Brandon Market Report

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Bradenton Real Estate - Linda Reynolds

It is true that the market has slowed down, but this is just part of the normal real estate cycle. There are still some good buys out there, you just need the assistance of a pro-active realtor to help you find them. It is a great time to buy, home ownership is always better than renting anytime. There are several new developments and many are offering buyer incentives. Contact us to find out the details.

In August 1858, John Brandon purchased 40 acres of land in the New Hope area (now Brandon) south of Hopewell Road (now SR 60), between Parsons Avenue and Lithia Road. The Railroad first arrived in 1890 and the depot was stationed on present-day Moon Avenue. Its first census came in 1960 when the community's population was only 1,655.

Brandon took off rapidly during the 1980s. Development of the southern area of Brandon brought thousands of new residents. On September 27, 1986, I-75 began to bring traffic through the Brandon area, dramatically changing the community and helping its population reach approximately 100,000 with over 2,500 business by 1988.

Brandon has grown by leaps and bounds and has become a major urban area. New public schools, malls, corporate centers and industries are opening daily. Brandon is a place with great community spirit and a friendly atmosphere.

Brandon is home to Westfield Shoppingtown (originally named the Brandon Town Center) which opened in 1995. The Westfield Shoppingtown draws new customers to the area from all over the state due to its special tenant structure and advanced design. It is also a favorite stop for many international visitors.

In its 141 years, Brandon has grown from one family living alone in the wilderness, to an unincorporated thriving community of over 170,000 in Tampa Bay, one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country. No longer a quiet country village or a sleepy suburb, it is now a bustling center of commerce. It has proved to be a wonderful place to live and work and its growth is assured as it takes its place among the Tampa Bay area's most thriving communities.

 

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