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Clearwater: Florida’s Hidden Gem for Exceptional Living

Clearwater gains status as a quality place to live

Tens of thousands of people are moving to Florida every month, and Clearwater is getting more attention as one of the state’s great places to live.

Enjoy the Sands and Sun in Clearwater

Clearwater has always offered easy access to many of west Florida’s top beaches, such as Clearwater Beach and Caladesi Island. And there’s the proximity to cool areas nearby, like the downtowns of Dunedin and St. Petersburg, which have a wide range of distinctive, locally owned retail and restaurants.

The New Downtown Clearwater Scene

But now, Clearwater is creating its own scene as the new Imagine Clearwater project takes shape. With a new 4,000-seat amphitheater and engaging public spaces that will connect the Intracoastal Waterway to the heart of downtown, Imagine Clearwater promises to transform the city core.

Living in Clearwater is all about being outside, whether you’re heading from downtown to Clearwater Beach on the Clearwater Ferry, playing golf or tennis, or fishing at Pier 60 at Clearwater Beach. And one of the top ways to get to great spots like downtown Dunedin is on the Pinellas Trail, a walk/bike trail that runs through the heart of Pinellas County.

The Live-Work-Play Destination Coming to Clearwater

Coincidentally, the Pinellas Trail runs right by the site of the new Clearwater Marina District, a live-work-play destination being developed by Rodney Riley of RSR Capital Advisors. The new district, just north of downtown Clearwater, is being planned to feature a wide variety of things to do, whether it’s walking around the retail shops, riding a bike on the Pinellas Trail, or relaxing in one of the district’s public spaces.

The district’s first development will be a luxury condominium, which is expected to attract both new Floridians and people from around west-central Florida who want the waterfront condo lifestyle.

Dine, Play, and Cheer

There’s a wide variety of restaurants near the Clearwater Marina District, from standbys like Guppy’s on the Beach and Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill at Clearwater Beach, to the Rumba Island Bar & Grill just east of downtown Clearwater. And if you just want a good old-fashioned breakfast, Lenny’s Restaurant in downtown Clearwater is the ticket.

And as you think about things to do in Clearwater, don’t forget about the Clearwater Threshers, a fun minor-league baseball team that plays in BayCare Ballpark east of downtown. The Threshers are a Class A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, who have come to Clearwater for spring training every year since 1947.

All in all, it’s no surprise that as people think about where to live in Florida, Clearwater is a bigger part of the conversation. The city’s increased vibrancy makes RSR excited and bullish about the prospects for the Clearwater Marina District.