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convention Visitors Bureau
When it incorporated in 1849, there were only 185 residents living in Tampa. Today the sun-drenched city, a financial, cultural and recreational hub of West Central Florida, is home to a diverse population of more than 700,000. The city, which has a rich history, prides itself on reinvention. Historic Ybor City, for example, once considered "the cigar capital of the world," is now transformed into a thriving entertainment district, boasting shops, restaurants, nightclubs and galleries.
While Tampa's median home sells for $225,000, the range of prices is broad. Small fixer-uppers in marginal neighborhoods go for as little as $50,000, while sprawling waterfront homes carry multi-million dollar price tags.
Among a very diverse mix, we chose four neighborhoods that reflect the variety of Tampa living. Our picks are historic, waterfront Hyde Park, resort-like New Tampa, affordable Forest Hills and scenic Ballast Point.