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The Hippest, Hottest, Identified Neighborhoods of the Tampa Bay Region of Florida

August 11, 2014 by Lois Szydlowski

Saint Petersburg’s Kenwood Area

Kenwood is on the National Register of Historic Places for bungalows dating back from the early 1900’s. Restoration is big topic among neighbors here and you can experience first-hand the enthusiasm by taking a tour of some of the homes every year held the 1st weekend in November.

St. Petersburg Downtown Area

A really great place for urban scene lovers, this locale is bursting with everything you would want if you love the city life, walking distance to everything being the #1 draw. And there is a total mix of people here from seniors to urban young professionals that can choose from all types of living spaces available.

Ybor City

Originally a mix of immigrants from Italy, Cuba and Spain settled and worked here mainly in cigar factories in the late 1800’s. Listed on the three National Historic Landmark Districts in Florida, it is the food origins that identify the area—Cuban coffee, roasted pork for Cuban sandwiches, Boliche and Paella to name a few and you will find it all on Seventh Avenue in Ybor along with clubs, bars and shopping. There is plenty of residences here to choose from as well as annual celebrations and easy access to Tampa downtown, just minutes away.

West Tampa

Situated between downtown Tampa to the East and a highly populated busy business district to the west—West Shore, this neighborhood is still emerging with redevelopment planning maintaining the classic home designs that will attract new buyers who love the urban lifestyle as well as those looking for smaller homes. Situated conveniently between 2 counties, a trip to downtown Tampa or to the beaches of Pinellas county is minutes away.

Downtown Tampa & Channel District

Tampa, too, like St. Petersburg has its eclectic mix of urban resources within these 2 areas. Walk to art venues or sport venues, museums and film theatres as well as get your exercise walking the parks or river walks as well exclusive dining and shopping.

Hyde Park and SoHo

If  you are a young burgeoning successful professional and like another very chic urban environment , the choose one of these 2 areas to live within Tampa. And for your exercise, there is the ever famous 4 ½ mile stretch of Bayshore Blvd just minutes away.

Seminole Heights

If you love the bohemian lifestyle, porch parties, close neighbor relations and antique pieces, you are going to love this area of Tampa. With its eclectic, charming mix of housing styles, it is the close-knit relations that keep this area growing in positive ways with great restaurants, home


With a mix of architecture and artists, new and old residents, this quaint town in southern Pinellas County is either loved or hated by newcomers. But you can’t beat the location for views of the waterfront, charming chic storefronts and good restaurants.