Brock Realty Inc.
If your price range is in the high end for Tampa Bay, you may want to consider the upscale sections of the Westchase (33626) area. Here's one of my listings in Tree Tops in the Westchase area to give you an idea, this gated community has homes from $700k to over a million:
In Westchase you can walk to the shops of West Park Village and ride your bike to the Citrus Park Mall and Upper Tampa Bay Trail. Some of the most beautiful beaches in Tampa Bay are not too distant, Honeymoon Island and Clearwater Beach.
One other area to consider is the planned gated Waterchase Community (also 33626). You wouldn't be within walking distance of coffee shops and restaurants but they do have a lot of social activities and tennis and ball fields and a community pool with a fun water slide. The residence and children ride around in golf carts throughout this gated community. The assigned elementary and middle school are excellent and the High School, Sickles is also highly rated. We also have magnet and charter schools for high achieving and specially talented students. The International Baccalaureate Magnet Program will provide a (often better than) private school experience if your child can garner a coveted spot.
You're welcome to "browse like a Realtor" by signing up for a Listingbook account on my website: http://www.SoldOnTampa.com
Also if you'll be relocating via a special relocation package, I am usually able to work with most Relocation companies. You may not have to accept a Realtor they "assign" to you.
All the best,
Alma Rose Kee, PA
Future Home Realty
Harbour Island has very easy walking access to downtown Tampa. If you are a hockey fan the Tampa Times Forum is right over the bridge...you could walk to hockey games. You would probably want to bike ride from Davis Island.
The link below you should find helpful, click on an area to get community info.
Let me know if I can help you in your search. Tampa is a great city and i'm sure you are going to love living here.
These communities certainly conform to your walkable lifestyle preferences.
First, find a home for sale that conforms to your dream home in these communities. Scroll down the page and you will see tabs for area amenities, maps, demographics, schools, crime and trends. Just click the link below
If you want I can send you a list of active listings in those communities to help with your research and to get you started correctly with step one.
Without knowing more about your lifestyle preferences, such as desire for beach access or access to extensive biking and running trails or the performing arts, it's hard to compile a meaningful list of recommendations. There are so many excellent areas to consider.
Best of Success in finding your Tampa home.
ReMax Realtec Group