Located close to the University of Tampa and the city’s busy commercial and arts districts, the neighborhood of Hyde Park is one of the oldest in the city, whose origins date to the 1880s. Bounded by Kennedy Boulevard to the north, Bayshore Boulevard to the south, Hillsborough Bay to the east, and Armenia Avenue to the west, the neighborhood is one of the most desirable in the city of Tampa.
Built largely in the 1930s and 1940s, today the Hyde Park neighborhood is a showcase for architectural riches. Just a few of the types of housing styles found here include Arts and Crafts, Bungalow, Colonial, French Second Empire, Mediterranean, Neo-Classical, and Queen Anne. The restored mansions that line the waterfront are stylish and elegant, upscale in features and price.
Despite its stately nature, the neighborhood is not stuck in time. Along picturesque Bayshore Boulevard, South Howard Avenue (called “SoHo” in Tampa) and at the Old Hyde Park Village dining and shopping spot, the neighborhood is quite lively and very contemporary.
Pedestrian-friendly, residents of Hyde Park can easily walk to the popular shopping area of Old Hyde Park Village. This brick shopping mall, comprising three city blocks, is open and airy with lush greenery and sparkling fountains. Residents can find plenty of interesting shops and restaurants as well as art galleries.
For evening entertainment, the crowds head to SoHo for Tampa’s top-rated boutiques, bars, clubs, and restaurants. A small park dedicated to the former owner of Bern’s Steak House, a local landmark, can be found here; its centerpiece is a fountain with the “Three Graces.”
Recreationally, Bayshore Boulevard provides locals with access to the city’s greenway along with stunning views of the water and skyline. As a result, this area is popular with those who enjoy running, cycling, and rollerblading.