Looking to rent a house in Tampa area

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  1. BikePilot

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    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. :deal

    My new office will be at 5118 n 56th st tampa, 33610 so reasonable commuting distance to there would be good too :lol3

    Many thanks!
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  2. Philip Kuntz

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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. :deal
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    Pm'd the riders I know in Tampa :1drink
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  4. BikePilot

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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 :evil

    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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  5. Tbone

    Tbone off-ramp slayer

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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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    Awesome, thanks!
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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 :lol3), 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 :lol3

    Of the many apparently suitable places available, this one looks like to have good potential: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3845-Seixas-Pl-Land-O-Lakes-FL-34639/54031299_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/3500-Rolling-Trl-Palm-Harbor-FL-34684/46981636_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/2814-Nesmith-Estates-Ln-Plant-City-FL-33566/82986745_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/2805-Jerry-Smith-Rd-Dover-FL-33527/45014845_zpid/

    This looks really nice, but I'm guessing no trucks/trailers allowed?
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2810-Pine-Club-Dr-Plant-City-FL-33566/45118290_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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  9. Philip Kuntz

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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. :lol3

    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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  10. BikePilot

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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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  11. nowgrn4

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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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  12. BikePilot

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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 :lol3

    How sweet would this be?
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10850-Navajo-Dr-New-Port-Richey-FL-34654/46443284_zpid/
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  13. Serge

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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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  14. brewmann

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    +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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  16. BikePilot

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    that's nice but not quite looking to buy yet, maybe in a few years :lol3

    What do y'all think of this? http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4005-Durant-Rd-Valrico-FL-33596/45020679_zpid/ I seem to be finding a lot of places in Valrico and brandon, this too http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/805-Coulter-Cir-Brandon-FL-33511/44982093_zpid/.

    I'm not sure I'm going to be able to get down there to check places out before the move so my dad is looking around Tampa for me today. He's looking at the place in the link above and a few others in Valrico and Brandon. I didn't find much in Temple Terrace just yet.

    I've also saw a place on a canal in Apollo Beach, worth taking a look?
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  17. nowgrn4

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    The first one with the screened pool and 2.5 garage looks really good. Just make sure you get lawn care with the rent.:D That huge yard will need to be mowed most of the year.
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    Thanks, will ask about lawn care. If none I may be in the market for a small tractor (or maybe there's a mowing attachment for my Buell, it is rather tractor-like:lol3)
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    My parents looked at a bunch of houses for me and sent loads of great pictures. I think I'm very strongly leaning toward a place at Apollo beach. It looks to be 30-40 minutes from my office (18 miles, google says minimal traffic), places on navigable water aren't too expensive and trailers are ok there as well.

    This is probably top choice for the combo of cheap and water
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/902-Spindle-Palm-Way-Apollo-Beach-FL-33572/44946671_zpid/

    I also like these quite a lot, but they'd leave less $$$ left over to buy a boat or jetskis (I used to sail a bit and have done freestyle jet skis in the past-seems it'd be a shame not to get back into some sort of water sport in FL)
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/908-Eagle-Ln-Apollo-Beach-FL-33572/44947292_zpid/

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1405-Cobia-Cay-Dr-Apollo-Beach-FL-33572/44946916_zpid/

    Any thoughts?
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  20. subagon

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    Sorry I didn't see this until today...

    I'm 12 miles from where your office will be. I'm a life long resident of the Tampa area. I currently live near here.

    Due to the real estate bubble, there's lots to pick from.

    Personally, I'd pass on Apollo Beach unless being on or near the water is a big deal for you. The commute on I-75 can be a pain. Yards will be on the small side and condos will have limited garage space. If you're looking for something more rural, with some room for bikes, etc. look at the area north of I-4 and east of I-75. Super easy commute and zoning requires at least 1 acre lots.

    If you have time, I'd be happy to show you around the area or provide suggestions (good area and places to avoid).

    BTW, Temple Terrace is a really nice area and close to your office. You might have issues in some places with the trailer, depending on the HOA. Oh, and a very few places (mostly $$$) in Florida have banned motorcycles, thanks to loud pipes.

    Edit:

    Did some zillow searching...

    Both of these are in a nice rural area (Valrico) next to a golf course.

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/13421-Sydney-Rd-Valrico-FL-33594/82047662_zpid/

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1626-Emerald-Hill-Way-Valrico-FL-33594/66726858_zpid/
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