Carrollwood & Davis Islands Neighborhoods of Tampa

Tampa really does have some wonderful neighborhoods. The blend of old and new architecture comes together beautifully in one of my favorite areas, Davis Islands. There are many old Mediterranean style homes with historic distinction, as well as newer homes, townhouses & condos. Lots to choose from if you are looking for a home on Davis Islands. Surrounded by water, it’s a lovely place for a stroll. The main street is charming, perfect for shopping and getting a bite to eat. There is a lovely marina and the Davis Island Yacht Club, even a dog park for walking your best friend. Owning Tampa Bay real estate here is like a little slice of heaven.

Another neighborhood I love in Tampa is the Carrollwood area. Some interesting things to do in the Carrollwood area are weekend performances at the Cultural Arts center on Lowell Rd and also the Carrollwood Players Community Theater on Gunn Highway. The Carrollwood Village area is great for walking or biking, and so is Lake Carroll. And even more biking can be done on the Upper Tampa Bay Bike Trails, which lead to the Suncoast Trail. So if you plan to look for a home in Carrollwood, you’ll want to get a bike too! Carrollwood is centrally located and convenient to all the major highways. You really can’t go wrong buying Tampa real estate in Carrollwood, it’s an upscale place that you will be happy to call home.

Palm Harbor’s Suncoast Primate Sanctuary is OPEN

After several years of anticipation, the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary at 4600 Alternate 19, Palm Harbor 34683 is once again open to the public! The public access hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Donations are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Visit their website at

What is the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary?

It’s a non-profit corporation in the state of Florida and is run entirely by volunteers. The Suncoast Primate Sanctuary Foundation, Inc. is a haven for elderly, abandoned, displaced animals, mostly primates. The animals are treated with kindness and dignity for the remainder of their lives. Speaking of volunteers, Ian Gibbons, son of Joe Gibbons with Lipply Real Estate has been a volunteer since 2006. The Suncoast Primate Sanctuary relies on its volunteers to run the place and they needs lots of volunteers! Students, seniors and everyone in between are welcome to volunteer. When I asked Ian why he chose to volunteer there he said, “Originally, I wanted to find a place to do community service in order to get my hours for Bright Futures. This seemed like a fun & enriching way to do that. I stayed on after completing my hours because I realized it was a really good experience. And, I became attached to the animals.” He added, “The best part is the everyday interaction with these fascinating, and sometimes very humanlike creatures.”

Support this worthy Palm Harbor foundation with your time and money!

Dove Hollow Home SOLD! in **ONE** Week

Who says houses are not selling in Palm Harbor? Not us! Arlene Colecchia with the Lipply Real Estate Group sold this beautiful home in Dove Hollow of Palm Harbor – in just 1 week. Yes, that’s correct it was listed on our websites, youtube, and a few other strategic places and it sold – quickly – and at 94% of its asking price. Asking price = $249,900, Selling price = $235,000 :: Days on the market = 6 :: Sold date: 8/29/2008. Congratulations Arlene!

Retire in Dunedin FL

The city of Dunedin FL has been getting a lot of attention in the press lately. Not only did Money Magazine feature the city in a recent article, but democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama also chose Dunedin to hold a rally this week. Lots of buzz for the Tampa Bay area!

Money Magazine profiled “6 terrific towns on the water,” naming Dunedin as one of the best places to retire. The city is just over the causeway from Honeymoon Island, and just a quick ferry ride away from Caladesi Island State Park, rated the best beach in America by Stephen Leatherman, aka “Dr. Beach.” And, yes, it is a great place to retire. Many Dunedin 55+ active adult condos are for sale at reasonable prices, plus there are a lot of single family homes for sale in Dunedin right now at great prices. Yes, Money Magazine was correct in telling the world that they will get more house for their retirement dollars in Dunedin FL.

And, as Barack Obama said when asked why he chose the Tampa Bay area to do his debate prepping before Friday night’s presidential debate: “Look at the weather, man. It’s great.” We couldn’t agree more.

Some say that Dunedin offers the most value for homebuyers that want to buy real estate in Tampa Bay. Yes, we definitely, agree! Check out all the Dunedin homes for sale on our website.

Pasco County School Calendar 2008 – 2009

Pasco County School Calendar

Aug. 11-15

First Day of School for Teachers

Aug. 18 First Day of School

Sept. 1

Schools Closed for Labor Day

Oct. 17 State Training Day – No School

Oct. 20

Teacher Planning – No School

Oct. 29

Report Cards

Nov. 11

Veterans Day Holiday

Nov. 26 – 28

Thanksgiving Holiday

Dec. 22.-Jan 2

Winter Break

Jan. 5

Teacher Planning – No School

Jan. 14

Report Cards

Jan. 19

Martin L. King Holiday

Feb. 16

Presidents Day Holiday

Mar. 27

Teacher Planning – No School

April 6-10

Spring Break

April 14

Report Cards

May 1

No School

May 25

Memorial Day Holiday

June 3

Last Day of School for Students

June 4-5

Last Day of School for Teachers

June 11

Final Repot Cards

This schedule serves all students in the following areas: 
New Port Richey,
Port Richey,
Land O Lakes.

Now that the kids are back in school, if you need a great
Pasco County Realtor, we are here to serve you!

Tampa Bay Real Estate Leaders!

The 2007 numbers have confirmed that The Lipply Real Estate Group is ranked among the top 15 Reatlors in the entire Pinellas Suncoast area – out of hundreds – maybe thousands of other professionals. The first half of the year 2008 is better yet. We are proud to be among the leaders in real estate in Florida. Being in one of the top positions doesn’t just “happen”. It takes a lot of hard work, excellent exposure, and a consistent high level of customer service. We are top producers and will work hard to earn your trust. Don’t risk your real estate transaction to anyone else!

The Lipply Real Estate Team is an experienced group within Remax Realtec Group consisting of all full-time, licensed real estate agents serving your real estate needs throughout Tampa Bay Florida in Pinellas County, Hillsborough County, Pasco County, and Hernando County. Why work with one real estate agent when you can have a team on your side? We are proud to be members of the National Association of REALTORS®.

Robert Lipply, Joe Gibbons, Thomas Towns, Michael Madson, Arlene Colecchia
Lipply Group

Visit us at Tampa Bay Real Estate.

Oh No the Beach is Closing!

This is the body of an email we got today:



    WHAT IS GOING ON……??????

First I checked to see if they were a past customer or an Internet lead of ours and I can’t find that they are. It’s funny how people find our website for odd things and think we are the expert on these matters. I could tell tons of funny stories here, but I will save that for another post.

Oh well, I do know something about this beach closing, hence the reason for this blog post. Here goes:

Fred Howard Park – Tarpon Springs best beach is closing for 15 months. Apparently the bridges are 40 years old and are in need of repair. So the beach and the causeway will close starting September 2, 2008. No one is happy about it. After all, this is the best beach in the area and it’s free. There’s no entrance charge and no parking charges. It’s easy to get in and out of and surprisingly, it doesn’t get over-crowded to the point where you can’t get a parking space. Many people who have bought homes in Tarpon Springs or live nearby frequent this beach everyday.

The bridges were built in 1968 and while they look fine to most people, I am in favor of safe bridges. Good grief, 2.1 million people travel on them each year by car, bike and foot. Many people hang out and fish on the bridges, and I am sure that no one wants to end up in the water.

$4.8 million have been allocated for the reconstruction, and the beach and the causeway will be off limits until sometime in 2009. But once it’s open, they tell us it will be open for another 40 years.

The park portion of the total 155 acres will remain open including all picnic shelters and playgrounds. How about a good old fashioned picnic?