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Tampa Kindergarten Teacher Wins $50,000 from KW “Closer to Home” Sweepstakes

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I was pretty excited when I heard that the winner of Keller William’s nationwide “Closer to Home” sweepstakes winner was a kindergarten teacher right here in Tampa.

The $50,000 winner was a local working with an agent in my KW New Tampa office!  It was very exciting to be a part of the celebration.  Watching her and her husband receive the check was an emotional experience I’m honored to have been a part of.  (I’m in that top photo, by the way.)

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Susan and her husband, Ken, were renting in Tampa while working with their Keller Williams agent Gail Sardegna to find a home.

As per their Realtor’s advice, they downloaded the Keller Williams Mobile Property Search App and entered the “Closer to Home” sweepstakes with the touch of a button.

Susan loved searching for homes on the app:  “I’m on it all the time!” she said.  She had forgotten all about the contest and could hardly believe it when she was contacted to learn that she’d won.

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Read more on the Keller Williams Blog.

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Groundbreaking on Tampa Area Bass Pro Shop Today

Today construction began on The Estuary shopping complex in Brandon that will include Tampa’s first Bass Pro Shop.

The new “family oriented entertainment complex” will also include restaurants, a hotel, and TopGolf.

There is a little bit of a controversy around the tax dollars that have been spent in this endeavor, although I certainly know a lot of people who will be happy to have a local Bass Pro.

I certainly am.  I’ll be taking my kids there.  How about you?  The fish tanks and decor are always a big hit with the kiddos.

But that means the tax dollars that were spend were probably a good idea, since they all went to fixing the traffic flow in the Brandon area.  The Estuary will be right across from The Brandon Town Center, and if you’ve ever driven around there, you know it’s an all day project just to get out of the parking lot.

Do you agree?  Money well spent or not?

Read more and watch the report at My Fox Tampa Bay.

Property Virgins is Coming to Tampa Bay

Egypt Sherrod from Property Virgins

Are you a property virgin?  Are you looking to buy your first home in the Tampa Bay area?

You’re in luck!  Egypt Sherrod and Property Virgins are coming to Tampa Bay and they want to help you find your dream home!

They’re looking for first time buyers who are planning to purchase a home during the March to June 2014 time frame.

If you’re interested in appearing on the show, please contact me at Rosemary Sells Tampa!

Sunset Over Lutz

Lutz Sunset

I just had to share a photo of one of our beautiful Lutz / Land O’ Lakes sunsets.

This photo’s actually a little blurry, since I took it with my cell phone, but it still shows some of the brilliant colors that adorn our evening skies on the west coast of Florida.

Find your own piece of Floridian paradise from which to enjoy the sunsets at Rosemary Sells Tampa.

Enter to Win $50,000 by Downloading My App!

Enter to win $50,000!  Text KW2B3CSU8 to 87778 to get the app and enter the agent code KW2B3CSU8 when prompted!

What is it?

A free home search app for iPhones, iPads, and Androids.

What can it do?

With the app, you can search for over 4 million homes across the U.S. and Canada.

The best part?  You can do a search for “nearby homes” and “nearby rentals” that are near your location.  You can then get driving or walking directions to any property you pick!

Plus, you can see large, color photos, you can save your favorites and even make notes on them.  You can email and text your favorites, and you can send them to Facebook and Twitter, too.  There’s even a mortgage calculator!

And if you have any questions at all, you can email and text me right from the app!

How do you win $50,000?

Download the free app and enter the contest by clicking on “Enter to Win $50,000” once you’re in the app.

How do you get it?

Text KW2B3CSU8 to 87778 to get the app, and enter in my agent code (KW2B3CSU8) when prompted, so I’ll be able to help you with any questions you may have!

Or, scan the QR Code below, and add in KW2B3CSU8 when prompted.

You can also get the app from the Keller Williams website.

Good luck!

Frank Lloyd Wrights’ Usonian House Built at Florida Southern College

Frank Lloyd Wrights' Usonian House

Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Usonian House in 1939 for Florida Southern College in Lakeland.  It was never built.

Until now.

The Usonian House was built this year at the college, with an event announcing its opening on November 1st.

It’s the first time since the 1960s that a Frank Lloyd Wright house has been built for its original client on its original site.

Frank Lloyd Wrights' Usonian House

The design on the 2-bedroom home features 1,978 textile blocks in 47 different shapes and 5,000 glass colored glass block inserts.

It was originally intended to be used as faculty housing, but will now be used as Sharp Family Tourism and Education Center.

Frank Lloyd Wrights' Usonian House

Find out more at Tampa Bay Business Journal and at Building the Usonian House.

The Green Hop Gastropub at Heritage Isles Golf & Country Club

Have you heard of The Green Hop?

Maybe not … but don’t worry, it is a little hidden away, so we won’t blame you!

Tucked inside the Heritage Isles Golf & Country Club in Wesley Chapel, you’ll find this new gastropub.

They have plenty of craft beer and handmade cocktails, but what first attracted me was the menu.  Check out these photos from their website:

Yum!  Right?

If you want to try it out for yourself, you can find them at 10630 Plantation Bay Drive, Tampa, FL 33647.  Find out more at The Green Hop website.

Looking to buy a home in the Tampa Bay area?  Search properties at Rosemary Sells Tampa!

Cypress Creek Town Center Finally Coming to Wesley Chapel

Cypress Creek Town Center Finally Coming to Wesley Chapel

The construction of the massive outlet mall of Cypress Town Center was originally proposed in 2004.  But there are wetland to be considered, and environmental litigation held up the construction for many years.

They’ve finally received another permit to build from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and they’re expecting construction to begin as early as next summer.  The finished mall should be complete in the summer of 2015.

Stores that are expected to fill the 50 acre, open air shopping center include Saks “Off Fifth” Ave, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Coach, J.Crew and Nike.  There may also be adjacent hotels, commercial, and mixed-use residential buildings in the future.

The mall will be located near the intersection of S.R. 56 and Interstate 75.

Read more, and stay updated on the progress, at Wesley Chapel Community.

Want to buy a house in Wesley Chapel?  Search properties at Rosemary Sells Tampa!

Misting Fans by A-Niks Outdoor Comfort Solutions

Misting Fans by A-Niks Outdoor Comfort Solutions

Another product that attracted my attention at Florida’s Largest Home Show were these misting fans, or evaporative outdoor cooling technologies, by A-Niks Outdoor Comfort Solutions.

Since I’ve lived in Florida most of my life, I’ve seen plenty of simple caged fans blowing cool, misty relief onto close passersby.

But the fans here were unique.

Pictured above is a misting fan shaped like a giant rock.  I could instantly picture it poolside.

They also had a standing heater that could be transformed into a misting fan for the summer months, and then back into a heating unit for the winter months.

There were all kinds of fans, from the aforementioned simple caged fans to professional high pressure jet portal units.

The company is located in Tampa, but they provide service and installation all across Florida and ship their products all across the U.S.

And they can come to your home or business to do a free estimate on a custom plan for you.

Find out more at A-Niks.

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The Kitchen and Bath Factory: Freestanding Tubs

While recently visiting Florida’s Largest Home Show, I was intrigued by The Kitchen and Bath Factory booth.

Mostly by the bathtubs, honestly.

I’m fascinated by unique, freestanding tubs.  And they had a nice selection on display.

The Kitchen and Bath Factory Bathtubs

This one in particular, with the metal scrolling across the translucent glass, caught my eye:

The Kitchen and Bath Factory Scroll Freestanding Bathtub

And then, the mom part of my brain spotted this shiny leviathan:

The Kitchen and Bath Factory Firetruck Kid's Bathtub

A bathtub shaped like a firetruck?  Yup.

The rep said they also had one shaped like a princess castle, it just wasn’t on display.

Either way, I was intrigued about this concept.  The firetruck (or castle) fits neatly over your existing bathtub and, when your young kids have grown, you simply remove it.

But really, one of the reasons I love this idea so much, is because you can give your kids a bath while standing.  I usually wind up perched on a step stool for this nightly ritual, and occasionally kneeling by the tub, but that’s a little hard on the back and the knees.

Of course, with a tub like this, I might never get my kids out of the bath!

To learn more about their stores located all around Tampa Bay, check out The Kitchen and Bath Factory.

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