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Know Your Neighborhood: Tampa Heights

Moving to Tampa or Gainesville?

Moving can be a stressful. On top of all the packing and planning, you probably have felt a little anxious moving to a new area. It takes time to get a adjusted to a new home and a new neighborhood.

We want to make moving easier for you. That’s why we’re making lists of all the neighborhoods in Tampa and Gainesville that make them great cities to live in. We’ll be keying you in on the hot restaurants, attractions and all the things that make these neighborhoods awesome.

Know Your Neighborhood: Tampa Heights

Tampa Heights is one of Tampa’s oldest neighborhoods. Centrally located and steeped in history, Tampa Heights has been enjoying a recent resurgence of interest.

Some of Tampa’s hottest food and drink spots are situated in Tampa Heights. The neighborhood is also an easy distance from the downtown core, Ybor and Seminole Heights allowing for plenty of things to do.

Here some things to know about the neighborhood if you’re planning a move to Tampa Heights.

Food and Drinks

Tampa Heights has a flourishing foodie scene. Tons of great restaurants and bars call this neighborhood home. Here are some of our favorites:

tampa heightsUlele

Opened 2014, Ulele has become one of the hottest spots in Tampa – for its fabulous food and in-house brews and its prime location. Ulele sits not only on the Hillsborough Riverfront, but it also shares its property with a natural spring (from which the restaurant gets its namesake), providing an unparalleled dining backdrop.

Ulele is another concept by Richard Gonzmart’s Columbia Restaurant Group (Goody Goody’s, Columbia), so you know the food is great. They  focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients – with a preference towards local, when possible – to bring their flavors.

With in-house microbrews, signature cocktails and homemade ice cream, Ulele is a perfect spot for dining, happy hour or desert.

tampa heights breweriesHidden Springs Ale Works

Just down the street from Ulele is Hidden Springs Ale Works. A cornerstone of the N. Franklin St. refurbishment project, Hidden Springs is serving up awesome craft brews that reflect the funky charm and culture of Tampa Heights.

They also have a rotating list of guest taps as well as bottled beverages and wines.

tampa heights pizzaLee’s Grocery

One of Tampa Heights’ hidden gems. Nestled on a quiet, shaded corner on Central Ave., Lee’s Grocery offers handcrafted pizza and craft brews in a hip, casual setting.

Despite its low-key appearance, Lee’s has been a vital part of the Tampa Heights community. It’s history as a neighborhood grocery store for migrant works dates back to the 1880’s! Though it’s since been converted into an eatery, it keeps the original name.

A great place to stop in for a beer and, if you’re hungry, this is seriously some of the best pizza you’ll have in Tampa. You can even by beers-to-go; their cooler has an extensive collection of local, regional and national craft beers, ciders and meades.

History

Tampa Heights is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. This is still reflected today in the homes and businesses that make up this neighborhood.

You’re sure to find Old Florida charm among the oak trees and bungalows. Tampa Heights also has a high concentration of historic landmarks and structures:

Woodlawn Cemetery

Tampa’s 2nd oldest and its largest, Woodlawn sits in the middle of Tampa Heights. It is open to the public and features headstones dating back to Tampa’s founding.

tampa heights churchesArchitecture

Pre-century, red-brick structures can be found scattered throughout the neighborhood. Some of the most beautiful examples of this architecture are found in the historic churches found around Tampa Heights.

Welcome Home!

We hope this gives you a small taste of what’s waiting for you in your new neighborhood! You can check out the Tampa Heights Civic Association website for more info on community events or to learn how you can get more involved.

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Tampa’s Housing Market Ranks Healthiest in the Nation

Tampa's housing market

The housing market has rebounded since the 2008 economic recession and it’s safe to say that Tampa’s housing market has rebounded right along with it. In fact, the Tampa Bay area is enjoying some of the healthiest market ratings in the nation, according to Investopedia.

The past couple of years have been good to Tampa real estate, especially single family homes.

The reason? Tampa Bay is becoming a major economic generator for the state, with major growth factors contributing to its success

The Facts on Tampa’s Housing Market

Here are some of the current figures highlighting the strength of Tampa’s housing market right now:

  • Job Growth
    • Year-over-year, job growth in the metro-area is up 3.1%
    • Consistent 2-4% growth over past 5 years
  • Housing Market
    • Home values for existing homes in the Tampa Bay area have increased to 13.1%
  • Population Growth

Moving to Tampa?

If you’re considering a move to Tampa, there really isn’t a better time. Strong job growth and population growth have made Tampa Bay a stable market and allowed home values to rebound. Right now, every economic factor is in alignment to position Tampa’s housing market as one of the strongest in the nation.

Plus, the Tampa Bay area has tons to offer residents in terms of recreation, entertainment and culture. Geographically, Tampa is well-positioned within the state. With major highways and interstates connecting through Tampa, it is easy to get anywhere in the state. Plus rail lines, an international airport and a shipping port, it is a great travel hub.

Want to Know More

We’ve got a great archive of attractions and things to do in Tampa on our blog. Check it out! If you’re interested in finding out more Tampa’s housing market and stats, check out this Metro Study report.

 

 

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Hottest Attractions in Tampa Bay

hottest attractions in Tampa Bay

Moving to Tampa Bay?

Tampa is a great city to be in. Every year Tampa sees continued growth as industries, families and young professionals move to the bay area. In addition to great weather year-round, Tampa and the bay area feature some of the biggest area attractions in Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Here’s a list of some of the top area attractions that make Tampa Bay bay one of the coolest places to live in Florida.

Sports

Tampa has not one, not two, not three, but FOUR professional sports teams!

  • Baseball:
    • The Tampa Bay Rays play their home games just across the bay, in St. Petersburg
  • Soccer:
    • Tampa Bay’s own USL team, The Rowdies, have their stadium in downtown St. Petersburg

Nightlife

Tampa is home to a fantastic and evolving food, drink and entertainment culture. With tons of great breweries, bars and restaurants on either side of the bay, Tampa Bay enjoys a well-known reputation as a cultural hub.

Recreation

There’s lots of great things to do in Tampa and the bay area:

  • Florida State Fairgrounds
    • Concerts and events happen here year-round, and, of course, the State Fair!
  • Busch Gardens/Adventure Islands
    • One of Florida’s biggest attractions, Busch Gardens and Adventure Islands offer up a hefty dose of roller coasters, water slides and close encounters with wildlife.
  • Seminole Hard Rock Casino
    • You can get your gambling fix or enjoy a world-class show at this popular resort and casino located in east Tampa.
  • Swimming/Boating
    • The bay area boasts some of the best swimming and boating spots in Florida. With miles of beautiful coastline in St. Pete Beach, stunning vistas on Tampa Bay or serene intimacy of the Hillsborough River, Tampa Bay is a great spot for water activities.
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How to pick the right Tampa storage unit for your move

Tampa Storage

It can be hectic finding a place to store a house-full of your things no matter how big or small your house is or how long or short your move is. In order to make this process as smooth as possible, it is important to pay close attention to how much you want to spend, the location of the storage and what size unit storage is actually needed. Knowing your needs beforehand makes for a much easier transition when selecting a storage unit that works best.

How much should I spend?

How much you’ll spend on a storage unit depends on the size, security, and climate control. When making a decision on what size is needed, you should create an inventory of what you will need in storage. On average, we have found well packed storage units accommodate the following sizes:

  • 5×5 – Small single room, single pieces of furniture, a dorm room, boxes, etc.
  • 5×10 – Small 1 bedroom Apartment or Studio
  • 10×10 – Most 1 bedroom apartments, some small 2 bedrooms
  • 10×15 – Most 2 bedroom apartments
  • 10×20 – Most 2-3 bedroom apartments
  • 15×20 – 1300 sq. ft. house, Most 3-4 bedroom apartments
  • 20×20 – Usually up to 2000 sq. feet of living space if packed well.

Once the size is determined, you should research rates and find out exactly how much the unit will cost. Most storage facilities will rent month to month, but it is important to ask if they offer discounts for long term contracts, what their pro-rating policy is, and if there is a penalty or fee to move out early.

What type of storage unit do I need?

In addition to size, It is important to decide whether or not you need climate control. If the items are going to be in storage for a long time, it is usually better to consider climate control due to the Florida heat and humidity. It is a good rule of thumb to store nice wood, leather, bedding and electronics in a climate controlled unit for anything longer than one month in the winter, or anything longer than 1 week in the summer. A portable storage unit is also a great option because it allows for the transport of items easily door to door, however, keep in mind these are usually not climate controlled.

Our picks for Tampa Storage

To get a better idea of the going-rates and sizes for storage units in Tampa, we put together a brief list below of our recommended places to store your valuable things:

StorQuest Self Storage

  • Location: 6207 West Hillsborough Ave. Tampa
  • Prices & Sizes:
    • Small 5×5: Starting at $18
    • Medium 5×10 to 10×10: Starting at $41
    • Large 10×15 to 10×20: Starting at $89
  • Unit Features: Fenced and lighted, video cameras on site, electronic gate access, on the go wi-fi, refreshments, drive-up access, roll-up door.

Causeway Self Storage

  • Location: 2425 South 86th St. Tampa
  • Prices & Sizes:
    • Small 5×5 to 5×10: Starting at $49
    • Medium 10×10 to 10×15: Starting at $114
    • Large 10×20 to 60×60: Starting at $179
  • Unit Features: 24-hour access, fenced and lighted, electronic gate access, video cameras on site, climate controlled, drive-up access, outdoor access.

iStorage Brandon

  • Location: 203 Providence Rd. Brandon FL
  • Prices & Sizes:
    • Small 5×5 to 5×10: Starting at $42
    • Medium 10×10 to 10×15: Starting at $69
    • Large 8×20 to 12×20: Starting at $164
  • Unit Features: Fenced and Lighted, 24 Hour Security Monitoring, Access 7 Days a Week, Climate Controlled Units Available, Deliveries Accepted, Drive Up Access, Free Wifi, Electronic Gate Access, Ground Level Units, Covered Boat, RV, Vehicle Storage

Gandy Mini Stor-It

  • Location: 5024 South Manhattan Ave. Tampa
  • Prices & Sizes:
    • Small 5×5 to 5×10: Starting at $49
    • Medium 5×15 to 10×10: Starting at $79
    • Large 10×15 to 10×25: Starting at $129
  • Unit Features: Manager lives on-site, Fenced and lighted, video cameras on site, electronic gate access, drive-up access, roll-up door.

Crosstown Stor-N-More Self Storage

  • Location: 1505 South US HWY 301 Tampa FL
  • Prices & Sizes:
    • Small 5×5 to 5×10: Starting at $39
    • Medium 10×10 to 10×15: Starting at $143
    • Large 10×20 to 12×30: Starting at $229
  • Unit Features: Open 7 Days a week, 24/7 State-of-the-art Security, Variety of Storage Unit Sizes, Climate and Non-Climate Controlled Units, RV Automobile and Boat Storage

Uncle Bob’s Self Storage

  • Location: 7550 West Waters Ave. Tampa
  • Prices & Sizes:
    • Small 5×5 to 5×10: Starting at $32
    • Medium 10×10 to 10×15: Starting at $82
    • Large 10×20 to 20×20: Starting at $147
  • Unit Features: Indoor access, Ground Level, Outdoor/Drive-up access, Climate Controlled Storage Units, Fenced and lighted, video cameras on site, electronic gate access

Seaport Storage

  • Location: 1120 E Twiggs St. Tampa FL
  • Prices & Sizes:
    • Small 5×5 to 5×10: Starting at $72
    • Medium 10×10 to 10×15: Starting at $152
    • Large 10×20 to 10×30: CALL for Rate
  • Unit Features: Elevator available, Handcarts available, 24 Hour Security Monitoring, Access 7 Days a Week, Air Conditioned Units, Friendly & Professional Staff, 24 Hour Gate Access Available

U-Stor Linebaugh

  • Location: 5002 West Linebaugh Ave.Tampa FL
  • Prices & Sizes:
    • Small 5×5 to 5×10: Starting at $50
    • Medium 10×10 to 10×15: Starting at $89
    • Large 10×20 to 10×30: CALL for Rate
  • Unit Features: U-HAUL Rental Trucks, managers who live on site, climate controlled units and standard units, accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Palma Ceia Air Conditioned Self Storage

  • Location: 3225 S MacDill Ave. #135 Tampa FL
  • Prices & Sizes:
    • Small 5×5 to 5×10: Starting at $48
    • Medium 8×8 to 8×12: Starting at $140
    • Large 8×14 to 8×16: Starting at $238
  • Unit Features: Air Conditioned, Secure Units, Online Bill Pay, Boxes & Supplies, Freight Elevators, Commercial Deliveries Accepted, All Indoor Units, Wireless Internet Available
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