City Highlight – Clearwater

DiGiovanni Homes builds new homes with spacious, open floor plans in the form of single-family homes, condos or townhomes in Tampa Bay’s best communities. In this blog, we are highlighting one of our favorites cities — Clearwater.


Clearwater is a city known for sunny weather and spectacular gulf coast sandy beaches located in Florida’s Tampa Bay area. Clearwater Beach is a barrier island which is three-miles long of white sand. Clearwater Beach has been named the #1 Beach in the United States three out of the last four years.

This beautiful resort town is packed full of hotels, restaurants, and amenities. Clearwater Marine Aquarium is located in Clearwater and rehabs injured dolphins and sea turtles. The Aquarium is home to Hope and Winter, the stars of the Dolphin Tale movie. Phillies pro baseball team plays spring training games at the city’s Spectrum Field.



Clear Water Harbor

Clear springs gurgled from the banks into the bay when this area was known only to the Native Americans centuries ago. These springs were located along the high bluffs where City Hall and downtown Clearwater are situated now which was called Clear Water Harbor until 1895. Then in 1895, Clearwater became one word, and in 1906, Harbor was dropped.

1846 – 1848

Most settlers farmed vegetables and cotton. Fish were plentiful. Hardships to the area happened when a hurricane hit in 1846 and a vicious storm in 1848. The first newspaper called “The Clear Water Times” was established by Rev. C.S. Reynolds.

1888 – 1897

When the first narrow-gauge railroad was built in 1888, the Clear Water Harbor community had about 18 families. Henry Plant, the foremost Central and West Florida developer of the time, later built a standard gauge railroad through Pinellas County. To boost his passenger business, he built several grand resort hotels, including the Belleview Biltmore in 1897.


Western Hillsborough County was the name back then for “Pinellas Point”. As Clearwater, Largo, St. Petersburg and other communities grew, so did the clamor for independence. It was a day-long trip to travel to the courthouse in Tampa. By an act of the Legislature, Pinellas County was created on Jan. 1, 1912. Clearwater was the county seat.


Morton F. Plant, the son of the illustrious Henry Plant, donated and raised money for the first hospital in 1914.


On May 27, 1915, the city of Clearwater was incorporated.


The library was built in 1916 with a grant from Andrew Carnegie. Clearwater built the first wooden bridge to get to Clearwater Beach in 1916 which opened it up for development to begin.

1921 – 1929

Clearwater grew steadily throughout the early part of the century. Tourists and settlers were drawn to the area because of the climate and toutings of early developers and speculators. The Florida real estate boom began in earnest in 1921 and peaked in 1925. The bottom fell out in the bust of 1927, foreshadowing the 1929 market crash and nationwide depression.


The Philadelphia Phillies professional baseball team began spring training in the 1940s.


From 1950, with 15,000 residents, the population continued to burgeon until it reached the number of citizens that we have today.

Best Things To Do In Clearwater

Here is a list of some of the favorite things to do in Clearwater:

  • Clearwater Beach
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium
  • Honeymoon Island State Park
  • Caladesi Island
  • Sand Key Park
  • Westfield Countryside Mall
  • Ruth Eckerd Hall
  • Coachman Park
  • Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail
  • Florida Botanical Gardens
  • Restaurants, Shops, Breweries
  • Courtney Campbell Causeway
  • Fishing Charters
  • Pier 60 Clearwater


Clearwater has a population of 112,794 and is in Pinellas County. It is one of the best places to live in Florida. Many young professionals and retirees live in Clearwater.


DiGiovanni Homes has built properties in Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Tarpon Springs, Safety Harbor, and Dunedin. Here is a list of some of our properties:


Clearwater Beach

Palm Harbor

Tarpon Springs

Safety Harbor


If you’re looking for a new home built by a premier homebuilder with quality finishes in Pinellas County, visit DiGiovanni Homes at Montclair Lake Townhomes and Villas at 2251 Montclair Road in Clearwater, or call Patrick at 727-637-5134.

If you’re ready to buy a new home, check out one of the DiGiovanni Homes available! Our new homes offer spacious, open floor plans in the form of single-family homes, condos or townhomes in Tampa Bay’s best communities. Visit today to learn more!