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Apollo Beach, while technically an unincorporated community, is known as its own little town in Hillsborough County Florida. It's home to about 15,000 residents.
Nestled in southern Hillsborough County and bordered North by Gibsonton, the Northeast by Riverview, to the east by Balm the southeast by Sun City Center and the West by Tampa Bay, this unincorporated community features 22.3 mi.² of beautiful Tampa Bay real estate.
Apollo Beach History
Getting its start back in 1923 on land owned by the Dickman family for farming and grazing pasture, Apollo Beach was primarily a mangrove and low elevation preserved considered uninhabitable. In the 1930s, the Dickman family decided to develop a waterfront community as the ideal was located equally between Tampa and Bradenton along US Route 41. Radar Engineering of Miami designs a subdivision including several roads, canals, schools, community services and recreational areas and in the 1950s, the Dickman family again negotiated the sale of land to three men from New York, Turner, Dean, and Clark naming the land "Tampa Beach". They believe that the association with the city of Tampa would attract more people than a name which did not properly locate the area geographically.
In the 1950s construction began on the Flamingo Canal and proceeded toward Fairway Boulevard. The idea was to extend the canal to Tampa Bay to add open water and waterfront property. But unfortunately, this project became too large for the amount of capital they had invested and for the abilities of the people involved in a 1956 they notified Dickman that they could not continue with the project.
In 1957, Francis Corr purchased the land renaming it "La Vida Beach" but according to legend, his wife Dorothy suggested "Apollo Beach" named for its greatest benefit, the sunshine. Construction began of just 50 homes in the area between US 41 and Golf & Sea Boulevard. In 1958, an agreement was reached with Robert E Lee, a South Carolina contractor to continue development in the area dredging canals in exchange for real estate.
In the 1960s, Corr sold his company in the Apollo Beach land to a Miami company known as Flora Sun Corporation, who then sold some of the land to the north to the Tampa Electric Company. However, this company failed in its obligation to purchase the land from the family and approximately seven years later the family got the land back out of bankruptcy. After this, Corr's son Thomas moved his family to the area and continue to work on the Apollo Beach project. Struggling to continue with the development and dredging of the canal system for years, the Corr family developed the community and donated lands for parks and schools preserving hundreds of acres of mangrove swamps and environmental areas. The family started at Community Bank, Chamber of Commerce, civic clubs and festivals. Thomas passed away in 1998 and in 2006 Hillsborough County honored the work of the Corr family by naming the new elementary school on Big Bend Road the Thomas P Corr elementary school.
Today, Apollo Beach is a thriving waterfront community with year-round boating, fishing, water activities, and about 55 miles of canals that lead to Tampa Bay.
Apollo Beach Schools
The schools in Apollo Beach are part of the Hillsborough County Public school system. There are several schools that serve students in the Apollo Beach area including Apollo Beach Elementary, Inez Doby elementary, the Waterset charter school for grades kindergarten through eighth grade, the Eisenhower middle school, and the East Bay high school.
The elementary school receives excellent reviews and ratings. It features about 646 students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade with a student-teacher ratio of just 16 to 1.
"The school is amazing they have fun thing. i liked it best school. teachers are fun and nice very respectful kids so excepting and kind." - Niche.com
The East Bay high school receives adequate reviews with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. 80% of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations and that the teachers genuinely care about the students.
"This school from freshman year, all the way to my senior year, has taught me so many life lessons, and has made me ready for college. The school is very diverse so no matter what, everyone feels welcomed. We have great athletics and academics. The school is decent sized to where we do not have to walk that far to each class we have. We are also very fortunate to have the opportunity to do Dual Enrollment at our local Hillsborough Community College! for each class we take at the college, we get one period taken off from our high school courses. We also have the opportunity to do early admissions into the University of South Florida, as long as we have the GPA, conduct, and test scores required to attend the early admissions. Not only did we have the great opportunities for academics, but we also had a variety of clubs we could choose from. East Bay is an amazing school, and well worth the time and experience." - Review of East Bay High School
Things to Do in Apollo Beach Florida
While this is primarily a residential community there are plenty of activities and things to do plus you're no more than about 20 minutes from downtown Tampa. Some of our favorite things to do in Apollo Beach include:
MiraBay Market - this fantastic farmer's market located in Apollo Beach is open every third Sunday of the month from 11 AM to 3 PM. It's considered one of the best places to visit in the area. You'll find locally grown fruits and vegetables, cold-pressed, handmade soaps, meat, and beef jerky, handmade art and clothing, books and jewelry, local honey, and delicious premade food.
Tiki Bay Island - this is a great way to spend a weekend. Tiki Bay Island is a one-of-a-kind 2400 ft.² floating bar and fully functional boat at 74 feet long and 33.5 feet wide. It is one of the longest wooden Tiki boats in the world. It hosts private parties, events, offers live music and drinks, kayak rentals, paddleboards and fishing.
Manatee Viewing Center – Fun for the whole family, this is an ideal place to enjoy Manatee viewing. This visitor center offers a hurricane simulator, colorful exhibits, and beautiful butterfly gardens.
Does Apollo Beach actually have a beach? The Tampa Bay South Shore area offers a different type of beach experience. You'll find at the Apollo Beach Nature Reserve located at 6760 Surfside Blvd., visitors are not permitted to swim but you can watch for manatees and dolphins in the bay. They do allow dogs at this small, quiet beach and there are bathrooms. Parking is limited and if you visit the beach at high tide there's very little room for chairs and beach towels but you're welcome to hang out at the beach. Primarily, Apollo Beach is for residential properties. There are two off-the-map locations that might be great little hidden gems such as Beer Can Island just off of Apollo Beach, which offers beachcombing, and sunbathing during the week. On the weekends, you'll find big parties out there with local setting up tents and grills, however, you can only access this beach by boat.
Doo Wah Diddy is another hidden gem around Apollo Beach. This freshwater spring on the north side of the Alafia River east of US 301 bridge has a small beach area and rope swings.
Homes for Sale in Apollo Beach
At any given time there are about 200 properties for sale in and around Apollo Beach. You'll find manufactured homes and mobile homes in a gated community starting at about $80,000. Boathouses and beach homes can start at about $150,000. Condominiums and smaller townhouses or single-family homes start at about $230,000. Most condominium buildings and townhouse communities have homeowner association dues anywhere from $25 per month to $450 per month. Many of these condo associations will also offer amenities for residents and their guests such as swimming pools, tennis courts, and recreational facilities.
New or single-family homes and new construction properties start at about $312,000. You'll find luxury homes in the new home or new construction area starting at about $400,000. Vacant waterfront lots are between $250,000 and $450,000. So many homes on the water, it's almost hard not to find a property that doesn't have some sort of water access.
Some of the highest-priced homes are between $400,000 and $2.5 million. However, out on the Tampa Bay at Beach Club Estates in Andalucia as well as Bal Harbour and Symphony Isles, the homes are typically priced from about $650,000 up to $1.5 million. Beach Club Estates has some of the highest-priced homes in Apollo Beach, sometimes up to seven or $8 million.
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