Posted by Nicole Marcangelo in Tampa, Home Building Industry

Updated May 2023

Tampa, Florida and its beautiful surrounding cities provide residents a wealth of opportunities and a laid-back, enjoyable lifestyle, and M/I Homes chooses the top locations for our new home communities.

Find the best place in the Tampa Bay area for your needs in one of our premier locations!

Mom and Daughter Hanging Out in Hammock

The Best Places to Live in the Tampa Area

Wesley Chapel

The thriving community of Wesley Chapel includes excellent school choices, lots of nearby shopping, and a true sense of community that makes for a truly special hometown to become part of.


A town with riverside restaurants / shopping, highly rated schools, an acclaimed manatee viewing center, stunning beaches effortlessly close by, and an eclectic character, Riverview puts you under 20 minutes from Downtown Tampa and provides fun activities for the whole family!

Manatee Viewing

Spring Hill

You’ll have endless options for weekend plans, date nights, and outdoor recreation in Spring Hill, where residents benefit from an active lifestyle and close proximity to major roadways that lead all over the Tampa Bay area.


This well-connected suburb provides easy access to the areas of Tampa, St. Petersburg, Bradenton, and Sarasota for the ultimate location. You’ll never be far from a long list of things to do in Wimauma, whether you prefer golf, shopping, educational experiences, or outdoor exploration.

Golf in Tampa Bay Area

Dade City

This town is great if you commute for work but want to retreat to a quaint, quiet hometown. Putting major conveniences and roadways at your fingertips, Dade City is a lovely area that also boasts many parks and outdoor attractions as well as eclectic local shops to make you feel like you’re escaping into paradise.


Zephyrhills is northeast of Tampa and is a delightful setting for a slower pace of life, with plenty of outdoor recreation and conveniences in the area.

Downtown Zephyrhills

Land O' Lakes

Located just north of Tampa, Land O’ Lakes has seen steady growth for the past 2 decades. As the name implies, there’s no shortage of lakes in the area, making it perfect for those with a passion for water sports!

Why Residents Love Living in the Tampa Area

There are so many things to do, no matter which location you choose in the area. The sheer volume of ways to get involved in the community, explore restaurants and bars, find family-friendly or kid-friendly activities, and one-of-a-kind experiences will mean you’ll never run out of new things to try out right in your backyard!

Tampa’s stunning scenery and outdoor adventures create an unreal backdrop for your new home, from diverse bodies of water to ziplining to botanical gardens to amazing wildlife.

Family Walking Outside

The connectivity from Tampa to other areas is a big deal. Its international airport, highway system, and many other methods for traveling unite Tampa’s neighborhoods to the rest of the United States entirely!

A truly excellent job market is hard to find in some parts of the country, but Tampa’s job market—coupled with its other areas of significant growth—makes for a thriving career path for its residents.

Tampa, FL Skyline

Bucket-List Adventures to Try Around Tampa Bay

We highly recommend getting out and exploring all the fabulous Tampa area has to offer after you’re all moved in! You’ll never tire of new things to do and see, but here are some of our top recommendations to really take in the Tampa lifestyle.

Explore Ybor City, a historic Cuban community with all the amazing restaurants, historical adventures, and fun shops you could ask for! This area makes for a great day trip for either a date or a family outing, and you’re sure to uncover a new local favorite with each visit.

Ybor City, FL

Visit the best beaches in the area, like Clearwater Beach. Make it a full weekend trip and visit the aquarium, try a new restaurant like Sea-Guini for some excellent seafood, and catch a sunset on the stunning white sand beach.

Venture out to one of the many venues around Tampa to catch a game with one of the city’s beloved sports teams, including the Tampa Bay Lightning, Buccaneers, or Rays, whether you’re a hockey, football, or baseball fan.

While there are so many mainstream places to check out in the Tampa area, you can really get a feel for the local vibes by checking out some of the hidden gems. For instance: did you know that the Cuban sandwich originated in Tampa? You never know what delightful new experience you might discover, such as a new drink concoction or a hidden beach cove!

Tampa Christmas Lights

Discover available new home communities in your dream Tampa Bay location and make the move to live the dream in the Sunshine State.


Nicole Marcangelo
Nicole Marcangelo


As Internet Sales Manager in Tampa, Nicole’s passion for real estate drives her enthusiasm and dedication to help you find your dream home at one of our many communities as well as decorate your beautiful new space and find the best things to do in the Tampa Bay Area. In her free time, Nicole enjoys taking fitness classes (#Peloton), cheering on Tampa’s sports teams (#GoBucs), and enjoying the beautiful local beaches with friends (#SunshineState).

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