When searching for neighborhood, many professionals seek to find something close to the city center. That typically means a shorter commute to work and close proximity to all the city’s amenities.
However, many want the peace and quiet that the suburbs have to offer. Suburban living has remained popular for decades for good reasons. Those include quiet streets, less crime, and better landscaping and parks. Amenities such as restaurants, grocery stores, malls and shops tend to be high quality and close to the neighborhood.
Best Suburban Tampa Neighborhoods
The suburbs also typically have neighbors who have bought into a community and take good care of their property. Schools are better, too. That’s a consideration for the professional who expects at some point to start a family.
So while the trend to move closer to the city center gets most of the attention, the suburbs have their charms. Here a few in Tampa that are good spots for professionals.
Located in New Tampa to the northeast of the city, Hunter’s Green offers all the amenities that people associate with better suburban neighborhoods. Streets and green spaces in the neighborhood are well-maintained. Homes come in a variety of styles. There’s plenty of shopping and other entertainment options in the area. Access to downtown is easy, with Interstate 75 running just to the west of the neighborhood.
North of New Tampa past the junction of I-75 and I-275, Wesley Chapel is one of the biggest growth areas in the Tampa region. There’s plenty to like. The Shops at Wiregrass is one of the best outdoor malls in the Tampa Bay region. The neighborhoods are peaceful. The schools have good ratings. For commuters, either I-75 or I-275 can get you where you need to go quickly.
These two neighborhoods are on North Dale Mabry Highway, running from Busch Boulevard to neighborhoods north of Erlich Road. One of the first suburbs in the city, this area is now closer in to the city center than most suburban neighborhoods. It offers great amenities, with some of the area’s best restaurants, shops and other entertainment. Many of the schools are outstanding. It’s also not a far drive from the city center, offering a commute that doesn’t even require getting on an interstate.
Westchase has been a magnet for professionals for decades. Newer than many of the area’s suburbs, the neighborhood ranks among the most popular both for young professionals and families. Areas of restaurants, pubs and shopping have been built just to serve the area. There also are big parks, good schools and plenty of beautiful neighborhoods.
Located east of the city, this area provides great access to downtown Tampa and South Tampa via the Leroy Selmon Expressway. Neighborhoods in this area cover many square miles, with enough variety that it’s easy to find something that suits your needs. The area is essentially a city all to itself. Professionals can find everything they need, from great restaurants to shopping at the Brandon Town Center mall. It’s also one of the area’s great places to raise a family, with solid schools and plenty of activities and parks for kids.
These represent just some of the great suburban neighborhoods in the Tampa area. Each offers its own distinct take on suburban living. Each also offers just the kind of amenities and quiet living that make the suburbs remain so attractive to professionals.