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Know Your Neighborhood: Carrollwood

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: Carrollwood

Carrollwood is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) just north of Tampa. While it technically holds autonomy and exists as a separate entity of Tampa, its direct proximity makes it a popular neighborhood for families and retirees. Carrollwood features the convenience of urban amenities and Central Florida’s rural charm.

Great schools, safe neighborhoods and an easy commute into Tampa make Carrolwood great for families, while scenic beauty and convenient shopping and recreation make it popular among retirees. If you’re moving to Tampa, find out why Carrollwood is a great place to live!

Things to do in Carrollwood

Carrollwood is loved among residents for offering a slice of natural natural bounty within minutes of urban convenience and entertainment. In a way, it’s a lot like Tampa’s backyard.

Carrollwood has a lot to offer by way of recreation.

things to do in CarrollwoodLake Carroll

Often cited by Hillsborough County residents as the most beautiful lake in the area, Lake Carroll offers both the majestic beauty of Old Florida and ample opportunity for water sports and activities. Take in a sunset or take the boat out for a day of fun on the water; whatever you like, Lake Carroll has something to offer. You can even soak up some rays on the lake’s white-sand beach!

recreation in Carrollwood FloridaSports

From Carrollwood, you’re only a short, 5-10 minute drive from Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

During baseball season, save yourself the drive over to St. Pete and catch a game over at George M. Steinbrenner Field, directly across from Raymond James. The stadium is home to minor league team, the Tampa Yankees, in addition to serving as the annual spring training grounds for the New York Yankees.

Places to Eat

places to eat in CarrollwoodCarrollwood has no shortage of great places to eat. Whether you’re looking for international cuisine, quick-service, or casual eats, you’ve got it all in Carrollwood.

Here’s our Top Five spots:

 

 

Welcome Home!

We hope this gives you a small taste of what’s waiting for you in your new neighborhood! Living in Carrollwood 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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Tampa Named One of America’s Best Up-and-Coming Cities

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America’s Up-and-Coming Cities

Since 2004, the popular online review platform Yelp has been collecting and recording a massive array of data; tracking consumer trends, business openings, user reviews and other business information; which they’ve scrupulously analyzed and compiled as a part of their recently launched Local Economic Outlook program.

Using this data, Yelp recently released their list of the top 50 up-and-coming cities in the U.S. The list ranks cities based on economic opportunity and growth.

Coming in at number seven is none other than the Cigar City itself.

That’s right, it’s Tampa’s time in the spotlight. It may have been a long time coming – with a lot of hard work – but Tampa is finally earning national recognition for being a great place to live and work.

More and more – including major industries – are finding Tampa and the bay area a desirable place to be. Tampa is beginning to attract a diverse and vibrant economy. And what’s not to love? Tampa has something for everyone. Plus, joint economic and community-building efforts have revitalized business opportunity and growth in the area.

In Tampa, you’ll find great weather, awesome food, and tons of fun! From sports, to culinary and cultural festivals, Tampa offers year-round entertainment.

Moving to Tampa?

There’s a reason why Tampa is one of America’s hottest up-and-coming cities: it’s got a lot to offer! If you’re moving to Tampa, there’s a lot we think you should know about your new city! Check out our blog, where you can find our ‘Know Your Neighborhood’ series, which offers a snapshot of the best of Tampa’s food and entertainment scene, neighborhood-by-neighborhood.

Whether you’re moving your home or business, we can help! Let us handle the moving and logistics while you get to know your new city! Get a moving quote, or contact us to discuss your needs.

 

 

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Advantages to Moving in Fall

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Fall is in the air.

We all enjoy the cooler, crisper air that  comes with fall; as the leaves change (for some) and we get a break from the sweltering days of summer.

If you’re considering a home or office move, did you know that fall is actually one of the best times to do it? While spring and summer are usually the more popular times of year for moving, there are actually a number of benefits to moving in fall.

Advantages to Moving in Fall

Cooler Weather

The primary advantage to moving in fall? The weather. Floridians know what summers are like here. You’d be surprised how much easier moving can be when you’re not doing it in the heat. Sure, fall days are a shorter than summer days, but you can actually maximize your time by not getting worn out by the heat.

Cost-Efficiency

Another advantage to moving in fall is the relative cost-efficiency compared with moving in summer. Because summer is a high-demand season for moving, costs are typically higher during the summer: June, July, August.

Considering a Move?

Moving in fall can actually end up saving you time and money. Whether it’s your home or office, a fall move can be easier on your wallet and save you a lot of the headache.

While there’s always stress involved in a move – no matter what time of year it is – we’re here to relieve some of that for you. If you’re moving your home or office in Gainesville or Tampa Bay, let us take care of the moving so you can focus on your needs and save yourself the aggravation.

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Tampa Ranks as One of the ‘Best Foodie Cities’ in America!

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What are America’s Best Foodie Cities?

WalletHub recently released its 2017 list of best cities in America for finding good food. The list rated cities based on the accessibility, diversity and affordability and quality of their food options.

Just missing the top 10 cut, Tampa comes in at #11 on the list of best foodie cities in America! And the #11 is nothing to snuff at – Tampa beat out well-established foodie cities like Chicago and Philadelphia for a top spot. It even beat out its sister city across the bay, St. Petersburg (#91)!

Tampa restaurantsFor Tampa residents, the rank really comes as no surprise. Tampa’s diverse history and culture have allowed for a vibrant and thriving ethnic food scene combining Spanish, Latin and Caribbean cuisines to create a thriving foodie culture. What’s more, the influx of innovative, ‘new food’ concepts that have been coming to Tampa recently are pushing the city into the national spotlight.

Tampa’s food scene is ever-evolving, with more great things coming in everyday, positioning it as one of the leading destinations for food-lovers from all over the world.

In honor of making the list as on of America’s top ‘foodie’ cities, here are some of our favorite foodie spots around Tampa. If you’re moving to Tampa, make sure to put these stops on your list!

Cuban

Let’s start with the cuisine that put Tampa on the map – Cuban food. And we’re not just talking Cuban Sandwiches. While Tampa is known for the iconic sandwich, there is so much more to Cuban cuisine. Mixing Latin and Spanish cooking with Caribbean flavors, Cuban food creates unique flavors that will

For some real home-style Cuban cooking, check out La Teresita or Arco Iris.

For traditional Cuban Sandwiches and Medianoches, check out West Tampa Sandwich Shop or head over to Brocato’s Sandwich Shop.

‘New Food’

For lack of a better term, ‘new food’ describes the innovative food movement that has emerged in Tampa recently. New concepts, focusing on fresh, farm-to-table options and seasonal ingredients have reinvigorated whole neighborhoods. The Seminole Heights neighborhood , in particular, has emerged as a local leader in these new culinary concepts.

In Seminole Heights, make sure you check out Ichicoro Ramen or Rooster and the Till. Ichicoro is serving up some of the finest traditional ramen bowls you’ll ever taste and Rooster and the Till is a pioneer in the area for modern, farm-fresh dishes.

A Foodie’s Paradise

Tampa has so much more for all you food-lovers out there – too much to fit in one blog! For even more great restaurant ideas in Tampa, check out our blog. Our “Know Your Neighborhood” segments highlight some of the best food options neighborhood-by-neighborhood!

 

 

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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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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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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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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: 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: 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: 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: Tampa 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: Tampa Heights

Tampa Heights is one of Tampa’s oldest neighborhoods. Centrally located and steeped in history, Tampa Heights has been enjoying a recent resurgence of interest.

Some of Tampa’s hottest food and drink spots are situated in Tampa Heights. The neighborhood is also an easy distance from the downtown core, Ybor and Seminole Heights allowing for plenty of things to do.

Here some things to know about the neighborhood if you’re planning a move to Tampa Heights.

Food and Drinks

Tampa Heights has a flourishing foodie scene. Tons of great restaurants and bars call this neighborhood home. Here are some of our favorites:

tampa heightsUlele

Opened 2014, Ulele has become one of the hottest spots in Tampa – for its fabulous food and in-house brews and its prime location. Ulele sits not only on the Hillsborough Riverfront, but it also shares its property with a natural spring (from which the restaurant gets its namesake), providing an unparalleled dining backdrop.

Ulele is another concept by Richard Gonzmart’s Columbia Restaurant Group (Goody Goody’s, Columbia), so you know the food is great. They  focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients – with a preference towards local, when possible – to bring their flavors.

With in-house microbrews, signature cocktails and homemade ice cream, Ulele is a perfect spot for dining, happy hour or desert.

tampa heights breweriesHidden Springs Ale Works

Just down the street from Ulele is Hidden Springs Ale Works. A cornerstone of the N. Franklin St. refurbishment project, Hidden Springs is serving up awesome craft brews that reflect the funky charm and culture of Tampa Heights.

They also have a rotating list of guest taps as well as bottled beverages and wines.

tampa heights pizzaLee’s Grocery

One of Tampa Heights’ hidden gems. Nestled on a quiet, shaded corner on Central Ave., Lee’s Grocery offers handcrafted pizza and craft brews in a hip, casual setting.

Despite its low-key appearance, Lee’s has been a vital part of the Tampa Heights community. It’s history as a neighborhood grocery store for migrant works dates back to the 1880’s! Though it’s since been converted into an eatery, it keeps the original name.

A great place to stop in for a beer and, if you’re hungry, this is seriously some of the best pizza you’ll have in Tampa. You can even by beers-to-go; their cooler has an extensive collection of local, regional and national craft beers, ciders and meades.

History

Tampa Heights is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. This is still reflected today in the homes and businesses that make up this neighborhood.

You’re sure to find Old Florida charm among the oak trees and bungalows. Tampa Heights also has a high concentration of historic landmarks and structures:

Woodlawn Cemetery

Tampa’s 2nd oldest and its largest, Woodlawn sits in the middle of Tampa Heights. It is open to the public and features headstones dating back to Tampa’s founding.

tampa heights churchesArchitecture

Pre-century, red-brick structures can be found scattered throughout the neighborhood. Some of the most beautiful examples of this architecture are found in the historic churches found around Tampa Heights.

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 Tampa Heights Civic Association website for more info on community events or to learn how you can get more involved.

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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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Hottest Attractions in Tampa Bay

hottest attractions in Tampa Bay

Moving to Tampa Bay?

Tampa is a great city to be in. Every year Tampa sees continued growth as industries, families and young professionals move to the bay area. In addition to great weather year-round, Tampa and the bay area feature some of the biggest area attractions in Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Here’s a list of some of the top area attractions that make Tampa Bay bay one of the coolest places to live in Florida.

Sports

Tampa has not one, not two, not three, but FOUR professional sports teams!

  • Baseball:
    • The Tampa Bay Rays play their home games just across the bay, in St. Petersburg
  • Soccer:
    • Tampa Bay’s own USL team, The Rowdies, have their stadium in downtown St. Petersburg

Nightlife

Tampa is home to a fantastic and evolving food, drink and entertainment culture. With tons of great breweries, bars and restaurants on either side of the bay, Tampa Bay enjoys a well-known reputation as a cultural hub.

Recreation

There’s lots of great things to do in Tampa and the bay area:

  • Florida State Fairgrounds
    • Concerts and events happen here year-round, and, of course, the State Fair!
  • Busch Gardens/Adventure Islands
    • One of Florida’s biggest attractions, Busch Gardens and Adventure Islands offer up a hefty dose of roller coasters, water slides and close encounters with wildlife.
  • Seminole Hard Rock Casino
    • You can get your gambling fix or enjoy a world-class show at this popular resort and casino located in east Tampa.
  • Swimming/Boating
    • The bay area boasts some of the best swimming and boating spots in Florida. With miles of beautiful coastline in St. Pete Beach, stunning vistas on Tampa Bay or serene intimacy of the Hillsborough River, Tampa Bay is a great spot for water activities.
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How to pick the right Tampa storage unit for your move

Tampa Storage

It can be hectic finding a place to store a house-full of your things no matter how big or small your house is or how long or short your move is. In order to make this process as smooth as possible, it is important to pay close attention to how much you want to spend, the location of the storage and what size unit storage is actually needed. Knowing your needs beforehand makes for a much easier transition when selecting a storage unit that works best.

How much should I spend?

How much you’ll spend on a storage unit depends on the size, security, and climate control. When making a decision on what size is needed, you should create an inventory of what you will need in storage. On average, we have found well packed storage units accommodate the following sizes:

  • 5×5 – Small single room, single pieces of furniture, a dorm room, boxes, etc.
  • 5×10 – Small 1 bedroom Apartment or Studio
  • 10×10 – Most 1 bedroom apartments, some small 2 bedrooms
  • 10×15 – Most 2 bedroom apartments
  • 10×20 – Most 2-3 bedroom apartments
  • 15×20 – 1300 sq. ft. house, Most 3-4 bedroom apartments
  • 20×20 – Usually up to 2000 sq. feet of living space if packed well.

Once the size is determined, you should research rates and find out exactly how much the unit will cost. Most storage facilities will rent month to month, but it is important to ask if they offer discounts for long term contracts, what their pro-rating policy is, and if there is a penalty or fee to move out early.

What type of storage unit do I need?

In addition to size, It is important to decide whether or not you need climate control. If the items are going to be in storage for a long time, it is usually better to consider climate control due to the Florida heat and humidity. It is a good rule of thumb to store nice wood, leather, bedding and electronics in a climate controlled unit for anything longer than one month in the winter, or anything longer than 1 week in the summer. A portable storage unit is also a great option because it allows for the transport of items easily door to door, however, keep in mind these are usually not climate controlled.

Our picks for Tampa Storage

To get a better idea of the going-rates and sizes for storage units in Tampa, we put together a brief list below of our recommended places to store your valuable things:

StorQuest Self Storage

  • Location: 6207 West Hillsborough Ave. Tampa
  • Prices & Sizes:
    • Small 5×5: Starting at $18
    • Medium 5×10 to 10×10: Starting at $41
    • Large 10×15 to 10×20: Starting at $89
  • Unit Features: Fenced and lighted, video cameras on site, electronic gate access, on the go wi-fi, refreshments, drive-up access, roll-up door.

Causeway Self Storage

  • Location: 2425 South 86th St. Tampa
  • Prices & Sizes:
    • Small 5×5 to 5×10: Starting at $49
    • Medium 10×10 to 10×15: Starting at $114
    • Large 10×20 to 60×60: Starting at $179
  • Unit Features: 24-hour access, fenced and lighted, electronic gate access, video cameras on site, climate controlled, drive-up access, outdoor access.

iStorage Brandon

  • Location: 203 Providence Rd. Brandon FL
  • Prices & Sizes:
    • Small 5×5 to 5×10: Starting at $42
    • Medium 10×10 to 10×15: Starting at $69
    • Large 8×20 to 12×20: Starting at $164
  • Unit Features: Fenced and Lighted, 24 Hour Security Monitoring, Access 7 Days a Week, Climate Controlled Units Available, Deliveries Accepted, Drive Up Access, Free Wifi, Electronic Gate Access, Ground Level Units, Covered Boat, RV, Vehicle Storage

Gandy Mini Stor-It

  • Location: 5024 South Manhattan Ave. Tampa
  • Prices & Sizes:
    • Small 5×5 to 5×10: Starting at $49
    • Medium 5×15 to 10×10: Starting at $79
    • Large 10×15 to 10×25: Starting at $129
  • Unit Features: Manager lives on-site, Fenced and lighted, video cameras on site, electronic gate access, drive-up access, roll-up door.

Crosstown Stor-N-More Self Storage

  • Location: 1505 South US HWY 301 Tampa FL
  • Prices & Sizes:
    • Small 5×5 to 5×10: Starting at $39
    • Medium 10×10 to 10×15: Starting at $143
    • Large 10×20 to 12×30: Starting at $229
  • Unit Features: Open 7 Days a week, 24/7 State-of-the-art Security, Variety of Storage Unit Sizes, Climate and Non-Climate Controlled Units, RV Automobile and Boat Storage

Uncle Bob’s Self Storage

  • Location: 7550 West Waters Ave. Tampa
  • Prices & Sizes:
    • Small 5×5 to 5×10: Starting at $32
    • Medium 10×10 to 10×15: Starting at $82
    • Large 10×20 to 20×20: Starting at $147
  • Unit Features: Indoor access, Ground Level, Outdoor/Drive-up access, Climate Controlled Storage Units, Fenced and lighted, video cameras on site, electronic gate access

Seaport Storage

  • Location: 1120 E Twiggs St. Tampa FL
  • Prices & Sizes:
    • Small 5×5 to 5×10: Starting at $72
    • Medium 10×10 to 10×15: Starting at $152
    • Large 10×20 to 10×30: CALL for Rate
  • Unit Features: Elevator available, Handcarts available, 24 Hour Security Monitoring, Access 7 Days a Week, Air Conditioned Units, Friendly & Professional Staff, 24 Hour Gate Access Available

U-Stor Linebaugh

  • Location: 5002 West Linebaugh Ave.Tampa FL
  • Prices & Sizes:
    • Small 5×5 to 5×10: Starting at $50
    • Medium 10×10 to 10×15: Starting at $89
    • Large 10×20 to 10×30: CALL for Rate
  • Unit Features: U-HAUL Rental Trucks, managers who live on site, climate controlled units and standard units, accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Palma Ceia Air Conditioned Self Storage

  • Location: 3225 S MacDill Ave. #135 Tampa FL
  • Prices & Sizes:
    • Small 5×5 to 5×10: Starting at $48
    • Medium 8×8 to 8×12: Starting at $140
    • Large 8×14 to 8×16: Starting at $238
  • Unit Features: Air Conditioned, Secure Units, Online Bill Pay, Boxes & Supplies, Freight Elevators, Commercial Deliveries Accepted, All Indoor Units, Wireless Internet Available
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