Pinellas County Real Estate
Pinellas County is a peninsula bordered by the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay and is home to 35 miles of powdery white beaches including top-ranked Clearwater Beach and St. Petersburg Beach. The County from tip to tip is 38 miles long and 15 miles wide at its broadest point.
Pinellas enjoys a year-round reputation as a tourist destination with attractions appealing to singles, couples, retirees and families. Retirement living is also important to Pinellas County’s economic health.
Pinellas County is served by I-275, which runs north south across the Tampa Bay.
A few facts to know about Pinellas County:
– Largest cities are St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Tarpon Springs
– Pinellas is Florida’s second smallest county in land mass, larger only than Union County
– The Pinellas County Park Department maintains 4,242 acres of Florida wilderness including beaches, tranquil lakes, and forest area along with playgrounds and parks
– There are 4,521 miles of paved roads in the county, which cross 142 bridges
– Pinellas County has 43 golf courses, 1059 tennis courts and 2865 shuffle board courts
– 50 miles of recreational trails including the Pinellas Trail and Friendship Trail
Clearwater, the county seat of Pinellas, is a city that is rich in culture and a gateway to some of the state’s top beaches. The Clearwater community is friendly and sociable and vacationers from around the world flock to this world class destination. Clearwater is northwest of Tampa and St. Petersburg and is the smallest of the three principal cities in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan area, most commonly referred to as the Tampa Bay Area. Cleveland Street is one of the city’s historic avenues, and the city includes Spectrum Field (spring training home to the Philadelphia Phillies) and Coachman Park. Clearwater is the home of Clearwater Marine Aquarium, where bottlenose dolphins Winter and Hope live. And also the worldwide headquarters for the Church of Scientology. The city is separated by the Intracoastal Waterway from Clearwater Beach.
St. Petersburg, which sits between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, is known for its warm weather and for holding the title of “most consecutive days with sunshine” at 768 days! It is home to beautiful Fort De Soto Park and award-winning beaches as well as the world-renowned Salvador Dali Museum and the Morean Arts Center featuring the Dale Chihuly Collection. Downtown St. Petersburg is the city’s heart, home to great shopping, restaurants, bars and attractions.
Palm Harbor is a mid-size community in Pinellas County nestled between Lake Tarpon and the Gulf of Mexico. The unusual “hilly” community is also known for championship golf. Downtown Palm Harbor hosts many small shops and eateries along with a handful of historic buildings. Scattered among the city are national chain restaurants and retailers. Palm Harbor is known for its numerous festivals and craft fairs. Palm Harbor’s First Friday Celebrations is a popular community event with rides and games for the children, dining from the many local restaurants and local artists and crafters displaying and selling their wares. The annual Taste of Palm Harbor festival is held the first Sunday in October. The Palm Harbor real estate market includes beachside homes, golf course estates, cottages and condos.
Small, close-knit coastal community that cherishes its heritage and culture. Located in northern Pinellas County, Tarpon Springs is comprised of a series of bayous feeding into the Gulf of Mexico. It proudly boasts the highest percentage of Greek Americans of any city in the US. Downtown Tarpon Springs has long been a focal point of the area. Today it captures the heart of the community and preserves the Greek heritage of early settlers. The city is dependent on the Gulf, bayous and waterways. In fact, the city officially is half on land and half on water (according to the US Census). Tarpon Springs has three golf courses including Crescent Oaks, Tarpon Springs Golf Club and Wentworth. The Tarpon Springs real estate market includes waterfront mansions, ranch-style cottages and villas.
The town of Safety Harbor has an Old Florida feel, with moss-covered oaks and brick-lined streets. Wander down quaint Main Street, exploring the trendy boutiques and eclectic restaurants. Enjoy a picnic at Philippe Park, with acres of shade trees and a ceremonial Indian mound. Visit the Safety Harbor Fishing Pier or take a leisurely walk along Bayshore Linear Park. Legend has it that Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto believed he had discovered the Fountain of Youth in Safety Harbor. Today the site of De Soto’s springs is home to the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, a 50,000-square-foot spa and U.S. Historic Landmark.
Located at the mouth of Tampa Bay where the bay waters, the Gulf of Mexico and Lake Tarpon come together, you’ll find Oldsmar. Oldsmar is known for its parks (more per square mile than any other city in the state) as well as its festivals including Oktoberfest (one of the best in Central Florida), Freedom Fest (a Memorial Day street festival) and Oldsmar Days (longest-running festival featuring classic cars and a parade). It is also home to Tampa Bay Downs, the area’s only Thoroughbred horse track, with live racing from December through May. Fun fact: Oldsmar was originally named R. E. Olds-On-The-Bay after its founder, automobile maker Ransom E. Olds—the Oldsmobile namesake.