Tampa Bay Area Real Estate and Community Info.

Tampa Bay Area Real Estate and Community Info.

Seminole Heights

Known for its cozy atmosphere and stately homes, Seminole Heights is a beautiful residential community dotted with charming community parks. For instance, the Seminole Heights Garden Center, built in 1939, has been lovingly restored through the years, offering residents a picturesque site for picnics, weddings, birthday parties or corporate events. The Seminole Heights community is served by three schools from the Hillsborough County School District: Seminole Elementary, Memorial Middle School and Hillsborough High School. Given the special historic status of the Seminole Heights district, it’s not surprising to find locals browsing antique shops, such as Yesterdaze and Bali Bay, on a sleepy Sunday afternoon. You don’t have to leave the neighborhood for a quick bite to eat as Seminole Heights has a number of small restaurants and nationwide chains to satisfy your appetite. The Refinery, located on North Florida Avenue, brings in diners from all over Florida for its seasonal, egalitarian approach to fine dining. Commuting in and out of Seminole Heights is easy, given the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) connects the Seminole Heights neighborhood to the rest of the Tampa Bay Metropolitan Area.

Tampa Heights

Tampa Heights coalesced during the economic boom of the early 1880s when a number of notable residents made their home in the “Highlands” of Tampa Bay. Just minutes north of downtown, Tampa Heights is simultaneously the oldest and “newest” neighborhood in Tampa Bay. Oldest, since visitors can tour carefully preserved homes and historic buildings built during the community’s inception, and “newest” because Tampa Heights is undergoing an exciting period of renewal and revival. The Tampa Heights Community began a comprehensive campaign in 1999 to improve infrastructure, services and community involvement. Since that time, Tampa Heights has opened a community garden, repurposed an old Baptist church into the Youth Development and Community Center and worked cooperatively with local businesses to bring the community together for fun events. Right now, teams of USF design students have been collaborating with city officials to expand the Tampa Riverwalk to include Waterworks Park in Tampa Heights.

Ybor City

Founded by the cigar-making visionary Vincente Martinez Ybor, Ybor City has been Tampa’s Latin Quarter for over a century, and one of two National Historic Landmark Districts in Florida. Ybor City boasts a long history of community-wide healthcare, through localized mutual aid societies, and supporting entrepreneurs. Rather than strive for a cigar manufacturing monopoly, Vincente Martinez Ybor encouraged his skilled staff to start their own cigar companies, “casitas,” sharing a slice of the American Dream. Given the unique blend of ethnicities in Ybor City, residents enjoy a wild array of flavors, music, culture and a bumpin’ nightlife. There is always a party somewhere in Ybor City, however the best party of the year would have to be “Guavaween,” Ybor City’s city-wide Halloween party that attracts around 100,000 visitors annually. In 2008, the American Planning Association named 7th Avenue in Ybor City one of the “Great Streets in America.” With a vibrant, connected community, great food and fun, Ybor City is one of Tampa’s most exciting places to live.

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Downtown Tampa

Downtown Tampa Bay offers many green commuting options, such as water taxis, bike routes, buses and light rail, making it easy to enjoy the restaurants and shops of the city without getting the car out of the garage. At night, residents can hop in a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) in Channelside for shuttle service to Downtown Tampa’s other hot party districts. Living in Downtown Tampa Bay gives residents a front-row seat to summer festivals, holiday shopping, and world-class art exhibits. Lightning fans love living just blocks away from St. Pete Times Forum, the home turf for Tampa hockey and arena football teams. Downtown Tampa is also home to the University of Tampa, a stunning campus in an urban setting that serves around 6,500 students annually. With its bustling streets and riverside attractions bringing visitors from all over the world, there truly is something for everyone in Downtown Tampa.

Hampton Terrace

Bounded by Hampton Avenue, 15th Street, Nebraska Avenue and Hillsborough Avenue, Hampton Terrace is a lovely historic neighborhood in Tampa Bay covering about 1,200 acres. Until February 2011, Hampton Terrace was considered part of the Old Seminole Heights neighborhood.

Hampton Terrace is unique in that architecture enthusiasts can stroll through the neighborhood and view iconic building designs from every decade since the turn of the century. Although Hampton Terrace is more often thought of as the place to tour historic homes, its variety of local shops and restaurants attract visitors, such as 3 Coins Diner or Stephanno’s Pizza, where friends and families can meet and catch up. The Tampa International Airport is just minutes west and Kindred Central Tampa Hospital is located in the middle of the Hampton Terrace district.

Lowry Park Central

Located between Sulphur Springs, Seminole Heights and Armenia Garden Estates, Lowry Park Central is a lovely residential neighborhood minutes from downtown shops, beachfront cafes and the University of Tampa campus. The main focal point of Lowry Park Central is the zoo. The Lowry Park Zoo is a world-class animal conservation center that you and your family will love visiting, rain or shine, just minutes from your home in Lowry Park Central. Aside from the exhibits and daily events at the zoo, there are also classes for animal lovers and an interactive Pre-School and Early Education curriculum offered through Lowry Park’s unique “Zoo School” program. Cruise down West Waters Avenue in Lowry Park Central for some of the best Latin cuisine in Tampa. El Flamboyan serves up authentic Puerto Rican dishes; and if you turn off West Waters onto North Armenia Avenue you’ll find La Cabaña Antiqueña, a festive restaurant that dishes up generous portions of Colombian favorites.

Riverside Heights

Located conveniently off of Hwy 275, Riverside Heights is a quiet residential neighborhood between Tampa Heights and the Hillsborough River. The dining scene in Riverside Heights features relaxed, casual restaurants serving delicious comfort foods. For a more elegant evening, residents of Riverside Heights are just minutes from elegant table settings and fabulous Florida fare at Mangroves. For a unique, swashbuckling experience, nothing tops dinner and drinks at Gaspar’s Grotto. This infamous pirate-themed restaurant is just minutes from Riverside Heights and a favorite spot for Tampa’s scurvy-ridden privateers. Shoppers love living a short drive from great shopping centers and specialty stores. Hyde Park Village is an open-air shopping plaza, with tree lined walkways leading shoppers to favorite brands, coffee shops and restaurants. With great food and cool shopping destinations surrounding Riverside Heights, you won’t have to search all over Tampa for that hard-to-find item.


One of Tampa’s first planned residential communities, Wellswood is a close-knit, blue-collar community that has been on the rise in recent years, due in large part to its commitment to providing events and improvement projects that reflect the changing needs of the Wellswood community. In the early 1950s, Wellswood began with a couple of ranch-style homes and a community center built on what was once a pasture for livestock. Since that time, Wellswood has grown and is now home to thousands of residents, Tampa Catholic High School, a top tier Pony Baseball League, Mendenhall Elementary School, the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association, and many local small businesses. Recently, the Wellswood community installed a new playground for kids complete with a kiddie-friendly rock climbing wall. Weekly yoga and Zumba classes are a great way for Wellswood neighbors to get together while enjoying a fun workout. Wellswood is located between Armenia Avenue and the Hillsborough River.


If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, give us a call at (813) 739-5965 if you're thinking of selling, (813) 739-5925 if you're thinking of buying, or send us an email to explore your options and to find out when is the best time for you to make a move.


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Nathan Bangs
Keller Williams Realty
3502 Henderson Blvd.
Tampa FL 33609
For Buyers: 813-739-5925
For Sellers: 813-739-5965
Fax: 813.875.3701