Brandon used to be a sleepy community just east of downtown Tampa. Rural scenes such as orange groves and cow pastures were all too frequent. Today's Brandon includes a mega mall (Westfield Brandon), movie theaters, numerous high schools, two major interstates, one toll road to downtown Tampa, regional shopping centers, multiple libraries and numerous public parks. MacDill Air Force Base is, generally speaking, 30 minutes away. Housing is generally affordable and plentiful with apartments, town homes, condos, villas and single family homes on every corner. If you are looking for something quaint to a luxury mansion with acreage, then Brandon should be on your list. Home buyers come to Brandon over Westchase and South Tampa due to the abundance of affordable homes.