1211 Robin Road S
Welcome Home! This house is made for those who love to be outdoors. The large, beautiful backyard boasts a sparkling pool with solar heat, marina view, dock, hammock, and lush landscaping--the perfect place to entertain!
The home's interior features room to roam with 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, separate dining room, and a wall of windows that afford views of the wonderful back yard. All of this combined with a great location make this home a must-see.
Florida is Growing Fast
While both states are continuing to grow in population, CNN reports that Florida's population growth is far outpacing New York's. Experts think Florida will overtake New York for the title of 3rd most populous state by the end of 2014.
Upstate New York has been loosing large manufacturing industries as more companies move to overseas production, forcing many families to look for work out of the Empire State. Meanwhile, Florida's tourism, medical, and real estate industries continues to bring droves of new faces to the state.
Nearly all of Florida's growth last year was due to out-of-state or out-of-country migration, and data shows that the main reason people are moving to Florida is for job-related reasons. Much of the growth is attributed to foreign-born immigrants moving to Florida.
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Attract Vacationing Buyers with These Tips
The time of year when out-of-state buyers come to Florida to buy a piece of our tropical paradise is almost here, and it is time to prepare your home for a quick sale. Follow my tips to make your home stand out from the curb and instantly draw in buyers from snowier states.
1. Amp up your tropical foliage
A little bit of landscaping goes a long way. Florida has many gorgeous native plants with massive curb appeal, and a well-chosen selection of low-maintenance plants keeps your house looking lavish without much effort. Choose high-impact varieties that are sure to wow out-of-state buyers: Bird of Paradise, Elephant Ear, and palm varieties all give off a distinctly tropical vibe.
2. Be Careful with the Nautical
Don't scare off potential buyers at the front door with a menagerie of sailboats and dolphins--however, a few seaside touches here and there are a welcome reminder of the location. Make sure that manatee mailbox looks like a charming accent to the outside of your house and not one item in a massive nautical collection. The outside of your house sets the tone for what will be inside, and you want to convey an open, clean, neutral space that is not cluttered; store the seashell garland and lawn alligators away until after the house is sold.
3. Highlight outdoor enjoyment
We have been enjoying such gorgeous weather this winter, but most of the country is freezing! Take advantage of your paradise location and create an inviting space on your front porch to sit and kick back in the 80 degree air. Your buyers will be begging to buy your home, leave the snow, and enjoy a glass of wine and a good book on the porch of their new digs.
If you are getting ready to sell your home, I would love to help you through the process.
I can be hard to decide what to give a new homeowner to make their house feel warm and cozy. The staples are always appreciated--a bottle of wine or a scented candle are classics for a reason--but if you want to stand out, try one of my favorite gifts for your new homeowner friend.
Gift Cards to Local Shops and Restaurants
Moving to a new city or a new part of town can be overwhelming--scoping out new coffee shops, bars, boutiques, and eateries takes time. A gift card from a local, independent spot serves as the perfect way to recommend some of the neighborhood's charm to a new homeowner. Plus, a few drinks may be just the thing to help your friends relax after the craziness of closing!
Tea, Coffee, and Brewing Tools
Loose-leaf tea and locally-roasted coffee are welcome in any home and give homeowners a warm, relaxing beginning to each day in their new nest. Make sure to pair your imbibables with the gear to properly brew the goods--a lovely steeping mug makes daily teatime easy, and a modern french press brews coffee to perfection every time.
The old decorating rule "a bit of green in every room" keeps a home fresh and living. If the homeowner is moving from any great distance, chances are the beloved houseplants didn't make the trip. Plants clean the air and provide oxygen in the home, which can be helpful to assist newcomers in adapting to a new climate. Pick a plant that is unique to your region, but make sure it is easy to care for!
Highlight the Arts
Every city has at least a few hometown bands and artists that are both massively appealing and bizarrely unique. For arts-loving homeowners, CDs from a local musicians or a painting from a local artist can be creative and cost-effective gifts that also introduce the homeowner to the color of their new city. Unless you know the specific tastes of the homeowner, tread on the safe side and look for music and art that is generally appealing to a wide variety of people.
Tradition with a Twist
If you like to stick to tradition and prefer the "Bread that this house may never know hunger, salt that life may always have flavor, honey so that you may always enjoy the sweetness of life, and wine that joy and prosperity may reign forever" approach, try adding your own twist to each item. Select a hearty bread from a nearby bakery; pink Himalayan salt candleholders and lamps add warmth to any room; give honey from local beekeepers or uniquely flavored honey; choose wine from the region or give a pint of beer from a neighborhood brewery.
In the early 1900s, tourists from all over the country first began flocking to Florida's beautiful beaches, transforming tiny fishing villages into attractive vacationing spots. Several property owners attempted to boost sales of new developments on their island with an elaborate publicity stunt: they faked the discovery of wooden pirate chests filled with gold. News of this "Treasure Island" spread quickly, and the name stuck.
While Treasure Island is truly an island, it is a very connected area. Residents have easy access to Madeira Beach to the North, St. Petersburg to the East, and St. Pete Beach to the South.
Boasting some of the widest stretches of beach in the county, Treasure Island remains a popular spot for tourists and for residents alike. The city has a large number of single-family homes directly located on the bay and attracts many avid boaters.
Treasure Island had a ton of great festivals and events that boost community interaction and bring in locals and tourists alike to check out the unique scene. The annual Sanding Ovations sand sculpture tournament features sculptors from across the globe competing for the top prize, and the sculptures are left up for days afterward for the viewing pleasure of beach-goers who didn't catch the competition. A yearly boat parade brings festive lights to the water each December--watch from your own watercraft or on dry land alongside the waterways. A massive fireworks display on Independence Day makes Treasure Island a favorite spot for locals on the 4th.
There are so many pet-friendly parks and places in the St. Petersburg area to take your lovable pup. Pinellas County is consistently becoming more and more supportive of furry family members, and many business are jumping on board so that customers don't have to leave their dogs at home. Here are a few of my favorite local spots where dogs are welcome.
Dog-Friendly Spot for Drinks: The Ale & The Witch
Tucked away in the Tower Plaza Courtyard in downtown St. Pete, this beer-lover's paradise has a plethora of craft beers on tap. In an area flooded with cover bands, The Ale & The Witch supports original artists and has live music every single night. The taphouse's large courtyard is filled with tables for imbibing outdoors, and best of all, it is all dog-friendly! On any given night your pup is sure to find a few new friends lounging with their owners.
Fort DeSoto's Beach for Water-Loving Pups
If your dog loves the water, there is no better place than Fort DeSoto's Dog Beach. This large stretch of beach is great for owners and dogs alike, but be warned--this off-leash beach is not fenced in, so if your dog is a runner you will want to keep an extra close eye on his whereabouts. Perfect for a full beach day outing with the family, this really is the best spot--so few beaches in Pinellas allow dogs, and Fort DeSoto's Dog Beach is always full of lovable (and wet) puppy socialites.
Dog-Friendly Hotels and More
For a great list of places to stay with your pet, check out this list of Pet-Friendly Places from Visit St. Pete/Clearwater.
10365 Paradise Blvd #17