Considering retirement and are looking for Tampa homes for sale? Tampa’s weather is ideal – not too hot and not too cold. You can dress very comfortably, with light casual clothes to match the weather of each season. Yes, there are seasons, just not as extreme as the rest of the country. Tampa is about as far north as most palm trees can grow, yet far enough south where you can swim and play golf all year round. Tampa averages 27 more clear days per year than Miami and the area holds the record for most consecutive days of sunshine – 768 to be exact. The average annual temperature is about 73 degrees with winter lows above 60º and summer highs below 85º. November usually gets the least amount of rain and August gets the most.
The weather and fabolous Tampa Real Estate deals are not the only reasons that the Tampa area has been a popular retirement destination. The cost of living and tax burdens are relatively low compared with many northern parts of the country. If your main concerns about retirement are getting the most for your money and enjoying your life to the fullest, you’ll find that better active adult retirement communities with bargain real estate prices are located in quieter neighborhoods outside the city. These suburban areas help make the Tampa real estate market one of the top six areas to find your affordable dream Florida retirement community. But what really lands Tampa in first place, more so than anywhere else in Florida, is its ability to draw boomers from across the country in the pre- and early-retirement age group of 55 to 65. It seems like the area was created especially for them.
Included in the long list of reasons why the Tampa real estate market is the ideal retirement area are the attractions and activities. You can enjoy golf, tennis, swimming, boating, bike riding, gardening, bird watching, and a thousand other outdoor activities all year long. There are more than 150 free community parks in the Tampa area with such features as ball fields, beaches, boat ramps, canoe launch, recreation centers, computer labs, food concessions, dog parks, fitness facilities, golf courses, grills, gyms, jogging paths, picnic spots, piers, sports courts, playgrounds, pools, tennis courts and walking trails. Tampa is home to some of the world's top-rated beaches, creating a year-round haven for beach goers. Each beach possesses its own individuality so you can explore until you find your favorite.
Tampa's arts and leisure activities always rank in the top third of cities nationwide, meaning there's plenty to do. If you’re a golfer, you’ll love the Apollo Beach Golf & Sea Club. It’s one of only two Robert Trent Jones Sr. signature golf courses on Florida’s west coast. With four sets of tees ranging from 5047 to 7036 yards, players can decide just how much of the course they want to tackle. You’ll find other great courses nearby and throughout Hillsborough County.
Suburban Tampa is comfortably close to an urban center of culture that has a mixture of sophistication and a lack of pretense. For cultural attractions, nearby Tampa offers numerous parks, art galleries, nine performing arts and concert venues as well as 13 museums. You might want to visit the Museum of Science and Industry or the University of South Florida Botanical Garden. For the kids, grandchildren and the young at heart there is the fabulous Busch Gardens & Adventure Island, the Florida Aquarium, and the Lowry Park Zoo. And for down-home, old-time family fun you have to attend the Florida State Fair in February. It’s just up the road a piece in East Lake.
Of course, for you spectators there are nationally ranked outdoor activities that include Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ football and Devil Rays’ baseball. And if you miss the ice, Tampa Bay Lightning hockey is for you. Besides days at the beach or on the golf course, Tampa’s wide variety of activities include excellent marinas for boaters, great diving and fishing, and everything from ecotours of the wetlands to fishing off the west coast.
Come to Tampa where retirement is a lot more than beautiful sunsets!