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Tarpon Springs Florida Real Estate
Real estate in Tarpon Springs, Florida, has became more and more popular over the years. This small town features most any type of property imaginable. There are many well-established homes that contain the architecture of the early to mid 1900's. Some of these homes have become businesses such as tea rooms and art studios throughout downtown Tarpon Springs, although there are still many residential homes of this type just outside of downtown. If waterfront property is what you want, Tarpon Springs has plenty of them. Properties overlooking the Gulf and the many bayous throughout Tarpon Springs are abundant. More inland properties east of U.S. Hwy. 19 in Pinellas County contain lakefront sites as well as acreage. There are also some new master planned communities containing new construction. Purchasing property in Tarpon Springs, Florida is an investment you will never regret making. Search the ADVANCED MLS SEARCH for Tarpon Springs homes. Or, check out our FAST QUICK SEARCH where you can search all the Tarpon Springs subdivisions.
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About Tarpon Springs
Tarpon Springs, Florida, located on Florida's west coast right along the Pinellas / Pasco County line, is one of the northernmost cities in Pinellas County. This coastal town was named "Tarpon Springs" by some of the town's original visitors who spotted many tarpon, (large game fish well-known to the waters around Tarpon Springs) leaping high out of the Gulf. In the 1800's the Greek population arrived in the area hoping to make a successful living as sponge divers. The town was a prominent sponge harvesting area back then, and sponge diving became even more popular to the area when sponge divers from the Dodecanese Islands were recruited. By the early 1900's, sponge harvesting earned millions of dollars a year for this small town. Sponge harvesting declined after the mid 1900's when the area was struck by red tide, causing the majority of the sponge fields in that area to die off. Today, most of the sponges you would find while strolling through the Sponge Docks (the tourist area in the heart of Tarpon Springs) are imports. Still many residents and visitors come to the Sponge Docks to enjoy shopping, authentic Greek dining, museums and the aquarium that has made this town world famous.
Celebrate Tarpon Springs
Tarpon Springs Florida also hosts the annual Epiphany celebration each January. The Spring Bayou in the center of the city is the site for this elaborate religious event. Many residents and visitors gather here, most being of Greek Orthodox background, to witness the Epiphany wooden cross as it is tossed into the Spring Bayou. Numerous young men dive into the chilly waters of the bayou to attempt the retrieval of the wooden cross and in turn become the recipient of an entire year of blessings and good luck. Festivities and celebrations then continue at the famous Sponge Docks where many enjoy delicious food and entertainment throughout the day.