Odessa, Florida is located in Pasco County and started out as a community of open spaces that residents used for ranches and horse farms. But lately it has grown considerably due to suburban developments brought on by Tampa’s huge expansion.
The population boomed from 2000 to 2010, increasing nearly 130 percent from 3,000 to 7,000 residents. Odessa’s median household income also rose markedly during that time from about $48,000 to $68,000.
Median home values have also jumped from $95,000 in 2000 to about $180,000 today.
Founded by a Russian immigrant in the 1880s, Odessa was started as railroad community. Its founder also founded St. Petersburg, Florida and named both towns after cities in Russia.
Odessa has one of Tampa Bay’s most popular public golf courses, located in the well-known Eagles community. The club offers 36-holes of golf on its two courses, the Lakes and Forest. Each course has been carefully crafted to provide two differing playing experiences. The challenging Forest course requires accurate shot making and smart course management skills, while the more traditional Lakes course calls for length and solid ball striking.
Fun and Play
In addition to the big attractions like Walt Disney World (62 miles), Legoland (54 miles) and Busch Gardens (13 miles) a relatively short distance from Odessa, there are also some popular local spots. These include Odessa Community Park, a 29-acre park that has a lighted outdoor basketball court, two lighted tennis courts, a playground, and an open play area. Plus, there is a 350-foot boardwalk that is perfect for watching birds and taking in the natural and lush scenery. You will also find a community center and sheltered picnic area that is ideal for family events.
You can also take the family to Old McMicky’s Farm to participate in hands-on farm activities, including milking cows, riding ponies, and going on a traditional hayride.
Food and Drink
Odessa also has some great local restaurants, including several craft breweries such as Big Storm Brewing Company and the Wild Rover Pub and Brewery.
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