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I posted this over on Urban Planet, but I figured I would put it here as well to get a more wide variety of perspective....

After considering many possible transfers and looking at many different cities, I had my last interview last week in Tampa and fell in love with the area, and ultimately decided on a July 1st transfer. I am looking to find out some more information about Tampa from people who have been or live there. I will be relocationg to the Tampa Bay area from Columbus, Oh (originally from LA, and I see some slight similarities there that remind me of home which is neat for me). I just had a few questions.

1. What is the weather like in Tampa. Mainly I am wondering about the winters. I have read all different things that the average can be anywhere from in the 50's to 60's and then I have heard that you can alot of times go swimming around Christmas , so I was just curious what it was really like. Also, I know Floridians probably tire of hearing this question, but what is a hurricane like. Are they severely threatening and frequent or just really over dramaticized by people in other parts of the nation that really have no idea.

2. I like nightlife, I like to stay out late and have things to do. Are there areas of town where you can walk at night with shops open late, with clubs/restaurants etc. I went to Ybor City and was pretty impressed but there wasnt a good deal of people out...granted it was only around 10 pm. Are there boardwalks or oceanfront walks with shops, where you can basically make a day of it. Which beaches are nicer, but the least touristy or the ones that most of the locals go to. Oh yeah, AND I am only 20 so out of curiosity are most places 18 and up?

3. I am looking to move to an area that is convenient to Westshore and the beaches as well (within 30 minutes). I am going to be renting and would probably prefer to spend less than 1200 a month and be in a more decent area any thoughts on where that would be? I noticed an ABUNDANCE of porn stores and exotic dancing places throughout the 'Bay Area' whats up with that haha? It didnt seem as indicative of a bad area as I have seen in other places though.

Well, thats about it, I know very little about the Tampa area, but it looks fun and I love the way it looks so hopefully it will be the right choice for me, (and so do alot of other people apparently, it seems like everyone is moving or wanting to move to Tampa these days). Please add your own personal imput on whatever you can, I would like to learn more and get more oriented on the area, good pictures would be great as well.

Sorry for the lengthy post and Thanks in advance for all your help!
 

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ChristianDean said:
I posted this over on Urban Planet, but I figured I would put it here as well to get a more wide variety of perspective....

After considering many possible transfers and looking at many different cities, I had my last interview last week in Tampa and fell in love with the area, and ultimately decided on a July 1st transfer. I am looking to find out some more information about Tampa from people who have been or live there. I will be relocationg to the Tampa Bay area from Columbus, Oh (originally from LA, and I see some slight similarities there that remind me of home which is neat for me). I just had a few questions.

1. What is the weather like in Tampa. Mainly I am wondering about the winters. I have read all different things that the average can be anywhere from in the 50's to 60's and then I have heard that you can alot of times go swimming around Christmas , so I was just curious what it was really like. Also, I know Floridians probably tire of hearing this question, but what is a hurricane like. Are they severely threatening and frequent or just really over dramaticized by people in other parts of the nation that really have no idea.
I wouldn't swim in the ocean during winter, once you get accustomed to the Florida weather I doubt you would get in also. Friends from up north probably won't care though :) It does get down to freezing every once and awhile (maybe acouple nights a year) Never anything worse then sweatshirt weather IMHO. As for hurricanes I rarely think about them but I don't live in a flood zone, also Tampa ussually escapes head on hits for some reason. Since your looking at apartments I expecially wouldn't put to much thought into them since property damage isn't your problem (just your belongings and car)

2. I like nightlife, I like to stay out late and have things to do. Are there areas of town where you can walk at night with shops open late, with clubs/restaurants etc. I went to Ybor City and was pretty impressed but there wasnt a good deal of people out...granted it was only around 10 pm. Are there boardwalks or oceanfront walks with shops, where you can basically make a day of it. Which beaches are nicer, but the least touristy or the ones that most of the locals go to. Oh yeah, AND I am only 20 so out of curiosity are most places 18 and up?
Ybor, Hyde Park/Soho/Whatever its called this week and channelside are good places in tampa. DT St. Pete has some good bars but I don't find its as popular as the others. Clearwater beach has one club worth going to which is the Wave at sheperds (spelling?) its an OK club, you can ride jet shis up there during the day and has a patio open at night. Not much walking up and down the beach at night though (nothing else to walk to) but during the day there are alot of people there (go early to avoid traffic and spend more time on the beach then in your car) Most clubs are 18 and up, only place coming to mind is Bricktown in Clearwater is 21 and up.

3. I am looking to move to an area that is convenient to Westshore and the beaches as well (within 30 minutes). I am going to be renting and would probably prefer to spend less than 1200 a month and be in a more decent area any thoughts on where that would be? I noticed an ABUNDANCE of porn stores and exotic dancing places throughout the 'Bay Area' whats up with that haha? It didnt seem as indicative of a bad area as I have seen in other places though.
Oldsmar and New Tampa are good places to look, I have friends living there in that price range in nice gated complexes (which is contrary to what this forum is about but you need to live in a place you can afford) and its a easy commute to westshore. XXX shops/Strip Joints are EVERYWHERE don't even pay attention to them.

Well, thats about it, I know very little about the Tampa area, but it looks fun and I love the way it looks so hopefully it will be the right choice for me, (and so do alot of other people apparently, it seems like everyone is moving or wanting to move to Tampa these days). Please add your own personal imput on whatever you can, I would like to learn more and get more oriented on the area, good pictures would be great as well.

Sorry for the lengthy post and Thanks in advance for all your help!
Hope I helped aliitle :)
 

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Finding an apartment depends on yoru budget.

If you are interested in being near Westshore and the beaches you might not want to live in New Tampa. it is very far from everything and the rush hour commute can be hell..although nothing like LA. There are plenty of apartments around the Westshore area. You might also want to consider Westchase which is an easy commute to Westshore and the beaches. South Tampa (south of Kennedy Blvd and east of Downtown) is also a great place to live and convinent to most areas. I live in Seminole Heights which is a great location if you're looking for a house. This is just north of downtown. If nightlife is what you're after than look for an apartment in the Soho/Hyde Park area (although many are now condos).

Good places to go out as mentioned are Ybor (on Thurs-Sat after 10 pm), Channelside (any night )and the Soho area (any night). Ybor ibars are more for the younger college age crowd..usually under 24. We are trying to change this. Channelside and Soho bars are more oriented for the post college crowd.
 

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A typical winter day sees highs in the low 70's to high 60's with cold fronts that last between 2-4 days every couple of weeks (or more often, depending on weather patterns to the north). It's really a mostly pleasant winter and you end up looking forward to those cold fronts (at least I do) I'd say 2/3 of winter days are sunny, but we do have overcast days (which I also enjoy.) As far as swimming, I wouldn't recommend it between November and March. By May the water temps are usually comfrotable, but the Gulf starts to feel like a hot bath by August.

Ybor City has a variety of clubs which usually don't really start drawing a crowd till after 12. Unfortunately, most of them cater to the same crowd, which is 18 - 24 yr old guys who some would describe as wanna-be thugs and the women who sleep with them. There are some exceptions though, including the Castle which is an 80's/goth/industrial/general counter culture kind of club. I don't know a whole lot about the Hyde Park/Soho scene, but from I gather it caters to the yuppie crowd, with the requisite sushi and tapas bars.

As far as apartment rents, I can speak for New Tampa, where I live. You can get some newer apartments (built in the last 5-10 years) which are nice in your price range, but you'd better like heavy traffic since virtually the only street in this part of town is Bruce B Downs Blvd. (You can thank the forward thinking Hillsborough County planners for that one.) Unfortunately, I've never made it from the Westshore area to New Tampa in 30 mins during rush hours. I usually take back roads and it takes about 45-50 minutes when I leave at 7:30 am. I don't know how long the interstate would take because I'd have a brain anyeurism is I had to sit in bumper to bumper traffic for any lenght of time.

I would reccomend getting a place in the Westshore/South Tampa area, that's a very good location for what you're looking for but unfortunately I can't quote you on prices.

Good luck.
 

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Finding an apartment depends on yoru budget.

If you are interested in being near Westshore and the beaches you might not want to live in New Tampa..
My bad, I mix up carrolwood (or whatever the area NW of the airport is called) and new tampa all the time :doh:
 

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You may want to try Rocky point apartments. Probably in your price range, 5 minutes to Westshore, the complexes are on the water and about 20 to 30 minutes to Clearwater beach.

Also for some more mellow nightlife there is Bay Street at International plaza
 

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For ~$1200 a month, you could rent a pretty nice 1-2br apartment in several parts of west and south tampa, or even a townhouse. (for example, I live in a more "common" nieghborhood about 15 mins NE of Westshore, and 1500sqft 2br/2.5ba townhouses with 1 car garage are going for $1100-1300 a month). There are also places right in Westshore and the Hyde Park area that fit your price point as well.


From what it seems you have in mind, I would seriously suggest you look into the Gateway area of Pinellas County for perhaps your best bang for your buck. There are oodles of apartments and townhouses for rent generally in the price range you are looking for, and you would be 10-20 mins from Westshore and about 30 mins from numerous gulf beaches. Dt St Pete, Hyde Park, Channelside and Ybor would all be 30 mins or less away as well (non-rush hour). I lived in that area for a while, and it wasn't bad.
 

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The hurricanes are over-rated. Expect to be bored more than anxious. Without electricity, strong winds and rain preventing you from getting out, plan to stay with a group of friends to make the time go by faster.


If you decide to move to Tampa, be aware of the pathetic excuse for mass transit, lack of urban spaces, and little intellectual and artistic culture.
 

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Hey thanks for all of the imput! Where is gateway, is that the area right across 275 where Franklin Templeton and all of that is? hat seems in the center of everything, much of the Westshore area that I saw was mostly commercial or even a little seedy in residential parts. Hyde Park looked nice but I looked around and didnt really spy anything with what I was looking for (I am moving with one other person so definately need more than a loft etc) . Very surprising about the porn thing but upon looking around not really, that explains the big neon signs exclaiming NUDE every few blocks LOL. About mass transit, yeah I could tell it wasnt a very good system when it took me about 6 months to go a mile on really any exy from 3-7 LOL. Oh well, ya take the good with the bad I guess, hopefully they will get their act together before I am in my 50's, I definately plan on stayin a while. I noticed there wasnt much urbanity, but being from LA and living in Columbus I dont really care or pay attention, there were a good collection of buildings scattered all over though...I actually liked it....most the strip malls didnt have that midwestern sea of parking either.... Anyways thanks guys !
 

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Gateway is generally defined as the broad area defined by Gandy Blvd to the south, the bay to the east and north, and 28th/34th St to the west. (generally speaking)

Feather Sound and the 4th St and 9th St (MLK Blvd) corridors are where most residential is clustered. The quality goes from solid lower middle class to upper middle class and and some high-end stuff thrown in. The area has been developing quite quickly for years now, with most of the new developments being for sale, not for rent. There are still several thousand rental units though, so finding a complex with availability should be a cinch.


And on the area's general lack of urbanity....If you've checked out the Tampa and Pinellas development news threads, I'm sure you've seen news of dozens of projects seeking to shift the local mindset a bit. In 10-20 years, there will actually be an urban vibe in parts of the metro.
 

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Hey thanks for all of the imput! Where is gateway, is that the area right across 275 where Franklin Templeton and all of that is? hat seems in the center of everything, much of the Westshore area that I saw was mostly commercial or even a little seedy in residential parts. Hyde Park looked nice but I looked around and didnt really spy anything with what I was looking for (I am moving with one other person so definately need more than a loft etc) . Very surprising about the porn thing but upon looking around not really, that explains the big neon signs exclaiming NUDE every few blocks LOL. About mass transit, yeah I could tell it wasnt a very good system when it took me about 6 months to go a mile on really any exy from 3-7 LOL. Oh well, ya take the good with the bad I guess, hopefully they will get their act together before I am in my 50's, I definately plan on stayin a while. I noticed there wasnt much urbanity, but being from LA and living in Columbus I dont really care or pay attention, there were a good collection of buildings scattered all over though...I actually liked it....most the strip malls didnt have that midwestern sea of parking either.... Anyways thanks guys !
Those neon NUDE signs are over on Dale Mabry, that's where a lot of the strip clubs are at. Tampa has been trying to get a lot of the strip joints closed down because of protests.
 

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ChristianDean said:
I posted this over on Urban Planet, but I figured I would put it here as well to get a more wide variety of perspective....

After considering many possible transfers and looking at many different cities, I had my last interview last week in Tampa and fell in love with the area, and ultimately decided on a July 1st transfer. I am looking to find out some more information about Tampa from people who have been or live there. I will be relocationg to the Tampa Bay area from Columbus, Oh (originally from LA, and I see some slight similarities there that remind me of home which is neat for me). I just had a few questions.
Hey there! Cool to see that you're considering moving to the Tampa Bay area. I also fell in love with the area when I first visited about 15 years ago. Unfortunatley, I don't live there, but I wish I did.

1. What is the weather like in Tampa. Mainly I am wondering about the winters. I have read all different things that the average can be anywhere from in the 50's to 60's and then I have heard that you can alot of times go swimming around Christmas , so I was just curious what it was really like. Also, I know Floridians probably tire of hearing this question, but what is a hurricane like. Are they severely threatening and frequent or just really over dramaticized by people in other parts of the nation that really have no idea.
Winters are comfortable. You usually see the temperature at around the high 50s, and usually a little warmer, low 60s, along the coast. Tere have been some occasions where the temp. reached as low as 40 degrees though, but that is rare.

I don't sugguest you go swimming in the Gulf during the winter, its just too cold. Wait 'til March if you wanna take a dip in the Gulf.

You're going to see the best weather during spring time. By the time summer rolls around, you might want to get used to the daily afternoon thundershower.

2. I like nightlife, I like to stay out late and have things to do. Are there areas of town where you can walk at night with shops open late, with clubs/restaurants etc. I went to Ybor City and was pretty impressed but there wasnt a good deal of people out...granted it was only around 10 pm. Are there boardwalks or oceanfront walks with shops, where you can basically make a day of it. Which beaches are nicer, but the least touristy or the ones that most of the locals go to. Oh yeah, AND I am only 20 so out of curiosity are most places 18 and up?
Ybor city is the place you want to be.

BTW, the best beach is Clearwater Beach! I Highly suggest you go check it out some time, both during the day and at night.
 
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