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May 2017

Found 17 blog entries for May 2017.

Are you a fan of Italian food? You’ll love the spots around Tampa featuring delicious Italian cuisine in beautiful settings. You wouldn’t want to find yourself in a chain restaurant offering faux Italian courses, but rather you’re like most Italians that take their cuisine very seriously.

You can get your three courses of “il primo,” “il secondo,” and desserts at specialty Italian restaurants in the area that bring a taste of Italy to you in bistros, restaurants, and trattorias. Take a look at these top choices for great Italian food in the area that won’t disappoint.

Sea Guini – 430 South Gulfview Blvd, St. Petersburg/Clearwater

Stop out to Clearwater’s Opal Sands Resort to experience some amazing cuisine for Italian food fans. You’ll find

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The Tampa area real estate market cooled off a bit in April, according to recently released numbers from the Greater Tampa Realtors®. According to their latest Monthly Market Report, closed sales in Tampa dropped 3.2% last month compared to April of 2016, falling from 1,706 sales last April to 1,651 sales last month.

Cash sales in the area also dropped by an even larger margin compared to last year as well, dropping 16% from 406 cash sales in April 2016 to 341 cash sales in April 2017.

As for home prices in Tampa, both the median sales price and the average sales price jumped last month compared to the year prior, with the median sales price increasing from $208,000 to $229,990 (+10.6%), and the average sales price increasing from $260,786 to

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Tampa is experience a heatwave; not just with the weather, but in the real estate market. It’s great news for your hometown and a big reason why many are making the move to calling Tampa home. If you’re considering listing your home in Tampa or moving to the area, you’re going to learn quickly that it’s a seller’s market with so many wanting to be here.

This is all because of a number of factors, like the number of job opportunities to the city having such a large variety of price ranges to accommodate every budget. If you’re wondering what it is that makes Tampa such a hot real estate market, take a look at the list below that makes it clear Tampa is the place to be.

It’s a seller’s market

The good news for any families thinking about selling

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Ybor City is that part of Tampa that makes you feel transported to its own little city within a city. The streets are alive bright and early with coffee lovers hitting the local cafes and people walking the streets to start their day on a happy and cheerful note. By mid-morning, everyone is shopping before grabbing a delicious lunch enjoying local favorites like Cuban sandwiches.

By afternoon, you’ll want to hop on the TECO Streetcar to take a ride around town for more shopping and exciting attractions. Many end their day with stops at local breweries, fine dining, and watching the flamenco dancers that perform at The Columbia Restaurant. Ybor City offers an allure that is unlike the rest of Tampa and here is a look at what you can enjoy in this

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An exciting new mixed-use project is in the works in the St. Petersburg/Tampa area and it’s got everybody talking. This Marina District has been trying to redevelop the area adjacent to the nearby waterfront neighborhoods for some time, and the project was finally able to get the $70 million it needed to complete it.

You are likely to remember when it was once an undeveloped site emptied and full of weeds after the popular resort that once resided here closed and sold to Home Depot, but now it’s getting quite the makeover it truly deserves. The plans for the mixed-use project is going to offer residential, commercial, and more covering 9-acres of property on 34th street being built in 2017. Take a look at what you can expect for this exciting part of

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Exchange at Westshore Townhomes For SaleTownhouse residences have seemingly become more and more popular among buyers these days, especially here in Tampa. In many instances, townhouses live much like a single-family home in terms of space, and there’s also the added benefit of maintenance-free living in most instances, giving townhouse owners the best of both worlds. 

If you’re currently in the market for a new townhouse here in Tampa, you’ll find a fabulous new community under construction right now in the South Tampa neighborhood dubbed The Exchange at Westshore. Featuring 33 urban-contemporary townhouse residences, The Exchange at Westshore almost feels tailor-made for today’s modern buyers, offering chic and stylish living spaces that are not only large enough to feel comfortable, but

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Are you interested in having a real chef’s kitchen in your next Tampa home? What makes a regular kitchen in a typical American home different than one designed for a real chef? You may take notes from upscale restaurants and see what they are doing differently for inspiration, such as having a built-in wine refrigerator or having open shelves to stack plates rather than having them hiding in a cabinet. When you want your kitchen to feel more like an upscale dining experience, look for these top five features that turn a typical kitchen into a chef’s kitchen.

An outdoor extension

Aren’t the best restaurants the ones that have an outdoor experience a part of it? Turn your kitchen into a chef’s kitchen by extending it into the outdoors. Take advantage

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Tampa Lofts For Sale While the Tampa real estate market is sometimes defined by lavish waterfront condos and quaint cottage and bungalow style homes that have somewhat of a beachy vibe, it’s also a city where home and condo buyers will find a fair amount of residential loft conversions as well. 

As you might expect, lofts for sale in Tampa provide the ultimate urban living experience, not just because of the general layout and unique interior design features you'll see inside most loft-style condos but also because most residential loft conversions in town are also situated right in the heart of Tampa’s Central Business District. 

One of our favorite loft buildings in Tampa, the Victory Lofts, sits just steps from the Ybor Channel, Amalie Arena, and countless shopping

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There are some exciting things in the works for Tampa right now that are coming soon or just arrived. It’s going to make your summer extra special and unique this year that will make you wonder how we didn’t have these things sooner.

You’ve always enjoy a good boat ride on the Bay or catching a cab ride to enjoy the excitement of downtown, but now you’ll be able to see these areas in a new and exciting way. Introducing: newbies to the Tampa scene, Kraken Cycleboats, The Downtowner, The Cross-Bay Ferry-High Speed Ferry, and more! Take a look at these exciting additions and new changes such as extended TECO Streetcar Hours to hit Tampa this year just in time for some fun in the sun.

New Waterfront Park

If you haven’t heard of the Curtis Hixon

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It’s almost time to list your home for sale this year in Tampa and you are trying to figure out how to prepare for a great listing. Obviously you’ll get the home deep cleaned, organized, and decluttered, but how can you make your home really shine without going over the top on renovations?

There are some simple ways to prepare your home for sale that won’t cost you much money and will really make your home pop. Take a look at these ways to prepare your Tampa home for sale that you’ll want to get started on now!

Deep cleaning and organizing

While it’s a great idea to get the house deep cleaned by a cleaning service, there’s more to preparing the home than a deep cleaning. Before tackling the cleaning tasks necessary around the house, start with a

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