Odessa Florida was named in the 1880s by the Russian immigrant Peter A. Demens, who was instrumental in financing the Orange Belt Railway, which ran from Sanford to Trilby to St. Petersburg. He also named St. Petersburg. Both are cities in Russia. Odessa was originally situated in Pasco County, although today it's real estate extends into northern Hillsborough County too.
Odessa Florida is also noted for its beautiful lakes, citrus groves, vegetable farms, and flower gardens, not mentioning the large acres of avocados and other tropical fruits. Odessa also has some of the best soil in the state for the production of vegetables such as beans, cucumbers, Irish potatoes, lettuce, and peppers. In fact anything that can be grown in South Florida is being grown in and around Odessa. [www.fivay.org]
Odessa Florida is home to Calm Lake and Mound Lake, just two of the many beautiful lakes used by the residents of Odessa and other towns as a bathing place during the summer months. This lake has a clear sandy bottom with a beach-like shore, making it very attractive and inviting to the public as an ideal place for picnics and camping parties. The Boy Scouts and YMCA from Odessa, Tampa, and other places spend quite a few weekends around these beautiful lakes.
Odessa Florida is a great place to buy or rent your next home if you are looking for plenty of open land. In fact many home buyers seek this small town because it gives them the country feel, while having the convenience of a big city only minutes away. Land owners can range from horse and cattle ranches, to farms. In addition those who are looking for a different yet unique experience can enjoy the annual Odessa Rodeo. To learn more about Odessa homes for sale or available homes for rent, contact us today.
Odessa Florida has two public schools located within its city limits. Hammond Elementary, and Walker Middle School. Students can attend other schools in nearby cities just minutes away located in Trinity, New Port Richey and Tampa. Find more information about Odessa Florida Schools.
Odessa Florida is located in both Pasco County and Hillsborough County. It merges into and overlaps an area known as Keystone, named for the large lake with the same name. The mailing area that uses the city of Odessa stretches south to South Mobley Road and north past State Road 54. The city of Odessa covers an area of 5.3 square miles. The Suncoast Parkway offers easy access to major attractions and travel points from the Tampa Bay area.