TAMPA, FL - A tourist center within a tourist center. Could it possibly also be a good place to live? Surprisingly, the answer is yes!  What was once a US Army frontier outpost today offers much to new residents, including an inventory of affordable and well-maintained apartments for rent in Tampa, FL. 

You know about the beaches and the kitschy attractions such as Busch Gardens and the Adventure Island water park (by the way, it is worth noting that the tourist industry also ensures that there is always employment in the region as well as plenty of places to eat and drink). For those of you considering Tampa rentals, keep the following tips in mind when building out your own apartment search in this unique Florida city.

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Downtown Tampa

Right on the water, downtown Tampa has an abundance of high-rise apartment and condo buildings that make for a striking skyline and great views over Tampa Bay. The area is as well served for shopping and dining out as you might imagine. The University of Tampa is within walking distance as are many of the more hip and colorful areas of the city.

Apartments for Rent in Tampa

This is a historic and vibrant neighborhood located just northeast of downtown. It was founded in the 1880's by cigar makers and attracted thousands of skilled immigrants from Cuba, Spain and Italy. For the next half century, workers in the cigar factories rolled millions of cigars annually - there are vestiges of the industry visible today in refurbished factory buildings, cobbled streets and a local trolley system. A portion of the original neighborhood has also been redeveloped into an entertainment district, making this one of the most desirable and lively places to live in the Tampa Bay area.

North Tampa

Located between the University, Downtown and the international airport, North Tampa encompasses desirable residential neighborhoods such as Seminole Heights, Northdale and Westshore. There are many new rental housing options located here, from condos and town homes to rental apartments. Because the districts are close to the University, many of these are affordably priced. Seminole Heights has slightly less of a college vibe with its restored historic bungalows and brick-paved roads. Many independent coffee shops, boutiques and bookstores thrive in this village-like atmosphere.

Wherever Life Takes You

Residents know that you can live in Tampa for years and never really rub noses with the tourist industry, and yet the infrastructure that has been built to support that industry is easily available and, let's face it, a ton of fun.  Wherever life takes you, know that you are in good company renting in Tampa!  From all of us, good luck with your apartment search and your time spent here in the city!  #ApartmentLove