Avila is a neighborhood in North Tampa that is considered to be one of the most exclusive communities in Tampa, Florida. As of the 2010 census report, Avila had a population of 2,626. The 900-acre community contains 395 residences. The gated community lies within District 7 of the Tampa City Council, and is occupied by star athletes, socialites, and professionals. Surrounded by eight-foot walls, its name was inspired by the Spanish city of Ávila that was itself protected by imposing walls. In 1978, land developer J. Robert “Bob” Sierra laid the groundwork for Avila in 1978. The vast majority of the current homes in Avila were built in the 1980s. The community contains a dozen lakes, a conservation area, and oak, cypress, and pine trees.
Median house prices in Avila range from $1.2 – $6 million.
Maniscalco Elementary School
Buchanan Middle School
Gaither High School
Corbett Preparatory School
Carrollwood Day School
Avila was constructed with two entrances, one on Lake Magdalene Boulevard and another on North Florida Avenue. The neighborhood is guarded 24 hours a day and patrolled by security guards who use radar guns to monitor the speeds of vehicles. Avila’s boundaries are roughly Highway 41 to the west, Crenshaw Lake Road to the north, and Lake Magdalene Boulevard to the south. The only street exceeding a mile in length is Guisando de Avila, measuring 1.17 miles in length.
The neighborhood was created with various dining options and its centerpiece — the Avila Golf and Country Club. Amenities include six tennis courts, a swimming pool and fitness center, and an 18-hole course redesigned by famed golfer Jack Nicklaus in 1988. Former major league baseball player Derek Jeter holds an annual golf tournament here and PGA pros are on staff for private golf lessons.
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