Tampa, Home of the Good Life
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Breathtaking sands and shores and vibrant communities define glamorous gorgeous Tampa Florida! As early as 1891 when the historic Tampa Bay Hotel (designated as the "first magic kingdom") was completed, opulence and the good life were becoming characteristic of the region. Thus began the city's reputation as a favorite destination and settlement for leaders, investors and other influential figures. This reputation continues today, as Tampa offers the well-to-do luxury properties of unequaled beauty and tranquility.
Spanish, Mediterranean, French and English countryside architectural influences adorn Tampa luxury real estate. Does it get more perfect than unwinding at night in a Tampa Bay waterfront home after an invigorating afternoon of sailing? When you own a Tampa Bay waterfront home, the treasure is all yours.
For boaters who appreciate being near Tampa Bay, waterfront condos please all aesthetic senses and offer the ultimate in fine living with 24-hour security. Athletic courts, waterfall pools, fitness centers, business and conference facilities, children’s amenities and full-scale spas await, when you make a Tampa Bay waterfront condo your home.
Tampa’s Irresistible Pull
Many residents of neighboring Brandon, Lithia, Riverview, Apollo Beach, and the fabulous 55+ community of Sun City Center originally lived in Tampa and still work here. It’s an easy commute, and the pull is always here, for so much about Tampa is unparalleled.
Major cruise lines include the Port of Tampa as one of their stops, where vacationers suddenly find themselves falling in love with Tampa FL homes for sale. And how can they not? This city is the sparkling light of Hillsborough County, with International Airport and Amtrak buses and trains keeping travelers connected (to visit with tales of how fantastic their homes are!) With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Lightning, Rowdies and Rays — and even the Yankees’ kicking up Steinbrenner Field with their spring training — you’ll always have a reason to be out and see neighbors proud of the community.
Food is another source of Tampa togetherness. Local produce and generations of recipes come together to bring distinctive cuisine to the region. There’s a natural fusion of cultures and flavors that create unique items such as quail and hazelnuts, risotto with Welsh cheese, alligator chili and tapenade potatoes. The aromatic wisps of fragrant herbs, spices, stocks and bakery delights constantly entice shoppers and strollers, making stopping by for a bite a treasured part of being out and about in Tampa.
The University of Tampa offers well-recognized marine biology and law curriculums, while the University of South Florida attracts students with its top-notch health studies. Teaching facilities for USF’s College of Medicine are at General Hospital. University Community, Memorial and St. Joseph’s Children hospitals provide additional opportunities for advanced learning, health care and employment. MacDill Air Force Base also serves as a boon for Tampa, where even horseshoe crabs fancy the base — they converge upon the marina during mating season to lay their eggs!
Memories of Where You Belong
It’s impossible to not find your niche in Tampa. Starting with, but nowhere limited by, Ybor City’s La Septima Avenue, you’re immersed in the classy and exotic. Tradition is a central word here, carried through to the annual Fiesta Day, celebrating the Germans and Italians who helped the Latin families shape Ybor.
There are timeless symphonies at the Florida Orchestra, young playwrights featured at the Gorilla Theatre, touch tanks filled with amazing sea creatures at the Florida Aquarium and decades of honor at the Tampa Firefighters Museum. The Spanish Lyric Theater has spent over fifty years bringing back important stories. The Sierra- and Nicklaus-designed Avila Golf and Country Club and the historic Babe Zaharias Golf Course challenge your skills. Both the child friendly and the more adult oriented versions of the lively Gasparilla Pirate Festival — complete with fireworks, parades and air shows — are of the spirit Tampa embodies.
When you own a piece of Tampa real estate, you gather priceless memories of manatee sightings, TECO trolley rides and jogging across Bayshore Boulevard. You or a loved one can even get an old fashioned shave and a hand-rolled cigar. And for both of you, an affirmation that you’re home to stay.