North Tampa

New Tampa is one of the area’s most vibrant modern developments.


Welcome to North Tampa

Family-friendly neighborhoods near top attractions
North Tampa is an area comprised of family-friendly neighborhoods, suburban amenities, and many outdoor recreation spots. Popular neighborhoods within North Tampa include Northdale, a peaceful stretch of spacious contemporary single-family homes and private gated communities, and Westchase, which is divided into dozens of distinct village-like communities with housing options including single-family homes, townhouses, apartments, and condominiums. Westchase offers amenities and attractions such as the Tampa Bay Downs racetrack, West Park Village shopping and nightlife, and the Westchase Golf Club.
New Tampa is one of the area’s most vibrant modern developments. New Tampa consists of numerous master-planned communities, including Pebble Creek, Cross Creek, Hunters Green, Tampa Palms, and Wesley Chapel. New Tampa has a great selection of shopping centers, international restaurants along Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, several golf courses, and hiking trails winding through gorgeous, unspoiled nature preserves.

What to Love

  • Family-friendly neighborhoods
  • Varied housing options
  • Diverse shopping and dining
  • Premier tourist attractions

People & Lifestyle

The communities of North Tampa are some of the most desirable in Florida. North Tampa is a large area comprised of many community-orientated suburban neighborhoods with convenient amenities and access to great shopping and dining. Most residents move to the area for the long-term, and much of North Tampa has the inviting feel of living within a well-established community. With some of Florida’s top tourist attractions, shopping centers, and restaurants nearby, the communities of North Tampa offer a lifestyle that’s hard to beat.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

International Plaza is an upscale shopping area that offers more than 200 of the most premier shopping and dining destinations in Florida. Retailers include high-end brands such as Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., David Yurman, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom. Adjacent to International Plaza, Bay Street has many popular international eateries and stylish nightlife spots. Standouts include delicious dry-aged steaks paired with world-class wines at The Capital Grille, fresh and flavorful seafood at Frankie’s Lobstah Trap, steaks and seafood at sophisticated Ocean Prime, authentic Mexican eats at Rocco’s Tacos, and elevated pub grub, cocktails, microbrews, and live music at lively Bar Louie. More great dining choices can be found across the street on Boy Scout Boulevard. Highlights here include steak and seafood with live jazz at elegant Eddie V’s, innovative Hawaiian fusion cuisine at chef Roy Yamaguchi’s Roy’s Restaurant, and Fleming’s Steakhouse for meat-focused fine dining, outstanding wines, and craft cocktails.
WestShore Plaza’s anchor tenants include Macy’s, JCPenney, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and an AMC movie theater. Close to WestShore Plaza on Cypress Street, Charley’s Steak House is a premium spot serving flame-grilled prime-aged beef, and on Bayport Drive, the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay is home to the chef-driven fresh seafood spot Oystercatchers.
Located north of International Plaza and WestShore is the suburb of Westchase, which has a rich dining scene as well. Highlights include upscale seafood spot Catch Twenty Three and the laid-back Surf Shack Coastal Kitchen. Flamestone American Grill also serves mouthwatering fish along with delicious steaks and an extensive wine selection. The Grind Coffee Bar & Cafe is the go-to spot for all-day breakfast, salads, and sandwiches. In addition to its restaurants, Westchase has several notable breweries, including Tampa Brewing Company and The Wild Rover Brewing.
In the community of Wesley Chapel, The Shops at Wiregrass is an open-air retail center anchored by Barnes and Noble, Dillard’s, JCPenney, and Macy’s. The Shops at Wiregrass has over 100 total businesses and features a wide range of fashion stores, restaurants, and nightlife spots such as craft beer pub The Brass Tap and paint-and-sip art studio Pinot’s Palette.

Things to Do

North Tampa contains some of the top attractions in the Tampa area. Raymond James Stadium is home to the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and NCAA’s South Florida Bulls. In addition, the stadium hosts other large-scale events such as Super Bowls, WrestleMania, Monster Jam monster truck rallies, and live music concerts.
Busch Gardens is one of the most-visited theme parks in Florida. Busch Gardens has several large areas recreating the natural habitat and cities of Africa, with thrilling rides and animals such as cheetahs, elephants, hippos, hyenas, lions, and rhinoceroses. Adventure Island is the largest water park in Florida, featuring rides, slides, and pools for all ages. The Museum of Science & Industry—Mosi for short—is another top North Tampa attraction. Mosi has many science-themed permanent and temporary exhibitions and a planetarium with telescopes capable of rendering the Milky Way and night sky from any past, present, or future date. Tampa International Airport is also located within North Tampa, connecting the city with destinations across the world.


North Tampa is covered by the Hillsborough Public School District and has several educational institutions, including the prestigious University of South Florida.
  • Westchase Elementary School, Public, K-5
  • Roosevelt Elementary School, Public, PK-5
  • Gorrie Elementary School, Public, PK-5
  • Williams Middle Magnet School, Public (Magnet), 6-8
  • University of South Florida, Public, Higher Education
  • Coleman Middle School, Public, 6-8
  • Berkeley Preparatory School, Private, PK-12
  • Carrollwood Day School, Private, PK-12
  • Academy of the Holy Names, Private (Catholic), PK-12


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