Looking for a home in Tampa Bay? Find one in these popular Tampa Bay master-planned communities. A true master-planned community has all the amenities that most people and families are looking for — parks, playgrounds, sports facilities, clubhouses, swimming pools, jogging paths, nature trails, schools, retail stores, health services, beauty shops. And if some of these amenities are not within the community, they should be accessible and can be reached within a few minutes.
1. FishHawk Ranch
. Located in Lithia, nine miles East of I-75 at exit 250
. Certified by the Florida Green Building Coalition as the first green new-home community in Hillsborough County
. Offers single-family homes, townhomes, luxury homes and 55-plus homes
. FishHawk Ranch is comprised of four separate CDDs and three separate HOAs
. Developed by Newland Communities
. When completed, FishHawk Ranch will have around 6,500 homes. Currently, there are around 5,000 homes.
. More than 4,000 acres
. Won the 2010 Development of the Year Award from the National Association of Home Builders for its green building practices
. Encore at FishHawk Ranch, the 55+ community developed by David Weekley Homes, won a 2016 Grand Aurora Award from the Southeast Building Conference in the Seniors Housing Community – Active Adult/Independent Living category.
. Was the 26th top-selling master-planned community in the U.S. in 2011, according to John Burns Real Estate Consulting
. Was chosen the second Best Place to Raise a Family in Florida in 2016, by Niche.com, founded by Carnegie Mellon University students.
. 43rd best selling masterplanned community in the U.S. in 2016, according to RCLCO
. Occupies more than 2,000 acres in Northwest Tampa
. Consists of 29 separate neighborhoods
. Hosts the Westchase Golf Club, an 18-hole public golf course.
. Has lots of preserved land, parks, plagrounds, picnic pavilions, nature trails and sports facilities.
. The West Park Village Town Center, Westchase Town Center and a Public Supermarket.
. Was chosen the Best Place to Raise a Family in Florida in 2016, by Niche.com, founded by Carnegie Mellon University students.
. Located along Tampa Bay in Apollo Beach
. Developed by Newland Communities, the developer of FishHawk Ranch
. Amenities include the MiraBay Club, the 1,400-acre Wolf Branch Creek Nature Preserve, Wolf Creek Park, Landing Park, MiraBay Village, Boat Lift, Outfitters Tackle Shop and sports facilities
. The 134-acre lagoon connects MiraBay to the Tampa Bay
4. Wilderness Lake Preserve
. Located in Land O Lakes, in central Pasco County
. About 680 acres with half of the community maintained as conservation area
. Designed around Wilderness Lake, a 38-acre spring-fed lake
. Around 850 single family homes and 92 villas
. Amenities are concentrated in The Lodge, which offers various recreational and sports facilities
5. Tampa Palms
. With 7,000 acres of land, 85 acres of parks and 45 lakes, Tampa Palms is the biggest master-planned community in New Tampa.
. The Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club features a private 18-hole golf course, pools, tennis courts, and a huge club house that hosts a hotel
. 37th best-selling master-planned community in 2016, based on RCLCO’s study.
7. Pebble Creek
. Located in New Tampa
. Ranked third in Niche.com’s list of the Best Tampa Suburbs for Families in 2017
. Hosts the Pebble Creek Golf Club, considered one of the best Tampa Bay golf courses
8. Lakewood Ranch
. Located in Sarasota
. Third best selling master-planned community in 2016, according to RCLCO
. Has miles of trails, parks, nature preserves, Main Street event facilities and a 140-acre sports campus
. Hosts the 36-hole Lakewood National Golf Course
. Nearby beaches are the award-winning Siesta Key and popular Lido Key, Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key.
9. Starkey Ranch
. Won the 2016 Master Planned Community of the Year, “The Nationals” Silver Award, from the National Association of Home Builders
. Its 2017 Distance Classic 5k and 10k races on April 29, 2017 showcased the beautiful trails of Starkey Ranch.