- Suburb of Tampa, FL
Rating 4.25 out of 5 24 reviews
I like Odessa because it is a nice and upcoming area. When I moved here about two years ago I was very unsure of the city but so many new businesses have opened and continued to open. I am also fortunate to live next to a beautiful bike trail that takes me through nature. There is a large biking community in the area.
Great place to raise a family! A bit far from the city life for single millennials yet also affordable living.
Odessa is absolutely safe, has great schools and my community is so diverse. Highly recommend living here
It’s pretty great but not very diverse. I’d like to see more representation of people of color in this area.
There are so many fun locations around including petting zoos, horse-riding farms, and the famous Busch Gardens. It is not too crowded and very safe.
Odessa is a place full of opportunities in meeting new friendly friends, feeling protected in gated communities, and with many restaurants, there are many job opportunities around Odessa for anyone to apply.
My parents built a house in Odessa 20 years and we currently still live in the same house. Living out here you are close enough to the stores, but still far enough away that around 9pm every night everything is already quiet. The schools in this area are amazing, and a lot of the houses have plenty of land between the housing.
It's total chill. No-one bothers you. You can do whatever you want, yet you find yourself considering your neighbors because everyone is so nice. And helpful. It's quiet and peaceful, yet only 10 minutes from the rat race. Easy to access the Veterans and routes to airport, etc. Lots of parties in the neighborhood and access to the best lakes in Florida. Daughter attended all public schools and is now a stellar engineering student. There is all good here.
Odessa is very family friendly environment and provides a lot of stuff to do for all types of people. The area is a more of middle to upper class people and housing around the area. The housing areas provide nice size homes for families of 3-5 people and provide a lot for children including parks and fields to play in. The changes that have to be considered are fixing bike lanes and pot holes around the area. Other than that not much else needs to be changed.
The Odessa area is very peaceful with a countryside are a few miles down. It is a great place to start a family although the real estate market is a bit high in some of the areas. The public schools are great an enable students to excel. The night life here although is almost nonexistent, but that isn’t a problem as downtown is close about twenty-five minutes to really get a glimpse of the party scene. USF isn’t too far, just 30-45 minutes away depending on the traffic, so it allows college students the opportunity to commute if they wish to.
What I like about Odessa is the accessibility of the area. Gunn Highway is nearby and so is SR-54, so getting places is fairly easy. The problem comes with traffic mainly, which is extremely backed up--especially around 6:30-8:00 in the morning at the Lutz Lake Fern-Gunn Highway intersection.
I love the public schools. The teachers at the schools make you feel welcome, just like most other schools.
I just recently moved to the Odessa area. It is growing by leaps and bounds. The only problem that I see is that the housing and apartment communities that are being built are very expensive. Up and coming suburb of Tampa, Fl.
Beautiful, quiet suburb of Tampa to live in. 20 miles North of Tampa & you are in a different world. The Keystone Civic Assn makes it a priority to keep the community rural.
I love living in rural Tampa, where I can wake up every morning to a beautiful sunrise over Lake Keystone and hear nothing but owls in the night and see nothing but the moon and constellations. The only reason I didn't rate Odessa five stars was because of the distance to my family and friends. Odessa is small and distant to most middle-class suburban neighborhoods, so I have difficulty getting transportation (being 18 and broke!).
There are a lot of new developments in the area so housing is readily available. It's rare to find a house that isn't the traditional stucco style so most homes look the same but they are nice and well-made. Yards and driveways are often large. There are very few abandoned lots in the area.
This area has very little sense of community. Neighbors interact with each other but that's about it.