The city of Tampa, Florida is considered the "heart" of Tampa Bay. The area's climate, affordable cost of living and wide array of leisure and recreation activities and events make the city a perfectly ideal location for young families and retirees as well.
The city offers a wide array of single-family homes, apartments, townhomes and condominiums, ranging from the upscale and luxurious to the most affordable one. With its sunny climate, cool breezes and blue skies, Tampa Bay's weather is sure to enthrall many visitors and prospective residents. The area's average year-round temperature is 72°, 60° in January and a warm average of 82° in August.
The City's Unique Array Of Cultural Activities And Events
Tampa's diverse culture and traditions are further enhanced by many interesting annual events and festivals. Probably the most famous area festival is the month-long celebration of the Gasparilla Pirate Fest, which is the city's own version of the Mardi Gras, and is filled with parades, arts, entertainment and other sporting and cultural attractions.
The city also plays host to the Florida State Fair, the annual Strawberry Festival in Plant City and the annual Air Fest at MacDill Air Force Base, where military and aviation history icons, aircraft as well as flying acrobatics are on display. Aside from this, the city plays host to dozens of arts and crafts shows, street festivals and parades, which helps explain why Tampa is considered as the entertainment hub of the state's West Coast.
Tampa Neighborhood Overview
The city's downtown area has plenty of cultural and recreational attractions, which include the Florida Acquarium, historic Ybor City, and the city's International Airport are just a 30 minute drive away. Other nearby attractions like Disney World and Universal & MGM Studios are only an hour's drive away in the East.
The wonderful beaches of the Gulf of Mexico are also only a 30-mile drive to the west coast. Hyde Park is also one the city's first neighborhoods, and is located southwest of the downtown area.On this area are the Bayshore Blvd mansions on the East, wherein one will see classic bungalows, townhomes, apartments and large mansions all throughout this historic part of town.
Also in this district is the south of Swann Ave near Olde Hyde Park Village, where a wonderful shopping and restaurant area within the district is located. The neighborhood of Channelside, is also seen as another resurgent part of town where visitors will find the Florida Aquarium, Channelside Entertainment Complex, Tampa Trolley, USS Victory, Tampa Port Tours, Tampa City Duck Tours, and the Forum, and a sprinkling of many elegant and upscale lofts and new high rise condominium developments.
According to real estate analysts, the large inventory of unsold homes in the Tampa real estate market provides local and overseas property investors with the chance of availing homes at considerable discounts and rates. This is because of the fact that property agents and sellers have a lot of competition to deal with at present. The rising number of international investors and buyers is anticipated to further neutralize real estate sales. In addition, this is also expected to jumpstart even more higher sales; which will in the long run make the overall housing market of the city fully recover from the current housing slump.
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