Living on Davis Islands in Tampa Bay

Living on Davis Islands in Tampa Bay

Considering a move to Tampa Bay?  Tampa has many unique and attractive Tampa neighborhoods, but few can compare to the close-knit community and beautiful atmosphere of Davis Islands.

Davis Islands is known for its wealth, outdoor recreation, and waterfront homes. 


Developers dream…

Tampa’s island suburb was the dream of Dave Davis who envisioned the “Florida version of the Great Gatsby”.  In the early 1920s, Davis pioneered the dredge and fill operation between “Little Grassy Key” and “Big Grassy Key” at the mouth of the Hillsborough River.  

This huge undertaking merged the two naturally-made islands to create Davis Islands.  You can still see many of Davis Islands original Mediterranean-style buildings like the Place of Florence. Davis Islands Downtown Tampa Location.

How big is Davis Islands?

Davis Islands is 3.3 miles south of downtown Tampa, has a population of about 5,500, and is next to the Port of Tampa, the state’s largest deep-water port.   

While driving around Davis Island you’ll notice most streets are named after bodies of water and islands.  The streets are mostly alphabetical starting with Adalia Avenue, the first street you’ll cross when you arrive on Davis Islands from the mainland and ending with Severn Avenue at the southern end of the island.  There are no traffic lights on the island.

Living on Davis Islands in Tampa Bay

Residents of Davis Islands will also enjoy how close and convenient it is to downtown Tampa.. Within minutes you can find yourself at Channelside for luxury retail experiences, gourmet cuisine, and creative spaces along lush, waterfront parks, with city skyline views. 

It is close to The Straz Center for Performing Arts which is the place to go for musical and theater performances as well as Amalie Arena where you can see a Tampa Bay Lightning Game. 

Restaurants, Shops, Nightlife on the Island

Davis Islands is home to its own fun nightlife, shops, and small restaurants at your fingertips.  If you like to socialize it’s difficult to beat the small lifestyle you’ll enjoy living on Davis Islands.  It is a very easygoing and quiet neighborhood with most amenities very close. 

There are a ton of things to do on Davis Islands as it includes a business district, recreational facilities, and nightlife with bars.  It is very pedestrian and pet friendly which makes it easy to shop, dine, and have fun on foot.  

East Davis Boulevard is the main commercial district with blocks of bars, cafes, and restaurants.  There are spots for sidewalk dining allowing you to enjoy Tampa’s weather.  

Davis Islands favorite is 220 East with seafood, steaks, and burgers in a casual/fine dining atmosphere.  

“Margaritas” Mexican Restaurant delivers classic Tex-Mex and handcrafted margaritas.  

“Thai Island’ Restaurant is a popular spot with dishes like soft-shell crab, sizzling curry and Thai Island Scallops.

 “TeBella Tea Company” is a lively café and tea shop with more than 85 varieties of tea plus artisanal chocolates and French macaroons.

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Don’t forget about the dogs…Woof!

You don’t have to leave the Island for your pet needs, Wag Natural Pet & Grooming carries all-natural dog and cat food as well as grooming services.

There are two dog parks on the Island including Davis Island Dog Beach where your pup can run off leash, however, word is that swimming isn’t ideal due to current water conditions.

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Davis Islands is about Boating and Recreation…with endless opportunities

Boating Life is abundant in Davis Islands as most homes are right on the water.   It is also home to the Davis Island Yacht Club, a private member-owned yacht club located at the south end of Davis Island.  

The club hosts a heavy schedule of sailing races, an active cruising fleet, and a strong youth sailing organization.  “The principal purpose of the Club shall be to promote sailing in all its forms; to form a social nucleus with activities for people primarily interested in sailing, to develop and maintain active relationships with other sailing organizations, to promote racing and cruising for pure enjoyment, to promote safety on the waterways, and to foster a spirit of good fellowship and helpfulness”.  

Davis Islands is about Boating and Recreation

There are two main requirements to begin the membership process:  

  • You must be sponsored by two Regular or Life members who have been members in good standing for at least one year 
  • Applicants (per Board of Directors) shall be “actively engaged in sailing, known to the sponsors for at least one year and/or involved in a sailing association (US Sailing/other club). 

Davis Islands has endless opportunities for outdoor recreation like biking, boating, beaching, picnicking, tennis and catching some sun. 

It is also one of the best places to watch the Gasparilla Pirate Festival.  Tampa has been hosting this event every year since 1904.  The theme of the festivities is a friendly invasion by the mythical pirate Jose Gasper, aka Gasparilla, who is a popular figure in Florida folklore.  

The focus of Gasparilla is the Parade of Pirates which is held the last Saturday in January and is organized by the Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.  On Gasparilla Day, members of YMKG sail through Tampa Bay aboard the Jose Gasparilla, a specialty built 165-foot-long pirate ship equipped with loud mini-cannons that fire continuously during its journey.  

Surrounded by thousands of spectators on decorated private boats, the pirates make their way to the Tampa Convention Center, where the mayor surrenders the key to the city in a playful fun ceremony.  

If you live on Davis Island you have front row seats to this event as it cruises right next to the Island itself. 

Living on Davis Islands soaks up the essence of Tampa Bay 

The Islands consist mostly of single-family homes as well as a few townhouses.

Many of the homes are older however there are several homes that are new and newer construction, with some new construction being built after the purchase of a tear down of an older home.  

If you want to purchase the land with an old tear down home you are starting at the price of $950,000.  A 3 bedroom/2 bath, 3 bedroom/3 bath, or 4 bedroom/2 bath starts around $1.8 million. A 6 bedroom/6 bath is priced at $12.5 million. Check out more below…

46 Properties
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$9,800,000
Neighborhood: Davis Islands Pb10 Pg52 To 57
6
Beds
7F21/2
Baths
7,120
Sq.Ft.
2024
Year Built
2
Days on Site
T3426269
MLS
Pre-Construction. To be built. Welcome home to Davis Islands and the future home of your waterfront luxury estate. Approximately 100 linear feet of sailboat friendly deep-water canal with direct...
$2,899,000
Neighborhood: Byars Thompson Add Davis
5
Beds
5F11/2
Baths
4,609
Sq.Ft.
2024
Year Built
3
Days on Site
T3425851
MLS
Pre-Construction. To be built. Pre-Construction to be built Mobley Homes Custom build. Davis Islands location with an oversized lot. Top quality workmanship and attention to detail, including high...
Open 2/4
507 Columbia Dr Tampa,  FL 33606
$1,375,000
Neighborhood: Davis Islands Pb10 Pg52 To 57
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,025
Sq.Ft.
1987
Year Built
11
Days on Site
T3423935
MLS
Welcome to your new home situated on the coveted Davis Islands. This amazing opportunity allows for island living with WATER VIEWS. This unique home is tastefully updated with unique features that...
$1,100,000
Neighborhood: Byars Thompson Add Davis
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,866
Sq.Ft.
1952
Year Built
15
Days on Site
T3423406
MLS
Welcome to 615 Luzon Ave, a fantastic opportunity for a fix and flip property in the heart of Tampa, FL. This charming home is located in the desirable 33606 zip code, just minutes from all the...
Pending
2 Adalia Ave #801 Tampa,  FL 33606
$998,750
Neighborhood: Adalia Bayfront Condo
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,672
Sq.Ft.
1986
Year Built
20
Days on Site
T3423210
MLS
Welcome to Unit 801! This corner unit just went through a full renovation making this one of the largest units in the building. Which includes quartz countertops, luxury vinyl plank flooring,...
$950,000
Neighborhood: Davis Islands Pb10 Pg52 To 57
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,633
Sq.Ft.
1956
Year Built
23
Days on Site
T3397248
MLS
Live in this Charming Davis Islands home OR knock down & build TWO TOWNHOMES (RM-24 ZONING). This home features three bedrooms, two baths, 1,633 square feet of living space. An open floor plan greets...
$1,000,000
Neighborhood: Davis Slands
2
Beds
1
Baths
1,224
Sq.Ft.
1950
Year Built
23
Days on Site
T3397273
MLS
Welcome to this adorable home on an oversized corner lot! This home offers two bedrooms, one bathroom, one car garage, and 8,640 lot sq ft. The kitchen and bathroom have been beautifully updated. In...
Pending
107 E Davis Blvd #B Tampa,  FL 33606
$635,000
Neighborhood: Davis Islands Pb10 Pg52 To 57
2
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,261
Sq.Ft.
1978
Year Built
25
Days on Site
T3422123
MLS
Totally updated and remodeled 2 bed 2 1/2 bath townhome with NO HOA FEES! This stylish, turnkey home was completely gutted with all new kitchen and baths, new lighting, new glass front doors, and the...
$1,800,000
Neighborhood: Davis Islands
4
Beds
2
Baths
1,848
Sq.Ft.
1948
Year Built
25
Days on Site
T3422126
MLS
Fully rented WATERFRONT Duplex on exclusive Davis Islands. VALUE IS IN THE LAND. This 63x100 foot lot with alley access is Zoned RM-24 allowing up to 3 units to be built on this property. The...
Open 2/5
620 Columbia Dr Tampa,  FL 33606
$1,200,000
Neighborhood: Davis Islands Pb10 Pg52 To 57
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,581
Sq.Ft.
1963
Year Built
27
Days on Site
U8186361
MLS
Absolutely beautiful home in Highly Desired ~ Davis Island! This 3/2 w/family room~ 1581 sq.ft home should be featured in House Beautiful! Lovingly maintained and cared for by long time owners!~~As...
$1,100,000
Neighborhood: Davis Islands Pb10 Pg52 To 57
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,358
Sq.Ft.
1961
Year Built
28
Days on Site
T3421829
MLS
Spacious corner lot with WATER VIEWS! BUILD YOUR DREAM home and take advantage of the water views. Just blocks away from the quaint Davis Islands Village restaurants, bars, park, public pool, public...
Pending
114 E Davis Blvd #5 Tampa,  FL 33606
$1,199,900
Neighborhood: Villa Del Mare Twnhms
3
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
2,880
Sq.Ft.
2005
Year Built
29
Days on Site
A4556488
MLS
Welcome to Villa Del Mare...where the mystique of Mediterranean style and upscale gated living blend together to become the best kept secret on luxurious Davis Island. Enjoy the exclusivity of this...

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