Mirabay Neighborhood Guide

Located in Apollo Beach, FL, MiraBay is a coastal community offering luxury living on canal, lagoon and preserve home sites featuring Old Florida Coastal Architecture.

Town homes, villas, single family and custom homes are offered by 9 of the area's finest builders. The MiraBay Club is a 10,000 sq.ft. facility with banquet / meeting rooms, and state-of-the-art fitness center. Resort style pool with zero entry, and JR Olympic pool with lap lanes are found in the heart of the community center. Dining and spa services are available, as well as tennis, fishing, water activities, and a full-time events coordinator to keep you entertained! Homes are available from the $200's to $2M+

We've gathered lots of information about MiraBay in this Neighborhood Guide. If we can answer any questions for you, or help you find a perfect home, please give us a call or send us an email! We're glad to help!

MiraBay High-Definition Virtual Tour

MiraBay Neighborhood Photos:

  • Mirabay Clubhouse
  • Clubhouse
  • Clubhouse
  • Clubhouse
  • Clubhouse
  • Clubhouse
  • Community Center
  • Dockside
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool and  Clubhouse
  • Pool
  • Lighthouse Water Slide
  • Lighthouse Water Slide
  • Lap Pool
  • Playground adjacent to Pool Area
  • Information Center
  • Information Center
  • Outfitters
  • Outfitters
  • Rental Dock
  • Tennis Center
  • Basketball Courts
  • Volleyball Court
  • Boat Lift
  • Waterfront
  • Dock
  • Dock
  • Gazebo
  • Shop
  • Playground
  • Playground

  • MiraBay Frequently Asked Questions

    We've gathered some of the most frequently asked questions regarding MiraBay and provided answers below.

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  • Where is MiraBay?

    MiraBay Map

    MiraBay is located in the city of Apollo Beach, FL, Hillsborough County, just outside of Tampa.
    Click the map to the left for a larger view.
    Click here for an interactive aerial image of the project (click and drag inside the map).
    Click here for a demographic profile.
    Click here for weather averages.

  • What Amenities does MiraBay offer residents?

    See a Virtual tour of MiraBay Amenities. MiraBay offers residents a vast array of amenities, including:
    • Marine
      • 135-acre lagoon with 20,000lb Boat lift to saltwater canals provides deep-water acces to Tampa Bay.
      • Basic to intermediate sailing classes
      • Kayak tours of the Nature Preserve
      • Deep sea fishing excursions
      • Boat and kayak usage
      • Fishing gear and bait
      • backwater fishing guides
      • Water activities for young people (i.e., casting contests, fishing tournaments and sailboat races)
      • Guest speakers from local fishing guides on snook, redfish, and tarpon fishing
      • Guest speakers from law enforcement on rules and regulations on Florida waters
    • Watersports
      • The Outfitter's; a bait-and-tackle shop on the lagoon provides bait, rods and hundreds of lures for purchase.
      • On-site captain provides information about water activites for residents, fishing advice and small craft rentals.
      • 1,000 acre Nature Preserve is ideal spawning habitat for countelss fish species - snook, redfish and bass.
    • Pool Pavilion
      • Zero-entry pool
      • Lighthouse waterslide
      • JR Olympic lap pool features six dedicated swimming lanes
      • The Dockers area features a children's pool complete with its own lounge deck.
    • Fitness / Racquet
      • Full Fitness Center featuring Nautilus Nitro aerobics and weight-training equipment
      • Elliptical, recumbent and stationary bikes, treadmills and steppers.
      • Plasma TV's keep you entertained
      • Complete locker room facilities also feature saunas.
      • Resident personal trainers offer programs for weight loss, golf conditioning, teen fitness, flexibility and strength training.
      • The Studio offers ballet bar, low-impact wood flooring and sound system offers step, body toning, spinning, Pilates and Tai-Chi classes.
      • The Racquet Club provides five Chapionship Lighted Hard Courts
      • Events are organized by the Tennis Pro throught the year including clinics, lessons, leagues and tournaments.
    • Activities Director
      • Coordinating events at the Club, on teh water or nearby in Tampa and Sarasota, the Activities Director keeps you entertained!
    • Dining
      • The Admiral's Lounge provides Sparkling views of the lagoon and a seasonal menu sure to delight!
      • The Galley Cafe offers a casual seaside theme--bathing suits and big appetites are welcome!
    • Spa and Beauty
      • On-Site spa and beauty treatments are availabe in teh Fitness Center.
      • Swedish, Therapeutic, Deep tissue, Foot and Hot Stone Massages are available.
      • Facials, cleansing treatments, men's facials, waxing treatments, spa manicure and pedicures are also available.
    • Meeting Facility
      • The second floor of the Club offers up to 4,000sq.ft. for meetings and banquets.
    • MyMiraBay.net online community Forums
  • What about the school system?

    Hillsborough County public schools are often cited as among the nation's best. 10 of Hillsborough County's 23 high schools were listed in Newsweek's 2005 America's Best High Schools. In addition, Hillsborough County students consistently score at or above the national average at every grade level on math exams, and district 8th graders have scored the highest average on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Writing Test every year since 2000. Also, Hillsborough County's music programs were ranked among the top 100 in the country for the fourth time in 2005.

    MiraBay children will attend Apollo Beach Elementary; Eisenhower Middle School and East Bay High School.

    Check out the county published Parents Guide which answers many school related questions.

    You can verify which school your children will attend by entering an address into the School Locator.

    Detailed information on MiraBay's school "grades" is available here.

  • What is MiraBay's contact information?

    The MiraBay sales center is located on your left as you enter the community.

  • Online: www.mirabay.com

    MiraBay Information Center
    205 Manns Harbor Drive
    Apollo Beach, FL 33572

  • Phone: (813)645-1000
    Toll-Free: (866) 647-2229
    E-mail: mirabay@newlandcommunities.com

  • Where can I see a Brochure of MiraBay?

    A brochure produced by Newland Communities is available from their website, or by clicking here. An Updated Brochure is also available.
  • You can also check out the MiraBay Waterway Guide.
  • Who is Newland Communities?

    Newland Communities has ben creating desirable, livable communities across the nation (overview map) for nearly four decades. With expertise in creating a special sense of community, Newland Communities brings to life the unique history, culture and traditions of the land they develop. Local projects include:

    ($$)FishHawk Ranch

    Carefully developed on 3,000 acres, this community will contain nearly 5,000 residences upon completion.
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    MiraBay is an award-winning, 750-acre community offering a variety of Old Coastal Florida homes on and off the water in the SouthShore area of Hillsborough County in west central Florida. A focus of MiraBay's subtropical lifestyle is its 135-acre lagoon and 3.5 miles of saltwater canals that provide deep-water access to Tampa Bay.
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    ($)Covington Park

    A 394-acre master-planned community developed in southern Hillsborough County, Covington Park is expected to provide 1200 single-family residences upon completion.
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  • ($$)Waterset

    Opening in Spring 2009, Waterset will offer unique architecture and amenities in a real town setting. Gathering places, like the Lakeside Club, and the 12'-wide Esplanade will connect people and places throughout the community. Waterset is a place that celebrates a rich, diverse community life. All homes and amenities will be certified by the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC). Satellite Image/Map Website

  • What is the best way to find homes for sale in MiraBay?

    Our website is updated twice weekly with all homes listed for sale in MiraBay (and other neighborhoods!) You can browse these homes online at your convenience and contact us to schedule tours of those you are most interested in.
  • I'm not ready to buy. Can I rent a home in MiraBay?

    Yes! Eaton Realty manages several rental homes in MiraBay. We have homes of various sizes in the most popular neighborhoods. Renting a home through Eaton Realty is a simple and convenient process. You can take virtual tours of homes available for rent, view photos, descriptions, rent rates, and availability dates, all right here online!
  • What are MiraBay's Property Taxes and Community Association Fees?

    The sales tax in Hillsborough County is 7.00% (6% state, 1% local). There is no State Tax on personal income or property.

    Property Taxes
    Hillsborough County: $2.2759 per $100
    Assessed Property Value (see below) Use Online Estimate

    Taxes are based on the ASSESSED value of the property. The Property Appraiser establishes the taxable value of real estate and tangible personal property. Known as the Homestead Exemption, the state constitution of Florida allows up to $25,000 to be deducted from the assessed value of a primary residence.

    The tax rate is (generally) the same, no matter where you live in Hillsborough County. You may also pay City taxes if you live in an Incorporated area, and you may pay "non-ad valorem" assessments which may vary by community. These assessments are imposed by residents of neighborhoods for specific benefits such as recreation or general maintenance.

    MiraBay does not require a "club membership" to use any of it's facilities. MiraBay is part of a Community Development District (CDD) and each homeowner is assessed an annual CDD fee. This fee is billed annually in advance and covers the cost of the community infrastructure, (roadways, utility installation, amenities, etc.) and also includes fees for maintenance and upkeep of the community common areas and amenities. MiraBay's CDD is billed with your taxes under "non-ad valorem" assessments. The following non-ad valorem assessments are paid at the end of the year with your property taxes and can be rolled into your mortgage.

    Annual Non-Ad Valorem Assessments (Based on 2009 rates)
    MiraBay CDD Fee - Varies by Lot Size $687.00 - $4,324
    Water Department Fee $303.06
    Stormwater Management $12.00
    County Solid Waste Collection $128.93
    County Solid Waste Disposal $93.35

    The MiraBay Homeowners Association is responsible for administering the rules and deed restrictions of the community. The Homeowners association fee only covers administration and staff, not actual community operation expenses. The following fees are billed annualy and paid directly to the HOA, not the Tax Collector.

    MiraBay Home Owner's Association Monthly Fees
    MiraBay Association Fee $100/yr billed at the beginning of the year for the full year.
    Sub-Association Fee Homes located within certain gated and/or maintenance-free villages are subject to a sub-association fee which varies depending on the community. Contact us for further information on the fees for villages in which you are interested.
  • What is the difference between a CDD and HOA?

    Most planned communities have a Homeowners Association. Many are also setup as a Community Development District. Here are the key differences between a Community Development District (CDD) and Homeowners Association (HOA):

    CDD vs. HOA
    Community Development District Homeowners Association
    Public Entity Private Entity
    Created under Chapter 190 of the Florida Statues
    Governed by a Board of Supervisors
    Not-for-profit Corporation created under Chapters 617 and 720 of the Florida Statues
    Governed by a Board of Directors
    Responsibilities include:
    Construction, financing & maintenance of the community infrastructure, including:
    * Common grounds and landscaping
    * Ponds/Lakes
    * Recreations Facilities, Parks & Courts
    * Entrance Way, Street Lighting
    * CDD related Financial and Administrative issues
    Responsibilities include:
    * Enforcement of the association’s governing documents; including, individual lot related issues
    * Overseeing compliance with the Architectural procedures and approval
    How are fees paid?
    Owners are assessed through their annual property tax bill in the form of a non-ad valorem assessment.
    How are fees paid?
    Owners receive yearly assessment coupons from the association in December for the following year.
  • Where can I find information about the Community Developement District and the HOA?

    CDD information can be found from The Harbor Bay CDD website.

  • The HOA is managed by:
  • Rizzetta & Company, Inc.
    3434 Colwell Ave. Suite 200
    Tampa, Florida 33614
    Voice: 813-933-5571
    Fax: 813-769-1496
  • Would you like to paint your house black? MiraBay has produced a "lite-look" of their full HOA documents which extracts the most homeowner-relavent parts and presents them in an easy-to-read format. You can access this document here and find out the "rules" of homeownership in MiraBay.