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Old 02-03-2010, 08:12 PM
 
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Hello, I am from the midwest and I've been thinking about buying a small home in the Gulfport, Fl area. I have just recently been looking on line for home sales in the area and can't believe some of the listing prices of the homes (many less than $40,000 or much less). The pictures provided look fine. I also know you get what you pay for, but since I am pretty handy person I can consider it. I guess my question is .. Is it because of the economy crisis and foreclosures? Is it in a bad area and if so how can i find out more about it? The home would be a small vacation spot nothing fancy. Just a place were family members can use through the year, especially retired parents. I have never visited the area just got some info from a friend of a friend. So before I take the trip, wondering if it would be worth time and effort. Thank you! (sorry, I know this forum is for the Tampa area, but thought I could still get some info.)
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Old 02-04-2010, 05:18 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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Gulfport isn't a bad area at all. Its eastern boundary is with South St. Pete, which is notorious for crime and sketchy behavior. This doesn't really spill over into Gulfport, but just be extra attentive to the neighborhood if you're looking at a house in the immediate vicinity of 49th Street. Other than that, Gulfport's only downside is that I imagine it's in a flood zone, but I don't know. Floods only usually happen during hurricane weather, but you never know. Overall, the city is very close to the beach and very close to Downtown St. Pete.
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Old 02-04-2010, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Naperville, IL by necessity; Pinellas by choice
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I'm a ballroom and Argentine tango dancer and Gulfport Casino Ballroom has dancing of some kind almost every night of the week. Admission is very inexpensive and there are classes for beginners. Great exercise and pretty friendly crowds.

Beach Avenue (I think) runs north from the beach / ballroom and is sort of an artsy restaurant row. It's quaint and seems like a safe area at night - at least I've never seen any kind of problem there.
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