If you’re looking to move your family to the Tampa area, the first thing on your mind is likely finding a safe, family-friendly neighborhood in which to buy a home and settle down. Florida itself doesn’t have the greatest reputation nationwide for safety, but not to worry, there are plenty of excellent neighborhoods in Tampa where your family can rest easy and enjoy the warm Florida sunshine.

Palma Ceia

Palma Ceia is one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the Tampa Bay area. The median home value in Palma Ceia is $564,200 and home values have gone up 7.7% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 5.1% within the next year. The median price of homes currently listed in Palma Ceia is $615,000.

Palma Ceia is also one of the safest places to live in Tampa — 88% safer than most neighborhoods in Florida. That also makes it a great place to raise a family — if you can afford it. With plenty of historic landmarks, beautiful outdoor spaces and highly-rated public schools, you’re sure to love it here.

Hyde Park

The full Hyde Park area includes the neighborhoods of North Hyde Park, Hyde Park and the University of Tampa. The area boasts a public school system ranked A- and is constantly growing, likely because of its reputation for safety and job security. Plus, it’s filled with unique places to shop and each.

Walkability in Hyde Park is excellent, and it’s possible your family may not even need a car. Places to eat, shop or entertain and all within walking distance, in addition to a nearby hospital.

The median home value in the Hyde Park area is $561,600, according to Zillow. Home values here have gone up 9.2% over the past year and are predicted to rise 5.0% within the next year. The median price of homes currently listed in the Hyde Park neighborhood is $554,500, while the median price of homes that sold is $532,500.

Seminole Heights

If you have a young family and are looking for a more affordable, quaint place to reside, Seminole Heights may be your best option! Bike-friendly streets, a local vibe, and being close — but not too close — to the city center makes it a perfect place to raise a family. Plus, the area is safer than 60% of other neighborhoods in Florida and offer plenty of entertainment for youngsters, like the Lowry Park Zoo, for example. You can also have your choice of three elementary and secondary schools in the area — all of which provide an excellent education for your child.

The median home value in South Seminole Heights is $250,800, according to Zillow. Home values here have gone up 6.9% over the past year and the median price of homes currently listed in South Seminole Heights is $298,500. The median price of homes that sold is $231,600.

West Meadows

West Meadows is another more affordable, but incredibly family-friendly, neighborhood in which to raise a family in Tampa. While you can spend more and move your family into a more luxurious, newly-renovated historic building, more budget-friendly single-family homes are also available.

One of the biggest perks of living in the West Meadows area is taking advantage of the 35-acre community rec center, which offer every amenity your family could desire, plus plenty of outside attractions and trails. In addition, the Hillsborough County Public School system in the area is well-regarded.

The median home value in West Meadows is $252,300. West Meadows home values have gone up 0.9% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 3.1% within the next year. The median price of homes currently listed in West Meadows is $279,900 while the median price of homes that sold is $250,400.

New Tampa

New Tampa is one of the fastest growing areas in Tampa Bay. Because of this, the area is a red hot seller’s market. According to Zillow, the median home value in the area is $289,400. New Tampa home values have gone up 3.8% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 3.5% within the next year. The median price of homes currently listed in New Tampa is $309,900 while the median price of homes that sold is $262,700.

Located right along I-75, the recently-developed area is family-friendly and offers lots of restaurant choices, shopping, nature trails, live music, and other events. While not as walkable as the previous neighborhoods listed here, you’ll be close to amusement parks and plenty of job opportunities — several large companies and businesses have recently moved their headquarters to New Tampa. There are also lots of school options, including the Primrose School of Tampa and Wharton High School.

If you’re considering moving your family to the Tampa area, connect with an experienced, local agent for guidance and support throughout the process. They know the nuances of certain neighborhoods in the city and can help determine the best place for you to put down roots. They also know the best time to buy a home in Tampa to get the best price.

Clever Partner Agents are also able to offer on-demand showings — sometimes in less than an hour — so you know you won’t miss out on your dream home. Plus, you’re eligible for a $1,000 buyer’s rebate on any home you purchase for more than $150,000.