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Top Things to Do in Tampa This October

Looking for fun and frights this October? Tampa is the place to be!

things to do in TampaWe love it when October rolls around in Tampa. There are a ton of events and things to do all month long, from Halloween fun to Oktoberfest celebrations.

If you live in Tampa Bay, here are some of some of the top things to do in Tampa during the month of October!
 

 

Things to Do in Tampa This October

River of Frights – Pirate Water Taxi (Sept. 29-Oct. 31)

Now through Halloween, the popular water taxi service is giving riders a haunted fright! River of Frights turns the Hillsborough River into the haunted stomping grounds of the restless spirits of betrayed pirates.

This interactive experience of spooky sights is fun for any age. For more information about hours and reservations visit the Pirate Water Taxi website.

Creatures of the Night – Lowry Park Zoo (Oct. 7-29)

For the month of October, Lowry Park Zoo transforms into a haunted spooktacular. Creatures of the Night events offer park visitors immersive Halloween sights and frights that are fun for the whole family.

For hours and ticket information, visit the zoo’s website.

Howl-O-Scream – Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (Sept. 22-Oct. 29)

If you’re looking for some real haunted thrills, be sure to check out Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens! With extended park hours, you get more chances to catch your favorite rides and roller coasters. Plus, the park goes all-out with frights and scares around every corner.

For information about hours and tickets, visit the Busch Gardens Tampa Bay website.

Oktoberfest Tampa – Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park (Oct. 13, 14-15)

Everybody loves Oktoberfest festivities. There’s delicious food games, dancing and, of course… beer! Every year, Tampa embraces the spirit of Oktoberfest. The annual Oktoberfest celebration at Curtis Hixon park in downtown Tampa is a favorite of many residents.

For more event information, visit the Oktoberfest Tampa 2017 website.

 

 

 

 

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Top 5 Natural Springs Near Gainesville

One of the great things about living in Gainesville is how much access you have to North Central Florida’s natural attractions. The area’s unique geography and temperate climate provide for some of the greatest outdoors recreation in the U.S.

One of the area’s most treasured features is the extensive natural springs system. These freshwater springs pump crystal clear water up from the ground year-round. Several springs feed into rivers, offering a variety of water recreation. At 72 degrees any time of the year, the natural springs are beloved among locals and tourists alike.

North Central Florida is choc full of springs, and there are tons open to the public! From Gainesville, you’re just short drive from many of the finest natural springs the area has to offer. If you are moving to Gainesville, be sure to check out these top-rated springs!

Top 5 Natural Springs Near Gainesville

Ginnie Springs

natural springs near GainesvilleGinnie is one of the most popular springs in the area, especially among the college crowd. The privately owned site features several impressive springs that all empty into the Santa Fe River. You can swim in the springs or meander down the river on tubes. The more adventurous (and properly trained) explore the extensive underwater cave system

Ginnie Springs is a popular camping spot year-round and at a roughly 30 min. drive from Gainesville, it makes a perfect day trip too.

Ichetucknee Springs

tubing near GainesvilleFor some serious floating, you’ve got to hit Ichetucknee Springs. Tubers can choose from either a 3 1/2 hrs. float or a roughly 1 hr float down the Ichetucknee River. Crystal clear waters, scenic foliage and abundant wildlife make this one of the most relaxing, enjoyable floats in the area.

Ichetucknee State Park is about a 50 min. drive from Gainesville.

 

Blue Springs

things to do in GainesvilleYou wouldn’t expect to see a beach in North Central Florida, but at Blue Springs, that’s exactly what you’ll find. These natural springs feature a stretch of white sand beach in addition to boardwalks and nature trails along the Santa Fe River. With four natural springs on-site, Blue Springs is a popular recreation spot year-round.

Blue Springs offers day access as well as camping and is about a 40 min. drive from Gainesville.

Otter Springs

natural springs FloridaNestled along the Suwanee River sits Otter Springs. The springs site and sprawling park offers ample options for tent and RV camping. They also offer cabins. You can swim in the springs, or float or paddle along the scenic Suwanee River.

Otter Springs is about an hour drive from Gainesville.
 

 

Alexander Springs

freshwater springs near GainesvilleOne of the few first-magnitude natural springs in the area, Alexander is a favorite among families. The large, sloping spring pool provides ample wading and splash pad-type activities for younger children.

Alexander Springs is located in Ocala National Forest, about 1 1/2 hrs. drive from Gainesville.

 

 

 

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Tampa Ranks as One of America’s Most Fun Cities in 2017

The Cigar City has been making a name for itself lately. It has frequently been appearing on various “best of” lists for its quality of living and strong economic growth. It’s become a rising star, not just among other southern cities, but nationwide as well.

Recently, Tampa has been listed on WalletHub’s ‘2017 Most Fun Cities in America’ list. Rankings are based on several factors including recreation, entertainment, events/nightlife, and cost.

Earning the #15 spot, Tampa has proved once again that it is a great place to live, offering a wealth of entertainment and living options. There are a ton of things to see and do and a lot of great neighborhoods to live in, each with their own unique charm. You’ll find history, culture, cuisine and most importantly… FUN!

In honor of earning a top spot on the most fun cities list, here is our list of some of the most fun things that make Tampa awesome.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay/Adventure Islands

Busch Gardens TampaA perennial Tampa attraction, Busch Gardens has been bringing family fun to the bay area for over 30 years. One of the largest amusement parks in the southeast,Tampa attractions Busch Gardens combines roller coasters, classic midway games and wildlife exhibits for non-stop excitement!

 

If you’re a thrill-seeker, Busch Gardens is the place for you. The park’s coasters are well-respected as some of the best in the U.S. On the hotter days, cool off at Adventure Islands waterpark. Or you can by a two park pass and hit Busch Gardens and Adventure Islands both!

Craft Brewing

craft beer TampaTampa Bay may just hold the title as Florida’s craft beer capitol. In fact, the area is recognized as having one of the most thriving craft brewing cultures in the U.S. Almost anywhere you are in Tampa Bay, there’s bound to be a brewery not too far away.

From exclusive, in-house microbrews to full-scale distribution, Tampa is a craft beer powerhouse. You’ll find eclectic flavors that reflect the the Cigar City‘s diverse heritage and vibrant culture.

Recreation

things to do in TampaTampa is blessed with an abundance of natural attractions. Whether its the land or water that you love, the bay area has something for everyone. From hiking to biking, to water sports and lounging on the beach, Tampa’s warm, sunny weather is great for any outdoor activity year-round.

 

 

Moving to Tampa?

Let us help! We want your first impression of your new home to be great. That means, making sure your move goes off without a hitch.

So go hit the beach! Let us handle your move, from the packing and loading to logistics, we’ll make sure your move is done right.

You can request a moving quote from our website or give us a call any time to find out more about our services.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The 5 Best Gainesville Trails for Hiking and Biking

One of the biggest perks to living in Gainesville is the abundance of natural beauty. Living in Gainesville, you have access to some of the most scenic vistas in Florida. Gainesville’s unique geographical make-up provide for some of the best outdoor trails.

Whether you’re a hiker, a biker, or just enjoy the outdoors, you’re going to love Gainesville trails.

Here are the five best Gainesville trails for hiking and biking:

Paynes Prairie

Gainesville trailsThe first on our list also happens to be the largest of our list. When we say Paynes Prairie is big, we mean big – the 22,000 acre park is bigger than the city of Gainesville itself! Paynes Prairie features an extensive network of paved and off-road trails winding through some of the most beautiful scenery in Central Florida.

If you’re up for a long haul, you can ride the entire Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail; a 30 mi. stretch of paved bike trail that runs through the prairie!

Archer Braid Trail

things to do in GainesvilleRunning six miles from Archer towards Gainesville, Archer Braid is a nice, leisurely paved path cruise. Future construction on the trail plans for the path to extend east towards UF.

 
 
 
 
 

Newnans Lake

Gainesville bike trailsNewnans Lake is located just east of Gainesville. The 1.2 mi. lake is an ecological hotspot and supports a diverse wildlife. As a designated conservation area, its undeveloped surroundings provide a scenic backdrop for outdoors lovers.

Newnans Lake offers several hiking and biking trails to enjoy.

 
 

Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park

hiking trails GainesvilleOne of Gainesville’s most notable geological attractions, Devil’s Millhopper State Park extends out of one of Florida’s largest sinkholes.

Descending into the sinkhole, you can find many different forms of vegetation as well as trickling streams of water winding through the rocks and plant-life. At the rim of the sinkhole, you can choose to hike the .9 mile nature trail for a more traditional bout.

Depot Park

recreation GainesvilleIn the heart of downtown Gainesville, you’ll find an unlikely trail location. Dubbed “The Central Park of Gainesville”, Depot Park offers a dedicated park and recreation area in the urban center. Located on the site of an historic train depot, Depot Park offers many outdoor activities for children, families and couples.

A paved path meanders along ponds and through a scenic conservation area on an easy loop.

 

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Know Your Neighborhood: South Tampa

Moving to Tampa or Gainesville?

Moving can be a stressful. On top of all the packing and planning, you probably have felt a little anxious moving to a new area. It takes time to get a adjusted to a new home and a new neighborhood.

We want to make moving easier for you. That’s why we’re making lists of all the neighborhoods in Tampa and Gainesville that make them great cities to live in. We’ll be keying you in on the hot restaurants, attractions and all the things that make these neighborhoods awesome.

Know Your Neighborhood: South Tampa

The area comprising South Tampa is actually a collection of different neighborhoods, each with its own unique identity. Many of the neighborhoods feature living artifacts from Tampa’s history, from brick-paved streets to historic homes. South Tampa is known for its majestic homes, shopping and eating. The area has a little something for everyone one, making it one of Tampa’s hottest neighborhoods.

Things to do in South Tampa

If you’re living in South Tampa, there’s tons to do. From shopping to recreation, South Tampa has a little bit of everything.

Bayshore Boulevard

living in South TampaThis scenic drive traces the edge of Old Hillsborough Bay, which acts as South Tampa’s natural border. The road runs for seven miles, featuring scenic views of the water as well as the gorgeous historic homes that line Bayshore.

After undergoing a beautification project and pedestrian renovation, Bayshore has since become one of the most popular biking/walking trails in Tampa.
 

Gasparilla Pirate Festival

things to do in South TampaUndoubtedly, Tampa’s most iconic and notable cultural event, Gasparilla Pirate Festival is something not to miss.

A week-long festival celebrating Tampa’s historic status as a pirate haven, Gasparilla features many events and many of them occur in South Tampa. One of the most popular events, the Gasparilla Parade, is held on Bayshore Blvd.

 

Eating in South Tampa

If you’re a foodie, than South Tampa is a great place to live. There’s tons of great culinary options from a variety of cuisines. Here are some of our favorites.

datz restaurant south tampaDatz

For breakfast, lunch or dinner, you can’t go wrong with Datz. Featuring an extensive menu of American fusion, the menu at Datz is innovative and flavorful. From exciting takes on deli-style sandwiches and burgers to tex-mex and everything in between, you’ll be floored by these food options; and you’ll never get tired of it! It’s also a popular brunch spot.

But ‘Datz’ not all (sorry).

Datz also features a selection of craft beer, wine and cocktails if you want to get your drink on.

Italian food TampaBella’s Italian Cafe

For over 30 years, Bella’s Italian Cafe has been bringing authentic Italian flavor and hospitality to South Tampa foodies and families. Featuring classic, rustic Italian dishes and a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere Bella’s has become a staple of the South Tampa culinary scene. When you visit you’ll find out why.

From fresh pasta made in-house daily, to hand-tossed pizzas and calzones, you’ll sound find out why the locals love it.

 Welcome Home!

We hope this gives you a small taste of what’s waiting for you in your new neighborhood! Living in South Tampa is awesome. There’s tons to do, it’s family-friendly and you’re close to pretty much everything. If you need help with your move, call us for a quote or fill out out this online form for a free estimate.

 

 

 

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Top 5 Gainesville Restaurants for the College Crowd

Another semester is starting and Gainesville is bustling with students moving in. If you’re just starting at University of Florida, you’re probably feeling a little overwhelmed. Starting college can be a big experience, and stressful. Between moving, finding your classes and getting to know the place where you’ll be spending the next four years, it can be a lot to take in. That’s why we want to make it easier for you to get adjusted.

The great thing about living in a college town like Gainesville is the awesome variety of eating and drinking options. Within walking distance from campus especially, there’s tons of great Gainesville restaurants and eateries that are popular among the college crowd.

Here is a list of the Top 5 Gainesville Restaurants for the College Crowd:

places to eat in GainesvilleCaribbean Spice

This place brings the taste of the islands to Central Florida. Caribbean Spice has been serving up homestyle Caribbean/Jamaican favorites in Gainesville for over 20 years.

Their beef patties and coco bread is made fresh, daily. Trust us, one bit of a beef patty from Caribbean Spice and you’ll be hooked. But you better get in quick if the craving hit, because those things go quick!

restaurants in GainesvilleLeonardo’s by the Slice

A UF mainstay, Leonardo’s by the Slice has been serving up hot, delicious pizza to Gainesville’s college crowd for years. Whether you’re preference is a thick slice or thin, you’re gonna love these pies!

You better make this place a priority stop though; we are saddened by the news that Leonardo’s will be closing within a year from now following a purchase of the property by UF. In the meantime, soak up your tears with some garlic knots.

Vietnamese food GainesvilleBagels & Noodles

As their name implies: they’ve got bagels and they’ve got noodles. But it’s really so much more than that.

From American comfort foods to Vietnamese comfort foods, you’ll always find something to satisfy your appetite. The moderate decor and insanely reasonable prices make this one of the most popular Gainesville restaurants for students.

food GainesvilleFlaco’s Cuban Bakery

Located just on the outskirts of downtown, Flaco’s original location is a little more than an quick walk from campus – but that never stopped this Cuban bakery and cafe from being a favorite among the college crowd. They are so popular in fact, that Flaco’s has opened a second location in Midtown and that is an easy walk!

The flavors coming out of this place are just irresistible; you can find everything from Cuban sandwiches to empañadas and pastelitos to settle all your Cuban culinary cravings. They also offer a variety of rice bowls. Don’t forget the coffee!

eating in GainesvilleThe Swamp

A collegetown staple, especially on game days, The Swamp has been a university favorite since 1994. Their menu is classic American fare and the spirit is 100 percent UF. Gators memorabilia lines the walls and you’re bound to see a lot of people wearing blue and orange.

The Swamp’s casual vibe makes it a great spot for any occasion.

 

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Know Your Neighborhood: Downtown Tampa

Moving to Tampa or Gainesville?

Moving can be a stressful. On top of all the packing and planning, you probably have felt a little anxious moving to a new area. It takes time to get a adjusted to a new home and a new neighborhood.

We want to make moving easier for you. That’s why we’re making lists of all the neighborhoods in Tampa and Gainesville that make them great cities to live in. We’ll be keying you in on the hot restaurants, attractions and all the things that make these neighborhoods awesome.

Know Your Neighborhood: Downtown Tampa

Downtown Tampa is undergoing a renaissance. Revitalization efforts have led to a renewed interest among businesses and professionals. It is quickly emerging as one of the best areas for urban living and recreation. If you’re looking for a mix of live-work-play, then you’re going to love downtown Tampa.

Living in Downtown Tampa

There’s tons of great places to live in and around downtown Tampa. From the downtown core, over to Channelside and Harbour Island, the area is well connected and very walkable. While their are some single family options, most downtown residences are condos and apartments, making it a popular neighborhood for young professionals.

Working in Downtown Tampa

Downtown serves as one of Tampa’s main commercial business districts, next to Westshore, and is Tampa’s financial center. You can see Tampa’s skyline populated by banking and financial institutions. Another emerging part of downtown Tampa’s live-work-play lifestyle is its shift toward non-traditional workplaces.

You’ve probably heard the term “coworking” before. The concept has grown in popularity over recent years and the downtown core has been embracing it. One such space, Suites@Madison, offers a collaborative work space and hourly meeting rooms as well as other a la carte office services, like virtual office and mail-receiving.

With coworking, you have access to flexible, professional office solutions hat allow you more freedom and accessibility than a traditional office space.

Playing in Downtown Tampa

There’s tons to see and do downtown. It’s got a vibrant nightlife and is Tampa’s cultural events center. You’ll find year round events, from theater, to film and music. Here’s where you can find them:

things to do in downtown TampaStraz Center

The Straz hosts live live events year-round. From mainstage plays, to opera and musicals, and even live speakers, you’ll find tons of great entertaiment.

Check out their events calendar for more info on what’s coming up!

 

living in downtown TampaTampa Theatre

The Tampa Theater is one of the most recognizable figures downtown. Built in the 1920s, its historic architecture and grand marquis reflect Tampa’s history and will bring you back to the golden age of film. You can get a dose of both classic and modern films at this historic theater, with weekly showtimes.

You can even rent it out for private events!

downtown Tampa eventsCurtis Hixon Waterfront Park

This popular park really jump-started the whole revitalization of downtown Tampa. What was once an eyesore with a lot of potential has since become Tampa’s outdoor events hub. Nestled against the popular River Walk, Curtis Hixon offers breathtaking views of the Hillsborough River and University of Tampa’s iconic minarets.

You’ll find that Curtis Hixon is a year-round favorite among locals. Any given day, you can see people lounging in the grass, walking dogs, or taking their children to the playground. Plus the park hosts a series of popular, annual events:

  • Gasparilla Music Festival
  • Margarita Festival
  • The Mayor’s River o’ Green Festival (St. Patrick’s Day)
  • Oktoberfest

Welcome Home!

We hope this gives you a small taste of what’s waiting for you in your new neighborhood! Living in downtown Tampa is awesome. There’s tons to do, it’s family-friendly and you’re close to pretty much everything. If you need help with your move, call us for a quote or fill out out this online form for a free estimate.

 

 

 

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Know Your Neighborhood: Downtown Gainesville

Moving to Gainesville or Tampa?

Moving can be a stressful. On top of all the packing and planning, you probably have felt a little anxious moving to a new area. It takes time to get a adjusted to a new home and a new neighborhood.

We want to make moving easier for you. That’s why we’re making lists of all the neighborhoods in Tampa and Gainesville that make them great cities to live in. We’ll be keying you in on the hot restaurants, attractions and all the things that make these neighborhoods awesome.

Know Your Neighborhood: Downtown Gainesville

Downtown Gainesville is a great place to live. It’s hip and happening but that’s not to say it’s not without the small town charm that for which Gainesville is known. There’s tons of great food and drink options and it’s well-connected to UF and business district.

Your going to love living in Downtown Gainesville. Here’s just a few things to help you get to know your neighborhood.

The Neighborhood

Downtown is most recognized as Gainesville’s cultural center. With theaters, outdoor events venues it supports a burgeoning art scene. Downtown is also home to a bevvy of bars, restaurants and cafes that cater to students, families and professionals alike. You’re going to love the urban vibe!

Food

restaurants downtown gainesvilleThe Top

A downtown Gainesville favorite… especially for brunch! The Top offers up modern takes on classic American comfort food. With an extensive menu, you’re bound to find something you love, but to be honest, you could really pick just about anything and be happy with it!

The Top is popular among the younger crowd for its great beer selection and signature cocktails. They’ve also got a revolving calendar of music and events.

eating in downtown GainesvilleCrane Ramen

This isn’t anything like the microwave ramen you’ll find in a college dorm! With a reliance on local ingredients and a focus on traditional cooking methods, Crane Ramen is serving up some of the finest noodle bowls this side of the Pacific.

In addition to out-of-this-world ramen, the menu also offers a smattering of traditional Japanese appetizers as well as sake and cocktails to whet your appetite.

Entertainment

things to do in downtown GainesvilleBo Diddley Plaza

Part community park, part music and events venue, Bo Diddley Plaza is a popular, family-friendly downtown destination. The plaza is home to variety of weekly, monthly and yearly events. From concerts to farmers markets, Bo Diddley Plaza always has something happening.

Check out their events calendar for more info!

arts downtown gainesvilleThe Hippodrome

The Hippodrome is more than a theater. Founded by artists, the Hippodrome serves as a theatrical and artistic anchor. It’s had a long-running series of mainstage productions that continues to be enjoyed today. It also screens foreign, independent and cult films year-round.

You can even get a taste of Florida’s vibrant arts culture when you visit the Hippodrome’s art gallery.

Welcome Home!

We hope this gives you a small taste of what’s waiting for you in your new neighborhood! Living in downtown Gainesville is awesome. There’s tons to do, it’s family-friendly and you’re close to pretty much everything. If you need help with your move, call us for a quote or fill out out this online form for a free estimate.

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Know Your Neighborhood: Seminole Heights

Moving to Tampa or Gainesville?

Moving can be a stressful. On top of all the packing and planning, you probably have felt a little anxious moving to a new area. It takes time to get a adjusted to a new home and a new neighborhood.

We want to make moving easier for you. That’s why we’re making lists of all the neighborhoods in Tampa and Gainesville that make them great cities to live in. We’ll be keying you in on the hot restaurants, attractions and all the things that make these neighborhoods awesome.

Know Your Neighborhood: Seminole Heights

Seminole Heights is one of Tampa’s hottest neighborhoods on the rise. The neighborhood has undergone extensive revitalization and a community has formed of residents and business owners to make Seminole Heights at once hip, charming, and inviting. It’s a great place to live and attracts a diverse crowd of young professionals and families.

There’s a few things you should know about the neighborhood if you’re planning a move to Seminole Heights. It’s Tampa’s unofficial culinary epicenter, there’s tons of great things to see and do, and historic homes and tree-lined streets give Seminole Heights a unique charm.

Here’s just a few reasons why this neighborhood makes Tampa an awesome place to live!

The Neighborhood

Seminole Heights neighborhoodThe first thing to know about Seminole Heights is one that it is actually comprised of three distinct neighborhoods: Old Seminole Heights, South Seminole Heights and Southeast Seminole Heights. It is one of Tampa’s oldest neighborhoods and features an abundance of 20th century bungalows and historic architecture.

Neighborhoods feature tree-lined streets, and the Hillsborough River serves as a border to the west.

Food

Seminole Heights is known for its culinary scene. Not only is it one the hottest foodie spots in Tampa, but many of the restaurants in the area have achieved national recognition for their innovation and flavor. There’s tons of great restaurants in Seminole Heights, featuring an ecclectic array of fresh flavors. Here are just a couple of our favorites:

Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe

restaurants in seminole heightsCall it beatnik nouveau, call it ramshackle chic, call it what you will, but Ella’s is one of Seminole Heights finest for food and drinks of any variety. Set against a colorful backdrop of authentic American folk art, Ella’s runs the gamut from comfort food staples to fresh and modern and everything in between.

Their killer menu is matched by a formidable selection of brews and libations, making it a perfect stop for both food and drinks. Plus, they’ve got brunch!

Ella’s is a Tampa favorite and it’s bound to become one of your regular spots if you’re moving to Seminole Heights

Chop Chop Shop

seminole heights neighborhoodOne of Seminole Heights’ hidden gems, Chop Chop Shop takes Asian Fusion to another level. Serving modern takes on traditional Japanese ingredients and flavors in an intimate setting, Chop Chop Shop is foodie favorite.

Focusing on a “quick craft food” concept, Chop Chop Shop offers up a customizable menu of rice or noodle bowls choc full with chicken, pork, or pork belly with greens and other add-ons. They also offer “hand-foods” like burgers and sandwiches.

This is one of Seminole Heights’ hottest restaurants on the rise and it’s one not to miss if you’re moving to the neighborhood.

Drinks

Seminole Heights also enjoys a happening bar and nightlife scene. With everything from casual bars, to biergartens, to video-game barcades, there’s a little something for everyone.

Independent Bar & Cafe

bars in TampaA neighborhood mainstay, the Independent is popular night or day. Part bar-part cafe,-part music venue, locals love the atmosphere, drink selection and great food of the Independent.

Their draft selection features a revolving list of local, seasonal, and independent beers and ciders. Plus, they’ve got a huge selection of cans and bottles.

If you’re looking for a bite to eat as well, you can’t go wrong with the menu. From traditional German fare, to daily soups and snacks, Independent’s kitchen pushes out some great food.

If you’re looking for craft brews of the packaged variety, make sure you stop at the Independent’s sister store, Jug & Bottle for a fine selection of import and craft beers.

Breweries

Seminole Heights is also known for its bevvy of breweries. If you’re into great craft brews, be sure to check out:

Welcome Home!

We hope this gives you a small taste of what’s waiting for you in your new neighborhood. Seminole Heights is a great community with lots to offer. We think you’re going to love living here!

 

 

 

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Know Your Neighborhood: Northwest Gainesville

Moving to Gainesville or Tampa?

Moving can be a stressful. On top of all the packing and planning, you probably have felt a little anxious moving to a new area. It takes time to get a adjusted to a new home and a new neighborhood.

We want to make moving easier for you. That’s why we’re making lists of all the neighborhoods in Tampa and Gainesville that make them great cities to live in. We’ll be keying you in on the hot restaurants, attractions and all the things that make these neighborhoods awesome.

Know Your Neighborhood: Northwest Gainesville

Northwest Gainesville is a great place to live. It has the perfect balance of natural beauty and urban connectivity. If you’re moving to Northwest Gainesville, you’re going to find Old Florida charm within convenient distance to downtown Gainesville’s cultural and culinary scene.

Your going to love living in Northwest Gainesville. Here’s just a few things to help you get to know your neighborhood.

The Neighborhood

This because of its balance of aesthetics and convenience, Northwest Gainesville attracts a diverse, blended group of residents. You’ll find historic and modern homes and a mix of families, young professionals, students and workers.

living in Northwest GainesvilleConvenience

Northwest Gainesville is conveniently located near most major centers. It’s an easy, 15 min. drive to UF campus, shopping centers and I-75.

 

 

The Oaks Mall

Gainesville’s primary shopping center, Oak Mall is just a short drive from just about anywhere in Northwest Gainesville.

Northwest GainesvilleRecreation

If you love the outdoors and exploring Florida’s great natural bounty, Northwest Gainesville is the right place for you. There’s tons of great parks and walking trails in the area, with several featuring scenic water views.

 

 

Welcome Home!

We hope this gives you a small taste of what’s waiting for you in your new neighborhood! Living in Hyde Park is awesome. There’s tons to do, its family-friendly and the location is tough to beat. If you need help with your move, call us for a quote or fill out out this online form for a free estimate.

 

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Know Your Neighborhood: Hyde Park

Moving to Tampa or Gainesville?

Moving can be a stressful. On top of all the packing and planning, you probably have felt a little anxious moving to a new area. It takes time to get a adjusted to a new home and a new neighborhood.

We want to make moving easier for you. That’s why we’re making lists of all the neighborhoods in Tampa and Gainesville that make them great cities to live in. We’ll be keying you in on the hot restaurants, attractions and all the things that make these neighborhoods awesome.

Know Your Neighborhood: Hyde Park

Tampa’s Hyde Park neighborhood is a great place to live. Hyde Park is classic Tampa all the way; downtown adjacent, where the river empties into old Hillsborough Bay. There’s tons of great things to see and do in Hyde Park. It’s known for it’s casual atmosphere, historic homes, shopping and food scene.

If you’re moving to Tampa’s Hyde Park neighborhood, here’s just a few of the things that makes the neighborhood a great place to live.

Location

Hyde Park is in an enviable area of Tampa. Not only is it conveniently situated near major attractions, but the neighborhood is steeped in history and charm. From brick-lined streets to Victorian-style homes and water views, Hyde Park.

Homes along Bayshore Blvd. have an unobstructed view of Hillsborough Bay, while homes behind are only a short walk form scenic views along the bay or Hillsborough River.

Shopping

things to do in Hyde Park TampaAnother attraction to Hyde Park is its designation as a shopping district, known for it’s couture and boutique shops.

Hyde Park Village, offering an upscale retail experience with food and drink options a-plenty.

An easy stroll along Swann Ave. will bring you past a number of boutiques and…

Food

Some of Tampa’s hottest restaurants are found in Hyde Park. From casual to upscale, it’s all here and it’s all good. Here’s some of our favorites.

restaurants in Hyde Park TampaGoody Goody Burgers

A Tampa institution, redefined. If you lived in Tampa back in the day (1925-2005 to be exact), you probably remember Goody Goody. The classic burger joint was a hot spot for locals day or night.

After closing in 2005, many thought the fresh, unique taste of a Goody Goody Burger would be gone forever. However, Good Sir Knight Gonzmart (that’s Richard Gonzmart, of Colombia Restaurant & Ulele) felt it was time to bring it back. Goody Goody was officially reopened in 2016, to much fanfare.

Now, you can get your taste of Tampa history anytime you want!

Hyde Park Tampa restaurantsOn Swann

Looking for a more upscale dining experience? On Swann offers diners a refined, casual atmosphere while serving up refreshing takes on American cooking.

Serving fresh, local ingredients and signature cocktails, there’s little you can go wrong with here.

The open kitchen allows diners to see how food is prepared and served and the menu encourages sharing. But don’t worry, you can also get your own meals if you don’t want to share!

Welcome Home!

We hope this gives you a small taste of what’s waiting for you in your new neighborhood! Living in Hyde Park is awesome. There’s tons to do, its family-friendly and the location is tough to beat. If you need help with your move, call us for a quote or fill out out this online form for a free estimate.

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Know Your Neighborhood: Gainesville’s Innovation District

Moving to Gainesville or Tampa?

Moving can be a stressful. On top of all the packing and planning, you probably have felt a little anxious moving to a new area. It takes time to get a adjusted to a new home and a new neighborhood.

We want to make moving easier for you. That’s why we’re making lists of all the neighborhoods in Tampa and Gainesville that make them great cities to live in. We’ll be keying you in on the hot restaurants, attractions and all the things that make these neighborhoods awesome.

Know Your Neighborhood: Innovation District

Founded on the principle of bringing the innovative studies at UF to practical application in the community, Innovation District was born. A place that exists in between academic and professional pursuits, Innovation District serves to establish a creative, communal space for students, professors, businesses and residents.

Expanding on the existing Innovation Square, the neighborhood is now a bustling hub in Gainesville’s midtown area.

There’s lots to offer if you’re moving to Gaineville’s Innovation District from walkability and convenience, to community events and cutting edge research, here’s some of the great things that Innovation District has to offer!

Location

Straddling UF’s campus to the east and University Dr. to the north, the neighborhood is incredibly convenient in terms of accessibility. It’s location is very walkable, whether you’re heading to campus or checking out the nightlife in midtown.

Food and Drink

Being in such a great location means there’s plenty of great food and drink options! From student haunts to casual and upscale options, there’s a little something for everybody. Here are some of our favorites:

Bistro 1245/Leonardo’s 706

These two restaurants make up some of the best of the Innovation District’s food scene and they both have the same owners!

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Dining area of Bistro 1245

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Bar area at Leonardo’s 706

Bistro 1245 is serving up gourmet sandwiches and modern takes on classic American dishes.

Leonardo’s 706 brings you tastes of Italy and the Mediterranean with fresh, modern flavors.

 

 

 

Mothers Pub & Grill

 

innovation district barsMothers is not your average sports dive. It may seem dingy from the outside, but Mothers is a Gainesville mainstay for a reason.

For starters, they’ve got a great selection of beers – for the craft connossieurs as well as the college students on a budget. Plus, a full liquor bar.

They’ve also got a killer menu of all your favorite pub food favorites. And they’re famous for their signature hamburgers.

Collaboration/Innovation

The Innovation District was founded on the concept of collaboration in order to stir innovation.

Innovation Hub

Centered around that concept is Innovation Hub at UF. Innovation Hub is a tech-startup incubator. It exists to provide start-up businesses and professionals in the technology industry a communal resource to learn, collaborate and grow.

The Innovation Hub provides work spaces, mentoring, and educational resources for tech-startups to grow their business.

Starter Space

Sharing the same values as the Innovation Hub, Starter Space serves to provide creative professionals and entrepreneurs with a collaborative business incubator.

Welcome Home!

We hope this gives you a small taste of what’s waiting for you in your new neighborhood! Living in Gainesville’s Innovation District is awesome. If you need help with your move, call us for a quote or fill out out this online form for a free estimate.

 

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Know Your Neighborhood: Brandon

Moving to Tampa or Gainesville?

Moving can be a stressful. On top of all the packing and planning, you probably have felt a little anxious moving to a new area. It takes time to get a adjusted to a new home and a new neighborhood.

We want to make moving easier for you. That’s why we’re making lists of all the neighborhoods in Tampa and Gainesville that make them great cities to live in. We’ll be keying you in on the hot restaurants, attractions and all the things that make these neighborhoods awesome.

Know Your Neighborhood: Brandon

Long known as Tampa’s bedroom community, Brandon has been cultivating an identity of its own. It’s increasingly becoming a desirable location in its own right for families and young professionals.

With an emerging food and drink culture and a dose of country charm, Brandon is a great place to move. Living in Brandon has the convenience of being near all the amenities of Tampa, while keeping a small-town feel.

Here are some things to know about the neighborhood if you’re planning on moving to Brandon.

Food and Drinks

Brandon has a burgeoning food-and-drink scene. Here are some of our favorites:

moving to Brandon, FLStein & Vine

This is one gastropub you won’t want to miss. They’ve got an extensive drink list of taps and bottles and a killer menu that changes daily (that’s right… daily). It’s not just your typical pub fare either. The kitchen whips up fresh takes on comfort food classics (buffalo-tossed duck gizzards, anyone?). It’s endlessly innovative, sometimes absurd and always delicious.

Stein & Vein is a favorite local spot, for good reason. You’ll feel right at home with the friendly staff, good beer and great food.

living in BrandonWindmill Taphouse/Chuck’s Natural Fields Market

Chuck’s Natural Market has been a name in organic and health-wise groceries in the Tampa area since 1992, but the Brandon location is unique. Complementing the regular market is a special kind of taphouse.

In it you’ll find what you’d expect: a good selection of local, craft brews but you’ll also find something else. Taking notes from a growing west-coast trend, the Windmill Taphouse also features select kombucha brews on-tap, for the health-conscious. If you’ve never tried kombucha, the Windmill Taphouse is probably a good place to start.

Recipe Box Family Diner

Nothing beats a good diner: homey atmosphere, good food and friendly service. And you better believe Recipe Box has all three. Whether its breakfast or lunch you’re in the mood for, Recipe Box has it all. You can get your fill of all the comfort food classics.

It’s a perfect go-to place for families and a popular spot for locals. You’ll find it bustling most any time of the week with patrons who keep coming back for the great food and great service.

Recreation

Living in Brandon offers a lot in terms of outdoor activities. From golfing to canoeing and hiking, Brandon provides a scenic backdrop for outside recreation.

things to do in Brandon, FLLithia Springs Park

Did you know that living in Brandon, you’re only a short distance from one of the area’s only public, natural springs? Lithia Springs is a 2nd magnitude spring, with crystal clear water flowing year-round at 72 degrees.

Lithia Springs Park is only a 10-20 min. drive from most anywhere in Brandon and offers all-day entertainment. From the spring, to hiking trails, to picnic areas, families love spending the day at this beautiful slice of old-Florida.

recreational activities Brandon, FLAlafia River

Want more of old-Florida? Then get out on the Alafia River, which winds its way through Brandon.

The river meanders along through old-growth cypress and oak hammocks, offering plenty of scenic beauty and opportunity for wildlife sightings.

There are public boat ramps available, or you can launch from the Alafia River State Park, not to for away.

Welcome Home!

We hope this gives you a small taste of what’s waiting for you in your new neighborhood! You can check out the Brandon Chamber of Commerce website for more info on community events or to learn how you can get more involved.

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Know Your Neighborhood: Historic Duckpond

Moving to Gainesville or Tampa?

Moving can be a stressful. On top of all the packing and planning, you probably feel a little anxious about moving to a new area. After all, It takes time to get a adjusted to a new home and a new neighborhood.

We want to make moving easier for you. That’s why we’re making lists of all the neighborhoods in Gainesville and Tampa that make them great cities to live in. We’ll be keying you in on the hot restaurants, attractions and all the things that make these neighborhoods awesome.

Know Your Neighborhood: Historic Duckpond

Gainesville’s Historic Duckpond neighborhood is beloved by its residents for its history and Old Florida charm.

Duckpond’s old, Colonial style homes, scenic beauty and proximity to downtown make it a favorite neighborhood for many. It’s worlds away from university life – making it a favorite among professors – and it has a unique and warm atmosphere, making it a great neighborhood to live in.

Here are some things to know about the neighborhood if you’re planning to move to Gainesville’s Historic Duckpond.

Culture

moving to gainesvilleThe Thomas Center

Nestled in the heart of Duckpond is the Thomas Center. Built in 1928 as a Mediterranean-Revival style hotel, the Thomas Center now reflects Gainesville’s history and culture through permanent galleries, period rooms, and other historical exhibits.

Make sure you take time to enjoy the serene beauty of the Thomas Center Gardens, which make up the Center’s grounds.

The Thomas Center also serves as an events hall and venue.

History

homes in historic duckpondArchitecture

Throughout Duckpond you’ll find the neighborhood’s most iconic features (and maybe the reason you’re moving here): historic, Colonial-style homes. Residents lovingly care for their homes and take great pride in them.

They represent Gainesville’s rich and vibrant history as a city – even before it was known as a college town.

Recreation

Outdoor Activities

Duckpond is a great neighborhood for recreation. Duckpond’s bounty of majestic, Live Oaks and historic homes provide a scenic backdrop for most any outdoor activity.

Sweetwater Branch Creek, which flows through Duckpond, provides an idyllic setting for a walk, jog, or bike ride. And yes, there are ducks in the pond…

You’ll also quickly find that residents of Historic Duckpond are incredibly friendly! If you’re out and about, don’t be surprised if you’re greeted with smiles and waves. You should probably be ready for be ready to make some friendly conversation too.

Convenience

Another plus for living in Duckpond is its closeness to downtown Gainesville. You’re just a short walk away from most great downtown shops, restaurants, and bars.

Welcome Home!

We hope this gives you a small taste of what’s waiting for you in your new neighborhood! You can check out the Duckpond Neighborhood Association for more info on living in Historic Duckpond and other community events.

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Tampa’s Housing Market Ranks Healthiest in the Nation

Tampa's housing market

The housing market has rebounded since the 2008 economic recession and it’s safe to say that Tampa’s housing market has rebounded right along with it. In fact, the Tampa Bay area is enjoying some of the healthiest market ratings in the nation, according to Investopedia.

The past couple of years have been good to Tampa real estate, especially single family homes.

The reason? Tampa Bay is becoming a major economic generator for the state, with major growth factors contributing to its success

The Facts on Tampa’s Housing Market

Here are some of the current figures highlighting the strength of Tampa’s housing market right now:

  • Job Growth
    • Year-over-year, job growth in the metro-area is up 3.1%
    • Consistent 2-4% growth over past 5 years
  • Housing Market
    • Home values for existing homes in the Tampa Bay area have increased to 13.1%
  • Population Growth

Moving to Tampa?

If you’re considering a move to Tampa, there really isn’t a better time. Strong job growth and population growth have made Tampa Bay a stable market and allowed home values to rebound. Right now, every economic factor is in alignment to position Tampa’s housing market as one of the strongest in the nation.

Plus, the Tampa Bay area has tons to offer residents in terms of recreation, entertainment and culture. Geographically, Tampa is well-positioned within the state. With major highways and interstates connecting through Tampa, it is easy to get anywhere in the state. Plus rail lines, an international airport and a shipping port, it is a great travel hub.

Want to Know More

We’ve got a great archive of attractions and things to do in Tampa on our blog. Check it out! If you’re interested in finding out more Tampa’s housing market and stats, check out this Metro Study report.

 

 

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