One of the most exclusive addresses in the Tampa Bay area is the Davis Islands neighborhood. Offering stunning views of the Port of Tampa and in ideal proximity to all the amenities of downtown Tampa, this neighborhood is considered an extremely desirable place to live.
Originally designed to become a resort, the community is the result of two man-made islands overlaying two smaller, natural isles (Big and Little Grassy Key) at the mouth of the Hillsborough River. While the resort never came to fruition, some of the original buildings remained.
Receiving strong local support, these structures eventually became listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In total, 23 Mediterranean-style buildings have been recognized. Of particular note is the Palace of Florence. Today it houses apartments in its 1925 structure, which features an extraordinary four-tiered tower with exterior staircase, based loosely on the Florentine Palazzo Vecchio.
Housing in the Davis Islands neighborhood is an eclectic mix, ranging from apartment living to custom-designed estates with gracious landscaping and open water views. Most of the streets in the neighborhood are named for other islands or bodies of water, appropriately enough. Only one bridge connects the community to the mainland.
Recreationally, the islands are popular with cyclists, runners, and those who enjoy rollerblading. Many homes and condominiums are within walking distance of the Davis Islands Yacht Club or the quaint shops, cafes, and restaurants that line East Davis Boulevard. Davis Islands has its own private airport in addition to a marina.
The Davis Islands neighborhood has a small park with natural beach that is popular with residents, but the park’s biggest draw is its dog park, dedicated to letting dogs run off-leash. The park also includes boat ramps, a canoe launch, and picnic areas.