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Old 06-25-2009, 01:31 PM
 
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I had asked about new construction in an earlier post and nobody sounded too excited about the possibilities in my price range -- so let me try another question.

If you were working at Stetson University and were in your mid-30s and you and your spouse had a $400k house budget and you wanted a detached, single-family home, where would you live? For folks who are worried about me and traffic and my horrible commute, I lived in Houston for 12 years, so I am used to it. I don't mind anything up to a 45-minute commute. Would something to the East -- in Tampa as opposed to St. Petersburg -- be possible or recommended?

Thanks in advance?
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Old 06-25-2009, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Clearwater, FL
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You definitely should look into Westchase. It would be a bit of a commute and probably pushing that 45 min limit but it's a nice area and in your price range. Safety Harbor is also relatively close (probably 35-40 mins) and another nice neighborhood. You could also look at some parts of South Tampa (zip coded 33606, 33609, 33629, and some parts of 33611). It's a very desirable area and therefore quite overpriced but 400k might be enough to find something nice there.

The problem with new construction right now, aside from most neighborhoods in those areas being already built out, is that it generally would be more expensive given today's market. With all the short sales right now you're getting a price well below the actual cost of construction and land.
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Old 06-25-2009, 02:52 PM
 
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Perfect. Thank you!
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