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There are neighborhoods that might provide you with the drive time to the beaches, which could be either the east coast or west coast of Florida. The west coast of Florida, runs along the beaches, but, south Tampa is not near the beach. Hillsborough is landlocked. Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota all have beaches.
There are several websites that you might find informational while searching for a location:
Relocating to Florida: http://www.stateofflorida.com/Portal/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=40
Overview of City or Neighborhood (anywhere in USA) by public forums: http://www.city-data.com/city/Tampa-Florida.html Watch the dates of comments, for example if comment posted in 2006, may or may not be relevant in 2013.
Each county has a crime map: hillsborough sheriff's crime map, manatee crime map, pinellas crime map, sarasota crime map. here is one for quick reference: http://gis.hcso.tampa.fl.us/crimemapping/
Tampa Bay times: http://www.tampabay.com/things-to-do/
Florida Trends: http://www.floridatrend.com/
There are so many more resources that you can discover online. Florida offers so many communities through the state. Hopefully you will select the Tampa area as right for you.
Another item to consider, Florida is seasonal. The influx of snowbirds predominately in January through Easter, sparks many festivals, events, concerts, spring training, "happenings". Some areas in Summertime offer shorter hours of operation, more limited "whatever" as compared with the "Season".
If you were to visit Florida in February and again in August you would notice a difference in density of population. For example, Sarasota's 2010 population was approximately 52,000. In season, the population grows to nearly 400,000.
Enjoy your research.
Brock Realty Inc.
I am Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) and presently have buyers from Scotland, Ghana, and Hungary. In the recent past I have sold clients from Australia, German, Indonesia, Cayman Islands, Venezuela, Italy to name a few. I understand the global buyer and can assist you in your transition to the "States". I presently serve on both the Pinellas County and Greater Tampa Realty Boards' International Councils. So contact me through my website and we can discuss your search either via email or Skype. Just bring your Vegemite, I can handle the rest. Thanks.
Future Home Realty
I have worked with many Foreign Buyers and First Time Buyers. I would be happy to help answer your questions and give you some insight into the Tampa area. I agree with Mary that Dunedin, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor and Tarpon Springs might be what you are looking for. Along with South Tampa you my also want to consider Westchase. Are you relocating for employment? The Tampa traffic can sometimes be a bear so make sure to ask whoever you work with about possible routes to the area you consider.
Please review my profile and send me a message or call if I can be of assistance. I can be reached at Thoyt@prutropical.com or 813-352-6219. I can also be reached at 1-800 273-7173.
Prudential Tropical Realty
You might also want to consider St. Petersburg near the pier.
All the best,
Alma Rose Kee, PA
Future Home Realty
South Tampa is an awesome place to be. I was born and raised in South Tampa and still currently live here. It brings in the highest demand as well as the highest appreciation. You are surrounded by the bay here in South Tampa only a 30-40 minutes drive from the gulf beaches. However, there are plenty of awesome areas of Tampa as well. It all depends on your budget and what you are looking for. Please call or email me and I will be happy to help you. My cell is 813-624-3679 and my email is firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to you and your partner moving to Tampa.
The Toni Everett Company