When it comes to home prices, Tampa Bay’s cities are a bargain, study finds

Looking for the most affordable place to buy a home in the Tampa Bay area? New Port Richey might be a good choice.

The average listing price of a four-bedroom, two-bath house in the Pasco County city is just $154,830, according to Coldwell Banker. That ranks New Port Richey fourth-lowest in Florida and about $550,000 less than top-priced Key Largo.

In fact, all of the Tampa Bay area is a relative bargain given its wealth of beaches, activities and amenities. No bay area city ranks among the state’s 15 most expensive, and Largo barely squeaks into the top 30 with an average listing price of $324,383.

St. Petersburg comes in 34th ($307,225), followed by No. 38 Tampa ($299,579), No. 52 Temple Terrace ($275,329), No. 61 Clearwater ($246,869) and No. 70 Plant City ($225,080).

All of the nation’s 10 most expensive markets are in California, and six of those are in the Silicon Valley area where the average listing price for a four-bedroom home is $2.45 million. The most affordable U.S. city is Detroit ($64,110), followed by Cleveland; Jamestown, N.Y.; Utica, N.Y.; and Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Only two Sunbelt cities are among the nation’s least expensive — Augusta, Ga., and Palatka, in northeast Florida.

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John William is a cum laude graduate of the University of Miami, and has spent his lifetime in sales and marketing. The fourth generation to join his family business, John William manages all luxury residential sales and transactions within the Tampa Bay and South Florida markets. A keen industry insider with a finger on the pulse of the area, He is an expert identifying high-return acquisition and development opportunities for hungry investors both large and small while simultaneously working with homeowners and homebuyers to buy and sell the home of their dreams… often times without the need of the MLS or a For Sale sign. He also oversees all digital and print marketing for the company, and handles all sales training for new and established agents alike. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Brookwood Florida, the oldest charity in Florida, and works to raise millions of dollars annually for local charities and museums.