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Tarpon Springs, Florida – a great place to call home

tarpon springs it is a great place to live. If Tarpon Springs real estate is your interest, Tarpon Springs offers many types of homes, from bungalows to gated communities and mansions. You can enjoy the waterfront view from your front porch along the beautiful Anclote River. There are many beautiful Tarpon Springs waterfront communities along the Gulf of Mexico and bordering Lake Tarpon. For about $3 million dollars, you can buy a 6,000-square-foot home reminiscent of old European grandeur on S. Florida Avenue that has an open view of the Gulf of Mexico. Property sits on 1.6 private acres. At the low end, you can buy a condo-hotel with beachfront access for less than $150,000. There are many other great options in between for Tarpon Springs real estate on and off the water.

For recreation in Tarpon Springs, my family and I have spent many days at Howard Park, complete with picnic facilities, playgrounds, and its own beach where we enjoy beautiful Florida sunsets. Tarpon Springs is known for its historic Sponge Docks and the nation’s largest Epiphany celebration, held annually in January. You can enjoy authentic Greek food and pastries in its many restaurants. We enjoyed a little restaurant called Plakas which they say is the “Greek McDonalds”. They have wonderful gyros and offer appetizers of Greek specialties like marinated octopus! The Sponge Dock area also offers shopping, day cruises, casino cruises, or fishing trips. You can take a tour aboard a sponge boat and watch divers retrieve sponges from the Gulf of Mexico. You can also visit authentic Greek clubs where men spend the afternoon telling stories and playing cards.

Along with Sponge Docks, Tarpon Springs offers a 120,000-gallon aquarium, a Center for the Performing Arts, a Cultural Center, and the Leepa-Ratner Museum of Art that has been brought to the city by the St. Petersburg College of Tarpon Springs. For the fourth time in four years, St. Pete College has been ranked #1 in the state of Florida for distance learning.

We also enjoy attending the Sunset Beach concerts, the Fine Arts Festival each April, and attending wine tasting events at Tarpon Springs Castle Winery. The historic downtown area offers first Fridays and second Saturdays where shops and restaurants are open late and there is often free entertainment to enjoy while you shop and dine.

Tarpon Springs, in northern Pinellas County, is centrally located to Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater and is only 90 minutes from Disney World and Sea World, which are located in Orlando, Florida. Tarpon Springs is a great place to call home or buy real estate with all it has to offer.

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