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Located halfway up Florida’s west coast the Tamp Bay area consist of two counties containing three major cities and a host of smaller towns and unincorporated area.  Pinellas County occupies the 280 square mile peninsula on the Gulf Mexico side―the western side ―of Tampa Bay.  Hillsborough County, with its almost perfectly square boundaries, claims most of the eastern shoreline of the bay.

Although Pinellas County is the largest peninsula in the Tampa Bay Area, dividing the bay from the Gulf of Mexico, many smaller peninsulas split the bay into lesser bays and inlets.  Numerous islands rim the coastal areas, ranging in size from those large enough to hold towns and cities to tiny plots home only to birds

Altitude sickness isn’t a concern as the highest point in these two counties is only about 120 feet above sea level.  Flat doesn’t mean boring, however, winding rivers flow through oak hammocks and past downtown office complexes.  Deer and coyotes still inhabit palmetto thickets in parts of Pinellas County, even though technically Pinellas County has no rural land.  Cypress swamps, salt marshes, and mangrove stands invite modern-day explorers to venture out of the concrete and asphalt world into the rhythms of the natural world.  Nor does flat and natural mean unpopulated and without the amenities of civilization.  Almost 4.2 million people make the Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater metro area (which includes smaller cities and unincorporated areas within a slightly larger geographic area) their home.  That makes it more populated than any other metro area in the state, according to the 2010 census.

Tampa Bay Area

Nestled into the west-Florida Coast on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, the Tampa Bay area is a magical mix of a bustling metropolis, thriving academic world, vibrant cultural life, high-tech hotspot and recreational paradise that's home to Tampa and Homes in St. Petersburg Fl, Florida’s two most populous cities; it not only beckons to those in other locales but a majority of those who grow up in this marvelous environment choose to say.  Its diverse economy supported by agriculture, finance, health care, technology and the port of Tampa, helps this successful community maintain its standing as one of the most enjoyable Florida locations in which to live, work and play.

You will find beautiful emerald beaches and picturesque sunsets and a relaxing life style with an average temperature of 72 degrees and nearly 361 days of sunshine, you can be assured that you will get you daily dose Vitamin D. The Tampa Metro Area offers residents the opportunity to enjoy parks, beaches, golfing, world class shopping, culture events and fine cuisine dinning all year around.  Florida living is not just a life style; it’s a way of life and a great place for everyone. Whether relocating because of employment, retirement or just wanting a better quality of life for you and your family, the Tampa bay and neighboring areas offers many amenities for you and your family to enjoy.  Whatever your dream home is you will find it in the Hillsborough County area. Florida charges no state income tax for residents and allows a homeowners tax exemption, not to mention the costs of living is 3% lower than the national. 

What is your property choice?  If you love to be by the coast then you might want to opt for a condominium unit by the bayside or a luxurious estate or bungalow by the lake that offer plenty of amenities like swimming pools, parks, playgrounds and health spas just to name a few.  Whether it’s living a luxury villa or a golf course community where you can have a round of golf in the morning, or enjoy your dream retirement residence in an active adult community or experience the fine cuisine dining and an exciting nightlife in the city, whatever you preference is, there is a home for you here.  Please feel free to email me or call with any real estate questions.

Tampa International Airport 

Tampa International Airport, in Hillsborough County, has 21 airlines and over 20 19 million people passed through TIA’s in 2007 alone. TIA’s unique architectural award winning design makes it one of the most functionality and easy to navigate airports in the United States. TIA is a very traveler friendly airport and by just following the red or blue signs as you drive into the airport to find the right airside parking, and only 1000 feet from parking to plane, locating your airline couldn’t be any easier. There is plenty to do in the Tampa Bay Area, with enough exciting, educational, recreational, and cultural destinations, to keep both residents and tourists busy and exploring the county. Discovering the beaches of Clearwater, the awesome Fort De Soto Park and Caladesi Island, both voted one of the best beaches in the country. In addition, residents enjoy the major attractions like Busch Gardens Theme Park, Lowry Park Zoo the Florida Aquarium, Tampa Museum of Art, Salvador Dali Museum, and exploring Ybor City.

Brief History of Tampa Florida

The word "Tampa" is a Native American word used to refer to the area when the first European explorers arrived in Florida.  Its meaning, if any, has been lost to the ages, though it is sometimes claimed to mean "sticks of fire" in the language of the Calusa, a Native American tribe in the United Sates.  Other historians claim the name refers to "The place to gather sticks".  "Sticks of fire" may also relate to the high concentration of lightning strikes that Tampa Bay receives every year during the hot and wet summer months.

Tampa began as a small military outpost settlement , Fort Brooke (a U.S. Army base built to keep an eye on local Seminoles in 1824), and remained tiny, isolated and insignificant until the 1880s, when the railway arrived and the Hillsborough River was dredged to allow seagoing vessels to dock. It became a booming port and simultaneously acquired a major tobacco industry as thousands of Cubans moved north in 1886 from Key West to the new cigar factories of neighboring Ybor City.  The city became a seaport of sort, trading mainly with Cuba, which came in handy after the Civil War―bring in desperately needed gold to rebuild Florida―and during the Spanish-American War―shipping Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders and other troops to Cuba in the 1898 war that cost Spain, Cuba, Guam, the Philippine Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Tampa was chosen as an embarkation centre for American troops in the Spanish-American War in 1898, giving a further boost to the economy, while Ybor City flourished during the “the Golden Age” of tobacco, 1900 to 1920.  The Great Depression ushered in a period of decline in Ybor City that lasted into the 1980s, but thanks to the U.S. military, Tampa itself grew considerably as a result of World War II; the influx of people and money that started in the 1960s has never really ended.

Why Should You Move to Tampa?

Tampa is an excellent place to live, work, play and to buy a home.  There are many homes for sale in the Tampa Bay area. This small city with its infectious upbeat mood and cradled by the Old Tampa and Hillsborough bays and river running through downtown, it’s surrounded by water – and the Gulf of Mexico lies less than an hour’s drive west.  You’ll only need a day or two to explore the city thoroughly, but you’ll depart with a lasting impression of a metropolis on the rise.  The average annual temperature is 72 degrees.  The wide waters of the bay provide a scenic backdrop for Tampa itself, and the barrier-island beaches along the coast let the locals swap metropolitan bustle for luscious blue skies and sunsets, along with the emerald blue waterways and miles glistening white shorelines.  Tampa boasts a modern art museum and aquarium, while Ybor City is Tampa’s – and one of the state’s – hippest and most culturally electric quarters.  Ybor City night life has been transformed, it buzzes with bars, shops and restaurants, and at night the atmosphere can become raucous with serene strolls along beautiful Bayshore Boulevard.  Tampa offers its resident year round cultural activities and social events for people of all ages and interest.  That’s why buying real estate in Tampa is a great investment for you and your family’s future.

Tampa, Florida Business Climate

With Florida tax incentives and business relocation incentives, combined with competitive lease rates; it’s easy to see why Hillsborough County provides a healthy environment for businesses, large and small.

As Florida’s fourth largest county, and with a median age of 36, Hillsborough County has a ready and reliable workforce for a broad spectrum of business.

"Other strong economic drivers include the 25 plus airlines serving the area, the largest deep-water port in the United States, several telecommunications firms providing reliable communications, top educational institutions supplying a steady stream of capable employees and much more.

Tampa is among the nation’s “most-wired” cities and is one of the top ten for security-cleared professional jobs requiring technical, computer and engineering skills, a background in international affairs, intelligence and foreign languages.

What Others Say About Us

A 2010 KPMG Study ranked Tampa Bay as the most competitive large city in the United States when it comes to business operating costs.  The Tax Foundation’s 2010 State Business Tax Climate Index ranked Florida, overall, as the fifth most business-friendly tax system in the nation. Combined with business relocation incentives, Tampa is a great choice when locating a business.

Ranked among the best business climates in the U.S. (#3), the state has become the nation’s fourth largest cyber state and tops Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News’s list of emerging hot spots. It is a national leader in growing the alternative energy industry, ranking fifth in the nation for number of start-ups (Business Xpansion Journal, Nov/Dec 2008).

The area enjoys the distinction of being highly desirable for recruiting. Expansion Management Magazine ranked Hillsborough County in the top 20 of more than 3,000 counties in the U.S. for recruitment and attraction (May 2007).

Moody’s Economy.com describes Tampa as Florida’s financial services capital.

Need we say more? As you search this site, you’ll find compelling reasons for why a diversity of people live here and why businesses -- large and small -- consider Tampa relocation as the “Bright Place to be” for their business.

Florida’s Tax Advantages

A right-to-work state, Florida’s pro-business tax policies help to attract and retain quality firms. The state’s corporate income tax is 5.5 percent.  In addition, there are Florida tax incentives available to accommodate a variety of businesses.

Tampa Hospital’s

Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, FL is ranked nationally in 9 adult specialties. It was also high-performing in 3 adult specialties, as shown below.  Tampa General Hospital is a 1,004-bed general medical and surgical facility with 41,890 admissions in the most recent year reported.  It performed 14,627 annual inpatient and 13,483 outpatient surgeries.  Its emergency room had 78,362 visits. Tampa General Hospital is a teaching hospital.  It is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

Adult Specialty

This hospital was among 148 facilities—roughly 3 percent of the 4,793 analyzed for the latest Best Hospitals rankings—to be ranked in even one of the 16 specialties.

Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL is ranked nationally in 1 adult specialty.  It was also high-performing in 1 adult specialty, as shown below.  Moffitt Cancer Center is a 206-bed cancer facility with 8,616 admissions in the most recent year reported. It performed 4,782 annual inpatient and 3,940 outpatient surgeries.  Moffitt Cancer Center is a teaching hospital.

Adult Specialty

This hospital was among 148 facilities—roughly 3 percent of the 4,793 analyzed for the latest Best Hospitals rankings—to be ranked in even one of the 16 specialties.

Tampa Sports

The Tampa Bay Area is home to many sports teams and has a substantial history of sporting activity. Most of the region's professional sports franchises use the name "Tampa Bay", which is the name of a body of water, not of any city. This is to emphasize that they represent the wider metropolitan area and not a particular municipality.

Tampa is home to three teams that compete at the major league level. The 2003 Super Bowl Champions -- the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who play in the National Football League (NFL), the 2004 Stanley Cup winners, the Tampa Bay Lightning, who play in the National Hockey League (NHL), the Tampa Bay Rays play in Major League Baseball (MLB) and the 2004 Arena Football Bowl winners, the Tampa Bay Storm.  Additionally, the New York Yankee baseball team has its spring training along with five other MLB teams.  Tampa is also home to MacDill Air Force Base (Headquarters for the special U.S. Operations Command and U.S. Central Command). 

A number of minor league franchises play in the region as well, including the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League, the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the new North American Soccer League, and four minor league baseball teams competing in the Class-A Florida State League.

In intercollegiate sports, the University of South Florida Bulls compete in NCAA Division I, while the University of Tampa competes in NCAA Division II.

North Tampa Real Estate is home to some of the most desirable premiere neighborhoods, from master-planned communities to rural areas surrounded by over 100 lakes, lush landscaping and communities with old-fashioned hometown qualities and many amenities for families of all ages.  These communities are easily accessed via the Veteran’s Expressway, Suncoast Parkway, Interstate 275, Interstate 75, and Dale Mabry Highway.  The area homes includes Lutz,  Keystone, Westchase, Citrus Park, Northdale, Town n' County, Carrollwood, Country Way subdivision and new construction homes in New Tampa, Wesley Chapel, Temple Terrace and bungalows in Seminole Heights.  North Tampa is also known to many as "Bulls Country" after the University of South Florida Bulls.  The college, now playing in the Big East Conference, has been building quite a program to hopefully one day be as competitive as the other big Florida schools, University of Florida, FSU & Miami.  North Tampa nightlife surrounding the USF campus has plenty of college bars, local dive bars & sports pubs. There are plenty of restaurants in North Tampa that are far enough away from Ybor City to not be flooded with the tourists that come to the area.  Although many locals go to Ybor City and Hyde Park for nightlife, just head north, you will be surprised with the numerous amounts of bars & clubs; many catering to the college student incomes. Also in this northern region you will find golf courses, Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, city & state parks & many other recreational activities.  So whether you are planning to enjoy a sunny afternoon or a late night of entertainment just head north!  For more information on Tampa Bay Florida Real Estate contact me.

South Tampa Real Estate is a very desirable location with premiere homes for sale in Tampa.  There a many types of homes one can choose to live in, whether it’s a condo, bungalow, town home, villa, high rise or a mansion, south Tampa Real Estate has a lot to offer.  It also has older homes from the 1900’s that have undergone restoration in areas of Palma Ceia, Bayshore Blvd. and Hyde Park.  Although many people refer to Hyde Park being within South Tampa, we have separated the neighborhoods due to the amount of nightlife & restaurants in Hyde Park.  South Tampa, encompassing the region along Dale Mabry south of Interstate 275 all the way down to MacDill Airforce Base and located east of the Westshore District.  When people talk about South Tampa nightlife, they are usually referring to Hyde Park nightlife but you will still find plenty of bars in South Tampa.  Looking for a great meal?  South Tampa restaurants offer a variety of cuisine from seafood to Italian.  You will also find many small business owned shops in South Tampa.  For more information on South Tamp Real Estate and Neighborhoods contact me.


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