South Howard area offers eclectic mix

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Home styles in South Tampa run the gamut from urban to historical, said Lisa Reeves, Realtor with Engel & Volkers.

“There are all styles in this area —historical, condos, residential — and everything is centrally located. You have all the access to the highway and downtown. It is the most sought-after location.”

As a resident of the area near South Howard Avenue known as the SoHo District, Reeves said that homes have seen an uptick in price and three- to four-month-long inventory levels. Located on the edge of Hyde Park’s historical district, from Howard Avenue to Bayshore Boulevard, the area enjoys an eclectic scenery.

“It is actually more of a mix of residential and retail commercial,” Reeves said. “It is full of urban living: multi-family and condos, then you have nightlife and residential. You can walk to a grocery store and Starbucks. That is something that you can’t really find.”

The various types of homes that have been a fixture in the area for decades, averaging more than $300,000, will also make room for newly constructed single-family homes, Reeves said.

“We have new lots (where) we’ve been putting single-family homes quite some time,” she said. “They will be more modern and affordable. Some of these older homes are from the ’50s and ’60s, even as early as the ’20s.”

Although new, these homes will replicate the historic nature of the classic SoHo-Hyde Park area. “You are still going to have the two-story bungalows with wrapped porches but new modern homes,” she said.

Despite the change, Reeves said the feel of the region will maintain the same urban flare.

“When I go home, I always walk to places. I don’t use the car unless outside of the city or with the kids,” she said. “Everything is really close, not just the high rises. Best things about it for me, it’s three minutes to my job. I love it.”

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