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Tampa's Westchase Neighborhoods + Homes - What You Need to Know

What has made Westchase one of the most popular Tampa Bay area neighborhoods for more than 20 years? That's an easy question and I'm going to explain why...

I personally lived in The Fords of Westchase for five years back in the early-mid 2000’s. From the beginning of my real estate career, Westchase has been one of the neighborhoods I have specialized in.

In this episode of Melanie Loves Tampa Bay, I'm going to share information on Westchase, so you can decide whether it is a good fit for you - whether you're coming from out of state or moving within the Tampa Bay area.

Westchase is a large, master planned community with approximately 3,500 homes. There are all different types of homes - apartments, condos, villas, townhouses, and single family homes, large and small. Whatever size and type of home you need - Westchase probably has it.

It covers over 2,000 acres in the northwest portion of Hillsborough County. Westchase’s location has always been one of its most appealing features. It is about 20 minutes from the Westshore business district and Tampa International Airport, approximately 30 minutes from downtown Tampa, and depending on which beach you want to go to, it is anywhere from 30-45 minutes to one of the area’s fabulous beaches.

But more than that, Westchase is in the middle the entire Tampa Bay area. Whether you have to go north into Pasco County or west into Clearwater, Safety Harbor, Dunedin - Westchase’s central location makes that an easy drive.

There are two main roads that run through Westchase. The main east/west road is Linebaugh Avenue. Countryway Boulevard is the main north/south road. Most of the neighborhood entrances are directly off of either Linebaugh Ave. or Countryway Blvd. As an aside, Linebaugh Ave. is a really pretty road to drive on when the crepe myrtles are in bloom. Visually, Westchase is a beautiful area that sells itself when potential buyers drive through.

Let’s talk about how the neighborhood breaks down. People who I give tours to unfamiliar with large, subdivided neighborhoods often ask me the same question as we’re driving: "Are we still in Westchase?" There are so many different neighborhoods & villages within Westchase, It can get very confusing.

Here’s how I illustrate it. Think of Westchase as an outline like this:



a) Stamford

b) Castleford

c) Chelmsford

You can do the same breakdown with other neighborhoods including The Greens, The Bridges, West Park Village, and so on.

As far as the homes are concerned, a good portion of the single family homes are the typical Florida-style home that was built throughout the 1990's and early 2000’s. These homes were, and are still, so popular because they are functional floor plans that fit the needs of the people buying both then and now.

If you would prefer something that looks a little different there are neighborhoods within Westchase that offer some different exterior styles and interior layouts. For instance, West Park Village has gorgeous, traditional style homes with front porches. The Greens offers many two-story models with stone accents on the exterior. The Estates and Harbor Links were constructed by luxury builders and have unique and high-end features.

Westchase has many types of home styles. There are villas, which, in Westchase are homes that are one-story and attached on one side. Townhouses, which are two-stories and typically attached on both sides unless it is an end unit. Condos can have a variety of layouts, with one, two, or even three stories.

Next, let’s talk about Westchase school zones, which is another question I get all the time. Westchase & Lowry are the two public elementary schools that Westchase residents are zoned for. Most residents are zoned for Westchase Elementary School, which is located on the main road, Linebaugh Ave. Lowry Elementary School is located south of Westchase in the neighborhood of Countryway. If you live off Countryway Blvd. in the neighborhoods of: The Enclave, Berkeley Square, Keswick Forest, Glenfield, Bennington, Wycliff, Woodbay, and Glencliff - you are zoned for Lowry Elementary School.

All Westchase residents are zoned for Davidsen Middle School on Montague Ave, and Alonso High School.

If you want alternative schooling options, there are charter, magnet, and private school options available.

There are plenty of ways to have fun in Westchase! Everyone wants "walkability" now, and you don't have to live in a crowded city to walk or bike to your favorite restaurants, bars, and shops!

Feeling active: You can enjoy the sunny Florida days playing a round of golf at the public Westchase golf club, or grab a friend and play a game of tennis at one of the two tennis centers. There are also two community pools, well maintained playgrounds with picnic pavilions, soccer fields, basketball courts, and more!

The wide sidewalks throughout Westchase make getting around by food easy and safe. One of my favorite pieces of insider information is that there is a tunnel from Baybridge Park that goes under Linebaugh Ave. so you have easy access to the town center on Montague Ave.

Throughout the year, there are tons of community events in Westchase. The World of Westchase magazine comes out on the first of every month and has all the event and community information that you need. Westchase residents are lucky to have such an amazing resource for their neighborhood.

There is still so much to know about this great neighborhood and I am happy to answer any questions!

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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