Beach Park Neighborhood
Beach Park is one of the oldest and most picturesque neighborhoods in South Tampa. The area was established for the wealthy during the development boom of the 1920’s when builders noticed the unique potential with the city’s Interbay Peninsula. According to the developers of the community, “Beach Park was developed to be the most beautiful, attractive and interesting residential suburb on the whole west central section of Florida.” Still today, gorgeous landscaping lines the streets of Beach Park including 200 to 300 year old oaks, flora indigenous to the area and beautiful palm trees.
The homes in Beach Park consist of a variety of styles and were built based on Mediterranean design, Italian Renaissance, Moorish, Spanish and sometimes a combination of all three types of architectural designs. The developers had what were considered some of the most elaborate plans of that time including landscaped parks and parkways, wide winding streets, grand entrance gates and yacht basins. These elements of design were meant to be the standard in luxury construction and even helped to set the precedent for higher-end living in nearby neighborhoods of South Tampa.
The intention of the developers was to create the most prestigious of Tampa communities in Beach Park, where homes would range from $6,000 to $100,000. There were no apartments or hotels to be constructed in the area and even if all of the lots weren’t sold, the streets, sidewalks and parkways were to be finished, in order to appear fully occupied. In addition, for safety measures, Beach Park homes were built with stucco exteriors, terra cotta roofs, concrete and brick because the development was situated in the county area that offered no fire protection.
Today, Beach Park is a quiet and scenic neighborhood that remains one of the most impressive and highly-desired areas in Tampa and residents help to ensure it remains this way through the Beach Park Neighborhood Association. Residents enjoy the conveniences of Westshore Boulevard, the main artery that runs between Beach Park and surrounding neighborhoods like Sunset Park, Culbreath Isles, and similar adjacent high-end subdivisions. Westshore Boulevard provides close access to the Westshore business district, Tampa International Airport, a direct connection to Downtown Tampa, fine dining and shopping, and entertainment. The community also features zoning for top-notch, South Tampa schools.