Clearwater, located in Florida's Tampa Bay area, lies east of the Gulf of Mexico and provides its 103,735 residents with ample options for year-round beach activities and water sports. Beyond sunshine and warm evening breezes, Clearwater has a Marine Aquarium with dolphin exhibits for family outings and Ruth Eckerd Hall, a 73,000 square-foot performing arts venue. Baseball aficionados local to Clearwater and visiting in the Spring come to Bright House Field, the spring training location for the Philadelphia Phillies, the oldest one-name, one-city franchise in all of professional American sports. Nearby Clearwater Beach has been recognized continuously as a top beach worldwide by TripAdvisor, and ranked #1 out of 25 U.S. beaches in 2016.
Living in Clearwater, as a young professional or retiree, doesn't come at an astronomical price. The average list price on homes for sale in Clearwater is $174,274, a 19.53 percent increase year-over-year. The steep increase in property value could be related to a drop in inventory, which dipped 13.76 percent between 2014 and 2015. Last year, there were 1,022 listings on the market, which is still a decent-sized scope for Clearwater buyers to navigate.