Money’s BEST Big Cities | Tampa Is On The List..Here’s Why!

Money’s BEST Big Cities | Tampa Is On The List..Here’s Why!

Tampa has made Money’s 2015 “5 Best Big Cities” list, classified as “Best in the Southeast.” Whether you’re picking Tampa as a place to relocate, retire, or simply choosing to continue calling Tampa home, you’ll be pleased to see the city recognized in key quarters. Tampa is in the news, and in a good way. Most prominently, Tampa has made Money’s 2015 “5 Best Big Cities” list, classified as “Best in the Southeast.” What impressed the editors? The write-up mentions sports, of course, including ice hockey and the Lightning’s try for the Stanley Cup as well as 2017’s college football national championship. There’s also room for celebration of the arts, and it’s great to see the arts getting well-deserved praise. The Tampa Museum of Art’s contemporary collection is a draw in a “stunning new building,” and the city’s hosting of the 15th International Indian Film Academy Awards – the Bollywood Oscars – also puts Tampa on the map. Median home price is listed at $121,200, which stacks up against the other four “best cities” on the Money list: Pittsburgh in the Northeast with a median home price of $115,200 Omaha in the Midwest with a median home price of $116,300 Mesa, Arizona, in the Southwest with a median home price of $172,500 Denver in the West with a median home price of $288,800 Tampa’s real estate prices are still more than a third below the peaks reached in 2006, the article points out, which is a boon to those looking to relocate in a town that offers good value in housing. A three-bedroom historic bungalow in trendy Seminole Heights...
South Tampa Waterfront Homes For Sale | Starting at 1 Million

South Tampa Waterfront Homes For Sale | Starting at 1 Million

South Tampa Waterfront Communities You May Not Know About! Mariner Estates | South Tampa, FL If you are looking for South Tampa waterfront homes for sale and are having a hard time finding one, there are a few neighborhoods you may not have heard of that I wanted to share with you.  This home is located in a tucked away community called Mariner Estates. You’d probably never even know Mariner Estates is there. If you are heading Eastbound, coming over the Howard Frankland Bridge from St. Petersburg,  (also called Howard Frankenstein Bridge by the locals), you can see Mariner Estates from the bridge, but It is tucked away and hard to find by car. What I like best about Mariner Estates is there is only one way in and out. The road winds behind Microsoft Corporation, off of Hoover Blvd, and dead ends on beautiful Tampa Bay. The location can’t be beat. It has easy access to Interstate I-275, the Westshore Business District, Downtown Tampa and only 25 minutes to Downtown St. Petersburg. Hands down, this is the most convenient location to live in all of Tampa. The Mariner canal is popular for fishing enthusiasts because of the small island you see at the tip and the many mangroves which provide a nice spot to catch snook, mullet and snapper. This first and most northern canal, South of Kennedy Blvd, is the least expensive in all of South Tampa and located in the top rated Plant High School District. It has a very close proximity to the Tampa International Airport and at certain times of the day, you will most likely hear...
The South Tampa Real Estate Market Is On Fire! [STATS]

The South Tampa Real Estate Market Is On Fire! [STATS]

The South Tampa Real Estate Market Is On Fire! Pending Homes Sales up 33% Unlike the National statistics and Hillsborough County as a whole, we want to take a closer look at one of Tampa’s most expensive zip codes (33629) Here are some figures I’d like to share with you for South Tampa Real Estate. South Tampa has long been one of the prime locations for homebuyers because of its proximity to an array of fine restaurants and stores, along with its convenient access to downtown as well as the bridges that lead to Gulf Coast beaches.  The 33629 zip code also boasts one of Tampa’s best school districts, Plant High School. Back to the South Tampa Stats:  The arrows point upward. In April of 2015 the median sales price is $479,900, up from $396,250 in March of 2015 and up over last year’s figure as well. (If you look at a two-year chart, March’s price went really low, but the dip looks like an aberration rather than a trend.) New pending sales are up 35 percent from a year ago, along with an almost 33 percent increase in sales that closed. Tampa’s most expensive home for sale is also located in the South Tampa area.  The historic Stovall-Lee House on Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa just hit the market at the highest price of any current listing in Hillsborough County and the second highest in the bay area.  For $13.9 million, you can own the largest estate in South Tampa. 4621 BAYSHORE BLVD, TAMPA, FL 33611 (MLS # T2753993) (all data current as of 9/4/2015) View Virtual Tour Price...
Hyde Park Historical Neighborhood-Tampa, Fl

Hyde Park Historical Neighborhood-Tampa, Fl

Hyde Park, Tampa, Florida.  One of the Best Historical Neighborhoods in Tampa Bay Hyde Park is a historic neighborhood and district located within the city limits of Tampa. The ZIP code for the district is 33606.  Here you’ll find a large concentration of historical 1920’s bungalows, along with newer condos and townhomes.  All are walking distance to quaint shops and trendy restaurants in the area. You can search real estate listings in Hyde Park here .  You’ll notice million dollar homes along with lower priced condos for sale. There’s something for everyone! Historic Hyde Park is also known for its annual historic home tour, usually in February.  You can see a video of some of the homes on the tour here. This will give you a nice sampling the type of architecture and style of houses you can expect to see in this quaint neighborhood. Why do home buyers flock to Hyde Park in Tampa?   Hyde Park is located near the University of Tampa and close to Tampa’s business and cultural arts district. It is very convenient for people who work in Downtown Tampa, want an easy drive to the Gulf Beaches and some of Tampa’s best school districts. Bayshore Boulevard is also located at the edge of the Hyde Park neighborhood.  Bayshore Boulevard is a waterfront road on Hillsborough Bay in South Tampa, Florida. Located south of downtown Tampa, its sidewalk, claimed to be the longest continuous sidewalk in the world at 4.5 miles. Roughly, the boundaries of the neighborhood include the Hillsborough Bay to the east, Kennedy Blvd to the north, historic and picturesque Bayshore Boulevard to the south, and Armenia Avenue to...
Tampa Florida- Best Neighborhoods, Resources and MORE!

Tampa Florida- Best Neighborhoods, Resources and MORE!

It seems that everyone wants to know how to find the best neighborhood in the Tampa Bay area and we can help you.  What defines the Best Neighborhood in Tampa?  A great neighborhood can mean different things to different people.  School ratings, location to amenities, age of homes, distance to parks, how far it is to the beach…etc. Think about where you live now and all the things you love about your neighborhood. Chances are, you’ll want to find the BEST neighborhood for you when you move to Tampa, and the same things you love about where you live now will determine where you live next! There’s much more that needs to be considered when purchasing a home, but these are the main concerns for many families relocating to our area. Here’s a link I posted a while back on The BEST neighborhoods in Tampa so feel free to check it out. The City of Tampa has some resources as well. You really need to navigate the site because there is so much information.  This link is a good place to start! Here are some other great resources for relocating to Tampa from the Official City of Tampa Website. Characteristics Demographics Land Uses Maps Neighborhood Registry Reports Thinking about buying or selling real estate in the Tampa Bay Area? Have a Real Estate question? Feel free to email or call us 813-784-7744 Rae Catanese and Michelle Jordan Realtors.   Search MLS listings in...
New Casa Bahia Condos at Westshore Yacht Club-Tampa, Fl

New Casa Bahia Condos at Westshore Yacht Club-Tampa, Fl

Why you should be living at Westshore Yacht Club and the NEW Casa Bahia Waterfront Condos! The Westshore Yacht Club in Tampa, Fl is one of the only truly upscale resort style Waterfront communities in the South Tampa area.  The neighborhood is close for commuting to St. Petersburg, MacDill AFB and the Tampa Airport.  The amenities are all top notch, as this planned yachting community was built with the discriminating buyer in mind. Now, 8 years after the first residences were built, Westshore Yacht Club is building and pre-selling a new waterfront development called Casa Bahia. These luxury penthouse condominiums have nearly 3000 sq ft living space overlooking beautiful Tampa Bay. Prices are starting from the $690,000.00’s.  Pricing back in the booming real estate market were almost more than double of what they are today! As of today, building 4 has been released, 5 is next. There are 9 total buildings, 6 residences per building, and only 2 homes per floor (54 total residences). Here’s a virtual tour of what the Casa Bahia luxury condos will look like when they are complete.   I recently had the opportunity to receive a “lift tour” of Casa Bahia. Here’s the view from what will be one of the towers. Please contact me for pricing and availability, as these are not currently listed in MLS. This slideshow requires JavaScript.  Search all homes and condos for sale at Westshore Yacht Club In addition to the new Casa Bahia Condos,  Westshore Yacht Club also has resales. The neighborhood offers luxury single family homes, a high rise condo tower and town homes for sale. Once you are inside this...