In southernmost Pinellas County lies the community of Tierra Verde, a five-square-mile area with almost four of those dedicated to open water. Once desolate mangrove and pine islands inhabited by Native Americans, development began during the Spanish-American War when then-lieutenant colonel Robert E. Lee oversaw construction of a fortification on Mullet Key. Today the fort still stands and is part of Fort DeSoto Park, Tierra Verde’s biggest attraction and a state park. Resident enjoy walking, biking, kayaking, and camping in the park alongside visitors from all over the world who’ve come to enjoy what is consistently ranked as one Dr. Beach’s Top 10 list of America’s Best Beaches.
Accelerated development began in the early 1960s with dredging and filling used to create more useable land; development continues today, with new construction on existing lots.
Many individual communities comprise Tierra Verde. Some are gated and deed restricted, with all home sites and condos requiring flood insurance. Residences include two- and three-bedroom condos and four- and five bedroom single family homes with prices ranging from $170,000 to almost $4 million. The architectural styles represented are mainly contemporary with Florida Vernacular, early American, and European influences all making appearances.
Since Tierra Verde is surrounded on all side by water and is accessible only by boat or the Pinellas Bayway (toll road), all real estate enjoys water views. Residents also benefit from quick access to several beaches and I-275. Many homes lie directly on the water and aren’t encumbered by bridges, making this the perfect area for avid boaters of power boats and sailboats of all sizes.
Just across the bridge to the north lies Isla Del Sol, a planned gated condo community of one-, two-, and three-bedroom condos. All were built in the late 1970s and 1980s, and all require flood insurance. Prices range between $150,000 and $450,000.
Homeowners in Isla del Sol can elect to join the Isla Del Sol Yacht and County Club, which offers golf, tennis, and a yacht basin with 74 slips. Isla del Sol truly is a paradise for retirees, investment-minded buyers, and people looking to get away from it all.