Situated directly south of Brandon, Riverview rests southeast of Tampa in the eastern section of Hillsborough County. Riverview residents enjoy quick access to Hillsborough Bay and the extensive network of the Great Alafia River Community. The myriad of rivers, lakes, and bay access points makes Riverview a mecca for canoeists, fishermen, boaters, and anyone who enjoys spending time on the water.
Alafia River State Park offers dozens of recreational opportunities. Boating, fishing, hiking, biking, and even equestrian trails and accommodations set this park apart. Alafia Park is located just over 17 miles southeast of Riverview. The greater Alafia watershed spans 254 square miles of Hillsborough County, and serves as a sort of preserve for the area’s indigenous wildlife and birds. The Alafia River itself flows 11 miles into the Bay and then the Gulf, and is named with the Spanish word for “oleander,” which bloom along its banks. Residents without private boats can readily find capable charter services to take them fishing or sightseeing.
Real estate options in Riverview are especially attractive due to the relatively low prices for the Tampa Bay area, and the diversity of real estate styles. As the city’s name implies, many Riverview homes for sale offer spectacular views of the Alafia River. Like others in Riverview, these waterfront homes are available as charming old wood construction houses with an eclectic Key West feel, or solid new concrete block and Spanish tile. Boaters can find Riverview real estate with docks and slips, and those who buy inland can take advantage of the public boat ramps and marinas. Gated developments with pools, playgrounds, and clubhouses offer security and a sense of community. As usual, town homes and condominiums off the benefits of home ownership without the hassles of maintenance and lawn care.
Since it’s just east of I-75 and within a half-hour’s drive to the industrial and commercial center of Tampa, Riverview is a prime location for employees seeking to make their homes some distance away from the hustle – but still be easily able to work in the big city. Because of its prime location and desirable real estate market, Riverview is expected to expand quickly. Historically, Riverview was known for citrus groves, mining, and logging, though recently construction, hospitality, and professional, scientific, and technical services have become Riverview’s primary employment sectors.
Riverview’s astoundingly low median resident age of 36, and high median income of over $56,000 is indicative of the less palpable benefits to deciding to purchase Riverview real estate. Residents are young and active, an ideal setting for young families. The high incomes combined with a very low cost of living index for the Tampa Bay area make Riverview homes for sale an indisputably smart buy. Prices are low now, but land and home vales are set to increase rapidly as more people move to Tampa Bay. Those who don’t want the stress of city life are looking east, and Riverview couldn’t be more perfectly situated to attract their attention.