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Tampa

Your guide to the Lightning Capital of the World!

Welcome to Tampa – sitting proudly along the Gulf Coast of Florida, this area boasts an absolutely awesome quality of life with year-round sun and fun, along with a thriving business climate.


Tampa is part of the metro region that is commonly referred to as the Tampa Bay Area. Encompassing Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater, this locale that is home to more than 4 million residents is actually the second-largest metropolitan area in the state of Florida – just behind Miami. For both individuals and businesses alike, Tampa offers opportunity, accessibility, and affordability. Add in the ideal year-round climate, along with some world-class attractions, and you've got the ideal destination. Tampa offers a long list of cultural exhibits, sports and entertainment venues, and museums, as well as dining and shopping experiences. Plus, if you love the water, there are miles and miles of ocean front and breathtaking beaches at your doorstep. So, if you really want to be a part of this coastal city, then dive into all that it has to offer and you'll soon feel right at home.


What to do in Tampa

Voted as the 5th best outdoor city by Forbes magazine, there’s no doubt that there is plenty to do in Tampa that includes fun in the sun. It’s also no surprise, then, that the area was also recently ranked as the 5th most popular city in terms of where people want to live, according to a Pew Research Center study. During the day, there are plenty of beaches, theme parks, gardens, and trails to discover if you love the outdoors. If you're more of a culture addict at heart, Tampa's Straz Center for the Performing Arts is the largest performing arts complex south of the Kennedy Center - and it boasts one of the nation's leading Broadway series. After dark, Tampa provides some of the best nightlife to speak of. And, if you are into shopping, there is certainly no shortage of local shops and boutiques, as well as more high-end stores at one of several popular shopping plazas, including Hyde Park Village or Westshore Mall. For the sports lover, this city backs the football Buccaneers, the baseball Rays, and the hockey Lightning. In addition, there are several Major League Baseball teams that hold their spring training camps in the area.


How to Get Around in Tampa

Getting around in Tampa is fairly easy. While there is no subway or mass transit system, the city does offer several other options - including eco-friendly, open-air, shuttle service, as well as an in-town trolley line. The trolley provides quick, convenient transportation from major public parking and downtown hotels to restaurants and other downtown locations for only 25 cents per ride. In addition, there are also water taxis that will take passengers across the river to various locations, including the Convention Center, Performing Arts Center, Tampa Heights, and Harbour Island. The Tampa Bay Cycle Program provides resources for local bicycling news and events. And, the Coast BikeShare program offers roughly 300 bikes that are for use via a daily, monthly, or yearly membership. These bikes may be picked up and dropped off at 30 different locations around the area.


What it's like to live in Tampa

Living in Tampa can be a combination of convenient and just plain fun. The average winter temperature in Tampa ranges from the low to mid-70s during the day to the low to mid-50s at night. So, there's rarely a need for heavy winter clothing. Given its large downtown and financial district, Tampa offers a large and positive employment scene in a variety of industries - including IT and electronics. In 2015, Tampa was voted by WalletHub as the No. 24 best city to find a job. It was also voted by the same entity as the Number 1 Best Place to Retire. For small business owners, Tampa also holds good news, as this city was voted the No. 19 city by Biz2Credit as the Best Small Business City. There is also a great deal of good, quality health care in the Tampa area. Here you will find a strong network of hospitals - many that are ranked on the U.S. News and World Report list of America's Best Hospitals. The Washington Square News has ranked Tampa as a top city for “twenty-somethings” – so it also stands to reason that the area boasts a lot of great things to do for young professionals, as well as young and growing families. As far as living accommodations, Tampa is divided into many different neighborhoods – each offering its own diverse amenities, depending on what you’re looking for.


Where to find apartments in Tampa

There are places to live both directly in downtown Tampa, as well as in the outlying neighborhoods that surround this awesome city. Before heading out to look, though, it is a good idea to do just a bit of preliminary research first. When looking for a Tampa apartment for rent, you will usually need to put down a security deposit, as well as the amount of your first month’s rent. This will also need to be accompanied by proof from your employer that you have income that is stable. You should also have a good credit history, along with at least one or two good, solid credit references. As far as finding that ideal apartment in Tampa, there are a few factors that you will need to consider. For example, think about the type of neighborhood that you’ll want to live in with regard to proximity to the beach, as well as to public transportation, parks, and other amenities. Also, how close (or far) do you want to live from your place of employment? Once you’ve determined your ideal location, there are other criteria to consider as well, such as the approximate size of the space that you need or want. Apartments in Tampa can come in a plethora of floor plans, as well as price ranges – and can include a multitude of amenities, such as garages, in-unit laundry, and work-out facilities. After you’ve narrowed down your list, it will be much easier to find your perfect Tampa apartment rental.


Neighborhoods in Tampa

Downtown Tampa


Downtown Tampa is considered to be the central business district of the area, as well as the primary financial district of the entire Tampa Bay area. Here, you will find a multitude of employment opportunities – including the headquarters and offices of many large companies, such as Bank of America, Verizon, and SunTrust.There are also a number of attractions in downtown, too, such as Florida Aquarium, and a number of museums, theatres, and performing arts centers. Many who live and work in the downtown area enjoy Riverwalk, a 2.4 mile walking and biking trail that winds along the edge of town, alongside the Hillsborough River.

Ybor City


Ybor City is considered to be more of a historic neighborhood. It is located just northeast of the downtown area, and is inhabited by a very diverse population of residents. The locale has actually been designated as a National Historic Landmark District, and a number of the local structures are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.Over the past few years, this community has grown significantly into more of a 24 / 7 neighborhood, with late-night cafes, bars, and eateries that are open all night. The area hosts a wide variety of tastes in its dining, shopping and entertainment venues.

Forest Hills


Forest Hills is located in the northern portion of the Tampa area. In the mid-1920s, there was a golf course constructed in the area, and for a time, the famous golfer “Babe” Zaharias owned the course and lived on the grounds. Today, the renovated golf course still bears her name. This small community holds roughly 5,000 residents. The community does have two elementary schools, as well as a middle and a high school.

Ballast Point


Ballast Point is more of a tree-lined residential area that is located within the city of Tampa proper, and bordered by Hillsborough Bay. It can be a great place for young couples, as well as growing families.

Sulphur Springs


The Sulphur Springs area is known for its mineral springs, as well as its Sulphur Springs Water Tower. In fact, at one time, the area was actually known for being a mineral springs tourist attraction for the wealthy. Residents today enjoy the area’s close proximity to Rowlett Park and the Hillsborough River. It is also just a short commute into downtown Tampa, so can be an easy drive for young professionals.

Seminole Heights


Seminole Heights is considered to be more of a historic neighborhood. It is located in the Central Tampa area, and you can find many early 20th century bungalow homes and historical structures here. Many years ago, streetcars connected residents of this area to the downtown area for business and other outings. Today, you will find many nice restaurants, pubs, and shops for residents and guests to enjoy.

Kenwood


Kenwood is yet another historic neighborhood, and it lies just west of the downtown St. Petersburg area. It, too, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and it contains one of the highest concentrations of bungalows in the entire state of Florida - some dating back to the 1920s. The first weekend of every November, this neighborhood hosts its popular "BungalowFest" - a 2-day tour of homes and gardens that show off some of the cutest places in town.

Tampa Heights


Tampa Heights is thought to be one of Tampa’s oldest and most established neighborhoods that actually stands within the city limits. Some of the historic buildings that you can find here include the Tampa Free Library. Residents also enjoy the Tampa Riverwalk, as well as the newly renovated Water Works Park.

Palma Ceia


Palma Ceia is home to the Palma Ceia Country Club, and is also located near the Golfview community. Residents here enjoy the area’s historic feel – including the brick streets. The area is also home to the famous Palma Ceia Design District, which hosts numerous cafes and boutiques, and is just a short walk from Bayshore Boulevard.

Hyde Park


Another historic neighborhood, Hyde Park, is located within Tampa’s city limits. Hyde Park includes SoHo, Hyde Park Village, and Bayshore Boulevard. Hyde Park is also adjacent to the University of Tampa. Here you will find numerous historic homes and bungalows.This is a very desirable area – especially given its close proximity to the downtown Tampa locale. And, because of that, there are also many new developments that are being built within the immediate vicinity – including dining and shopping establishments, and multi-family housing options.

Davis Islands


Davis Island offers many amenities for its residents – including the Davis Island Yacht Club, and the Peter O. Knight Airport. This area offers a small business district that includes restaurants, cafes, bars, and shops, as well as recreational facilities that include the Davis Islands Trail linear park.

Tampa Palms


Tampa Palms is a neighborhood that is situated within the New Tampa district of the city of Tampa. This area is more of a planned community that is complete with homes, offices, shops, churches, schools, dining facilities, and recreational complexes. The area has actually been given the Aurora Award by the Southeast Homebuilders Association.

West Tampa


West Tampa is actually west of the downtown area and east of the West Shore business district. Here you will find what used to be many cigar factories is now transitioning into an extremely diverse neighborhood with homes, cafes, shops, and other nice amenities. It also boasts the West Tampa Arts Center, a former cigar factory that is not 25 working art studios and a gallery.

College Hills


College Hills is on the east side of Tampa. It is predominantly a small community, with younger residents.

Gary


While Gary itself is not considered to have official boundaries, some of the nearby areas are Easy Ybor and Palmetto Beach. This area is located at the eastern tip of Tampa Bay.

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