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Palm Harbor FL Life -- Sun, Sand, and Water
By Robert Lipply

Sun, sand and water ? those are the ingredients for a great vacation destination ? or a spectacular home town. Palm Harbor, located just about midway down the Gulf Coast of Florida, is both. The unincorporated town has become one of Florida?s fastest growing communities ? and with good reason. Palm Harbor?s proximity to Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg give residents easy access to fine dining and big city amenities while preserving the relaxed atmosphere of a small town.

Located on Florida?s Beach just about midway up the Gulf Coast, Palm Harbor is a bustling, prosperous community with a deceptively quaint and charming feel. The area enjoys a special status as an unincorporated town, protecting Palm Harbor real estate from annexation by nearby communities. If you?re looking to buy real estate in Palm Harbor, the community offers a wide range of housing options for singles, couples and families. The many neighborhoods range picturesque historic areas with beautiful traditional homes to contemporary single family and condominium communities with their own beach and lake access and boat slips.

This is the best time in years to buy real estate in Pinellas County, where Palm Harbor is located. After five years of record rises ? including a 30% increase from 2004-2005, real estate prices in and around Palm Harbor have dipped slightly and stabilized. Experts project that home values will continue to rise over the next several years, at a much more normal rate. Despite the recent increases in Palm Harbor real estate prices, the average selling cost of new homes in the Palm Harbor area still compares very favorably with home prices in most other Eastern cities.

Palm Harbor offers just about anything you could want in a new home location. The area public schools are part of the Pinellas County school system which is consistently rated above average for the state. The economy is strong and unemployment is below the national average. The area is growing fast, but local constraints are in place to prevent overdevelopment and the resulting loss of the charming small town atmosphere that makes Palm Harbor such a wonderful place to live.

Palm Harbor is also an excellent choice for a second home or vacation rental property. The nearby attractions include long stretches of sandy beaches, nature conservatories and the Pinellas County Hiking Trail. The community offers just about any outdoor sport you can imagine, including golf, boating, parasailing, swimming, hiking, camping and scuba diving. This is the time to take advantage of the low prices and interest rates and invest in Palm Harbor real estate, whether for your own use or as income and rental property. Get in now, before the prices start to rise again.

Bob Lipply is a top Real Estate Broker Associate in the Tampa Florida Real Estate area. He and his team have been helping families relocate to Florida and on the selling end get top dollar for their homes with great success. Lipply Real Estate also specializes in Palm Harbor FL Real Estate visit his website where you can search the MLS for up to date available homes for sale.