East Lake Real Estate
East Lake made headlines a few years back when it applied for a post office address of its own only to find that there’s already an East Lake post office over in Hillsborough County. The St. Petersburg Times reported on the ‘postal confusion’ and it’s been picked up and repeated over and over. There’s no confusion in Pinellas County, where East Lake is the well-known seat of sports, outdoor recreation, upscale family living and some of the most sought after communities in all of Tampa Bay.
Whether you’re outdoor pleasures tend toward lazing in the sun, hiking through the Central Florida inland, or teeing off on the green, East Lake has the perfect spot for you. The area boasts the nation’s second most beautiful natural beach just fifteen minutes away at Caladesi Island State Park, as well as other beaches on Honeymoon Island and at Fred H. Howard Park in next door Tarpon Springs. If you prefer your water fresh, East Lake is located right on Lake Tarpon, with 2500 acres of surface and well over five miles of coastline. Lake Tarpon is the largest lake in Pinellas County, and offers fishing, boating, and water sports to residents and visitors as well as many fine waterfront homes.
Lake Tarpon is accessible from John Chesnut Sr. Park, which offers boat ramp access as well as a fishing pier and the Peggy Park Trail, voted one of the best hiking trails in Florida. Golfers can tee off from any one of two public and three private greens in the area. Lansbrook Golf Course and Tarpon Woods Golf are the two popular and challenging courses that are sure to please even the most skilled golfer.
But there’s more to living than recreation – and East Lake shines in those departments as well. There are many options for East Lake students, including magnet schools that focus on specialized curricula and fundamental schools that concentrate on teaching the fundamentals of education. For high schoolers, there are Career Academies that let students get a jump on a chosen career path. The economy in Pinellas County is solid, with the unemployment rate well below the national average, and the neighborhoods are stable – 43% of those living in East Lake were living in the same house five years ago.
If living in East Lake, specifically Lansbrook, sounds appealing, there’s more good news. The recent shifts in the real estate market on the Gulf Coast have brought real estate prices down slightly in and around East Lake. And, there are many choices as well because inventory is at an all time high. Buying a new home in East Lake is surprisingly affordable – but it won’t stay that way long. If you’re looking for an upscale lifestyle or a home on fresh water at affordable prices and you want to be choosey, the time to buy is now.