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29
May

107 S GRADY AVE | SOUTH TAMPA

Gorgeous designer inspired home that perfectly blends style, sophistication and form. This block constructed home, located in the Plant High School boundaries, has been enhanced using only the highest quality and care. From the moment you enter the residence you will love the clean lines and open feeling, perfectly suited to your unique lifestyle needs. The porcelain tile flooring has been consistently expanded throughout the entire home to give a clean and crisp look and feel. The beautiful DESIGNER KITCHEN will not disappoint with trendsetting grey and white tones. The wood kitchen cabinets are a shaker design and matched with gleaming quartz countertops as well as Samsung Stainless appliances. The dining area is appointed with beautiful crown molding and enhanced with a special repurposed wood accent wall. The master suite has plenty of room with its own large walk-in shower and double vanities. The additional two bedrooms offer a split floorplan and are well proportioned. This home is ideally located for convenient access to the fabulous amenities Tampa has to offer including; Downtown, Westshore Shopping District, Tampa International, Channelside and all the major interstates.

01
May

Davis Islands Newsletter May 2018

 

 

 

 THE DAVIS ISLANDS NEWSLETTER

Greetings and welcome to the May issue of the Islands View newsletter.

This month there are two events worth participating in.  The first is occurring nearby at Curtis Hixon park and the second is at Peter O. Knight Airport.
A special thanks to Islands residents who work so hard to keep our community clean. The Coastal Cleanup was a success!
Hope everyone has a great May and we will see you around the Islands!
  Sig

 

 

Tampa Luxury Real Estate Agent Cristan Fadal

 

 

 

 

 

ISLANDS NEWS

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The DI Village will be in Bloom Soon!

The word on the street is that a florist will take residence at the space previously occupied by Serendipity.  At this point the details are very limited so stay tuned for more!

 

Davis Islands Cleanup
Thank you to the wonderful groups and volunteers who offered up their cleaning services on April 28th to help keep our islands clean.  As always thank you to Dan Lavender who always comes through w/ Dunkin’ Donuts & coffee!
  • A very special thank you to Tanya and TJ King who are responsible for organizing and coordinating this entire event multiple times each year.
 May Events

Riverfest 2018 – The 4th Annual Riverfest will be held May 4th & May 5th along the Tampa Rivewalk.  Additionally, it was just announced that a Tampa Bay Lightning watch party Game 4 will be held at Curtis Hixon park as part of the festivities.  For more information visit Riverfest 2018
 
Cars and Coffee on Davis Islands: Join the Dupont Registry as they host the 2nd Annual Cars and Coffee at Peter O’Knight airport on Davis Islands May 19th from 7AM to 10AM.  For more information visit Dupoint Registry Cars and Coffee
Resident Social (Davis Islands Civic Assoc.) – Join the Davis Islands Civic Associations as they host their resident social on May 16th from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at Islands Cantina.
Book of the Month

This month one of the books I pulled off my shelf is quite possibly in my list of top three favorite books.  “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living” by Dale Carnegie.
Today, we unfortunately hear stories about people and particularly young folks that are having a hard time coping with the challenges life presents. While this book is not a cure all it certainly gives practical techniques as well as thought provoking statements that help to expel the fear we might feel. Fear that at times can hold us back.
After reading this book I encourage you to pass it along to someone who might be going through a trial, low self confidence or fear of the unknown.

Davis Islands Welcome Packet

If you are new to Davis Islands this month I encourage you to download our updated New Resident Packet.  This will give you great information on the Islands History, Islands Business Directory and Common Contact numbers for our great amenities.

Nextdoor.com on Davis IslandsNEXTDOOR.COM – Davis Islands

Are you interested in staying updated on Islands activity, events and safety?  Then I encourage you join over 2,294 islands residents at Nextdoor.com.  Register for free @ Nextdoor.com/DavisIslands  Also if you are already a member please invite one other person and remember this is just for Davis Islands residents.

Next Davis Islands Civic Board Meeting   
The next meeting of the DI Civic Association will be held Tuesday May 1st at the Sandra Freedman Tennis Complex, starting at 7pm.

 

DAVIS ISLANDS LAND DEVELOPMENT & ZONING ACTIVITY

Davis Islands Apex MedianWe thought it would be helpful to keep residents updated on requests made to the City of Tampa for zoning, variance or design changes for properties on the Islands. Each month the City of Tampa publishes these filings for all City of Tampa residents, it is called the C.A.R.E. S Newsletter. Details on the filings can be found by logging into the City of Tampa Online Portal This months requests are as follows:

Design Exceptions
DE 2-18-36:  804 S Davis Blvd – Reduced side setback from 7 to 6.8 on west side based off where foundation was built
REAL ESTATE MARKET UPDATED APRIL 2018
OUR MARKET ACTIVITY

415 E DAVIS BLVD | DAVIS ISLANDS-  SOLD
This residence was designed and built by luxury Islands builder Homeworks and the home has EVERYTHING you should expect in a luxury home. This property has 4 Beds, 3.5 Baths, 2,900+ sq ft, 2 Car Garage and a Pool.  Click  for more details
208 DANUBE AVE # 102 | DAVIS ISLANDS-  UNDER CONTRACT
Live the urban lifestyle in this New Orleans inspired 2 Bed/ 2 Bath Davis Islands Condo.  With granite counter tops, wood cabinets and one block from the DI Village this is an excellent opportunity for Islands Living.  Click  for more details
319 COLUMBIA DR | DAVIS ISLANDS-  NEW RENTAL
Single Family Home, 5 Bed, 4 Baths, 2,900+ Sq Ft.  $3,500 month – Available for occupancy the first week of June

UPDATED BUYER NEEDS FOR DAVIS ISLANDS

 

01
May

Davis Islands Market Minute April 2018

Watch our April 2018 real estate market snapshot for Davis Islands in Tampa, FL. Be in the Know!
DAVIS ISLANDS REAL ESTATE MARKET MINUTE
Lowest Priced Home Sold on Davis Islands $725,000 and Highest Priced Home Sold $2,900,000
Median Sales Price $1,525,000 vs $705,215 (2017)
Average Days on Market for Active Properties 50
List Price to Sales Price Ratio 96.4%(2018) vs 95.1% (2017)

18
Apr

Make Your Mark Monthly: Patience

When you think of Spring Break, images of sandy beaches, powdery snow or even days on your sofa might run through your mind.  For my family this year was different.

A friend’s Facebook post and our son’s interest in a “wild adventure” led us to become tourists in our home state of Florida.  The destination? Florida Caverns State Park.

Did you know there were caves in Florida? Neither did we. But one rainy afternoon, we embarked on a journey, taking us below the surface, down into Florida’s only air filled cavern. Best of all was the intriguing beauty of the stalagmites, stalactites and other limestone formations.

Most impressive was this one fact. Stalactites and stalagmites grow at an unbelievable rate of 10cm every 1,000 years. Think about it this way: a12-inch ruler is 30 centimeters long. So, to grow a ruler’s length, we are talking 3,000 years!

My wife and I were just as amazed as our six year old to learn this fact and discussed it on the way home. We related it to personal growth and how we are always so needy for immediate gratification. Lose weight? It should only take a few weeks.  Get that work promotion? It should occur on day one. Reaching that financial goal? The money should come pouring in this week.

But really, growth can happen at a snail’s pace- unapparent to the naked eye. The stalactites form from a consistent drop of mineral filled precipitation dripping from the limestone cave ceiling. This slow and steady movement of water builds upon itself over and over again, creating beautiful, unique and strong formations that last thousands of years. (Some date back 190,000 years).

So how about us? How about our own development? To achieve success and growth in our own lives, shouldn’t we expect the same? True and lasting growth occurs through the steady building of experiences, knowledge, successes and failures.  The quick and easy might give short term results, but they are fleeting, rather for lasting growth a foundation must be built and then continuingly built upon.

Another interesting fact is that these limestone formations are sensitive to human touch; the oil from our fingers actually stunts the growth by preventing the mineral precipitation from attaching to the previous layer.  How much similar is that to our growth when we allow outside influences, short cuts or negative thoughts into our minds, which then stunt our personal development.

After our journey to North Florida, it became more apparent that we are a continual work in progress.  Each step we take towards developing ourselves should be taken with the same consistency, persistence and PATIENCE as these limestone formations. While we may not always realize the changes occurring immediately, they do build upon themselves, until finally one day we experience and see the beauty that has been created.

This month I encourage you to continue your journey forward in what is important to you and to have the patience and persistence to see it through.

Have a great month!

 

 

 

Cristan Fadal

 

“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential”

 – Winston Churchill –

10
Apr

Davis Islands Market Minute March 2018

Watch our MARCH 2018 real estate market snapshot for Davis Islands in Tampa, FL. Be in the Know!
DAVIS ISLANDS REAL ESTATE MARKET MINUTE

31
Mar

Davis Islands Newsletter April 2018

 

 

 

 THE DAVIS ISLANDS NEWSLETTER

Greetings and welcome to the April issue
of the Islands View newsletter.

This month there are a few fun events to participate in on the Islands. The First Responders Day at the DI Fire Station is always a special treat for the kids, the resident’s social this month is in a beautiful location and there is a great opportunity to clean up our Islands.

As Spring gets into full bloom, I encourage you to get out and meet your neighbors and fellow Islanders. We are a great community with a ton of amenities; at the same time, it is really the people that make our home so special.

Have a great month and I hope to see you around the Islands!

  Sig

 

 

Tampa Luxury Real Estate Agent Cristan Fadal

 

 

 

 

 

ISLANDS NEWS

Annual Egg Hunt on Davis Islands

iOn March 24th, eighty children gathered at the Davis Islands Garden Club to hunt over 2,000 eggs!

This annual event has become a huge hit on the Islands with each year growing larger.  The event was hosted by the Davis Islands Civic Association with the Davis Islands Garden Club offering their wonderful waterfront location for the event.
Keep up to date on the DI Civic Association on their facebook page!

April Islands Events

April 19th (6:30pm) Resident’s Social – The next resident’s social will be held at the Davis Islands Yacht Club.  This is a great event for Islands Residents to meet each other as well as their Civic Association board members. And if you haven’t been to our yacht club, the view is a must see.
April 28th (11am-1pm): First Responder’s Appreciation Day at the DI Fire station.  This is a wonderful event for Islands residents especially their children to meet our first responders and even take a tour of a fire truck.
April 28th (9am-12pm) Great American Cleanup: Join your neighbors as we clean up the Islands. Meet in the parking lot between the dog parks on DI and by the boat ramp. Registration begins at 8am and the event runs through noon. Clean up the green spaces on DI and the coastal areas. There is usually plenty of coffee and donuts for the volunteers! Thanks to Tanya, TJ and Eli King for leading this effort year after year!
Thursday Night Races – each Thursday the Davis Islands Yacht Club has sailing races from now until October 18th.  The wonderful thing about this weekly activity is that NonMembers are encouraged to come and participate.  This is a great way to learn more about sailing and actually get your feet wet.  For more information visit DIYC.com

Book of the Month

As you probably can guess by now I enjoy reading books that improve myself professionally, personally and spiritually.  Included in this list are autobiographies of people that have reached the pinnacle of success in whatever they desire to accomplish.  This month I focused on “Richard Branson Losing My Virginity”. While the title of this book might raise an eyebrow, the content is anything but.  The stories that Branson shares regarding his personal and professional challenges/successes are both entertaining and motivating.  From his hot air ballon flights around the world, to the creation of the Virgin Company.  His first hand accounts give you real insight into the personality, mind and determination of a successful entrepreneur who did it his way.

Davis Islands Welcome Packet

If you are new to Davis Islands this month I encourage you to download our updated New Resident Packet.  This will give you great information on the Islands History, Islands Business Directory and Common Contact numbers for our great amenities.

Nextdoor.com on Davis IslandsNEXTDOOR.COM – Davis Islands

Are you interested in staying updated on Islands activity, events and safety?  Then I encourage you join over 2,256 islands residents at Nextdoor.com.  Register for free @ Nextdoor.com/DavisIslands  Also if you are already a member please invite one other person and remember this is just for Davis Islands residents.

Next Davis Islands Civic Board Meeting   
The next meeting of the DI Civic Association will be held Tuesday April 3rd at the Sandra Freedman Tennis Complex, starting at 7pm.

 

DAVIS ISLANDS LAND DEVELOPMENT & ZONING ACTIVITY

Davis Islands Apex MedianWe thought it would be helpful to keep residents updated on requests made to the City of Tampa for zoning, variance or design changes for properties on the Islands. Each month the City of Tampa publishes these filings for all City of Tampa residents, it is called the C.A.R.E. S Newsletter. Details on the filings can be found by logging into the City of Tampa Online Portal This months requests are as follows:

Design Exceptions
DE 2-18-27:  596 Riviera Dr – Requesting additional 10% for total building height
DE 2-18-30:  631 Bosphorous Ave – Reduce front & side yard setbacks
REAL ESTATE MARKET UPDATED MARCH 2018
OUR MARKET ACTIVITY

415 E DAVIS BLVD | DAVIS ISLANDS-  JUST LISTED
This residence was designed and built by luxury Islands builder Homeworks and the home has EVERYTHING you should expect in a luxury home. This property has 4 Beds, 3.5 Baths, 2,900+ sq ft, 2 Car Garage and a Pool.  Click  for more details
208 DANUBE AVE # 102 | DAVIS ISLANDS-  AVAILABLE
Live the urban lifestyle in this New Orleans inspired 2 Bed/ 2 Bath Davis Islands Condo.  With granite counter tops, wood cabinets and one block from the DI Village this is an excellent opportunity for Islands Living.  Click  for more details
150 BOSPHOROUS | DAVIS ISLANDS SOLD PREMARKET/FULL PRICE
Single Family Home, Pool, 4 Bed, 2.5 Baths, 2080 Sq Ft

 94 COLUMBIA #A | DAVIS ISLANDS-SOLD PREMARKET/FULL PRICE

Two story townhome with waterviews, 2 bed, 2.5 bath, 2 car garage, 1,264 sq ft.
726 S DAVIS BLVD | DAVIS ISLANDS-  SOLD
The perfect blend of style, space and location is offered in this fantastic updated Davis Islands residence.  This home has 3 bedrooms/ 2 baths / 2 car garage and completely renovated.  For a walking tour click

UPDATED BUYER NEEDS FOR DAVIS ISLANDS

 

31
Mar

Davis Islands Real Estate Market Minutes March 2018

Watch our MARCH 2018 real estate market snapshot for Davis Islands in Tampa, FL. Be in the Know!
DAVIS ISLANDS REAL ESTATE MARKET MINUTE
Lowest Priced Home Sold on Davis Islands $424,000 and Highest Priced Home Sold $2,100,000
Median Sales Price $634,500 vs $864,000 (2017)
Median Days on Market for Active Properties 5
List Price to Sales Price Ratio 97.8% vs 95.3% (2017)

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20
Mar

415 E DAVIS BLVD | DAVIS ISLANDS

Presenting a rare opportunity to live in a luxury custom home built on the waterfront community of Davis Islands, without the excessive price tag. This residence was designed and built by luxury Islands builder Homeworks and the home has EVERYTHING you should expect in a luxury residence. The moment you enter through the beautifully arched solid wood doorway you will feel the craftsmanship and quality.  The open floorplan design is stunning and further enhanced with the Provenza wide plank oil rubbed WOOD FLOORS that flow throughout the home. The GOURMET kitchen is straight from the pages of an interior design magazine, with recently added leathered QUARTZ countertops that wonderfully compliment the white shaker wood cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and Edison lighting.  The large island is a real center piece of the kitchen with plenty of space for cooking, dining and entertaining. In line with the open concept the kitchen flows into the dining area which is surrounded by large picture windows for a fantastic view of the rear yard. The downstairs master suite is gorgeous, with high ceilings, duel closets and a master bath that is reminiscent of a resort spa; with its MARBLE double vanities, free standing soaking tub and separate walk-in shower. The two downstairs guest bedrooms are spacious and have similar 10 ft height ceilings, while connected with a Jack and Jill full bath.  The second floor of the home has a huge bonus area with full bath and closet, which can be utilized as a 4thbedroom, in-law suite or recreation area. If all this is not enough the current owners have further enhanced the home with a beautiful resort style pool with sunshelf, waterfall and white pewter pavers surrounding it all. For added privacy a new vinyl tongue and groove fence has been installed and matches perfectly with the outside space. Additional property features include a large rear entry 2 car garage, spacious utility room, mud room area, screened back porch, tankless water heater and just steps from the Davis Islands village. The Davis Islands community has all the amenities you could desire with Marjory Park Marina, Sandra Freedman Tennis Complex, Tampa General Hospital, Historic Roy Jenkins pool, Peter O Knight airport, public boat ramp, dog parks, walking trail and more. You are also conveniently located to downtown Tampa, Channelside District and Hyde Park. Additionally, this home is in the Gorrie Elementary, Wilson Middle School and Plant High School boundaries.

16
Mar

24304 BRANCHOOD CT | LUTZ

Fabulous and affordable opportunity to live in the fast growing community of Lutz, where fabulous amenities are just minutes away.  This BLOCK constructed home has 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, a great room, separate bonus room and plenty of outdoor space.  The kitchen has been UPGRADED with beautiful granite countertops, honey spice wood cabinets, stainless appliances, gas range and crown molding.  The interior has been freshly painted with large ceramic tiles flowing throughout the home for a wonderful OPEN floorplan.  The master bedroom is oversized with on-suite master bath, which includes double vanities, large soaking tub and separate shower.  Making this home even more attractive is the wonderful split floorplan, screened porch, OVERSIZED lot, located on a cul de sac and NO CDD fees.  This home is just MINUTES from multiple shopping destinations and amenities, including The Shops at Wiregrass, Tampa Premium Outlets, New Tampa Community Park, Center Ice Hockey Complex, Cypress Creek Preserve and more.

28
Feb

Davis Islands News Letter March 2018

 

 

 

 THE DAVIS ISLANDS NEWSLETTER

Greetings and welcome to the March issue of the Islands View newsletter. Spring starts this month and with it comes planting, landscaping and if you’re like me, a determination to grow veggies. I’ll let you know how far I get with that project soon!

March is also a great time to get outside and enjoy our beautiful islands life. Take a walk, bike the trail, take up tennis or head down to the DI Yacht Club on a Thursday night and sail with a crew!

We are so fortunate to have so many outdoor options in our community to help kick start our March!

Hope to see you around the Islands!

  Sig

 

 

Tampa Luxury Real Estate Agent Cristan Fadal

 

 

 

 

 

ISLANDS NEWS

Give your yard a Little “Aqua-Love” this Spring
Spring is almost here! Do you have plans to re-landscape? If so,  will you be Florida-Friendly?
Believe it or not, the number one use of our municipal water supplies is the irrigation of lawns and landscaping.
Why is this problematic? The over use of municipal H2O directly affects the aquifer, which is the source of our drinking water.  The aquifer also supports our natural springs and a variety of eco systems. Not to mention, the fertilizers and pesticides we use to make our lawns look great, negatively impacts our lakes, bays and rivers.
How can we be better?
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences developed the Florida Friendly Landscaping Program,which promotes 9 principles to preserve and protect our natural water resources.
 
Here they are from the FloridaYards.org website:
 
1.     Right Plant, Right Place- Choose plants that can survive our Florida heat with minimum need for water, pesticide or fertilizer.
2.     Water Efficiently- Only water when your lawn really needs it.
3.     Fertilize Appropriately- Less is best.
4.     Mulch- Two-Three inches of mulch will help retain moisture and reduce weeds.
5.     Attract Wildlife- Think butterfly plants.
6.     Manage Yard Pests Responsibly- Choose pesticides wisely and the more natural the better.
7.     Recycle- Composted grass clippings and yard trimmings provide nutrients to the soil and reduce waste.
8.     Reduce Stormwater Runoff- Doing so will reduce pollutants into our bay.
9.     Protect the Waterfront- Waterfront property is fragile. Protecting it will help to maintain freshwater and marine ecosystems.
 
There are terrific recources out there to help all of us be more Florida- Friendly this year. And, I personally can’t wait to see Davis Islands look better than ever!
 
Resources:
Florida Friendly Landscaping: FloridaYards.org
UF/IFAS Extension: http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu
City of Tampa- TampaGov.net

The day to celebrate love is quickly approaching and whether you are single, married, dating or have a menagerie of kids and pets, there is something for everyone on this special day.

 
Treat yourself or someone else and enjoy February 14! We contacted local DI businesses to find out if they were doing something special for Valentine’s Day this year. The following businesses have something unique to offer:

March Islands Events

March 8th – Davis Islands resident social @ Molly Malones (5:30pm)
March 24th – Annual Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt @Garden Club (8:30 am)

Book of the Month

As we move about our busy lives each day, week, month and year we can tend to forget about those who are serving our country.  This month one of the books I read really jolted me back to the reality our military men and women face who are on the front lines.  The book “RED PLATOON: A True Story of American Valor”  by Medal of Honor recipient Clinton Romesha was a harrowing description of the Battle of Keating, the most isolated and inaccessible outpost in Afghanistan.  This battle gives vivid details of the battle between less than 60 Black Knight Troops vs over 350 Taliban insurgents.  The accounts of bravery, leadership, decision making, friendship and loss are presented in such compelling details that it took me less than 3 days to read!
We continually hear about celebrities and famous folks who are role models, and they just might be, however once you have read this book I would wager to say your definition might change.

Davis Islands Welcome Packet

If you are new to Davis Islands this month I encourage you to download our updated New Resident Packet.  This will give you great information on the Islands History, Islands Business Directory and Common Contact numbers for our great amenities.

Nextdoor.com on Davis IslandsNEXTDOOR.COM – Davis Islands

Are you interested in staying updated on Islands activity, events and safety?  Then I encourage you join over 2,230 islands residents at Nextdoor.com.  Register for free @ Nextdoor.com/DavisIslands  Also if you are already a member please invite one other person and remember this is just for Davis Islands residents.

Next Davis Islands Civic Board Meeting   
The next meeting of the DI Civic Association will be held Tuesday March 6th at the Sandra Freedman Tennis Complex, starting at 7pm.

 

DAVIS ISLANDS LAND DEVELOPMENT & ZONING ACTIVITY

Davis Islands Apex MedianWe thought it would be helpful to keep residents updated on requests made to the City of Tampa for zoning, variance or design changes for properties on the Islands. Each month the City of Tampa publishes these filings for all City of Tampa residents, it is called the C.A.R.E. S Newsletter. Details on the filings can be found by logging into the City of Tampa Online Portal This months requests are as follows:

none this month
REAL ESTATE MARKET UPDATED FEBRUARY 2018
 
OUR MARKET ACTIVITY
208 DANUBE AVE # 102 | DAVIS ISLANDS-  PRICE RESET
Live the urban lifestyle in this New Orleans inspired 2 Bed/ 2 Bath Davis Islands Condo.  With granite counter tops, wood cabinets and one block from the DI Village this is an excellent opportunity for Islands Living.  Click  for more details
726 S DAVIS BLVD | DAVIS ISLANDS-  UNDER CONTRACT
The perfect blend of style, space and location is offered in this fantastic updated Davis Islands residence.  This home has 3 bedrooms/ 2 baths / 2 car garage and completely renovated.  For a walking tour click

UPDATED BUYER NEEDS FOR DAVIS ISLANDS