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Considering a move to Clearwater Florida? If you are relocating to the Tampa Bay area, Clearwater might be a great choice. Located in Pinellas County just northwest of Tampa and St. Petersburg, Clearwater sits on the Gulf of Mexico and is home to about 120,000 residents. It's the county seat of Pinellas and the smallest of the three main cities in the Tampa area including Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater Metro area. These three make up the Tampa Bay region.
Often called the "Bay to Beach" destination, Clearwater is home to beautiful beaches, historical avenues, fantastic dining, and world-class shopping. But it's not just for tourists. Over 120,000 residents call Clearwater home and while it's been recognized as one of the top travel industry leaders, Clearwater still holds on to its old-world charm for its long-term residents and newcomers.
The main areas
There are four main areas to Clearwater; the downtown area, Clearwater Beach, Sand Key, and Caldesi Island. World-class shopping, dining, and live entertainment can be found in Clearwater's historic downtown. Cleveland Street is one of the city's most historic avenues featuring shops, restaurants, and many buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Coachman Park and Spectrum Field are two of the downtown area's most notable landmarks. Formally known as Bright House Networks Field, Spectrum Field is a baseball stadium built in 2004 housing over 8500 people. It's the spring training ground for the Philadelphia Phillies and the home of their class A affiliate, the Clearwater Threshers of the Florida State League.
Clearwater Beach is separated from downtown Clearwater by the Intercoastal Waterway. With beautiful white sandy beaches and clear shallow water, Clearwater Beach is an ideal spot for splashing in the water, enjoying the beach, and taking in the scenery. From the activity along the palm-lined Beach Walk Promenade to the views from Pier 60, Clearwater Beach is the playground for tourists and locals alike.
The Beach Walk is a winding beachside promenade complete with tropical landscaping, gorgeous views, award-winning beaches, and artistic touches. You'll often find rollerblade errors, pedestrians, and bicyclists enjoying this long stroll down one of America's most pristine beaches.
Sand Key is another popular playground for locals and Clearwater residents featuring a million-dollar view with a beach cabana, large bathhouses, a fund dog park, and playgrounds. This quiet barrier island offers picnic facilities, beachcombing, and is a nesting ground for endangered sea turtles. The nearby salt marsh draws herons and anhinga, a longnecked fish-eating bird related to the cormorants. Sand Key also has several seafood restaurants, gorgeous Bay views, and access to both the Intercoastal waterway and the Gulf of Mexico. Gulf Boulevard stretches across at Sand Key Bridge, leading to residential communities onto Clearwater Point and to Clearwater Beach.
A little farther north on Clearwater Beach Island full of residential homes and condominiums you'll find Caladesi Island State Park. This is one of the few untouched pristine beaches in the entire state and, aptly known as one of the world's best. However, it is not accessible via vehicle. There are only two ways to get to this unique island by private boat or take the Caladesi connection ferry that operates out of Honeymoon Island State Park. This 15 to 20-minute ride over the calm waters of St. Joseph Sound stops at the Marina next to the café on the base side of the island. It's just a five-minute walk across the island to the beach over paved sidewalks and a wooden dune boardwalk. This hidden gem of Florida offers multiple trails and beachcombing opportunities.
Clearwater is part of the Pinellas County public school district, rated one of the top 10 best school districts in the state. Multiple elementary, middle, and high schools receive excellent ratings from students and parents alike. Some of the best include the Clearwater Fundamental middle school, the Davis elementary school, the Calvary Christian private school, and the Clearwater Central Catholic school. Other top-rated schools include the Lakeview fundamental elementary school, the Curtis Fundamental elementary school, the Tarpon Springs fundamental elementary school and the Plato Academy charter school. The St. Petersburg Collegiate high school also receives excellent ratings and scores. The school receives a 97% for students agreeing that they feel safe at their school and that they enjoy it. It receives an A+ for health and safety based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions, and survey responses.
"My name is Moses Phan and I attended St. Petersburg Collegiate High School for my junior year and I am eagerly waiting to continue my senior education at this high school. There are so many benefits from attending St. Petersburg Collegiate High School. The main benefit is the ability to take college courses during high school which allows every student to complete their high school and AA degree at the end of senior year. I also love the accelerated pace that the high school requires its students to keep up with since I personally work best in this type of environment. Now, yes, the high school is very hands-off during junior and senior year since all classes are taken on St. Petersburg College campus with college professors as instructors and regular college attendants as peers but I believe that this helps students mature before their peers attending traditional high school which allows for a massive head start. All in all, I highly recommend St. Petersburg Collegiate High School." Niche.com
What it Like Living in Clearwater?
Clearwater has been touted as one of the #2 best cities to retire in America. With excellent schools, but opportunities for family, excellent entertainment and nightlife, and vibrant diversity, Clearwater offers an urban-suburban mix with most residents owning their own homes. The median home value is about $191,000 with median rent coming in at just over $1000. Clearwater stretches from the intercoastal waterway and Gulf of Mexico across Tampa Bay and offers easy access to surrounding communities, towns, and of course, some of the most pristine beaches in the area.
Clearwater's downtown area has been undergoing major redevelopment over the last 10 years. The city has constructed beautification with several high-rise condos and a large Marina. This is played a major role in revitalizing the housing for all income levels and creating opportunities for employment. Clearwater's economy employs nearly 50,000 people with major employers including the Morton Plant Hospital, Honeywell, Tech Data and the Baycare Health System. The median income is about $48,000. Here's what others have to say about living in Clearwater.
"Clearwater has easy accessibility to shopping, concerts/the arts, 2 major airports, great inexpensive restaurants, coffee shops, beaches, the bay, bike/hike trails, and open parks; the east side: Safety Harbor & the Tampa Bay (Beautiful views, nice historic town!); west side: beaches, boardwalk and pier; go 3 miles north to the causeway of Honeymoon Beach ; Dunedin, and Ozona are 4 miles up on the Gulf ; bike on the Pinellas Trail, or along the Gulf sidewalks; It's been well planned and designed back to the 1960s ; there are many routes to travel there, so if you see traffic in one direction you can hop on another parallel route one block away. The people are very kind, and HAPPY! and grateful to be there. It's very affordable, and feels safe. Sidewalks everywhere. It can't grow anymore, it's all built out, so what you see is what you'll get. No more traffic, no more development." - Niche.com
Things to Do in Clearwater
It's clear why Clearwater is considered one of the best places to retire. There are multiple annual activities and tourism opportunities including the Imagine International Film Festival, the Sea-Blues Seafood and Blues Festival, the Sugar Sand Festival, Sun N Fun Festival, Clearwater Celebrates America, the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, the Clearwater Greek Festival, Turkey Trot, Winter Wonderland, and an Avid Clearwater Public Arts and design program commissioning an average of 2 to 3 new projects each year.
The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a small, nonprofit organization that opened in 1972 on Clearwater Beach. It's most famous for one of its resident dolphins named Winter, rescued as a calf back in 2005 and currently fitted with a prostatic tail. Clearwater has some of the most unique and entertaining see life in the state.
Clearwater Real Estate
Clearwater offers a variety of beachfront condominiums, two-story townhouses, duplexes, single-family homes, and large beachfront estates. There's a price range for just about any homebuyer and depending on the lifestyle and the area, we can help you find the right home for your needs. Browse all available Clearwater real estate and homes for sale on our website for free. We are exclusively buyer representation only and would love to help you find the perfect home in Clearwater Florida.