Good luck on your relocation to Tampa. Forbes' analysts are expecting Tampa's Real Estate market to recover faster than any other area in the US.
Apart from the commute time, and A rated schools, what does your potential home and community look like in your mind? There are some great areas to choose from. Are you looking for waterfront, close to shopping, a newer home or development etc?
If you care to give more details that would accommodate your criteria, the search area could be more specific.
price are stable, differently from other areas, just cross the Gandy bridge and you're on MLK in S.Pete;
Ballast Point and Anderson elementary schools are "A" rated.
I live in 33611 myself and be glad to assist you and show around, people living here are said not to Reach Kennedy BLVD.... we got it all down here! CALL ME 813-785-7529
there's a link in my site for the schools info's and fell free to search the MLS from there, or if you provide more specs I'll find the best deals down here for you: http://hothomespot.com/search_result.php?PHPSESSID=4ea7e296e
One thing to note is that the schools can change especially in areas where there is a lot of building going on. In more established neighborhoods this is usually not as big of concern.
You can use it to search for A rated schools in the Tampa area. South Tampa has serveral A rated schools at all education levels. There are also some very good small and large private schools throughout the this area.
The commute from Tampa to St. Pete is not as bad as the commute coming the opposite way. A lot of people live in St.Pete and come to Tampa for work. THe price range that you listed in your question will get you into a very nice home in the South Tampa area. That is were I would recommend you starting you search.
You will get the most house for your money if you go up to the north part of Tampa; therefore, if maximum square footage is a priority, I would go there. A commute to MacDill at rush hour is about 35 minutes on the Veteran's Expressway. However, there are some excellent homes in South Tampa. Commute then could be 10 to 15 minutes. Excellent schools in both locations. You'll get a much larger lot in North Tampa and could be on a lake or golf course. Does that sound like something you'd be interested in? Are your children interested in any particular sports? That may be a consideration as well.
Are you still looking for a home in Tampa? We are preparing to sell our home and it is in an ideal location given the parameters you describe -- it is one block south of Kennedy and two blocks west of Armenia. My husband commuted daily to MacDill and enjoyed the morning commute along Bayshore Blvd. I travel to Sarasota weekly for my work and pass through St. Pete within half an hour. The house is a 1920s bungalow with lots of charm and the elementary school is two blocks away. If you are interested in this kind of a home, feel free to contact me.
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My husband and I are selling a home on Terra Ceia Island on the Gulf Coast. It is located south of St. Petersburg and in fact, as you go south over the Skyway Bridge, at the top, look to your right and you will see a body of land...that is Terra Ceia Island. Twenty minutes from St. Pete and thirty from Tampa and Sarasota. Our home is a two story Key West style, two bedroom, two bathroom with a four-car garage under the main living area with ten foot ceilings. It is on a canal lot surrounded by 298' of water and is only three houses from the open bay. No bridges to contend with. Terra Ceia has a definite casual lifestyle, with neighbors riding golf carts, bicycles, jogging or roller blading. The name Terra Ceia translates to "Land Heavenly" and it truly is! Our asking price is $399,000 with homes around us selling for million plus. Please look at our site on http://www.zillow.com, key in 34250 zip code and look for our address 1115 Bayshore Drive. If you have any questions, contact our email address. Good luck in your search for your Florida home. Kathy Riley, email@example.com
From a commuting stand point stay in South Tampa, For the better schools stay north of Gandy and South of Kennedy. Your price range allows for a lot a choices in this area. Zip codes are 33609, 33629, 33611. If you have high school age kids make sure you stay in Plant High school area.
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Your price range gives you many choices, Carrollwood, West Chase and many areas in South Tampa. Let me know what features you would like to see in your new home, and within the commmunity. let me know what your family's dream home would look like and I'll find you the dream home you guys are looking for.
Feel free to contact me @813-340-6938 or Email me @firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony Gonzalez, MBA
Real Estate Consultant
Keller Williams Tampa Properties
Another great area in my opinion with great schools and a great area to raise kids will be Lansbrook, Eastlake,Safety Harbor. I am sure every other agent will tell you my area is the best. When I moved from Chicago I took several trips to Clearwaterin order to decide where to move. Octavia