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Living a Biking Lifestyle in Tarpon Springs, Florida

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Where to Retire in Tarpon Springs and Home Prices

There are many active adult and 55+ communities here and in surrounding towns.  Zillow reports the median home value was $247,800 in mid-2018.  Homes on the water will be much more expensive.

What is special about Tarpon Springs

Its heritage as a sponge fishing center and the legacy of its Greek residents makes it a more interesting place than many of its neighbors. There is a main downtown and a bustling waterfront area.  There are some good Greek restaurants, and the annual Epiphany Celebration of the Greek Orthodox Church attracts pilgrims from around the nation. The price of real estate is a bargain.  Many barrier islands off the coast are accessible and enjoyed by many, including Anclote Key Preserve State Park.

What is not special about Tarpon Springs

Although the population is growing there are some parts of downtown that are decidedly rundown.

Climate and Physical Environment

Tarpon Springs is located mid-way down the west coast of Florida, east and a bit north of Tampa.  The median Jan temp is about 61 and the median July temp is in the low 80s. Expect summer thunderboomers and the possibility of a hurricane. It is not as warm as southern Florida and can get brief cold snaps.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The proximity to Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and Tampa gives residents many cultural outlets.  Many come here for the excellent Greek restaurants, such as Mykonos profiled in a Washington Post profile of Tarpon Springs. Tarpon Springs is known for elaborate religious ceremonies hosted by the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, part of the Greek Orthodox Church, including the January 6 Epiphany, celebration that includes youths diving for a cross and the blessing of the waters and the boats.

Crime

The crime rate is just a few points lower than the national index.

Medical facilities

Florida Hospital North Pinellas is here, and many more are in the surrounding cities.

Transportation

Tampa has a major airport.

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