for the information. See the story as to why I said I would live in Tampa is because, he is quitting a rather lucrative job here, in order to come with me to Florida. He took this career change as a chance to finish cosmetology school, and he has chosen one that he can transfer previous hours from here, and it is located in Tampa. Since he sacrificed his job, I said I would live closer to his school rather than my work. He will also look for a job during the day, but his classes will be at night, so the commute is on me. Then when he graduates, we will move to st. pete area. But for now, Tampa is the option, at least for the first 8 months.
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Old 09-06-2013, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Relocated to St. Pete from MD/DC in Sept 2013
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Ah, ok. Well, there's a time limit on it. So you can survive that for a while. Compromise is good then we'll be St. Pete neighbors!
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Old 03-12-2016, 01:12 PM
 
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I moved from Columbus to Pinellas county (Dunedin, specifically) and I will warn you that you are probably not going to find anything comparable to trendy German Village. Everything is very spread out down here and not at all like Columbus. From where I live, driving to Tampa or even St.Petersburg is a pain in the ass and takes forever. That being said, the little town I live in is overall very safe and has a cute, walkable downtown area. I live right on the water and it takes me just a few minutes to drive to the beach. However, job opportunities for young professionals are seemingly scarce and we have surprisingly fewer amenities than Columbus.
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