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Moving to Tampa Bay

Beaches in St Petersburg FL

Written by Kathleen Seide

I have a passion for helping others meet their goals. I focus on the important issues facing people. I am curious and adventurous by nature. I love exploring and understanding the world, sometimes that means meditation and other times I hike hours into the wilderness to see where a path leads.

January 10, 2020

Tampa Bay has been investing in the technology industry and we are seeing the affects of that in our economy. With over 150 starts ups the Tampa area is gaining national attention.

With multiple tech companies seeing growth, and a large number of industry jobs at places like American Express, Chase, Honeywell, and Citi, you have career growth options in the area.

Considering a move is a big deal, especially if you are relocating to a new area. You lose your favorite rock climbing gym and karaoke spot and need to find new ones.

Wait, what do you mean your town doesn’t have an awesome rock climbing gym? Tampa bay has one with TWO locations, so you don’t have to drive across the bridge unless you want to enjoy the view.

Honeymoon Island State Park

Oh yeah, the view! I’m sure your town is pretty, but have you seen the bay and beaches here? No matter where you are, it’s easy to get to a waterfront restaurant or rooftop bar and watch the sunset over the water.

St Petersburg Yacht Club

It’s true that Florida is pretty flat, and I do miss the mountains and snow occasionally… which is why it’s fantastic to have the Tampa International Airport here. It’s never a long commute and there are over 20 airlines that fly out of it. If that’s not enough there’s also St. Pete-Clearwater as well as Sarasota-Bradenton Airports in the area.

What about craft beer? You have that where you live, right? Whew, I was worried for a minute! Well, here in Tampa Bay we only have about 80 local craft breweries. It might take a few tries to find one with your perfect vibe, depending on whether you live for free live music shows, board game nights, or family friendly venues.

locaL breweries

The Tampa Bay area is made up of many small to medium sized cities, so there are several cultural and financial hubs around the Bay. You’ll be able to live near your new job and keep your commute to a minimum. You can live in a walk-able downtown like St Pete and get rid of your car. You can live on the water and enjoy the boat life every weekend. How you want to build your new life is really up to you.

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Tampa Bay Homes

I know, all that sounds great, but your big question is what kind of home you can afford in the area. Here is a link to some homes in the Tampa Bay Area that are a good example of what is available in each area. https://stellar.mlsmatrix.com/DE.asp?ID=27957557069&L=1

Here is a breakdown of the median size and cost of a single-family home in each of these areas. As you’d expect, the further you get from the water, the more affordable prices are.

  • St. Petersburg 3 bedroom 2 bath 1,500 sqft $300,000 ($210/sqft)
  • Clearwater 3 bedroom 2 bath 1,700 sqft $330,000 ($186/sqft)
  • Dunedin 3 bedroom 2 bath 1,600 sqft $315,000 ($210/sqft)
  • Safety Harbor 4 bedroom 3 bath 2,100 sqft $470,000 ($201/sqft)
  • Westchase 4 bedroom 3 bath 2,400 sqft $410,000 ($185/sqft)
  • North Tampa 3 bedroom 3 bath 1,900 sqft $300,000 ($161/sqft)
  • Brandon 3 bedroom 3 bath 1,800 sqft $250,000 ($137/sqft)

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