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The community is next to several attractions including Fort De Soto Park, Egmont Key State Park, and the Shell Key Preserve. Tierra Verde is considered to be part of the unincorporated locations in Pinellas County which means services default to the county rather than the city.
Real estate values have soared over the years in Tierra Verde with average homes doubling in value in the past 10 years.
8. Gorgeous Homes
There are: Ranch Style, Key West Style, Contemporary Designs, Mediterranean Influenced, South Hampton Inspired, and more!
There are also several townhome and condo communities located on the islands. Homes in the area have various construction timeframes from the 1960s all the way to modern day new construction. While vacant land does exist in Tierra Verde, it isn’t very common.
Depending on the location and view, sometimes future residents will opt to tear down a home and build brand new construction if they find the perfect lot.
7. Boating Community
If you live in Tierra Verde, you are missing out if you don’t embrace the boating lifestyle. Since residents live on a series of islands, there are many homes that are located directly on the water with their own private docks. Even if you don’t want to deal with the maintenance of a boat or you find a home that isn’t on the water, you can still experience the salt life.
Freedom Boat Club is our preferred method to access the open water. The club is a monthly membership and gives us access to a variety of boats at launch points all across the United States and Canada. Tierra Verde has one of those launch points and it’s where we took some of the photos you see in this post.
If you do own a private boat and you would prefer to keep it stored out of the water, the Tierra Verde Marina has a 58,000 square foot boat storage facility with 314 High & Dry slips.
6. Fort De Soto Park
As the largest park in Pinellas County, the boundaries expand just over 1,136 acres. The park receives on average 2.7 million visitors a year and it was even named the nations #1 beach in 2005 by “Dr. Beach.”
The park also offers plenty of attractions including: Several floating docks for boat launches, picnic shelters, camping, playgrounds, trails, fishing piers, ferry services, a designated dog park where dogs are allowed on a certain section of the beach, and much more! There is a low cost beach parking fee to get in and there are also annual passes available for frequent visitors.
Like the rest of Tierra Verde, Fort De Soto Park is made up of several islands that are connected by bridges or causeways. The names of the islands are: Mullet Key (The Main Island), St. Christopher Key, Madelaine Key, St. Jean Key, and Bonne Fortune Key.
The park is very friendly to both tourists and residents. If you are looking to soak up the sun there are bicycle and kayak rentals available and even a shop on the pier where you can get some ice cream.
A great amenity of being a resident of Tierra Verde is you can proudly claim you have direct access to one of the top beaches in the nation right in your backyard.
Privacy might not be something you would automatically associate with a neighborhood that is home to one of the top beaches in the nation. However, the secret to Tierra Verde feeling so private all has to do with the layout.
Unlike beaches like Clearwater Beach where some homes are in the middle of the action with millions of tourists visiting every year, Tierra Verde separates the residential side from the tourist side.
To illustrate, when you enter Tierra Verde, there is only 1 access point available by land – The Pinellas Bayway.
This eliminates people randomly passing through and creates a flow of traffic of people with an intention to commute to or away from the series of islands.
Once you enter the territory, there is a long stretch of road ahead for those visiting Fort De Soto Park. The road stretches over 5 miles and is populated by neighborhoods on the eastern and western sides as well as small business districts.
The average tourist would either visit one of the restaurants or drive straight on to Fort De Soto Park. This environment minimizes foot and car traffic through the neighborhoods and allows home owners to enjoy the privacy of a tropical paradise without being cut off completely from the rest of the world.
4. Deed-Restricted Community
Tierra Verde is a deed-restricted community managed by the Tierra Verde Community Association. The advantage of living in a deed-restricted neighborhood is you can rest-assured that your neighborhood will be held to a higher standard.
Tierra Verde has community covenants that govern what residents of the neighborhood can and can’t do. As a good example, the neighborhood has a resolution that was passed in 2019 preventing short-term rentals that are less than 30 days.
With the popularity of services such as Air B&B, there has been a constant debate in many beach towns on whether or not daily or weekly rentals should be allowed. On the one side, owners that want short-term rentals believe it brings more money and tourism to the local economy. On the other side those that are against it believe it disrupts the lifestyles they bought into.
No matter what side you are on, it’s important to understand the covenants and restrictions of your neighborhood which are available in the link listed above.
3. 10 Miles From Downtown St. Petersburg
The vibrant and developing downtown St. Pete has put Pinellas County on the map of so many more people over the years. Many of the residents of Tierra Verde are within 10 miles of downtown St. Petersburg which would equate to about a 15 to 30 minute commute depending on the time of day and traffic conditions.
The downtown area of St. Pete has several blocks of unique restaurant choices. The example above – Oak & Stone is located directly on Central Avenue and it has 5 locations located throughout Florida. Many of the choices however are one of a kind and you will only find those restaurants exclusively in St. Pete.
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2. The Best Mailboxes
If you aren’t already a resident of Tampa Bay, you will realize pretty quickly we are very big on our history. We love pirates! From the Gasparilla Pirate Festival hosted every year since 1904 to the pirate cruises and many events throughout the year, having fun is just part of our culture.
The residents of Tierra Verde take great pride in their community and like to have some fun too! The picture taken above was from one of the homes in the neighborhood that has it’s very own pirate mailbox.
While your next home might not come equipped with it’s own pirate mailbox, I think it’s important to appreciate when a neighborhood embraces the culture of the area.
As mentioned earlier in the article, as you drive around you will find a variety of unique styles, designs, and layouts to homes throughout the neighborhood. While many of them may be different, nothing feels out of place and it truly captures the spirit of an incredible community!
1. Florida Living At It’s Finest
Tierra Verde is Spanish for Green Earth or Green Land depending on how you translate it. It’s very easy to see how the name sticks once you drive along the roads. The lush greenery is everywhere and parts of it truly feel like a tropical Jungle.
What drives many people to move to Florida is the tropical environment. While it does get hot here, we also enjoy 70 degree weather on average for over half the year because of the tropical breezes.
Tierra Verde is the type of community that forces you to want to step outside your home and enjoy nature. It is Florida Living at it’s finest and a highly recommended choice by our team.
I threw in a little behind the scenes of how we captured some of our photos in Tierra Verde (Chris Flying Our Drone Above).
In conclusion, Tierra Verde captures the spirit of Florida perfectly. With millions of people visiting every year, it’s no surprise over the years we’ve had an increase in the number of people that have contacted us wanting to make Florida their home.
If you love the tropical lifestyle, we would love to help you find your next home in Tierra Verde. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s some more photos we captured for your viewing pleasure of Tierra Verde: