Congrats on your new opportunity. S. Tampa, Channelside and Harbour Island are without a doubt the most desirable places in Tampa for someone your/our age to live. I live and work in S.Tampa and enjoy it greatly. S. Tampa has restaurants second to none and also provides great shopping. Another great aspect is everything is in walking/biking or a short cab ride away. I am very confident that you would enjoy the lifestyle over all other areas in Tampa. Cut and Copy the two links below. These are two different condos they I currently have for sale. I picked them for you because you mentioned you work from home so I figured you could use an extra bedroom for your home office. Both of these condos are 2 bed and 2.5 baths. Both are in the heart of S. Tampa close to all the action for someone our age.
Feel free to contact me directly to talk further. I would be more than happy to set you up with auto e-mail alerts of new condos that come on the market in the areas you desire. It makes the searching process much easier and fun. Everyday you will get the newest condo listings sent directly to your e-mail inbox.
Craig A. Kincheloe, P.A.
Keller Williams Tampa Properties
Congratulations on your potential promotion and move to Tampa. I used to live in Chicago myself and love your city (although ours is a bit warmer in the winter!).
There are some great areas in Tampa that I think you might enjoy. They are also great for the condo lifestyle. All of these are close to the downtown area of Tampa - and in fact, downtown is also becoming a popular area with some newer, urban condo communities. Areas that you may likely prefer in addition to downtown are: Channelside, SoHo, Harbour Island, Davis Island, and Hyde Park.
I'm happy to assist you and forward you sample listings. visit my website at http://www.KimKnowsTampaHomes.com
I look forward to being of service.
Realtor - Keller Williams
South Tampa would have more shopping restaurants and closer to downtown ans airport. Call me any time with questions. I'm a Floridian and have lived in Tampa going on sixteen years. Hope this was helpful. Rhonda Cannon, Exit Bayshore Realty. 813 624 4455
Let's see: Close to the city, where there's always plenty to do, close to night restaurants and places to shop, and a "condo"...
My suggestions: Channelside, or South Tampa.
I'll be happy to help you find the right condo.
All the best,
Your best resource is a site called City-Data.com. This is a website consisting of demographics, forums with comments from people that live in the Tampa area. You can search by zip code and see the most recent trends, sales and composition of that particular area.
You could post a similar question and receive feedback or you could search through the many posts and read the responses. This source would provide you with a good overview.
I grew up in Chicago, and understand what you're looking for. It's not going to be anything like Chicago anywhere in the Tampa Bay area. Since a commute isn't a real issue for you. Downtown St Pete. or close to it is going to fit your desires better. It's more cosmopolitan than Tampa, but still has easy access to the places in Tampa you
Many good answers below.
I agree with Channelside (Harbour Island is very exclusive), Hyde Park Village area, SoHo and Westchase Westpark Village (33626).
If you want to buy a condo, you have to be aware that lending guidelines have gotten strict and many condos are not eligible for financing for may require a significant down payments. Some condo complexes are still on the "approved" list but the majority are not. You may be able to find a credit union to do a mortgage but most "conventional" type of financing is difficult without a significant down payment.
You're welcome to browse "like a Realtor" by signing up for a free ListingBook account on my website:
All the best,
Alma Rose Kee, PA
Future Home Realty
Congrats on the Promotion!! My wife Lois and I came down here in 2003 from growing up and living in Chicago. As the realtor below stated, Tampa is not a Chicago, but it is getting better. My recommendation is the Hyde Park area of South Tampa or the Westshore Area of South Tampa, especially since you are working in Tampa. Commuting is not one of the TampaBay's strong points, so the closer you can be to your job the better. The South Tampa area is about a 30 Minute drive to the Beaches. Both the Westshore and Hyde Park areas have very good restaurants and hangouts for young people. give us a call. We would be happy to work with you.
Future Home Realty
Congratulations on the possible promotion! Tampa is a fun place to be, especially because you have many options for living. Tampa isn't quite like Chicago, though, which I'm sure you're expecting. The actual downtown portion of Tampa is very business like, and not quite the "happening" spot for living.
One option that was already mentioned is South Tampa. There's a few different areas to live within walking distance for shopping and dining. Also, Rocky Point condos and apartments are another option because they are within a very close driving distance to major shopping and dining. St. Petersburg is a third, which is a quick 20-30 minute commute from Tampa, but definitely has a lot of fun things for young people going on.
If you have any questions, I would love to help you out and send you some more information about the area.
Thanks and good luck!
Century 21 Weinert Realty
Safety Harbo, FL