Experience Carrollwood old town charm

Nestled in the very heart of Tampa is the quiet, serene, and upscale community of Carrollwood. Conveniently located only 15 minutes from Tampa International Airport and 20 minutes from downtown Tampa, Carrollwood has an old town charm feel with wide-open spaces, an abundance of lush tropical landscapes, amazing parks with walking and running trails, and recreational facilities. This professionally managed community contains approximately 3,500 homes, townhouses, and condominiums divided into three divisions spread out over 11.7 square miles. Each of these three divisions is governed by its own homeowner’s association.  


Carrollwood was founded in 1959, with home construction starting in the 1960s. In 1963 the first school serving Carrollwood, Carrollwood Elementary School, was constructed. After a series of tornadoes hit the area in the 1960s, Carrollwood was rebuilt. Then, during the 1970s and 1980s, the community spread westward. And in 1972, the popular landmark, the Carrollwood Country Club, was built. This beautiful area is sandwiched in between Tampa and Lutz has clearly grown. Currently, four top-rated elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools service the Carrollwood community.  



Amazingly, just about anything and everything a resident needs or wants in daily life can be found inside the beautiful self-contained Carrollwood area. In addition, residents are privy to amenities, such as a variety of dining and shopping options, diverse entertainment offerings, a championship private golf course, resort-style assisted living facilities, and much more!



Centrally located in the heart of Carrollwood is Tampa’s Premier Private Country Club. The Carrollwood Country Club has over 20 holes of Champion Ultradwarf greens and a practice facility that includes multiple tees with practice greens. There are also eight Har Tru Tennis courts that have stadium lighting. And, the state-of-the-art fitness center has a junior Olympic-sized, heated swimming pool for comfortable swimming year-round. Overlooking the Tennis and Aquatics Center is a wonderful 50 room condo resort. The amenities to this property include a splash pad, playground, and comfortably furnished cabanas. Perfect for relaxation and family time! The spacious clubhouse and terrace both offer casual and fine dining. Hold your wedding or special event at the Carrollwood Country Club with their upscale banquet facilities to make it an unforgettable event!    


Other area attractions close to Carrollwood include Busch Gardens, Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park, Florida Aquarium, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, and the Museum of Science and Industry.   


If the great outdoors is more to your liking, you’ll definitely want to check out the Carrollwood Pond Loop. This park area has a 0.7 mile paved and level path for all skill levels. Though the trail is usually used for walking and running, dogs are permitted but must be kept on a leash. Additionally, there is a lovely dog park for your furry friend that is separated into areas for small and large breeds. And a nice play area for kids of all ages.



For the seniors in your life, The Colonnade at Carrollwood is a luxurious resort-style senior living community that includes high standards for dining, activities, and medical care. Residents live each day like it is a vacation. Fun, superb dining with friends, and a wide variety of activities that promote proper socialization and healthy motivation. Your loved one will enjoy the freedom from cooking, cleaning, and maintenance, all with the security that comes with knowing they are in a protected and caring first-rate setting.


Overall, Carrollwood is a safe place to live with a below-average crime rate and affordable, within reach, upper-scale housing. It’s also a great place to settle down if you enjoy sports, movies, outdoor activities, shopping, gorgeous views, and the wonderful sunshine year-round!