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Old 02-03-2009, 12:14 PM
 
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I am looking for a good place to set up a law practice in Florida. I think that, considering I would need to go to various courthouses, I will need to be somewhere around larger cities. I am looking for a place to live that is near the ocean, safe, not too touristy, not too expensive and doesn't feel like rows of strip malls. I like the feel of Naples, but it is way too pricey to consider and not near enough to a big city - but hopefully, I can find something with a similar feel and lack of strip malls everywhere.

I have considered the east coast of FL near Vero Beach, with the need to drive to West Palm courthouses. I have also considered the Tampa area down to Sarasota, with the need to drive to Tampa and Clearwater for court.

With the considerations I have in mind (near the ocean, safe, not too touristy, not too expensive and doesn't feel like rows of strip malls, feel of Naples) with the idea of having access to courthouses in various areas between Tampa and Clearwater and Sarasota, does anyone have recommendations for me? I would appreciate it.
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Old 02-03-2009, 01:39 PM
 
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Sarasota is nice but it's a long commute to Tampa and Clearwater. You might wanna consider downtown St. Petersburg(aka "Little Monaco") or Old Hyde Park Village in South Tampa.
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Old 02-03-2009, 03:37 PM
 
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Sarasota is nice but it's a long commute to Tampa and Clearwater. You might wanna consider downtown St. Petersburg(aka "Little Monaco") or Old Hyde Park Village in South Tampa.
Yes, it's long but not that bad - my hubby drives from the north end of SRQ to downtown Tampa every day - one hour. To us, it's worth it because we love it here so much. If one has to go into Tampa, St. Pete will be almost as bad because of the bridges, depending where one lives.

Still the OP should check it all out, Sarasota, south Tampa and downtown St. Pete are all great places to live.
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Old 02-03-2009, 04:03 PM
 
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Yes, it's long but not that bad - my hubby drives from the north end of SRQ to downtown Tampa every day - one hour. To us, it's worth it because we love it here so much. If one has to go into Tampa, St. Pete will be almost as bad because of the bridges, depending where one lives.

Still the OP should check it all out, Sarasota, south Tampa and downtown St. Pete are all great places to live.
Certainly checkout Sarasota, it's a gorgeous area. I'm not big on long commutes myself but if one area was worth an extended commute, it would definitely be Sarasota.
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Old 02-03-2009, 04:21 PM
 
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I agree with all of the above but will also suggest you might want to check out Dunedin and Safety Harbor.
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Old 02-03-2009, 06:15 PM
 
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Thanks for your help. I have to admit, I'm not a huge fan of long drives - although I guess what I really don't like is traffic. So that's why I'm looking for something that is between Tampa/Clearwater and Sarasota. I've looked at Dunedin and it's an interesting idea, but I don't know how many different courthouses it gives me good access to. Can anyone help me with info on that?

The areas that people have mentioned - are these also safe, not too expensive and not too stripmall-ish ( yes - I made that up)? I know I may want it all, but I hope there's no harm in trying to find the perfect spot. Thanks
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Old 02-03-2009, 06:37 PM
 
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St. Pete will be the most centrally located to Tampa/Hillsborough Co., Clearwater/Pinellas Co., and Sarasota courthouses. All will be accessable by bridges or causeways. Downtown and the Old Northeast neighborhood are generally very safe areas, just use your usual city-wise common sense. St. Petersburg has a walkable downtown and a very scenic waterfront. It's not a big city by any means but it has lots of charm.
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Old 02-03-2009, 06:50 PM
 
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St. Pete will be the most centrally located to Tampa/Hillsborough Co., Clearwater/Pinellas Co., and Sarasota courthouses. All will be accessable by bridges or causeways. Downtown and the Old Northeast neighborhood are generally very safe areas, just use your usual city-wise common sense. St. Petersburg has a walkable downtown and a very scenic waterfront. It's not a big city by any means but it has lots of charm.
I agree that St. Pete just might be your best bet for a central location to all the courthouses. Lots of nice areas here, you should find something that suits you -
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Old 02-04-2009, 04:39 PM
 
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I'm surprised about St. Pete. I'd kind of heard that it was run down and not necessarily safe. I am looking for a place that is safe and not run down. Is that info I got wrong?
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Old 02-04-2009, 04:44 PM
 
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Why not check the New Tampa Area, or Land O Lakes. They are both nice. Dade City is real
nice also, however, a bit farther from the beach. There are alot of young people in the New Tampa area
who have offices in the Seven Oaks area. Many young professionals are there.
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