A tranquil residential community with a population of nearly 15,000, New Port Richey sits in Pasco County, about 30 miles from Tampa on Florida's Gulf Coast. The Pithlachascotee River runs through historic downtown on its way to the Gulf, where its thriving estuary begets beautiful scenery. The Cotee, as the river is known, is a centerpiece of the town; it is lined with parks and offers opportunities for boating and kayaking as well as encountering manatees, dolphins, and a variety of native birds. The city boasts 10 parks over an area of just four square miles, including the James E. Grey Preserve. This 80-acre wildlife preserve, which is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, is home to 140 different kinds of birds.

By 1914, an area of land around Orange Lake in western Florida was becoming known as "new Port Richey," so as not to be confused with the older, more established parts of Port Richey. In 1915, the residents of this southern enclave got their own post office, and the city of New Port Richey was officially off after its own destiny. This small city's big variety of condos and one- and two-story single-family homes offers residents a great opportunity to get some bang for their home-buying buck.

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