The Channel District is a small community just east of Downtown Tampa. Historically the District was a commercial and industrial area serving the Port of Tampa. Today the Channel District is a vibrant community that embraces the waterfront. Paddleboats and eBoats flow down the channel, joggers and cyclists make their way across the Riverwalk, and people enjoy a cold one at the Pour House after a day at work. These are the reasons we think this community is a great place to live, work and play.
- The proximity to the water– The Channel District is surrounded by water to the east and south. This makes it a great place for paddle boarding, e-boating and the Pirate Water Taxi, which makes stops around Channelside and up the Hillsborough River. To enjoy some time out on the water, the Sail Pavillion close to the Tampa Convention Center offers eBoats and other water vessels for rent.
- The varying architecture – Like Seminole Heights, The Channel District has its share of eclectic and distinguishable styles of architecture that come together to create its distinct culture. Buildings such as those of the Grand Central, Towers of Channelside and the Tampa Bay History Center demonstrate the influence of modern architecture. The Fitzgerald apartments revisits the early 1900s with its Art Deco style. Much of Channelside’s architecture has evolved over the years. One example is the Model-T building of the Victory Lofts condominiums, which was originally built in 1925 to store automobiles shipped from the Port of Tampa.
- Lots of housing options – Buying or leasing, the Channel District offers many options to choose from. Here you will find the largest concentration of lofts in Downtown Tampa, including the aforementioned Victory Lofts and the Channelside Lofts. Other residences that can be found include the SkyHouse, The Slade, and the Grand Central. In addition to quantity, residences have high quality, with luxurious living spaces and a convenient location to nearby parks and local businesses.
- Future development – The Channel District is riding the winds of change as part of a redevelopment project spearheaded by Jeff Vinik, owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning. In addition to redeveloping 40 acres of the Channel District, Vinik also wants to impact the health and wellness of its residents and has partnered with Delos, to create a “wellness district”. This is a first of its kind. To learn more about this exciting project click here
- Proximity to urban transportation – The Channel District’s location makes it a perfect place launch pad for getting around the Tampa Bay area. The Pirate Water Taxi has its second stop in the District, and offers stops along the Hillsborough River and the Tampa Riverwalk, including one to Lowry Park Zoo. Channelside is in walking distance to the free Downtowner service and the TECO Line Streetcar stops, which can take people around Downtown Tampa. The HART In-Towner also makes stops in the Channel District, providing a free transportation service to Tampa residents.
- Nearby local restaurants and bars– When dining local the Channel District is the place to go, offering a wide variety of
cuisines and tastes. One can have a taste of Ybor City at the Columbia Café at the History Center, or enjoy Mexican food at Hablo Taco. One of the most interesting places to go for food and drink in the District is a Jekyll and Hyde of restaurants. By day, it is Ginger Beard Coffee, making coffee look so much like a cool, frothy beer that the coffee shop has used the hashtag “#notguinness” to describe their coffee. By night, it is the Pour House, serving beer and entertainment. True to its name in Italian, Cena, meaning “dinner,” provides fresh and gourmet Italian dinners in a modern and beautiful setting. For a unique way to dine, the Yacht StarShip Dining Cruises combines the open sea with mouthwatering cuisine that makes for a unique and special dining experience. For shopping and eating locally, the Duckweed Urban Grocery is a vibrant local grocery providing staples to the locals, as well as a café offering sandwiches, baked goods, and other dishes.
- There is so much to do! – There are a countless number of things to do in the Channel District, so many that it would take forever to list them all. Learn something new about Tampa Bay at the Tampa Bay History Center, see a play at the Stageworks Theatre, touch manta rays and see marine life up close at the Florida Aquarium, or attend a hockey game at the nearby Amalie Arena: the Channel District has this and much more! The five-acre Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, in addition to providing convenient access to many of Channelside’s shops and restaurants, hosts major events, such as the Pan Am Dragon Boat Races. For those with canine companions, the Washington Street Park provides multiple water fountains, Astroturf, and shaded areas that are comfortable for both people and dogs. The Tampa Convention Center is the ideal place to find conventions and events, such as the annual car show. The Grand Central hosts Flicks and Food Trucks, held on the 3rd Thursday of every month, courtesy of Tampa Bay Markets. The free event includes gourmet food trucks, local live music, local brews from the Pour House, and an outdoor movie experience for all to enjoy.