Tampa & Tampa Bay

Tampa is a major city on the Gulf Coast of Florida and the largest city in the Tampa Bay area. It serves as a major business center and is home to several professional sports teams. The local economy is fueled by a number of industries making it resilient to fluctuations. The Tampa Bay area includes St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and Sarasota making it one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States. Between all of the communities nearby it’s easy to see that Tampa is one of the best places to be in the center of all the action.

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As a major city in a state known for its highly desirable real estate market, Tampa Bay homes and properties run the full range of luxury, style, affordability, and utility. From massive waterfront mansions in cutting-edge modern or colonial Mediterranean-inspired styles to high-rise condos and classic understated Floridian ranchers - Tampa Bay has it all.

Thanks to the miles of Gulf Coast and bay shores, the waterfront will always be a short distance away, with many properties having ocean or bay views and even water frontage.

Between the more common modernist and Mediterranean styles homes, there are many in shingle, craftsman, Italianate, Spanish Villa, Mid-Century Modern, and new-traditional eclectic.

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About Tampa & Tampa Bay

Tampa is a large city on Florida’s Gulf Coast, situated on the northern side of Tampa Bay. Tampa shares the bay with a number of other cities including Brandon, St. Petersburg, Largo, and Bradenton to the south. The Tampa Bay area is also considered to include Sarasota to the further south.

Tampa itself occupies an area bounded by Hillsborough Bay to the south, Tampa Bypass Canal to the east, and covering the Interbay Peninsula which extends into Tampa Bay between Hillsborough Bay and Old Tampa Bay.

Being the center of a major metropolitan area, Tampa is the nexus of a number of major transit routes, including the I-275, I-4, and I-75 Highways. There are also three bridges extending across Old Tampa Bay towards communities on the western gulf shores, like Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and Largo. The closest major city from Tampa is Orlando, which is approximately 75 minutes away to the northeast via the I-4 Highway.

Tampa’s history has been shaped by its use as a major natural harbor and as a military installation. Today Tampa is still home to the MacDill Air Force Base and is the largest city in the Tampa Bay area with around 400,000 residents.

Attractions In Tampa & Tampa Bay

Overall, “Tampa Bay” is a vague term that can change its meaning depending on time and the person using it. As such, the Tampa Bay area encompasses a dizzying array of urban centers, attractions, places to see and visit.

Within Tampa itself, there are attractions like the Tampa Museum of Art, The Florida Aquarium, and Busch Gardens. Tampa is a cultural center in west-central Florida, with many renowned sports teams like the Tampa Bay Lightning, Stanley Cup Champions, and the Super Bowl Champs of 2021, the Buccaneers. The Raymond James Stadium is host to many events throughout the year as well as the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater hosting concerts and events located conveniently across the interstate from the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel. If baseball is your game, you can also cheer on the Tampa Bay Rays and watch the boys of summer.

Just northeast of downtown Tampa is Ybor City, a time capsule of Cuban settlement and culture in Florida. Home of the original cigar factory with its many shops and restaurants, Ybor City has some of the best Cuban sandwiches made in Tampa - which is also where they originated. I’ll bet you thought they were brought over from Cuba!

Tampa also offers diverse home communities northeast of downtown, like Temple Terrace. This area is also home to the University of South Florida.

Westshore and Palma Ceia neighborhoods offer everything from single-family homes of varying architectural styles to Harbour Island with its restaurants, shops, and water taxis to downtown; and Davis Island with its amazing views of regattas hosted by the Yacht Club located on the island.

Fun fact, Palma Ceia Golf, and Country Club was founded in 1916 and is Tampa’s oldest private golf club. The neighborhoods along Bayshore Drive and the many shops and restaurants are famous including Bern’s Steakhouse, the Columbia Restaurant, and many more.

FAQs

What is Tampa, Florida best known for?

While it is known for many things and a very popular vacation destination, Tampa is popularly known for the Florida Aquarium, the Busch Gardens, and the beautiful Ybor City. 

How close is Tampa to the beach?

Living in Tampa is as close as it gets to having the best beach lifestyle imaginable, as there are over a dozen beautiful beaches that stretch endlessly along stunning shores near Tampa. 

Does Tampa get hurricanes?

It is well known that in Tampa Bay that a hurricane has not hit the area directly in over 100 years, while the nearby Gulf Coast has suffered recently. 

Is Tampa, Florida a good place to retire?

Tampa is seen as being one of the best retirement cities in all of Florida, with some of the best healthcare providers, close access to relaxing beaches, and very active senior communities. 

What are some of the safest neighborhoods to live in Tampa?

While much of Tampa is known to be very safe, some of the safest communities in the city are known to be Ballast Point, Hyde Park, and Palma Ceia. 


Tampa, FL Real Estate Statistics

Average Home Price $446K
Lowest Listing Price $0
Highest Listing Price $4.3B
Total Property Listings 486,837
Avg. Days On Market 192
Avg. Price/SQFT $254

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