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Old 04-02-2008, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Louisville, KY
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I hate to start a new thread, but I feel our situation is a little different than the majority around here ... so here goes.

My husband and I (ages 24 and 25 respectively) are considering relocating to the Tampa Bay area from Louisville, Kentucky. I'm just looking for some general advice on what neighborhoods might suit us down there.

We don't want children, so schools are of no importance to us. We are mainly looking for an area with a fair number of younger folks (like us) and lots of things to do.

Here in Louisville we have an area called the Highlands that is full of locally owned shops, bars, tattoo parlors, salons, restaurants, etc. It is generally considered the "hippest" part of town for young adults, and it is an area with a lot of character. When the weather is nice, the sidewalks are full of people strolling, window shopping, walking their dogs, etc.


What would be comparable in the Tampa Bay area? We were starting to lean towards St. Petersburg, but I wanted to get some insider opinions.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-02-2008, 02:10 PM
 
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If you like the beach, St Petersburg is a good fit. Just be aware that the area is very touristy. There are A LOT of retirees.
My brother lives in a really nice area by Sunken Gardens, there are homes from the 300,000 to miliion dollar range. Real estate prices are down; its a buyers market.
Good luck!!!
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Old 04-02-2008, 02:24 PM
 
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Dt st.pete and south Tampa would be a good fit
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Old 04-02-2008, 04:01 PM
 
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I would not move to any part of florida. The state is out of control for everything. You can buy a home, but the taxes and insurance will Kill you. The rent is way to much.. Most people will say its affordable, sure if you want to live in the getto. Close to the Beach, forget that. BIG BUCKS. The weather is nice, and so is the landscaping. Most people are rude! Traffic stinks. Takes an hour to get to any destination. Sure you can find your small towns, but will still have to commute to work. Why people continue to defend Florida, I have no idea. What has happend to the elderly and middle class familys is SAD! Look elsewhere. TRUST ME! I just moved from Florida after 15 years. I am now in TN making more money then I did in Fl. I Can now afford a wonderful house, taxes and insurance. Still have everything I need. Everything is 5 min a way. I can be in big city in 20 min.
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Old 04-02-2008, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Louisville, KY
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While I appreciate the input, if I wanted to hear about how much Florida sucks, I could read any number of other threads in this forum. I know the Midwest is cheap. I live there now. If I liked it, I wouldn't be thinking of moving.

If anyone has anything helpful, that would be great. Thanks!
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Old 04-02-2008, 07:07 PM
 
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S. Tampa or maybe Dunedin. You won't see a lot of ppl out strolling around during the week. Young ppl live in S. Tampa in SoHo or Hyde Park. Some areas you can walk to stores, restaurants/bars. Bayshore Blvd on the bay has a long sidewalk where ppl walk.
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Old 04-03-2008, 06:59 AM
 
Location: South Tampa - Bayside West Neighborhood
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I hate to start a new thread, but I feel our situation is a little different than the majority around here ... so here goes.

My husband and I (ages 24 and 25 respectively) are considering relocating to the Tampa Bay area from Louisville, Kentucky. I'm just looking for some general advice on what neighborhoods might suit us down there.

We don't want children, so schools are of no importance to us. We are mainly looking for an area with a fair number of younger folks (like us) and lots of things to do.

Here in Louisville we have an area called the Highlands that is full of locally owned shops, bars, tattoo parlors, salons, restaurants, etc. It is generally considered the "hippest" part of town for young adults, and it is an area with a lot of character. When the weather is nice, the sidewalks are full of people strolling, window shopping, walking their dogs, etc.


What would be comparable in the Tampa Bay area? We were starting to lean towards St. Petersburg, but I wanted to get some insider opinions.

Thanks in advance!
What you are spoeaking about above is places like downtown and northeast St. Petersberg(east of 4th Street, north of 11th Avenue South), or South Tampa areas like Hyde Park, Palma Ceia, Davis Islands, Bayshore.
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Old 04-03-2008, 07:32 AM
 
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I hope it works out for you and your husband. Florida doesnt suck, its just over rated. Its not all about a condo on the beach. Driving a convertible. You have to pay a high price to live there anymore.


Best of Luck!
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Old 04-03-2008, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Louisville, KY
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Thanks for the help everyone!

I understand what you mean about overrated. We certainly don't expect everything to be sunshine and roses (or palm trees) down there. Everywhere has its issues. We just think we'd like to trade Kentucky's issues for Florida's for a while.
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Old 04-03-2008, 09:18 AM
 
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I am a St. Pete resident and have nothing but nice things to say about St. Pete and FL. I have lived in St. Pete all my life and think that it is a great area. Downtown is very up and coming and if you can find an affordable place to live near downtown it is the 'hippest' place in St. Pete to live. We live in the Shore Acres area, which is about 7 minutes from downtown, but the problem with our neighborhood is flooding. Tampaguy was right about which area to look in, east of 4th St and north of 11th Ave S. South Tampa and the Hyde Park area are also very hip and fun for a young crowd. Good luck with everything.
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