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If you want to be near the water, surrounded by boutique shops and independent restaurants, and you love the look and feel of a historic district, Tampa is for sure one of the best places to live in the city. Here you'll find gorgeous homes of all shapes and sizes, though they tend to be pretty pricey. If a historic home is not within your budget, don't let that deter you as there are also more affordable options such as condos, luxury lofts, townhomes, as well as duplexes and split-levels.

South Tampa

Downtown Tampa

Ybor City is a community famous for its historical Cuban cigar factories. Its charm is found in its restored brick roads; an active trolley system connecting Ybor to South Tampa, and Channelside; and its bungalows. While there aren't as many historic housing options in Ybor as there are in South Tampa, there are modern and renovated condos, townhomes and lofts, some with pools and fitness centers. Recently new single-family homes are being built in this charming city, if you are looking for an eclectic yet old-time neighborhood, be sure to ask your realtor about all the options in Ybor City.

While Ybor is host to many festivals, parades and events, it's known for its nightlife; full of nightclubs for every type of club-goer and music fan. For alternate entertainment, there is a movie theater, a comedy club, and concerts such as the annual WMNF Tropical Heatwave, throughout the year.

Ybor is also chock full of independently owned and operated restaurants for all tastes. There are also some locally-owned retail and clothing stores, but for big-name shopping, you'll have to venture to another part of town. Like Downtown Tampa, Ybor is close to major highways so alternative entertainment, shopping, and dining is never far away.

When considering where to live in Tampa are you thinking a little less city and want to be in a residential community? If so, Tampa has tons of great neighborhoods to explore!

North tampa

New and remodeled housing is available as well as apartments, condos, and townhomes in several price ranges. Because it is near to the school, there are many dorm- and suite-style living opportunities.

North Tampa is a good mix for anyone not wanting to choose between suburban or urban living. It offers many conveniences of the city, without the constant noise, as well as suburban amenities, without the feel of being far removed from the city.

East Tampa

Brandon offers several interesting neighborhoods in Tampa, you will find everything from apartments to single-family homes, to ranch properties with acreage. Brandon, Seffner and Fishawk are suburban communities located closer to restaurants, shopping, and bars, while Valrico, Dover and Lithia, located on the outskirts of Brandon, are quieter, and often more rural. If you are looking for a place to live in Tampa, and want land, there are still opportunities to buy in this area.

While Brandon consists mostly of chain restaurants, there are some popular, locally-owned ones, too. While nightlife is nothing like South Tampa or Ybor and there are no real nightclubs, many local neighborhood bars are packed on the weekends. Several Brandon bars also offer live music from reggae to country to alt-rock.

FishHawk offers condos, townhomes, ranch-style, and new bungalow style housing in all price ranges, and is a very family-oriented community. Within the community is Park Square, an area with a locally popular restaurant, and an open park area which is the site of the regular Friday night Concert in the Park, a free, family-friendly event with live music.

The community centers have a total of three pools, a mini water park for young children, and a private movie theater. For outdoor recreation, the entire community is full of miles and miles of nature trails, with pavement for cyclists, providing virtually endless fun.

Within its limits are grocery stores, some locally owned retail stores, chain and fast food restaurants, banks and the like, but for popular nightlife, entertainment, and shopping opportunities, one would have to venture out, and it's quite a drive to the hot spots like South Tampa, Ybor, and Channelside.

South Shore is a relatively new name referring to the communities of Apollo Beach, Riverview, Gibsonton, Ruskin, and Sun City Center, a senior citizen community. These Tampa neighborhoods are similar to Brandon, though many are situated on the water with canal access to rivers such as the Alafia River.

Apartments, townhomes, condos, and houses are available in South Shore in any price range.

Shopping opportunities are also similar to Brandon, with many chain restaurants and retail stores. There is no major mall, so one would have to head to Brandon or Tampa for major retail shopping opportunities. Entertainment and nightlife, too, match Brandon, with typical spots such as movie theaters, bars, and bowling alleys. You have more opportunities to hang out in a marina bar, to launch a boat and attend seafood festivals in the South Shore area. Situated across Old Tampa Bay from South Tampa, talks are underway to add a ferry route from Apollo Beach to Mac Dill AFB. Travel time by car from South Tampa to South Shore is approximately 45 minutes. If the ferry is available to non-service people, this area will grow more quickly than it is already. The perfect place to live for a young family, don't miss the South Shore. Minutes away from Downtown Tampa via the Crosstown Expressway, it's a quick hop up to Orlando, down to Sarasota or to Busch Gardens and more on I-75.

Last, but certainly not least, Plant City, located southeast of Tampa, Plant City is a perfect place to live for anyone seeking peace and quiet. There aren't many cookie-cutter neighborhoods here; instead many pre-1920's houses have been scooped up and restored, in places like Plant City's Historic District. These neighborhoods boast paved brick roads, Grand Oaks, and a quaint downtown shopping area with local antique shops.

Apartments, newer homes, and townhomes can be found and are not overly expensive. As Plant City is largely an agricultural community, many houses for sale or rent can be found, set on a nice chunk of property: A perfect set-up for anyone wanting some space between them and their neighbor.

Across the Bridge

Choosing St. Petersburg (St. Pete) or Clearwater can provide you with the ultimate Florida lifestyle. Known for its perfect weather, award winning beaches, festive nightlife, great local eateries, and a rich cultural history, it's no wonder so many people want to call this place home!

Sports fans have a lot of options in the St. Pete area from our Tampa Bay Rays (MLB), Tampa Bay Rowdies (USL), and the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Both Clearwater and St. Pete offer many attractions just blocks away such as Dolphin Cruises, Lunch/Dinner Boats, Parasailing, Deep Sea Fishing, fantastic beach restaurants, bike trails, and much more! There is always plenty to do across the bridge in Clearwater and St. Pete.

I hope this guide helps you get a better idea of where to live if you're moving to Tampa or, if you already live here, maybe you learned a few things about Tampa neighborhoods. Of course, this guide pales in comparison to actually visiting, so if you have a chance to, come out and experience these Tampa neighborhoods yourself!