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South Tampa 🌴 One of Tampa's Most Popular Areas

One of the most popular Tampa Bay areas is definitely South Tampa, so let's go over this spot to see if it's the right fit for you to live. You may not find 'South Tampa' on a map, which can be confusing - your address is simply 'Tampa.'


Generally when people are talking about South Tampa, they're referring to the peninsula that juts down into Tampa Bay with the northern boundary of South Tampa being State Road 60 (Kennedy Boulevard) and the southern boundary being MacDill Air Force Base.


So why do so many want to live in South Tampa?

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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION


South Tampa is close to two large commercial areas - the Westshore District near Tampa International Airport, and Downtown Tampa.


South Tampa sits right in between those areas for a convenient commute that avoids having to get on major highways. However, you would have pretty quick access to highways bringing you to other Tampa Bay areas including I-275 and the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, originally known as the Southern Crosstown Expressway. The Crosstown Expressway is currently undergoing an extension that will allow drivers to go from Brandon to Downtown Tampa, South Tampa, and St. Petersburg without getting off the highway.


It's also close to fun places around Downtown Tampa like Amalie Arena, Curtis Hixon Park, The Florida Aquarium, Glazer Children's Museum, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, and Sparkman Wharf. South Tampa is close to the action downtown without actually living there.


EATING, DRINKING & SHOPPING


Because South Tampa has been a popular areas for a long time, many local and chain businesses and restaurants have set up shop here. You don't have to go far to find an amazing restaurant, fun boutique, or grocery store.


Great spots for shopping include WestShore Plaza, International Plaza, and Hyde Park Village.


Howard Avenue is known for the famous Bern's Steak House and quite a few bars appealing to the younger crowd.


SCHOOL DISTRICT


One of the other reasons people love South Tampa is for the schools. If you've been looking online at listings, you probably see the phrase "in the Plant High School District."


Plant High School is one of the oldest schools in Tampa and consistently one of the highest rated in the area. The elementary and middle schools that feed into Plant High School are generally rated high as well. Make sure you check the actual school zone for the house you're interested in purchasing.

The other high school in South Tampa is in the southern portion of the peninsula - Robinson High School.


*NOTE: School zones subject to change


NOT COOKIE CUTTER


South Tampa is the opposite of subdivided neighborhoods, which can be a pro or con depending on your personal tastes. Because the area has been built over the last century, every house looks different and there are plenty of examples where century-old bungalows sit next to brand new contemporary construction. Some neighbors take better care of their homes than others.


If you value privacy, South Tampa can be a hard place to find it with many smaller lot sizes. Unless you are backing up to the water, golf course, or a street changes are good that you'll have a neighbor backing up to your property.


It is extremely important to work with a REALTOR® who specializes in South Tampa if this is the area you have chosen.


NEIGHBORHOODS & HOUSING OPTIONS


Neighborhood boundaries in South Tampa can be hard to figure out, as many aren't labeled well other than a small sign. They have different vibes and looks - some have brick streets, larger lot sizes, gorgeous oak tree canopies.


You can see beautiful, historic bungalows in Hyde Park Village, lots of new construction in Swann Estates from builders developing existing lots where older homes used to stand. There are townhouses close to Howard Avenue, and you'll find some walkable neighborhoods in South Tampa.


If you want your kids to be able to walk to Plant High School, look at Palma Ceia, West Palma Ceia, or Virginia Park.


Knowing what you want your lifestyle to be like when you move here is key to choosing a specific location, plus your budget really matters.


Home prices in South Tampa are expensive, especially if you want to be in that Plant High School District. Like Downtown St. Pete, South Tampa has some of the highest price real estate in the area since demand is so high. If you want a waterfront property in South Tampa, be prepared to spend well over $1 million.


There are apartments, condos, townhouses, and single family homes to meet different needs.


Other popular neighborhoods include Beach Park, Bayshore Beautiful, Ballast Point, Interbay, Westshore Yacht Club, Culbreath Isles, Sunset Park, Golfview, nearby Davis Islands and Harbour Island.


South of the Plant High School District, home prices drop dramatically.


If you're looking to buy / sell in South Tampa - feel free to contact me!


Melanie is a Tampa Bay area Realtor with Smith & Associates. She loves Tampa Bay area area, houses, and helping clients buy and sell real estate. She can be reached at 813-368-6084 or matkinson@smithandassociates.com

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