What is the best area around Tampa to raise a family?

Asked by Kj, 60107 Wed Mar 25, 2009

We are planning on moving to Florida and looking for a single family home for around 250k. What would be a nice area with good schools? We also wonder about gated communities. Any ideas?

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Darla Schroe…, Agent, Madeira Beach, FL
Thu Mar 26, 2009
Hello Kj. Congratulations on your decision to move to Florida. You picked a great time to buy here. Naturally I recommend Pinellas County as a great area to raise a family since I've lived and raised children here for over 30 years. Check out pinellas.k12.fl.us for a list of all schools and the 2009 Student Assignment Plan. Other suggested websites to help in decision-making are: WelcometoSt.Pete.org; MySeminole.com; CityofPinellasPark.com; CityofLargo.com; floridasbeach.com; and PinellasCounty.org.
A search of gated community homes in Pinellas County under $250,000 reveals that Townhomes are plentiful.
In Seminole: Seminole Isle Townhomes; The Glades; Hidden Bayou.
In Pinellas Park: Palm Brooke Townhomes
In St. Petersburg: Placido Bayou (a gated and guarded community near downtown St. Pete's center of culture and business)
Gated communities for single family residences under $250,000 are fewer; however, Duval Park near Interstate 275 and 54th Ave N, St. Petersburg, is a new home building site, planned to create a style of old Key West, with front porches and alley access.
Should you decide that Pinellas County is your preference, I would love to help with your journey.

Darla Schroeder, Realtor, GRI, e-PRO
Century 21 Real Estate Champions
4350 Duhme Rd
Madeira Beach, FL 33708
direct: (727) 541-3743
Toll Free: (800) 866-6032
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Becky Slocum…, Agent, Tampa, FL
Wed Apr 29, 2009
Truly we would need to know more about what is important to you & your family. What are your interest and hobbies? How long do you plan to live in the house and what features do you want in your home? There are many great neighborhoods but I would rather get to know what yoru really want in a home before telling you where that might be in Tampa. Oh and you'll love Tampa, I moved her in 2004 and don't miss the rain & snow of the Pacific Northwest. Let me know if I can help.
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Mark Zabilow…, Agent, Lutz, FL
Thu Mar 26, 2009
Here is a brief idea of what $250,000 will buy you in several different areas around Tampa:

Tampa>> http://mfr.mlxchange.com/Pub/EmailView.asp?r=1021333021&…
Lutz>>>> http://mfr.mlxchange.com/Pub/EmailView.asp?r=450492333&s…
Land O Lakes>http://mfr.mlxchange.com/Pub/EmailView.asp?r=1078883773&…

As you may notice there is a significant change in the type of square footage you can get in an area like Land O Lakes vs. closer to Tampa. Call it more "bang for your buck"., so you'll need to make some decisions like, How far you're willing to commute? How much home space do you need? As there are wonderful areas in Tampa to raise a family, there are also great communities and schools in other locations within a commute to downtown Tampa.

Yours to count on,
Mark Zabilowicz
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Jim Soda, , Sarasota, FL
Wed Mar 25, 2009
Although I enjoy the Tampa Bay-St. Pete area very much, I'm more familiar with the Greater Sarasota-Manatee area, just an hour south of Tampa International airport. If you're searching Grade A schools, both Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch 34202 / 34212 have excellent choices along with private schools. Tennis, Golf, Polo, Beaches, Parks, The Arts and Culture abound our area. Lakewood Ranch is a master plan community with gated and non-gated areas. It is the largest Green Built community in the US. Price range will be a factor in your choice, however, many foreclosures are available in your price range that were once 400,000 to 500,000 at one time. You can save a lot of time and aggravation by doing your homework now, then plan to visit the areas. Interest rates are low and there are many excellent properties to choose from. Value Properties, Bank owned properties and short sales offer a Buyer many choices. Cash Buyers have an advantage.

We could mail you information at your request. Many snowbirds and permanent residences have moved here from your mid-west area. We are from Ohio and love it here in Florida! Good Luck, come and visit us.
Jim Soda Group 941-809-7759
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Toni Wasp, , Tampa, FL
Wed Mar 25, 2009
The BEST AREA in Tampa to raise a family is relative. There are many great communities in Tampa, both gated and other, in which you would be happy to raise a family depending on your personal preferences. IF schools are your top priority, click on the link below and do some research. Within each school district, there will be gated communities that offer many ammenities...pools, playgrounds, restaurants...it all depends on your family needs. And yes, in most areas, you can get something for $250,000.
Web Reference:  http://www.sdhc.k12.fl.us
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Lisa Reeves, Agent, Tampa, FL
Wed Mar 25, 2009
There are a number of areas that are really great in Tampa:

1. South Tampa zipcodes 33606,33609,33629, and parts of 33602 and 33611 in the #1 Plant High School District - historic community and Harbour Island is gated. Davis Islands is not gated but very private since it is over a bridge. Downtown has great activities for children

2. Westchase and surround area 33626 - this is a master plan community and has some gated sections throughout and a great community for children

3. Lutz - 33558 I had a client with a special needs child chose up in Lutz due to the programs. There are wonderful outdoors areas - horses, etc.

There are many other great areas and without knowing your price point - these are the ones I like the most and I would chose being a mother.
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