Pool homes for Sale in Palm Harbor?

The question is, why would you want to see pool homes for sale in Palm Harbor? The answer is not as simple as the question. Or is it? Could it be the lifestyle? Or could it be the schools in Palm Harbor? Maybe retirement in Palm Harbor is so attractive there is no reason to look elsewhere? Pick you reason to live in the area. We’ll elaborate a bit in the following few minutes to see why you just might want a pool home in Palm Harbor.

The Pinellas Trail offers almost 50 miles of bicycle and walking trails, from Tarpon Springs to St. Petersburg with Palm Harbor being a major thruway for bicycles on the Trail. Riding through Palm Harbor on the Pinellas Trail you will see waterfront homes, pleasant wooded areas, parks, and you will pass right by the historic Old Palm Harbor downtown, where there are restaurants, like Peggy O’Neils and the Thirsty Marlin, and festivals that we’ll learn a bit about below.

Pinellas Trail Heading South

Is it the Palm Harbor lifestyle? Let’s take a look at that to figure out what that might mean. There is the Palm Harbor Citrus Festival. This is a weekend of fun, food and music. For a schedule of events for the 2015 Citrus Festival, simply click on the 2015 Citrus Festival. It is a great weekend of family fun, and after the kids are worn out and in bed, the grownups can come back and listen to the music.

And if street festivals and that lifestyle appeal to you, in June there is the Palm Harbor Parrot Head Festival, with tributes to Jimmy Buffett. There will be stages set up for music all weekend and into the night. Downtown Old Palm Harbor is the site for this event, just like it is for the Citrus Festival. The Parrot Head Festival 2015 will draw large crowds all weekend, with upwards of 20,000 people from all over the country. There is a kids’ area so parents can get a bit of a break and the kids will have more fun anyway, instead of hanging with Mom and Dad. Of course there will be contests for best Jimmy Buffett look-alike, best island costume and much more.

If this is starting to sound like you would love to live here, and want to know what a particular pool home for sale in Palm Harbor might be worth, visit our automated home value estimator and get an immediate value estimate. Just for fun.

Festivals are not the only reason the Palm Harbor lifestyle is so attractive. How about golf? The crown jewel of golf courses in Palm Harbor is the Innisbrook Copperhead Course, home to the Valspar PGA Championship tournament. The 2015 winner of the Valspar Championship was Jordan Spieth, who, coincidentally, is also the 2015 Masters Champion. For golf fans, that should be a big deal. It was an exciting tournament, with a great finish. And the Copperhead Course is absolutely beautiful. Innisbrook has other courses and excellent amenities, with a terrific steakhouse.

There are other golf courses in Palm Harbor and nearby communities as well that are great to play and can challenge golfers of every ability. In nearby Dunedin, there is the Dunedin Golf Club, a Donald Ross designed course that was home to the PGA from 1945 through 1962. The view from the clubhouse patio onto the course if beautiful and the restaurant is very, very good.

There are enough other activities in Palm Harbor to satisfy the fussiest lifestyle. How about water sports? The Gulf of Mexico is the western border of Palm Harbor. Fishing is simply outstanding. Do you like to kayak? Well, put your kayak in the water at any of many put ins, bring your fishing rod and maybe a little bait, then go catch something. Wall Springs Park, offers multiple fishing piers for the young and old alike. There are plenty of mangrove rivers and coves to paddle around in, and fish abound in the area. There are pinfish, speckled trout, redfish, snook, flounder in the grass flats. If you are looking for a little more excitement, try to hook a shark from your canoe with light tackle and hang on. There are plenty of smaller sharks in the grass flats looking for an easy meal. In the spring and fall, the tarpon run is exciting and you can catch a 100  pound tarpon. Now THAT is fun!

Sunset over the Gulf.

Sunset over the Gulf.

Or you can simply paddle around looking at the fish in the clear water below you. There are sponges, rays and thousands and thousands of small fish that don’t care about you or your kayak gliding by them. For the more adventurous, get on your motorized boat and head a little farther out for a bigger variety and size of fish. A bit off shore are grouper, mahi-mahi, kingfish, red snapper, cobia and much, much more. Hook a Goliath Grouper for the memory of a lifetime. This could be a 300 pound fish and it just doesn’t want to be caught.

But wait, we are getting carried away talking about the Palm Harbor lifestyle, when we originally started talking about pool homes for sale in Palm Harbor. Maybe it would be good to get a sense of the Palm Harbor real estate market. Check out the market, then when you have some serious questions, contact your professional Realtor, (hint – we can help), and start looking at the multitude of options for living in Palm Harbor.

Of course, not everything is about playing and not everybody wants to just play. There are things like ensuring that children get a good education. When looking for a home in Palm Harbor, one of the first questions that needs to be answered for households with children is “What school will my kids attend?” For the answer to that question, just know the specific address in question and visit the link hosted by the Pinellas County Schools for the answer. For more in-depth information, visit our favorite links and get information on all kinds of things, including the schools. Palm Harbor University High School is one of the very best schools in the entire state of Florida, ranked 28th in the state. PHUHS is a public school and magnet school and covers grades 9 – 12. Learn lots more about this very fine school and this will help make your decision much easier, if you are considering finding a home for sale in Palm Harbor.

OK, now the general lifestyle, fishing, golf and schools have been addressed, what about the infrastructure, like where can you shop and what restaurants are available?

Shopping. Everyone needs to buy food. Palm Harbor is well served by the grocery industry. There are many Publix stores all over Palm Harbor, and all are convenient. The Winn-Dixie stores have a presence with their variety. Of course, WalMart has a significant presence as well. There are other high quality stores also available, including Target, 7-Eleven, Felice’s Deli, Simply Fusion, Steve’s Produce (fresh local produce), Richard’s Foodporium, Sav a Lot, Fresh Market, JJ Gandy’s pies (unbelievably good Key Lime Pies), Strachan’s Homemade Icecream and Desserts (NOT for the low calorie crowd), and many others with foods for all tastes.

So the food part is out of the way. Let’s look at clothing. Just at the line of Palm Harbor, Clearwater and Dunedin is the Westfield Countryside mall. This mall has expanded over the years and has plenty of stores for everyone. The mall is anchored with Sears, Macys, JC Penney and Dillards. It also has, of course, a Starbucks, an indoor ice skating rink, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, PF Chang’s, Red Robin with its bottomless french fries, and the 12 screen Cobb Theater for the latest movies. There is a brand new Whole Foods Market for the slightly different variety than in other stores.

So if you are still with us, you know that Palm Harbor has the lifestyle and the infrastructure for shopping, schools, restaurants. The finishing touch, for those who need a little more of the city life, Tampa is just a short 30 minute drive. What that gives you is the Tampa International Airport, and the International Mall. For culture, there is the David A Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, formerly the Tampa Performing Arts Center. Here, you will find world class entertainment, from ballet, to comedy, to Broadway plays and musicals, concerts from the biggest names in entertainment, and wonderful dining, including Maestro’s Cafe with a full buffet and Maestro’s on the River for light fare overlooking the Hillsborough River.

Oops, forgot to mention that there is Major League Baseball, with Spring Training having 3 teams in the area, the Toronto Blue Jays, the Phillies, and the Yankees. Each team also has a minor league team play their schedules in the area so for baseball fans, there is plenty to do.

Palm Harbor has so much to offer, from a casual lifestyle on the Gulf, to outdoor activities like bicycling, golf and fishing, restaurants, shopping, excellent schools, and generally an enriching lifestyle. Hopefully, by now you will want to see pool homes for sale in Palm Harbor and just maybe make this your home, if not permanently, at least you can be a snowbird. We will welcome you.

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