Seminole Heights is best known for its craftsman bungalow style homes from the early 20th century and Its eclectic variety of bars and restaurants. Developed in 1911 by T. Roy Young this 40 acres of land was the first suburb of Tampa. A trolley connecting Sulfer Springs to downtown allowed this new suburb living to be an option by enabling people to have a reliable commute back and forth.
Seminole Heights has been said to be a great place for young professionals and their families who are looking to stay out of the master planned communities. You can buy an old bungalow home in the neighborhood and literally be fifteen minutes away from all the major spots in the city, as well as minutes from Interstate 275.
Seminole Heights has a high level of comradery between neighbors and local businesses and even has its own mascot. The two headed alligator is the symbol of Seminole heights. In 2014, a naturalist found and took a picture of a two headed gator in the area. This gator was trapped and taxidermized and now hangs out at a popular local restaurant called Ella’s. You can find the image of the two headed alligator printed on tee shirts, stickers and flags all over the area.
Rising property values, local parks, and the longest stretch of river front parkland make Seminole Heights a sought-after neighborhood. The current population is just 24,567 but that number is growing quickly as people are taking notice of this community and all it has to offer. Some great places to eat out when in Seminole Heights are Cappy’s Pizza, the Independent, Ella’s and The Refinery. There is also a new restaurant that just opened called The C House where they only serve food that starts with the letter C.
If you are looking for fun activities check out River Crest Park. You can also get to the splash park called Water Works Park in less then five minutes or go north about five minutes and go to the Lowery Park Zoo.
Home price trends are higher in Seminole Heights at $197 a square foot as compared to the average which is $185. Although no where near the $271 per square foot just south of Seminole Heights in Hyde Park. So, if you are looking for a close- knit neighborhood brimming with historic bungalow style homes and great restaurants then Seminole Heights might be the right spot for you.
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