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Old 03-08-2008, 07:14 AM
Location: Washington, D.C
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Good Morning,

My family and I are African-American and are considering relocating to New Tampa from Washington D.C. We were looking at the subdivision Cory Lake Isles. The homes there are just beautiful. We have two small children and my husband will be working in the downtown area. Is New Tampa a friendly, nice place to live and raise children? Has anyone else made the same move from D.C to Tampa with children? How are the schools? Do you all have a big problem with snakes and gators? Huge storms? Thanks for your response.
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Old 03-08-2008, 03:57 PM
Location: FL 33774
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Hi Lisarenee95 don't worry about snakes and gators, we have lots of them, but they tend not to be frequent house guests
Schools are pretty good up in North Tampa, mostly new, as is the area. Cory Lake Isles has some nice homes, look for resales as well as new in that area, though some new are beating the resale prices for being lower, as developers try to offload inventory. It's a nice place to bring up families, lots of younger families in those newer subdivs up off Bruce B Downs Blvd and the main East West Roads. What it doesn't have is much in the way of established culture and its not so close to the beaches, but if you don't mind driving, there is plenty within a short drive time. Driving into Tampa in rush hour is not a lot of fun though. But then nowhere in the Bay area is great for that, but its nowhere near as bad as DC traffic

Good luck to you, whatever questions you ask, will not doubt be answered by many of our well informed members
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Old 03-08-2008, 07:54 PM
Location: West of Tampa :-)
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Lisarenee hello there! First of all nice name my daughter is Jamie Renae :-)
Here is a website with great info for Hillsborough County schools: You can put in the property address and it shows what school zone you would be assigned to - then it takes you to that school and you can see ratings for that school!
Neat tool! Let me know if you have anymore questions.

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Old 03-09-2008, 07:07 AM
Location: Washington, D.C
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Thank you Spainbrit and Mandy
I really appreciate your help. Relocating to a new state is both scary and exciting. I am nervous about leaving my family behind and making new friends. Pride elementary seems to be the school my son will attend. My daughter has two more years before kindergarten. Pride is a "A" rated school which is good. Are there any stay at home mom groups in New Tampa? Thanks again for responding.
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Old 03-10-2008, 01:28 PM
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There are some communities with new luxury homes off Waters Ave in Tampa. Excellent access to the Veterans Expressway. Close to Tampa Airport, good shopping and services.
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