By Bob Lipply

Palm Harbor Florida is a wonderful place to live with a population of approximately 80,000, and only a 15 to 30 minute drive to the beach. The beautiful, sunny weather makes it an attractive place to live for people of all ages. Palm Harbor is known for their outstanding, A-rated schools, and there are many activities available for people of all ages and interests. Real Estate in Palm Harbor has significantly increased in value over the past ten years. There are approximately 100 subdivisions in Palm Harbor, ranging from modest 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom ranch style homes in the low $300,000's to large executive style waterfront property on the Gulf of Mexico or Lake Tarpon. There are many gated subdivisions, golf course communities, condominium developments, and even active adult 55+ communities.

Recreation is very popular in the Palm Harbor area. Innisbrook Golf Course is a beautiful, five-time award winning club where the PGA Tour is held every fall. It has four courses with different difficulty and terrain. If you love to golf, this is the place to live. For the boating and fishing enthusiasts, John Chestnut Park is a beautiful park located on Lake Tarpon. It is a great place to have holiday picnics, birthday parties, or just relax. It offers boat docks, many picnic areas and pavilions, playgrounds, a softball field, and a large dog park. With its lush surroundings and lakeside benches, it is a great place to visit.

Palm Harbor is only a 15 to 30 minute drive to one of the top 10 beaches in the world, Clearwater Beach. Many restaurants are located along the beach, as well as volleyball nets, a playground, blown up water slide, bungee trampoline, and a beautiful pier. Other beaches around Palm Harbor include Dunedin Causeway, Honeymoon Island, Caladesi Island State Park, Indian Rocks Beach, and Fred Howard Park. Sun worshipers will love these beaches covered with beautiful white sand.

On the first Friday of every month, Downtown Palm Harbor holds a block party with live music, children's activities, vendors, food, and more. It is a great place to spend time with family and meet new friends. Held off of Alternate 19, the music is great and vendors offer many crafts and activities for everyone.

There are many fun places to dine in Palm Harbor. Molly Goodhead's, located in Downtown Palm Harbor, is an American seafood and steakhouse restaurant with a sports bar atmosphere. It is a great place to go watch 'the game' or for an evening out with others. Another favorite restaurant with the locals is Lucky Dill. With the New York feel and a slice of free cheesecake with every meal, Lucky Dill is the place to frequent.

Many of the schools in the Palm Harbor area are rated 'A' by the Pinellas County Education Board. Cypress Woods Elementary, Lake St. George Elementary, Palm Harbor Middle School, and Palm Harbor University High School are recognized for their outstanding educational achievements and community involvement. Academics as well as athletics are very strong in all Palm Harbor area schools.

Palm Harbor is a great place to live because of its central location and outstanding climate. Only minutes from malls, the beach, and about a 45 minute drive to Busch Gardens, many people are proud to make Palm Harbor their home.

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About the Author: Bob Lipply is a licensed broker associate with Remax Realtec in Palm Harbor, Florida. He has many years of experience in selling Palm Harbor Real Estate and has helped many families buy and sell their dream homes. Visit his website or contact him direct at 1-888-423-5775.