One of the best beaches in the country. Powdery sugar-white sand you can sink your toes into. Water you can see through. The shops. The restaurants. The parks. The schools and job market. If you want to know how and why Clearwater, Florida, is one of the best places to live and work, you better have some time to talk.

Strategically and majestically located at the top of the Pinellas Peninsula, Clearwater borders the Gulf of Mexico to the west and the bay to the east. The area ranked as one of Livability’s “2021 Top 100 Best Places to Live” and on the list of Tripadvisor’s best beaches is part of the greater Tampa Bay community.

Living in Clearwater gives you the feel of a beach town without all the big city madness. If you’re looking for the perfect place for your family, Clearwater boasts some of the state’s best schools—especially for preschool and elementary students.

Part of the Pinellas County Schools, the eighth-largest in Florida, the district offers 75-plus magnet and STEM programs, performing and visual arts, etc. Several magnet schools recently received “Magnet Schools of America with Merit Awards.”

Parks and playgrounds abound, including the vaunted Moccasin Lake Nature Park, which features birds of prey exhibits and an observation tower. Or, you could take in Crest Lake Park, where you can access a splash pad, rain garden, and arboretum. Got dogs? Head over to the local Enterprise Dog Park.

Thanks to the area’s continued population boom, the job market offers opportunities in industries such as healthcare, retail, and accommodation & food services. Plus, if you’re an out-of-towner looking to make Florida home, the state is one nine with no state income tax.

Finding the right place for you

From houses, apartments, townhouses, and condos, Clearwater has everything you want in the beach town selection. Prices range from $100,000 for a one-bed, one-bath unit to the more tempting luxury homes, ranging from $1 million and up. 

When selecting the perfect place to live, it’s all about the neighborhood—and Clearwater has everything and anything you need.

Clearwater Beach

The jewel of Florida’s much-ballyhooed Gulf Coast life, Clearwater Beach features resort-style neighborhoods, including Mandalay on the north end—a subdivision featuring waterfront, traditional and contemporary homes. The community has access to the downtown Clearwater Beach shopping district and pier, with home prices from the mid $400,000s to multi-millions. Island Estates is a luxury neighborhood featuring waterfront homes, townhomes, and condos. Surrounded by shopping, restaurants, etc., with home prices ranging from $200,000 to $3-plus million.

If you want more of a natural setting, Sand Key is a serene barrier island beach home to tons of wildlife. In addition, the community offers a bevy of high-end, high-rise condos, which provide single-family luxury estates in Belleair.

Downtown Clearwater

The Presidential Neighborhood gives you that city-life feel with family homes ranging from $200,000 to $500,000. The upscale Harbor Oaks is the toast of the Intracoastal Waterway just south of downtown. The neighborhood features restored historic homes and contemporary luxury estates from the mid-$500,000s up to $5 million. In addition, Historic Glenwood features older homes complemented by tons of greenways and landscaping with prices starting at around $350,000.

Greenbriar/ Safety Harbor

Greenbriar has been a staple since the 1960s, just within the purview of local beaches while still off the tourist path. Home ranges max out in the mid-$200,000s. Safety Harbor offers all the pleasures of a walkable downtown lifestyle while still near the bay waterfront. Safety Harbor neighborhoods offer everything from quaint homes and downtown bungalows in the $200,000s to multimillion-dollar luxury estates.


Defined by its small-town feel and artsy vibe, Dunedin is the granddaddy of Florida’s West Coast. Featuring eclectic shops, galleries, restaurants, and bars, the Dunedin community features condos, historic estates, and waterfront homes ranging in price from the high $200,000s to $300,000s.

Another one of Clearwater’s established neighborhoods, Countryside, is home to young families and retirees. Homes, townhomes, and condos range in price from the mid-$200,000s to $400,000s. The neighborhood is centered around the Countryside Country Club.

Feather Sound

Just off I-275 between Tampa and St. Petersburg, the planned community of Feather Sound features several distinct neighborhoods with a host of amenities for its residents. From the Feather Sound Country Club to the Earl R. Maize Recreation Area, Feather Sound is a walking and bike-friendly community featuring traditional homes, townhomes, and condos from the $300,000s to $800,000s for golf course estate homes.

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