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Old 09-25-2009, 07:21 PM
 
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We are looking into moving to the Tampa Bay area. Our price limit is 250K-300K for a 3BR 2BA, but we would like to stay as far under that as possible. My husband and 3 children are all biracial. We need a very safe neighborhood with decent schools and lots of families and a decent mix of people. We don't like the "downtown" atmosphere, we prefer true neighborhoods with few busy streets (we live close to downtown with busy streets and its difficult with young children and we hate it). My husband can work pretty much everywhere, so that is not a factor.

We do not need to be in Tampa, but would like to be within 45 min of it. Any suggestions on neighborhoods to look at? Street names would be great, as a lot of these neighborhoods are hard to find on the internet. Thanks!
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Old 09-25-2009, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Tejas
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We are looking into moving to the Tampa Bay area. Our price limit is 250K-300K for a 3BR 2BA, but we would like to stay as far under that as possible. My husband and 3 children are all biracial. We need a very safe neighborhood with decent schools and lots of families and a decent mix of people. We don't like the "downtown" atmosphere, we prefer true neighborhoods with few busy streets (we live close to downtown with busy streets and its difficult with young children and we hate it). My husband can work pretty much everywhere, so that is not a factor.

We do not need to be in Tampa, but would like to be within 45 min of it. Any suggestions on neighborhoods to look at? Street names would be great, as a lot of these neighborhoods are hard to find on the internet. Thanks!
My first thought was "try to find a racially "pure" neighborhood in Tampa." Biracial is not uncommon in the entire Tampa/St Pete/Clearwater metro area. This area is historically rich in Cuban heritage. Black/White, Hispanic/White, Black/Hispanic are probably the most common but there are lots of Asian and Pacific Island folk as well.

Commuting can be a bear in the Tampa area. Tell us where the job is and we can help you with neighborhoods to consider.

this bit of advice is the same one that I would give to anyone: Please don't move anywhere without having a job lined up.

Best of luck to you!
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Old 09-26-2009, 07:21 AM
 
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I agree we need to know where you will be working unless your DH doesn't mind driving an hour or more one way to work.

You won't have any problems being bi-racial.

Tell us more.. what else do you want..

Good schools, I assume
shopping ?
Entertainment?
New nabe or older nabe?
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Old 09-27-2009, 01:01 PM
 
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check out North tampa near oldsmar. I live in a subdivision, near odessa and oldsmar but still IN tampa. Its safe and diverse..Im a senior in high school and white, and im a minority at my school.. tampa is VERY diverse, and no one really seems to care about race at all. Every now and then Ill get called a "white boy" by hispanics ahhaha, but usually its not really serious just joking around... I think lol. And besides the biracial girls are attractive.. but basically anywhere in tampa you will be accepted for your race.. i mean look around at florida... As far as schools go, FL sucks.. I had not so good grades at my last school in KS, and then i moved here and the schools here ARE EASY and move WAY SLOWER... which is awesome =)!
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Old 09-27-2009, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Pinellas County
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How nice to hear from a student. My son is at a pretty 'white' school, but at the same time there is a lot of bi racial families in our area, also a few pacific/asians (ha we finally have Indian Food close by!) and we are very safe, close to beaches and I think welcoming.
Seminole/Largo (stick to Seminole for the schools - largo not so hot).
A bit of acommute to Tampa, but not terrible, I would say as bad to get from Brandon into Downtown Tampa as from Pinellas over bridge into downdown. Also lots of homes, not thrown up in the last 4 years with sloppy and dubious building materials/methods, in yourprice range. Older but still standing!
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Old 09-27-2009, 07:17 PM
 
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We want an area where where we are not "on top" of our neighbors. We live in area on a city lot and hate it! We want to be in a "suburban looking" area, also in an area that does not have houses that are a hundred years old. An area with 50's concrete built homes or later would be the best.

My husband is a manager for Target, and they are pretty much everywhere (he can pretty easily transfer), and I work overnights (don't travel during rush hour), so the actual location doesn't matter as much for us as it does for most people.
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Old 09-28-2009, 10:35 AM
 
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Really you can find a nice place in your price range. Tampa is very diverse so you can live anywhere, it is just a matter of where you and DH will be working

There are several Targets in Tampa and St. Pete. I wouldn't want to live in say 'Brandon' and have to go to TnC to work.
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Old 09-29-2009, 05:42 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Pinellas County
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Most of the older homes built in pre 70s are less crowded in. There was a bit more room then.
Truly you will have no problem finding a place. If you have family it's nice to be near the (free) beach!
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Old 09-30-2009, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Florida
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You may want to look at the Trinity area. Zip code 34655. Plenty of three and four bedroom homes $230k-$300K, safe, good schools, Three Targets very close (Mitchell, Boot Ranch and a Super Target in Lutz off 54). Many young professional families. 25 minutes to Tampa, 40 to downtown Tampa and St. Pete.
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