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Ten South Tampa Neighbourhoods with Southern Charm.

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Tampa, also known as Champabay by locals for our many sports titles, is home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Lighting hockey franchise. This sunny paradise by the Bay has a few surprises: a private island airport, a marina, and a place to board your horse all with the convenience of city living.

South Tampa has a lot to offer, perfectly sunny weather, arts, culture, music, theater, fine dining, and an International Airport. We have a diverse community with activities to please even the most demanding people.

Moving to the Tampa Bay Area can be exciting and a bit overwhelming. We are breaking down the Top South Tampa communities. For this South Tampa blog, South Tampa is defined as south of Kennedy, and encompasses all South including Sog ( South Of Gandy) and the islands Harbour and Davis.

The choices in communities are vast, each offering a different version of the South Tampa lifestyle. For those seeking the good life, you must check out these exclusive communities.

#1. Davis Island

Welcome to your island retreat in the city. The perfect home for you, your plane, and your boat. This small island is washed in laid-back elegance and opulence. There is a graceful mix of classic Florida Mediterranean homes, stately brick homes, and new construction. Home to the Peter O Knight Airport and the Davis Island Yacht Club.

Is there a Dr. in the house? Oh Yeah, this groovy little island is exactly what the Dr. ordered. Home to Tampa General Hospital the Dr. is always in and InStyle on the island.

You will not want to leave the island. Independent restaurants and eclectic shops offer all the necessities for island life. If you do leave the island, you are in the ideal location, you literally step off the island onto beautiful Bayshore Blvd.

# 2. Harbour Island is a master-planned private island community in the heart of downtown Tampa, offering newer modern homes and condos with a variety of restaurants and retail spaces. Location is key for the island; you are next door to the Amalie Arena, the home turf of the Tampa Bay Lightning. It also hosts tons of events and concerts. Harbour Island is in the heart of downtown and only minutes from the fabulous restaurants in South Tampa. Secure and serious about security, Harbour Island has a reputation for being safe and exclusive. In other words, if you are not on the list and the owner doesn’t approve your entrance, you are not getting in the gates. Harbour Island has its own health club, the Harbour island athletic club, known for its elite tennis and fitness programs. The Habour Island lifestyle in the city is a sanctuary you are sure to love.

#3. Golf View South Tampa; this address is reserved for the lucky few. Understated excellence lives here, the Palma Ciea Golf and Country Club sits prominently in the middle of this community and traditional extravagant brick homes with guest quarters and room for a pony; just kidding about the pony. The homes are elegant architectural masterpieces, old and new, with finely manicured lawns and golf course views. The classic red brick winding streets with canopies of trees, along with the much larger homesites and the meticulous attention to detail make this neighborhood classic.

# 4. Bayshore Blvd South Tampa is comprised of 4.5 miles of waterfront heaven known as Bayshore Blvd. A Bayshore address is prestige and there are many lifestyles offered on that 7-mile stretch, from large newly constructed mansions, to Old historic Mansions; but wait there's more! Condos and townhomes line the boulevard with sweeping bay views and location, location, location. Bayshore is a piece of paradise you will treasure. Bayshore Blvd plays host to a few events throughout the year, including the Gasparilla pirate invasion and the Gasparilla run. Bayshore Bonus! Tampa Yacht and Country Club offers the city dwellers a chance to keep their beloved horses close to home and in the pampered lifestyle they deserve.

#5. Culbreath isles offer the best of both worlds. City living with water access for your yacht in the backyard? Yes, please. This exclusive security guarded and gated south Tampa waterfront community is the perfect place to relax in luxury. Comprised of a small enclave of custom single-family homes, the new construction blends beautifully with the original grand Florida homes giving the community a feeling of consistency and elegance.

#6. Hyde Park is the place to be if you love tree-lined brick streets and fabulously restored historic homes, not to mention the proximity to Bayshore and the oh-so-adorable shopping village that hosts art festivals and music events throughout the year. Excellent food, drinks, and entertainment are at your doorstep. Take your morning run on beautiful Bayshore Blvd and end your day with dinner in the village and a sunset walk home. The Hyde park lifestyle is highly desirable, offering great walkability and easy access to all the fun activities South Tampa has to offer.

#7. Sunset Park Isles. This waterfront community offers a blend of new construction and older Florida-style ranch homes on larger lots with mature landscaping. The water views are truly magical, and the sunsets are not to be missed. Waterfront paradise means having your boat in the backyard and bringing all your water toys with you. This is a fabulous place to play and relax, South Tampa Style.

#8. Westshore Yacht Club South Tampa, SOG ( South of Gandy). A newer community by South Tampa standards. This gated guarded waterfront community offers a mix of single-family homes and condos set around the exquisite waterfront Bay Club, featuring a large marina gourmet dining, spa, and fitness facilities. A maintenance-free lifestyle with access to your boat in your backyard. The surrounding area is full of new construction. This highly desirable South Tampa waterfront community is an anchor for the west section SOG(South Of Gandy)

#9. Beach Park, something about this area is just special, the winding streets with immaculately kept lawns, and the friendly neighbors always looking out for one another. The homes are a mix of new modern masterpieces, grand old homes, and smaller ranch-style homes on large homesites. The most coveted sections of Beach Park sits on the water. These prime properties have it all: waterfront, location, and the prestige factor of Beach Park. Beach Park is a million-dollar community with the friendly soul of the city.

#10. Morrison Grove. This special speck of dirt at the edge of Hyde park village and at the doorstep to Bayshore Blvd, is home to some of the best examples of historically preserved mansions in the Tampa Bay area. These large homes sit prominently against the peaceful water backdrop of Tampa bay. This warm and welcoming community is where old fashion southern hospitality still exists and the front porch is for gathering. You will see the joy of a simple lemonade stand and many celebrations throughout the year in this exclusive community.

South Tampa has a lot to offer to everyone seeking the good life. Want a great meal? Off to Restaurant Row, known as Howard avenue, home to some of the Bay area's best eateries and local Bars for fun nights out. Want to catch a game or the latest band on tour? Head to the Amalie Arena in downtown Tampa. Want to see the latest Broadway shows? The Mahaffey in downtown Tampa host Broadway-style entertainment and performers throughout the year. Feel the need for culture and a bit of fun? South Tampa is just a skip from the wild nights, incredible Cuban food, and hand-rolled cigars in Ybor City. Want to spend your free time at the beach? South Tampa is about 35 minutes from the pristine Gulf beaches and home to a so-called beach on Davis island. Yes, it’s technically a beach, Sand meets the shore, but not for swimming more for launching your catamaran, watching the private planes come in, and the groovy dog park. South Tampa has its own vibe with a sense of pride in the communities, and the neighbors look after one another. This is a friendly Southern town with a welcoming spirit and a sense of honoring tradition and preservation. Search for your South Tampa dream home now.

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