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Living a Beach Lifestyle in Clearwater, Florida

Clearwater is a town on the beach on the western side of the bay from Tampa, adjacent to St. Petersburg. The 3 towns are very close together (Clearwater is the smallest of the 3 and has the most small-town atmosphere).  Clearwater's population is just over 100,000.  Since most of Clearwater is on the bay the best beaches are across the causeway to the barrier island, Sand Key.

Where to Retire in Clearwater and Home Prices

There are active adult communities in the area (see link at top right).
Median sales price of existing homes in the Tampa/Clearwater/St. Petersburg markets was $225,000 in the 3rd quarter of 2017, up from $207,500 in the 1st quarter of the same year, according to the National Association of Realtors.  Prices near the water and in the nicer areas will obviously be higher.

What is special about Clearwater

The Clearwater Public Art and Design Program is a concrete demonstration of support for the arts. St. Petersburg College and Everest University are two colleges in Clearwater. Capitol Royalty Theatre. The beaches and waterfront are great in Clearwater.

What is not special about Clearwater

Like much of Florida the occasional hurricane is a problem.  Clearwater might be too low key or too old for some folks.

Climate and Physical Environment

Clearwater's average maximum high in July is 91 degrees, with the average low in January being 50 degrees. The rainiest month is August.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Clearwater has a rich cultural infrastructure, in part because of the The Clearwater Public Art and Design Project. All major new projects in the City are taxed in order to provide public art and other support for the arts. The Program seeks to “enhance Clearwater for those who visit and live within the city and to contribute to a legacy for generations to come” through the commission of unique, public artworks."  The Royal Capitol Theatre dates to 1920.  Many buildings on are on the National Register of Historic Places. Nearby St. Petersburg and Tampa are also loaded with cultural venues.

Crime

Crime in Clearwater is a little over a quarter higher than the national average.

Medical facilities

The area is rich with first class medical facilities and doctors in every specialty.

Transportation

Pinellas Suncoast Transportation Authority offers bus service in the area. Tampa International Airport is close and a major airport. Amtrak services Clearwater.  It is about average in walkability when compared to other communities.

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