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Old 11-22-2014, 03:11 AM
 
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I have lived in New Tampa for close to 2 years. I really loved it. My initial job transfer was for Lakeland. I was able to visit Lakeland for a few days; however, you can't find out much by just visiting a few days. There may be an opening in Tampa as well. My husband works in Lake Wales; however he says that New Tampa may be a better fit for us coming from Long Island New York. Is Lakeland generally rural, and would have to drive to Tampa for certain things? And are there risks of flash floods and problems with flooding in Lakeland. There was flooding in Tampa but being in New Tampa, we were so far from the water that flooding was not an issue. But Lakeland has lakes all over. Would I be safe from flooding in Lakeland Highlands? I need some input from someone who knows Lakeland well. Thanks.
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Old 11-22-2014, 10:54 AM
 
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Flood maps are avail. for public, so sure enough you can find a place without flooding issues. Lakeland Highlands is a great place to live, I would rather live there than on Cross Creek for example. Of course if you don't need to commute to Tampa on regular basis
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Old 11-24-2014, 10:34 AM
 
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I live in Lakeland Highlands. There are actually a couple of hills here. No real flooding issues. Don't have to go to Tampa much almost everything you need is here. I traveled a lot and I am 45 minutes from the Tampa airport and 1 hour and 10 mins from the Orlando Airport. Have been here for 8 years and very happy.
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Old 12-14-2014, 05:11 PM
 
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Both are good areas, flood maps are public information so that is something you should be able to google easily. New tampa is a bit closer to the happenings in Tampa while having the small town feel, but again, impossible to clearly vote for one or the other without having more information on our requirements.
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Old 12-14-2014, 05:25 PM
 
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Lakeland Highlands is very nice. Probably my favorite part of Polk County. It's suburban like New Tampa, but in a different way. More rural in feel, a little less hectic, a little more open feeling. One thing I really hate about New Tampa is that most places you go, there's typically one way to get there. So if that road is jammed up, you're pretty much screwed. Highlands doesn't have that issue in my experience.

If you need a realtor for that neighborhood, I'm personal friends with the best two you can possibly talk to about Highlands real estate (the one realtor built many homes in the neighborhood when he was a builder (including his own in the neighborhood). His wife is an absolute maniac about doing research, and understanding what people really mean when they describe what they're looking for). I never refer by name online, but with that neighborhood I will. They are top notch realtors and human beings in general. DM me if you need info.
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Old 02-16-2015, 11:57 PM
 
Location: Lakeland, FL
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Lakeland is a great town. With a population of just over 100k, we have a nice array of things to do without fighting traffic all the time. It's also close to Tampa and Orlando should you want to escape for a few hours and do something different. It'd be a fairly easy commute to Lake Wales, especially from the Lakeland Highlands area. I've lived here all my life and would be happy to answer any questions. Just private message me if I can help.
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Old 02-17-2015, 06:30 AM
 
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Lakeland Highlands is very nice. Probably my favorite part of Polk County. It's suburban like New Tampa, but in a different way. More rural in feel, a little less hectic, a little more open feeling. One thing I really hate about New Tampa is that most places you go, there's typically one way to get there. So if that road is jammed up, you're pretty much screwed. Highlands doesn't have that issue in my experience.
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If you need a realtor for that neighborhood, I'm personal friends with the best two you can possibly talk to about Highlands real estate (the one realtor built many homes in the neighborhood when he was a builder (including his own in the neighborhood). His wife is an absolute maniac about doing research, and understanding what people really mean when they describe what they're looking for). I never refer by name online, but with that neighborhood I will. They are top notch realtors and human beings in general. DM me if you need info.


There are many places you can add to that list in Hillsborough and Pasco as well. As most of these new houses go up you can almost hear, if you roll your windows down, the faint sounds of "future" car horns and brakes screeching. Bruce B Downs it seems has been in perpetual construction to alleviate the congestion on it since time began. I remember when it had the name "the road to nowhere", because there were very few cars on it. Once Tampa Palms went in the other master planned communities followed. No complaints on my end I made a good living building most of those homes. The whole strip of communities along 54 was another train wreck. AAAh the good old days, like they say, "build it and they will come".
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Old 02-17-2015, 07:17 AM
 
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Lakeland is a great town. With a population of just over 100k, we have a nice array of things to do without fighting traffic all the time. It's also close to Tampa and Orlando should you want to escape for a few hours and do something different. It'd be a fairly easy commute to Lake Wales, especially from the Lakeland Highlands area. I've lived here all my life and would be happy to answer any questions. Just private message me if I can help.
I gotta say, as much as I love where we live (near the coast in Manatee County) I do miss Lakeland and it's quiet relaxed feel sometimes. The congestion here is maddening, especially this time of year. Lakeland had a nice balance, you could go places and it felt somewhat "vibrant" but yet neighborhoods did not feel crowded and in fact some felt almost rural. And all the beautiful lakes made it seem almost like a coastal town.

I personally cannot STAND New Tampa, Brandon, or now the Wesley Chapel area. Nothing but massive, congested suburbs with no charm whatsoever - ugh.
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