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Mark, Home Buyer in Glastonbury, CT

I am looking for a winter home. I like the look of the new loft-condos in the channelside area.

Asked by Mark, Glastonbury, CT Wed Jul 1, 2009

Walkability and safety are important. Is the area safe or dodgy? Are there restaurants and cafes nearby? Any good alternatives worth considering?

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Craig Beggins’ answer
Take it from a 6th generation Floridian...Channel side is definitely back on the rise. We happen to have a New York Style loft for sale that at its peak was valued at over 300K and can now be had for 120,000!!! The condo itself is within walking distance to great restaurants and just around the corner from an arena that is the home to the Tampa Bay Lighting and other great sporting and music events year round. If you wanted to take a short ride in your car, well the possibilities are endless!!! I would love to send you some of my listings in the area including my own and would be happy to help with your search. If you would like me to send you some more information these condos or maybe you are interested in taking a FREE Florida Boat Tour to see how great the Tampa Bay Area is, please give me a call. I would love to set that up for you and assist on your purchase.

For more information contact
Gunner Davis/Realtor
Century 21 Beggins enterprises
813-323-6955 or
email me at GunnerDavis@Century21Beggins.com

Look at some more listings at http://www.c21beggins.com/GunnerDavis

Gunner Davis
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 9, 2010
Mark, The Channelside area is starting to recover from the down turn of the past three years. It would be a good time to buy - units that were $400K and up are 50% - 60% reduced. You can walk to resturants, movies, the port for cruise ships, a bowling alley (!), and take the trolly to Ybor. If you'd tell me what you are looking for, I will send you what's avaiable with your criteria. I look forward to hearing from you!
Sue Pidcock
Keller Williams Tampa Properties
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 9, 2010
There are some fantastic options in the Downtown and Channelside areas. Channelside was prvioualy a warehouse distrct that had no residential units until the early 2000's. The new Channelside shops and restaurants offer more to the residents of that area, bu are mostly chain retail and restaurants. Downtown has seen a huge growth in its residential and retail sectors. While there arent the numbers of restaurants and retail in a smaller area like Channelside, the shops and cafes are mostly locally owned and offer a more local flavor.
Our website has a Communities Tab that has photos and neighborhood descriptions that you might want to take a look at, http://www.SouthTampaMoves.com. The neighboring area, Harbour Island, Davis Islands, Hyde Park, all have their own unique feel. Let us know if we can help, Rick

Rick Scherer & Kevin Reder, ALHS, CLHMS, P.A.
Smith & Associates Real Estate
3801 Bay to Bay Blvd
Tampa, FL 33629
813.892.7907 Direct
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 7, 2010
I would consider SkyPoint in the heart of Downtown Tampa, as well as the condos on Bayshore Blvd or in Hyde Park. They are all safe areas to walk around at night and I think you would really enjoy everything there is to do in the area. Feel free to browse my website to see photos and descriptions of these areas.

Melissa Martinez
"Your Tampa Native Real Estate Agent"
RE/MAX ACR Elite Group
Cell: 813-690-3260
E-Mail: info@MelissaLeeMartinez.com
Website: http://www.MelissaLeeMartinez.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 1, 2010
Downtown St. Pete should definitely be considered. Everything is within walking distance, cafe's, movie theater, grocery store, mall, the Vinoy hotel, and more. I have an incredible loft/condo listed in McNulty Lofts that comes furnished with everything (high end furniture, flat screen tvs, washer/dryer, silverware, linens). It has gorgeous views of the downtown area and also the water through floor to ceiling windows. To see it go to http://welovetampa.com/ It's the one on 2nd street for $299k FURNISHED.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 1, 2009

Just to give you a better idea of properties in the Channelside, Downtown & Harbour Island area


Cristan Fadal
Century21 Fisher & Assoc
(813) 391-9240
Web Reference: http://www.dwellintampa.com
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Personally, I think of the Hyde Park area more for restaurants, cafes, walking, etc. It is a little pricier, but well worth the investment. Downtown Tampa and Channelside are just starting to make a mark in the residential market. I would drive and walk thru both before making any decisions. I also recommend downtown St. Pete. on the other side of the bay. It has great bistros, an older downtown and a great waterfront area to walk.

Bill Szydlowski
The Szydlowski Team
Future Home Realty
Web Reference: http://www.tampamyhome.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 1, 2009
Hello Mark
Channelside is a great area and there are a number of deals occuring in that location.
Since I live in the downtown area I am a little partical to this location. There is a ton to do and walk to and the location is growing daily.

If you are interested in discussing some details feel free to contact me directly

Cristan Fada
Century21 Fisher & Assoc
(813) 391-9240
Web Reference: http://www.dwellintampa.com
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