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Old 04-05-2015, 07:53 PM
 
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We're moving down in a little less then 3 months and I am just not finding what I'm looking for.

I grew up in Coral Springs. A planned city where you don't have to get on a highway or interstate to get to across town. I love that. Is there anyplace like that where my husband can commute into and around Tampa and Clearwater?

This area would also need to have a good high school and 4 bedroom houses that rent for $1450 or less. We like neighborhoods with community pools, not dotted houses here and there. After we learn the area, we will want to buy in the $225k range and not move the kids from their school.

Bonuses would be lots of newer shopping and dining close by, (I'm a chain store/restaurant junkie. Please don't hate), within an hour to the beach, and a less wooded, more tropical feel.

Does this place exist in the Tampa area?
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Old 04-05-2015, 08:28 PM
 
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When we moved here in 1972 we rented an apartment until we got the lay of the land, then we bought a house. That is still a good way to go.
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Old 04-06-2015, 05:04 AM
 
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No such thing.


Those newer places you're talking about with 4 bedrooms won't rent for that low, and Tampa is not that "tropical". If "tropical" is what you're looking for then go to Sarasota, from there south it gets less "Oak'ie" and more "Palm Tree'e"...LOL

Homes in Carrollwood would probably fit your budget, but those aren't new and very few if any have community pools.

You won't have to worry about chains. THAT is ALL we have AROUND TAMPA! We don't attract diversity here unless it's some tiny place hidden where there's no parking!

Nowhere though you "won't have to use a highway". We used to live in Miami, and are very familiar with Coral Springs.

The ONLY way to "not" have to use a highway is if you work in one of these chains surrounding your subdivision such as in the case of Wesley Chapel, New Tampa, Carrollwood etc. You rental budget might be the problem in finding a rental in one of these places though....
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Old 04-06-2015, 05:13 AM
 
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I think your budget for an area with good schools and a community pool is low. You may want to look at Land O Lakes, Trinity and Wesley Chapel but these are far from downtown Tampa and Clearwater. These areas would require you getting on highways and major roads to get to most anything.
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Old 04-06-2015, 10:49 AM
 
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Tampa Palms/New Tampa is this area's version of Coral Springs both in character and in distance to the nearest major city (ie New Tampa to Tampa is to Coral Springs to Fort Lauderdale) and is probably a little further but just as inconvenient to the beach.
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Old 04-06-2015, 07:49 PM
 
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You will have to chose between good schools and your budget
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Old 04-06-2015, 08:00 PM
 
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Yea look at Wesley Chapel, Lithia, and maybe Trinity as those have relatively new construction but your not going to find exactly what your looking for. Also plenty of unique restaurants and chains to go around so that shouldn't be an issue.
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Old 04-06-2015, 08:07 PM
 
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Honestly, I don't think anywhere meets your criteria. Palm Harbor and Safety Harbor might be the closest matches.
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Old 04-06-2015, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Tampa, Fl
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We don't attract diversity here unless it's some tiny place hidden where there's no parking!


Seminole Heights and Downtown. Two of the biggest areas within the city of Tampa. You'll have to try to not find "diversity" and "non chains" in these places.
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Old 04-07-2015, 07:40 AM
 
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That's a tough order to fill..Palm Harbor? Villa Rica? lol
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