Tarpon Springs, FL Real Estate News

By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
The Spice and Tea Exchange is located in both Madeira Beach at John's Pass Village and in Tarpon Springs Florida on Dodecanese Blvd at the Sponge Docks.  I love walking into the Spice and Tea Exchange because it always smells wonderful! They make their very own blends of fresh spices. One of my favorites is Himalayan Rock Salt with lemon and lime. This is the best possible addition to fresh fish when you are grilling it! The last time I was at the Spice and Tea Exchange, I picked up some catnip in a little bag for my daughter's cat. Needless to say, it was a big hit! I love watching her cat rubbing himself all over the bag of catnip and happily rolling around. He doesn't need a margarita, just give him catnip! Remember to check out the Spice and Tea Exchange if you are in Madeira Beach ...
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By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
Vegetable Ivory is a unique jewelry shop located in both Madeira Beach and Tarpon Springs Florida. The shop in Madeira Beach is in John's Pass Village and the shop in Tarpon Springs is located in the Sponge Exchange, right on the Sponge Docks. So what is vegetable ivory? The Tagua Palm Tree produces a nut referred to as 'vegetable ivory' or 'ivory nut'. This sustainable palm tree grows in South America along the Amazon. It is the nut which drops to the ground and is dried that is later carved and used as ivory. The use of this nut is a sustainable alternative to elephant ivory and provides jobs to the populations living in the Amazon regions. At the Vegetable Ivory Shop in Madeira Beach as well as the shop in Tarpon Springs Florida they sell not only figurines but also beautiful jewelry...
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By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
It is MeetUp time again for ActiveRainers! I am hosting one once again and it will be on Wednesday, August 21st at 12 noon til whenever! Where? The Tarpon Turtle Restaurant directly on the shores of Lake Tarpon Address? 1513 Lake Tarpon Avenue (east of US 19) Phone # of restaurant:  727-940-5360 I am sincerely hoping that all of our local ActiveRainers will come and bring their significant other, colleagues, others in the business such as mortgage professionals and home inspectors! I am hoping to see many who have not been able to make the last couple of MeetUps. Please rsvp since the restaurant needs a head count for seating. Hopefully, we can sit outside on the deck, overlooking the lake!  
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By Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL
(Sailwinds Realty)
  Harbour Watch at Point Alexis On The Waterfront in Tarpon Springs, FL   On the waterfront, Harbour Watch at Point Alexis is a lovely gated/guarded community in Tarpon Springs.  You will love this prestigious area surrounded by nature and  with it's own dock on the water, a clubhouse and pool, and lots of lovely shore birds. The dock is pictured here (by Toni Weidman). Harbour Watch at Pointe Alexis is located in close proximity to downtown Tarpon Springs which is  a lovely area of historic homes and, of course, one of my special places, the Sponge Docks. Howard Park and Beach and Sunset Beach are close by too.   The homes are custom-built and run up to approximately 5,000 sf. HOA Fees are $245.00 and include the clubhouse, pool, hot tub, dock and fishing pier, playground, tennis, and ...
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By Dick and Dixie Sells, Realtors, Tampa Bay Florida Homes For Sale
(Sells Real Estate, LLC)
Tarpon Springs FL Homes For Sale 34688 Zip  – Market Report May 2013 Search Homes and Condos For Sale In 34688 Zip Code The Tarpon Springs Real Estate Market is heating up. Lower inventory with higher prices. Sounds like a hot market to us. We are finding multiple offers coming in on many properties. But with the low interest rates and relative lower pricing from the high, there are still plenty of great houses to make one your next home. You just need hard working Realtors that keep on top of the market and work for you. Give us a call today. We can set you up on an auto email program so you know when a house comes on the market that will fit your bill! This market report includes Sold Summary, Inventory and Sold Details by type of property and bedrooms. It also includes the active lis...
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By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
Tarpon Springs Florida 4th of July 2013 city events include a Patriotic Picnic in Craig Park from 10 am to 2 pm. The City of Tarpon Springs is sponsoring this event for the fourth year in a row. It will include a kid's water slide, hot dog eating contest, watermelon seed spitting contest, sack races, balloon launching and outrigger rides on the bayou. There will also be free food!  I know the local youngsters are going to enjoy this event. Just bring your own lawn chairs and towels. Perhaps a cooler with ice drinks would also be a great idea!  
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By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
Nina's Bath & Spa in Tarpon Springs Florida is one of my favorite one-stop shopping locations for gifts to take on my up-coming trip. While there, I purchased several pre-made packages with sponges out of our Gulf waters and soaps made in Nina's Bath & Spa. The soaps come in some of the most wonderful scents, such as lilac, rose, honeysuckle and ginger, to name only a few. I also stocked up on African Black Soap, which is one of the best facial and body soaps I have ever used! If you are not familiar with African Black Soap, it comes from Ghana and is totally natural. In addition to that, I picked up a large amount of organic shea butter which I made into the most wonderful face and body cream in my kitchen. I let the shea better get warm in the afternoon sun (it was over 90 degrees tod...
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By Dick and Dixie Sells, Realtors, Tampa Bay Florida Homes For Sale
(Sells Real Estate, LLC)
Crescent Oaks | Tarpon Springs FL Homes For Sale   Crescent Oaks Tarpon Springs FL Homes For Sale Crescent Oaks Tarpon Springs FL is an executive 24 hour manned gated community, located in Tarpon Springs Florida. Crescent Oaks features a public 18 hole golf course, par 72, plus a well appointed clubhouse with restaurant and bar. There is a tennis program at Crescent Oaks as well. You can also enjoy dining, plus the community swimming Pool and working out at the the Fitness center. This community is located in the East Lake Corridor that is so very popular in North Pinellas County. Some of the Crescent Oaks Tarpon Springs Homes For Sale can be found lining the golf course with expansive views of the area. There are luxury estate homes in Kingsbury and The Regency and well as large villas...
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By Dick and Dixie Sells, Realtors, Tampa Bay Florida Homes For Sale
(Sells Real Estate, LLC)
Tarpon Springs Waterfront Homes For Sale  Current Waterfront Homes and Condos For Sale In Tarpon Springs FL   The Tarpon Springs area of Pinellas County has some wonderful waterfront homes for sale. The area is dotted with waterways leading in a short time to the Gulf of Mexico. I love seeing these homes from the water. They are totally different from that side as the homes are built to enjoy the views and get the most from their location. We were boating in Tarpon Springs yesterday and I took a couple of photos that I will share with you. When you are searching for a waterfront home, you do need an experienced Realtor that knows the waterways, bridges and depths. We here at Sells Real Estate know the area and would love to work with you on your waterfront home. If you are buying or sel...
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By Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL
(Sailwinds Realty)
  Rhapsody in Blue At The Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs, FL This is always a wonderful early Sunday morning place to walk around. The tourists don’t get here till later on; even most of the restaurants and stores aren’t open yet. We enjoy the salty air and the seagulls; there’s always something to see like this Rhapsody in Blue.   Come visit our Rhapsody in Blue At The Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs, FL    
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By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
Well, here is my weekly update on what is going on in Point Alexis up in Tarpon Springs Florida. My Canadian client's new construction home hasn't progressed significantly in the last week.  Other than putting in the lanai pavers and some shelving in the closets throughout the house, I really cannot see whatelse has been completed. Truthfully, I thought it would be a little further along by now since it is supposed to be completed before the month is over. If I don't see significant changes by the time I check in again in a week, I am going to have to give the builder a call. They are probably waiting for an inspector to make the rounds and sign off on something....still, I do enjoy seeing that progress has been made since my last trip and this week is the first time since the project b...
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By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
Point Alexis in Tarpon Springs Florida is a great place to live and play in the Florida sun and our weekly update on the new construction shows that this home is coming along rapidly! My clients up in Canada are already planning on a trip down here the end of May, when the home should be complete. Today while checking out the site and taking photos, I noticed a linen closet door with a crack in it. Naturally, I photographed that and sent an email to the builder along with a copy of the email to the buyer. It probably would have been caught during the final punch-out list, but I don't want to take any chances. I also addressed the section of the garage that obviously needs to be addressed before anymore painting of the wall is complete. Let's get the stucco boys back out and address the ...
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By Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL
(Sailwinds Realty)
  Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival on Spring Bayou Was Fabulous, If you missed it you must make plans to go next year. The Fine Arts Festival is held on the bayou in Craig Park every year. Many of the exhibits are displayed along the edge of the bayou and the views are wonderful.     The Festival was last weekend. We went Saturday morning; the temperature was about 70 with a wonderful breeze. The exhibits were fun and wonderful as always. This is a juried art show and we get to see the best of the best   Is there a better way to spend a morning than at the Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival?   Recent Posts Cross Creek at Summertree in Hudson, FL Winging In and Sleeping In - Tarpon Springs Uh Oh, Someone’s in Trouble Now The Care and Feeding of African Violets Home Sales First Quarter 20...
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By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
Here is the Point Alexis update for week # 9 of the new construction on my client's home in Tarpon Springs Florida. The painter's are still working on the place and the cabinet work has also started. As the home takes shape more and more, I know my Canadian clients are enjoying these photo updates so they can see what their vacation home is looking like. Scheduled to be complete the end of May, I think we are all enjoying these updates. If you are considering relocating to Tarpon Springs Florida, give me a call so we can discuss your plans and whether you are interested in new or pre-existing construction. Either way, I would love to assist you with your search.  
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By Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL
(Sailwinds Realty)
  Winging In and Sleeping In - The Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs   A seagull wings his way to find some food. (Did you ever know a seagull that didn’t look for food).  Look closely at the top of the pole, see anything?       This seagull is sleeping in on the pole. Hoping someone at the restaurant below will drop something.         Does this underscore the different methods of obtaining what you desire?         We can focus on what we want or we can wait for it to happen.   Which one will you choose?            Recent Posts Uh Oh, Someone’s in Trouble Now The Care and Feeding of African Violets Home Sales First Quarter 2012-New Port Richey Citizens is at it Again-See what’s in store Does This Color Make My Rear Look Too Big?   Winging In and Sleeping In - The Sponge Docks in Tarpon Spr...
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By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
Point Alexis in Tarpon Springs Florida is a great place to live and there is some fantastic new home construction going on up there by Deeb Family Homes. This is the eighth week of my weekly updates for my Canadian clients that purchased up there. Since they won't be back down here until the home is complete toward the end of May, I am sending them photo updates so they can remain in the loop. The drywall has been installed, the texturizing completed and the painting has begun. It is pretty amazing how quickly this home is coming together and I cannot wait to see the final product. If you are considering relocating to the Tarpon Springs Florida area, give me a call today to discuss your home search! I would love to be able to assist you as well.  
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By Wendy Smith, Real Estate Advisor
(Wendy Smith Real Estate)
    Wendy Smith | Wendy Smith Real Estate | (727) 452-3301 SHORT SALE in Tarpon Springs, FL Bank of America Co-op Short Sale! Desirable Tarpon Springs - 3 bedroom 2 bath…..SOLD! List Date September 2012 Under Contract December 2012 Closed March 2013 DESCRIPTION SHORT SALE – Bank of America was brutal! Sadly we went thru three different buyers before finally closing this one. Experience, tenacity and patience proved to be just what was needed. Kudos to these sellers who cooperated every step of the way and never gave up. Our efforts paid off as the sellers received a full waiver of deficiency plus cash at closing! Another happy ending. Wendy Smith Wendy Smith Real Estate (727) 452-3301 Short Sale Specialist   www.WendySmithShortSales.com
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By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
Tarpon Turtle on Lake Tarpon was indeed my destination for lunch today with a good friend and former colleague from my teaching days. Natalie and I met and spent a couple of hours enjoying the sunshine and good food. We also watched the heron, egret and gators as they watched us enjoying lunch. One little egret came right over to the table and I thought he was going to hop into the plate! Too bad the wind was blowing so hard. It made a jacket necessary and I was wearing my snow boots........but I always wear them when the temperatures dip below 68 degrees!  
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By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
Point Alexis new construction update in Tarpon Springs Florida - this is already update # 7. Hard to believe that we are already that far into this process but here we are. This is my weekly photo update for my Canadian clients and at this point, the roof is complete, including the shingles. The air conditioning vents are in and the insulation has been added as well. When I was up there this morning, the stucco was almost complete and as you can see, the weather was perfect for this installation with all of the blue skies and sunshine. If you are interested in purchasing in the Tarpon Springs Florida area, give me a call today. Whether new construction or an existing home, I would love to assist you!  
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By Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL
(Sailwinds Realty)
  39th Annual Fine Arts Festival on the Bayou in Tarpon Springs FL Yeah, it’s here again, one of our very favorite events and we’ve been going to it forever. The Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival is a judged art show on Spring Bayou at Craig Park, 100 Beekman Lane, Tarpon Springs. The Festival is April 6 from 9am-6pm. and April 7 9am-6pm. Call 727-937-6109 and any last minute changes. The Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce website can be reached here. Photo courtesy of the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce There’s always lots of different types of food available, and a stage with music and entertainment. The artists are incredible and the variety of art available to purchase is amazing. Every year a poster is produced and sold to the public; this picture is on this year's poster and we...
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