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Old 01-05-2014, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Safety Harbor FL
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Hi All. We have been researching for quite some time and have pinpointed Safety Harbor as the place we would like to move to once our home in Indiana sells. I have read several posts on city data regarding traffic and commute challenges in the Tampa area. Assuming that we are able to move to Safety Harbor as we are hoping, what surrounding towns would provide an acceptable commute to and from work? I know everyone has a different idea of acceptable, but mine would be in the 30 to 40 minute range. I'm also assuming that my drive leave and return time would be right around normal rush hour times. Now that we have decided on where we want to live, we are attempting to target areas where we could work. As always thank you for all of your help!
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Old 01-05-2014, 05:23 PM
 
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30-40 from Safety Harbor would mean you could work basically anywhere in Pinellas county, save some of the beaches (St. Pete Beach, Tierra Verde, etc.) and South Pinellas - Pinellas Point/Gulfport/South Pasadena. Your commute would be more like an hour to a lot of those places during rush hour. It would be also be an easy commute to Oldsmar, East Lake, and areas east of Oldsmar (ie outside Pinellas county) that I'm not very familiar with.

Try Clearwater, Palm Harbor, Tarpon Springs, Largo, Pinellas Park, Dunedin, Bellair Beach/Bluffs, St Pete (could push the 40 min mark), Kenneth City, Seminole (also would be close to 40), Oldsmar.
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Old 01-06-2014, 06:04 AM
 
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30-40 from Safety Harbor would mean you could work basically anywhere in Pinellas county, save some of the beaches (St. Pete Beach, Tierra Verde, etc.) and South Pinellas - Pinellas Point/Gulfport/South Pasadena. Your commute would be more like an hour to a lot of those places during rush hour. It would be also be an easy commute to Oldsmar, East Lake, and areas east of Oldsmar (ie outside Pinellas county) that I'm not very familiar with.

Try Clearwater, Palm Harbor, Tarpon Springs, Largo, Pinellas Park, Dunedin, Bellair Beach/Bluffs, St Pete (could push the 40 min mark), Kenneth City, Seminole (also would be close to 40), Oldsmar.
I agree and would add Tampa's NW side (Westchase, Citrus Park) as well as the area around Tampa International Airport/Westshore which can be reached via 60 (Courtney Campbell Causeway) or via 580/Tampa Road. I'd place Westchase at 30 minutes and the rest closer to 40 minutes.
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Old 01-06-2014, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Jupiter, FL
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I'd place Westchase at 30 minutes and the rest closer to 40 minutes.
It takes 30 minutes to travel 10 miles?
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Old 01-06-2014, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
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On a bicycle?
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Old 01-06-2014, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Safety Harbor FL
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Thank you all for the information! Very helpful!!!
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Old 01-07-2014, 06:39 AM
 
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It takes 30 minutes to travel 10 miles?
Yeahhhh, it can.....it's called rush hour traffic.
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Old 01-07-2014, 06:58 AM
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Hi All. We have been researching for quite some time and have pinpointed Safety Harbor as the place we would like to move to once our home in Indiana sells. I have read several posts on city data regarding traffic and commute challenges in the Tampa area. Assuming that we are able to move to Safety Harbor as we are hoping, what surrounding towns would provide an acceptable commute to and from work? I know everyone has a different idea of acceptable, but mine would be in the 30 to 40 minute range. I'm also assuming that my drive leave and return time would be right around normal rush hour times. Now that we have decided on where we want to live, we are attempting to target areas where we could work. As always thank you for all of your help!
The biggest job centers near Safety Harbor are Carillon/Gateway (north end of St. Pete) and downtown St. Pete in Pinellas, and then Westshore and downtown Tampa in Hillsborough. There are jobs scattered throughout the bay area, and I'm not sure what you do, so I don't mean to suggest you'll necessarily be working in one of those places. But most of the surrounding towns are just suburbs.

Anyway, I work in the Carillon/Gateway area (near Roosevelt/275 interchange), and when we were neighborhood hunting, I tested the commute between my office and downtown Safety Harbor. It was about 30 minutes at rush hour. Downtown St. Pete would be more like 40-45 minutes. Someone else will have to tell you commute times to/from Westshore and downtown Tampa. For what it's worth, my general assumption when crossing a bridge into Tampa at rush hour is to just double google maps drive times.
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Old 01-07-2014, 07:21 AM
 
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The biggest job centers near Safety Harbor are Carillon/Gateway (north end of St. Pete) and downtown St. Pete in Pinellas, and then Westshore and downtown Tampa in Hillsborough. There are jobs scattered throughout the bay area, and I'm not sure what you do, so I don't mean to suggest you'll necessarily be working in one of those places. But most of the surrounding towns are just suburbs.

Anyway, I work in the Carillon/Gateway area (near Roosevelt/275 interchange), and when we were neighborhood hunting, I tested the commute between my office and downtown Safety Harbor. It was about 30 minutes at rush hour. Downtown St. Pete would be more like 40-45 minutes. Someone else will have to tell you commute times to/from Westshore and downtown Tampa. For what it's worth, my general assumption when crossing a bridge into Tampa at rush hour is to just double google maps drive times.
Which is why the Safety Harbor/Oldsmar/East Lake area is golden because one can avoid bridges commuting via 580. If and when the massive construction on US19 ever ends it would seem the commute southbound to Downtown St Pete will improve by a good 10 minutes.
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Old 01-07-2014, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Safety Harbor FL
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The biggest job centers near Safety Harbor are Carillon/Gateway (north end of St. Pete) and downtown St. Pete in Pinellas, and then Westshore and downtown Tampa in Hillsborough. There are jobs scattered throughout the bay area, and I'm not sure what you do, so I don't mean to suggest you'll necessarily be working in one of those places. But most of the surrounding towns are just suburbs.

Anyway, I work in the Carillon/Gateway area (near Roosevelt/275 interchange), and when we were neighborhood hunting, I tested the commute between my office and downtown Safety Harbor. It was about 30 minutes at rush hour. Downtown St. Pete would be more like 40-45 minutes. Someone else will have to tell you commute times to/from Westshore and downtown Tampa. For what it's worth, my general assumption when crossing a bridge into Tampa at rush hour is to just double google maps drive times.
That is great information. Thank you! I am a branch manager at a local bank in Indiana and my wife is in accounting.
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