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Old 12-02-2007, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Central New Jersey
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Hi,
I am planning a move to the Tampa area from Central NJ in the next 3 months. I have been searching for homes in the Seffner and New Tampa areas, and would like some information from people who know about those areas. I am in my late 30's, single, and will probably be working in the downtown Tampa area. I am trying to avoid commuting more than 30 minutes to work, and definitely want to live in a safe area (if there is such a thing). Being near a larger city with access to the arts and some nightlife is a plus. So, which town would be the better bet? Any other suggestions are welcome.
Thanks,
Jane
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Old 12-02-2007, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Not the end of the Earth, but I can see it from here
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Seffner really borders on being rural and not at all like New Tampa. I'm not sure why you would be comparing the two, as they are not at all alike.

New Tampa is nice, but you will never have a 30 minute commute to Tampa if you work normal business hours.

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RM
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Old 12-02-2007, 06:07 PM
 
Location: East Tennessee
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Hi Jane,

The homes in Seffner are cheaper compared to New Tampa, but neither is convenient to Downtown. Much of New Tampa has CDDs along with city taxes where most of Seffner pays neither. If possible, determine your office location first and let that help guide your decision.

If you don't mind condo living, check into Skypointe, Hyde Park Place, Grand Central, Madison, and even Channelside has come down in price. With all the inventory, there's a great selection and with many of these, you can walk to work downtown.

TampaKaren.

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Old 12-02-2007, 06:19 PM
 
Location: South Tampa
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Seffner: Pickups and pit bulls....swigging long-neck Buds on Saturday night while listening to country music...

New Tampa: BMW's and Volvos......the occasional round of golf.....listening to Dave Matthews tunes while knocking back a blue martini......
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Old 12-02-2007, 10:03 PM
 
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Seffner: Pickups and pit bulls....swigging long-neck Buds on Saturday night while listening to country music...

New Tampa: BMW's and Volvos......the occasional round of golf.....listening to Dave Matthews tunes while knocking back a blue martini......
Perfect description, I had to laugh from 3000 miles away.
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Old 12-03-2007, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Lived in Seffner area many years ago when that was all I could afford. I don't recommend it - I don't think the drive to downtown Tampa is within your 30 mins, either.

I'd recommend Riverview or Brandon near the 301/I-75 area - quicker drive (Selmon Expressway, more to offer nearby).
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Old 12-03-2007, 12:22 PM
 
Location: huh?
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new tampa is very safe and normal bordering on sterile and uppity.
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Old 12-06-2007, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Earth
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"Being near a larger city with access to the arts and some nightlife is a plus."

Neither Seffner nor New Tampa will give you what you're looking for. Both are remote suburbs, and they descriptions here are accurate (and funny). Tampa itself is not booming with arts and nightlife, but it can be found. Commuting from either town will be misserable. I strongly recommend looking at some of the older houses around Tampa Heights, Riverside Heights, or some parts of Seminole Heights. You might also like South Tampa, between Kennedy and Gandy Blvd. Hyde Park is lovely but expensive. Palma Ciea is a nice neighborhood near nightlife, too. You will hate Tampa Palms or Seffner, there's a reason houses are so much less there. Tampa Palms has one road in and one road out. Seffner has I-4 and I-75 junctions and I-4 and I-275 near downtown, known as "malfunction junction." Both will be about an hour commute to downtown.
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Old 12-19-2007, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Central New Jersey
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WoW. Thanks all. I was considering Seffner because my realtor told me it would be about a 30 minute commute to work downtown. Tonynorie's description was hillarious! If it is accurate I would be very unhappy there. All replies indicate that the New Tampa, Wesley Chapel area is big on rush hour congestion - Valrico too. In searching for homes, I find that the homes in the newer developments have tiny land lots. Is there anyplace in the area where one can live Redneck-free and still have a decent sized yard?
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Old 12-19-2007, 08:25 AM
 
Location: South Tampa - Bayside West Neighborhood
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What is your budget? Would you be willing to live within the city Limits? Are you ok with older homes? Have you looked in South Tampa? It is relatively safe, nearby downtown, arts and nighlife, and there are every imaginable type of homes and lot sizes available. Just a thought.
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