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  • The median home sale price in Clearwater is approximately $130,000 and has been increasingly steadily in the past few years. Thanks to the many sprawling beaches, the real estate of this city has received quite a boost. Having said as much, the number of home sale transactions underwent a sharp decline last year. As a consequence, apartment vacancy rates surged to almost 20%, among the highest in the country. Of the occupied homes, close to 50% are owned and 30 % rented. Clearly, there has been a shift away from buying towards renting, or towards rent to own houses.

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  • Tourist AttractionsAs mentioned earlier, the Clearwater Beach is by far the largest crowd puller in the city. And why shouldn't it be? Won't you just love to lie on beach with your favorite book and a drink by the side. Don't forget the lovely natural tan treatment you would be getting. When you have had your share of lazing around at the beach, you can also enjoy parasailing, fishing or dolphin tours. Besides the beach, you can also visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, home to a variety of marine species, right from river otters to sharks. The city is also known for the Sand Key Park, which has a large playground for kids along with a beach.
  • Transportation and CommutesOne of the other perks of living in Clearwater is the ease of commutation, at least for people with their own cars. Almost 60% of the people drive to work, either alone or in the form of carpool. The average commute time is close to 20 minutes and traffic is usually manageable. In terms of public transport, a bus service is run by Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, and 35 routes are covered under their services. Alternatively, you can also hop on trollies run by Jolley Trolley, which run between Clearwater Beach, Downtown, Palm Harbor and Tarpon Springs.
  • Local RestaurantsSince Clearwater is known for its beaches, you can expect to see a lot of restaurants serving exquisite seafood. The Frenchies is a huge chain of cafes, grills and restaurants spread over the beaches in the city. Whether you want to enjoy cocktails by the beach, or have fish tacos with a chilled glass of beer, this is the place to be. Palm Pavillion and Billy's Stone Crab Restaurant also offer the classic beachside experience with delicious sea food and drinks. For more elaborate fine dining, head on to Mandalay's Avenue or Island Way Grill.
  • Weather and ClimateClearwater has dry and moderately cold winters along with hot and humid summers. It has its fair share of sunny days with little rainfall during the summers. The months of June and July are probably the worst as humidity levels become very high. The temperature in summers(lasting from April through September roughly) hovers between 60-90F while in the winters, it falls between 50-80F. The most pleasant weather conditions can be experienced in the months through January to March and September to November. This is also the time when the city is flocked with tourists.