Living in South Tampa: Is it the Right Move for You?

The arts. The history. The restaurants and shopping. The nightlife. The beaches. The schools and neighborhoods. If you're looking to stack the plusses onto your "why move to South Tampa" to-do list, there are many options.

South Tampa continues to be one of the country's most desirable places to live, work, and play—defined by an eclectic choice of neighborhoods, recreational opportunities, and entertainment options for every taste.

One of the biggest appeals of South Tampa is its proximity to the water, where you will get the taste of beach life and the look and feel of a down-home historic district. Depending on what you are looking for, homeowners can choose from luxury waterfront properties, condos, lofts and townhomes, and family-oriented styles like duplexes and split levels. 

Featuring everything from gated communities to older neighborhoods, there is something for every homeowner. For example, there is Culbreath Isles and Westshore Yacht Club—featuring majestic homes, townhomes, and condos—to Westshore, which offers options like a private club and marina, and the single-family home community of Culbreath Isles.

And if you're going to make South Tampa home, you have options:

Bayshore Boulevard

Defined by its 4.5-mile long sidewalk, Bayshore Boulevard is not only a waterfront road on Hillsborough Bay but the longest continuous sidewalk in the United States. Living and playing in the area includes access to a 3-mile bike lane, a linear park, and the Bayshore Greenway Trail, which offers scenic views of urban Tampa and the water. At the southern end is Ballast Point Park, a family-friendly area with a water park, concessions, fishing pier, pavilions, and more. 

Davis Island

Known for its amazing views of Downtown Tampa, the historic Davis Islands is one of South Tampa's rare treasures. An area with no traffic lights, Davis Island, is dotted with beautiful pastel-colored Mediterranean-style buildings dating from the 1920s on streets all named after bodies of water or islands. Its luxury homes have been home to residents like Derek Jeter, Tom Brady, former Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier, and Lightning players Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman.

Hyde Park

Dotted with an eclectic mix of 19th-Century architecture, tree-lined streets, and growing affluent neighbors, Hyde Park is one of South Tampa's most revered areas. Defined by its custom home neighborhoods, Hyde Park also offers a dazzling array of dining and nightlife spots and the Hyde Park Village shopping center, which features international chain stores alongside indie boutiques.

Ballast Point

Just north of MacDill Air Force Base, on the west side of Hillsborough Bay, sits Ballast Point. Lauded for its proximity to Downtown Tampa, Ybor City, and Channelside, the neighborhood is defined by its live oak trees and city parks, including Ballast Point Park. With its wonderful view of Tampa's downtown skyline, the park features a 600-foot pier, a splash pad, picnic areas, a boat ramp, and more.

Beach Park

Life in Beach Park offers residents a dense suburban feel with all the fixings, including many restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Regarded as "nature's beautiful spot," the area is filled with oak trees, palms, azaleas and dogwood, Southern pine, and philodendrons. With its stunning beach-side views and convenience for entering the bay, Beach Park continues to earn its reputation as a "wild tropical garden, impregnable and uninhabitable."

Port Tampa

Located at the southwesternmost portion of Tampa on the western end of the Interbay Peninsula, Port Tampa City, Florida, is experiencing a bit of a boom. Home to nearby MacDill Air Force Base, the area, offers residents an urban/suburban feel. An attractive place for young professionals, Port Tampa, includes Picnic Island Beach, where you exercise, fish, boat, picnic, and more. Launch a boat, play on the playground, swim, lay on the beach, play frisbee golf, picnic, and more.

The Channel District

From hockey (featuring the Amalie Arena, home of the Tampa Bay Lightning, aquatic life (the Florida Aquarium), and history (the American Victory Ship, a warship repurposed as a maritime museum), the Channel District is the place to be. Live music. An eclectic mix of restaurants and bars. 

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