North Pinellas refers to the areas of Belleair Bluffs, Dunedin, East Lake, Largo, Oldsmar, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor, and Tarpon Springs that are all located toward the north of Pinellas County, Florida.
Belleair Bluffs is just under half of a square mile of land in size and is almost completely built-out with approximately 2200 inhabitants. The city is made up of 200 businesses – commercial and professional – as well as 540 single-family homes, 320 apartments, and 650 condominium units. The community provides for its residents a wide range of living choices and shopping to serve the needs of both the City and its neighboring communities. The annual tree lighting and carol sing continue to be a focal point of the year for the city’s residents. Bellair Bluffs is one of the gateways to the Gulf beaches. It is served by the zip code 33770. Median house prices are $180,000 – $1.3 million.
The middle of downtown Dunedin is located at the intersection of Main Street and Douglas Avenue. Dunedin is bordered by the city of Clearwater to the south and east, the Gulf of Mexico to the west, and by the community of Palm Harbor to the north. Dunedin is served by the zip codes 34697 and 34698. Median house prices are $100,000 – $1.1 million.
Within the city limits of Dunedin, there are four public elementary schools (Curtis Fundamental, Dunedin, Garrison-Jones, San Jose), one public middle school (Dunedin Highland), and one public high school (Dunedin High School). There are two charter schools (Athenian Academy of Pinellas and Academie DaVinci), and two private schools (Anchor Academy and Dunedin Academy).
Sister city to Stirling, Scotland, Dunedin has maintained and embraced its Scottish roots. Once a year, Scottish clans descend upon the city for the Dunedin Highland Games. In addition to the Highland Games, Dunedin hosts many other annual festivals. The most popular among these is Dunedin’s Mardi Gras celebration, during which thousands of visitors descend on the small town. Dunedin includes numerous shops, bars, dining options and nightlife. A Downtown Market is held regularly as well as special events and a 2nd Friday Art Walk.
Dunedin is home to several beaches, including Dunedin Causeway, Honeymoon Island, and Caladesi Island State Park, which is consistently rated among the best beaches in the world. Located on Edgewater Drive, the Fenway Hotel is a historic hotel that saw many famous guests throughout its lifetime. Since 1977, Dunedin is the spring training home of the Toronto Blue Jays, as well as the class-A Dunedin Blue Jays of the Florida State League. The city is home to multiple breweries including Dunedin Brewery, Florida’s oldest microbrewery. Dunedin is one of the few open waterfront communities from Sarasota to Cedar Key where buildings do not completely obscure the view of the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico beyond.
East Lake is a census-designated place (CDP) in Pinellas County, Florida. The population was 30,962 at the 2010 census. It was one of the last areas in the densely populated county to develop. It is often confused with East Lake in neighboring Hillsborough County. East Lake consists of the separate sub-communities of East Lake Woodlands, Lansbrook, Ridgemoor, Woodfield, Boot Ranch, and Tarpon Woods. Its boundaries include Pasco County to the north, Hillsborough County to the east, the city of Oldsmar to the south, and Palm Harbor and the city of Tarpon Springs to the west. East Lake is served by the zip codes 34655, 34677, 34685, and 34688. Median house prices are $125,000 – $1 million.
Largo is the third largest city in Pinellas County, Florida, and is part of the Tampa Bay Area. As of the 2014 Census estimate, the city had a population of 84,500, up from 69,371 in 2000. Largo is a sister city to Tosayamada, Kochi, Japan. In 2007, Largo had been named a National Arbor Day Tree City for the 28th year in a row and is the only city in Tampbay that is a Sterling Tree City. It is served by the zip codes 33770-33779. Median house prices are $160,000 – $2 million.
It is centrally located in Pinellas County, touching the Intracoastal Waterway to the southwest and Tampa Bay to the northeast. Clearwater is Largo’s neighbor to the north. To the northwest are the towns of Belleair and Belleair Bluffs. The city of Pinellas Park lies south of eastern Largo. Seminole lies south of western Largo. The unincorporated community of Ridgecrest forms a large enclave between western and central Largo. A number of county enclaves pepper the City of Largo. Largo is dotted with a number of lakes, the largest of which is Taylor Lake at 53 acres (210,000 m2). Allen’s Creek drains northeast Largo, flowing into Tampa Bay. McKay Creek flows through southwest Largo into the Intracoastal Waterway.
Oldsmar includes several parks along Tampa Bay, historic bungalows, a downtown, and a commercial area along West Hillsborough Avenue. The historical society operates a museum in Oldsmar, and the city erected a new library in 2013. In 1927, the name was changed to “Tampa Shores” before being renamed to Oldsmar in 1937. Oldsmar is part of the Pinellas County Schools district and is served by Countryside High School, along with sections served by East Lake High School. Oldsmar’s zip code is 34677. Median house prices are $140,000 to $900,000.
In hopes of returning to the days of “Old Florida”, Oldsmar’s downtown is currently undergoing redevelopment efforts. Oldsmar celebrates its history every year with Oldsmar Days and Nights, including parades, car shows (featuring the Oldsmobile), and carnival rides.
Palm Harbor is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Pinellas County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 census, the CDP had a population of 64,301. It is a largely residential community with several concentrations of commerce. Downtown Palm Harbor, north of Tampa Road between U.S. Highway 19 Alternate and Omaha Street, hosts many small shops and eateries along with a handful of historic buildings. U.S. Highway 19, a mile or two east of downtown, offers access to higher concentrations of commerce, with an array of national chain restaurants and retailers. One entrance to Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, a nationally regarded golf course, is found on U.S. 19.
The historic downtown district of Palm Harbor has numerous festivals and craft fairs. “Palm Harbor’s First Friday Celebrations” are a popular community event for youngsters and adults alike. There are rides and games for the children, with opportunities to dine on food from the many local restaurants, enjoy local artists and crafters displaying and selling their wares. Annually, the first Sunday in October marks when the “Taste of Palm Harbor” festival is held. It offers live music and the tasting of samples from over 20 local restaurants, many of which make seafood their specialty.
Palm Harbor has various recreational amenities. The area is home to John Chesnut, Sr. Park, located in the East Lake region, as well as H.S. “Pop” Stansell Park, located to the west of Palm Harbor Boulevard and overlooking St. Joseph’s Sound. Palm Harbor has a unique “hilly” geography which is uncommon in Florida. It is served by the zip codes 34682, 34683, 34684, and 34685. Median house prices are $130,000 – $880,000.
Safety Harbor is a city on the west shore of Tampa Bay in Pinellas County, Florida, United States. It was incorporated in 1917. The population was 16,884 at the 2010 census. The harbor or bay of the same name on which it is located is the nearly-landlocked far northwestern extension of Tampa Bay, and the city is located on the west side of that bay. Safety Harbor’s tree-lined streets and quaint, “small-town” appearance are part of its unique Florida charm. It is served by the zip code 34695. Median house prices are $230,000 – $1 million.
Tarpon Springs is a city in Pinellas County, Florida, United States. The population was 23,484 at the 2010 census. Downtown Tarpon has long been a focal point and is currently undergoing beautification. Dodecanese Avenue in the historic district of Tarpon Springs is a primary tourist destination. The street winds its way from Pinellas Avenue west along the Anclote River. Passing the marina the way with the sponge boats docked along the Sponge Docks. It is served by the zip codes 34688 and 34689. Median house prices are $114,000 – $1.2 million.
The nearby beaches, part of the Pinellas County parks, are popular for swimming, windsurfing, picnics, boating, and other water sports. People also come to the beaches to watch the beautiful sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico. Sandy barrier islands offshore are accessible by boat and are especially ideal for shell spotting and watching bottlenose dolphins at play. One permanent island, Anclote Key, is a State Park Preserve with a historic lighthouse, bird nesting colonies, and pristine beaches.
There are several districts and properties in Tarpon Springs which have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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