Luxury Living In Florida: Best Places to Live

Long recognized as one of the best places to live in the country, the Tampa area is home to some of Florida's grandest luxury neighborhoods. If you want it, Tampa has it. Waterfront oases. The beach life and metropolitan living. Family-friendly. Arts. Culture. To help give you a peek at Tampa’s luxury offerings, here’s a snapshot of some of the area’s most sought-after luxury neighborhoods.


Bayshore Beautiful

With its perfect blend of urban/suburban living, Bayshore Beautiful is one of Tampa’s most appealing luxury areas. The neighborhood, built in the early 1920s, features an eclectic mix of  Spanish-style and airplane-style bungalows, Tudor, and traditional homes—many of which feature exteriors with brick accents.  


Beach Park

Located right next to the water (hence the name), Beach Park is minutes away from areas like Point Park, which offers the ultimate in beach living. One of several 1920 Florida Land Boom communities that popped up in the Tampa area, Beach Park remains one of the most desired addresses in what is known as “Old Tampa.” Lined with oak trees, palms, azaleas and dogwoods, the neighborhood is strategically (and conveniently) located near Downtown Tampa, the airport, interstate, stadiums, shopping, and the West Shore business district.


Cory Lake Isles

Located in “New Tampa,” Cory Lake Isles is strategically nestled just 15 minutes north of Downtown Tampa. The relatively new homes offer a combination of waterfront or natural conservation views. The neighborhood itself is surrounded by 1,700 acres of nature preserves, with the nearby Flatwoods and Morris Bridge recreation areas offering myriad opportunities to enjoy the nature of Florida. Defined by three parks within the community, Cory Lake includes a 165-acre lake and a sandy beach area.  


Culbreath Isles

One of Tampa’s most coveted addresses, Culbreath Isles is defined by a series of dredged canals and filled-in fingers—a combination that offers some of the area’s most scenic homeowner views and waterfront access points. Many of the homes in the front deep-water canals include swimming pools, expansive outdoor decks, and boat docks. 


Davis Islands

The dream of Dave Davis, Florida’s version of the Great Gatsby, Davis Islands is another of Tampa’s most desirable neighborhoods. Davis, the son of a steamboat captain, turned the swampy islands at the entrance to the Hillsborough River into a unique area filled with upscale amenities, a close proximity to downtown, and stunning views of Port Tampa. A nightlife mecca, Davis Island is home to a number of restaurants, shops, and restaurants. 


Harbour Island

The master-planned community, once called Seddon Island after W. L. Seddon, chief engineer for the Seaboard Air Line Railway, Harbour Island is strategically linked to Downtown Tampa by two bridges. Locals are within walking distance of some of the area’s most visited social attractions, including the Channelside Entertainment Complex, the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, the Florida Aquarium, the Amelie Arena, Knights Point and the Tampa Convention Center.


North Hyde Park

North Hyde Park is the ideal mix of an urban lifestyle and picturesque grandeur. The highly regarded historic neighborhood offers some of the best the Tampa area has to offer in upscale dining, shopping, and entertainment. Bordered by panoramic waterfront views of the eastern side of Hillsborough Bay, North Hyde Park sits in the heart of the growing South Tampa area.


Palma Ceia

Located on the west side of Hillsborough County, Palma Ceia, or “heavenly palm,” is known as one of the best places to raise a family or settle down for retirement. Home to the Palma Ceia Design District, the area offers a number of specialty boutiques and cafes, including some of the highest-rated in the Tampa area. Removed from the hustle of downtown, Palma Ceia still offers amenities like Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club and Bayshore Boulevard Greenway, one of the longest continuous sidewalks in the world.

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