Massive oak trees, brick streets, and historic homes dominate the Tampa Heights neighborhood. Established in the early 1880s, the homes are so impressive that every year a Tour of Homes is staged to showcase them. In 2010, the 12th Annual Tour of Homes occurred on October 3rd.
The most notable design feature on many homes in Tampa Heights is a large front porch. In fact, some residents host “Porch Parties,” which typically occur every month on the first Friday.
Recognized as one of Tampa’s first suburbs, Tampa Heights is located in the 33602, 33603, 33605 and 33607 zip codes. The neighborhood is bordered on the north by East Martin Luther King Boulevard, I-275 and Hillsborough River to the south, North Boulevard to the west, and I-275 to the east.
One of the neighborhood’s high-profile homes is the Neo-colonial house at 400 East Palm Avenue, which was built in 1904 for cigar manufacturer Facundo P. Arguelles. It was the headquarters for various Cuban dignitaries visiting in the area.
Tampa Heights also has many beautiful schools and churches. Arguably the most distinctive structure in the neighborhood is The Saint James House of Prayer, which was constructed in 1922 from rocks dredged from the nearby Hillsborough River. Dubbed the “Rock Church,” it sits at 2708 North Central Avenue.
Schools in Tampa Heights are also impressive architecturally. Jefferson High School, located at 2704 North Highland Avenue, has graduated many Tampa dignitaries including former Florida Governor Bob Martinez. Students in the neighborhood attend Anderson Elementary Academy, Graham Elementary School, Lee Elementary School, Blake High School, and D.W. Waters Career Center High School.
The neighborhood has an effective and well-organized homeowners group called the Tampa Heights Civic Association. Meetings take place at The Heights, located at 1910 Ola Avenue, every 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m.