Bloomingdale FL is the largest neighborhood in Hillsborough county– boasts over 5000 homes with over 23000 residents. Bloomingdale is located south of Bloomingdale Avenue, North of Fishhawk Boulevard, East of John Moore Road, and West of Lithia Pinecrest Road.

Bloomingdale consists of a specific neighborhood, separated essentially into east vs west, each with their own county park in the middle of each section.

The Bloomingdale Neighborhood Association is a community association chartered by residents in 1980 as the Bloomingdale Homeowners Association.

Bloomingdale FL consists of single family homes, townhomes, villas, and a condo complex.

The area is further defined by the amenities it offers including; the Bloomingdale Golfer’s Club, a community sports complex for adult and little league baseball, the Campo Community YMCA, as well as two county Parks and Recreation facilities. In addition, the Bloomingdale Public Library and several top-rated county schools are located within or nearby the community’s borders.

This is a unique community; in that, more than 5 separate developers took part in the building of Bloomingdale. Accordingly, there are 32 subdivisions, 16 with voluntary homeowner associations and 16 with mandatory homeowner associations. With so many developers, 45 separate deed restriction documents were created covering all the different sections within each subdivision. Today, only the mandatory HOA neighborhood deed restrictions are active. 

From the Tampa Bay History Center posted on the Bloomingdale HOA page:

Bloomingdale FL

In the late 1840’s, settlers began arriving in Bloomingdale, located in the vicinity of Lithia Pinecrest Road, Bell Shoals Road and Bloomingdale Avenue, north of the Alafia River. By 1885, the residents supported a Presbyterian, a Catholic, a Methodist and a Baptist church. Dr. Raymond was principal of Bloomingdale’s grade school, which was established September 23, 1884. The school was begun through the efforts of Ludwig Wilhelm Buchholz, a recent German immigrant, who began petitioning settlers for a school in 1883. Despite the rural and somewhat isolated setting, residents were drawn to the area during World War II. By the 1960’s, Bloomingdale had become a “bedroom community” and by 1990, its population reached 13,912.

Valrico (“Long Pond”)

A series of booms and busts best describes the history of Valrico, a community located east of Brandon sprawled across State Road 60. Several large cotton plantations existed in this region of antebellum Hillsborough County known as Long Pond (Lake Valrico). Between the end of the war and the 1880’s, the area was sparsely settled. This would change with the arrival of the railroad and several enterprising immigrants, including William G. Tousey, a Tufts College psychology professor who moved to this section of Hillsborough County in the late 1880’s. Tousey is credited with christening his new community “Valrico,” a Spanish word meaning “valley of gold.” Valrico has the distinction of being the only community in the country with that name.

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Bloomingdale Fl is a great community (though I might be a bit biased, as I grew up there) full of things to do and convenience. Check out more of my information on great local communities here.