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South Seminole Heights attracts a variety of people, from families and students to hipsters, artists, and professionals, looking for affordable housing. The area's food, nightlife, and shopping reflects its cultural and socioeconomic diversity, so the neighborhood has something for everyone. South Seminole Heights lies only nine miles from downtown, which is ideal for those who work in the business district but don't necessarily want to live directly in the hustle and bustle. Those who want more space for their money compared to downtown also find South Seminole Heights to be both economical and convenient.

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Rent Trends

As of August 2017, the average apartment rent in Tampa, FL is $667 for a studio, $825 for one bedroom, and $980 for two bedrooms. Apartment rent in Tampa has increased by 5.0% in the past year.

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Ratings

67 Walk Score® Somewhat Walkable
39 Transit Score® Some Transit
71 Bike Score® Very Bikeable

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Restaurants

South Seminole Heights brings Tampans some of the best and most diverse food in the city. The Refinery, named one of the best restaurants in America by Forbes Magazine, serves up fresh, local cuisine from only ingredients grown in Florida. The chefs make everything in-house and from scratch. Check out the beer list — it has everything from PBR to Tampa's local brew, Cigar City.

Who in Seminole Heights doesn't love the Taco Bus, a Mexican restaurant housed in a refitted school bus on Route 92. Despite the odd architecture, the food here impresses. Try the Barbacoa tacos or the "El Jefe" — a 2-1/2-pound burrito. The bus does not skimp on the vegan and vegetarian options, either. Open 24/7, the Taco Bus delights the after-hours party crowd.

Nicko's Fine Foods' claim to fame is that Elvis once ate there, and so it hosts performing Elvises on the regular. If you are really lucky, the owner will come by and perform some magic tricks. This casual diner doesn't need to rely on any shtick though — it has excellent classic American fare as well as a healthy offering of Greek options. Try the Greek salad, and don't leave until you have a slice of pie (or two). Remember to bring your cash, as it does not accept credit cards.

Night-owls gush over Fodder and Shine as it has a full liquor bar open until 3 a.m. (a rarity in the area). Set in a warehouse with an outdoor deck, arcade games, and pool tables, this eclectic bar and restaurant feels quintessentially Seminole Heights. Although the place looks modern, the food evokes Floridian comfort with recipes collected from real local families. Adventurous eaters must try the broiled frog legs and the quail.

History

Seminole Heights has some of the most interesting architecture in Tampa as most of the homes are bungalows or in a historic turn-of-the-century style. The area was settled in 1911. Although the area hit hard financial times not long after it settled, the addition of upscale restaurants and craft beer breweries improved the area and attracted new residents. South Seminole Heights houses about 4,000 people in its borders, 70% of whom own their homes.

The South Seminole Heights Civic Association, an important part of the neighborhood, works to improve its contents, lower crime and foster a sense of community. The association also organizes events such as a Holiday Decorating Contest, concerts in the park, fundraisers, and social mixers.

Seminole Heights proper boasts a fair number of art studios. Check out Phoenix Glass Studio or Tempus Project for your art fix.

Transportation

Most locals have cars, as Tampa's public transportation system still leaves something to be desired, plus the accessible highways, low gas prices and parking options make car ownership easy. However, it is easy to get downtown via the Hillsborough Area Transit System (HARTS).Take the streetcar or the 1 bus to get you downtown in less than 15 minutes. South Seminole Heights is very walkable, though some locals suggest pedestrians use caution late at night. Many of the local streets are safe for cyclists, though not all the major highways have bike lanes.

Cost

The cost of living in South Seminole Heights averages lower than the rest of the city. A one-bedroom costs approximately $720 per month. A craft beer runs between $5 to $6, though you can find domestics for a bit cheaper. Gas prices in Tampa run about 1 percent lower than the national average, which makes owning a car a bit easier on the wallet. Expect to pay between $1 and $5 for a ticket on the HART bus, depending on destination.

Shopping

While high-end shops are limited, high-value and unique stores are popular in South Seminole Heights. Try Good Times Books for not only your fiction and nonfiction needs, but you can also let your nerdy side show and check out the impressive comic book, action figure and train collections.

For "jewellery, fun, and funky stuff" try Seminole Heights Antiques and Home Decor. There are great finds, and one of the 25 dealers can help you find any specific or strange requests with no judgement. It also buys certain vintage items, so give it a call when you finally clean out the garage.

Practicalities and food stuffs are easy to find in the area as well. The Save-A-Lot sits right on Route 600, or you can drive a few miles further to patronize Whole Foods, The Oceanic Supermarket or a Publix. You can also venture to Hillsborough High School on a Saturday morning for fresh produce at the farmers market, which runs rain or shine October through May.

Parks

Rivercrest Park, a hidden gem right in South Seminole, borders the Hillsbourough River and is the main park in the area. Walking trails and beautiful scenery make it a great little free five-minute away get-a-way. Bring the kids, as there's plenty of playground equipment and a pier to watch the water. Or better yet, rent a canoe and hop in

The South Seminole Neighborhood Association also hosts events like music fests, movie nights and fundraisers here, as well. It always changes up the events, so you'll never grow tired of them. Dogs are welcome, but your pup should stay on a leash.

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South Seminole Heights attracts a variety of people, from families and students to hipsters, artists, and professionals, looking for affordable housing. The area's food, nightlife, and shopping reflects its cultural and socioeconomic diversity, so the neighborhood has something for everyone. South Seminole Heights lies only nine miles from downtown, which is ideal for those who work in the business district but don't necessarily want to live directly in the hustle and bustle. Those who want more space for their money compared to downtown also find South Seminole Heights to be both economical and convenient.

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