Riverview, Florida, an unincorporated area of Hillsborough County, lies along the shores of the Alafia River. This lovely waterway derived its name from a Native American word for “River of Fire,” so called because of the unique reddish-brown color of algae in the water. Once made up of the communities of Peru, a phosphorus mining area, and Riverview, the latter eventually overtook Peru and literally swallowed it. That is because Riverview was closer to Tampa and did not require crossing the river to reach it. Riverview’s proximity to southern Tampa is one of the factors in its continued growth today. The population has exploded from about 12,000 in 2000 to over 71,000 in 2010. It gorgeous properties are some of the most coveted in Florida.
Westfield Brandon Mall is the most popular shopping center in the area boasting 175 stores, including such favorites as Dillards, Macys and Sears. In addition, a broad range of dining options is located here. You will find Chipotle, Five Guys and California Pizza Kitchen in the casual dining category and more upscale opportunities at Ryuu Japanese Steak House and the Cheesecake Factory. Fred’s Market offers a bounty of southern comfort food at buffet tables to please the fussiest eater. For a very enjoyable show and great food, join the hibachi seating around the grill at Sakura Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar. Of course, for the finest in dining, it is well worth the drive to Lauro Risotrante in Tampa. Riverview, Florida real estate is never far from great food.
Alafia River State Park is the jewel in the crown for local parks. Unique topography is responsible for extreme off-road bicycle trails. Gorgeous equestrian trails wind through hardwood forests. The wealth of wildlife invites hikers and bird-watchers to enjoy some of the most beautiful natural resources Florida has to offer.
Football fans will find themselves cheering for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Tampa Bay Times Forum is not only home for the Lightning hockey team, but also the venue of choice for a great many concerts and other huge events, like the Ringling Brothers Circus. Tampa Bay Rays baseball is always a good time and so is watching Spring Training for the six other Major League teams that practice in Florida.
The Florida Aquarium offers some of the most fascinating water exhibits in the country featuring otters, alligators and starfish touch tanks. Cruises depart the aquarium daily to watch the 500 dolphins that make Tampa Bay their home.
Golfers will enjoy the Summerfield Crossings Golf Club with its unique island green and its beautiful scenery. Leagues are available for men, women and seniors. The two-player league at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays allows avid golfers to squeeze in a game mid-week. Summerfield offers multiple membership packages to suit individual needs.
CNN Money ranked Riverview at 67th in the “Best Places to Live in 2012,” citing its small town atmosphere despite its tremendous recent growth. Waterfront properties, new construction and proximity to Tampa make Riverview, Florida real estate an attractive prospect. The gorgeous weather and comfortable lifestyle bring Riverview a quality of life like no other. Transplants from around the country look to the warm days and cool nights as a haven, far from the harsh winters of northern climates. Custom-built homes on huge lots feel more like resorts than homes.
Hillsborough County Public School District includes two high schools in Riverview, those being Spoto High and Riverview High. Riverview, Ippolito and Frost make up the three public elementary schools. Giunta, Rodgers and Barrington are the three public middle schools serving the area.
The Brandon campus of Hillsborough Community College is the closest college campus to Riverview. The University of Tampa is the closest four-year college to Riverview.
Brandon Regional Hospital serves the Riverview area. The facilities include multiple specialty services, including a women’s center and a large neonatal intensive care unit. The hospital is well equipped for heart and vascular care and offers a behavioral health center. The emergency room enjoys an excellent reputation, a serious consideration when looking into Riverview, Florida real estate.
The Hillsborough Regional Transit Authority provides express route #24X to connect Riverview to MacDill AFB. The Riverview Oaks Park and Ride allows commuters to park their cars and leave the expense and frustration of commuting to someone else. Public transportation is conveniently near Riverview, Florida real estate. Commuters driving from Riverview to Tampa follow the US-301 North to the Interstate 75 and on to the Selmon Expressway and downtown Tampa. World travelers can depart from the Tampa International Airport.
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