Ballast Point in South Tampa Florida
Once a sprawling expanse of land outside the city limits with few homes and even fewer paved roads, Ballast Point has come a long way since the 1920's. In its early days, Ballast Point was a secluded haven “where the oaks meet the bay” for Florida's elite. When the opening of Gandy Bridge in 1924 shaved 50 miles off of the commute between Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, the Ballast Point area became popular as a getaway. Florida's real estate boom in the 1920's also aided in the area's development. Although the Great Depression slowed, even halted, growth for some time, Ballast Point continued to prove itself as a desirable location, and it was annexed by Tampa in 1953.
With the construction of MacDill Field in the 50's, the area also saw economic and industrial growth. The community now boasts both elegant historic homes and amazing renovations. Homes in Ballast Point feature large porches reminiscent of old Florida, and residents continue to enjoy their easy access to downtown. Living in this community is certainly a source of pride for its residents, who make great efforts to keep an eye on new developments and ensure that none of Ballast Point's historic value and charm is affected by the area's “comeback.” Waterfront homes abound in this peaceful little community, which features several local restaurants and a community park. The community pier is currently being renovated, and residents also have access to the Tampa Yacht and Country Club. With home prices ranging from the $200's to over $2 million, this bayside community has something to offer for any homebuyer's taste.
Ballast Point community park, Ballast Point pier, waterfront properties
Ballast Point Schools
Ballast Point Elementary, Madison Middle School, Robinson High School