Just 30 minutes from downtown Tampa and less than an hour from Sarasota or Lakeland, Ruskin is a fast growing coastal community on the southeastern shore of the Tampa Bay and Saint Petersburg metro area. Situated at the mouth of the Little Manatee River, Ruskin is a protected harbor that serves as a port for various kinds of watercrafts and offers a plethora of outdoor recreation, providing relaxation and activities for over 9,000 Ruskin residents and thousands more annual visitors. Ruskin's real estate market consists of mostly single-family homes or condominiums as well as cottages and senior high-rise establishments.
The town itself was once considered "off the beaten path" but while it still holds its essence of quiet ease and a safe, family-oriented environment, Ruskin is now connected to urban cities that offer all the modern conveniences of big city life. These amenities are now a swift, scenic drive away and residents get to come home to the benefits of the sleepy small-town, coastal living Florida communities are known for.
Founded in 1906 as a "cooperative community," Ruskin is named for its college, which was named after John Ruskin, an English author and critic. The goal of its founders and original citizens has remained clear over the years and residents take pride in the area's rich heritage, tight-knit community atmosphere and prosperous economy. Balmy year-round temperatures, an excellent school system and transportation infrastructure, affordable housing, first-rate health care, limitless recreational and entertainment opportunities and a booming economy are just a few reasons living in Ruskin is as good as it gets.
Ruskin's real estate market features a unique blend of architectural styles that will please almost every type of buyer. Charming cottages line the Little Manatee River, pre-civil war Georgian and other types of historical architecture occupy lots on streets lined with old growth oak trees and other native flora. The local market is anchored primarily by single-family homes and condominiums. Senior high-rise establishments are also available throughout the community.
Real estate price ranges begin at around $75,000 for a 2-bedroom condo to a median of $200,000 for a spacious 2- or 3-bedroom house on a landscaped lot overlooking the bay. Single family homes in Ruskin run as high as the mid-$600,000s for stunning waterfront views and homes with private docks.