Melanie, Home Buyer in North Carolina

What are the best neighborhoods / zip codes for investing in a single family home for $500,000 - $600,000?

Asked by Melanie, North Carolina Fri Nov 9, 2007

close to the water in the Tampa/ St. Pete/ Clearwater area? We love boating as well as the beaches.

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Hi Melanie, There are several areas that will fit your criteria, but I would like to get a bunch more info from you, to help me find you the perfect home. Shoot me an email or call, so we can further discuss. You can also visit my website and start the search on your own. Thanks
Mike Ceparano
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 19, 2008
Melanie, I just received this question. If you have not found someone to work with I would be happy to help you. In this market there are many alternatives. The issue is what are you looking for in a neighborhood? Newer, established, all single family, mixed use, etc. Each beach has a different "flavor".

I am a Tampa native active in the Pinellas & Pasco County areas. I have partners in Hillsborough as well. I live in Belleair Beach, just south of Clearwater Beach and am familiar with the joys and challenges of living close to the water.

Let me know if I can help.

1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 14, 2007
Okay, Melanie, let's talk. Naturally I have to ask you if this investment is a second home or a full time residence? Will you be leasing it out? If so will it be a seasonal rental or an annual? If you are going to live there with your family then I have other questions. What would it have to have for you to consider it the best neighborhood for you and your family? I always begin by finding out what my clients MUST HAVE, SHOULD HAVE, WOULD LIKE TO HAVE, WANT, DREAM ABOUT and that doesn't only apply to the house but also the community and schools that surround that home. Then I go looking to see what I can find for them. To get to your answer we have to discuss some of these important concerns. If you would like to begin the process I have an easy form I can e-mail you that you can fill out on-line and return that will get the ball rolling. Isn't today's technology great?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 19, 2008
The term "best" is always subjective. Best for what? I suggest sitting down with a real estate professional who will take the time to find out your needs and desires on things such as location, schools, access to major highways, commute, etc. Only then will they be able to determine the "best" location for you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 14, 2008
Melanie I have just the house for you a few minute walk to private beach in belleair beach,I know that you will love the area and people.
Take a look I have to return to London otherwise I would nnever sell.
I have knocked 50,000 0ff price for quick sale.Jaks
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 7, 2008
Hi Melanie. The best location in my opinion is Belleair Beach, Florida zip code 33786. It is clean, well maintained, and most of the homes are located on the water on either the intracoastal or the Gulf of Mexico. It is possible to moor a boat and also walk to the beach. There are some awesome values right now. I've included a link to a map of the area.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 31, 2008
If the holidays kept you home and are still interested, you should check out the 3 homes available in or just outside the gates of Pasadena Yacht & Country Club (Gulfport); they are not on the water but just a block away. The community holds a private golf, tennis, swimming and marina country club. Or consider a couple of nearby waterfront communities....adjacent to Treasure Island, St. Pete Beach. The quick access to the Gulf, as well as Boca Ciega Bay is great. If you would like to discuss these areas, feel free to call me.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Dec 29, 2007
That depends on what you mean by "best". If you want to be close to the water, beaching, boating and get the largest house for your money, I'd recommend checking into the Dunedin or Palm harbour area's in Pinellas Co. Tampa and St. Pete (Hillsborough County) are going to most likely cost you more money to get close to the water.

I would recommend finding an agent who can send you listings by email so you can compare the prices of each of these area's to what you will be able to buy. Since you are in North Carolina, you will need someone to help with this who knows the market.

I know excellent agents in that area if you want a recommendation - but know that this is a very wide search parameter and you'll most likely not be able to work with just one agent who is an expert in all 3 of these area's. Can you narrow the field a little by close proximity to work or any sq. footage, etc? This will go a long way in helping focus on a smaller area for the price range you are looking in.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 9, 2007
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