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Tips for Buying a Vacation Home

Tips for Buying a Vacation or Second Home

Investing in a second home is a great way to vacation.  Whether it’s a beachfront condo or a Disney-adjacent single family home, there are so many wonderful ways to make lasting memories with your family.

But, before you jump in, review these 6 tips:

1. Keep costs within the budget.  Unless you’re paying cash, make sure you get prequalified for a loan before you start looking.  And don’t overspend:  you’ll need cash for ice cream.

2. Determine the frequency of use.  If you’re going to be spending a week or a month at a time at your vacation home, then you may not mind spending half the day in the car (or in airports) to get to your destination, but if it’s a weekend home, you’ll probably want it a little closer. 

3. Pick the right location.  Pick an area that offers what you want.  If you’re not a beach person, maybe homes with the Gulf of Mexico in the backyard isn’t where you should be looking. 

4. Understand upkeep.  If you don’t want to hire a lawn service to mow a large yard, you may want to consider a maintenance-free condo or town home. 

5. Research rental potential and costs.  If you intend to rent out the property, be sure to research things like renter’s insurance and what properties in the area are renting for. 

6. Think about resale and changing needs.  Don’t forget to factor resale value into your decision.

These tips are summarized from Barbara Ballinger.  Read more at Realtor Mag.

And start the search for your Florida Dream Home today at Rosemary Sells Tampa!

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Custom Equestrian Estate for Sale in Plant City

Custom Equestrian Estate for Sale in Plant City

This exceptional custom equestrian estate sits on over 16 acres of fenced and cross-fenced land in Plant City, Florida.

The custom-built Jack Bartlett home features 6 bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms in 6,177 square feet, as well as a detached 4-car garage with rental apartment space and a stable with 9 stalls, tack room, feed room, and farm hand’s quarters.

Custom Equestrian Estate for Sale in Plant City

Custom Equestrian Estate for Sale in Plant City:  Vaulted Great Room with Fireplace and Built In Bookshelves

Custom Equestrian Estate for Sale in Plant City:  Two Story Great Room with Vaulted Wood Ceilings and Balcony

Custom Equestrian Estate for Sale in Plant City:  Gourmet Kitchen with Large Center Island

This home boasts beautifully detailed coffered ceilings, hardwood and natural stone floors, and a many large windows for a sunlit interior.

The gourmet kitchen is centered around an expansive granite island and features commercial-grade stainless steel Viking appliances, a 6-burner gas range with griddle with range hood and tile backsplash, a prep sink, and a large copper sink nestled beneath a window.

Custom Equestrian Estate for Sale in Plant City:  Detailed Coffered Ceiling

Custom Equestrian Estate for Sale in Plant City:  Kids Bedroom with Built Ins, En Suite, and Princess Bed

Custom Equestrian Estate for Sale in Plant City:  Master Bathroom with Spa Tub and Walk Through Travertine Shower

Custom Equestrian Estate for Sale in Plant City:  Bathroom with Built Ins

Custom Equestrian Estate for Sale in Plant City:  Vaulted Loft

Custom Equestrian Estate for Sale in Plant City:  9 Stall Stable with Tack Room

Custom Equestrian Estate for Sale in Plant City:  4 Car Garage with Rental Apartment Space

Custom Equestrian Estate for Sale in Plant City:  Over 16 Acres of Land

For more details, photos, and a map, please VISIT THIS LISTING.

Need to sell your home?  Visit Rosemary Sells Tampa.

Listing courtesy of KELLER WILLIAMS-PLANT CITY
Photos Copyright 2014 Mid Florida MLS

Color Me Rad in Tampa

Color Me Rad 5K Tampa

Color Me Rad, the charity 5K race that’s a swirling spectacular of color, is coming to Tampa this month.

It will take place at the Florida State Fairgrounds on May 24, 2014.

Registration ends in a few days, so hurry!

Find out more at Color Me Rad Tampa.

1920s Waterfront Home for Sale in Dunedin

Decadent Waterfront Home for Sale in Dunedin

This magnificent waterfront estate home located in Dunedin, Florida was built in 1925 and features an exclusive collection of 1920’s period finishes.

It sits on 300 feet of sea wall stretching across St. Joseph’s Sound and the Gulf of Mexico, with deep water yacht dockage for multiple boats.

The stunning home has 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms in 7,667 square feet and provides plenty of parking and storage with a 3-car garage and 3-car covered carport.

Some of the countless amenities of this property include a separate guest house, full antique bar, game room, and a disco and media room.

Decadent Waterfront Home for Sale in Dunedin

Decadent Waterfront Home for Sale in Dunedin

Decadent Waterfront Home for Sale in Dunedin

Decadent Waterfront Home for Sale in Dunedin

Decadent Waterfront Home for Sale in Dunedin

Decadent Waterfront Home for Sale in Dunedin

Decadent Waterfront Home for Sale in Dunedin

Decadent Waterfront Home for Sale in Dunedin

Decadent Waterfront Home for Sale in Dunedin

Decadent Waterfront Home for Sale in Dunedin

Decadent Waterfront Home for Sale in Dunedin

Decadent Waterfront Home for Sale in Dunedin

Decadent Waterfront Home for Sale in Dunedin

For more details, photos, and a map, please VISIT THIS LISTING.

To find more waterfront homes, visit Rosemary Sells Tampa.

Listing courtesy of KELLER WILLIAMS ST PETE REALTY
Photos Copyright 2014 Mid Florida MLS

Beautiful Brick Estate for Sale in Odessa

Beautiful Brick Estate for Sale in Odessa

This luxury, three-story brick estate home in Odessa, FL was built in 1997 by one of the finest local home builders in the area as his own private residence.

From the curving staircase in the two-story foyer to the gourmet kitchen with its large center island, and from the oak flooring to the central vacuum, you’ll find that no detail has been overlooked in this masterpiece.

Beautiful Brick Estate for Sale in Odessa

Situated on over 4 acres, the home features 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms in 5,710 square feet, as well as a separate guest house with a full kitchen and bathroom.

The main home boasts a 3-car garage and the guest home is attached to an additional 3-car garage.

Beautiful Brick Estate for Sale in Odessa

Beautiful Brick Estate for Sale in Odessa

Beautiful Brick Estate for Sale in Odessa:  Private Gated Entry

Beautiful Brick Estate for Sale in Odessa:  Curved Staircase in Two-Story Foyer

Beautiful Brick Estate for Sale in Odessa:  Two-Story Living Room with Fireplace and Rows of Windows

Beautiful Brick Estate for Sale in Odessa:  Bright Gourmet Kitchen

The gourmet kitchen is a chef’s delight with custom, soft-close cabinets, black granite counters, and top-of-the-line appliances including a 6-burner gas stove and a Sub-Zero side-by-side refrigerator and freezer.

The kitchen also features a sunlit eat-in breakfast area, a built-in recipe desk, and a walk-in-pantry.

Beautiful Brick Estate for Sale in Odessa:  Master Bedroom with Fireplace

Beautiful Brick Estate for Sale in Odessa:  Master Bath

Beautiful Brick Estate for Sale in Odessa:  Private Dock

The property has a private dock with boat lift on the ski-size Lake Calm, plus a large saltwater pool on the expansive manicured grounds, for the ultimate in relaxation and enjoyment of the best of Florida living.

Beautiful Brick Estate for Sale in Odessa:  Sprawling Lawn

For more details, photos, and a map, please VISIT THIS LISTING.

Or search for more homes at Rosemary Sells Tampa.

Listing courtesy of KELLER WILLIAMS SOUTH TAMPA
Photos Copyright 2014 Mid Florida MLS

Luxury Mediterranean Estate For Sale in Odessa, Florida

Luxury Mediterranean Estate For Sale in Odessa, FL

This beautiful lakefront Mediterranean estate is located behind a private, electronic gate in Odessa, Florida’s much sought after community of Steeple Chase.

The magnificent “smart home” features 5 bedrooms and 6 1/2 baths in 7,990 square feet and a 4-car garage with motor court.

From the time you enter the elegant two-story foyer with its sweeping, curved staircase until you wander out onto the expansive back porches that overlook the pool and lake, you’ll experience luxury at every turn.

Luxury Mediterranean Estate For Sale in Odessa, FL

Luxury Mediterranean Estate For Sale in Odessa, FL:  Private Gated Entry

Luxury Mediterranean Estate For Sale in Odessa, FL:  Foyer and Curved Staircase

Luxury Mediterranean Estate For Sale in Odessa, FL:  Curved Staircase

Luxury Mediterranean Estate For Sale in Odessa, FL:  Two Story Living Room

Luxury Mediterranean Estate For Sale in Odessa, FL:  Two Story Living Room with Fireplace and Rows of Windows

Luxury Mediterranean Estate For Sale in Odessa, FL:  Dining Room

Luxury Mediterranean Estate For Sale in Odessa, FL:  Gourmet Kitchen and Family Room with Fireplace and Wooden Beams

The gourmet kitchen boasts Wolf, Miele, and Sub-Zero stainless steel appliances, as well as a beamed ceiling, large center island, soft-close drawers in the custom cabinets, and is open to the family room.

In the oversized master suite you’ll find french doors, built ins, an extended sitting room, and a gorgeous en suite.

Luxury Mediterranean Estate For Sale in Odessa, FL:  Master Suite with French Doors to Balcony

 

Luxury Mediterranean Estate For Sale in Odessa, FL:  Luxurious Master Bath

Luxury Mediterranean Estate For Sale in Odessa, FL:  Covered Balcony with Pool and Water View

Luxury Mediterranean Estate For Sale in Odessa, FL:  Backyard with Pool and Lake View

Luxury Mediterranean Estate For Sale in Odessa, FL:  Covered Porch with Outdoor Kitchen

Luxury Mediterranean Estate For Sale in Odessa, FL:  Covered Porch with View of Pool and Lake

Additional amenities in the home include an office, game room, craft room, upstairs playroom, 300-bottle wine room, and an elevator.

For more details, photos, and a map, please VISIT THIS LISTING.

Need to sell your home?  Get advice at Rosemary Sells Tampa.

Listing courtesy of KELLER WILLIAMS SOUTH TAMPA
Photos Copyright 2014 Mid Florida MLS

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.

Need a Realtor?  Are you a Realtor that just wants to learn more about Keller Williams?  Contact me today!

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.

New Luxury Waterfront Condos on Snell Isle in St. Pete

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Witness the Florida’s stunning sunsets from your new construction luxury condo or townhome on the sought after Snell Isle.

Waterfront living is within your reach with these properties becoming available in the summer of 2014.

Just over the bridge from downtown St. Petersburg, enjoy resort-style living within this 3-acre oasis.  Relax at the waterside cabana or fire pit, and dock your boat just steps away at the St. Pete Yacht Club.

 

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Watch the breathtaking video:

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Inside the residences, you’ll find granite counters, porcelain tile, custom cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and private elevators in the condos.

Additional community amenities include complementary wireless internet, state-of-the-art fitness center, large clubroom with catering kitchen and meeting space, resort-style pool and spa, outdoor kitchen and covered bar area, community kayak and canoe storage, and harbor access.

There are two condo floorplans available:

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And the townhomes (seen in the bottom of the photo above) are 2-story villas:

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Located just over the bridge from the excitement and culture of downtown St. Petersburg, you are also only 11.5 miles from St. Pete Beach and 18 miles from Tampa International Airport.

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Enjoy luxurious Floridian living today!

To see the more, click to see the CONDO LISTING or the TOWNHOME LISTING.

Or contact me at Rosemary Sells Tampa!

 All photos Copyright © 2013 Water Club

Beachfront Mediterranean with Soaring Ceiling For Sale

Beachfront Mediterranean For Sale

This gorgeous Mediterranean style beachfront home is located in Redington Beach along the silky white sands of the shore of the Gulf of Mexico.

Within you’ll discover 4 bedrooms and 5 1/2 bathrooms in over 5,000 square feet of elegance, and multiple patios and covered porches overlooking the expansive beach and sparkling waters of the Gulf.

Beachfront Mediterranean For Sale

Beachfront Mediterranean For Sale:  sunsets in your backyard

Enjoy Florida’s stunning colorful sunsets every evening from your own backyard.

Beachfront Mediterranean For Sale:  poolIt’s only steps from your heated pool to the Gulf when you want to enjoy a swim.

Beachfront Mediterranean For Sale

Beachfront Mediterranean For Sale

Beachfront Mediterranean For Sale:  gourmet kitchen with granite, stainless steel, and views of the Gulf

The gourmet kitchen comes with granite counters, stainless steel Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, custom designer cabinets, and a walk-in-pantry.

Beachfront Mediterranean For Sale:  master suiteThe huge master suite boasts plenty of sun-filled windows to take in the view of the Gulf right from the comfort of your own bed, as well as featuring two walk-in-closets, a 75-inch TV, coffee maker and refrigerator.

Beachfront Mediterranean For Sale:  Master Bath

Beachfront Mediterranean For Sale:  theater room

The home also includes a newly-installed security system, a Creston iPad to control your automated home, a 40kw gas generator, and a 5+ car garage.

To see details, more photos, and a map, please VISIT THIS LISTING.

Or start a search for other beachfront properties at Rosemary Sells Tampa!

Listing courtesy of CENTURY 21 COAST TO COAST
Photos Copyright 2014 Mid Florida MLS