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Seminole Heights, Tampa, Florida
Bungalow in Seminole Heights
Country United States
State Florida
County Hillsborough
City Tampa
Population (2000 census)
 - Total 24,567
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)

Seminole Heights is a neighborhood and district located in central Tampa. As of the 2000 census, the district had a population of 24,567 [1].

Hampton Terrace Historic District in Seminole Heights



Gothic Style Hillsborough High School in Old Seminole Heights was built in 1927
Homes on Central Ave
Bungalows on Seminole Avenue

Seminole Heights is known for its historic craftsman style bungalows from the early 20th century. Many buildings in the neighborhood existed in the early 1900s, including the Seminole Heights Methodist Church, Seminole Heights Elementary School, Broward Elementary, Hillsborough High School, and St. Paul's Lutheran Church. The Seminole Heights Garden Center, a neighborhood park, is used for community events such as art festivals and picnics. Seminole Heights has the longest stretch of Riverfront parkland in the city of Tampa. Rivercrest, Epps, and several pocket parks provide access to the Hillsborough River. In recent years the region has seen rising property values and a decrease in crime. The area is popular among young professionals and their families who are seeking an alternative to master planned communities. The area contains two designated historical districts including Seminole Heights (local and national designation), Hampton Terrace (national designation).

The area is known for its support of private businesses. The Business Guild of Seminole Heights works to increase the viability of local businesses and encourage high quality enterprise. Among these businesses are several small popular restaurants which have sprung up in Seminole Heights. Sherry's Yesterdayz, Tampa Street Market, Cappy's Pizza, Stephanno's Pizzeria, the Bungalow Bistro, Nicko's, the Front Porch and Three Coins Diner have become famous among residents and represent the unique growth of mom & pop establishments in Seminole Heights.

An ever evolving neighborhood tradition is the "porch party." Many are sponsored by one of the three active neighborhood organizations and others by individuals. There are also two annual home tours. Old Seminole Heights Home tour has become an April tradition attracting nearly one thousand participants each year. Southeast Seminole Heights conducts a holiday home tour in December. The region also is known for having a significant gay and lesbian population.

Seminole Heights is known for its civic activism. It is not uncommon to see a resident running for office in city and county elections. Rose Ferlita, neighborhood drug store owner, and former president of Southeast Seminole Heights Civic Association was a 2 term Tampa City Council member from 1999 to 2006 until she was elected to the Hillsborough County Commission. April Griffin, Seminole Heights resident, was elected to the Hillsborough County School Board in 2006. Randy Baron, former president of Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association, was a candidate in the March 2007 City Council race.

In 2003, Southeast Seminole Heights was named Best Neighborhood in America by NUSA (

More recently, in July 2009, This Old House Magazine ranked Seminole Heights among the best places to buy an old house for: Families, Green Thumbs, Cottages and Bungalows, Single Women Homebuyers, Porch Sitters, Walkers, and The South. Overall, Seminole Heights was in the top eight of editors picks.

History of Seminole Heights

Seminole Heights was born in 1911. T. Roy Young had 40 acres (160,000 m2) and a dream to develop Tampa’s first suburb three miles (5 km) north of downtown. He called it Seminole Heights.

Ten years earlier Tampa’s population had reached 26,000. A trolley line connected Sulphur Springs to downtown making travel to the suburbs possible and inviting. The streetcar made it possible to live in one area of town and work in another.

Young recognized this potential. His Seminole Development Corporation property encompassed a rectangle bordered by Hillsborough Avenue, Central Avenue, Wilder Avenue and Florida Avenue. The houses built here were mostly bungalow, oriented east-to-west and started at $5,000.

Other developments quickly followed. By 1912, the Mutual Development Company owned by Milton and Giddings Mabry and the Dekle Investment Company owned by Lee and James Dekle surveyed and platted land adjacent to Seminole Heights forming the Suwanee Heights subdivision. Bounded by Henry Avenue, Hillsborough Avenue, Central Avenue and Florida Avenue, Suwanee Heights was also a restricted subdivision. Like the original Seminole Heights, houses required the same east/west orientation but started at $1,400.

During the “Florida Bloom” years (roughly 1919-1929) more development came to areas north and east of the original subdivisions. Of course, with this development came the merchants seeing an opportunity to provide welcome goods and services to the residents. Some of those early businesses have faded away. However, many current Seminole Heights businesses have been open for more than 50 years.

Seminole Heights Documentary

In 2008 the Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association and Cigar City Pictures released a film chronicling the history of Seminole Heights from 1911 to 1950. The film features residents that grew up in Seminole Heights during the time period. Seminole Heights: An Intimate Look at the Early Years premiered on 17 April, 2008 at the historic Tampa Theatre and sold out to a crowd of 1,446 people.

Areas within Seminole Heights

The greater Seminole Heights area has a resident population 23,141 living in 9,433 households as of 2009. The median household income is $47,817. The median age is 37. The area is projected to grow 5.89% during 2009-2014. 47% of the population has some college level education or higher. Seventy percent 70% of the homes are owner occupied. (

Seminole Heights consists of three distinct neighborhoods:

source for population figures: The Planning Commission


Schools within Seminole Heights include:

See also

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