Congratulations on the relocation to Tampa. Our city is so full of life, the attractions, special events, and sports teams alone make it a great place to live. Throw in the great beaches and water sports and I wonder why people live anywhere else.
Tampa, like Jacksonville has many areas and they all have good and bad. Some have great schools but longer commutes to work. Some have short commutes but large neighborhood fees. Most of Tampa is inside the same school district. That would be Hillsborough County. Below is the link to their website. Use this link to look at state grading scale for the schools.
I live in the Valrico area. I personally love our schools. I have experience with all three levels and can help answer any questions you may have. I am on the advisory board at two local schools and work with the Chamber on the Education Committee.
Please review my profile on Trulia and send me a message with any questions you have. I would be happy to help reduce your fears and sooth your nerves about the move. Any move with children is stressful enough.
No pressure, just help with your questions.
Prudential Tropical Realty
If you should need anything else or have any financing questions, please be sure to let me know.
Senior Loan Officer
2701 N Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL 33607
The more reading and research that you conduct, the more you will be able to determine what area works best for your family, your budget and commute to work.
FYI, Hillsborough county is mostly landlocked. You will find a coast line but beaches are not in Hillsborough.
Brock Realty Inc.
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I would love to assist you! I grew up in Palm Harbor in Pinellas County, have lived in South and North Tampa over the past 16 years, and have sold real estate in our Tri- County area (Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco) for the last 12 years. I cannot utilize your request to help you find a "middle class family oriented" neighborhood; however, I can help you find a home reasonably close to the beach in an A rated school district with housing accomodations I am sure you and your husband will find most comfortable and suitable for your needs. I would be gald to share a 25% referal fee with you, being you are a licensed agent, as long as you remain licensed with a broker. Any questions feel free to contact me via text, email or phone. Happy House Hunting!
Keller Williams Realty
Have you decided which Real Estate firm you will work for in Tampa?
Are you planning to rent for the first year until you get comfortable with the neighborhoods and you can then act as your own Realtor to earn the commission?
That may be the most prudent approach, although we are seeing a rapid rise in prices so you will surely pay a higher price in a year from now. You will alleviate a lot of the risk of making the wrong decision, though.
All the best,
Thank you for your question and we look forward to helping you with your relocation!! We have helped many families reclocate to the Tampa area who also were looking for good schools and family oriented neighborhoods. Along with our vast knowledge of the Real Estate market and various areas that would meet your criteria we can also can suggest some awesome apps and websites for you to do your own research on various areas,neighborhoods and schools. Two great sites for schools are http://www.myfloridahomesmls.com/helpbuyingahome or http://www.greatschools.org/find-schools. Please contact us at TeamRN2@gmail.com or you can call us at 8133376819 so we can find out just what your looking for in your new home and give you access to a system for searching for homes with the most updated information!.
Have an Awesome Monday!
Hi, first of all congratulations on the relocation to Tampa area. I am an agent who is a native of the area. Depending on a few other key factors like proximity to work and some amenities of the neighborhood, you would like to reside in, there are many neighborhoods that may work for you and your family. While still being in close proximity to the beach. Tampa like Jacksonville has much to offer. Pinellas County has a little closer proximity to the beach and gives flexibility to the Downtown Tampa and St. Petersburg areas.
Before narrowing down a neighborhood, some some neighborhoods that may fit your criteria depending on square feet and price range, within close proximity to the beach are: S. Tampa, Westchase in Tampa, (Panther Trace, Fishhawk,and MiraBay: These are planned urban developments with desirable schools in the community) In Pinellas some neighborhoods to consider are Snell Isle, Venetian Isles, Feather Sound, parts of Clearwater & Safety Harbor.
What I would recommend is find an agent who you think you might work well with and our compatible. Let them ask you a series of questions and get some background information so they might recommend a game plan that fit your home search criteria. Then you can come up with a time frame for you to find your new home. I did not see where you stated if you were looking to buy or rent, how many bedrooms. So by talking with an agent they can further assist your families needs. Hope this helps. Feel free to contact me if you need an agents assistance at 813-352-6168. Good Luck.
Your neighborhood Consultant
I know of several areas in Hillsborough and Pinellas county with excellent schools and would be happy to tell you more about them. I love the area that I live in and it's only 20 minutes away from downtown Tampa. The beaches can be very "touristy" but I can guide you into the more residential neighborhoods. Feel free to click on our website and explore the different areas on the map. It's a very user-friendly system and will give you a good idea of the layout of the city.
If you are a Realtor, I'll be happy to discuss employment opportunities as well with my company. We provide all the leads to you, all you need to do is close them. Call/text/email me if interested. Thanks and best of luck to you and your family!
Bahia Realty Group
Since you are a Realtor, I would highly recommend considering going to work for Future Home Realty.
Also it's always prudent to rent for the first year to allow you time to thoroughly investigate the areas of Tampa Bay you may want to live.
You mentioned you needed a referral for a lender and I would highly recommend contacting Gina Harris with Iberia Bank:
Mortgage Specialis tNMLS#419423
3550 Buschwood Park Dr., Suite 295Tampa, FL 33618
She will also be a good lender to recommend for your new clients in Tampa Bay because she is approved to do most of the First Time Homebuyer programs and they are an approved lender for the Florida Bond Program money, too. Not many lenders will do the Florida Bond Program. It also offers money to Veterans, take a look:
All the best,
Alma Rose Kee, PA
Future Home Realty
From your experience in Jacksonville, the beaches are always nearby. Just this Sunday morning I was running a 19 mile course that encountered sea fog on the beach. Disappearing into the sea fog was one of the most enchanting experiences I've ever had while enjoying the 'natural' environment that is characteristic of the Tampa/St Peterburg/Clearwater areas. From inside the fog it appeared I was the only person on the beach....soft, silent, peaceful. There are many attractions and activities available that will enrich everyone's life.
For real beach centric living, (don't live on beach but can visit everyday is desired) Pinellas County (St Peter, Clearwater, Palm Harbor, areas) is the destination. Even in neighboring Hillsborough (tampa) you can find locations less the a 30 dirve to the beaches.(Westchase).
It is time to schedule the 25 cent tour of the area. You will observe the natural attributes of the area and envision the ideal environment for you and those important to you. When the quality of life factors have been assessed, then you want to start looking at available housing.
Best of success to you,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Assocaite
Remax Realtec Group
there are many areas to choose from. In order to give you locations, I need to know more about your needs and price range and what type of activities are you looking for your kids. Finally, how old of a home are you willing to purchase, etc. let me know and we would be glad to help you get settled.
Bill and Lois Szydlowski
I would also highly recommend Westchase (zip 33626) and the Countryway area (33635). Another area to consider is the city of Lutz (although a little farther to beaches).
You're welcome to "search like a Realtor" by signing up for a free Listingbook account on my website:
All the best,
Alma Rose Kee, PA
Future Home Realty
Glad to hear you are moving. You will love Tampa. It is a great place with tons of things to do for all ages (and pets, too). Tampa is a very big area, so it would help if I knew if there was anything you were specifically trying to be close to. A specific job, highway, school?? A good thing to do is check out the site http://www.greatschools.org. You can check out ratings and reviews from other parents and that definitely helps in narrowing down your search a bit.
Are you looking for a single-family home, townhouse, condo? This also makes a difference in neighborhood choices. The more criteria I know about the, the easier it is to narrow down some neighborhoods.
If you would like more help from me, please feel free to call or email me anytime and I can get more details.
Thanks and best of luck to you,
Coldwell Banker Residential
The Toni Everett Company
Dan Turner Realtor
Prudential Tropical Realty