Located on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and stretching east to the shores of Tampa Bay, lies Clearwater, a thriving city which combines the charm of rural living with a sophisticated metropolitan area, complete with miles of white sand beaches. It is home to world famous Clearwater Beach and Pier 60, two of the most traveled destinations of visitors from all over the Florida peninsula, across America, up into the Great White North, and across the pond.
Clearwater boasts a wonderful climate, with warm summers and ever-present sea breezes, an ultra-mild winter, and spring and fall seasons that deliver the best weather in the nation. It is home to approximately 108,000 full-time residents and is served by several highly rated public and private schools, which include Countryside High and Clearwater Central Catholic High School; as well as a number of middle, elementary, and preschools.
Clearwater Real Estate
In the city of Clearwater, there is much choice in residential homes, which include single family properties, condo units, townhomes, and villas. Prices are quite affordable, with an average listing price of just $172,500 and a median sales price of $121,250. The average per square foot price is only $93; however, there are also a number of luxury properties, most of which are located on or near the beach. Discerning homeowners have plenty of choice, with several golf and country club communities in the area.
The most popular neighborhoods and communities include On Top Of The World, Winding Wood, Northwood, Pride, and Mission Hills. Other hot markets with a lot to offer include Countryside Northridge, Valencia Park, Keene Acres, Oak Creek at Countryside, and University Park.
Things to See and Do
Within the city limits of Clearwater await several recreational opportunities, which include such destinations as Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Bright House Field, home of the Threshers baseball team, Ruth Eckerd Hall, where the performing arts come alive, and the Gulf Coast Museum of Art.
For those who like the challenge of hitting the links, there is no shortage of choices. Popular golf courses include the historic Belleview Biltmore Golf Club, Belleair Country Club, Clearwater Country Club, Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf Club, and Cove Cay. Shopping is also close by and anything can be found at Westfield Countryside Mall, Clearwater Mall, Northwood Plaza, and Gulf-to-Bay Plaza.
There are a number of great restaurants in the area, which include casual, tee-shirt and sandals attire eateries along the beach, to upscale dining establishments like Cafe Ponte and Island Way Grill. These are perfect before or after a day of boating, sightseeing, sailing, kayaking, exploring nature, biking, and much, much more.