You are right about having to be careful about Florida country areas. They are usually populated with trailer trash. If you want to stay close to Tampa and the Gulf, your best bets are in the Lutz/Odessa (Keystone) area or South of the Skyway Bridge in Manatee County. The Manatee County areas are less developed but offer some nice values in real estate. The Lutz/Odessa area is booming right now and the prices are out of control. Plan on spending $250,000 plus for a few acres in a nice area. I recently purchased 1.5 acres in the Lutz area and feel like I got a pretty good deal. There are alot of nice places around but you really have to look hard. If you want a gated community of large homes be prepared to shell out some serious cheddar. I looked for two years before deciding on the 1.5 acres in Lutz. There are not many nice large lots left in this area.