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Old 03-21-2010, 01:13 PM
 
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Hi all,

I am a young married doctor (no kids, yet) and am looking for a place near the water and the Tampa area that fulfills our requirements (see below). Don't know which hospital I'll be at yet, but I'm picking my place of living first, then will find my job. Some places I've heard are nice are: Naples (but very expensive), St. Petersburg, Clearwater.

Our requirements:
1) Within 15-20 minute drive to NICE beaches
2) Not a ton of strip malls (prefer classy shopping centers)
3) Newer, nice homes (not all one levels)
4) Good school system
5) Safe
6) Cute, walkable downtown (coffeshops, etc). Ideally, we'd like to live in an area where you can walk to things.
7) Not a big city feel - we prefer the "Small town" feel

PLEASE help us since we're out of the area. If you know of any particular zipcodes and cities that would be so helpful!

Thank you!

-Dr. Beach
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Old 03-21-2010, 11:26 PM
 
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Sorry but Florida/Tampa is strip mall country and chain kingdom!!! You want DC or NY by the beach...."Classy shops" in NY, DC or Miami Beach...St Pete is close to wonderful beaches...good schools are nowhere near the beach!you can find good ones in Lutz and the rest that may be good are private... We searched schools by the beach and didn't find any we liked, lots of trailer parks by the beaches tho...walkable? This is Florida...nothing is walkable here unless you want to walk a few miles (30 Minutes ± walks)..."Walking to things" is also in NY, Boston, DC, Europe....or if you can afford Miami Beach, that is where you have things to walk too after you find parking LOL....South Tampa has few, very few things to walk too and it depends where in South Tampa you are, Bayshore Blvd is a few miles long, same for Kennedy Blvd....it gets hot here so the concept of "walking to things" fades pretty fast...."Small town feel"...not with all this concrete and overdeveloped land...that concept has been killed here due to the fact that everything in FL/Tampa is very spread....which is why you need a car to "walk to things" (see all the people driving 30 miles in the passing (left) lane)....

Everyone who wants to move here is looking for the same things you do...unfortunately half your list doesn't apply here....you'll have to choose between the good schools, beaches and what you want to walk too and the classy shops...carrying groceries a few miles in 90 degrees is not something people do here, as a matter of fact you can count the people out walking (who are not tourists on the beaches) in a month on one hand!..and to the contrary, everyone rushes back to their cars and blows the air conditioning as high as it gets....(With a few exceptions who drive with their windows open and their dogs hanging out those windows).....
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Old 03-22-2010, 06:05 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Pinellas County
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1) Within 15-20 minute drive to NICE beaches downtown st pete/most of pinellas
2) Not a ton of strip malls (prefer classy shopping centers)downtown st pete not too many 'classy' shopping centers, international mall, twenty mins away at tpa
3) Newer, nice homes (not all one levels)you have to mostly go to outer burbs for this and you wont like that kind of locale, but there are some individual new homes built around older areas which gives you the best of both worlds in st pete areas
4) Good school system good private schools st pete, then for public, seminole/palm harbor/eastlake - also nice areas with nice homes, eastlake has lots of newer homes on nice estates
5) Safe all above are pretty safe
6) Cute, walkable downtown (coffeshops, etc). Ideally, we'd like to live in an area where you can walk to things.st pete
7) Not a big city feel - we prefer the "Small town" feelst pete
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Old 03-22-2010, 06:09 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Also check out the Sarasota and Longboat Key area.
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Old 03-22-2010, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Tampa Bay`·.¸¸ ><((((º>.·´¯`·><((((º>
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1) Within 15-20 minute drive to NICE beachesAll of Pinellas County
2) Not a ton of strip malls (prefer classy shopping centers)Eastlake in Oldsmar
3) Newer, nice homes (not all one levels)Same a s above
4) Good school system
5) Safe
6) Cute, walkable downtown (coffeshops, etc). Ideally, we'd like to live in an area where you can walk to things.Safety Harbor
7) Not a big city feel - we prefer the "Small town" feelOldsmar ,Safety Harbor
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Old 03-22-2010, 07:51 AM
 
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St. Pete or Sarasota. Sarasota has some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, and also has the best downtown of all the places mentioned, IMO. All kinds of coffee shops, restaurants, bakeries, a fabulous newer library, Whole Foods - almost anything you could want, extremely walkable. Upscale shopping can be found at Southgate mall, or over the bridge on St. Armands, and scattered throughout the town.

The newer homes will be outside the city, if you like the planned developments, or in some cases people buy the older homes in the in-town neighborhoods and remodel or build new. And Sarasota has one of the best school systems in Florida. You should definitely check the area out.
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Old 03-22-2010, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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I'd opt for Sarasota. No place will be a utopia.
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Old 03-22-2010, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Pinellas County
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I think Sarasota still has an 'older' feel to it, St Pete/Tampa is a little more young and vibrant that is just my middle aged take on this though
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Old 03-22-2010, 05:36 PM
 
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Safety Harbor.. quaint little town, walkable and right on the bay plus close to the gulf beaches too. Priscilla Presley use to own a house there. There are areas in Pinellas county but finding a new home is going to be difficult.. also remember HOI will be expensive the closer you are to water.

S. Tampa has young professionals, close to several hospitals.. not going to find new homes there. You are close to the Bay there and there are some walkable areas.

Naples is expensive and lots of snowbirds/tourist. I wouldn't recommend it for a young couple.
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Old 03-22-2010, 07:24 PM
 
Location: East Tennessee
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I just worked with a young(er) dentist who's moving to Anna Maria Island. Also in this same chain is Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach, and Longboat Key. Worth at least a day to scout out the possibilities. That's the good part. The bad part is the commute could very well be horrible, especially if you're on call.
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