History of Carrollwood
"Matt Jetton achieved local and national fame in the late 1950's as the developer of Original Carrollwood. His company, Sunstate Builders, purchased 325+ acres of citrus nursery land just seven miles north of the city of Tampa with a vision of creating housing to relieve crowding in South Tampa. Although South Tampa residents did not care for the rural surroundings of Carrollwood, it was appreciated by the academia at the newly-built University of South Florida less than ten miles away. Many prestigious professors and administrators moved to Carrollwood including John Allen, USF’s first president.
By 1959, Carrollwood had become one of the foremost award-winning “subdivisions” in the area and boasted of amenities unheard of at the time, including air-conditioned housing, a planned school, neighborhood parks, lake access for all residents, and on-call handyman and repair services. The winding roads, cul-de-sacs, and lake views added even more charm to the young community." - Original Carrollwood Website
Original Carrollwood Today
Original Carrollwood is a beautiful, historic neighborhood known for its tree-lined lots and charming homes. The neighborhood amenities include 3 parks (dog park too!), Recreation Center, tennis courts, Lake Carroll, and White Sands Beach. Residents still receive the monthly newsletter, The Caroler, which keeps them informed on the comings and goings of Original Carrollwood.
Oh, don't be surprised to see flocks of peacocks as they freely roam through the neighborhood, they've been around since before World War II.
Schools & Community
Original Carrollwood and surrounding Carrollwood area is home to many great schools:
Public Schools: Carrollwood Elementary, Claywell Elementary, Essrig Elementary, Lake Magdalene Elementary, Cannella Elementary, Hill Middle, Adams Middle, Chamberlain High, and Gaither High.
Private Schools: Corbett Prepatory School of IDS, The Broach School of Tampa, Tampa Christian Community School, and Bowman Academy.
Original Carrollwood and Carrollwood neighborhoods include a variety of restaurants, bars, stores for shopping, and gyms. University of South Florida is just a short drive northeast, while all the attractions of South Tampa and Downtown Tampa are just a 15- 20 minute drive south.
Homes for Sale as of Today in the 33618 Area