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Brandon, FL 33511

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Valrico Florida History


Valrico Real Estate & History

Valrico is an unincorporated Florida city located just east of Brandon on Valrico Lake in Hillsborough County. Valrico´s roots date back to the 1800´s when cotton plantations were big business. William G. Tousey, a professor of psychology at Tufts College in Boston, along with other New Englanders came to the region during the 1880´s and purchased real estate to build homes to live in during the harsh New England winter months. William G. Tousey named the area "Valrico," meaning "Rich Valley." It wasn´t until 1890, when the railroad was completed, that Valrico was placed on the map. Shortly thereafter as new residents moved into the region, businesses opened and the area began to blossom. However, in 1895, development slowed considerably with the freeze that took place that winter. It wasn´t until 1910 that a new period of development for Valrico began. Judge Hamner, along with other investors, began to promote Valrico and began developing the real estate along the Hopewell Road (SR 60) as an upscale, agriculturally oriented rural region. By 1914, Valrico was home to retail stores, a bank, and a number of brick homes.

Valrico Lake was first referred to as "Long Pond," and a number of cotton plantations continued to exist up until the Civil War. Later, various dairy farms, nurseries, turpentine stills, and saw mills were established. The region was also well known for its citrus crops, with almost 31,000 acres of groves. By 1915, a rural mail route was established by the local government. A golf course was planned and in 1916, a bank and large civic building were constructed out of clay that was found in the area. The original community of Valrico was built around a triangular park in the center of town. Today, the park stands as a memorial to W.F. Miller, one of the town´s founders.

Valrico Today

Valrico today has only two groves and the original street arrangement that reflects its historic roots. The heart of Valrico is its business district located just south of the little triangular park where a number of retail outlets, restaurants, and other small businesses can be found. The area´s economy is focused on agriculture, technology, and the MacDill Air Force Base. With a population of approximately 6,900, the area has become a charming community that is only minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis. Valrico is easily accessible to Tampa and Orlando and there are dozens of golf courses, nature trials and other outdoor activities for both residents and visitors to enjoy. Valrico is served by the Hillsborough County School District, which is well-recognized for its excellent school system. Due to the area´s rapid growth, new public schools are being built each year. Valrico is only minutes away from a number of fully accredited higher education institutions, including the University of Tampa, the University of South Florida, and Hillsborough Community College.

Valrico real estate options are diverse and include lovely single-family homes, exquisite custom homes, townhouses and condominiums. Single-family homes start around $100,000 and go up to around $700,000. Neighborhoods are well-planned and homes are located along charming tree-lined streets. With a number of master-planned communities, there is truly something for everyone in Valrico. Real estate opportunities also include land lots where you can build that dream home you always wanted!

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