I live in the Indian Rocks Beach area and I like it quite a bit. Of course compared to Lauderdale, it is super 'quiet' i.e. boring.
As for areas to check out in Pinellas County:
Oldsmar (have quite of few co-workers that live out there, and it is nice, but you will have to deal with traffic)
Now is definitely the time to buy in the area. Good luck with your move.
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