Tampa is a great city for Florida living where the crowds aren’t horrible and the weather is temperate. Tampa has temperatures that are occasionally above or below average, but most of the time residents enjoy temperatures between 70 and 90 degrees. Tampa residents won’t deny that their city is the Lightning Capital of the World. Afternoon rains cool things off and the city gets nice again around dinner time. Surprisingly, there are few beaches in Tampa. Great beaches are nearby in Clearwater or St. Petersburg. What Tampa lacks in beaches, it makes up for with over 150 parks. It’s true that Tampa residents need to prepare for hurricanes, but that is a minor issue when you get to live in one of Tampa’s great neighborhoods.
According to Zillow, Tampa is one of the top three buyers’ markets in the country, where buyers can get large, nice homes for their money.
Historic Kenwood is just west of St. Petersburg. Large numbers of 1920’s bungalows place Historic Kenwood on the National Register of Historic Places. Residents take so much pride in the bungalow architecture that they host a Bungalow Fest every November.
Seniors moving out of large homes are finding that downtown St. Petersburg is a great place to downsize and enjoy the Tampa area. St. Petersburg has lots of restaurants, waterfront parks, and neat museums.
In the late 1880’s, immigrants from Cuba, Spain, and Italy settled in what is now Ybor City. The city is also on the National Historic Landmark Districts. Known as the “Latin Quarter,” seniors can live and enjoy such delicacies as Cuban coffee, roast pork, paella, and amazing Cuban sandwiches.
One of the most transitional neighborhoods is West Tampa, an area that once had more cigar factories than Ybor City. It’s a diverse neighborhood which is becoming increasingly popular for empty nesters.
The downtown Tampa and Channel District areas offer residents the opportunity to visit art galleries, parks, the Florida Aquarium, and the Tampa Riverwalk. Downtown Tampa is enjoying a strong period of revitalization. From classic to modern, downtown Tampa has housing options to please any senior.
Everyone enjoys Bayshore Linear Park Trail, with its 4.5-mile continuous sidewalk. Seniors can enjoy concerts, events, and festivals at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, which is right on the Hillsborough River.
Sports-loving seniors will love all of the Tampa teams. Pick your favorite team, from football, baseball, soccer, and hockey in the bay area cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater.
The friendly residents of Tampa love their festivals and celebrations. Two celebrations that are not to be missed are Guavaween and Gasparilla. Ybor City hosts Guavaween, which resembles the Latin version of Halloween. The celebration of Gasparilla is the Tampa version of Mardi Gras, with beads, boats, pirates, and parades. While waiting for the two main celebrations, there are plenty of other food and wine festivals, art festivals, music festivals, and children’s festivals to check out. All of the celebrating won’t break the bank, since there is no sales tax in Tampa.
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