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Old 10-05-2018, 07:55 AM
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This would be a good option. https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sal...46_rect/17_zm/
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Old 10-05-2018, 08:26 AM
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As MikeMadBch stated, worry about the flood elevation. In your housing budget, a one time lift for the boat is just an add-on cost. Give it a few years, and the annual cost of flood insurance may very well be pushing the one time cost of a boat lift.
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Old 10-05-2018, 08:47 AM
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That's a nice house there with what looks to be a brand new sea wall. Surprised it's been up there that long.
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Old 10-05-2018, 09:05 AM
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I have that skyway view home starred on my zillow app. Going to wake up early and try the morning commute to rocky point to see how bad it is. I have a feeling the commute will be a killer and we might have to look up more towards snell island/venetian isles. If we do, oh well Id rather drive the boat the drive the truck.
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Old 10-05-2018, 07:18 PM
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It will probably be faster coming from that house than coming from Snell. That neighborhood is right off exit 16 on 275. From Snell you have to work your way west to get back to highway. Just because that house if further south doesn't mean it will take longer. The bottleneck regardless of location will be the bridge. Be early across the bridge is the key.
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Old 10-06-2018, 07:59 AM
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I'm in Venetian Isles, and it's a pretty quick shot to 275 down 38th Ave. Coming from the south (my wife works on Tierra Verde) the interchange area around Tropicana Field gets very congested. Beyond that, the congestion picks back up around 54th Ave N. I'm pretty sure I could easily beat anyone coming from south St. Pete. to Tampa from Venetian Isles. 4th street to 275 is also a very viable option, which completely avoids 275 traffic through St. Pete. and puts you right at the base of the bridge. I've heard that the Howard Frankenstein is at end-of-life, so that will be replaced at some point. They'll also open up the area around Westshore to 4 lanes, which will help improve traffic flow. Whoever designed that should be forced to drive back and forth from 7AM - 10AM and 3PM - 7PM, in a VW Rabbit Diesel without A/C or heat, every day for the rest of their life.

One of my favorite neighborhoods when we were looking was Yacht Club Estates in Treasure Island, particularly from a boating perspective. At the time however, I was traveling to the airport almost every week, and there's simply no easy way to go east and west mid-peninsula. I'm literally 20 minutes door-to-door to TPA outside of rush hour. There are tons of waterfront restaurants to hit by boat, along with transient docks in downtown St. Pete., so boating-wise, aside from a longer run to the Gulf, it's really gotten fantastic around here. The flats fishing is amazing. The Pier is also going to have restaurants and transient docking, and access to everything downtown is 10 minutes by boat or car. We go to lunch or dinner downtown by boat quite a bit. We're also just a 30 minute boat ride to Tampa.

The bottom line is, the traffic we now have is here to stay, so we'd all better get used to it. I lived in LA for 5 years, and in comparison, our traffic, while much worse than even 4 years ago, pales in comparison. St. Pete. is finally on the map.
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Old 10-06-2018, 09:19 PM
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I live in Maximo and love it. Trips to the airport are easy outside of rush hour. Also south over the bridge is quick, and 5 min to the beach’s The boating is great though. We can Cruze the ICW or be in the big water of the GOM in no time flat. But Rocky Point???? That does not sound like fun, but I worked in south Tampa for 4 years while they were rebuilding malfunction-junction. So anything is do able. And $850 will get you a nice house on the water here or Broadwater on the other side of the Maximo canal. PM if you have any questions Rag’s
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Old 10-07-2018, 04:20 PM
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I'm on Boca Ciega Bay, right off Park street. The commute to RP would be a no go in my book. I work remote, and love this location for the waterfront, sunset combinations. Easy access to Johns Pass and the GOM, I can see the bridge from my living room, or outside deck areas.

Venetian Isles is a nice area, well within that 850K budget, might even get a bit more house for the money and as mentioned a shorter commute compared to St pete beach, Treasure Island areas
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