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08
Jul

3014 Grovewood Ct | South Tampa

As you pull into the gated townhome community of Hacienda Anna Maria, you will immediately feel right at home.

he Mediterranean styled residences have a light façade and beautifully Spanish tiled roofs. Pull into your spacious two-car garage and get ready to relax. Your private stairway will take you into the comfort of your living space. The first thing you will notice is your beautiful wood cabinets, thick granite countertops, open floor plan and plenty of light from your large picture windows which reflect the soft color palette on your walls. Open your wine refrigerator and enjoy a glass as you relish being home. This space is complete with meticulously maintained tile floors, dining area, crown molding and a convenient half bath for visiting friends.  As you head upstairs you will notice the gorgeous wood plank floors, which flow throughout the second story. Your spacious master bedroom and on suite bath can be your oasis. Soaking tub, travertine floors, semi frameless shower, granite countertops and chandelier will make beginning or ending your day a pleasure. When you are ready, curl up in bed with a good book. As you look out of the window, what do you see? A view of the bay in the distance! Your second bedroom is perfect for your office or guest getaway. Your home is truly light, airy and the place you want to hurry back to at the end of the day. Your location is fantastic. You are just two blocks from Bayshore and our beautiful bay. Feel like walking to dinner? Pane Rustica, Village Health Market, Cheese Please and Datz are in your neighborhood. Need to jump on the crosstown? You are mere minutes away. Make Hacienda Anna Maria your casa today!

02
Jul

Davis Islands Newsletter July 2018

 

 THE DAVIS ISLANDS NEWSLETTER

Welcome to the July issue of The Islands View newsletter.

I hope everyone is having a fantastic summer. This month, there is a great first time event on the Islands-the July 4th golf cart and bike parade. This event is sure to be well attended with our Islands spirit and the American spirit shining strong. Speaking of bicycles, I have included information on bicycle safety, something we can all use as we cruise the Islands on our two wheelers.

Have a great month and we will see you around the Islands.
  Sig

 

 

Tampa Luxury Real Estate Agent Cristan Fadal

 

 

 

 

 

ISLANDS NEWS

TOUR DE TAMPA

Well if you enjoy cycling as much as I do then you are probably preparing to watch the start of the Tour de France. You know the great annual road race that takes professional cyclists across France for three weeks. Well even if you are not a professional but enjoy riding around the Islands I thought it would be an appropriate time to provide a little insight on bicycle safety, in particular some of the rules of the road for cyclist.

Quick Summary

  • Bicyclists have the same rights to the roadways, and must obey the same traffic laws as the operators of other vehicles. These laws include stopping for stop signs and red lights, riding with the flow of traffic, using lights at night, and yielding the right-of-way when entering a roadway.
  • When riding on sidewalks or in crosswalks, a bicyclist has the same rights and duties as a pedestrian.
  • A bicyclist riding on sidewalks or in crosswalks must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and must give an audible signal before passing.
  • Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway shall not ride more than two abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles. Persons riding two abreast shall not impede traffic when traveling at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions existing, and shall ride within a single lane.
  • Moving violations, such as running stop sign or signal, riding against traffic have a civil penalty of $52

If you would like a more in-depth review you can always visit the City of Tampa’s website on Bicycle Law Highlights or Florida Uniform Traffic Control Law Chapter 316 Florida Statues

 

TAKE A TRIP
As my family and I do our routine walks around the Islands we are mostly looking up enjoying our community and environment.  That being said, sometimes it is important to just look DOWN and avoid that raised or cracked sidewalk before you TRIP.  We have had a few stumbles recently to say the least.
Based on these TRIPPY events I thought it would be helpful to mention that the City of Tampa provides a call in number 813-274-3101 as well as a Sidewalk Damage Request Form to report damaged and or new needed sidewalks.  For more information on this great program visit Sidewalk Program City of Tampa.

Youth Sailing Summer Camp

Are you still trying to figure out great activities for your son or daughter to participate in this summer?  Why not register them for a week of Youth Sailing at the Davis Islands Yacht Club.  For the past two years my son Sebastian has participated in this program and it was great, so much so that we registered for him to do it again.  It was an excellent opportunity for him to learn the basics and just get more comfortable on the water.  You can register and find out more at DIYC Youth Sailing.  FYI, you do NOT need to be a member of DIYC to participate.

 July Events

July 4th Decorated Bike and Golf Cart Parade

Get in the Independence Day spirit and join Islands residence as they host the first Annual 4th of July Decorated Bike and Golf Cart Parade.  Carts and Bikes will meet at the Marjorie Park Marina at 9am.

 

Book of the Month

This month’s book I decided to switch gears and head back to more of a motivational focus.  The book I selected was written in 1987 and recommend by a good friend of mine.
Living Above the Level of Mediocrity written by Charles “Chuck” Swindoll, is an great book on mindset and in particularly thinking beyond our current state.
Major themes of this book focus on Living Differently, Thinking Clearly, Fighting Fiercely and Standing Courageously.  One of the first quotes out of the book that really stuck with me was “…it is a wretched Tates to be gratified with mediocrity when the excellent lies before us”.  Isaac D’Israeli, 183

 

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 2,366 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   
There will be NO DI Civic Association Meeting in July.  The next meeting of the DI Civic Association will be held Tuesday August 7th 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:

Variance Review Board
VRB-18-58: 625 Luzon Ave – Reduce rear yard setback screen enclosure 7/10/2018 @ 6:30pm
REAL ESTATE MARKET UPDATED JUNE 2018
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OUR MARKET ACTIVITY
THE ISLANDER CONDOMINIUMS  | UNDER CONSTRUCTION
The Islander Condominiums of Davis Islands is the newest Mid-Rise residence to take shape in South Tampa. These limited edition units blend luxury living with the active lifestyle of South Tampa’s most amenity rich neighborhood.

 

319 COLUMBIA DR | DAVIS ISLANDS – NEW RENTAL
Single Family Home, 5 Bed, 4 Baths, 2,900+ Sq Ft.  Lawn maintenance included $3,600 month

 512 COLUMBIA DR  | JUST LISTED

Multiple options with this home and lots.  First, this property has two 50 by 110 buildable lots for two single-family homes.  The second option is to purchase this home with detached garage and in-law apartment and perform an nice renovation. Click for details
01
Jul

Davis Islands Real Estate Market Minute June 2018

Watch our June 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 $420,000 and Highest Priced Home Sold $6,200,000
Median Sales Price $852,000 (2018) vs $1,100,000 (2017)
Average Days on Market for Active Properties 118
List Price to Sales Price Ratio 97.1%(2018) vs 94.5% (2017)

31
May

Davis Islands Newsletter June 2018

 

 

 

 THE DAVIS ISLANDS NEWSLETTER

Welcome to the June issue of The Islands View newsletter.

School is out and the summer has begun.  Check out a few of the activities available on the Islands and remember that if you are taking an extended vacation away from home, follow a few simple safety precautions we listed below.

 

Have a great month and we will see you around the Islands.
  Sig

 

 

Tampa Luxury Real Estate Agent Cristan Fadal

 

 

 

 

 

ISLANDS NEWS

New Cafe Coming Soon to DI!
According to the sign a new cafe will be opening where the former Ziggy’s Cafe had taken residence.  We are still seeking details but it is good to know this space will not be vacant for long.

 

Preparing Your Home for Vacation
During the summer months we are all excited about taking some time off, and in many cases leaving for an extended period.  Take a few precautions so your home stays exactly how you left it when you return.
SECURITY STEPS:
  • Stop your mail and newspaper or ask a neighbor to collect for you
  • Park your car inside your garage
  • Ask a neighbor to park in your driveway occasionally
  • Keep at least one inside light on a timer
  • Install motion-activated flood lights outside
  • Keep lawn trim
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
  • Unplug small appliances and electronic devices (saves energy)
  • Put water heater in “vacation” mode or turn off
  • Turn off water valves to dishwasher, washing machine and sinks
  • Set thermostat higher than usually to save energy
  • Make sure smoke detectors work
  • Notify home security company you will be away
  • Leave emergency contact number with a neighbor

Youth Sailing Summer Camp

Are you still trying to figure out great activities for your son or daughter to participate in this summer?  Why not register them for a week of Youth Sailing at the Davis Islands Yacht Club.  For the past two years my son Sebastian has participated in this program and it was great, so much so that we registered for him to do it again.  It was an excellent opportunity for him to learn the basics and just get more comfortable on the water.  You can register and find out more at DIYC Youth Sailing.  FYI, you do NOT need to be a member of DIYC to participate.

 June Events

Summer Solstice Swim

Join your neighbors and the Davis Islands Civic Association at their Swim Under the Stars event June 21st (Thursday).  Event starts at 6pm-8pm at the Roy Jenkins Pool.  There will be a Pot Luck dinner from 8-9pm, with the Civic Association providing Burgers and Hot Dogs.  Bring a dish to share.  RSVP to Events@dicivic.org.
 

July 4th Decorated Bike and Golf Cart Parade

Get in the Independence Day spirit and join Islands residence as they host the first Annual 4th of July Decorated Bike and Golf Cart Parade.  You must RSVP for this event by June 30th to events@dicivic.org with the following information.  Name, whether bike or golf cart and how many people in your group.

 

Book of the Month

This month I decided to switch gears and read a biography.  While everyone knows Abraham Lincoln and his part in American history, this book really dives into the details of his life from the very beginning and what shaped him into the great President we all know today.
From his time growing up in the midwest, to his initial experience as an Illinois legislature, this book dives into interesting details that we don’t readily hear about in history books.
If you are a history buff or just enjoy learning more about figures that have shaped our country, this is a good book to pick up.

 

 

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 2,313 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 June 5th 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:

Variance Review Board
VRB-18-51: 804 S Davis Blvd – Reduce rear setback for elevated pool deckside 6/12/2018; 6:30pm
VRB-18-58: 625 Luzon Ave – Reduce rear yard setback screen enclosure 7/10/2018 @ 6:30pm
REZONING 
REZ-18-38: 116,118 & 120 Adalia Ave – RS-75 to PD 6/14/2018 @ 6:00pm
REAL ESTATE MARKET UPDATED MAY 2018
OUR MARKET ACTIVITY
THE ISLANDER CONDOMINIUMS  | UNDER CONSTRUCTION
The Islander Condominiums of Davis Islands is the newest Mid-Rise residence to take shape in South Tampa. These limited edition units blend luxury living with the active lifestyle of South Tampa’s most amenity rich neighborhood.

 

319 COLUMBIA DR | DAVIS ISLANDS – NEW RENTAL
Single Family Home, 5 Bed, 4 Baths, 2,900+ Sq Ft.  Lawn maintenance included $3,700 month

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

 

 512 COLUMBIA DR  | COMING SOON

Multiple options with this home and lots.  First, this property has two 50 by 110 buildable lots for single-family homes.  The second option is to purchase this home with detached garage and in-law apartment and perform an nice renovation. Click for details

 

 

 

31
May

Davis Islands Real Estate Market Minute May 2018

Watch our May 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 $298,000 and Highest Priced Home Sold $2,885,000
Median Sales Price $791,000 (2018) vs $564,000 (2017)
Average Days on Market for Active Properties 53
List Price to Sales Price Ratio 97.5%(2018) vs 98.8% (2017)

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