From downtown’s Tampa Museum of Art, to the majestic and historic Tampa Theater, which hosts everything from gala events to indie, oldie and cult classic films, to the District 3 Arts and Events venue to the spoils of nearby St. Petersburg and the Dali Museum, one could easily fill their calendar with exhibits of all stripes. Street art abounds, as well – and all of it can be easily accessed from the best apartments in Tampa for art lovers.
10. NoHo Flats
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They’ve thought of everything at NoHo Flats – outdoor fireplaces, grilling stations, pool cabanas and even a dog treat bar!
For your off-site art fix, however, local spots like the nearby Baisden Gallery will scratch your itch for contemporary painting and art glass, as well as offer professional consultations for those looking to make art a part of their home or business.
9. The Park at Chesterfield
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USF students – not just art students – have much to enjoy in the public art exhibits throughout the campus. Residents of the reasonable and well-located Park at Chesterfield apartments live roughly 10 minutes’ drive from all of it.
There are several pieces to admire and inspire, including Linda Ackley’s bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the beautiful, dynamic Concentric Figures by Covington Harrington, the latter visible in verdant Simmons Park.
8. 2 Bayshore
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Stunning water, skyline views and soaring ceilings aren’t the only things to crow about when it comes to 2 Bayshore. An amazing location places it squarely in the middle of the action – much of it arts driven.
Minutes from home, the Old Hyde Park Arts Center is a haven for burgeoning and practicing artists, not only showcasing beautiful work, but offering classes and workshops in many mediums, from oil paints to stained glass to life drawing.
7. Bay Oaks
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The Bay Oaks community is proximal to Bayshore, where long waterfront walks may actually lure residents away from its many amenities.
For art enthusiasts, being 10 minutes or less from impressive spaces such as CASS (Contemporary Art Space & Studio) means access to all kinds of colorful and thought-provoking exhibits, as well as lectures and workshops.
6. Novel Riverwalk
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With a glam position in the Riverwalk District, Novel Riverwalk enjoys something of a “ground zero” location for art lovers, more or less equidistant from a collection of galleries and venues that excite year-round.
These include the mergeCulture gallery, the Tampa Museum of Art and the incredible Straz Center for the Performing Arts, where huge names in Broadway and beyond perform.
5. Park Avenue
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Serious students of art (and fans, as well) will thrive at Park Avenue Apartments, which sits less than 10 minutes’ drive from the University of South Florida’s School of Art and Art History.
Outside the realm of the education-specific, those interested solely in aesthetics will enjoy the ongoing exhibitions at USF’s Contemporary Art Museum, Carolyn M. Wilson Art Gallery and Centre Gallery. The Museum of Science and Industry, too, is a stone’s throw from home.
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The NINE15 luxury building is largely a work of art in and of itself, with an expansive lobby welcoming residents home to their sleek one- and two-bedroom apartments.
Those who need a little inspiration on making theirs seem gallery-like can find inspiration steps from home at the Tampa Museum of Art. Its classic and contemporary collection is housed less than a 10-minute walk away!
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Speaking of science and industry – and butterflies, while we’re at it – the spoils of MOSI are just five minutes’ drive from Seastone, which is newly remodeled and lushly landscaped. Drive just five more and all the spoils of the USF Arts Department are available, as well.
2. Bainbridge Ybor City
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Living this close to world-famous Ybor City means access to all kinds of arts, from the charming murals and mosaics you’ll stumble upon while walking the neighborhood, to many galleries where art lovers look, admire and above all, shop for décor for luxury apartments like those available at Bainbridge Ybor City. These include the Wandering Eye, Silver Meteor and Brad Cooper Galleries.
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Film buffs could do worse than living just two minutes’ walk from the iconic Tampa Theater and its working Wurlitzer organ – a venue so beautiful that docents offer free historic tours that architecture and film lovers will appreciate!
Spend your weekend morning at Element‘s gorgeous pool, then head to the theater to catch a matinee with some popcorn!
We looked at all apartments in Tampa and rated them on the number of art-related businesses within a half-mile radius. We used an exponentially decreasing scale based on distance from the apartment. For instance, galleries located across the street from a specific property would carry more weight than those a quarter-mile away. Our establishment counts come from commercially available business listings.
The rent information included in this article is based on January 2019 multifamily rental property inventory on ApartmentGuide.com and Rent.com and is used for illustrative purposes only. The data contained herein does not constitute financial advice or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.