Tampa Real Estate & Community Information

Tampa Real Estate & Community Information

Downtown Tampa from Harbor Island

Tampa is a beautiful waterfront city located on the west coast of Florida near the Gulf of Mexico. The city is set on Tampa Bay and a part of Hillsborough County.

Modern-day Tampa was once inhabited by the indigenous people of the Safety Harbor Culture. Spanish explorers claimed Florida as part of New Spain in the 16th Century, and due to violent conflicts and introduction of European diseases, the original native cultures were completely wiped out. No colonies or settlements were founded in the Tampa area until the United States acquired Florida in 1819. The first civilian residents were pioneers who settled near Fort Brooke, which was established in 1824 at the mouth of the Hillsborough River, near the site of today's Tampa Convention Center. The small village was first incorporated as "Tampa" in 1849. 

Today, Tampa is part of the metropolitan area most commonly referred to as the "Tampa Bay Area". Like most cities in the US, Tampa is always growing and expanding. In 2014 Tampa’s population was 358,699 (100% urban, 0% rural), which was an 18.2% increase since 2000.

Living in Tampa

According to Forbes and Realtor.com, Tampa was the #1 City Americans were moving to right now in 2016. Tampa real estate has something to offer for everyone, with median home prices being $230,000. Median income is $42,649 and there is a 4.4% unemployment rate.

With a mixture of residential buildings and high-rises in the downtown area, it creates for a beautiful skyline. The Tampa Riverwalk stretches along the Hillsborough river in downtown and Channelside.

 Tampa has many neighborhoods including:

Shopping & Dining Options in Tampa

Tampa Florida is an amazing city for both shopping and dining. The culinary scene is very diverse with Cuban, Spanish, Floribbean and Italian influences and a wonderful seafood array. The Cuban Sandwich and Deviled Crab are must haves since Tampa is where the famous Cubano got its start.

Hyde Park Village is one of the city’s most upscale shopping destinations, located in one of Tampa’s oldest and affluent neighborhoods. It offers upscale shopping destinations including Restoration Hardware, Anthropologie, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn and many local and independent stores. Covering over 265,000 sq. ft. and seven blocks, the outdoor pathways and seating give Hyde Park Village a lovely park-like atmosphere.

International Plaza & Bay Street is a large upscale mall located next to the airport. The mall not only offers 3 department stores and over 200 high-end shops including Nordstrom’s and Gucci, but entertainment selections galore. There are over 30 restaurants and bars within the mall and along Bay Street featuring Bar Louie, The Cheesecake Factory, The Pub, Doc B's Fresh Kitchen, and many more. If you’re looking for somewhere with endless places to shop and dine, this is the spot for you! 

Tampa Parks & Recreation

Tampa has become one of the most diverse cities in the Southeast while maintaining a small town atmosphere. Home to over 3,540 acres of parkland, 185 parks, 71 playgrounds, 26 recreation centers, nine dog parks, three skate parks, and over 300 miles of trails, Tampa has an endless amount of things to see and explore

Top attractions in the area include:

Lowry Park Zoo: Features over 2,000 animals, interactive exhibits, rides, educational shows and more.

Big Cat Rescue: One of the largest accredited sanctuaries in the world dedicated entirely to abused and abandoned big cats. It is home to about 80 lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars and other species.

Busch Gardens: A 335-acre African-themed park. It features many thrilling roller coasters, and visitors can view and interact with African wildlife.

Adventure Island: A 30-acre water park adjacent to Busch Gardens.

Florida Aquarium: A 250,000 sq. ft. aquarium that hosts over 20,000 species of aquatic plants and animals. It is also known for its unique glass architecture.

Schools, Health & Transportation

Hillsborough County Public Schools, or School District of Hillsborough County (SDHC), is ranked the 8th largest school district in the U.S. with around 189, 469 enrolled students. It runs 203 schools, 133 elementary, 42 middle, and 27 high schools. Tampa is also home to many higher education options including University of Tampa, University of South Florida, and Hillsborough Community College.

The Tampa Bay Area has over 20 hospitals, 4 trauma centers, and Cancer treatment centers. The major hospitals include Tampa General Hospital and St. Joseph’s Children’s & Women’s Hospital.

Tampa Union Station

There are many ways to get around Tampa and the metro areas. The public mass transit offers the bus and a streetcar line through Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, and intercity passenger rail service which runs out of Tampa Union Station connecting city to city transit.

There are 2 major expressways and 3 interstate highways that bring traffic in and out of Tampa and 3 international airports. One is in Tampa and 2 are in the metro area: Tampa International Airport (TPA), St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE), and Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ). The Port of Tampa is the largest port in Florida making it one of one of the busiest commercial ports in North America.