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Old 01-29-2009, 02:01 PM
 
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We are looking at properties via the internet but have no idea which houses are in good neighborhoods. I want to rely on the local realtor but am a little leery. What are the areas to avoid? Thanks for the help.

-Laura
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Old 01-30-2009, 06:43 AM
 
Location: St. Croix
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It depends on what you're trying to avoid and trying to achieve. Will you need to commute and therefore need quick interstate access? Do you have, or are you planning to have children? There are many neighborhoods that are in transition and there are real housing values to be had. Depends on what you're looking for. Maybe you're looking for a vacation home or investment property?

The Old Northeast, some portions of the Kenwood area, Snell Isle and some areas of the pink streets are desirable, but you'll pay for that. It is quite likely that if you describe what you want to your real estate agent, he or she will find exactly what you're looking for. Remember, they live there and in today's market, their reputation and any repeat business will depend on what they do for you. Either way, you'll want to spend some time in the area and look at homes the agent has selected. Talk to the neighbors if you have the time.

Rent before you buy. There are some short term rentals and vacation rentals that will allow you to look before you leap. Good luck!
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Old 02-15-2009, 07:35 AM
 
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I moved here from Southern California and live in South St. Pete. Stay away from this area. I'm renting right now. I plan on moving out of this area very soon. I live in a fairly nice complex on the water (on the bayside, not the gulf) but the area surrounding is NOT nice. There is crime in this area. The seven eleven around the corner was robbed at gunpoint. There are no parks to walk where I would feel safe. I hear possible gunshots at night, or firecrackers...I don't know and I dont want to know. Stores are robbed all the time. Some people told me stay above Central Ave North. I wanted to be on the water so I didn't listen. I should have!!!
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Old 02-15-2009, 09:28 PM
 
Location: South St Pete
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I don't post often but I always feel like I have to chime in when I hear the old "South of Central" quote as I was told the same thing over seven years ago. I personally am glad I didn't listen.

I live in South St Pete in Lakewood Estates and it is wonderful. You can walk your dog at night, bike ride and roller blade with no fear. You will hear a lot of people dish on South St Pete but there really are quite a few neighborhoods "South of Central" that are great affordable safe areas to live.

Good luck with your search!
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Old 02-19-2009, 09:08 PM
 
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Where's Lakewood Estates..Just curious?? Is it west S. St. Pete?? I live East..off of 6th street. This area is not a good area. I think it's best to come take a look. You can tell which areas are not so desirable.
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Old 02-23-2009, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Pinellas County
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Don't be leery of relying on your local realtor. If you are unsure of their knowledge or don't like what they are showing you, then maybe you just need to work with someone who has more experience in that area. There are plenty of great areas to live in Pinellas County, where do you need to be for work? Or are schools important, that's where to start - and from there you can look for other things. Oh yes and price - but they are so much more reasonable that a couple of years back!
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Old 02-24-2009, 06:47 AM
 
Location: The 'burg
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St. Pete has far more great/safe neighborhoods than not. For some reaosn there's a perception that' ssimply not true. Tampa has far more crime per capita than St. Pete, yet St. Pete is often tagged witht he not safe moniker. That could be because we have a pathetic joke of a police chief, but that's another thread.

West St. Petersburg- Jungle Prada, Lake Pasadena, Live Oaks, Azalea- all great neighborhoods in addition to the usual SHore Acres, Snell Isle, Old NE, Crescent Lake.
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Old 02-24-2009, 06:53 AM
 
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I would avoid St. Pete at all costs.
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Old 12-16-2009, 06:52 AM
 
Location: Eustis
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My husband is going to be working near Carillon Parkway in St Pete and we are going to be renting first and then trying to buy something in a safe area. We want under $150K and want 3 bedrooms. We love Pass A Grille! any suggestions for a realtor who is seasoned in the location and can help us find a rental and then a home to buy?
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Old 12-19-2009, 06:54 PM
 
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Default I just moved to Tampa from St Pete

I loved living in St Pete for about 25 yrs!! We owned a house in Shore Acres and raised the kids there. It was a great place to raise a family. I would do it again the only bad thing there is the flooding issues which happens to a lot of places in St Pete and Tampa. Our home flooded 1 time in about 15 yrs. We had great neighbors, close to the rec center for the kids.
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