Did you know that Davis Islands is so quaint, that it doesn’t even have a single traffic light on the island! Located just south of downtown Tampa, Davis Islands (aka DI) is like a small town within a city. The island is a perfect place for families and singles looking for a slower pace life while being super close to the city. This quaint and quite neighborhood offers small town life, with big city amenities.
A Perfect Family Community
Most of the island is filled with beautiful homes with a mix of architectural styles. Davis Islands also includes a wonderful “mainstreet” area, Davis Islands Village. Within Davis Islands Village (on E Davis Blvd) you will find Farrells’ on the Island, Teabella, DI Coffee Bar, and Molly Malone’s Irish Pub, to name a few. There is also a veterinarian, a pharmacy, and a USPS. In addition Davis Islands contains Majorie Park,The Municipal Yacht Basin, Peter O’Knight Airport, Davis Islands Yacht Club and the Roy Jenkins pool. The island is an ideal place to raise a family. Children on the island attend some of the top public schools in the Hillsborough County.
Homes on Davis Islands
The homes on DI are perfectly nestled under a wonderful canopy of shady trees. You’ll also find winding streets and sidewalks to match. The homes on DI range from small cottages to luxurious mansions. The small cottages and ranch homes are well kept and beautiful. While some of the homes may be larger, they are well placed and well suited for the island (they are not ostentatious). The pictures of homes below give you a good feel for what life is like on the island. But if you’re looking to move to the island, check out some of these homes.
Getting Around the Island
Some people don’t even drive cars around the island. Instead, the preferred mode of transportation are bikes and golf carts. On the weekends, you’ll find people driving their golf carts to the local shops and restaurants, or their neighbors houses. There is one bridge onto Davis Islands. But you can also get there by boat and airplane. That’s right, there is a Marina and small airport.
Davis Islands History
Davis Islands is an archipelago, which means it is made up of more then one island. It was built by dredging up the Hillsborough river. The excess dirt from the dredge was poured over-top of two small natural islands. The Islands were formerly know as Little Grassy Key and Big Grassy Key.
Dave Davis was responsible for the purchase of the islands for $350,000 dollars in the 1920’s. He said he wanted the island to have a Mediterranean feel. Therefore, you’ll find plenty homes and buildings built with Mediterranean style. Many of the historic buildings have received national historic designations.
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