About Riverview, FL
Riverview is a suburb located in Hillsborough County, FL. It is bordered by Bloomingdale to the northeast, , Brandon to the north, Gibsonton and Progress Village to the west, Fish Hawk to the east, and Apollo Beach to the southwest.
The population of Riverview is over 88,000 and it’s quickly growing. The whole census-designated area of Riverview covers 48 square miles, almost 2 miles of which consists of water.
The origin of the place dates back to 1830s when the first settlers arrived at the south side of Alafia River. That spot was used to be known as Peru, as in the Latin American country, but the name is actually a local term that means where the river doesn’t bend. That settlement actually lasted for a century until it was incorporated into Riverview in the 1940s.
Riverview, which started on the north side of Alafia River, didn’t really grow until 1885. The Post Office was built permanently in the 1940s when Peru joined Riverview.
The public schools serving Florida include Newsome High School, Williams Middle Magnet School, Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School, Terrace Community Middle School, and MacFarlane Park Magnet School. Some of the private schools include East Bay Christian School, Riverview Montessori School, and St. Stephen Catholic School.
The cost of living in Riverview is very affordable, compared to a bigger city like Tampa, for example. The cost of living, in fact, is lower compared to the average in Florida. This makes the area an attractive place to settle down.
What to Do in Riverview
Riverview is a big area compared to Valrico or Brandon, for instance. There are many things to do here and boredom should be the least of your concerns. There’s a place to go bowling and the GDX 14 movie complex, which features reclining chairs. You can also order from the GastroPub, which is located inside the complex.
During the spring, the theater offers free showings to FMG Rewards holders. The movie house also shows classic movies every Wednesday and Sunday.
If you are on a budget or on the go, there are many fast-food options in Riverview such as Little Caesar’s, McDonald’s, Subway, Chick-Fil-A, Wendy’s, and Panda Express.
For your basic necessities or if you want to do some shopping, there’s Publix and Walmart. They are located close to each other so if you don’t find what you are looking for in one, just go to the other. There is a wide range of items to purchase at the two retail stores.
Local shops are also very diverse so you won’t find it difficult to locate what you need. Restaurants, retail shops, groceries, pharmacies, everything you would expect to find in a small city is right here.
For nature lovers, the Bell Creek Nature Preserve is located right in Riverview. The whole preserve covers 476 acres featuring various hiking trails. You can see a lot of local wildlife and indigenous plants. You can go bird watching or fishing.
If you want something really unique, go visit the International Independent Showmen’s Museum, which is bound to be like nothing you have ever seen before. It showcases the history of the circus and amusement shows in America. The traveling showmen can be traced back to 1793 to John Bill Rickets.
There are also plenty of parks and green spaces in Riverview. You can find parents, kids, and their pets there. You can also find single people jogging, biking, or getting a work out. You can strike up a conversations with strangers and you will generally find that people are more than willing to friendly and welcoming.
Meanwhile, Tampa is just under 20 minutes away and there are plenty of amusement parks, museums, restaurants, and nightclubs there. You can head there anytime you want and then return home to Riverview where there’s peace and quiet at night.
Riverview Real Estate
Riverview is a burgeoning area, although you can still see some empty lots. There are plenty of new construction projects happening all around. Subdivisions, vertical apartments, and exclusive enclaves are being built in Riverview at a rapid rate.
As with other growing cities, traffic can sometimes be an issue, especially for people who move here from smaller towns.
Fortunately, Riverview has a good public transport system so you can always choose to leave your car at home when you commute to work. Not only will you save on gas, but you will also help ease the traffic gridlock during rush hour. Not to mention that you don’t have to worry about parking.
Houses here are still very affordable. You can buy a 3-bedroom and 2-bath home for as little as $189,000. Townhouses are also available for $125,000.
Typically, however, house values range from $200,000 to $350,000. A $300,000 home will generally feature five bedrooms and three baths with a square footage of over 3,000 square feet.
Riverview is a good place to settle down and grow your family. The residents here are very friendly. Walk down the street and you will see people waving and smiling at you. You shouldn’t have any problems with your kids playing outside because this is a peaceful community. People are always on the lookout for their neighbors, especially the kids. Although it’s a growing city, the suburbs are usually quiet by 8 p.m. or 9 p.m.
You can also expect block parties to be held every now and then. This is a good opportunity to get to know your neighbors. Of course, they won’t hold it against you if block parties are not your thing.
Riverview, in fact, is being dubbed as the “nicer portion” of Tampa, and that should probably give you a good idea of what to expect when you settle in this area.
Find yourself a good realtor who can help narrow down your choices. It can be challenging finding the home of your dreams, but a realtor can help simply the task. The Rodriguez Premier Group will ensure that you get the most for your budget.