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14 Best Neighborhoods to Live In Tampa Bay

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Whether you’re looking to settle down or just experience Tampa Bay for a year, there are so many different neighborhoods to check out.  There’s something for the person who likes a quiet suburban feel but also there is something for those that want a city feel!  We’ve assembled our list of the best neighborhoods to live in Tampa.  

Check out our master guide below on the best neighborhoods to live in Tampa!

Downtown St. Pete

Downtown St. Pete is definitely a more city feel.  They host many major attractions like the Dali Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts.  They also have the  Mahaffey Theater, if you like to be around event spaces for large concerts and shows.

All around the city are classic and new-age steakhouses, seafood spots, and other great restaurants mixed with different bars and clubs.  If you are more into outdoor activities, there are plenty parks – like Demens Landing Park – along the waterfront, where you can experience boating, paddleboarding, and kayaking!  

Old Historic Northeast St. Pete

The Historic Old Northeast is a quieter residential area with old-age brick streets and lush waterfront parks, including the Gizella Kopsick Palm Arboretum and Vinoy Park.  At Vinoy Park, you can experience concerts, shows, and festivals year round!

For your day-to-day, there are great local cafes, casual chain restaurants, and taco spots that serve the city.  The main attractions at Old Historic Northeast St.Pete is the Sunken Gardens which features tropical plants and flamingos, and the Great Explorations Children’s Museum has creative and fun learning exhibits.  This is a great spot to bring kids, especially with their annual pass!

Channelside

If you’re looking for an area that has more of a cityscape, then Channelside is one of the best neighborhoods to live in Tampa.  With multiple apartment and condominium complexes to choose from, you’re sure to find one that fits your needs.  We love that condos here include rooftop pools and other luxurious amenities!  Even if it is a Downtown atmosphere, everything you need is in the area and you don’t have to go far for your daily shopping.  In Channelside, there are local grocery stores, pharmacies, salons, and more!  

In the Channelside area, there are tons of things to do.  Sparkman Wharf, Park & Rec, and the Florida Aquarium are just some of the attractions within a walking distance of the Channelside apartments.  

Tampa Heights

Tampa’s oldest suburb has converted into the happening Tampa Heights in recent years.  This is such a great place to live if you love to hang out in coffee shops and places that support the local community.  There are several relaxing parks, like the riverside Water Works Park, with picnic spots and a small theatre area.  The repurposed warehouse Armature Works is home to Heights Public Market food hall, where local vendors rotate to serve their latest eats and creations.  There are also small plants stores, galleries, dive bars, and more!

Seminole Heights

Seminole Heights is a historic neighborhood in Tampa. This is a popular spot for homeownership due to it’s up and coming reputation and their affordably priced bungalows.  Here, you can choose from a number of 20th century bungalow homes and even historic buildings. 

This area is all about supporting the local community.   Visit the Second Sunday Morning Market for plants, local farmer’s fresh veggies, and more!  There are also some popular local dive bars like The Independent – where people from all over the Tampa area come to hang out.

Dunedin

Dunedin is a popular city amongst locals and tourists along Florida’s Gulf Coast.  Maybe you have heard of the area before for its well known beach – Honeymoon Island State Park.  This area is known for their ospreys, pale sand, and quiet crowd. 

In Downtown Dunedin, you can find a bustling city with local cafes, restaurants, and bars.  Hammock Park is where you can relax and hear the sounds of owls and woodpeckers.  If you love outdoor activities, this is a great area for you.  The Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail provides a great hiking trail and there is great kayaking in the nearby Caladesi Island State Park.

Downtown Lakeland

Downtown Lakeland is a great area if you’re looking for a balance of work and play.  About 7,000 people work in the area every day and a lot of people stay Downtown after hours to hang out in the Downtown area. There is a great selection of restaurants and bars, shopping and spas.  There are also popular local events like farmers markets, car shows, art festivals, and more!

There are also some quiet places to escape like Hollis Garden with over 10,000 flowers, a fountain, and a beautiful view of Lake Mirror. 

Brandon

Brandon is Tampa’s more family-friendly neighborhood. With an abundance of parks and suburban feel, it’s the ideal place for families to reside. On a sunny day, the locals head to Paul Sanders Park to walk the trails, enjoy a picnic, or take the kids to the playground.
 
There are so many activities for families to enjoy from bowling at Oakfield Lanes to getting competitive at Dave & Busters to jumping around at Sky Zone. Although Brandon is family-friendly, there’s tons to do for an adults-only night out. You can grab a beer at Fox & Hounds British Pub or enjoy a glass of wine at The Stein and Vine. Let’s not forget that Brandon is the birthplace of Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, a family oriented bar and grill chain restaurant. Explore this amazing neighborhood with our hand-curated guides made by locals!

Tarpon Springs

Tarpon Springs is a beautiful waterfront town, a great place to live. Greek eateries line the locally famous waterfront Dodecanese Boulevard.  You’ll constantly see the Historic Sponge Docks celebrated here, as they were the original booming industry of the area. There are also quiet attractions like shopping and aquariums – great for raising small kids.

Westchase

Westchase is a cool suburb community in Tampa.  If you’re looking for a suburb community to settle down, then this is a great place for you.  The different residential areas are near swimming and tennis centers, playgrounds, and sports fields – great for kids.  It is also close to many major expressways, so it’s easy to get to and from work!  Lastly, it is a short drive from Tampa’s best attractions and shopping centers – like International Plaza and Hyde Park Village.

Lutz

Lutz is another suburb vibe community in Tampa, Florida.  This is a great place for families, especially if you like to be near water and greenery.  There are plenty of parks to chill out from the work week, like Brooker Creek Headwaters Nature Preserve.  Also, you can visit some great restaurants and shopping!

Bayshore

Bayshore is one of the most well known neighborhoods in Tampa Bay.  Known for their gorgeous and luxurious houses, Bayshore is a great area to live whether you are a family or if you’re just looking to stay for a short while! 

Bayshore is home to the waterfront Bayshore Boulevard, the longest continuous sidewalk in the world at 4.5 miles long.  Bayshore Boulevard is used daily for biking, roller blading, and other exercise activities!  There’s not just outdoor activities here, but great nearby bars and restaurants.  The area is also zoned for amazing schools.

Belleair

Belleair is a great mix of suburb and beach town.  Located in Pinellas Park, this area is home to the Belleair Country Club – which is great to have access to if you are into golf, tennis, boating and croquet.

Belleair is a just close enough to the major Tampa Bay activities, but far enough to feel like a residential area.  With just a short drive, you can be in Downtown Clearwater or one of the nearby beaches!

Siesta Key

Siesta Key is a barrier island off the coast of Sarasota.  If you’re looking for a great beach town to be your future neighborhood, then this is the place for you as the area is known for their beautiful beaches.  Siesta Key Village has great shopping and cafes for your weekends and there are nearby playgrounds and tennis courts for kids activities. Looking for water activities?  Check out Crescent Beach and Point of Rocks for limestone outcroppings that surround tidal pools and coral reefs. 

Best Neighborhoods to Live in Tampa Bay

Excited about exploring the Best neighborhoods to live in Tampa Bay? Let us know your favorite by tagging @StuffToDoInTampaBay on Instagram and Facebook!

Jacky Saunders

Jacky Saunders

Jacky is a blogger for the Stuff to Do in Tampa Bay City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Tampa Bay area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinTampaBay on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and TikTok.

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