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It’s a conundrum, that’s what it is. When does something bearing the sobriquet new become old? Or, maybe something in between, like, middle-aged or, perhaps, gently used? There are plenty of states, places, and even countries that boast of being new—despite some having been around for hundreds of years. It boggles the mind. PLANNING, PEOPLE! For the love of all that is true and just! Plan for the future! Okay, the rant’s over …
The fact is the name New Tampa is probably far more marketable than, say, Gently Used Tampa. Gently used may be a great selling point for an automobile, but with naming communities, well, not so much. And, that’s why New Tampa is called New Tampa. That, and the fact that it is a new part of the original Tampa probably has something to do with the choice of its name, too.
Although first settled in the mid-19th century, New Tampa remained undeveloped until the late-1980s when the city of Tampa annexed a 24-square-mile area that now represents one of the largest city neighborhoods. The rest of the community is situated in unincorporated Hillsborough County, but retains a Tampa mailing address. As if the old vs new thing isn’t confusing enough, residents often refer to adjacent areas, such as Wesley Chapel—that is located on the northern border and in a different county—as part of New Tampa. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though …
As one of the most popular and largest communities in Tampa, New Tampa is an attractive area that offers those who live there an opportunity to enjoy the best of the Tampa Bay area. As the name suggests—well, at one time, anyway—New Tampa was built out later than many other parts of Tampa. And, while many sections of Tampa and its suburbs have very little new construction available, New Tampa provides discriminating home buyers the chance to buy new, or to buy homes in well-established (“gently-used,” perhaps?) communities that are newer than many other suburbs in the Bay area.
New Tampa has many master-planned communities—and many of those are gated. Amenities abound with resort-style pools, tennis courts, clubhouses and meeting centers, playgrounds, walking trails, and golf courses! All providing a vibrant social atmosphere. But, open the gates of your imagination (yeah, you had to see that coming!) and consider choosing a home from one of the more established communities. These are resplendent with mature landscaping and oak canopy-lined streets that softly whisper “Buy here! Buy here!” Or maybe, check out something in the bevy of new construction opportunities. There’s something for everyone! Want a single-family home? It’s available here. How about a nice luxury estate? Yep, look no further! Of course, there are also upscale condos and townhomes available. And, it seems that anywhere you look, there’s a magnificent golf course and country club close by! Two of the best, Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club and Hunters Green Country Club, are located within the aesthetics that define the communities of New Tampa.
But wait! There’s more! New Tampa residents also enjoy the amenities that nearby Pasco County offers! This booming corridor—basically, an extension of the northern growth that started with New Tampa—opens up (Gates?! We don’t need no stinking gates!) a wide range of shopping, dining, and entertainment possibilities. There’s the upscale Shops at Wiregrass and the Tampa Premium Outlets, vibrant restaurants, and retail establishments. The area is home to a number of quality schools, as well as a wide selection of physicians and specialists, and top-rated medical facilities. A real bonus is New Tampa’s proximity to I-75 and I-275, both gateways to places near and far.
New Tampa continues to witness extraordinary growth—to the point that it now represents 52% of Tampa’s city-wide growth—with a population now greater than 38,000 residents. This explosion has resulted in an exponential amount of infrastructure improvements being undertaken over the past several years. One of the area’s busiest thoroughfares, Bruce B. Downs Blvd., for example, is currently being improved to meet the demands of increased vehicular traffic. Many other traffic projects have been planned, are currently under constructed, or have been completed.
With all this population growth and construction projects happening in New Tampa, you kind of get the impression that New Tampa takes its sobriquet seriously, and wants to avoid being labeled middle-aged or gently used, what with all that construction going on. Of course, it’s kind of spooky that it could become an urban—or rather, a suburban—legend that rivals that of the Winchester Mystery House in California.
New Tampa communities:
Arbor Greene, Basset Creek Estates, Cory Lake Isles, Cross Creek, Easton Park, Esplanade, Grand Hampton, Heritage Isles, Hunters Green, K-Bar Ranch, Live Oak Preserve, Pebble Creek, Richmond Place, Tampa Palms, West Meadows.