Westchase, FL: Where to Live, Play & Eat
Location of Westchase
Westchase is a neighborhood in northwest Hillsborough County. With convenient access to the Veteran’s Expressway, Westchase is popular for commuters to MacDill Air Force Base, downtown Tampa, Clearwater and St. Pete. Westchase, a 10-square mile master-planned community built in the early 1990s, offers a quiet suburban lifestyle with a quaint, walkable village center.
Real estate options in Westchase
Westchase, with just 25,000 residents, has a mix of single-family homes, townhouses, villas and condos. Some of these properties are lakefront or on the golf course. The community is dotted with mature oaks and lakes and ponds. Westchase is divided into 28 neighborhoods, or villages, with some sections gated. The community has a walkable retail center – West Park Village – with restaurants, bars and shops.
Niche.com named Westchase as the No. 1 suburb in the Tampa Bay area and No. 3 in Florida. Westchase ranked as the 26th coolest suburb in the United States worth a visit by Travel + Leisure magazine.
Best Things to Do in Westchase
Westchase has easy access to neighborhood restaurants and shops. There are hundreds of acres of preserved land, a public golf club, two parks, a community swimming pool and tennis courts in the neighborhood.
Parks in Westchase
Westchase has several beautiful parks within its community boundaries: Glencliff Park, Baybridge Park and Westchase Park and Recreation Center.
- Glencliff Park (playground, courts, open field, picnic shelters)
- Baybridge Park (walking/biking trails, playground, field, courts)
- Westchase Park and Recreation Center (playground, courts, community center with activities *fees)
Biking & walking trails in Westchase
The Westchase community is very pedestrian friendly. There are walking trails at Baybridge Park. The Upper Tampa Bay Trail is also located just outside the east side of the Westchase community.
Places to eat in Westchase
There are many options to eat in Westchase including local and chain restaurants with a wide variety of choices including Italian, American, Thai and more.
Some of our top choices in Westchase include:
- Sushi Alive
- The Hungry Greek
- Surf Shack Local Kitchen
- Wild River Brewing Company
- Siam Thai
- Doodle Noodle Bar
- Ford’s Garage
- Whit’s Frozen Custard
- Blind Tiger Café
- Irish 31
Places to have fun in Westchase
Inside the Westchase community is the Westchase Golf Club, which is a public course. In West Park Village there is a dog grooming center a nail salon, a wine and cheese shop, a yoga studio as well as designer boutiques. The YMCA also has a location in the village.
Other fun things to do in Westchase:
- The Dancing Goat
- Pump It Up
- Tampa Bay Downs
- Tampa Bay Skating Academy (technically in Oldsmar but very close to Westchase)
Places to shop in Westchase
There are several local boutiques that are located in Westchase at West Park Village (see above). There is also a Publix, Walmart, Sprouts, Wild Fork, Costco and Winn Dixie within the community.
Schools in Westchase
Westchase schools are excellent and run by the Hillsborough County Public Schools
- Westchase Elementary
- Lowry Elementary
- Deer Park Elementary
- Bryant Elementary
- Davidsen Middle
- Farnell Middle
- Smith Middle
- Alonso High
- Sickles High
- SLAM (close to Westchase)
- Victory Charter (close to Westchase)
- Westtown Christian Academy
- The Goddard School
Hospitals in Westchase
There isn’t a hospital in the community and the closest is probably St. Joseph’s and St. Joseph’s Children. There is an urgent care center and doctor’s offices in Westchase.
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