U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Covid-19 Information Page
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Florida > Tampa Bay
 [Register]
Tampa Bay Tampa - St. Petersburg - Clearwater
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 04-25-2007, 10:29 AM
JDT JDT started this thread
 
8 posts, read 33,769 times
Reputation: 12

Advertisements

Husband and I may be moving from NJ/NY area. He'll be working in St Petersburg (South) and I'll be working in Tampa, West Tampa I believe (near the airport). He wants a commute no more than 30 mins (as opposed to his 1-2 hour commute now). Both early 30's, No kids right now, but we have a furry one (a cat), but still living in a decent area doesn't hurt.

Any advice of decent places to live?
What's the condo/townhouse situation?
Are houses better?
I've heard that Pinellas county is expensive, but given our job situations seems like the only convenient option.
Other?
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 04-25-2007, 01:03 PM
 
3,353 posts, read 4,280,337 times
Reputation: 964
The area around downtown St. Petersburg might make you guys really happy (I'm also from NJ/NYC) - of course the closer you get to downtown the more expensive. But try anywhere say east of 16th street for a decent commute to Tampa. Homeowner's insurance and property taxes are expensive here - don't know how that works for condos (I rent) but you might be better off.

I recommend renting for a while and getting a feel for the area. If you rent in St. Pete in addition to complexes, try the local weekly for apartments to rent:

http://tampa.creativeloafing.com/gyrobase/index

And here's a great non-complex complex:

http://crescentlakeapartments.com/main.php

I would compare the area around downtown St. Pete to Montclair in terms of artsy qualities and great houses.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-25-2007, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Tampa, Fl (SoHo/Hyde Park)
1,336 posts, read 4,562,102 times
Reputation: 1013
pinellas county is nice in spots but is extremely congested and nearly entirely built out. generally speaking i believe its more expensive to live there becasue of the proximity to the water. US19 which disects pinellas county going north/south was rated the most dangerous road in the country a yr or so ago
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-25-2007, 06:11 PM
 
3,353 posts, read 4,280,337 times
Reputation: 964
Quote:
Originally Posted by JSnFla View Post
pinellas county is nice in spots but is extremely congested and nearly entirely built out. generally speaking i believe its more expensive to live there becasue of the proximity to the water. US19 which disects pinellas county going north/south was rated the most dangerous road in the country a yr or so ago
True but if her husband is working in S. St. Pete then they probably don't want to go much further than South Tampa.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-26-2007, 09:17 AM
JDT JDT started this thread
 
8 posts, read 33,769 times
Reputation: 12
JSnFla - any other thoughts, suggestions then??

Yeah husband will be working near Eckerd College, and well I'm a consultant so I really go where they tell me to go, but when I have no place to go, my office would be in Tampa, near the airport. We're not looking for the "big city" but definitely do not want the boonies either.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-26-2007, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Tampa, Fl (SoHo/Hyde Park)
1,336 posts, read 4,562,102 times
Reputation: 1013
if u r early 30s with no kids and u will work in tampa and he in st. pete then i would look around the south tamp area.....westshore, bayshore, hyde park, davis island maybe....otherwise u may have to live in pinellas somehwere near st pete if he is working there....not sure how much money u guys will be making but tierra verde, south of st pete beach is real upscale nice, sorta ritzy community
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-02-2007, 02:30 PM
 
46 posts, read 122,351 times
Reputation: 29
Tierra Verde has a ton of townhouses to rent if you would like to give the area a test drive before buying. Easy commute to tampa, right around the corner from Eckerd. I work in South Tampa, my commute is half an hour.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-02-2007, 09:11 PM
 
6 posts, read 19,485 times
Reputation: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by JDT View Post
Husband and I may be moving from NJ/NY area. He'll be working in St Petersburg (South) and I'll be working in Tampa, West Tampa I believe (near the airport). He wants a commute no more than 30 mins (as opposed to his 1-2 hour commute now). Both early 30's, No kids right now, but we have a furry one (a cat), but still living in a decent area doesn't hurt.

Any advice of decent places to live?
What's the condo/townhouse situation?
Are houses better?
I've heard that Pinellas county is expensive, but given our job situations seems like the only convenient option.
Other?
If you move to the St. Petersburg Area u probaby want to move on the pink streets in the south part of st. pete that is where the nice area is. If you go more north in st. petersburg it will get worst until you get to 60th street north that is a really good area. Around the Northeast High School Area or over by Lakewood High School is your best bet.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-03-2007, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Eastern time zone
4,469 posts, read 6,565,032 times
Reputation: 3494
If he wants a commute of less than 30 minutes to Eckerd College you pretty much have to live in St Pete, Gulfport, or Pasadena; maybe one of the southernmost beaches. (Unless you work nights, the commute across the bay or very far North-South is brutal.) Within that range, though, it depends on what you want and what your resources include. Tierra Verde's great, but pricey; South St. Pete sucks, but it's really cheap. Kenwood and Euclid-St. Paul are cute if you're into the craftsman-midcentury architecture; the pink streets are good, too. Gulfport's very artsy but has some iffy edges, and you'll want to check flood zones ANYWHERE.
When we've relocated I've gone to a site like Realtor.com and typed in what I want in a house, with a wide range of areas. Invariably you'll get about 200 results, but one area is represented far more than others-- and that's where you want to look.

Whoever said rent for six months or a year before you buy is probably right, btw. Prices are pretty depressed right now, and rumor has it they're going to drop further. Plus you'll get to see the lay of the land, and not get stuck with something because you were in the midst of moving.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-04-2007, 02:03 PM
 
Location: St. Petersburg, FL
2 posts, read 4,323 times
Reputation: 14
I have lived in west central area of St. Petersburg practically all of my life. Living here offers so much - but what I love best is St. Pete Beach. Living in the west part of the town you are close to the beaches which are gorgeous. Sunsets are spectacular. There are some really nice family areas in St. Pete also. There are numerous parks in the area. The Northwest area north of 22nd Avenue N is nice, close to Tyrone Mall and shopping, 10 minutes to the beaches, 10-15 minutes to downtown, close to everything really. Fort DeSoto, Pinellas Trail, Seminole Park...all places to check out and explore. St. Petersburg has a lot to offer!
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Settings
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2020 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Florida > Tampa Bay
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:07 PM.

© 2005-2020, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top