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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

28
Feb

Davis Islands Real Estate Market Minute February 2018

Watch our FEBRURY 2018 real estate market snapshot for Davis Islands in Tampa, FL. Be in the Know!
DAVIS ISLANDS REAL ESTATE MARKET SNAPSHOT
Lowest Priced Home Sold on Davis Islands $501,750 and Highest Priced Home Sold $1,811,500
Median Sales Price $608,500 vs $947,300 (2017)
Median Days on Market for Active Properties 64

#hyperlocal #davisislandshomes #southtampahomes #cristanfadalrealestate #realestatemarket #century21 #realestatepro #realestatevideos #intheknow

07
Feb

The Islander Condominiums of Davis Islands Unit Views

Construction of The Islander Condominiums of Davis Islands is in full swing.  We thought it would be helpful to gain a perspective on what the views would be like from each of the various units*.

 

 

*We have done our best to be as accurate as possible with the understanding that slight changes are possible and the final views may be slightly different.

01
Feb

Davis Islands Newsletter February 2018

 

 

 

 THE DAVIS ISLANDS NEWSLETTER

Greetings and welcome to the February issue of the Islands View newsletter. Love is in the air this month as well as the continuation of Gasparilla activities.

February is the perfect time to try a new restaurant or DI hot spot. Remember to make your reservation soon if you plan to indulge for Valentine’s Day!
We have highlighted a few Islands locales that you might want to try this month!
See you around the Islands!

Sig

 

 

Tampa Luxury Real Estate Agent Cristan Fadal

 

 

 

 

 

ISLANDS NEWS

Valentine’s Day on Davis Islands

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:

 

Special three course: Choice of an appetizer, an entree and a dessert. (soup or salad is included) $39 per person. Complimentary bottle of wine or champagne with any purchase of dinner for two. The regular menu is available as well. Live entertainment, no cover.
 

 
 
Oggi 4 course dinner including: Appetizer, Oggi Salad, Entrée and Dessert- Your choice of six delicious entree’s- $89 for two! 
Offering two Valentine’s Day inspired black teas in February! Sweetheart Fog which is a Rasberry Rose and Love Potion #9, a Strawberry and Chocolate. They also have new “Rifle” brand Valentine’s day postcards and a combo Recipe Box/Mug gift set.
Special Valentines Day menu which will include a Lobster dish and Veal dish.  The regular dining menu will be available too
Fall in love with Aveda Makeup! 10% off for the month of February.
 
 
For the love of Paws. 10% off everything Valentines (cookies, cards, bandanas, collars and more)
We aren’t perfect! 
Please check with the establishment 
to make sure we got it right!
 
Other DI Favorites! Check their website and/or Facebook page to find out the latest!
 
Nibbles and Libations:

Gasparilla 2018

Gasparilla seems to have gone off without a hitch…or should I say without a major hitch! In fact, according to Tampa PD the arrest numbers were low!
Our islands were a buzz with invasion parties and boat watchers.  I have heard from a few restaurant owners and they were packed too.
If you are interested in cleaning up beads from our waterways and surrounding green spaces, learn about Green Gasparilla!
The pirate fest continues with the Sant’ Yago Knight Parade and the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic. Are you running this year?
Green Gasparilla: February 3- 9am

Sant’ Yago Knight Parade :  

February 10 – 7:00 pm
Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic: February 24-25 – 5K, 8K, 15K and Half Marathon – Please see website for start times!

Book of the Month

Each January I like to start the year reading one of my favorite books “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill.  I am sure you have either heard or read this book at some time in your life and for me it is one of the original sources for which ALL success books originated.  The essence of this book truly brings to life the reality of how humans can achieve greatness and success in whatever they truly desire.
If you have never read this book or it has been years since you have read it, I encourage you to acquire a copy.  Within the first chapter you will not only feel reinvigorated to accomplishing your goals, but most importantly reprogram how you might think about success and achievement.

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 2,194 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.

 

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 EXPECTIONS:
DE2-18-17: 174 Baltic Circle – Reduce Setback – no hearing
REAL ESTATE MARKET UPDATED JANUARY 2018
 
OUR MARKET ACTIVITY
726 S DAVIS BLVD | DAVIS ISLANDS-  PRICE RESET
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
7208 DANUBE AVE # 102 | DAVIS ISLANDS-  JUST LISTED
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

 


UPDATED BUYER NEEDS FOR DAVIS ISLANDS

31
Jan

Davis Islands Real Estate Market Minute January 2018

Watch our JANUARY 2018 real estate market snapshot for Davis Islands in Tampa, FL. Be in the Know!
DAVIS ISLANDS REAL ESTATE MARKET SNAPSHOT
Lowest Priced Home Sold on Davis Islands $375,000 and Highest Priced Home Sold $2,600,000
Median Sales Price $921,750 vs $838,500 (2017)
Median Days on Market for Active Properties 71

#hyperlocal #davisislandshomes #southtampahomes #cristanfadalrealestate #realestatemarket #century21 #realestatepro #realestatevideos #intheknow

26
Jan

4103 W WATERMAN AVE

Gorgeous mid-century modern inspired home from D&B Phoenix Estates that perfectly blends designer style, sophistication and form .  This block constructed home, located in the Plant High School boundaries, has been COMPLETELY renovated using only the highest quality and care.  From the moment you enter the residence you will love the OPEN FLOOR PLAN, with multiple locations to suit your unique lifestyle needs.  The new 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 ¾ inch quartz countertops as well as Samsung Stainless appliances.  The great room has been appointed with beautiful crown molding and enhanced with a special accent wall.  Ideally located in the rear of the home, for maximum privacy, 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.  Additional enhancements to the home include NEW AC, NEW ROOF, new water heater, updated electrical/plumbing, new landscape, newly paved circular driveway  and a fenced yard.   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
Jan

Davis Islands Real Estate Market Minute December 2017

Watch our December 2017 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 $400,000 and Highest Priced Home Sold $3,325,000
Median Sales Price $1,125,000 vs $602,000 (2016)
Median Days on Market 103 vs 35 (2016)
Sales $ to List $ Ratio 89% vs 97% (2016)

#hyperlocal #davisislandshomes #southtampahomes #cristanfadalrealestate #realestatemarket #century21 #realestatepro #realestatevideos #intheknow

01
Jan

Davis Islands Newsletter January 2018

 

 

 

 THE DAVIS ISLANDS NEWSLETTER

Happy New Year and welcome to the January issue of the Islands View newsletter. This month means the kick off of all things Gasparilla beginning with the kids on January 20.

January can also mean trying something different, establishing a new tradition or setting goals. I have outlined a few fun things to do right here on Davis Islands to get the most out of our community.

See you around the Islands!

Sig

 

 

Tampa Luxury Real Estate Agent Cristan Fadal

 

 

 

 

 

ISLANDS NEWS

How to Experience Islands Living in 2018!

As Islands residents we can sometimes forget about all the great amenities we have at our fingertips.  In fact I would venture to say that we have more amenities than any other neighborhood in the City of Tampa.  To this end, I compiled a list of things you can do this year:

  • Take a Walk or jog on the 1.3 mile Davis Islands trail.
  • Take a Dip in the Roy Jenkins Community Pool that is now heated and open year round.
  • Play a Game, set or match at the Sandra Freedman Tennis Complex’s clay courts.
  • Take Fido for a swim or run at the Davis Islands Dog Parks.
  • Launch your Boat or kayak at the Davis Islands Public Boat Ramp.
  • Picnic and Play at Seaplane Basin or the Thumbprint on the South Part of the Islands
  • The Plane the Plane watch the plains take off and land from Peter O Knight air port.
  • Ride the “Tour de Islands” i.e. join one of the many road bike groups that cycle week.
  • Rent a Bike from “Coast” bike share and ride from the Islands to Downtown.
  • Take the Pirate Taxi Boat from Channel Dr. (near the ball fields)
  • Take in a Little League baseball or softball game at the Bayshore Little League fields on Columbia Dr.
  • Find a Special spot around the Islands to take in a little fishing.

Gasparilla 2018

The new year means Gasparilla!  Below are the dates of the various Gasparilla events for January as well as the “No Parking” map for
Davis Islands.
Gasparilla Children’s Parade: Jan. 20th – 3:30pm to 6pm
Gasparilla Invasion: Jan. 27th – 11:30am to 1pm
Gasparilla Pirate Fest Parade: Jan. 27th – 2:00pm to approx 5:30pm
Davis Islands Gasparilla No Parking Map

Book of the Month

Book of the Month
This past month I had the chance to read a great autobiography from the legendary college basketball coach John Wooden “Wooden on Leadership”
Wooden holds the record for most NCAA basketball championships at 10 in 12 years.  That being said after reading this book it seems the most important thing to Wooden was the development of leaders both on and off the court rather than the championships.
Over his coaching tenure, he developed a pyramid of success that he utilized with all his teams. This pyramid can also be used in business and personal life.
Great book about a solid individual.  I am always seeking new books to read so if you have a favorite let me know!
Click pyramid for details

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 2,150 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.

 

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
REAL ESTATE MARKET UPDATED DECEMBER 2017
 
OUR MARKET ACTIVITY
726 S DAVIS BLVD | DAVIS ISLANDS-  AVAILABLE
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
7208 DANUBE AVE # 102 | DAVIS ISLANDS-  COMING SOON
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

512 COLUMBIA DR | DAVIS ISLANDS-  PRICE ADJUSTMENT
Opportunity to build TWO single-family dream homes on the waterfront community of Davis Islands.  This double lot has 100 feet of frontage with an RS-50 zoning designation.  For more information click

UPDATED BUYER NEEDS FOR DAVIS ISLANDS

30
Nov

Davis Islands Newsletter December 2017

 

 

 

THE DAVIS ISLANDS NEWSLETTER

Welcome to the December issue of the Islands View newsletter. This month there are plenty of holiday activities occurring on the Islands as well as the exciting news of Davis Islands being the first Golf Cart legal community in the City. Have a wonderful holiday season and we will see you around the Islands.

Sig

 

 

Tampa Luxury Real Estate Agent Cristan Fadal

 

 

 

 

 

ISLANDS NEWS

Angel Giving Tree for Animals

Wag Natural Pet Market’s annual “Angel Giving Tree” is accepting your pet food, blankets and leash/collar donations to benefit the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Drop by the store anytime before December 14th with your donations.

Golf Carts Approved

As you have probably heard Davis Islands is now a golf cart approved community. We are the testing ground for other neighborhoods in the City and want to set a great example! Click to review the ordinance and understand the requirements DI Golf Cart Ordinance.

17th Annual Davis Islands Toy Drive

Join your neighbors on December 11th for the 16th Annual Davis Islands Toy Drive. This yearly event is a great way to give to children that need something special this holiday season, as well as an opportunity to meet your neighbors. For more information on the Santa Stop closest to you visit DI Toy Drive on facebook.

DI Golf Cart Parade

Now that golf carts have been approved for Davis Islands streets you can join your fellow residents in this great annual activity. Save the date for Sunday December 17th. Details to follow but if similar to last year it will start at 5pm at the Riviera bridge (intersection of Lucerne and Riviera) Dress your cart up as much as you want, some years it gets pretty extravagant! You can also follow the facebook page here for updates.

Book of the Month

This past month a special book came across my desk, while it is a short read it is inspiring. “Make Your Bed Little Things That Can Change Your Life..and Maybe the World” written by Admiral William H McRaven (Retired). Admiral McRaven combines his personal experiences as a Navy Seal and US Naval Commander with pragmatic thoughts on how to improve yourself with just small changes. In fact this book was inspired by a commencement address he gave at the University of Texas in 2014. Click to see this commencement address. I think this is a great book, in particular for our kids to read as they are going into high-school. I am always seeking new books to read so if you have a favorite let me know!

S.W.E.E.P. – Davis Islands

The Annual City of Tampa Solid Waste Enhanced Environmental Program (S.W.E.E.P) which was delayed from the Hurricane is back on schedule. Davis Islands collection is scheduled for December 18th. For collection details visit the City’s S.W.E.E.P. website page here.

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 2,098 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.

 

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
REAL ESTATE MARKET UPDATED NOVEMBER 2017
 
OUR MARKET ACTIVITY
726 S DAVIS BLVD | DAVIS ISLANDS-  JUST LISTED
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
416 CHIPPEWA AVE | DAVIS ISLANDS-  SOLD
Fantastic mid-century modern home on Davis Islands.  This home has 3 bedrooms/ 2 baths, updated and on a deep lot.  For a walking tour click

512 COLUMBIA DR | DAVIS ISLANDS-  PRICE ADJUSTMENT
Opportunity to build TWO single-family dream homes on the waterfront community of Davis Islands.  This double lot has 100 feet of frontage with an RS-50 zoning designation.  For more information click

UPDATED BUYER NEEDS FOR DAVIS ISLANDS