The City of Clearwater ("City") is 26 square miles with a population of approximately 110,000 residents. It is the second largest city in Pinellas County (http://www.pinellascounty.org/). The City's beach communities are Clearwater Beach, Island Estates and Sand Key. These communities are linked by their common love for waterfront living. They have all the amenities that a larger city can provide to include the City's Fire and Police Departments, Parks and Recreation Department, Library system and Public Works Department. City Hall is located in downtown Clearwater within sight of these communities (http://www.myclearwater.com/).
Clearwater Beach is a barrier island on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico which has been rated the No. 1 beach in the United States by Dr. Beach on numerous occasions. The sugar white sand and pristine waters will provide a unique experience. It is bounded by the Gulf of Mexico on the west and the Intracoastal Waterway to the east.
Clearwater Beach has a wonderful urban, touristy feel with many activities. Pier 60 is located in the center of the island and the City has professional entertainers performing on the pier every day. You can enjoy these children's activities or fish from the pier. The City's Municipal Marina is located directly across the street and deep sea fishing is available through many charter boats. The Marina also has transient dockage available along with long term rentals. There are numerous beach restaurants, ranging from old style beach to 4 Star fine dining restaurants. The Hyatt Regency, Hilton and Sandpearl Resorts are all located on the island. You will be surprised at the night life in our quaint community.
Clearwater Beach has condominiums, condo-hotels, townhomes and single family homes. Sizes, prices and locations are varied and will meet the needs of any buyer!
Island Estates is man-made island located off Memorial Causeway, a short distance to Clearwater Beach. It is surrounded by Mandalay Channel to the west and the Intracoastal Waterway to the east, with a mix of condominiums, townhomes and single family homes. Island Estates is well known as a boating community, and most residences have boat slips.
Island Estates has deep water channels courtesy of dredging many years ago. There are large boats moored in the community.
Island Estates has condominiums, townhomes and large number of single family homes. Many of the premium lots have new(er) single family homes constructed.
Island Estates is self-contained with a Publix grocery store, two (2) banks, restaurants and a dry cleaner. The world-renown Clearwater Marine Aquarium (http://www.seewinter.com/), home of Winter the tailless dolphin, is located on the island. If you are seeking a boating community close to the beach, you should consider Island Estates.
Sand Key is situated on the north end of the Key that runs south to St. Pete Beach. It is connected to Clearwater Beach by the Sand Key Bridge. The bridge crosses Clearwater Pass which provides access between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico. Sand Key is largely a residential neighborhood, with a Marriott and Sheraton located at the base of the bridge.
Sand Key is similar to Island Estates, as it has a mix of waterfront condominiums, townhomes and single family homes. The condominiums on the west side of Gulf Boulevard are located on the beach. You can own a beach front condominium for a modest price!
Pinellas County operates the 65 acre Sand Key Park at the north end of Sand Key (http://www.pinellascounty.org/park/15_Sand_Key.htm) where you will find a large and expansive beach for your enjoyment. The Clearwater Sailing Club, a City of Clearwater owned sailing facility, is operated by a non-profit corporation. You can join the Clearwater Sailing Club for a nominal sum and have access to this facility and their large inventory of sailboats.
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I enjoy the laidback lifestyle of our beach communities and you can enjoy it, too. Clearwater Beach has waterfront condos, condo-hotels, townhomes and single family homes that may be purchased in this market at very attractive prices. You may Search the Multiple Listing Service ("MLS") on my web site using your personal search criteria to find the perfect property!