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Archive for March, 2009

        

I’m a “Condo Chick”…and I LOVE IT! Downsizing Your Life in the Tampa Real Estate Market

Filed under: Florida Condominiums, Tampa Neighborhoods, Tampa Real Estate, Tampa Real Estate Market, Where is Jackie Now?

For years I have dreamed of living a low-maintenance lifestyle. No yard. No roofs to replace.  No gardens to weed. No lawn service, no pool service, no rotting wood to worry about, no rats in the attic (they love South Tampa!)…finally, with two of the three children heading off to opposite coasts,  I am, officially, a “Condo Chick”.  I love it…the concierge, the sauna, fitness room,  pool and spa, in a fabulous spot…just  steps from the Downtown Trolley. I can ride to Ybor City, Channelside or Downtown Tampa in minutes.

 

Packing up the Single Family Home reminded me of all of the times I have counseled Sellers, “If You Haven’t Used it in a Year, you don’t need it.”  As hard as it was, I took my own advice. Boxes and boxes of “stuff” were  hauled to The Spring (a shelter for battered women) and plenty of “things” that I haven’t been able to live without went happily into the trash.

 

I love the “city” lifestyle! It’s a lot like living in Europe again. 

 

Enjoy some of my previous articles about changing your lifestyle!:

 

Live Without A Car in Europe

 

Live At Ventana, An Upscale Urban Lifestyle

 

Downsizing Your Life Is It the Path to Happiness

 

 

Looking for real estate in Tampa?

 

If you are ready to “downsize” your life, or are still busy raising children and enjoy that home in the suburbs, , or Selling a house in Tampa, I can help with any Tampa neighborhood, including:

 

Brandon,  Riverhills, Valrico, Channelside, South Tampa, Davis Islands, Beach Park, Sunset Park, Hyde Park, Culbreath Isles, Palma Ceia, Westchase, Waterchase, Odessa, Cheval, Avila, Brandon, Riverview, FishHawk, New Tampa, Tampa Palms, Hunter’s Green, Arbor Greene, Apollo Beach, South Shore, MiraBay, Golf Communities, Waterfront Homes, Luxury Homes in Tampa, Clearwater Beach, St. Pete Beach, Condos in Tampa and International Real Estatecontact me!

 

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Moving to Tampa? Find the Best Neighborhoods and Best School Choices in Tampa

Filed under: Buying a House in Tampa, MacDill AFB, MLS Listings in Tampa, Schools in Tampa, Tampa Home Search, Tampa Real Estate, Tampa Schools, Waterfront Homes in Tampa

This is “Relocation Season” in Tampa!  Many families, with school-aged children, are busy “house-hunting” in the Tampa area, so they can get settled in time for the new school year, which begins in August. This is a busy time of year for a PCS TO MacDill AFB, as well.  Moving to Tampa with children involves, not only finding the best neighborhoods, but it also requires some research about best schools in Tampa.

If you are moving to Tampa, or looking for a home in the Tampa Real Estate Market, and you have children, finding the right school will be at the top of your “to do” list!  Hillsborough County is the 8th largest school district in the Country and has many top-rated schools, both Nationwide and Statewide.

Each street address has a specific “school district” assigned to it, but another option to consider is one of the many “Magnet Schools” available at all grade levels.

I deal with a heavily “International” clientele.  Many of my clients have bi-lingual children and want to immerse them in a curriculum that is focused on languages and international studies.  I, personally, studied at a French elementary school and later at a university in Switzerland.  While studying Russian History in French may not appeal to everyone, it is EXACTLY the kind of challenge that many students thrive upon!

Hillsborough County offers the Interational Baccalaureate programme at the Elementary, Middle and High School levels. MacFarlane Park Elementary,  offers the IB program at the primary level, focused on ages 3–12.  Located on MacDill Avenue, close to South Tampa, MacFarlane Park Elementary is rated in the top 1% of all Florida School.  You can find more information about their program here.

Hillsborough County offers Magnet Programs in Math, Science, Arts, Performing Arts, International Studies and more.  Before you enroll your child, consider all of the options available to you.  To be considered for a magnet program, there is an application process and a spring deadline for the following school year.  This is the time to start investigating your options for the 2009–2010 school year.

Looking for real estate in Tampa? Need a list of the “A rated” schools in Tampa?  Send me an email today!

 

If you are buying a house in Tampa, or Selling a house in Tampa, I can help with any Tampa neighborhood, including:

 

South Tampa, Davis Islands, Beach Park, Sunset Park, Hyde Park, Culbreath Isles, Palma Ceia, Westchase, Waterchase, Odessa, Cheval, Avila, Brandon, Riverview, FishHawk, New Tampa, Tampa Palms, Hunter’s Green, Arbor Greene, Apollo Beach, South Shore, MiraBay, Golf Communities, Waterfront Homes, Luxury Homes in Tampa, Clearwater Beach, St. Pete Beach, Condos in Tampa and International Real Estatecontact me!

 

Sign up for my email list to receive the latest information on the Tampa Real Estate Market, Living in Tampa, and the International Real Estate Market!

For more information about the schools in Tampa, or assistance in relocation to any Tampa neighborhood, contact me today.

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