A Bit Of History On Seminole Heights

Dated: 08/31/2013

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My neighbor came up to me the other day and asked, “Have you heard about Seminole Heights?”  I pondered the question and asked what he meant.  “I just wanted to know about Seminole Heights.”  After much laughter from me, I thought, what is Seminole Heights all about and this is what I found:

In 1911 a man by the name of T. Roy Young owned 40 acres and wanted to develop Tampa’s first suburb.  The trolley now ran from Sulphur Springs to downtown and the idea that someone can get from their home to their work downtown in a trolley was something Mr. Young could not pass up.
So with his Seminole Development Company he started building homes at $5000.00.  By 1912 other development companies came in and started their Seminole Heights neighborhood with homes starting at $1400.00, competition at its best.
As the neighborhood grew with bungalow homes and other historical buildings, businesses came and the area bloomed with restaurants, shops, and service industries putting Seminole Heights on the map However, in the 80’s and 90’s a downturn in the economy happened and this neighborhood of mostly working class people, the area became abandoned homes and  businesses were closing. The city was neglecting this area and the situation looked bleak.
All of a sudden things began to go crazy, the area got hot, houses were selling and the yuppies were claiming this territory as the, “New Hyde Park.”  Yet a year later the bubble busted and for sale signs were everywhere.  You didn’t know if you were going up or down.
Now things have calmed down a bit.  House prices are steadily climbing and Seminole Heights has still remained a quaint neighborhood.  Some businesses did make it through the lean times and are still there today and businesses now have a great chance of thriving. Below is a list of few good restaurants to try:
1.       Ella’s ,  www.ellasfolkartcafe.com
2.       The Refinery,  www.thetamparefinery.com
3.       Nick’s Fine Food’s,  for reviews, www.urbanspan.com
4.       Cappy’s Pizzeria, www.cappyspizzeria.com
Also, here is a smattering of houses for sale in the area: View Seminole Heights Homes
I am so glad I got to know about Seminole Heights for this is the area I wish to live in.  Remember buying a resale is about recycling and for me recycling is all about life.  
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Michael Valdes

Realtor Michael Valdes was born in Tampa Florida and has lived and worked in the Tampa Bay area his entire life. He first got into the real estate industry working for large corporations such as JPMor....

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