Thonotosassa Real Estate Information

Home to about 6,000 residents in Florida’s Hillsborough County, the town of Thonotosassa has been constructed on the western shore of Lake Thonotosassas and is located just north of the I-75/I-4 junction. The town’s location allows it to be far enough from Tampa so as to avoid the noise and traffic, but is close enough to the city to offer its residents easy drive times on most days.

The town’s name is translated from the Seminole-Creek to English as “source of valuable flint” in regards to its value as a resource for Native American tribes. Historically, flints were quite valuable to the area’s inhabitants as it was a source of fire, heat, and light. Formerly the site of a large Seminole village, it wasn’t until 1842 that other settlers began to gain plots of land in what is today known as Thonotosassa. In 1893, more traffic passed through the town thanks to the completion of construction on a line of the South Florida Railroad that connected the town to Tampa’s main railroad station.

Hillsborough River State Park forms the northern boundary of Thonotosassa and is a 2,990-acre park that has been created to preserve some of the precious Floridian environments it contains. Besides several endangered species, the swamps and oak hammocks that have covered a large portion of the park are equally important from a preservation stand point. Residents of Thonotosassa find the park to be a relaxing weekend activity that can include camping, hiking, and other wilderness sports.

Vandenberg Airport, better known as the Tampa Executive Airport, is near Thonotosassa and is just six miles from the central business district of Tampa. The airport serves general aviation exclusively and is often frequented by the private and corporate aircraft of many of Tampa’s most prominent businesspeople and vacationers. The two-runway airfield is open throughout the year and is frequented by some of the nation’s biggest celebrities.