On the Gulf Coast of Florida is the city of Brandon, located centrally among the larger cities of Clearwater, Tampa, and St. Petersburg. In typical Floridian style, the homes of Brandon represent the best of the sunshine state, with wide, bright entryways, spacious floor plans, and terracotta roofing. The Spanish influence on many of Brandon's homes is evident whether you are observing its bungalows, villas, or estates.
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Brandon is best known as a bedroom community for commuters in the nearby major city of Tampa, and as such, it is primarily a residential city. Its neighborhoods are family-friendly, safe, and have convenient access to nearby schools. A variety of amenities are easily reachable from most anywhere in the city, and the beach is a short jaunt away. There are a total of 18 constituent neighborhoods within Brandon. Some of the most affluent and upscale neighborhoods in the city include Bell Shoals Road, Compton Street, John Moore Road, Bryan Road, Lakewood Drive, Wakefield Drive, and Providence Road. Scatted throughout the communities of Brandon are various retail centers and established local businesses that have been around for decades. The East Side of Brandon is famous for hosting the Hillsborough County Fair, which takes place each fall.
Since Brandon has experienced many rapid periods of growth since the 1960s, it has been imperative for the economy to expand along with it. Over 500 commercial and services businesses and several malls and shopping centers serve the city. Its main sources of employment are retail and commerce, education, health and medicine, professional services, and government. Beef O'Brady's, a family centered grill and bar that has many locations throughout the southeast, is headquartered in Brandon. In the Hillsborough County School System, there are eight elementary schools, three middle schools, one high school, and a number of private schools that serve Brandon and employ many residents in teaching and administration.