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Ballast Point Neighborhood in South Tampa: Historic, Quiet, Scenic and on the MoveBallast Point Neighborhood South Tampa

Just north of MacDill Air Force Base, on the west side of Hillsborough Bay, sits the neighborhood of Ballast Point. From the Ballast Point park there’s a wonderful view of Tampa’s downtown skyline. I often go to the park at dusk and watch the sunset reflecting off the buildings. There’s always a nice breeze, and it’s never very crowded.

As Rick Martinez, founder of Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, put it in a recent Creative Loafing article, there’s no better place to enjoy your surroundings than at the Ballast Point Pier: “Take a bag of popcorn,” he advises. “Walk out on the pier and enjoy the waterfront.”

Here are some of the reasons Ballast Point is sometimes called “South Tampa’s hidden treasure”:

  • Proximity to downtown Tampa, Ybor City and Channelside-10 min away
  • Near MacDill Air Force Base
  • Still Affordable, less than renting
  • Mature trees, most notably live oaks
  • Two city parks, one of them on the waterfront
  • Street configuration that is resident-friendly and discourages traffic

The parks are spectacular, with Ballast Point Park (aka Jules Verne Park) offering not only a pier, boat ramp and waterfront view but also public facilities that include a community/fitness center. The Taste of Boston restaurant is situated on the waterfront as well.

Why Live in Ballast Point?

Reason #1: It’s Family Friendly

Ballast Point is an established residential neighborhood with an enduring history. The Tampa Tribune covered a recent milestone event: Ballast Point Elementary School celebrated its 90th anniversary in March, where Principal Debbie Fitzpatrick said, “Our theme is 90 years of excellence, and I believe Ballast Point is a place where history repeats itself.”

Reason #2: The Times Are a’Changing

At the same time, Ballast Point is an area where new things are starting to happen. The Tampa Bay Business Journal reported in March that a 48-unit apartment complex is planned at the intersection of Paxton and Macdill avenues in the Ballast Point area. Casey Ellison, founder of EWI Construction, said the “neighborhood is changing very fast, and services are starting to come in.” The small-scale development will be targeted to young professionals, but the high cost of renting may encourage more people to purchase a home.

Reason #3: Your Home Will Hold $$$ Value

Ballast Point Home for Sale

Ballast Point Home for Sale

Property values in Ballast Point have increased almost 6 percent over the past year, so the neighborhood continues to be a prized and perhaps overlooked Tampa-area locale. New construction is prevalent, including new homes under construction on Helen– a sign that property values aren’t going anywhere but up!  

I recently sold this home in Ballast Point.

With two bedrooms and two full baths, the home is just shy of 1,400 square feet – and it’s situated near million-dollar homes and, of course, the famous Bayshore Boulevard with its 4.5-mile waterfront sidewalk. There’s plenty of closet space in an enlarged master bedroom. With a boat ramp just a mile and a half away – and a location just minutes away from centers of commerce and industry in St. Petersburg as well as Tampa – this house will give someone a perfect launching point in more ways than one!

If you’re in the market to buy a home and you value a sense of place, an unbroken chain of history and a neighborhood feel, Ballast Point might be the right place for you! Give me a call, and we’ll go explore. 

Rae Catanese, Realtor +1 (813) 784-7744

Here are some other homes for sale in Ballast Point you may like:

  1. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,283 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,500 sqft
    Year built: 1954
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 44
  2. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,439 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,000 sqft
    Year built: 1958
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 44
  3. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,865 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,019 sqft
    Year built: 1954
    Days on market: 300
  4. 3 beds, 1 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,008 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,250 sqft
    Year built: 1951
    Days on market: 337
  5. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,466 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,023 sqft
    Year built: 1954
    Days on market: 40
  6. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,214 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,500 sqft
    Year built: 1952
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 36
  7. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,588 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,250 sqft
    Year built: 1960
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 275
  8. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,290 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,800 sqft
    Year built: 1952
    Days on market: 61
  9. 2 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,152 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,565 sqft
    Year built: 1982
    Days on market: 159
  10. 5 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,559 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,768 sqft
    Year built: 1952
    Days on market: 169

See all Real Estate and Homes for Sale in 33611 zip code.
(all data current as of 3/29/2017)

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Written by Rae Catanese, Realtor

Licensed Realtor since 2002, Tampa Bay’s own Rae Catanese regularly gives expert advice and insider tips about the Tampa Bay real estate market via her blog, The Tampa Real Estate Insider. If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in the Tampa, St. Petersburg or Clearwater areas-then this blog is for you. I typically post articles once a week. To make sure you don’t miss my newest posts, you can subscribe here! Have a real estate question? Email me here!

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