TOP OF THE BAY LIVING
Located midway between Tampa and Clearwater at the northern tip of Tampa Bay in west central Florida the Oldsmar region has finally become what Ransom Eli Olds was convinced that it would be in the early 1900s a thriving center of residential and business development that is leading the entire Tampa Bay region into the 21st Century.
The "bad news" at least from Mr. Olds perspective is that it took more than 80 years for his $4.5 million investment to begin paying dividends. The "good news" is that for those who "kept the faith" and clung to the dream of the venerable auto industry magnate the region is now enjoying unprecedented prosperity, with residential, commercial, cultural and quality-of-life values growing at a rate that makes the area truly worthy of its geographical nickname: "Top of the Bay."
Spanning both sides of the Pinellas/Hillsborough county line, the Top of the Bay area offers a unique combination of new, upscale housing developments, older, established neighborhoods along the Tampa Bay shoreline, and a rapidly-expanding base of retail, service-oriented and manufacturing businesses.
Despite its close proximity to the downtown districts of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater, the Oldsmar area moves at a slightly slower pace. The natural beauty of Tampa Bay and a trio of major nature and wildlife preserves are a welcome respite from the hustle-and-bustle of the nearby urban centers, and local residents take full advantage of a handful of scenic parks, waterways and recreational facilities.
The friendly folk who live at the Top of the Bay demonstrate their neighborliness in many ways, but especially in the wholehearted enthusiasm they show for the many community festivals and special events hosted by the city and the Chamber of Commerce.
The bottom line is the Oldsmar region is a fantastic place to live, work and do business, and we welcome you to our Piece of Paradise!
The area known as "East Lake" lies between Lake Tarpon and the Hillsborough County line, bounded on the south by the city of Oldsmar and on the north by Tarpon Avenue/Keystone Road.
East Lake is home to dozens of top-quality residential areas, including the trend-setting Lansbrook neighborhoods (on the eastern shores of Lake Tarpon) and the prestigious East Lake Woodlands development, as well as a handful of championship golf courses.
The Tampa Bay Business Journal recently ranked East Lake as the fourth wealthiest of Pinellas Countys 45 zip code areas, with a median household income of more than $50,000, an average family size of 2.5 persons, and a median age of 42.3 years.
Tucked into the northwest corner of Hillsborough County are two of the most successful residential developments in the history of the Tampa Bay area Westchase and The Eagles.
Statistically speaking, Westchase is an exercise in extremes. Though it is barely 15 miles from downtown Tampa, it is the least populated zip code area in Hillsborough County. It is, however, the wealthiest development on the Tampa side of the bay, with a median income of more than $60,000. Its one of the youngest as well, with an average age of just 37.9 years.
Both Westchase and The Eagles benefit from their location at the Top of the Bay, which allows easy access to all of the regions major commercial centers, as well as the many cultural and recreational attractions which Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater have to offer.
Currently under construction in northwestern Hillsborough County is the Westpark Town Center, a new residential and commercial development which seeks to recreate the feel of "small town Florida" of the mid-1900s. Single-family residences, townhomes and condominiums all are designed in the neo-classical tradition, and a five block "Main Street" retail center lies at the heart of the 100-acre development.
When completed, Westpark Town Center will feature a "greenbelt" down the center of its Main Street area, where residents and visitors can enjoy community festivals, concerts in the park or a quiet family picnic in a setting reminiscent of days gone by.
In short, whatever the lifestyle of your dreams may be, itll come alive in the Top of the Bay area.
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