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your Davis Islands home may be one of the largest business transactions you ever
make. It is critical to
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Wolfe has sold Davis Islands for over
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Davis Islands homes range in price from 180-200K for a small 1 bedroom condo to over 5 million for large Davis Islands waterfront homes on the open bay.
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Derek Jeter's House on Davis Islands
Jeanne Wolfe is Quoted (regarding
property values on Davis Islands) in this AOL Article. Ground and Aerial Photo
Davis Islands Neighborhood
Today Davis Islands is a thriving mix of residential, multifamily, commercial, and parks. It is home to about 2,600 people. At the tip of Davis Island there is open green space with Peter O Knight airport, Davis Island Yacht club and two dog Parks, as well as a little "beach" for relaxing. Tampa's main hospital, Tampa General
is located at the North tip of the Island, and is always there when you might need it.
Even for those who do not live on the Island, the Davis Islands Village is quite a draw, with eight restaurants and three bars. Many with live music on the weekends. The district and Davis Island itself have the feel of a small town just a bridge away from the center of the city.
The small town feel is accentuated by the lack of any intersection stop lights.
The only thing that comes close to a traffic light on these Islands are the
caution lights recently installed in 2011 in and around the crosswalks at
the entrance of Davis Islands. There is an active community
organization, with many residents involved and feeling pride for their great neighborhood.
The Schools for Davis Islands are Gorrie
Elementary, Wilson Jr High, and Plant High school.Helpful info on Tampa Schools. Both Gorrie and Wilson are located just over the bridge in Hyde Park.
Davis Islands History
Lets start at the beginning:
Tampa means "stick of fire" and is the name given to the area by the Caloosa Indians who roamed Southern Florida before the advent of the white man.
The town of Tampa was created by the establishment of Ft. Brooke in 1824. Even before the fort was built there was a fishing village in what is now the older section of the Hyde Park area. The village, which was called Spanish Town originally, was located on Tampa Bay near where Spanish Town Creek flowed into the bay at the end of Hyde Park Avenue.
Davis Island came much later. Beginning in the early 1890s, Tampa native D.P. Davis began acquiring the semi-submerged lands that would become Davis Islands. His vision was to convert the mudflats and three small islands near the mouth of the Hillsborough into an idyllic island community. He was able to purchase the property for $350,000. The Bayshore Boulevard neighbors, however, sought to squelch Davis' plan by claiming that the city could not legally sell the submerged bottom-lands.
Once Davis had secured the lands and submerged rights that he needed the dredging began. Soon the three separate islands began to take shape, complete with airport, hotel, commercial district, and golf course.
In October of 1926, D.P. Davis was making a transatlantic voyage in order to explore the possibility of a development along the French Riviera. Davis fell overboard and was lost at sea.
Davis Islands development slowed down and relatively few homes were built in the 1930's. Eventually, buyers of lots were able to build in whatever architectural style they preferred. Thus the eclectic mix of architectural styles that predominate today. The golf course and skating coliseum are now gone. Peter O. Knight added more fill to the islands in order to accommodate an airport on the south end. This increased the size of Davis Islands to the existing 875 acres.
Map of Davis Islands
and Tampa City Page on the Davis Islands Civic Association
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