Odessa is a quiet, rural community 30 miles northwest of Tampa, and about 20 minutes from Greater Carrollwood. The town is home to many horse farms, nature preserves, parks, open spaces, lakes, and ponds. There is a unique and diverse mix of single-family homes and luxurious custom estate homes, many of which are lakefront. Mediterranean-style architecture with barrel tile roofs is quite common in the community.
Odessa is a family-friendly community of more than 40 distinctive neighborhoods that offer something for everyone. Residents enjoy gathering at community pools, fitness centers, and clubhouses, and golfers are just minutes from six highly-rated championship courses. With access to world-class equestrian centers, Odessa is also an excellent community for horse lovers. The abundance of outstanding public parks provides this active community with miles of hiking trails, tennis courts, sports fields, dog parks, playgrounds, picnic areas, and community gardens. One highly sought-after benefit of living in Odessa is the community's excellent public and private schools.
Odessa is a friendly and welcoming community with a quiet rural feel, and it boasts resort-style amenities like Olympic-sized pools and fitness centers. Residents enjoy hiking and biking miles of trails, spending time at the park, fishing, kayaking, and teeing off for 18 holes of golf with friends. Weekends are perfect for driving to the beach, going downtown for nightlife, or saddling up for a trail ride.
¡CUATRO Restaurant & Bar, located at the TPC Tampa Golf Club, serves American favorites like wings, sandwiches, burgers, and salads. It's a popular hangout after a round of golf. Another favorite, Brick City Eatery, is a casual restaurant serving brick oven pizza, gourmet sandwiches, Italian favorites, and salads. It's family-friendly and the perfect place for a casual date night. A new upscale addition to the dining scene is the Gallery Chophouse. The Gallery offers perfectly prepared steaks and fabulous cocktails in a restaurant with the sophisticated feel of an art gallery.
Just a short drive from Tampa, Odessa is conveniently near all the excitement and activity of the big city. Residents enjoy attending professional sports events. Downtown Tampa is a great place to find nightclubs and live entertainment, but for those looking for something fun closer to home, Whiskey North is a great place for drinks, dancing, and music. Live theater shows, ballets, concerts, musicals, and opera are enjoyed at The Straz Center for the Performing Arts.
Odessa is close to many shopping establishments, mainly along I-54 and Dale Mabry Highway. Shopping centers featuring specialty boutiques, gift shops, and upscale clothiers like Armani, Gucci, and Kate Spade are just a short drive away. Popular shopping destinations include the International Mall, Westshore Plaza, Citrus Park Mall, Shops at Wiregrass, The Grove at Wesley Chapel, Tampa Premium Outlet Mall, and many high-end shopping plazas and boutiques located in Downtown Tampa.
There's plenty to do right within the neighborhoods of Odessa, with no end to the possibilities of exploring and enjoying the activities that abound in these neighborhoods. For those looking for unique adventures and family excursions, Odessa is close to some truly fantastic places. Take the littles for a day at the petting zoo at Old McMicky's Farm. Great family day trips can be had at the Glazer Children's Museum, Florida Aquarium, Tampa Zoo, and Busch Gardens.
Take a drive to the beautiful Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, observe manatees, swim in pristine Buccaneer Bay, or kayak the Weeki Wachee River. While you are on the coast, check out Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks for natural sponges, diving, shopping, and fantastic Greek restaurants and bakeries. You'll also be near some of the finest beaches in the world at Clearwater and St. Petersburg Beach, Honeymoon Island State Park, Sand Key Park, and Caladesi Island.
Travel by boat or ferry to Anclote Key Preserve State Park, a fabulous wildlife and bird sanctuary with beautiful white sand beaches and a historic lighthouse for a unique adventure. It's an excellent place for swimming, bird watching, picnics, and rustic camping.
Closer to home, you can hike or bike the Upper Tampa Bay Trail or the 40-mile-long Suncoast Trail. Golf enthusiasts are within a short drive of six excellent and highly-rated golf courses.
Equestrians will find world-class stables and equestrian centers like Suncoast Stables and Riding Academy for boarding, riding lessons, trail rides, and competitions. Odessa also houses the Ke'Aloha Equestrian Center, a facility that offers horse-related activities and services such as horseback riding lessons, horse training, horse boarding, and horse shows. The center is dedicated to promoting the welfare of horses and educating people about horsemanship and responsible horse ownership.
Odessa prides itself on having some of Florida's finest and most highly-rated schools.
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