Best Neighborhoods in Tampa, Florida

Tampa Bay is a large natural harbor on the west coast of Florida. Tampa Bay's shallow waters, sea grass beds, mud flats, and surrounding mangrove-dominated wetlands provide habitat for a wide variety of wildlife. With year round sunshine, Tampa Bay is home to roughly 2 million year residents. Tampa is the hub of Hillsborough County and boasts a diverse and expanding mix of businesses from financial services to international trade. Tampa has a vibrant art community alive with contemporary art and a great respect for culture. Tampa’s Straz Center for the Performing Arts is the largest performing arts complex south of the Kennedy Center, and is nationally respected for producing grand opera, as well as presenting a wide variety of performances, concerts, and events.

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Harbour Island is really an island within the city limits of Tampa. Situated adjacent to downtown and across from Garrison Channel, Harbour Island consists of high end hotels, nightclubs, and exclusive residential areas. Even though Harbour Island is within walking distance, an in-town trolley does connect the island to Channelside and downtown. Island Place and Island Walk, both development communities, offer great amenities like secure access, swimming pools, fine dining, and speciality shops, to satisfy your entertainment urge. Harbour Island has great nightlife opportunities as well. Surrounded by water, Harbour Island provides the best in nautical and aquatic activities as well as plenty opportunities to bathe in the sun.

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Hyde Park is located adjacent to the University of Tampa and Downtown. Roughly, the boundaries of the neighborhood include Armenia Avenue to the west, the Hillsborough Bay to the east, historically picturesque Bayshore Boulevard to the east and Kennedy Blvd to the north. Major thoroughfares within the historical district include Kennedy Boulevard, Bayshore Boulevard, Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway (Florida State Route 618), Howard Avenue, and Swann Avenue. Recently, entrepreneurs have started small companies utilizing shuttles to get pedestrians from the area to other core districts such as Downtown and Ybor City, as an attempt to facilitate connection between Tampa's core neighborhoods. With its great proximity to the university, Hyde Park provides great options for shopping, housing, and nightlife.

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SoHo Tampa, short for "South Howard Avenue," is an entertainment district within the Hyde Park neighborhood. Some of the main cross streets are Kennedy Boulevard,Cleveland Street, and Swann Avenue. The area has some of the finest examples of architecture in the city surrounding it. SoHoe is within walking distance of Bayshore Boulevard and the much praised Bern's Steak House is located within the district. Other high-end restaurants and nightlife venues are located here as well. SoHo offers locally owned clothing boutiques, dessert cafes, art galleries, and Starbucks. At the center of SoHo is the "Three Graces" sculpture and a lighted fountain that is the first in Tampa to use reclaimed water.

Downtown Tampa is bounded by the Hillsborough River to the west, Channelside to the east, Interstate 275 to the north, Davis Islands and Harbour Island to the south. The downtown area contains important cultural landmarks such Tampa Theatre, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, and the Henry B. Plant Museum on the University of Tampa campus. The UT campus itself has been recognized as a local "wonder". Although technically downtown, Channelside is the location for many prominent downtown venues like The Tampa Convention Center, St. Pete Times Forum, and the Florida Aquarium. Twin 30 story condos were completed in 2007, and a number of other residential mid and high rise buildings make for great housing options and exciting nightlife.

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Tampa Heights is one of the oldest neighborhoods within the city limits of Tampa. The Heights are situated in the central part of the city. In recent years, Tampa Heights has seen lots of new people flow into the area with the goal of restoring it. Many new businesses like coffee shops and art galleries have opened in the area; adding to the Heights cultural and artistic appeal. With new projects being developed all the time, Tampa Heights provides a wonderful opportunity to grow with a growing community. There are good public and private school options, and Tampa Heights has been described as a great place to raise a family.

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Seminole Heights is known for its historic craftsman style bungalows from the early 20th century. Many buildings from the early 1900's still exist including the Seminole Heights Methodist Church, Broward Elementary, and St. Paul's Lutheran Church. The Seminole Heights Garden Center, a neighborhood park, is used for community events outdoor dining, and local festivals. Seminole Heights has the longest stretch of Riverfront parkland in the city of Tampa. Rivercrest, Epps, and several pocket parks provide access to the Hillsborough River. In recent years the region has seen rising property values and a decrease in crime. The area is popular among young professionals and their families who are seeking an alternative to master planned communities. The area contains two designated historical districts and has been recently designated as a dining destination. In 2009, This Old House Magazine ranked Seminole Heights among the best places to buy an old house for: Walkers, porch sitters, cottages and bungalows, families, green thumbs, and single womaćn home buyers.

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