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Located in Pinellas County on the coast of St. Joseph Sound and Lake Tarpon is the coastal city of Tarpon Springs. Home to about 25,000 residents, it offers a unique step back into Greek history as Tarpon Springs has the highest percentage of Greek Americans of any city in the country.
This unique coastal suburb of Tampa Florida has been rated as one of the best places to retire in the country. It offers a dense suburban feel and 71% of residents own their own homes. Here's what locals had to say about their quaint little coastal town.
"Tarpon Springs is rich in Greek history. Many small businesses and gift shops. Free family activities every weekend. Amazing holiday family activities, free for all! The people are friendly and helpful. I really love the way this city is united and committed to all residents and their well-being! Awesome water spray park for the kids, exercise park, dog park, boat launch and many other attractions. The Sponge Docks area and downtown Tarpon are a must-see attraction. The restaurants and food are great. Tarpon=HISTORY, COMMUNITY, HEALTH, FITNESS, ENTERTAINMENT, FAMILY MATTERS.The people in Tarpon Springs are a FAMILY/community!"
"NO Place like it! Greek culture, Sponge docks, Breweries, Restaurants, Antiques, parks, 2 beaches the List goes on. Affordable waterfront." Niche.com
What is Tarpon Springs Known For
Just 45 minutes north of St. Petersburg, Tarpon Springs was named for the type of fish found in the abundant nearby waters. It's also known as the "Sponge Capital of the World" its Greek heritage, and 51 miles of water frontage. The charming historical downtown area is registered on the National Register of Historic Places you can take a stroll back in time and browsing art galleries, antique stores, and specialty shops located in buildings dating back to the late 1800s.
What is this about sponges?
In the 1880s, John K Cheyney founded the first local sponge business and that unique industry grew quite rapidly over the next 20 years. People from Key West and the Bahamas settled in Tarpon Springs to hook sponges and process them and a few Greek migrants also arrived bringing even more work into the sponge industry. In 1905, John Corcris introduced "sponge diving" to Tarpon Springs and recruited divers and crew members from Greece. The sponge industry soon became one of the leading maritime industries in Florida and the most important business in Tarpon Springs generating millions of dollars in revenue each year. There's even a movie called 'Beneath the 12-Mile Reef' filmed in 1953 depicting the sponge industry primarily in Tarpon Springs.
It's all Greek to me!
All of this sponge harvesting brought a lot of immigrants from Greece to the area and today, Tarpon Springs has a rich Greek heritage. It was established as a sister city relationship with Kalymnos, Kalki, Symi, and Cyprus honoring the close historical link with these Greek-speaking islands. Not only is the majority of residents Greek, but there are several historical sites throughout Tarpon Springs as well such as the Tarpon Springs Greektown Historic District, the Tarpon Springs historic district, the Arcade Hotel, City Hall, the Old Tarpon Springs High School, the Tarpon Springs Depot and many sites related to the sponge industry within the Greektown district. There are even three diving boats dedicated to the National Register of Historic Places. [pictured]
What to Do in Tarpon Springs
The Tarpon Springs Greektown Historic District is one of the unique cultural landmarks in Tarpon Springs. Covers over 140 acres bounded by the Anclote River on the north, Tarpon Avenue and spring by you on the South, Hibiscus and Pinellas Street to the east, and Roosevelt and Grand Boulevards to the west. It was the first traditional cultural property listed in the state of Florida. This area is home to hundreds of residential and commercial buildings and about a dozen sponge boats. In the center is the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral that still runs today with a congregation of about 800. Many people still live and work along the sponge docks and you'll find a lot of them still speak Greek today.
The Tarpon Springs Tarpon Arts and Culture Center offers a unique event calendar with music, plays, history, sing-alongs, classes and connection to performing arts centers and cultural centers, museums and galleries throughout Tarpon Springs.
Naturally, you're going to find some of the best Greek food in the entire state of Florida right here in Tarpon Springs but that doesn't mean that's only what they have. From unique American restaurants to dockside and waterfront seafood places, Creole smokehouse, gourmet delis and waterfront grills, there is a variety of great places to eat and experience in Tarpon Springs. Most of the restaurants are located in the central downtown area along Pinellas Avenue. The outlying areas are primarily residential.
Tarpon Springs Schools
Tarpon Springs is part of the Pinellas County school district and there are several schools right in town including the Tarpon Springs Elementary school, Tarpon Springs high school, and the Tarpon Springs fundamental school.
Tarpon Springs Real Estate
There are approximately 100 homes for sale at any given time around Tarpon Springs from manufactured homes, lots, and condos starting less than $100,000 to beautiful waterfront estates, waterfront acreage, and larger mansions up to $4 million, however, it is considered one of the more affordable places to live in Pinellas County with an average price of about $300,000. Being more "Old Florida" you'll find a lot of established neighborhoods, especially those along the waterfront in communities such as Pointe Alexis, Parkside Colony, and Baywood Village. Some inland communities such as Harper Woods North, Beckett Bay, and Northlake of Tarpon Springs future homes priced from about $220,000.
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