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Old 12-06-2011, 06:07 PM   #1
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Looking to rent a house in Tampa area

Hi all,

Just got a job offer in Tampa and it looks like I'll be moving down there in mid-late Jan. I'll have almost no time between wrapping up my current job and starting work. I've never been to Tampa, but parents are in Naples so at least I've been on the west coast of FL a few times.

Any areas or links to rentals you'd suggest considering? Not knowing the area at all its kinda hard to sort through all the craigslist listings, etc.

First off I need a garage, ideally 2-car or bigger, a driveway large enough to accommodate my F250 and 20' box trailer (mx bikes), 2+ bedrooms, 2+ bathrooms and a 'hood that's nice enough that my wife will be comfortable and I won't have to worry about my bikes getting stolen too much. Price isn't a huge concern, lets say $1-$2k/mo with a year lease. Provided things work out I'll probably buy a place by that time.

A yard big enough to set up a few logs and play around with the trials bike would also be great.

My new office will be at 5118 n 56th st tampa, 33610 so reasonable commuting distance to there would be good too

Many thanks!
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Old 12-06-2011, 08:40 PM   #2
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Are you bringing tagged dirt bikes, or are they for track use. If it is the latter, you may want to be closer to a track.

At first glance, I was thinking just North of Tampa. Maybe the Zephyrhills area. This puts you closer to Ocala, which is some of the very best riding in the state for tagged machines. I can show you where the deep sand is. I think sugar sand is fun, anyway. Also, you would be closer to Tally for some ANF action too. We usually go up and camp there a couple of times per year. Not to mention Osceola Nat. Forest, we camp there and ride dirt bikes too.

You would be even closer to Richloam WMA, and there is some good riding to be had there. Its also close to Croom, which is designed for off-road only bikes and quads.

Really, you should move to Haines City and buddy up with Eloy.
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Old 12-07-2011, 04:35 AM   #3
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Old 12-07-2011, 06:27 AM   #4
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Thanks all!

I'll be bringing one of most every sort of bike - dual sport, purely off road, trials, vintage, the buell (whatever it is - sport touring I guess) and a sport bike. My MX bike is in Colorado, but I'll buy another once I get settled in if there's a decent track within a couple hours. Where I'm at now MX tracks are so scarce that I've temporarily given up on it.

I've ridden at Croom a few times with my folks, fun place and I remember they've even got a trials course of sorts there - I imagine I'll be there pretty often. I don't think I've been to Richloam. I like sand quite a lot

Years ago I spent a few days at Hardrock (near Ocala I think) and enjoyed that place - a big variety of tracks, at least back then, so the wife, parents, and me all had something to suit us.

Any neighborhoods that tend to have a bit more space than others? A lot of places look like they have huge houses, but tiny yards and driveways and I worry about whether I'd be able to keep my truck and trailer at the house.
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Old 12-07-2011, 07:32 AM   #5
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Given your work is on the east side of town I'd look in the Seffner/Mango/ North Brandon area. Should be a little more rural there and neighborhoods with larger lots more prevalent.I ride MX bikes quite a bit (Croom and all FTR Hare Scrambles) so drop me a line when you get settled.
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Old 12-07-2011, 07:43 AM   #6
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Awesome, thanks!
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Old 12-08-2011, 02:59 PM   #7
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Welcome, Try the zillow search engine. http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_rent/house_type/#/homes/for_rent/house_type/28.190283,-82.083912,27.974616,-82.730732_rect/10_zm/

I would definitely look east of I-75. The area around your job site is pretty "iffy". PM if you need any more info.
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Old 12-08-2011, 05:39 PM   #8
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That's a super-helpful site, better than the ones I've been using, thanks!

One general question about the area -- does the climate and mosqueto-density change a lot depending on how close you are to the ocean? I know where my parents live (naples) it generally is fairly temperate in the summer within say 10 miles of the beach and there are almost zero bugs within naples proper (I think they crop dust the whole city ), but if you go much inland it gets hot and buggy. Just something I'd want to consider as far as living east of tampa vs west.

It doesn't surprise me that the office is in an iffy area

Of the many apparently suitable places available, this one looks like to have good potential: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/38...54031299_zpid/ Any thoughts? I don't have a good sense for what sort of 'hoods would allow my truck and trailer and which wouldn't. Here in VA most places allow trucks/trailers, but where my parents live in Naples I'm technically not even allowed to park my pickup truck in their driveway and the neighbors go bonkers if I show up with the race trailer.

This one also looks interesting, but its west of town.
http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/35...46981636_zpid/

Another consideration is an area the wife will like. She generally likes tidy, non-iffy areas with a comfortable amount of space, shopping etc near-by. Don't know what she'll be doing for work, but it'd likely be related to retail businesses (managing a store or consulting for a company of some sort re retail stores).

This one is east and a 3-car garage =p
http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/28...82986745_zpid/

This is way, way too much indoor space, but maybe I wouldn't have to air con it all? Loads of yard space = trials course at the house :)
http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/28...45014845_zpid/

This looks really nice, but I'm guessing no trucks/trailers allowed?
http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/28...45118290_zpid/

(note, I'm not terrible riffraff (imo) that'll drag down the 'hood too much - I'm sporting a shiny havard law degree, etc., I just like my toys!)
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Old 12-08-2011, 08:12 PM   #9
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Hey, can we come live with you when you get here? We don't take up much space, and we will pay your electric bill.

All kidding aside, mosquitoes are hit and miss here. Probably more hit than miss though. If you have shade, you have mosquitoes. If you don't have shade, you suffer from the sun.

Those places with acre lots or more, should certainly allow your trailers and such. When renting, you have to ask though. Our lease states there are to be no motorcycles here. They have not tried to enforce it, but its in there.

Usually, if its not in a subdivision with a Homeowners Association, trailers are not a problem.

Plant City is a pretty rural place, but its not that far from shopping and dining.
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Old 12-09-2011, 12:47 PM   #10
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Thanks, I'll definitely ask. Not always easy to figure out if there's a HOA or not from the rental advert. Some are obvious enough (gated, community features, etc.), but others just aren't clear to my untrained eye.

Any thoughts on whether the climate is significantly different if near the beach vs. ~30 miles inland?
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Skeeters are bad in the warmest months around dusk. They don't like direct sunshine or a breeze so lake, bay or gulf front is better. A screened in lanai or pool area is the best for enjoying the outside and grilling around dusk. If you want to be in town in the nicest urban area check out my area, Hyde park or Palma Ceia. No deed restricted BS down here on the peninsula. In the Tampa city limits you can park boats, RV's and trailers within 6' of the curb on your property as long as the total length of each is less than 26'. In the county, in most really nice subdivisions, forgetaboutit. They are deed restricted.
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Old 12-10-2011, 11:07 AM   #12
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Great info, that especially helps re the parking. My trailer is just a touch over 20' from tip to tip so should be fine and the F250 is about 23' from bumper to bumper (extended cab long bed pickup).

I'm having bad thoughts about buying an airpark home with a hanger, but will most likely rent for a year then buy once I know the area better (and have saved up for a down payment). the airpark is further away than I'd really like to commute, but at least I wouldn't have to commute in snow like I do here--maybe I could commute by helicopter

How sweet would this be?
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Old 12-11-2011, 06:51 AM   #13
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If you're got a day or two drive around the various areas. That'll give you an idea if the feeling is good.

Temple Terrace is an option. Older neighborhood with mostly larger lots and no HOA's. Typical suburban feel.

You may like Brandon. Some do, some don't. Typical suburban feel as well but more spread out. SR 60 can be a pain most times of the day.

Zephyrhills and Plant City have more of a rural feeling.

Be careful heading North if the commute is a deciding factor. I75 isn't too fun during rush hour.

South Tampa isn't bad. It has a different feeling than the others though.


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Old 12-12-2011, 12:20 PM   #14
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Skeeters are bad in the warmest months around dusk. They don't like direct sunshine or a breeze so lake, bay or gulf front is better. A screened in lanai or pool area is the best for enjoying the outside and grilling around dusk. If you want to be in town in the nicest urban area check out my area, Hyde park or Palma Ceia. No deed restricted BS down here on the peninsula. In the Tampa city limits you can park boats, RV's and trailers within 6' of the curb on your property as long as the total length of each is less than 26'. In the county, in most really nice subdivisions, forgetaboutit. They are deed restricted.
+1, very centrally located and will keep your wife happy. Two tracks within a 30-40 minute drive a few more in an hour. 45 minutes to Croom or Richloam.
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Old 12-14-2011, 12:41 PM   #15
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Here ya go,http://www.trulia.com/property/photo...-33525#item-10 we looked at it and it is spectacular. Compared to what 500K will buy you in my neighborhood, It is a steal. Crystal clear spring fed pond, room for all your toys and enough acreage for a private moto-cross track.

Seriously, as said above Temple Terrace has some really nice areas and would be a 10 minute commute.
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