Lake Keystone - The largest lake in North West Hillsborough County and is hands down the most desirable lake to live on in the Tampa / Odessa area. This 434 acre spring fed lake is considered a navigable body of water, giving the Tampa Port Authority jurisdiction over it. Lake Keystone is one of the many lakes incorporated into the Brooker Creek water shed and flows north into Island Ford Lake and Crescent Lake.
As a current resident of Lake Keystone, I know first hand that this lake serves as a spectacular host to all water sports and activities. Whether you’re an advocate of pontoon boating, kayaking, jet skiing, waver runners, water skiing, tubing, wakeboarding, or fresh water fishing, you’ll find that Lake Keystone caters to everyone. Families and friends make use of this spectacular lake week in and week out all year long. Ask any local resident of the lake and I’m sure they would agree that living on Lake Keystone is the equivalent of being on a year round vacation.
Universally present in members of this tightly niche community is a strong sense of pride, gratitude, and enthusiasm. There is a unique understanding that land owners surrounding the shores of this magnificent lake are virtually one big family, all mutually sharing in the peace and tranquility exemplified by the spirit of Lake Keystone. A good time to really grasp the strength of this community is mid December each year, when boat owners around the lake decorate their boats with lights and other ornaments and then proceed to parade around the lake starting at dusk. As the families and friends in their decorated boats make their way around the lake caroling and waving, other families and friends await their passing from their docks to share in the holiday spirit. It’s a sight that you’ll have to experience for yourself to really understand its true essence.
Development - Originally encircled by orange groves and other forms of agriculturally related plots of land, the use of land around Lake Keystone has drastically changed to predominantly residentially use within the past 30 years. With over 200 residences surrounding the lake, there are very few plots of land left. The ones that are left are being sold to folks whom plan to build their future dream home overlooking the lake. Additionally, outdated and smaller lake homes that where built decades ago are being torn down and replaced with larger and more modern lake homes.
Location – Located in the North West quadrant of Tampa, Odessa and the Lake Keystone area was once considered a best kept secret as it furnished members of the community with the very best in rural living while access to urban conveniences are just minutes away. Citrus Park Town Centre is only 7 minutes away, which is host to hundreds of stores and dozens of restaurants. In just 15 minutes you can drive to Tampa International Airport, International Plaza, or Westshore Plaza. Commutes to downtown Tampa average about 20 to 25 minutes. If you enjoy the Florida Beaches, Clearwater Beach and St. Pete Beach range from a 30 to 40 minute drive. Orlando and all of its attractions are just an 1 ½ away.