Tampa Bay: A Fantastic Place to Visit, An Even Better Place to Call Home
When it comes to purchasing a new home in Florida, it is about so much more than the home. You also have to factor in the location and its convenience to your job and life, and the area’s local amenities. From golf courses to world-renowned attractions and sandy beaches, the Tampa Bay area has long been a hot spot for tourism, and it is also an ideal place to call “home.”
For those that are relocating to Florida or unfamiliar with the area, the region referred to as Tampa Bay consists of the main city areas ofTampa, St. Peterburg and Clearwater, as well as the nearby regions of North Port – Bradenton – Sarasota to the south, Citrus County to the north, and Polk County (Lakeland – Winter Haven) to the east.
In 2014, Tampa Bay’s Hillsborough, Pinellas and Polk Counties saw record high numbers for tourism tax revenue with a total of $64.5 million. The consistent growth in tourism tax revenue is a sign that people enjoy visiting Tampa Bay, and it is those same positive factors that have made Tampa Bay one of Florida’s fastest growing real estate markets.
Tampa Bay residents that enjoy a round of 18 will want to check out Tampa Bay’s many top-rated golf courses. In fact, Golf Digest recently released its list of the top 75 public golf courses in Florida and Tampa Bay golf courses took four of the top six spots with Polk County’s Streamsong Resort Red and Blue courses taking the No. 1 and No. 3 spots. Receiving top honors from Golf Digest further solidifies Streamsong Resort’s standing as one of the top golf destinations in the country, an impressive feat since it has been open for less than two years. Other Tampa Bay courses to receive recognition on the list included World Woods Golf Club-Pine Barrens (No. 4) in Brooksville and Innisbrook’s Copperhead Course (No. 6) in Palm Harbor.
In addition to renowned golf courses, Legoland Florida has contributed to increased interest in Polk County, and surrounding areas. Open since October 2011, Legoland Florida continues to draw local and worldwide visitors with its more than 50 rides, shows and attractions. Earlier this year, Legoland Florida announced that its new 152-room hotel will open in May 2015 providing more job opportunities and driving demand for Tampa Bay real estate.
For those that think of white sandy beaches when they think of Florida, don’t worry! The Tampa Bay region features miles of sandy beaches on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, that offer hours of fun in the sun for the entire family.
Outside of recreation and attractions, Tampa Bay is a foodie’s paradise with delicious local restaurants offering everything from steak and lobster to the fresh catch of the day, or vegetarian meal. Shopping is also a must-do activity with Tampa Bay home to a wide variety of boutiques, outlet malls, department stores and vintage and antique shops. In addition, Tampa Bay (Lakeland, specifically) is the home of Publix, one of America’s top-rated supermarket chains for customer satisfaction.
If Tampa Bay sounds like the perfect place to call home, then make sure to check out our new home communities in Gibsonton, Hudson, Plant City, Ruskin, Valrico and Zephyrhills, Florida. If you are looking to purchase in Polk County, just east of metropolitan Tampa, we also have multiple communities located throughout Lakeland, Winter Haven and more.
Our homes are priced from the low-$100,000s and to make the purchase of your new Tampa home even more affordable, qualified buyers can purchase with just $99 down. There has never been a better time to own the Florida home of your dreams in this popular Florida destination. For more information on our Tampa and Polk County communities, visit the Highland Homes website today!
UPDATE: Streamsong Resort announces expansion for local and visiting golfers. Click here for more information.