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Old 02-24-2008, 12:14 PM
 
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Can anyone offer advice on renting a condo, loft, or apartment in downtown St Pete? The spousal unit and I are currently renting in a 55+ development near Ocala. It's pleasant but b-o-r-i-n-g. Think we'd like to try something a tad more urban when our lease runs out.

We'd prefer to be within walking distance (a mile or so) of cultural attractions like the Mahaffey Theatre and museums. We can afford up to around $1500 for a two-bedroom place, though we'd be delighted to pay less.

By the way, we're assuming downtown St Pete is OK to walk around in at night? We've visited but never lived there, so we'd appreciate comments on what it's like to be there full time. Thanks!
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Old 02-24-2008, 12:28 PM
 
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and you'll love it! You'll have all the entertainment but you'll also have a Publix close enough to walk and a library, Mirror Lake branch. You might even want to audit a class at USF's St. Pete campus. Absolutely beautiful right on the water. That will entitle you to use their boating center. If you choose not to drive, you can even take the Beach Trolley to the most beautiful beaches if FL if not the whole country. I too. would be bored out of my mind in the "country." But keep in mind the Sunshine senior center is right there if you need services or just crave some companionship of the more mature variety

I'm 61 and although I can't afford Downtown, 1,500 /mo. should be fine, I live in the Tyrone Mall area. I'm from NY so I don't worry about it. If I could walk, I would. Just be alert and walk as energetically as you can. Hold yourself in a "strong" not weak or timid stance and you'll be fine. We do have homeless but most of them are pretty harmless. If you have an ounce of compassion they shouldn't be too much to bear. We handle it by actually taking them to get something to eat. Most are grateful. They really ARE hungry. Some of them have families and work. it's really sad.
There are a number of realtors who can point you to apartments. Just google condos in St. Pete. I think Tourtelot [sp?] Bros. is one that specializes in urban spaces.


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Can anyone offer advice on renting a condo, loft, or apartment in downtown St Pete? The spousal unit and I are currently renting in a 55+ development near Ocala. It's pleasant but b-o-r-i-n-g. Think we'd like to try something a tad more urban when our lease runs out.

We'd prefer to be within walking distance (a mile or so) of cultural attractions like the Mahaffey Theatre and museums. We can afford up to around $1500 for a two-bedroom place, though we'd be delighted to pay less.

By the way, we're assuming downtown St Pete is OK to walk around in at night? We've visited but never lived there, so we'd appreciate comments on what it's like to be there full time. Thanks!
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Old 02-24-2008, 02:33 PM
 
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and you'll love it! You'll have all the entertainment but you'll also have a Publix close enough to walk and a library, Mirror Lake branch. You might even want to audit a class at USF's St. Pete campus. Absolutely beautiful right on the water. That will entitle you to use their boating center. If you choose not to drive, you can even take the Beach Trolley to the most beautiful beaches if FL if not the whole country. I too. would be bored out of my mind in the "country." But keep in mind the Sunshine senior center is right there if you need services or just crave some companionship of the more mature variety

I'm 61 and although I can't afford Downtown, 1,500 /mo. should be fine, I live in the Tyrone Mall area. I'm from NY so I don't worry about it. If I could walk, I would. Just be alert and walk as energetically as you can. Hold yourself in a "strong" not weak or timid stance and you'll be fine. We do have homeless but most of them are pretty harmless. If you have an ounce of compassion they shouldn't be too much to bear. We handle it by actually taking them to get something to eat. Most are grateful. They really ARE hungry. Some of them have families and work. it's really sad.
There are a number of realtors who can point you to apartments. Just google condos in St. Pete. I think Tourtelot [sp?] Bros. is one that specializes in urban spaces.
Thanks for your info, jessiesma! It sounds great.

We're quite childish & immature for our age (mid-50s), and probably wouldn't visit the senior center. We also worked in Manhattan for years, so are comfortable with urban areas -- just wanted to make sure that downtown St Pete doesn't have any extraordinary crime problems that we should be aware of.

We also thought about downtown Tampa, but St Pete seems a lot more lively & much heavier on culture. Tampa's downtown mostly seems to have a lot of unsold condos, from what we can tell. They have Channelside and the performing arts center, but nothing like the bustle that downtown St Pete appears to offer.
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Old 02-24-2008, 03:12 PM
 
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Thanks for your info, jessiesma! It sounds great.

We're quite childish & immature for our age (mid-50s), and probably wouldn't visit the senior center.
I'm a few years older but yeah, that wouldn't be for me either. Heck,I still get excited about riding horses

We also worked in Manhattan for years, so are comfortable with urban areas -- just wanted to make sure that downtown St Pete doesn't have any extraordinary crime problems that we should be aware of.
Well then you know how to handle yourselves

We also thought about downtown Tampa, but St Pete seems a lot more lively & much heavier on culture. Tampa's downtown mostly seems to have a lot of unsold condos, from what we can tell. They have Channelside and the performing arts center, but nothing like the bustle that downtown St Pete appears to offer.
You got it. Hyde Park tries, but between us it's the "disney" version of urban. The stores, Crate and Barrel, Ann Taylor even Brooks Bros. make it just an open air mall. Speaking of open air, St. Pete has an open air market on Sat. we can't go cause we don't do commerce on Sat. but
there's a smaller version on Wed. We've just been too busy for that.
Don't hesitate to PM if you want more info.
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Old 02-24-2008, 03:40 PM
 
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[quote=jessiesma;2931022]You got it. Hyde Park tries, but between us it's the "disney" version of urban. The stores, Crate and Barrel, Ann Taylor even Brooks Bros. make it just an open air mall. Speaking of open air, St. Pete has an open air market on Sat. we can't go cause we don't do commerce on Sat. but

Re Hyde Park: Yes, I think you hit the nail on the head! It's more "snooty urban lite" than real urban. [OK, I *know* I'll get flamed for that comment. ]

Have to admit I'm a real culture vulture. I love classical music, museums, and books, books, books! So downtown St Pete has a lot to offer from my perspective. By the way, I looked at the Mirror Lake Library site and noticed that they have a "classic books" club. They're discussing _Madame Bovary_ this month. Cool!!
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Old 02-24-2008, 04:13 PM
 
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we know a couple of classical musicians who play with the symphony. Nice! They're not close friends but still interesting.

We'll both get flamed over HP but I have to admit, if I HAD to live in Tampa, that would be it because our synagogue is there and we really should be walking, not driving It's also the best of the worst.

Oh BTW, check out
The Saint Petersburg Opera Company, Inc. they are doing Don Giovanni in June and they are supposed to be good. They did L'elisir [sp. there goes my Ital.] d'Amore in Dec. They do 2 a year.
We don't get to go because they usually only do Fri and Sat. I think. That cuts into a lot of cultural enjoyment in this area for us.


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You got it. Hyde Park tries, but between us it's the "disney" version of urban. The stores, Crate and Barrel, Ann Taylor even Brooks Bros. make it just an open air mall. Speaking of open air, St. Pete has an open air market on Sat. we can't go cause we don't do commerce on Sat. but

Re Hyde Park: Yes, I think you hit the nail on the head! It's more "snooty urban lite" than real urban. [OK, I *know* I'll get flamed for that comment. ]

Have to admit I'm a real culture vulture. I love classical music, museums, and books, books, books! So downtown St Pete has a lot to offer from my perspective. By the way, I looked at the Mirror Lake Library site and noticed that they have a "classic books" club. They're discussing _Madame Bovary_ this month. Cool!!
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Old 02-24-2008, 04:47 PM
 
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[quote=jessiesma;2931652]we know a couple of classical musicians who play with the symphony. Nice! They're not close friends but still interesting.

We'll both get flamed over HP but I have to admit, if I HAD to live in Tampa, that would be it because our synagogue is there and we really should be walking, not driving It's also the best of the worst.

Oh BTW, check out
The Saint Petersburg Opera Company, Inc. they are doing Don Giovanni in June and they are supposed to be good. They did L'elisir [sp. there goes my Ital.] d'Amore in Dec. They do 2 a year.
We don't get to go because they usually only do Fri and Sat. I think. That cuts into a lot of cultural enjoyment in this area for us.



Thanks for the link! I totally LOVE opera!!

By the way, I noticed that they're doing a Sunday matinee of "Don Giovanni," which might work for you?
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Old 02-24-2008, 07:09 PM
 
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Wink oh cool

thanks, I didn't see that. Wolfie isn't my favorite tho. I prefer authentic Italian with Verdi being the king especially if Toscanini is conducting. Have a couple of those CDs' Have you read Mary Anne Philips Maas's bio of GV? Very interesting but looooong. I think that's her last name. I'm having an MS moment.

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we know a couple of classical musicians who play with the symphony. Nice! They're not close friends but still interesting.

We'll both get flamed over HP but I have to admit, if I HAD to live in Tampa, that would be it because our synagogue is there and we really should be walking, not driving It's also the best of the worst.

Oh BTW, check out
The Saint Petersburg Opera Company, Inc. they are doing Don Giovanni in June and they are supposed to be good. They did L'elisir [sp. there goes my Ital.] d'Amore in Dec. They do 2 a year.
We don't get to go because they usually only do Fri and Sat. I think. That cuts into a lot of cultural enjoyment in this area for us.



Thanks for the link! I totally LOVE opera!!

By the way, I noticed that they're doing a Sunday matinee of "Don Giovanni," which might work for you?
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Old 02-24-2008, 09:01 PM
 
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[quote=jessiesma;2933580]thanks, I didn't see that. Wolfie isn't my favorite tho. I prefer authentic Italian with Verdi being the king especially if Toscanini is conducting. Have a couple of those CDs' Have you read Mary Anne Philips Maas's bio of GV? Very interesting but looooong. I think that's her last name. I'm having an MS moment.



I love Mozart, but have to admit that G Verdi is hard to beat! Haven't read the Maas bio, though it sounds interesting.

Speaking of both Verdi and the lack of culture in Ocala . . .
When we rented here, one of the big attractions was the recently renovated & reopened Marion Theatre, which was supposed to run indie films, etc. They announced an opera series a couple of months ago (broadcasting productions from La Scala). We were delighted of course. So we went to the first opera (Aida) in December -- and then, about two weeks later, we heard that the theatre had to shut down. They couldn't pay their rent!

So now we're back to Tuesday night bingo as the cultural highlight of the Ocala metro area. LOL!!
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Old 02-25-2008, 08:36 AM
 
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Unhappy I thought

the highlight of these 55+ places was the "fun and games" between the residents Not that anyone with something going on in their heads would participate, but it's made the national news and supposedly STD's are a real problem with the older folks. Pretty disgusting if you ask me. I'd almost welcome Bingo nights



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thanks, I didn't see that. Wolfie isn't my favorite tho. I prefer authentic Italian with Verdi being the king especially if Toscanini is conducting. Have a couple of those CDs' Have you read Mary Anne Philips Maas's bio of GV? Very interesting but looooong. I think that's her last name. I'm having an MS moment.



I love Mozart, but have to admit that G Verdi is hard to beat! Haven't read the Maas bio, though it sounds interesting.

Speaking of both Verdi and the lack of culture in Ocala . . .
When we rented here, one of the big attractions was the recently renovated & reopened Marion Theatre, which was supposed to run indie films, etc. They announced an opera series a couple of months ago (broadcasting productions from La Scala). We were delighted of course. So we went to the first opera (Aida) in December -- and then, about two weeks later, we heard that the theatre had to shut down. They couldn't pay their rent!

So now we're back to Tuesday night bingo as the cultural highlight of the Ocala metro area. LOL!!
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