It was in the 1970’s that Tampa resident, Robert (Bob) Sierra, began the development of a dream that he had for his native Hillsborough county. He merged 900 acres of beautiful land located 10 miles north of the city. The property was laced with natural lakes, graced with stands of oak, pine and cypress trees, conservation areas midst Florida orange groves. His vision soon became clear. Combining his love of golf and course creation with his knowledge of country club community development, he, with the help of his three sons, John (Hi), Jr., Stuart and Michael, began molding his dream community.
Coining the community’s name after the famed fortress city of Avila in Spain, all of the streets carried names of Spanish cities, as well. The country club was designed with a clear nod to Spanish architecture and reinforced the exclusive nature. A championship golf course was laid out and re-designed by Jack Nicklaus in 1988. The course has been and continues to be the home of many fine tournaments, catering to top world players, as well as the residents and members.
Avila continues to develop community areas for all the neighborhood residents to enjoy safely. To that goal, the Avila Property Owners Association continues to work hard to maintain the community’s natural beauty, uncompromising excellence and sophistication.