Carrollwood is a well-established upscale community with beautiful homes, manicured lawns, and streets bordered by gorgeous mature oaks. The community offers a variety of home styles, from cozy starter homes to luxurious waterfront estates, including one and two-story single-family homes, villas, townhouses, and condominiums. Located about 20 minutes south of Odessa and 10 minutes west of Lake Magdalene, Carrollwood is just a short drive from Tampa and has easy access to major highways.
Carrollwood is a vibrant and family-friendly community. The area has several pristine parks, a community recreation center, and a Cultural Center. This peaceful yet bustling community is home to a variety of popular events and festivals, including the Blues & BBQ Festival, the Jim Burge Jazz Festival, and the Food & Folk Art Festival. The community is also home to the prestigious Carrollwood Village Golf and Country Club, lakes, and the popular White Sands Beach.
Although it is technically considered a suburb of Tampa, Carrollwood has a personality all its own. Carrollwood is vibrant and welcoming, with a friendly and relaxed vibe. The neighborhoods are lush and green, and the locals take pride in their close-knit community. This quiet community is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city but still has plenty to offer in terms of shopping, dining, and entertainment. Residents enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle by taking advantage of hiking and biking trails, golf, tennis, fishing, boating, and watersports.
Carrollwood is an excellent spot for "foodies." Noble Crust features gourmet pizzas, handmade pasta, and fresh seafood in a cozy yet elegant atmosphere. It's the perfect spot to enjoy a special night out with friends or family. The very popular Sacred Pepper gives its unique twist to seafood specialties and traditional Italian and American cuisine. They also have an extensive wine list, fabulous specialty cocktails, and tasty made-from-scratch desserts.
The Maple Street Biscuit Company is a local favorite for breakfast. The biscuits are made fresh, and the menu changes daily, so there's always something new. The casual atmosphere is perfect for families, and there's a patio where you can enjoy the Florida weather. For a more formal date night, make a reservation at the award-winning Bern's Steak House. Bern's is known for its dry-aged beef, seafood, decadent desserts, and extensive wine list.
Carrollwood is just minutes from the bustling nightlife scene of Tampa Bay, where there are many fantastic venues for great drinks, music, and dancing. A favorite entertainment in Carrollwood is the Side Splitters Comedy Club. For more family-friendly entertainment, Carrollwood is close to four excellent movie theaters, several bowling alleys, two skating rinks, and less than ten miles from Busch Gardens.
Carrollwood offers fantastic upscale shopping. The International Plaza and Bay Street has high-end stores like Armani, Ann Taylor, Coach, and Gucci. Other nearby and popular shopping and entertainment venues include Carrollwood Village Center, Centro Ybor, and West Shore Plaza. Of course, Carrollwood is also just a short drive from the exclusive shops and boutiques in downtown Tampa Bay.
The Carrollwood Market is the perfect place to find fresh, local produce. The market offers a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. The market also features a selection of prepared food, including sandwiches, soups, and pastries. Shoppers can also find locally made crafts and gifts. The market is held every second Saturday at the Carrollwood Cultural Center. There's also a Whole Foods Market and a Sprouts Market in Carrollwood.
Carrollwood is a beautiful, serene suburb offering an abundance of outdoor activities. Golfers will love teeing off at the Carrollwood Country Club. The club offers a 27-hole championship-level golf course, Har Tru tennis courts, dining and social events, and a fitness center. The club also has a heated and cooled junior Olympic-sized swimming pool, a Splash Pad playground for small children, and a poolside cafe.
Carrollwood Recreation District is an excellent place for water sports and recreational activities. White Sands Beach has fishing, boating, kayaking, jet-skiing, swimming, and picnics. The Recreation District also offers tennis courts, several parks (including dog parks!), and a large recreational center. One of the most popular parks in the area is Carrollwood Village Park. This park is great for families, offering dog parks, outdoor fitness equipment, picnic shelters, walking trails, and a skate park.
The Carrollwood Cultural Center is a hidden gem offering classes, art exhibits, concerts, and festivals. Some of the most popular events are the Blues & BBQ Festival, the Jim Burge Jazz Festival, the Food & Folk Art Festival, movie nights, theater shows, and the farmers market. Carrollwood also has an annual Halloween parade, Christmas boat parade, New Year's Eve fireworks, a 4th of July Ski Show, beach parties, and an Easter egg hunt.
The community of Carrollwood is served by schools that provide quality education.
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