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Veterans Day 2017: Freebies and Discounts in Tampa Bay

Veterans Day 2017 Tampa Bay



From all of us at The Price Group, we thank you for your service to our country. We’ve put together a list of freebies and discounts for veterans and active duty military personnel for Saturday, November 11th.



Local freebies:


The Galley: 25% off your entire bill all day with military ID

Urban Brew and BBQ: Free brunch meal at Urban Brew and BBQ for active and retired military, ID required

Sunken Gardens: Free Admission with military ID

PSTA: Veterans ride free on St Pete’s buses and Trolleys with ID

Dali: Free admissions with guest with ID

The Florida Holocaust Museum: Free admissions with ID

Morean Arts Center: Free admission with ID and $5 admission for up to three guests

Planet Retro Records: 20% discount store wide with military ID

Casita Taqueria: 25% off all weekend to military personnel



Other Tampa Bay Discounts:


Applebees: Free meal from limited menu (proof of service required)

Buffalo Wild Wings: Free traditional or boneless wings and a side of fries for veterans and active duty, dine-in only (participating stores only)

Circle K: Participating stores will offer veterans free Polar Pop

Cracker Barrel: Free double chocolate fudge Coca-Cola cake

Dunkin’ Donuts: Veterans receive a free donut, not purchase necessary

Glory Days: Free appetizer or regular order of boneless or grilled wings

Hooters: Free meal at participating locations

Krispy Kreme: Free donut and coffee (no ID required)

Menchie’s: Any veteran or current military personnel with ID or in uniform receive a free 6oz frozen yogurt

Olive Garden: Free entree from a select menu to veterans and active duty

Red Robin: Free Red’s Tavern Double Burger and bottomless steak fries

Starbucks: Free tall brewed coffee for active and retired military and spouses

Tijuana Flats: Free entree to active and retired military

Village Inn: Free Inn-Credible VIB Breakfast

World of Beer: Free draft beer (where legal) or $5 off your tab

Ikea: Free entree with military ID

Great Clips: Free haircut for active or retired military

Lowe’s Home Improvement: 10% off for military personnel active and retired everyday with Lowe’s Card (not the credit card)

Home Depot: 10% discount

Target: 10% discount with military ID

Walgreens: 20% discount with Walgreens card and military ID

Florida Parks: Free entry for everyone (except the Skyway Fishing Pier)

Florida Aquarium: All active or retired military personnel receive on free admission ticket

Top Golf: Free lifetime membership with 10% off gameplay, 20% off other memberships to active and retired military personnel as will as police, fire and EMS who visit Top Golf 11/11


How Will the New Flood Insurance Bill Impact You?

Flood Insurance is at Risk


How Will the New Flood Insurance Bill Impact You?


The National Flood Insurance Program, which was created in the late 1960’s to help facilitate more private insurance options, is going to expire on September 30th, 2017. Congress has recently introduced the “21st Century Flood Reform Act” that will allow flood insurance policies to go uninterrupted through the middle of Florida’s 2017 hurricane season.


The catch? The bill has to be passed and signed by the president before September 30th.


What This Means For The Homeowner


According to Florida Realtors, Florida represents 40% of NFIP nationally. If you are a homeowner in a flood zone in the Tampa Bay area this could be troublesome as congress has merely only introduced the bill needed to keep flood insurance afloat and hurricane season will not end until November.


Further, if you are looking to buy or sell your home, closing will be tough. Florida realtors states “Mortgage lenders require proof of property insurance before they will lend money at closing, and they require proof of flood insurance if a property is located within a FEMA-designated flood zone. If home buyers can’t secure proof of flood coverage, their closing could be cancelled or delayed.”


What You Can Do


Call or email your congress representative and ask them to push a long the bill, or pass an extension so flood insurance is not disrupted. You can easily find contact information for your representative here.




Solar Eclipse in Tampa Bay: Viewing and Safety Tips

Solar Eclipse In Tampa Bay

Solar Eclipse In Tampa Bay



Solar Eclipse In Tampa Bay


On August 21st, 2017 there will be a solar eclipse in Tampa Bay for the first time since 1979. The sun will only be 81% covered, and may not be the dramatic spectacle you’re expecting with the naked eye (you can see it at the St Petersburg College Planetarium, or via NASA’s live stream though). People all over the country have been making plans to travel across the line which the sun will be covered 100% by the moon. So much so, that school districts have made it possible for kids and their families to travel to see the event with Monday off, given they have a note from their parent/guardian. (Read more from the Tampa Bay Times on each district’s rules.)


Seeing the solar eclipse in Tampa Bay (or anywhere) is not just as easy as walking outside and looking, up. While amazing to see, the eclipse does pose threats to your eyes if not protected properly. The good news is that there are places all over Tampa Bay giving out  or selling inexpensively specialized glasses that will protect your retinas from damage while you enjoy the view. Lowe’s and Wal-Mart both have them in stock, and you can pick them up from most public libraries throughout Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.


Where will you be for the eclipse? Tag us in your photos on Facebook, we’d love to see them!

Fourth of July Events in Tampa Bay

Fourth of July Events in Tampa Bay

Fourth of July Events in Tampa Bay


Fourth of July Events in Tampa Bay


From fireworks, to BBQs to live music, here is an easy to follow list of the Fourth of July events in Tampa Bay! Make sure you tell ’em The Price Group sent you. Happy Fourth!



St. Petersburg Waterfront 4th Of July Fireworks & Food Truck Rally featuring local radio stations Q105, QYK 99.5, B98.7, WLLD, and Maxima and food trucks including Rolling with my Hoagies Food TruckSkoops Italian Ice and more.

Swing Night-Hot Club of SRQ is hosting a dance night at Ale and the Witch from 8-11pm and if you’re into swing dancing, you’re not going to want to miss this.

Support the Special Operations Warrior Foundations at Locale Market’s All-American Market Tasting. Enjoy a taste of all-American food starting July 4th through July 7th – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.  for the independent price of $17.76 (get it?!).

Light Up Tampa Bay Independence Day Celebration is happening this weekend in Channelside and is Tampa Bay’s largest fireworks display with live music and food benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay.

6th annual racing event happening at Showtime Speedway in Pinellas Park starting at 5pm.

Independence Day Celebration at Great Explorations Children’s museum in St Pete will feature patriotic activities throughout the day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bonus: Military (active and retired) and first responders get in free!

Largo’s 4th of July Celebration starts at 6pm at Largo Central Park is located at 101 Central Park Dr, Largo 33771. One Blood will be there accepting donations (and giving away free movie tickets for them!) and there will be lots of family friendly activities.

4th of July Skate at Skateworld of Tampa will have $1 admission if you wear red white or blue with skate rentals just $3.50.

Clearwater Celebrates America at Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater, FL 33755 from
4-10 p.m will have live entertainment, a kids zone, local vendors and food trucks, and (of course) fireworks!


Things To Do In Tampa Bay 12/17-12/18

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This weekend is a perfect opportunity to cross the Bay and experience what the other side has to offer. The Cross Bay Ferry will be offering free rides on Sunday, 12/18 from 7am-5:30pm. If you haven’t experienced this new transportation this is your chance! You can check out our very own James Silver’s review of the Ferry below. If you’re traveling from St. Pete to Tampa, you can stop by The Florida Aquarium, plenty of shopping and restaurants in Channelside or hop on the trolley and make your way to Ybor for an afternoon movie or Improv show. Coming to St. Pete from Tampa? The Dali Museum, St. Petersburg Museum of History, and four blocks of shopping and dining on Beach Drive are all within walking distance.




On Saturday, you can enjoy free snow-ga (that’s yoga in the snow) at Sundial (153 2nd Avenue North, St.Petersburg, Florida) from 9-10am. IF you haven’t gone to see the decorations and the flurries, this is the perfect time do experience it while getting a jump start on your New Years fitness goals. Go grab some lunch and come back to the Sundial at 3pm to catch the Dixie Hollins High School Choir perform an hour long upbeat set of holiday songs!



Tampa also has an opportunity to get your fitness on with the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k. On Sunday December 18th, the race is family friendly with games to occupy your little ones and all things chocolate (hot chocolate too, obviously) after you cross the finish line. The 5k will start around 7:30am, and the 15k around 8:25am in the Channelside Bay Plaza, Tampa, FL. Check out their website for more details on this fun event.

Things to do in Tampa Bay 12/10-12/11





Christmas is only a couple of weeks away, and Tampa Bay is surely in the holiday spirit. Lights on houses, music in every store, the time of year for for parades, classic holiday plays, and lights is now. This weekend will be yours to do all this and more. Here are some things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend.


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St. Pete Boat Parade


If you like parades but also like boats, then you’ve got to catch the Downtown St. Pete Boat Parade this Saturday, December 10th starting at 6:30pm. All different shapes and sizes of boats come through the Vinoy Basin sea wall near Demens Landing and make their way around the water showing off lights, music, and Christmas cheer. You may be able to catch a Santa (or two). This year is the first year VIP tickets ($8-$50) will be sold which includes reserved seating and serving of beer, wine, and food. Just want to catch the parade and skip the VIP? No problem. You can find a spot in North Straub or the pier approach and get a great view. Visit their website for tickets and more info.



Snow on 7th Holiday Parade


Want a more traditional parade experience? Pop on over to Ybor for the Snow on 7th Holiday Parade. Entertainment starts at 6pm, and Mayor Buckhorn and family will kick off the parade events while the snow falls. This parade is free, but get there early to get a good seat. For more info, check out their Facebook event page and the adorable countdown here.



It’s a Wonderful Life


One of the most beloved holiday movies, It’s a Wonderful Life, is being brought to the American Stage for your ears to enjoy until December 24th – but with a twist. See it come to life as It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play adapted by Joe Landry featuring a few local favorites, Colleen Cherry and Becca McCoy. 163 3rd St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Find info on the play, the actors, and book your tickets before they’re gone here.


Wesley Chapel: Just Sold!

James Silver of The Price Group closed today on 30238 Laurelwood for his clients Tessa and Raymond. This golf course view home sold in just 65 days with us which is incredible given that most homes in this area average about 350 days on the market.


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The home, as beautiful as it was, did not sell itself. It was on the market prior to James taking over. One things that stands out? The Price Group’s marketing. Now is the time to contact us if you are looking to sell your home. Our proven track record in aggressive marketing, alongside our huge online presence puts us in the top 1% of Realtors in Pinellas County. Are you looking to sell your home? Now is the time to contact us.

Thinking of Selling Your Home?

If you’ve been sitting on the fence on whether or not to sell your home, it’s time to hop off. According to an article in the Tampa Bay Times, Tampa Bay led the state in sales of single family homes for the month September.

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The article goes on to say that within our area home prices rose over 13% while the state average was around 11% growth. Pinellas’ gain was at 16.6%. Let’s break that down: If you were reluctant to sell your home valued at $250,000, you could sell it now for $41,500 more. Competition is fierce now with the new generation of millennial first time buyers, which means selling your home just got easier.


In order to sell your home, all you need to do is make the decision to call us. We can handle the rest. Now is the time to contact us. Our proven track record in aggressive marketing, alongside our huge online presence puts us in the top 1% of Realtors in Pinellas County. Call us today, to find out what we can do for you!

Things To Do In Tampa Bay 11/18-11/20

SXSW Style Event Comes to St. Pete


The founders of Et Cultural have a diverse background but one common goal: To heighten the level of art, music and interactivity in St. Pete. The way they do this? Et Cultura. From yoga, to workshops to live music to film viewings the $25 ticket is well worth the price. But you don’t have to purchase a pass to enjoy many parts of the festival. The maker’s market, folk music stage and many of the art shows are all free to the public. The events started Wednesday downtown, but they continue all weekend long. Visit Et Cultura’s website for more info on tickets, scheduling and locations.


Shopapalooza Takes Over Straub Parkthings to do in tampa bay


This year Local Shops 1, a major resource for all things local, is taking two Saturdays this month to give you time to get your holiday shopping done properly. This Saturday, November 19th is your first opportunity to sample everything the locals have to offer you. Anything from non profit organizations to local Etsy makers will be in attendance as well as live music and food trucks. And by the way – the weather is going to be amazing. Get your family out to Straub Park and support your local businesses. For more information on the event visit Local Shops 1 website or their Facebook event page.

Saturday in the Park  – Tampa


For our friends on the other side of the bay, you can catch a free concert of at Water Works Park in Tampa on Saturday, November 19th from 2-6pm. The event has no admission, however there will be doantion drop off supporting Metropolitan Ministries. The event is hosted by Harmonic Factory and Metropolitan Ministries. Bring a blanket, lunch and enjoy the beautiful fall Tampa Bay weather. Check out their Facebook event page for more information.


Veteran’s Day at The Florida Aquarium

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From all of us at The Price Group, we want to share a full, sincere thank you to all of the men and women who have served in our military. As a special thank you, we will be at Coldwell Banker’s event at the Florida Aquarium from 10-11am with a few special treats for attending veterans. The Aquarium opens at 9:30am until 5pm and will be free plus one guest for all active and retired military with ID. Additional tickets up to four will be a discounted $15. There will be raffles, family events and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will be there as well. We look forward to seeing you!


Below are some of the other free/discounted things going on for Veterans Day. Please share and let your fellow service members know about these awesome services and free meals. And again, thank you for everything that you do.



Red Hot Tiki Spicy Gourmet Market  – Free bottles of hot sauce to active and past military members Robynne Swanson, the owner, is veteran herself.

Burntwood Tavern – Free lunch or dinner for all active duty military and veterans on Veterans Day with military ID.

Carrabba’s – Free appetizer of your choice for active duty service members and veterans. Military ID or proof of service required. Ends 11/13.

Glory Days – Free appetizer or an order or boneless wings. Dine-in only and at only at participating locations on Veterans Day with military ID.

St. Pete Brewing Company – 25% off all drinks for active or retired military every Thursday, ID required.

AJ’s on the River – 10% off for all active or retired military members anytime with ID.

Fresh Harvest at The Hard Rock Casino – Complimentary lunch buffet with ID from 11am-4pm on Veterans Day.

Menchie’s – All veterans and current service members will receive a free 6 oz. frozen yogurt on Veterans Day.

World of Beer – Free select draught beer or $5.00 off your entire bill. Participating locations only. Bring proof of military service.

Sports Clips – Free haircut on Nov. 11


Things To Do In Tampa Bay – 11/11-11/13

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It’s that time of year again, St. Pete! Ribfest is taking over Vinoy Park this weekend from Friday around 11am through Sunday evening. You don’t have to love ribs to enjoy this three day event. Music from big names like The Doobie Brothers and Huey Lewis and the News to local legends such as The Black Honkeys will be playing in the afternoons all weekend long. Bring the family down and enjoy the Family Fun Zone sponsored by Great Explorations Children’s Museum. They have a kids menu where everything from corn dogs to lemonade are only $2. Be sure to look for our agent James Silver who will be giving out coozies on Sunday (until they run out) – you just have to find him!


Second Saturday Art Walk


If you’ve never experience the art of St. Petersburg, the Second Saturday Artwalk is the best place to start. The event spans from Historic Kenwood to Downtown showcasing local artists from around the area. Hop on the trolley (see the full schedule here!) and enjoy local art while enjoying a craft hanging out at 3 Daughters after dinner. The trolley service makes stops all over downtown which gives you an opportunity to explore your city from a different perspective. At Trolley stop #2 you can catch The Photo Ninja and a live model photo shoot! Events start around 5pm 11/12 and go throughout the night.


St. Pete T-shirt Company Grand Opening

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Love St. Pete? We do, too! And now you can let the world know. St. Pete T-shit Company’s grand opening will be held at its store at 655 Central Avenue, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701 on 11/12 from 6pm-9pm. There will be live painting from local artist Chad Mize and raffles for shirts, art, and glass blowing workshop from Zen Glass Studio and Gallery. So, ya know… hit up Artwalk and head down here. Two birds, one stone! Learn more about the event here.


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Things To Do In Tampa Bay This Weekend

November is here! And with it comes all the things fall has to offer. This weekend is no exception with Folkfest St. Pete, Beer Night, and Grand Central Market. (Not to mention our open houses!) We have all the info you need on things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend.


Attention All Beer enthusiasts and Foodies!


Friday night is St. Pete Wine and Food Festival’s Beer Night. From 5:30pm-9:30pm in North Straub Park you can sample craft beer and ciders from all over the region. This is a great way to try new and exclusive drinks from some of your favorite breweries or discover a brewery you’ve not heard of. There will be food served included in the ticket price. You can purchase tickets to all of St. Pete’s Food and Wine Festival here and find out more information on all their events happening all weekend long.


Get Folky


Folkfest St. Pete is a favorite of local makers and musicians. Last year there was a kids station, planty of arts vendors and all the beer and food that the Edge District has to offer. There is something for everyone here from college kids to families looking for an afternoon out and about. The festival starts Saturday. November 5th at 9am and runs until early Sunday afternoon. Check out their Facebook event page for more info including their killer musical line up.


Get Started on Christmas Shopping


Saturday, November 5th is the Grand Central Market hosted by Grand Central District at Punky’s Bar and Grill. The market starts at 9am and there will be live music from 11am-1pm. This is the perfect spot to start your Christmas shopping. From collectibles to crafts, there is something for everyone. And you can’t go wrong with Punky’s weekend breakfast specials. Head on down and enjoy the beautiful weather.

A Boater’s Dream – Tampa Bay’s Waterway Venues

tampa bay Tampa Bay offers many amenities for its patrons. It also offers a distinct mode of living that allows boaters to travel from restaurants and venues throughout its many waterways. The area has many delightful attributes that lure many tourists from all over the world, but it’s the waterways that provide a unique living experience.

There are many restaurant’s and venues that are lined up along the inter-coastal and bay waters, including the neighborhood beaches, and the Gulf of Mexico. You can experience these sites that the waterways has to offer by boat and cruise to one of the local dining areas and enjoy a lunch, dinner, or cocktail under the blue skies of Tampa Bay or on the serene waves of the Gulf of Mexico.

Within boating range of these amazing stops are three of The Price Group’s listings in St Pete, including this this 4 bedroom, 4 bath home with over 3,000 square feet and easy water access to your own canal and all of the Tampa Bay amenities listed below. tampa bay st pete homes for sale

First stop, Fresco’s Waterfront Restaurant. Located on 2nd Avenue N.E. Their slips hold 7 boats on the South side of the pier approach. This restaurant includes a full liquor bar with indoor/outdoor seating. It’s warm atmosphere menu offers, salads, seafood, sandwiches, steaks and weekend brunch. Value ranges from $16.00-$38.00.

The second stop in the Bay Area of St. Pete is Marchand’s Bar and Grill, a Mediterranean upscale venue located inside the classic Vinoy Resort and Golf Club, north of the pier on 5th Avenue N.E. Enjoy a cocktail at the bar or enjoy an elegant meal in their dining hall. Also located at the Vinoy is Alfresco’s for more casual atmosphere and the Promenade Lounge and Coffee Bar. The fine upscale land/water venue has a dock that offers 22 transient slips tended by a dock master, with a two-hour complimentary parking to dining boaters. Value Range for dinner entrees are: $23.00-$40.00

$$-$$$ – The third stop is the Riverwalk Tampa, and the Columbia Café. The Columbia offers a picturesque dining pleasure with Tampa Bay History Center in its downtown waterfront Café port of Columbia original restaurant. This venue offers public boat docks, along with live music on Fridays and Saturdays on their Patio. Along with its charming attributes, their menu offers the original 1905 salad and their infamous chicken and yellow rce, along with many other delicious cuisines. This romantic place also offers a tapas, dinner and cocktails. They also offer gluten free and vegetarian options.

$-$$ – Next, while we’re still in the Tampa Bay waters, our fourth stop is north of the Courtney Campbell Causeway. The Bahama Breeze at Rocky Point Drive. Their slips hold 3 to 4 boats and offers indoor/outdoor seating, with full liquor bar, and live music. They offer a Caribbean style menu, with its value range of $11.00-$21.00.

$-$$ – Finally, let’s visit Crabby Bill’s @ Rocky Point Drive, Courtney Campbell, on the south side of the causeway. Crabby’s docks hold 50 boats, and they offer full liquor bar and hotel. Their menu consists of steaks, ribs, sandwiches. Value Ranges $15.00-$24.00.

Tampa Bay is truly boater’s dream. You can take a short or long cruise up Tampa Bay and be able to enjoy a daytime or evening out on the town. Which of these are your favorite?

More Great News – Tampa’s Property Values Are WAY Up!

More Great News – Tampa’s Property Values Are WAY Up!

Within the last year, the price appreciation for many homes here in the South increased.
Existing home sales in the Southern states climbed 3 percent in the third quarter of this year, according to a recent report from the National Association of Realtors, and are now almost 7 percent above the third quarter of 2014.
Specifically speaking, the greater Tampa area has seen a serious increase in home prices – a direct reflection of market value, and excellent news for Florida homeowners. Through a combination of solid job gains, above average shares of vacation and foreign buyers, and little new construction being added, areas in Florida have enjoyed a faster price growth on homes than other areas of the nation. According to the NAR report, prices have jumped an astonishing 20.7 percent during the past year – a remarkable increase.
This rising value is a clear sign that homes in the area are an investment with a great appreciating value. Family, vacation and/or retirement homes’ value will keep increasing due to the demand for these homes, making now a great time to buy. Investing now will let you get into a home at a lower price today as the housing market continues to heat up here in the Florida sun.
Thinking of moving away from the cold and snowy weather? The place to be is Florida! These homes may be the cheapest they will be for a while, so if you’re considering making a move to the Sunshine State, now’s the time to do so. Looking to move out instead? Selling your home in this market is sure to bring you a great price, so make the move you’ve been waiting on and list your home today.
At The Price Group, we can help you find your new dream home or help you get your property out to the many eager buyers looking for homes in the region. We have experience selling waterfront, historic and downtown properties throughout the region, and our commitment to excellence will ensure you have the best experience possible throughout the buying or selling process. To get started with your search or to learn more about selling your property with The Price Group, give us a call today at 727-851-6189.

Tampa Leads Nation in Institutional Investment

Good news for the Tampa region: We’re a leading market for institutional investors.
Among institutional investors – defined as buyers who purchase 10 or more properties during a calendar year – Tampa’s housing market ranks as the top selling in the nation. According to a recent report in The Tampa Tribune, institutional investors account for 4.7 percent of all purchases in the Tampa region, the highest rate in the country among markets with a population of at least 1 million.
Tampa SkylineWhile it may not be surprising that there are an abundance of rental properties that are not going to waste in the sunshine state, most of these properties are actually rented to year-round tenants, largely young families who are just starting out or saving for their own home ownership. The influx of institutional buyers to the area – attracted by the many sales of low-priced, bank-owned properties – have stabilized the housing market that has struggled during a few difficult years between 2007 and 2014.
Now, more and more people are choosing to rent properties instead of buying. Renters use their time to build up their credit while saving up for a down payment on a home of their own. This makes it a great time for investors to buy some of the great properties in the area, with ample opportunities for these buyers to turn around and lease homes to renters or enter rent-to-own agreements with families interested in eventually buying out the property.
If you are a real estate investor who is considering purchasing a home to rent or turn into a timeshare, check out the market in Tampa. Conditions won’t favor the buyer like this forever, so take advantage of low market prices and diverse properties in great locations throughout the region while you can. With plenty of homes available at reasonable prices and a hot rental market, now’s the time to buy. Let The Price Group help you with your property search. To get started, contact us today!

Coming soon! New listing in South Tampa

3514 W LEONA ST, TAMPA, FL 33629

A rare opportunity to purchase a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom South Tampa home in a blue ribbon school district (zoned for Roosevelt Elementary, Coleman Middle and Plant High schools) This home sits on a corner lot in the Palma Ceia area. It is simply beautiful with original hardwood floors, granite counter tops and a large yard that is perfect for entertaining. No flood insurance needed and the roof is just 5 years old. This house is walking distance from Roosevelt Elementary School, Corona Park, restaurants and shopping.

Call James Silver for more information 813-786-0330