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About South Tampa

South Tampa is a highly-desired “suburban” area surrounding Tampa Bay that offers all the conveniences of an urban lifestyle. South Tampa is home to some of the most sought after neighborhoods in all of Tampa Bay, due to its convenient location, access to the water, brick paved streets, plush vegetation and oak tree canopies, and fully developed infrastructure of retail stores, grocery stores, entertainment venues, bars and restaurants, special events, outdoor activities, and public transportation. Popular South Tampa neighborhoods include Beach Park, Ballast Point, Bayshore Beautiful, Bayshore Blvd, Culbreath Isles, Davis Islands, New Suburb Beautiful, Palma Ceia, Soho, Sun Bay South,  Sunset Park, Virginia Park and Westshore. South Tampa boasts a variety of homes, with historic neighborhoods like Old Hyde Park, south Tampa’s jewel, with homes from the late 1800’s, to new construction homes, townhomes, and waterfront high-rises on famous Bayshore Blvd. Urban dwellers seeking a neighborhood that offers the conveniences of an urban lifestyle with a slower pace and a neighborhood feel will find that South Tampa is the best place to call home. South Tampa is also home to Old Hyde Park Shopping Village, renowned Bern’s Steakhouse and Epicurean Hotel, Mac Dill Air Force Base, historic University of Tampa, highly ranked elementary, middle, and high schools, and is only minutes to Downtown Tampa, Channelside, Tampa International Airport, and Westshore Mall & International Plaza.

Bayshore Boulevard is arguably one of Tampa Bay’s most famous, and sought after, addresses. South Tampa’s Bayshore Blvd was developed in the late 1890’s, with homes dating back to the early 1900’s, and is today home to waterfront mansions, townhomes, and luxury high-rise condos, a linear waterfront park, the renowned Gasparilla Parade, and the longest continuous sidewalk in the world, always bustling people jogging , taking a leisurely stroll, or walking their dogs. Bayshore Blvd wraps around Tampa Bay from Davis Islands south to MacDill AFB, and includes Hyde Park, Palma Ceia, Bayshore Beautiful, and Ballast Point neighborhoods. Watch the dolphins and stingrays swim, the Thursday night sail boat regatta, and the cruise ships entering and exiting Tampa Bay’s port from your Bayshore Boulevard front porch or high-rise balcony.

Davis Islands, located in South Tampa, on the east side of Tampa Bay, was established in the 1920’s as a resort and estate community, with beautiful Mediterranean hotels, mansions, and waterfront estate homes. Davis Islands are now home to some of Tampa Bay’s most exclusive real estate, with luxury homes and waterfront mansions, as well as an eclectic mix of historic Mediterranean, bungalow, colonial, and mid-century homes, and new construction homes, mansions, condos, and townhomes. The quiet & serene, but urban, lifestyle of Davis Islands also features the Davis Island Yacht Club, which hosts sailing races every Thursday night, Peter O. Knight private airport, Tampa General Hospital, and a variety of small businesses, medical centers, restaurants, and retail stores along E Davis Blvd. The melting pot of architectural styles and periods on Davis Islands combined with its laid back Old Florida charm, make it one of South Tampa prized neighborhoods for real estate.

Historic Old Hyde Park was established in the 1880’s, and is an elegant, urban oasis, with pedestrian friendly red brick and oak tree lined streets. Hyde Park is well-known for having some of the most beautiful historic bungalow, colonial, and Mediterranean homes in Tampa Bay, including waterfront mansions on Bayshore Blvd. Real estate in Hyde Park is some of the most sought after in Tampa Bay due to its convenient location near Downtown Tampa, the nightlife, shopping, and restaurants in Old Hyde Park Village and The Soho District, as well as having some of the most stately and oldest homes in Tampa Bay. Hyde Park extends from University of Tampa to the north to Bayshore Blvd to the south, and from Downtown Tampa to the east to Howard Ave to the west. Old Hyde Park Village offers condominiums and townhomes mixed in among popular dining & nightlife establishments such as The Wine Exchange, and Timpano; eclectic locally owned home furnishings and clothing boutiques; popular retailers like LA Fitness, Pottery Barn, West Elm, and Anthropologie; and Cine Bistro, a lounge-style movie theatre offering full service dinner and cocktails. Hyde Park offers all the character and charm you would expect from a historic neighborhood, combined with all the conveniences of an urban lifestyle, making it one of Tampa Bay’s top choices for urban living with a quiet neighborhood appeal.

New Suburb Beautiful & Parkland Estates are stately, small neighborhoods within the Hyde Park district of South Tampa, known for their “park-like” beauty. New Suburb Beautiful & Parkland Estates are bordered by Howard Ave to the east, Lincoln Ave to the west, Prospect Rd to the south and Swann Ave to the north. The red brick streets of New Suburb Beautiful & Parkland Estates are lined with elegant estate homes from the 1920’s, mid-century ranches, and newer construction luxury homes, with perfectly manicured lawns, garden-like planted medians, and 300 year old oak trees that create a canopy of green over the area. Bayshore Gardens is another small neighborhood in South Tampa between Bayshore Blvd & New Suburb Beautiful to the north and south, and Hyde Park & Palma Ceia to the east and west. Bayshore Gardens is a melting pot of bungalows, cottages, and multi-family dwellings from the 1920’s to newly constructed homes, including waterfront mansions, townhomes, and condos on Bayshore Blvd.. Residents of Bayshore Gardens can walk the oak tree lined streets to the restaurants nightlife in Soho and the design district at Bay to Bay & MacDill in Palma Ceia. Bayshore Gardens is also home to the Tampa Garden Club, Congregation Rodeph Sholom Synagogue.

The Soho District is nick-named for popular South Howard Avenue, is a residential and entertainment district in Hyde Park, which runs from Kennedy Blvd south Bayshore Blvd. The Soho District features many of the more popular bars and restaurants in the area, such as world renowned Bern’s Steakhouse, The Epicurean Hotel, MacDinton’s Irish Pub, Ceviche, The Lodge, Ciccio’s, as well as staples like Starbucks, Panera, Chipotle, and Publix Greenwise. The surrounding neighborhoods of Hyde Park, New Suburb Beautiful & Parkland Estates border Howard Ave, and the homes closest to Howard Ave are often referred to as being in “Soho”, especially by persons new to the South Tampa area since Howard Ave became a popular night life destination the mid 1990’s. The neighborhoods of Courier City & Oscawana, between Swann Ave And Kennedy Blvd to the north and south, and Fremont Ave and Howard Ave to the east, and Park City, from Kennedy Blvd to Swann, and Howard Ave to MacDill Ave, as well as condos and townhomes on S. Howard Ave are the areas generally referred to when speaking of Soho’s residences. Soho offers many real estate options, for 1920’s -1940’s bungalows and cottages, mid-century ranch homes, and many apartments, condos, and townhomes mixed in.

Palma Ceia is a historic neighborhood in South Tampa just west of Hyde Park, dating back to the 1907, featuring quaint bungalows and cottages, Mediterranean homes, and new construction homes and townhomes, lining the red brick, oak tree canopied streets. Palma Ceia is also host to many estate size homes with golf course frontage, including the Golfview neighborhood. Palma Ceia’s offers a variety of service establishments essential to your urban lifestyle. South Tampa locals enjoy neighborhood businesses design districts on MacDill Ave and Bay To Bay Blvd, like Preston Day Spa, Village Health Market, and Bloom Nursery; restaurants & bars such as Yoko’s Sushi, Bianchi’s Enoteca, Datz Deli, and Café BT; furniture, art & antique galleries like Michael Murphy Art Gallery, and Casa Nova, and of course the Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club, which dates back to 1916.

Bayshore Beautiful is a stately neighborhood in South Tampa with a potpourri of older homes mostly from the 1920’s-1970’s, with many new construction homes mixed in. Bayshore Beautiful also borders the southeast end of Bayshore Blvd before Gandy, and many waterfront luxury homes line the street as you enter this beautiful South Tampa neighborhood. The lots in Bayshore Beautiful are larger than average, and boast grand homes, bungalows and cottages, and sprawling ranch-style homes with lush green lawns and grandfather oaks forming a canopy over the whole neighborhood. MacDill Ave runs through Bayshore Beautiful, offering easy access to Gandy Blvd & bridge, MacDill AFB, Kennedy Blvd, the Leroy Selmon Expressway, and I-275. Local businesses like Shear Art Salon, restaurants like Chihuahua Mexican Grill, and furniture and antique stores like Red Herring line MacDill Ave, offering residents of Bayshore Beautiful a variety of choices close to home.

Virginia Park, Palma Ceia West, Culbreath Heights, Maryland Manor are quiet single family home neighborhoods in South Tampa, centrally located west of S. Dale Mabry and east of Westshore & Manhattan Avenues, Euclid Ave to the south, and Morrison Ave to the north. Virginia Park, Palma Ceia West, Culbreath Heights, & Maryland Manor offer a melting pot of real estate choices that are more affordable than the neighboring communities of Beach Park and Palma Ceia, with post-war era cottages, rambling ranch homes, and a current trend of many large new construction homes. Residents of Virginia Park, Palma Ceia West, Culbreath Heights &Maryland Manor enjoy a multitude of easily accessible restaurants, grocery stores, locally owned businesses and shops, and antiques districts near the intersections of Bay to Bay & Manhattan and El Prado & Manhattan.

Beach Park is a majestic South Tampa neighborhood between Old Tampa Bay and S. Dale Mabry, and between Kennedy Blvd. and Jetton to the north and south. Sprawling green lawns, large oak trees, winding streets, over-sized lots, waterfront estates in Beach Park Isles, and a wide variety of different types of architectural style homes, make Beach Park one of the most highly desired neighborhoods in South Tampa. Beach Park was developed in the early 1920’s, on land that was once an old Florida jungle of tropical foliage and oak trees on the waterfront of Old Tampa Bay. Beach Park probably has the most historic Mediterranean homes and mansions in Tampa Bay, combined with stately colonial, Tudor, bungalow, and ranch style homes from the 1920’s to today’s new construction homes.

Culbreath Isles is a jewel of a luxury waterfront neighborhood on Culbreath Bayou, west of Westshore Blvd to Old Tampa Bay, in South Tampa, neighboring Beach Park. Culbreath Isles was developed in the 1960’s as an exclusive gated waterfront community with palatial homes on the open waters of Old Tampa Bay and the deep water canals that run through this prized piece of Tampa real estate. Today Culbreath Isles is still the standard for gated communities in South Tampa, where you will still find a few 1960’s-1970’s ranch style homes on over-sized lots mixed in with sprawling Mediterranean, mid-century modern, and traditional style mansions, with perfectly manicured lawns, mature oak trees and tropical foliage. Most homes in Culbreath Isles spacious private yards, swimming pools and spas, and the waterfront homes have their own boat slips where many private yachts are docked.

Sunset Park is a small urban oasis in South Tampa, with thick tropical vegetation, moss covered oaks, and waterfront streets named after famous poets the likes of Longfellow, Poe, & Dickens.  Sunset Park sits on Old Tampa Bay just south of Culbreath Isles, and west of Palma Ceia West. Sunset Park was developed in the 1950’s, and features mid-century modern & ranch style homes, with Tudor, colonial, and Mediterranean homes, from the 1950’s to new construction.

Bel Mar Shores is a South Tampa neighborhood adjacent to Sunset Park to the south, and offers a variety of single family homes styles and prices, from mid-century ranches to new construction homes and waterfront properties. Residents of Bel Mar Shores enjoy Jasmine Thai Restaurant, Garden of Eaton Farmers Market, CDB’s Italian Restaurant, and easy access to Gandy Blvd and Kennedy Blvd via Westshore Blvd.

Ballast Point is an oak tree canopied neighborhood south of Gandy Blvd, and east of MacDill Ave to beautiful Tampa Bay, with single family homes dating from the 1920’s to newly constructed homes, townhomes, and some condos. Ballast Point is another neighborhood in South Tampa rich in history. Founded in the mid-1800’s, and developed in 1894 as a public park and terminal station for Tampa’s first electric trolley car, Ballast Point was originally named Jules Verne Park, after his 1865 book “From the Earth to the Moon”, in which he writes about an experience in Tampa. The Tampa Yacht & Country Club was founded in 1904 and in the 1920’s, estate sites were developed, and elegant homes were built, including the Lykes family estate. The addition of MacDill Air Force Base in the 1950’s brought a whole new economy to Ballast Point, and many military officers’ homes were then built in and around Ballast Point. Since the early 2000’s, Ballast Point has experienced a boom of new construction single family homes, waterfront & luxury homes, and is now a popular South Tampa neighborhood that offers a broad range of home styles and prices. Ballast Point Park is a public waterfront park with children’s playground, a public gym and pier, Taste of Boston seafood restaurant. Local businesses in Ballast Point include Capote’s Cleaners, Kojak’s House of Ribs, Sakana Sushi, & Chubby’s Pizza & Subs. Ballast Point’s school districts are Ballast Point Elementary, Madison Middle School, and Robinson High School. Ballast Point is conveniently located for easy access to Gandy Blvd, Bayshore Blvd, and MacDill Ave to Hwy I-275.

Sun Bay South, Interbay, & Old Port Tampa are neighborhoods in south Tampa south of Gandy Blvd, and west of MacDill Ave to Old Tampa Bay, featuring an eclectic mix of single family homes from the 1950’s to newly constructed homes, as well as some newer townhome and condo communities.. Westshore Yacht Club is an exclusive gated waterfront community of single family homes, townhomes, and condos with a 24 hour security and luxurious club house, which includes a restaurant, two bars, spa, gym, and two pools, as well as boat slips available for purchase.

Westshore Palms and North Hyde Park are up and coming neighborhoods north of Kennedy Blvd and south of I-275 that offer a potpourri of housing styles from the 1920’s to new construction homes, condos and townhomes for those desiring the south Tampa lifestyle on a budget.. Westshore Plaza and International Plaza are just steps away from Westshore Palms, and those living in North Hyde Park will enjoy the many Latin restaurants and coffee shops of Old West Tampa, as well as the many businesses, restaurants, bars, and shopping venues along Kennedy Blvd.

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