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It sounds as if you have a basic working appreciation for the Tampa area. We would recommend a visit to the area not for the purpose of buying but for the purpose of becoming familiar with neighborhoods that may fit your needs.
Home buying is often made easier by developing a plan and taking it one step at a time....budget & financing, developing criteria, identifying an agent to support your interests,selecting an area(s), previewing homes, making an offer, and closing the transaction.
Since "close to" leaves a lot to tone's imagination, we recommend viewing you search from a "time travel" perspective....5 minutes, 10 minutes, 20 minutes from shopping and fine restaurants will likely open up you world of possibilities greatly. But being able to narrow your search down to areas of your choice would go a long way in fulfilling your goal. Start planning a visit for this purpose.
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In the International Mall region, there is Carrollwood with the Citrus Park Mall and numerous restaurants, good schools. There is Cheval, Villa Rosa areas for homes.
In the New Tampa, Wesley Chapel area, we have Temple Terrace, West Meadows, Hunters Green, Seven Oaks, Northwoods, Live Oaks, etc and there are 2 fairly new Malls, such as Wiregrass and The Groves and as far as schools, there is Wesley Chapel High, Wharton High, (New) Wiregrass High, etc.
There are many homes in these areas in the price catagory you suggested.
Why not give me a call and lets get together to decide just whats best for you and your family. I can be reached at 352-424-2719 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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There are a few different places to buy a home. South Tampa is very nice upscale neighborhoods close to International Plaza and good restaurants, but there are mostly older very nice homes. New Tampa has a lot of family oriented subdivisions and great schools. If you like further information, please feel free to call me or email me at: email@example.com or 813-244-2819
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1. Would be Wesley Chapel/New Tampa - there are some great deals and the Shoppes at Wiregrass is brand new and very popular. Great restaurants all along Bruce B Downs Blvd. This is about 40-45 minutes from downtown Tampa. Subdivisions I would suggest are Grand Hamptons, Easton Park, and the newer areas in Tampa Palms.
2. Carrollwood/Citrus Park - there are smaller newer construction communities in this area but Carrollwood is the original subdivision for Tampa and has a lot of great restaurants and medium strip centers for shopping. Citrus Park Mall is close by and you are about 20-25 minutes from International Plaza and 30 minutes from downtown Tampa. Suggested subdivision Orange Blossom Creek
3. Riverview/Lithia - has a lot of newer homes and some newer strip centers but both areas are about 15-20 minutes from the Brandon Mall and 45 minutes from downtown Tampa
One area that I think you might like but has slightly older homes is Westchase. Its very Wisteria Lane - There is a small town like center with small boutiques and a Sbux with other retail centers throughout. It is 5 minutes from Citrus Park Mall and 15 minutes from International Plaza. The homes range from 1990's - 2011. If you have any questions or need any more information - please feel free to contract me directly.
Congrats on the move to Tampa, you would love it here, the gorgeous beaches, the weather, the Teams. If you want to be close to the International Mall the Westchase area might suit your needs and they have great schools there. Also, you might want to also check out Fishhawk in Lithia, the schools are really good as well and that is close to the Brandon Mall which is an equally large mall. Fishhawk was voted Best Communtity by the National Association of Builder 2010. Call me (813) 679-5307, I am an experienced agent and know both areas really well. Janeth