Safety Harbor Real Estate Information

The city of Safety Harbor is located on the western shores of Tampa Bay and includes a population area of almost 18,000 people. Incorporated in 1917, the area has been inhabited since the Stone Age. This insight was gained in 2008 when 6,000-year-old spearheads were found at Marshall Street Park in Safety Harbor. This discovery added to the already rich heritage of the area that until recently dated back only until the 1500s and the Tocobaga Indians who lived in the region during the Spanish exploration. Safety Harbor was the port of call for explorers Panfilo de Narvaez in 1528 and Hernando de Soto in 1539.

Safety Harbor’s tree-lined streets and quaint small-town feel are quite unusual and rare in the heavily-developed and urban Pinellas County. Many of Safety Harbor’s best properties line the western banks of Safety Harbor. The harbor’s deep blue waters and relatively calm appearance make it a tranquil vista for residents to unwind after a long day at work. Philippe Park is located at the harbor’s mouth while Safety Harbor City Park is located outside of the harbor area and along the greater Tampa Bay. The Countryside Mall, situated on the western boundary of Safety Harbor, is the city’s primary shopping area and offers residents a wide variety of national brand stores and local boutiques to choose form.

Safety Harbor is home to Espiritu Santo Springs, translated from Spanish as “Springs of the Holy Spirit.” In 1539, the spring was given its current name by Spanish explorers who were in search of the mythical Fountain of Youth. In 1964, the site was designated as a historical landmark and currently remains one of Safety Harbor’s best attractions because of the myth and legend that surrounds the Spanish influences in Florida.

The youth of Safety Harbor are served by the Pinellas County Schools District. Only two schools are actually located in Safety Harbor, though. Safety Harbor Elementary School and Safety Harbor Middle School provide quality opportunities for students in grades one through eight. The middle school has gained national attention after winning various awards for its mathematics, technology, and science programs. The closest school for students in grades nine through twelve is Countryside High School in nearby Clearwater.