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Old 03-03-2017, 10:38 AM
 
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We work for a company in Florida but live in Idaho right now. We are considering moving after our last two teenagers graduate in the spring of 2018. I like outlying areas and don't mind some commute. We live 20 miles from work now and it's 35-50 minute drive depending on traffic. Don't need to worry about schools. We do have a daughter, age 11 that will spend two months in the summer with us. Looking for 2 or 3 bedroom home in $250k range with pool. Need backyard fenced as we have dogs. Hoping for larger lot, like .25 to .30 acre. I would like safe area but hubby and I were both raised on the wrong side of the tracks so we are pretty savvy. We are mid 40's age. We are pretty chill and would love to just hang out by our pool, have some nice parks reasonably close and a dog park and be within 45-60 min drive of the beach for the weekends. We like running and hiking and backpacking for adventure. Hubby likes golf and fishing and would like to get back into scuba diving. I've visited there about 3 times in the last two years for a couple weeks each. But I didn't venture out of the area around work too much. Went to Clearwater Beach, Indian Rocks Beach and Treasure Island is all.


So our office is in Clearwater, right by the St. Pete/Clearwater airport.


Based on my realtor.com search, the areas that seem to work are Town and Country, Carrollwood, New Port Richey, Clearwater, Largo, Seminole, and Hudson.


I'm curious about Hudson. The commute looks to be about an hour. What's that like? We could alter our work times a bit to avoid traffic if needed. Like 7-4 or 9-6. We work M-F. We've found a couple houses there we really like in our price range and it seems to be off the beaten path a bit which we like.


Any advice??
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Old 03-03-2017, 02:33 PM
 
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We work for a company in Florida but live in Idaho right now. We are considering moving after our last two teenagers graduate in the spring of 2018. I like outlying areas and don't mind some commute. We live 20 miles from work now and it's 35-50 minute drive depending on traffic. Don't need to worry about schools. We do have a daughter, age 11 that will spend two months in the summer with us. Looking for 2 or 3 bedroom home in $250k range with pool. Need backyard fenced as we have dogs. Hoping for larger lot, like .25 to .30 acre. I would like safe area but hubby and I were both raised on the wrong side of the tracks so we are pretty savvy. We are mid 40's age. We are pretty chill and would love to just hang out by our pool, have some nice parks reasonably close and a dog park and be within 45-60 min drive of the beach for the weekends. We like running and hiking and backpacking for adventure. Hubby likes golf and fishing and would like to get back into scuba diving. I've visited there about 3 times in the last two years for a couple weeks each. But I didn't venture out of the area around work too much. Went to Clearwater Beach, Indian Rocks Beach and Treasure Island is all.


So our office is in Clearwater, right by the St. Pete/Clearwater airport.


Based on my realtor.com search, the areas that seem to work are Town and Country, Carrollwood, New Port Richey, Clearwater, Largo, Seminole, and Hudson.


I'm curious about Hudson. The commute looks to be about an hour. What's that like? We could alter our work times a bit to avoid traffic if needed. Like 7-4 or 9-6. We work M-F. We've found a couple houses there we really like in our price range and it seems to be off the beaten path a bit which we like.


Any advice??
West Pasco County is a hole, for the most part. That would encompass the area from Holiday all the way up through Hudson. Low rent, high crime, drugs, transient population. There are pockets of decency, but you have to choose carefully when looking. Large number of snowbirds and retirees as well. This time of year driving on US 19 is a death wish due to the old people.

Town and Country isn't much better. You're better off staying in Pinellas County, or looking further east in Pasco like Trinity (or north of there) and Land o Lakes. Those would be areas you could find a larger property.

RM
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Old 03-04-2017, 09:11 AM
 
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Have you considererd Safety Harbor or Oldsmar, or even Dunedin and Palm Harbor? Nice areas and an easier commute than New Port Richey and Hudson.
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Old 03-04-2017, 10:03 AM
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Have you considererd Safety Harbor or Oldsmar, or even Dunedin and Palm Harbor? Nice areas and an easier commute than New Port Richey and Hudson.
I agree. I was gonna suggest East Lake Woodlands/Oldsmar area.
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Old 03-04-2017, 10:10 AM
 
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It's a bum fest from Holiday to Hudson. Low class renters in the small 2bedroom home hoods. Crime and drugs. These home are dirt cheap for a reason. Plus the drive on US19 from Hudson to Clw would be over a hour with a 100 red lights and bad traffic.
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