Tampa Bay Homes in Peaceful Enclave Convenient to the City

Posted: January 10, 2018 | Categories: Communities | News | General Info
By Highland Homes

Are you looking for a new home in Tampa Bay that offers the ideal combination of a laid-back setting and convenience to the city of Tampa, recreation, and your daily necessities? Gibsonton, a small city situated south of Tampa, on the east side of Hillsborough Bay, just may be the perfect place to call Home. Once known as the winter home of carnival and circus folk, today, it’s a welcoming home for anyone who enjoys an affordable cost of living in a laid-back locale with easy access to the best of Tampa Bay.

We are pleased to build new homes in Gibsonton at Symmes Cove. This beautiful, new neighborhood is shaded by towering trees and offers a peaceful enclave away from (but convenient to) the hustle and bustle of the city. Just 32 homes will be built here, offering a small and exclusive community with conservation views and open space.

Water, Waves and Recreation

The Alafia River near GibsontonNew homes for sale in Gibsonton, FL are located near the glistening waters of Hillsborough Bay, the Alafia River, Bullfrog Creek, and Apollo Beach. Enjoy watersports activities, waterside sunsets and afternoons at the beach — Just minutes from home!

Multiple parks are found within 5 miles of home for your outdoor recreation and enjoyment. At J.B. Gibson Park, enjoy basketball, playgrounds and barbecuing with the family. Mosaic Park offers a playground and tennis courts on the shores of the Alafia River. My personal favorite, the Alafia Scrub Nature Preserve, offers 80-acres of diverse habitats and pet-friendly hiking trails, with a scenic overlook of the Alafia River.

Manatee Viewing CenterCatch a glimpse of graceful manatees at the Manatee Viewing Center in Apollo Beach, just four miles away. Here, manatees flock to the warmer waters of the discharge canal outside the power station during cooler months. The Center is open Nov. 1 through April 15 and is free to visit. Adjacent to the Viewing Center, at the Apollo Beach Preserve, take a relaxing stroll with the waves lapping at your toes, swim, fish, picnic, and experience one of the most beautiful sunsets imaginable!

Another notable destination is the Riverview Park and Civic Center, which is just over 5-miles away. This is a favorite among locals for enjoying an afternoon on the Alafia River, with a free public boat dock and ramp, canoe and kayak launch, and fishing dock, along with covered picnic pavilions, a 9-acre park, and a pavilion which can be rented for your private events.

Nature isn’t the only way to stay active in Gibsonton. The Spurlino Family YMCA at Big Bend Road offers an “airnasium쳌, a unique, open-air gymnasium offering various sports, programs and camps. The Y broke ground in October 2017 on expansions that are planned to open in fall of 2018, including a large workout room, aquatic center and classrooms. The YMCA offers numerous programs and camps for children from infancy to teen years, making life easier for parents - Click here for more info!

Everyday Conveniences

From shopping to dining to commuting, you can’t beat the convenience of Symmes Cove. Your new home is convenient to both US Highway 41 S and I-75 for easy travel into Brandon and Tampa, and throughout the Tampa Bay area.  Downtown Tampa is only 14 miles and a short drive away, and renowned beaches such as Clearwater Beach, St. Pete Beach and Siesta Key are less than an hour’s drive.

AJ's on the RiverEnjoy a meal at AJ’s on the River, Fred’s Market Restaurant, Trust Me BBQ, or Rivers Edge Bar and Grill, which all have 4 to 5-star ratings on Google. If you’re cooking at home, you’ll appreciate the proximity to grocery shopping at Publix and Winn Dixie. If retail therapy or school shopping is on the schedule, you’ll love the impressive line-up of malls throughout the Tampa area, including the Westfield Brandon Mall, a short 10-mile drive away.


Enjoy a family day out or adults-only date night with nearby thrills such as Topgolf’s high-tech driving range and swanky lounge, indoor skydiving at iFLY, bouncing the day away at Sky Zone trampoline park, or 40,000 square feet of bowling, billiards, laser tag and gaming fun at Alley at Southshore.

Or, relax and catch a flick - Nothing matches the experience of seeing a movie in the theater! Goodrich Riverview 14 GDX, “Tampa’s Destination Move Theater쳌, is just 5 minutes from your new home and features plush recliners, premium auditoriums, and dining at the Features Gastropub. Or, cruise about 10 minutes south on US 41 to the Ruskin Family Drive-In, referred to as the “last family drive-in쳌 in the USA and a gathering place for great movies, good food, and a retro-style movie experience since 1952.

Glazer Children's Museum in downtown TampaDesigned to inspire children and families by creating learning opportunities around innovative play and discovery, the Glazer Children's Museum in downtown Tampa is a discovery all on its own. Throughout the year, the museum has a combination of permanent and traveling exhibits, comprehensive programs, and special events to amaze and educate children.

Alternatively, take in nostalgia at the International Showmen’s Museum where you’ll see rides, exhibits, and historical photos “Preserving the history of the American carnival쳌. You can even interact with showmen of yesteryear, and learn about their lives with the great traveling show. In January (12-14, in 2018), thousands of bike enthusiasts flock to the lot across from the Museum for the annual Gibtown Bike Fest. Termed as “Florida’s Most Entertaining Bike Week쳌, you’ll not only see the expected bike show and vendor paddock but also live music and thrilling stunt shows. Best of all, it’s free to attend!.

Owning a new home in Tampa Bay means you’re never bored, with nearby activities offering everything from sun and waves at the beach to indoor entertainment or browsing shops and gourmet delights on the streets of downtown or Ybor City!

University of TampaEducation

Students living in this community attend Gibsonton Elementary, Dowdell Middle and East Bay High schools. When college years knock at the door, higher education can be gained at nearby Hillsborough Community College, University of Tampa or the University of South Florida.


Near our homes for sale in Gibsonton, FL are several excellent healthcare facilities which include St. Joseph’s Hospital-South, Fast Track Urgent Care Center, Brandon Regional Hospital and South Bay Hospital.

Spacious and Affordable New Homes

When shopping for your new home, you are probably looking for specific features. The new homes in Symmes Cove are designed for your life with sought-after features such as open living spaces, designer kitchen, and private master suites to relax after a long day. You can choose from five popular home designs offering one or two-stories and 1,479 to 2,164 square feet of living space with three to five bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms and a two-car garage. Homes also include a covered lanai for your outdoor living enjoyment!

Arcadia home plan by Highland HomesYou’ll love the convenience of integrated storage, with homes offering ample kitchen cabinet space, pantries, walk-in closets, and drop zones to keep mail, backpacks and handbags out of the way. Save money on utilities with energy-efficient Low-E windows, insulation and LED recessed lighting. And, enjoy peace of mind with industry-leading warranties to protect your investment.

Plus, when you build your new home at Symmes Cove, you will also have the opportunity to personalize your new home to suit your style and needs. At the Highland Homes Personal Selection Studio, you’ll work with a professional designer to hand-select the colors and features for every room in your home. A wide variety of included selections are available at no extra cost or add luxurious upgrades for decadent finishing touches.

With just 32 exclusive home sites available, opportunities to own your dream home at Symmes Cove are limited. To take advantage of introductory pricing in this new community and for the best selection of home sites, contact us online or call our Tampa New Home Specialists at 863-797-4999.

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