Southern Rentals

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Southern Rentals

Southern Rentals, Inc.

A Real Estate Agent based in Saint Petersburg, FL

 
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Recreation

Recreation

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Clearwater’s location is prime for beachgoers -- a commute to the beach would take just minutes -- but is a bit more difficult for residents who work in a nearby city. Clearwater is positioned north of St. Petersburg, and it usually takes a half hour to drive there. The drive to Tampa is even longer, as it can take almost 40 minutes. Also, traffic can extend this commute time, and public transit options don’t really exist. For people who work in neighboring communities, commuting isn’t a problem, but you should consider the distance if you’ll be working in St. Pete or Tampa.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Clearwater’s coast forms some of the most stunning beaches not just in Florida, but in the entire country. Clearwater Beach is the most well-known, and is one of the most visited areas in the Tampa Bay metropolitan area every year. The white sand, warm water, Gulf of Mexico, and vibrant nightlife make the beach an undeniable attraction. Clearwater also has an aquarium, theaters, and a revitalized downtown district that is known as the “Cleveland Street District.” This resort town isn’t just for tourists -- you can make it your paradise with an property in town or on the water.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Largo’s apartment costs are right around the national average (Largo-$941 median rent, U.S.-$950). But when it comes down to it, you can find price tags that are cheaper, and some that are more expensive. It all hinges on what you want, and what you need. Contact me and I can help you find a place that will absolutely have what you need, and for a reasonable price it can have what you want as well. Largo definitely has cheaper properties than neighboring communities like Clearwater and St. Pete, and with the right agent you can find the right place.

 
Weather

Weather

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The Floridian climate is, for many people, the main reason why renters decide to settle down here. The Pinellas Peninsula is located off of Largo, which provides a nice breeze to temper the hot summer temperatures. Because of this, there has never been a recorded temperature here above 100 degrees [F]. This doesn’t mean that it’s still not hot though -- the average highs in the summer here are in the high 80s and low 90s. The winters, as the locals here could happily tell you, are very mild, with temperatures ranging from the 50s on cold days to 60s and 70s.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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St. Petersburg is home to the Tampa Bay Rays, a successful major league baseball team that has been successful in the past few seasons and has gained a strong local following. The city also has the third largest waterfront park system in the entire U.S. If you’re more into culture, the city has a Museum of Fine Arts, a children’s museum, history museum, and Salvador Dali museum, to list a few. There is also a small aquarium, and numerous theaters. Also, the BayWalk is a complex with shops, restaurants, and a movie theater that is a staple of the city’s nightlife.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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The Sunshine City, or formally known as St. Petersburg, is a popular tourist destination for a good reason. The city has 360 days of sunshine a year, American Style Magazine named it America’s best mid-sized city in 2011 because of its incredible art scene, and was named one of the country’s top 25 most livable cities by Partners for Livable Communities. The city has been known to have a retirement-age population in the past, but has gotten younger recently. It’s also known for its breathtaking beaches, such as the one at Fort De Soto Park, which TripAdvisor and Dr. Beach have ranked the best in the country in the past. With the great weather, culture, and beaches, it’s tough to deny that St. Petersburg is a very renter friendly city.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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Charleston offers one off leash dog park within the city limits and two more that are just outside the city and available for use by Charleston residents. James Island County Park has a large lake for dogs to play and swim and is equipped with a hose-down station after your dog is down playing in the water. All three of the parks feature large and small dog areas. Also, the city has a Pet Fest each year that is geared towards dogs and their owners and features demonstrations and entertainment. As for living with your pet in the city, there are plenty of apartments that allow cats, small dogs, and large dogs, so finding the perfect place shouldn’t be too difficult.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Charleston offers an incredible mix of culture, art, history, attractions, tourism, and beauty. My favorite place in the city is The Battery, a Civil War-era defensive seawall, which now functions as a large pier and boardwalk with surrounding park area. The Battery is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the Charleston Harbor teeming with fish, dolphins, and ships and the boardwalk is great for walking your dog, going for a jog, or just enjoying the scenery. The boardwalk is bordered by large grassy areas where you will see people soaking up the sun, playing frisbee, or just talking with friends. In the center of the city there are hundreds of shops and a few large markets that feature local products and artisans.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Compared to Charleston, North Charleston, State, and National crime rates Mount Pleasant is a very safe city and an excellent place for renters if they are worried about the prevalence of crime in Charleston and North Charleston but want to be near the city. The crime index score was 7.5 out of 10, whereas the crime index for Charleston is 6.4 and 4.9 for North Charleston. The violent crime rate is 72% less than the state average and 28% below the national average. The overall crime rate is 63% less than the state average and 35% below the national average.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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If you are looking for a place near Charleston, but want to live in a more affluent and overall nicer location, Mount Pleasant is the place for you. However, in order to rent here and have the best of the city and suburbia you need to be willing to spend a little extra money. The average rent is about $400 more for a two bedroom apartment than the average rent in North Charleston, but is similar to the average in Charleston. Keep in mind that the average rent in Charleston is boosted due to the high rent apartments along the water and in the city center, so if you were to rent on the outskirts of Charleston it would be cheaper. As with any city, the closer you get to the ocean the more expensive the rent, with rent nearly doubling by the water.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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North Charleston is served by the Charleston County School District, consisting of 16 elementary, five middle, and three high schools that residents of North Charleston attend. The district also has seven special academic programs schools that offer programs for gifted students and those seeking to pursue a specific field. Overall, the school district is very good and most schools across the board have received good ratings from GreatSchools.com with Dorchester High School being ranked the best high school in the district. Two of the special program schools, Academic Magnet High School (9-12) and Charleston County School of the Arts (6-12), have been ranked as gold medal schools by US News and World Report. Academic Magnet High is known for its incredible academic programs and top school admittance rate and has been recognized by Newsweek as a top school in the nation.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority serves North Charleston and Charleston by a bus service with fixed bus routes. Each bus is equipped with a bike rack and the fixed bus routes cover nearly the entire city. Since most residents that live in North Charleston either work within the city or in Charleston, it is possible to rely entirely on public transportation for commuting to work. The rural areas of North Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester are served by a different bus service, making it possible for people that do not live in the city to access it easily.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Conveniently located 20 minutes from North Charleston and 30 minutes from Charleston, the commute from Goose Creek to either of these major metropolises is very easy. To get to either city residents get right onto I-26 and take it straight to either location. The ramp to get on I-26 is only about two miles from Goose Creek, depending on where you live in the city. There is public transportation to North Charleston and Charleston, but it is not very convenient--the ride to North Charleston takes about 40 minutes, but the ride to Charleston takes almost two hours due to the number of bus changes.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Apartments in Goose Creek are cheap and readily available. With over 35% of residencies being renter occupied, apartments are always available in Goose Creek and future renters will have a wide selection to chose from. Also, the average rent for an apartment in Goose Creek is the cheapest in the area and is $150 below the average for seven surrounding cities. A two bedroom apartment will only run you about $750 and a three bedroom apartment will be about $1000.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Located on the Gulf of Mexico, Dunedin has a number of beaches, including Dunedin Causeway, Honeymoon Island, and Caladesi Island State Park. Caladesi Island State Park has been ranked one of the best beaches in the country: 4th in 2005, 2nd in 2006 and 2007, and 1st in 2008. The beach has nature trails, picnic areas, fishing, kayaking, boating, and many more activities that cater to all age groups. The city of Clearwater is also only six miles from Dunedin, making it very easy for residents to reach a more urban setting.

 

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