Less than a mile north of downtown Tampa there are some wonderful little communities that are hidden gems of turn of the century neighborhoods called The Heights.
These charming old communities feature mostly bungalows with wood floors, fireplaces and big open front porches. This area of Urban Tampa follows the Hillsborough River as it lazily winds its way into downtown Tampa.
Explore The Heights: Zip Codes 33602, 33603, 33604, 33610
Seminole Heights got its start in 1901 when the streetcar line was put in from downtown Tampa to Sulphur Springs. The natural elevation of The Heights was considered healthier than the lower elevation, mosquito prone area of downtown. The Yellow Fever epidemic of the late 1880’s was fresh in the minds of Tampa citizens and so land in The Heights quickly became popular. New bungalow style homes sold for $1,000. and the streetcar made for a short commute into downtown. Check out the Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association and South Seminole Heights Civic Association.
Riverside Heights got started in the 1920’s with a smattering of bungalows dotted here and there. In the 1940’s it really got going with a post WW II building boom. Riverside Heights features 3 lovely parks and wide brick streets. Riverside Heights Civic Association
Tampa Heights is the oldest suburb of Tampa getting its start in the 1880’s. Tampa Heights features a wide range of Victorian and bungalow style homes. Tampa Heights has a strong neighborhood association. Through the association, residents of Tampa Heights sign up to host monthly porch parties which is a great way to meet your neighbors! Tampa Heights is home to the Stetson Law School, The Central City YMCA .
Wellswood features homes that were built during the 1950’s and 1960’s and offers classic mid century architecture of that period. This sleepy little community borders the west side of the Hillsborough River.