One of the key reasons people are interested in Clearwater homes for sale is that the city of Clearwater boasts an endless supply of sun, beautiful weather, and great dining, along with endless outdoor activities both on land and at sea. The name is said to come from a direct translation of the native Tocobaga people, referring to a freshwater spring located near where the current day City Hall building stands today. Just 22 miles from the city of Tampa, Clearwater is a great place for business, with a thriving economy, an educated workforce, and easy access to St. Petersburg to the southeast down US 19, Tampa to the east via a ten minute drive across Tampa Bay on the Courtney Campbell Causeway, and Sarasota/Bradenton to the south across the sprawling and iconic Sunshine Skyway bridge. Clearwater homes for sale are particularly desirable for families with children, as Clearwater is renowned for its excellent schools, with public, private, and charter options to choose from. CBS Money Watch ranked this city among the 10 best places to retire in 2012, and folks looking to retire in Clearwater enjoy low taxes, plenty of cultural activities, golf, tennis, and of course, beautiful warm weather year-round. Sports fans love it here; not only do the Philadelphia Phillies hold their Spring Training here, but Clearwater residents are a short drive to the Tampa Bay Bucs football at Raymond James Stadium, the Tampa Bay Rays baseball at Tropicana Field, The Rowdies soccer, and Tampa Bay Lightning hockey! And of course, boaters, sailors, fishermen, jet skiers, kayakers, divers, and outdoorsmen of every stamp can find something to love in our miles of beaches and clear blue Gulf waters.
Many people searching for Clearwater homes for sale also have a passion for food, particularly seafood, which the Gulf of Mexico provides in abundance. Many times, seafood here hits the plate within 24 hours of being caught. This city offers almost anything, from food trucks to fine dining. No matter what you are looking for, be it seafood, traditional American fare, or Italian, Greek, BBQ, Thai, Jamaican, Mexican, Chinese, Latin, vegan, even German and Irish, we have it all. And in this spirit of gastronomic exploration, the annual Taste Fest food festival lets you sample delectable offerings from dozens of local restaurants, craft beers and fine wines, live entertainment, and more, out on world famous Clearwater Beach. Clearwater also hosts an annual Restaurant Week to showcase local eateries, as well as the annual Stone Crab Festival held every October!
Clearwater is known world-wide for the annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday, held every October since 1980. For nearly forty years, this major festival has attracted giants from the world of jazz, including Buddy Rich, Kenny G, Stan Getz, Tony Bennet, Dave Brubeck, Bonnie Raitt, Stanley Clarke, Kool and the Gang, Dizzy Gillespie, Chicago, Al Jarreau, the Count Basie Orchestra, Herbie Hancock, and dozens more storied and legendary performers. What started as a few bands playing on the back of a flatbed truck has evolved into an international music festival that draws stellar talent and tens of thousands of visitors to Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater every year. Nightlife and entertainment are a key factor in many’s peoples decision to look at Clearwater homes for sale.
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