S33grf, Home Buyer in Saint Petersburg, FL

Hi we might be moving to the St Petersburg area,what's the best high school and the best area to live our budget would be around 500k to 650 k thanks.

Asked by S33grf, Saint Petersburg, FL Thu May 17, 2012

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Hi My name is Luisa Muller. I also moved to St. Petersburg with my son many years ago and I know a lot about High Schools. I believe is one of the major considerations when deciding where to buy since you want your children to feel happy in their school and you to have a peace of mind that they are safe.
There are a few good schools around. Some private and some public.
My e-mail is Luisa.muller@century21.com you can contact me any time if you are still deciding where to buy.
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Being one of the few from the Tampa Bay area originally, if I had a teenager and was moving to this area knowing what I know, if possible, I'd try to live a little further north in the Clearwater /Palm Harbor area.

Or,depending on where you'll be working, look at buying in S. Tampa and just take the Howard Franklin Bridge to work.

I'm a Mortgage Broker, not a realtor, so I have no dog in the hunt. Contact me for some insight from a native and a quote on a 95% purchase loan with closing costs paid for you.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 20, 2012
I would welcome the opportunity to assist you. As a USAA Preferred Agent, I have had to relocate numerous military families seeking exactly what you are in either Pinellas County or Hillsborough County. Contact me at no obigation and I will gladly get you access to the school rankings, etc. as the State of Florida Department of Education annual ranks the schools.

There is even a waterfront community which goes to an "A" ranked school which is uncommon in the water areas in which I also specialize.

Email me or feel free to call me to answer any questions.

Terry A Yimin
Broker Associate
USAA Preferred Agent
Century 21 Shaw Realty Group

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 20, 2012
There are many great neighborhoods in and around St Petersburg. Would you be looking for a public or private school? There are many choices to discuss so please give me a call or send an email and I would be happy to narrow down the choices. Thanks
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 18, 2012
As a former high school teacher in Pinellas county (county in which St. Petersburg is zoned), I can tell you that looking at a school's grade can be very helpful when choosing the right school for your family. To view school grades in Pinellas county, go to: http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org/ . Then, click "Search School Accountability Reports." This will bring you to a form to filter information. Select:
Type of Report: School Grades
Level of Report: School
District: Pinellas
School Type: All Schools
School Years: 2010-2011
School Grade: All
School Level: High School

I hope that this helps you start your search. If you'd like to talk in further detail about individual high schools along with homes that would fit your family's needs, I'd be pleased to help.

Thank you,

Sarah Knudson
Exit Extreme Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 18, 2012
You have several options to choose from in the St. Petersburg area for high schools. We have St. Petersburg HS that houses the IB program, we also have several schools that house specific programs such as computer technology, premed, even culinary. There are several very fine private schools located throughout Pinellas county.Near the downtown area you have Shorecrest and Canterbury. These both enjoy excellent reputations.
As far as homes go, your price range enables you to find homes in many of our beautiful neighborhoods; whether you are interested in being near the vibrant downtown, on or near the beaches, or somewhere in between. I promise you will not be disappointed!
I do hope this helps you in your search.
Take Care,
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Southwest Florida offers an abundance of communities that attract a wide variety of people from all over the world. Probably the best advice you could recieve is to identify the location that meets your needs first and then target your home...regardless of which location you find that meets your specific needs, there will be a home that is perfect for your family.

As a former educator, one thing I would nt do is overlook your teenagers input in this relocation project. They could suprise you with what they will be able to contribute and it will provide them with valuable ownership of the process.

An investment in a few day trip to visit the area for the specific purpose of exploring the various locations may help as well.

Best wishes,

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The area you live in will be determined by your life style. Beaches or downtown. There are pro's and con's to each area. An experienced agent will help you through the though process. The website http://WWW.pcsb.org will then direct you to the options for education of your children. Please feel free to contact me using your most appropriate method, text/phone/email. Please feel free to investigate our web site http://www.davidpricerealtor.com. You will be suprised at the information available there. Awaiting your reply.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 18, 2012
Good evening. Our family relocated 15 years ago and our main concern was my 14 year old daughter. Going to the website http://(www.pcsb.org) is your first stop. The listings sent to you should also identify the school district Depending on your childrens interest you can find the school that will match. After that you need to take a ride around Pinellas county and see if possibly the beach life (barrier islands)is for you. Or do you like yacht and golf?(St petersburg or Seminole) Selecting an agent to work with is a win win. I would be honored to represent you in your search and provide you with all the information to make a true transition. For more information please call. Diane Rimkus Realtor, CIPS, SFR
RE/MAX Metro. 7274031674
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 17, 2012
I would have to second that Shorecrest Preparatory is an excellent school. Take a look at their website: http://www.shorecrest.org Very close to this school would be Placido Bayou gated community, very nice. Also Old Northeast would be fairly close as well as the Snell Isle area or Shore Acres. Also just north of the school would be a very nice section called Riviera Bay. If you wanted to be closer to the beaches then I would recommend Seminole Schools. In Seminole, you can get a bigger lot. There are many nice sections to Seminole. A price range of 500k to 650k would get you a very nice house. I would love to help you find a house you want. I've been a Realtor since 2006.

Barry Smith, B.S.O.M, E-PRO
Excellent Service Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 17, 2012
Woodlawn, Allendale Terrace, Crescent Heights areas would all be great areas to live and should put you in the St. Pete High zone.

Other beautiful neighborhoods that are closer to the water and would require flood insurance are Placido Bayou, Old Northeast, Coffeepot, Snell Isle, Shore Acres, Venetian Isle. These neighborhoods would all put you in Northeast High.

Believe it or not, these two groups of areas I gave you are all adjacent to each other within the group and close to each other overall.

You can get information on the schools at https://www.pcsb.org.

Shorecrest Prep is also a fantastic private option and that site was already listed for you.

With your budget, there will be options to make you happy in any of the areas I mentioned. These are the most beautiful spots in St. Pete - short of a downtown high rise. But the inventory is very low and you probably do not have the budget for that.

Please contact me through my profile page if I can help. It would be my honor to help your relocation go as smooth as possible. Best wishes and success.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 17, 2012
This area has many possibilities for you in that range. Depends on what kind of lifestyle you are searching for:
If you are looking for boating and beach lifestyle you might consider Treasure Island, St Pete Beach, Tierra Verde, if you prefer a more traditional brick streets and tree lined neighborhood near all the shops and restaurants of downtown then Old North East St Petersburg would be a good option. We also have gated communities with golf and yacht clubs. I terms of High Schools if you want private Shorecrest, St Pete Catholic, and Admiral Farragut Academy are options. If your prefer public schools St Pete High school is worth looking into. You may also apply for a spot at a fundamental high school which have strict standards and very involved parents. Check out http://www.pcsb.org
It would be my please sure to help you find the right place for your lifestyle here in St Petersburg.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 17, 2012

I would love to help. One of the best private high schools in the area is Shorecrest Prep you can find more information at: http://www.shorecrest.org/

As for public schools one great option is St Petersburg High School. For more information: http://www.stpetehigh.com/ (They have the only IB program in the area). This zoning would be changing for 2012-2013.

I would be happy to help you further if you need it. Hope this helps!
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