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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 –

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.

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)

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29
Nov

Davis Islands Real Estate Market Snapshot November 2017

Watch our November 2017 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 $423,000 and Highest Priced Home Sold $1,350,000
Median Sales Price $625,000 vs $617,000 (2016)
Median Days on Market 22 vs 55 (2016)
Sales $ to List $ Ratio 95% vs 96% (2016)

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07
Nov

Best Deals on Tampa Homes November 2017

Tampa Real Estate Agent Cristan Fadal presents his top 3 picks for best tampa home for sale this week. These properties are based on an evaluation of homes for sale in the Tampa Real Estate market that he perceives having the strongest value for buyers based on a number of core value factors.

Top Picks for this Wee

2526 W Maryland Ave #B

5020 Bayshore Blvd #405

2708 N Dundee St

30
Oct

Davis Islands Real Estate Snapshot October 2017

Watch our October 2017 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 $394,900 and Highest Priced Home Sold $966,000
Median Sales Price $645,000 vs $502,000 (2016)
Median Days on Market 36 vs 109 (2016)
Sales $ to List $ Ratio 95% vs 89% (2016)

Cristan Fadal – Broker Associate of Century 21 Fisher & Associates

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05
Oct

416 CHIPPEWA AVE | DAVIS ISLANDS

View our lastest listing at 416 Chippewa Ave on Davis Islands

Fantastically priced mid-century home on South Tampa’s best waterfront community, Davis Islands!  The opportunities are plentiful with this 3 bedroom/ 2 bath block constructed home that is in solid shape.  The home can either be further expanded upon or utilized for new construction to take advantage of the deep 51 x 127 lot!  The home has recently been improved with a beautiful designer kitchen that includes quartz countertops, white cabinetry, stainless appliances, new lighting and plenty of storage.  The wide bamboo plank flooring expands throughout most of the home, adding a more contemporary look and feel.  This property allows in plenty of light with large windows as well as a screen enclosed porch to enjoy those breezy Florida nights.  The roof was replaced in (2012) with the air conditioner replaced in (2015).  The deep backyard has plenty of space for expansion or a pool.  This is truly the best value on Davis Islands and now is the opportunity to purchase your piece of paradise in South Tampa.  The Davis Islands community has all the amenities you could desire. 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.

01
Oct

Davis Islands Real Estate Snapshot September 2017

Watch our September 2017 real estate market snapshot for Davis Islands in Tampa, FL. Be in the Know!
DAVIS ISLANDS REAL ESTATE MARKET SNAPSHOT
Median Sales Price $707,000 vs $587,500 (2016)
Median Days on Market 95 vs 36 (2016)
Sales $ to List $ Ratio 89% vs 96% (2016)

Cristan Fadal – Broker Associate of Century 21 Fisher & Associates

21
Sep

Best Deals on Tampa Homes September 2017

Tampa Real Estate Agent Cristan Fadal presents his top 3 picks for best tampa home for sale this week.  These properties are based on an evaluation of homes for sale in the Tampa Real Estate market that he perceives having the strongest value for buyers based on a number of core value factors.

Top Picks for this Week

2318 S Occident St | Sunset Park

4007 W Wallace Ave | Gandy Manor

215 S Renellie Dr | Beach Park

10
Aug

880 Mandalay Ave #409 | Clearwater Beach

OCEANFRONT living at its finest! Welcome to the exclusive waterfront community of Regatta Beach Club. This private condominium complex is situated on the secluded North Beach section of Clearwater Beach with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, Clearwater’s entertainment district and the nature preserve of Caladesi Islands. As you enter this spacious 1 bedroom / 1 bath condo, located on the 4th floor, you will be taken away with the stunning panoramic ocean views from your large private balcony. You will truly appreciate the wonderful open floorplan, with living/dining area combo, polished tile, carrara mable counter tops and white cabinetry. The bath has also been renovated with a beautiful marble vanity, semi-framless walk-in shower and storage closet. Literally steps from the beautiful white sand beaches where you can relax in the Florida sun by day or take in the breathtaking sunsets in the evening. The GATED Regatta Beach Club is known for its numerous lifestyle amenities including 24 hour security, fitness center, theater room, game room, heated resort sized pool, hot tub, outdoor grills and board walk to the beach. This is a special opportunity for a variety of ownership types including; investors, part-time residents, vacation seekers or full-time residences.

10
Aug

Best Deals on Tampa Homes for August 2017

Tampa Real Estate Agent Cristan Fadal presents his top 3 picks for best tampa home for sale this week.  These properties are based on an evaluation of homes for sale in the Tampa Real Estate market that he perceives having the strongest value for buyers based on a number of core value factors.

Top Picks for this Week

520 Danube Ave | Davis Islands

4416 W Trilby | Maryland Manor

4306 W San Pedro | Davis Islands

09
Aug

905 Villa Venicia Way | Davis Islands

Experience Tuscany when you reside in the Villa Venicia townhomes on Davis Islands. Walking through the front door, you will appreciate the private office with closet and full bath. As you arrive on the second floor you will notice the soaring 10ft ceilings, gleaming hardwood floors that are completed by stylish crown molding. The open concept living space includes a gourmet kitchen with a large island, beautiful granite counter tops, light wood cabinetry and stainless appliances.  Additionally, on this floor are large picture windows that allow for plenty of natural light.  A dining area and generous family room complete the space. Get away from it all on the third floor in one of two private bedrooms with ensuite baths.  The master bath has a double vanity with walk in semi-frameless shower. The home also has a two car garage, second floor and a convenient laundry room on the third floor. Inspired by Italian design, Villa Venezia offers beautiful old world architecture in the heart of Islands living.  The Davis Islands community has all the amenities you could desire. 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.   This townhome is in the Gorrie Elementary, Wilson Middle School and Plant High School boundaries.  Additionally, you can easily bike or jog to the famous Bayshore Blvd which provides access to Tampa’s newly finished Riverwalk and Downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon waterfront park.  You will be within minutes of Tampa’s blossoming urban core, while at the same time having the benefits of living in one of Tampa’s most desirable neighborhoods.

17
Jul

215 S RENELLIE DR | BEACH PARK

View our lastest listing at 215 S Renellie Dr in Beach Park

 

Gorgeous Luxury Residence located in the heart of Beach Park and built by luxury homebuilders Sunset Properties of Tampa Bay.  This beautiful and meticulously maintained home has it all with 5 large bedrooms, 3.5 baths, GOURMET kitchen, THREE car garage, plenty of outdoor space and all situated on an oversized 11,000 + SF corner lot.  You will truly appreciate the care and condition the owners have taken in maintaining this impressive home the moment you step through the large solid wood doors onto the beautiful OAK FLOORING with decorative inlay.  You will feel the open concept design of the great room with its large picture windows and glass French doors, high ceilings with decorative crown molding, and gas fireplace enhanced by the custom built-in cabinetry.  The gourmet kitchen will impress with beautiful ogee edged GRANITE countertops, custom antiqued cabinets, oversized farmhouse sink, stone backsplash, STAINLESS steel appliances with gas range, large island with prep sink, breakfast bar and additional space for informal dining.  The downstairs master suite will continue to impress with its spacious size and direct access to the outdoor lanai.  The in-suite master bath possess dual granite vanities, large jetted SOAKING tub, separate rain shower with tumbled stone, smooth travertine flooring as well as two large walk-in closets.   The second floor contains FOUR full sized guest bedrooms with one serving as a professional OFFICE with custom built-ins.  There is also a well sized multi-purpose bonus area that can serve as a reading, entertainment or study space as well as two full baths, each with granite counter tops and shower/tub combination.  Further enhancing the allure of this home is the wonderful outdoor space.  The backyard has a large covered lanai with slate flooring that provides excellent space for entertaining.  The yard has been enhanced with a WATERFALL SPA surrounded by lush tropical landscape, beautiful pavers and PLENTY of room for a pool.  The Beach Park Neighborhood is conveniently located to the Westshore District and International Plaza with excellent dining, shopping and entertainment options, including one block from Starbucks.  Additionally, proximity to Tampa International, major Interstates, schools and surrounding venues are ideal.