The Plant City area (E. of Tampa) is synonymous with great strawberries, but they are not the only berries on the block.
The 6th annual Tampa Bay Blueberry Festival will take place April 27-28 at the Keel & Curley Winery, 5202 W. Thonotosassa Road, in Plant City.
Jenna Tessier, events coordinator at Keel & Curley, has high expectations for this year’s event.
Last year they had more than 6,000 people throughout the weekend. This year, they’ve really gotten the word out there and they hope it’s going to be a lot bigger.
The festival doubles as a celebration of the spring blueberry harvest. The event’s history dates back to 1995, when the Keel family planted 25 acres worth of blueberries on its property. They began producing blueberry wine in 2003 and decided to welcome the public in 2008 for the first edition of the festival. Continue reading →
Brandon Area MLS Listings Benefit from Kitchen Updates
The importance of kitchens to prospective homebuyers is something that never seems to change. If you are preparing to bring your home onto the market anytime soon, you’ve probably been thinking about how to make your Tampa MLS listing as attractive as possible. Odds are good that updating your kitchen (with an attractive photo or two) is somewhere near the top of your to-do list. An inviting kitchen rivals curb appeal in creating a superior MLS listing, so if you’re noodling a remodel of your home’s core, you will be interested in these trends for 2013.
About that linoleum from the 1970’s: it’s time to say good-bye. Kitchen experts agree that hardwood floors remain a hot kitchen remodeling trend…and there are a few fresh twists we can expect to start appearing more frequently in Tampa MLS listings. Interior designer Cami Weinstein says, “I am starting to see lighter shades of wood floors again – something that hasn’t been seen in a while.” The washed-wood floors are back from the 80’s and 90’s — but with wider planks and hand scraping that creates a less formal, beachy feel.
Award-winning designer Kathleen Donohue points to a newer trend: re-facing cabinets rather than replacing them. People are watching their spending, and simply re-facing (the process of simply changing cabinet doors while maintaining the original cabinet structure) is a much less expensive option than total rebuilding. Freeing up remodeling dollars is a definite plus.
Adding to the trend toward thrift-consciousness, expect kitchen features that do double-duty – conserving precious kitchen space in the process. Examples are microwaves that double as second ovens and/or warming drawers, and refrigerators with convertible drawers that can act as fridge, freezer, or wine fridge. Either should be a great selling feature in Tampa MLS listings. Especially if your home has a smaller kitchen, multi-taskers like those are valuable ideas. Continue reading →
This is the Capri model at Valencia Lakes Tampa. This home offers a wonderful floor plan for entertaining guests. The great room and dining room are situated next to the kitchen with dramatic 10ft. high ceilings. The well appointed kitchen provides ample storage and has a casual dining area. In the front of the home, there is a bedroom with a full bath, and a den or optional 3rd bedroom. The master suite is located in the back of the home with dramatic ceilings and large windows. There is also a French door leading to the screen covered patio. There are 2 large walk in closets, and a luxurious master bathroom with a roman tub, shower and his/her vanities. The property is 1,870 a/c sq. ft.
If you would like to take a closer look at this model or any of the model homes at Valencia Lakes Tampa, give us a call. We would love to represent and advise you with this or any builder in the Tampa Bay area. No cost to you, our fees are paid by the builder. We will have only your best interests at heart.
Easy ways to reduce costs without sacrificing quality of life
Many Americans are in the process of reassessing their spending patterns, and boomers and seniors are no exception. Seventy-three percent of adults over age 50 started saving more or cutting back on spending last year, compared to 2010, according to a November 2011 report by the AARP.
In many cases, the new spirit of frugality is not necessarily born out of financial necessity, but also out of a desire to simplify life, avoid excessive consumption and focus on what’s really important – family, friends and community.
If you’re an adult over 50, maybe you’re exploring the hidden treasures of your own region instead of taking exotic vacations. Maybe you’re barbecuing with friends in the backyard instead of going out to eat. Maybe you’re spending more time playing with your grandkids instead of buying them the latest electronic gadgets.
In short, you’re trying to cut back on spending without sacrificing quality of life. Here are five tips to help: Continue reading →