Port Richey

Port Richey Condos

Port Richey is a charming little town located in Pasco County to the northwest of Tampa Bay. It’s far enough away from the hub of activities and increased traffic of the barrier island beach communities to the south, yet only a thirty minute commute. Its origins can be traced to the home of two separate Indian tribes as the area was rich in abundance in both game and fish. It was incorporated in 1925 and wealthy northerners began spending time here because of its mild winters. As a result, citizens began building small cottages and second homes as vacation rentals.

Although not known for its beaches, make no mistake, despite its recent population explosion of condos, villas, vacation rentals and retirement plexes, make no mistake, for Port Richey is recreation central, yet remains very much the same as it did back in the days when it was a tiny, sleepy fishing village. Professional fishermen still support their families dependent upon the day’s catch and southern charm and values are not lost upon this town and its citizens.

The city provides several parks for the public’s enjoyment. Most are wheel chair accessible.

Brasher Park is located along the city’s most western shore and fronts a small lagoon leading to the Gulf of Mexico. It offers amenities such as picnic tables, restrooms, a playground, a kayak and canoe launch and wireless Internet access. Fishing and swimming is also permitted.

Nicks Park is located along Miller’s Bayou where the Cotee River ends and meets with the Gulf. A boat ramp, picnic tables, barbecue grills, restrooms and marina are provided.

Waterfront Park is the largest of Port Richey’s public parks. Picnic tables, barbecue grills, rest rooms, a playground and fishing pier beckon the day traveler. The park also is a favorite of bicyclists and hikers, providing the enthusiasts trails of their own. It is a designated scenic area with ample parking facilities.

The Pithlachascotee River (locals refer to it as the “Cotee River”) plays an integral role in the town of Port Richey. Many events and activities are based along the city’s waterfront park-like setting. The Cotee River begins in the upper Tampa Bay watershed of Hillsborough County and snakes its way through Pasco County, eventually meandering into downtown Port Richey prior to emptying in the Gulf of Mexico. The river provides for outstanding kayaking and canoe trips and several public launches are available throughout the city. The river also provides for incredible sightseeing, swimming, fishing, snorkeling, scuba, shell-collecting and more. The sights and sounds of the river offer a glimpse of Florida rarely experienced by tourists.

A rental business along the river provides the nature lover boat rentals, fishing equipment, bait, ice, refreshments and everything needed to make one’s river excursion a success.

The Cotee River is the center of many activities and annual events in New Port Richey such as the Chasco Fest held each April culminating in a parade through downtown Port Richey, October Bike Fest featuring national recording artists and the Cotee River Seafood Festival and Boat Show.

Real estate properties run the gamut in Port Richey and the city is experiencing a real estate renaissance. That prices remain below the average of the rest of the Tampa Bay area indicates a most opportune time to purchase a condominium, vacation rental or investment property in the community. As a city on the outskirts of one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in the state, residential investment properties promise huge returns as demand continues to grow for affordable real estate unconfined by restraints of the city.

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