Good in relative to the person asking the question. What's good for the goose isn't necessarily good for the gander.
There are two great site that you can go to for information so you can determine the best areas.
1. epodunk.com http://www.epodunk.com. This site has great information on communities and demographics.
2. Front Door. http://www.frontdoor.com. This site has some good info on subdivisions and historic districts.
If your interested in any specific places feel free to contact me via email. I have data and city guides on all the subdivisions in Tampa, Clearwater, and St. Pete.
Fishhawk has A-Rated schools with park-like subdivisions and a community waterpark, parks, walking/biking trails and a "Disney-type" quaint downtown area. Bloomingdale has A-Rated schools, community YMCA with exceptional programs for families and individuals (includug a giant heated pool and it's own little waterpark) and there is an excellent golf course. Riverhills is almost the same, but a gated golfcourse community. New Tampa, still very similar, but several gated and non-gated communites, but very nice. South Tampa has it own charm with many older homes. There are nice condo developements throughout the area. For example, in the Little Harbor/Bahia Del Sol area, you can live in a Bay front unit for just over $200K. Lots of nice places and some exceptional deals if you shop around.
Good luck with your search for a home!
just like with everything else in life each individual's needs, requirements and likes are different. For some a "good" area is close to transportation, or close to schools, or on the water, on the river and I can go on and on.
So here is my suggestion, connect with a Tampa area Realtor (e-mail me if you need recommendations) that Realtor will be able to narrow down areas for you depending on your search criteria, i.e. based on your price, size of home, style of home and other in the home needed amenities, he or she will be able to point out to you where the schools are located, train stations etc. - and for all other concerns even though the agent is NOT permitted by law to steer you into one area or another by, he or she will be able to direct you to the right authorities, websites etc. where you can get your detailed information to make then your own assessments and decisions to where you want to explore your home purchasing options in the Tampa area.
I hope this helps you a little....
Good luck with your home search and a happy and prosperous New Year to you and yours.
Edith Karoline YourRealtor4Life! & Chicago Connection
Working always in the very BEST interest of her clients....
There are many communities in and around Tampa that are great places to live. It all depends on how much you want to spend and what kinds of amenities you are looking for. If you would like just give me a call and
we can discuss your needs - I would be happy to find you a great home!
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