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Best Neighborhoods in Tampa for Singles & Young Professionals

Thinking about moving to Tampa? With endless employment opportunities, quick beach access, and plenty of fun things to do, Tampa is one of the best places for young adults to live in Florida. Check out these five top Tampa neighborhoods for singles and young professionals!

Channel District

Condo building in Channel District, Tampa, FL. Photo by Instagram user @realtorintampa

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  • Home Price: $288,175 median purchase price; $1,767 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 36% of Tampa neighborhoods

With high-rise apartments and modern office buildings overlooking Tampa Bay, the urban Channel District is a scenic, active place to live in Tampa. This Tampa neighborhood’s central location near some of the city’s best bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues makes it an attractive place to live for singles and young professionals. Waterfront access and outdoor recreationincluding live music events, carnival-style rides, and more at Sparkman Wharfare also major draws for young people moving to Tampa. Plus, the Channel District is highly walkable, so getting to nearby activities is easy. Fortunately, Channel District is also commuter-friendly, since it’s less than five minutes from Downtown Tampa!

Things to Do in Channel District

Attend adult-only outings like Brews by the Bay or family-friendly events like Aqua Nights at Florida Aquarium. Have a ball playing fetch with your pup or watch them run free on the “canine turf” at Deputy Kotfila Memory Dog Park. Peruse artisan goods, produce, and more, or attend events like the Jazz on the Lawn at Maven Market Channel District. Take a pre-made frozen pizza home for a fun night in, or chill out on the patio and split a Margherita, Funghi, or Polpette E Pesto with friends at Fabrica Pizza. Opt for meatless entrees like the Buffalo Philly cheese steak, Mean Blackbean burger, or California Cuban sandwich at Farmacy Vegan Kitchen & Bakery. Place a reservation for date night with upscale Italian food like Wagyu Braised Short Rib Risotto, Rustic Bolognese, or Rigatoni Cacio Pepe at Cena. Try Vietnamese dishes like Duck Pho, a Vegan Bahn Mi bowl, or a Saigon Salad at Bamboozle. Or order the Catch A Vibe, Herbalist, House Old Fashioned, and other craft cocktails during happy hour at District Tavern.

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Davis Islands

A ranch-style home with a cloudy sky behind it in the Davis Islands neighborhood of Tampa. Photo by Instagram user @premiersir

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  • Home Price: $503,200 median purchase price; $1,209 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 56% of Tampa neighborhoods

Considered the “Florida version of The Great Gatsby,” Davis Islands is an energetic, upscale place to live for singles moving to Tampa. Young professionals will appreciate quick access to Downtown Tampa via Davis Blvd and the variety of job opportunities at major institutions nearby like Peter O. Knight Airport and Tampa General Hospital. This Tampa neighborhood is also a great place to live for dog lovers, as it boasts a large number of outdoor recreation opportunities, including dog-friendly beaches, waterfront access, and public parks for you and your four-legged friends to explore.

Things to Do in Davis Islands

Work on your tan, fish off the shore, or let your pup play by the water at Davis Islands Dog Beach at Davis Islands Beach. Play doubles on a clay court with some friends at Sandra W Freedman Tennis Complex. Shop teaware, accessories, and loose leaf tea, or sign up for the monthly mystery box at TeBella Tea Company. Attend wine-tasting events, pair your glasses with Marinated Olives & Feta, and take home locally-sourced bottles at The Cork Room. Grab Pad Thai, Spicy Rice, or Beef with Oyster Sauce for lunch on the patio at Thai Island Restaurant. Get your Mexican food fix with Shrimp Fajitas, Burrito Diablo, or Guacamole Tacos at Margaritas Mexican Restaurant. Chow down on classic bar food like a Chili Cheese Dog, BBQ Dry Rub Chicken Wings, or a Cajun Nacho Burger at The Anchor Bar. Or enjoy casual dining specialties like the Garden of Eatin’, Homemade Quiche, or Fish and Chips at 220 East.

Downtown

  • Home Price: $122,140 median purchase price; $852 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 0% of Tampa neighborhoods

With proximity to major Tampa employers, including Fortune 500 companies like Mosaic and other industry leaders like Baker McKenzie, Downtown Tampa is a popular place to live for young professionals. In addition to being near the heart of the city’s job market, singles living in Downtown Tampa also appreciate being close to a variety of local bars, shops, dining options, and entertainment venues. Homes in this pedestrian-friendly Tampa neighborhood are mostly Contemporary condos and modern apartments right along the Tampa Riverwalk, a hub for local events and festivals throughout the year, including Riverfest and the Riverwalk Holiday Hunt.

Things to Do in Downtown

Explore the permanent collection of fine art, from ancient sculptures to Contemporary photography, or browse temporary exhibitions like Verde: Poetics of Shade at the Tampa Museum of Art. Get tickets for stand-up shows, movie screenings, and live musical performances from artists like Josh Gates and Gerald Albright at Tampa Theatre. Cheer on the Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL) as they slap shots at Amalie Arena. Experience a blast from the past at the ’80s and ’90s-themed GenX Tavern, serving comfort food like BBQ Chicken Quesadillas, Bacon Cheeseburger & Fries, or Lunch Bag Specials. Order fresh seafood dishes like Gulf Snapper, Grouper Shrimp & Grits, or a Red Dragon sushi roll at Harpoon Harry’s Crab House. Treat yourself to elevated Mediterranean fares like Chicken Pancetta, Fatoush, or Falafel at Dio Modern Mediterranean. Snack on tapas like Vegetable Paella, Patatas Bravas, or Pulpo a la Gallega from Spain Restaurant & Toma Bar. Or relax during happy hour at Remedy, a dog-friendly cocktail bar known for its fresh craft cocktails.

Harbour Island

  • Home Price: $322,600 median purchase price; $1,898 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 82% of Tampa neighborhoods

Surrounded by the Tampa Bay across from the Garrison Channel, Harbour Island is a coastal community with airy apartments, bright townhomes, and updated condos on safe streets. Young professionals living in this Tampa neighborhood will like being slightly removed from the rest of the city without being truly disconnected, as roadways like Beneficial Dr and S Harbour Island Blvd connect the island to downtown. From outdoor recreation to trendy Tampa bars and waterfront restaurants, there are plenty of things to do for singles moving to Harbour Island. And meeting your neighbors is easier than ever thanks to socially-active organizations like Women of Color Golf and Freedom Boat Club in the area.

Things to Do in Harbour Island

Ride the waves with a rented personal watercraft from Paramount Water Sports. Cast your line off a chartered boat during a sunset cruise with Tampa Fishing Charters. Learn yoga or pilates in an expert-led class, get in the zone with a solo workout, or swim laps at the pool at Harbour Island Athletic Club. Wake up right with a hearty Original Breakfast Bowl, Avocado Toast, or The Hangover Cure at Cry Baby Cafe. Take part in upscale, waterfront dining with Oysters on the Half Shell, Grilled Salmon, or Prime Sirloin at Jackson’s Bistro & Sushi Bar. Sample fusion food like Ancho Marinated Skirt Steak Tacos, Cornmeal Fried Catfish, or Brisket Mac & Cheese at Cafe Dufrain. Have a Chopped Romaine Salad, Cuban Sandwich, or Steak and Frites for dinner at Blue Harbour. Or gather with friends for drinks like the Tiki Rita, Hibiscus Mule, or Liquid Lei all at local cozy bar, American Social.

North Hyde Park

Two-story urban shotgun-style house in North Hyde Park/West Tampa, FL. Photo by Instagram user @domainhomesinc

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  • Home Price: $254,353 median purchase price; $1,078 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 66% of Tampa neighborhoods

Home to quirky bungalows and colorful shotgun houses, North Hyde Park is one of the best neighborhoods in Tampa for singles and young professionals seeking affordable real estate, quiet streets, and a suburban lifestyle within the city. Downtown Tampa is only seven minutes away, making North Hyde Park an attractive place to move for commuting young professionals. Students and staff in higher education are also drawn to this Tampa neighborhood since the University of Tampa is less than five minutes away. But North Hyde Park residents don’t have to travel far to find urban conveniences, shops, and great Tampa restaurants—they’re just along W Kennedy Blvd!

Things to Do in North Hyde Park

Go antiquing and find reclaimed home features, furniture, and more at Schiller’s Architectural & Design Salvage. Learn MMA or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with classes at Gracie Tampa South MMA. Bowl a perfect game, then split a plate of Nachos with friends at Ducky’s Sports Lounge. Chill out to live music, catch an improv set, or sample handcrafted cocktails like Bee’s and Trees or the Paloma Soma at Hooch And Hive. Experience French-American dishes like Croque Monsieur or Omelette Classique from the All-Day Brunch Menu at Willa’s. Fill up with a Pulled Chicken BBQ Boat or Chopped Brisket at Sarge’s Smokehouse BBQ. Sink your teeth into a Chicken Parm Sub or Nutella Pizza at Santoro’s Pizzeria. Or savor authentic Greek food like Chicken Souvlaki, Pan Spanakopita, or a Pork Gyro from Psomi.

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