Northwest of Tampa, Odessa had been an area of open spaces, ranching, and horse properties. More recently it has seen many suburban property developments as Tampa’s population expands.

Odessa was founded in the 1880s by Peter Demens, a Russian immigrant who established the community through the Orange Belt Railway. Demens also founded St. Petersburg, Florida and named both communities after places he used to go to in his native country.

The city of Odessa is probably most well-known in the Tampa area for its rural feel. You will find many horse properties, open spaces, and ranching in the community of Odessa.  If you are looking to get away from “city life” and live somewhere quiet, quaint, but still have easy access to all of life’s everyday needs, Odessa may be for you!