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Old 05-11-2014, 08:27 PM
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Hello all, I am looking at two homes, one in Fishhawk Ranch, south of Fishhawk Blvd (Bevis) and another in Starling (Stowers). The home in Starling is newer, nicer, and about the same price as the Fishhawk Ranch home. What my concerns are... 1. Bevis vs Stowers & Barrington vs Randall) 2. The Fishhawk Ranch community seems better suited to neighborhood parties, kids at the Park Square, riding bikes to school etc. When Starling feels a little newer, without much of a personality yet. Would love some opinions on Fishhawk Ranch vs the Starling neighborhood. Was Starling made for empty nesters, and reitree's... Coming in with two small kids, that would not be my desire. THanks... Since I am coming from Chicago, I don't have the true feel for either of the neighborhoods, the older ranch feels more home-y, but at the same price i am getting a older, not as nice, house. But the Starling home has a CDD fee of almost 3000 when the old ranch is only 1250...

THanks for the advice...
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Old 05-12-2014, 03:03 AM
Location: The Villages, Florida
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Sounds like budget may be what triggers the decision. Get all your costs for both and compare them side by side. When I looked at Fishhawk just over a year ago, I had similar impressions. I do prefer a newer house. I was not interested in making someone else's home my own.

Good luck.
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Old 12-06-2014, 05:12 PM
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Both neighborhoods are family friendly, have lots of kids, and plenty of ammenities (which are shared by both neighborhoods). All of the schools mentioned above are 'A' rated, but Bevis is older and has had more time to earn a great reputation. Starling is far easier to access in and out if in the mornings, especially if you or your spouse work in downtown Tampa or at MacDill Air Force Base. You can turn right out onto Fishhwak blvd. rather than wait in an extended line of cars in the morning waiting for a traffic light to briefly turn green. I like that Starling is newer and a single 'village' rather then fishhawk which is older and far more segregated into a series of 'villages'. I think either area is prefetable to the new 'Circa' area which is dense with apartments, commercial stores, and a view of cell phone towers in the distance.
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