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Why Tampa Bay?

The Best Community in the Best Place to Live


There’s a reason our residents think we’re the best master-planned community in Tampa Bay – and it’s not just because they live here (but that’s part of it)! From welcoming neighbors and community events to our top-notch homebuilders and established resort-style amenities, Waterset is unlike any other community in Tampa Bay. And what’s more? Tampa Bay is the place to be right now, topping the lists on so many national reports and surveys. We're proud to be practically smack dab in the middle of it all. See all that Waterset has to offer and why we’re a top community in Tampa Bay.

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Tampa Bay Tops the Lists

Tampa Bay has received all kinds of recognition over the past few years – and for good reason! From sports and entertainment to food and travel, there is something for everyone here. Check out some of the area’s most recent awards and accolades:


#4 Best City to Retire in the US, 2023 US News & World Report


#6 Top Staycation City in the US, 2023 Travel Lens


# 9 Top Place to Live in the US, 2022 Money.com


Best Large Airport in the US, 2022 JD Power

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Close to It All

At Waterset in Apollo Beach, you’re close to everything you could possibly want. Just 16 miles from downtown Tampa and with easy access to Florida’s major interstate system, you’re primely located to get wherever you want to be – whether it's the downtown entertainment, laid-back beaches, action-packed theme parks or exploring Florida’s nature.

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Community Checklist

  • Location, Location, Location: See why Waterset’s location is the best.

    Major employment center? check mark St. Joseph’s Hospital and Amazon Fullfillment Center within 5 miles.

    Military-minded? check mark MacDill Air Force Base is located approximately 25 miles away.

    Higher education options? check mark Close proximity to several major colleges and universities.

    Top-notch health care? check mark Short drive to multiple hospitals; St. Joseph’s Hospital South is just 2.3 miles away on Big Bend Rd.

    Fan-friendly? check mark Take in Tampa’s top teams at Raymond James Stadium, Steinbrenner Field, Tropicana Field, and Amalie Arena.

    Family fun? check mark Busch Gardens®, Adventure Island®, ZooTampa at Lowry Park, MOSI, and the Glazer Children’s Museum are accessible within 18 miles.

    Travel options? check mark Approximately 16 miles to Port Tampa Bay and 25 miles to Tampa International Airport.

    Great restaurants?  check mark Enjoy many fine dining restaurants on the water in Apollo Beach or in nearby Brandon, Ybor City, and Tampa.

    Nearby shopping?  check mark Many everyday conveniences located in Apollo Beach; close proximity to Westfield Brandon Town Center and Ellenton Outlet Mall.

  • Amenities Galore: Learn how we stack up on amenities.

    Community pools? check mark Two heated lap pools and one beach-entry pool with 2 water slides.

    Splash park? check mark Splash pad with sprayers, bubble fountains, and dump buckets.

    Fitness center? check mark Two community fitness centers with treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, and free weights.

    Fun neighborhood activities? check mark Weekly, monthly, and seasonal events.

    Dog-friendly? check mark Two dog parks, one for small breeds and one for large.

    Outdoor fun? check mark Multiple parks and playgrounds, a variety of outdoor fitness options, and 12+ miles of trails.

    Community clubhouse? check mark The Landing features a meeting room, library, and play area with free Wi-Fi, plus the Waterset Club has its own gathering space and game room.

    Sports courts? check mark Tennis, basketball, pickleball, and sand volleyball courts at the Waterset Club.

  • New Home Bonuses: Check these items off your list.

    Diverse home offering? check mark Single-family homes available, ranging from 1,500-4,000+ square feet.

    Environmentally-friendly? check mark Minimum of NAHB bronze certified homes, resulting in at least 15% energy savings for homeowners.††

    Solar panel compatible? check mark Yes! With ARC approval.

    Water conservation conscious? check mark Reclaimed water for irrigation used community-wide.

    High-efficiency heating & cooling? check mark Energy-preserving heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems used.

    Energy-saving lighting? check mark Compact fluorescent light fixtures.

    Eco-friendly lawns? check mark Drought-tolerant landscaping.

Did You Know?

Tampa Bay is full of fun history and cultural facts that you may not have known!

Tampa was named one of the “World’s Greatest Places” of 2023 according to TIME Magazine!

In the 1800s, Cuban cigar magnate Vicente Martinez Ybor moved his operations to Tampa (now Ybor City). A decade later, the first Cuban sandwich was created!

Every January, Tampa is invaded by pirates! The Gasparilla Pirate Festival includes the world’s only fully rigged pirate ship and the third largest parade in the US.

Manatees love Tampa Bay too! The best place to see manatees is only 2 miles from Waterset at the TECO Manatee Viewing Center.

Tampa Bay beaches ranked among Tripadvisor’s “Best of the Best Beaches” of 2023! Siesta Key, St. Pete Beach, and Clearwater Beach all made the list.

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