Tarpon Springs, along the shore of the Gulf of Mexico, is famed as the “sponge capital of the world” for its history of Greek immigrants, who made a big business out of selling the natural sponges found in the water.

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You can stroll around the downtown center and the Historic District and check out the art galleries, antique shops, and Greek eateries around the area. Or go swimming at Sunset Beach and Fred Howard Park.

The median home value in Tarpon Springs is $209,400 and the median monthly housing cost adds up to $943 — slightly pricier than Hobe Sound — but you’ll pay around $1,847 in property taxes each year.

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