Tarpon Springs, Florida
Sitting on an area of about 17 square miles, of which almost half is water, Tarpon Springs is a quaint waterfront community in Pinellas County, Florida. The city boasts a rich Greek heritage to the extent being here has been described as "visiting Greece without leaving Florida." It stands at an elevation of around 7 meters above sea level and has several bayous linked to the Gulf of Mexico.
Farmers and fishermen first arrived in the area circa 1876. The early settlers were said to have been awed by the abundance in the area of tarpon, which some saw jumping out of the nearby water bodies. This led to the area being named Tarpon Springs. It served as a wintering destination for many wealthy individuals from the North during the 1880s.
Dubbed the "sponge capital of the world," Tarpon Springs relied significantly on the sponge industry during its earlier years. John Cheyney is credited with setting up the first sponge business in the area. Many Key West and the Bahamas natives moved to the community to work in harvesting and processing of sponges in the 1890s. Following the discovery of natural sponge beds in the vicinity at the beginning of the century, John Cocoris brought sponge divers from Greece, initially from Aegina and Hydra and then later from Dodecanese islands of Symi, Kalymnos and Halki. The sponge industry grew to become a major maritime industry in Florida and is still active today, although on a smaller scale.
The population of Tarpon Springs was estimated at 24,605 in 2015, representing an expansion of almost 5 percent from the level five years earlier. People of Greek ancestry constitute a significant portion of the population and Greek is the language mostly spoken at home, after English. The community is said to have the highest percentage of Greek Americans among all cities in the U.S. Its Greek heritage led to establishment of Sister City relationships with the Greek islands of Kalymnos, Symi and Halki as well as Larnaca in Cyprus.
The city's Greek heritage is clearly visible around. Walk along Dodecanese Boulevard in the Greektown Historic District and be treated to Greek gift shops selling souvenirs and natural sponges among others. You will also find the famous Sponge Docks in the area, along the Anclote River. Many restaurants around here serve traditional Greek delicacies and fresh seafood. You may even hear residents greeting one another in Greek when around here.
Tarpon Springs boasts of numerous attractions and fun things to do. Among the places of interest here is the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, which is known for elaborate religious ceremonies that attract people of Greek ancestry across the U.S. The quaint downtown is home to several historic buildings and art galleries as well as antique and specialty shops. Beaches in the area – portions of the Pinellas County parks – offer opportunities for fun activities such as windsurfing, boating, swimming, and other water sports.
This city will appeal not only to someone with affiliation to Greece, but also to anyone that values arts and culture. It has many historic sites, museums, art galleries, antique shops and many other attractions, including the Tarpon Springs Aquarium. Tarpon Springs is the place to be.
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Currently Tarpon Springs has 199 properties on the market for sale. The inventory was last updated 09/26/2020. Of these properties, 100 single family homes are for sale by their owners in Tarpon Springs, and 28 condos are for sale by their owners in Tarpon Springs. The average price of the single family homes for sale in Tarpon Springs, is $1,401,063, the average condo price in Tarpon Springs, is $933,803. The average price per square foot of the active inventory is $156. This is based the living area square footage.
Over the last year, there have been 10,172 of properties sold in Tarpon Springs. Of these properties, 7,712 single family homes have sold by their owners in Tarpon Springs, and 1,202 condos have sold by their owners in Tarpon Springs. The average sales price of the single family homes sold in Tarpon Springs, is $495,545. Single family homes have been selling for 147 per square foot of living area. The average sales price of the condos for sale in Tarpon Springs, is $341,575. Condos have been selling for 116 per square foot of living area.
The most active subdivisions with listings for sale in Tarpon Springs, are: Tarpon Heights (7 For Sale), Pointe Alexis North (6 For Sale), Riverside (5 For Sale), Cypress Run (5 For Sale), Lake Butler Villa Co S (5 For Sale), Tarpon Spgs Official Map (5 For Sale), Crescent Oaks Country Club (5 For Sale), Sunset Hills (4 For Sale), Green Dolphin Park (4 For Sale), Sea Breeze Island (3 For Sale)
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This data up-to-date as of 09/26/2020