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Old 09-29-2008, 10:00 AM
 
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hello all-
I am very seriously considering a job in St. Pete. I've read on here that SoHo and South Tampa are the best areas for young white collar professionals. Is that the case? What about downtown St. Pete? Where else do a lot of dink's (dual income no kids) live?

I am ideally looking for an area where alot of 20 and 30somethings live. Walkability is important to me. Meaning I would like to be able to walk to a downtown-like area, where there are shops, restaurants, bookstores and bars. I do not drink and drive, so being within walking distance (or taxi distance) is very important. Being near a beach would be nice also, and since I'll be working in St Pete, I'd like to be within a 30 min drive of that area.

Any and all ideas and suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 09-29-2008, 11:24 AM
 
Location: South Tampa - Bayside West Neighborhood
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For what you are looking for, your either looking at Hyde Park in Tampa or Downtown St. Pete area. Downtown St. Pete will give you more...closer to work, closer to Gulf beaches.
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Old 09-29-2008, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Florida
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What's are you able to afford monthly?
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Old 09-29-2008, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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"..I am ideally looking for an area where alot of 20 and 30somethings live. Walkability is important to me. Meaning I would like to be able to walk to a downtown-like area, where there are shops, restaurants, bookstores and bars. I do not drink and drive, so being within walking distance (or taxi distance) is very important. Being near a beach would be nice also, and since I'll be working in St Pete, I'd like to be within a 30 min drive of that area."

Having gown up in St Pete when it was like a nursing home I am happy to say that a lot has changed! Old Northeast is great and so is downtown. There are a lot of museums, restaurants, shops and even a movie theatre there now. And it's easy to walk and even has a pretty decent bus system. The beaches can be a fun place to live, too. But you need to be very laid back to really enjoy it. Mostly on the beaches you'd be walking to ... the beach (of course) and local bars and restaurants. Stuff tourists like. It's also more expensive than the mainland.

Tampa, where I live, also has a lot to like. SoHo, as you mentioned, has a lot of newer townhomes and condos with lots of shops, restaurants and clubs. And Hyde Park and Palma Ceia are good for single family homes if that's what you need. Again, walking or very short cab ride to a lot of interesting activities. Tampa will generally be a little less expensive - property taxes are lower than Pinellas county (where St Petersburg is) and housing is generally less costly for a compartive home. Commuting to St Pete to work would be pretty easy using ether I275 or Gandy. You'd be traveling the opposite way from most commuters, who work in Tampa and live in Pinellas county.

Hope this helps and Welcome to Florida
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Old 09-30-2008, 07:37 AM
 
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What's are you able to afford monthly?
Probably around $1000. I'm single and no kids, so I'll probably be looking at a 1 or 2 bedroom for awhile until I figure out where I would actually settle down. A pool will be a must as well, but from what I understand that is a pretty regular feature of places down there.

Thanks to everybody for the comments so far. I greatly appreciate it. The traffic flow comment is also especially helpful as out of towners obviously don't know the traffic patterns, yet that can have a major effect on commute time and where one lives.
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Old 09-30-2008, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Florida
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With the way the market is now, you'll have no problem at all finding a good place in a good area for 1K. Best of luck to you and success in your upcoming move.
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