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Apollo Beach & Ruskin Florida MLS SearchApollo Beach and Ruskin are two neighboring regions located in Southern Hillsborough County on Tampa Bay. Known for its breathtaking waterfront real estate and for its serene rural wildlife and natural beauty, this area is becoming one of the most rapidly expanding places on the map! In spring 2007 Ruskin will become the first new city in Hillsborough County in more than eighty years. One of the most convenient factors about this area is its location. With easy access to the interstate systems and highways, the commute to Tampa, MacDill Air Force Base, Brandon and Orlando are made easier and more convenient. In select locations,

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aquatic access to Tampa Bay is available for boaters. With a gorgeous view, boat slips and marinas with exclusive access to the Gulf of Mexico, this is truly a boater's paradise!

In addition to the overall beauty, these areas are rich in historic value and culture. Originally inhabited by George Miller's family in 1906, a married couple, both of which were teachers, Ruskin College was established but due to a lack of enrollment was shut down after only one year. The architecture and original school buildings from that time period remain a constant salute to the town's motto, "Through hard work and the pursuit of knowledge a community of individuals will prosper and come together for the common good." In addition to the old Ruskin College buildings, other places of interest are the A.P. Dickman house and the George Miller house. The Dickman house is now a popular Bed and Breakfast featuring a unique asymmetrical exterior design, two verandas with lounge chairs, and each room fully furnished in antique furniture with a differing theme. This Bed and Breakfast is a local "getaway" where residents can enjoy peaceful walks in beautiful gardens and enjoy the serenity of the Ruskin Inlet. The George Miller house now serves as the headquarters for the Women's Club. Originally built in 1914, this home also had affiliations with Ruskin College and served as the residence of the original president and founder of the college, George Miller. This home reflects the bungalow style homes that were contemporary so long ago. New developments in Apollo Beach and Ruskin feature elegant waterfront homes in the Key West style, as well as Mediterranean and Tuscan influence. Many residences here have private docks and boat lifts, and others are located next door to marinas. This area is a boater's dream. With all of this nearby, homes are surprisingly affordable.

There is a wide variety of entertainment available to residents. The major appeal of the Apollo Beach/Ruskin area is the wide variety of aquatic activities. People can waterski, jetski, swim, parasail, kayak, canoe, snorkel and enjoy many relaxing hours of fishing and boating. The waterfront location for much of Apollo Beach presents many unique options for entertainment. Boaters and sailors can spend many delightful afternoons in Tampa Bay or make their way out into the Gulf of Mexico for a relaxing sunset cruise up and down the coast. The Manatee River's slow flowing currents and gentle banks lined with undisturbed natural beauty also present an opportunity for canoeing, hiking trails or simply enjoying the scenery.

In the Ruskin area, there are several shooting ranges where sharpshooters can take aim at various targets. Annually, Ruskin is the home to Gun Shows and Expositions where aficionados can view and purchase a variety of differing firearms, as well as swap stories and learn about assembly and the history behind each model represented. Ruskin is also the home to a very popular drive-in theater, a nostalgic experience for some and a brand new experience for others!

Another unique feature of the area is the undisturbed manatees that swim and play in the local water. These endangered, gentle giants can be viewed from a distance or encountered up-close and personal! Swimming with these majestic creatures is an experience of a lifetime, something that will be remembered and enjoyed by all!

Ruskin and Apollo Beach area residents can also expect the finest in health care professionals. Both South Bay Hospital and St. Joseph's Hospital are within minutes. Each hospital specializes in the most advanced treatments and services available. The experienced and knowledgeable staff will treat you and your family with the respect and compassion you deserve. In addition to excellent health care, the area also offers highly rated public and private schools. The differing structures and curriculums available have been designed to offer each child the opportunity to excel and receive preparation and guidance for college. The Apollo Beach and Ruskin areas are within close distance to the University of Tampa, the University of South Florida, the International Academy of Design and Technology and Hillsborough Community College in addition to other trade schools where specialized degrees can be earned. The close location to these schools makes the commute to college easy and hassle free.

The Apollo Beach and Ruskin area is quite unique in itself. Apollo Beach presents waterfront living and coastal activity, while Ruskin offers more of a rural beauty. For more information about this area and the communities available within it, please contact your local Twin Palms Realty Inc Agent Today!

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