Located in Pinellas County, Florida, Clearwater has the Gulf of Mexico directly west and the Tampa Bay directly east of where it lies. As a year round destination city, Clearwater is always a popular city in which to live. In addition being a beautiful place to live, this is a buyer’s market, with the average home value at approximately $162,200, and the average sales price for homes sitting at approximately $142,750. Townhomes, condos, ranch-style houses and single-family homes are abundant on the market in Clearwater.
Clearwater is the smallest of the three main cities in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metro area, with a population of approximately 108,000. The city itself is separated from Clearwater Beach by the Intracoastal Waterway. Beautiful beaches, amazing landscape and plenty of activities on land or at sea give citizens and visitors alike plenty to do. Major roadways like the Gulf to Bay Boulevard, which acts as the east-west backbone of the city, and public transportation (which includes a beach trolley that runs 25 miles along the chain of barrier islands) make it easy to get around the city and all of its attractions. Two major airports (Tampa International Airport and St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport) make an easy destination to reach from anywhere.
Listed among the 10 best places to retire in the U.S. by CBS Money Watch (2012), Clearwater offers plenty of entertainment. The Royalty Theater (formerly the Capitol Theatre, which was built in 1921) is a rich piece of the city’s history as well as a great venue reminiscent of a classic Hollywood theater. Cleveland Street District is a beautiful district that’s great for its living space and its walkable urban setting – it sits atop a bluff overlooking Clearwater Harbor. Great dining, access to the Pinellas Trail, and a public art program make this district one of the gems of the city. The Clearwater Jolley Trolley provides efficient, simple transportation around the city. Bright House Field is the spring training home for the Philadelphia Phillies and their High-A affiliate, the Clearwater Threshers. Moccasin Lake Nature Park is a beautiful, 51-acre nature preserve that contains a 5-acre lake, which the city owns and operates. With a downtown that’s only tow miles from Clearwater Beach, this city is truly a coastal paradise. Concerts, festivals and exhibits take place throughout the year. The beauty of the beach combined with a city rich in history and a revitalized downtown are all characteristics that make Clearwater a unique destination hub for living or visiting.