Tampa Bay Rays Lose to Philadelphia ~ World Series

It was an exciting time for the Tampa Bay Rays but as hard as they tried, they just didn’t win. The Rays are an awesome team and played their hearts out. Everyone in Tampa thanks you and we look forward to next year. Congrats to the Phillies. It was fun watching the joy on your faces as you realized you won. Can’t help but feel bad for our guys but watch out for next year ~ we’ll be back.

Quoted from CNN:

“It was among the most bizarre endings in baseball history, a best-of-seven series turned into a best-of-3 1/2 showdown when play resumed in the bottom of the sixth inning tied at 2. Two Rays relievers warmed up to start, and there was a pinch-hitter before a single pitch. ”God Bless America” was sung rather than the national anthem and the seventh-inning stretch came quickly. Despite low TV ratings and minus the majors’ most glamorous teams, fans will always remember how this one wrapped up. And for the first time in a long while, kids saw a World Series champion crowned before bedtime. ”


New Port Richey welcomes Joe Biden at Sims Park Rally

Sims Park in New Port Richey was buzzing with excitement Monday night! Senator Joe Biden joined the list of candidates who have visited this park in Pasco County for an election rally. George W. Bush spoke here as well, during his election campaign in 2004. And before that, Vice President Dan Quayle held a rally here in 1992. Biden visited New Port Richey October 27th, as the first stop on his 3-day “Early Voting for Change” campaign. Rumor has it that Sarah Palin will be there tomorrow speaking. The democratic vice presidential nominee asked the crowd to take the opportunity to use the early voting that Florida offers. Several public libraries and county offices are open across the state for early voting, and lots of folks are lining up to take advantage of it.

Sims Park is on the corner of Grand Blvd. and Bank Streets, in the center of New Port Richey’s charming downtown facing the waterfront. New Port Richey is a small city on the Pithlachascottee River, just north of Pinellas County. The historic downtown, with shops & restaurants to browse through, is home to the Richey Suncoast Theater. Topped with a golden dome, the theater dates back to 1926, when it opened with a silent film. It is now used for community theater. New Port Richey has many small affordable homes, as well as some larger older homes along the river. Surrounding areas include Trinity, with many newer homes and subdivisions. Looking for New Port Richey real estate offers many options. And maybe a chance to catch an event at Sims Park!

Find Celebrity Real Estate Aerial Views ~ Very Cool

I stumbled on a really cool Celebrity Real Estate website today. Here you can find the homes of the rich and famous and there’s also a miscellaneous page where you can find homes that have been featured on TV shows or movies. I was disappointed that the “Mrs. Doubtfire” house in San Francisco wasn’t being shown. When my wife and I spent a week touring San Fran a few years ago she was determined to find the house. She asked everyone she could where it was and in this “20 and 30 something” town – some of them didn’t even know what she was talking about! Anyway a “50 something” desk clerk at our hotel was the one who directed us to the house. It was a little disappointing ….

Anyway, this is a cool website where you can find Barack Obama’s house – not exactly the little modest house that Eddie Murphy said it was. Well compared to Eddie’s home, anything is modest. Now that I am thinking about it, I think it was Chris Rock that said it. Shucks, I just can’t go back and edit Eddie’s house out of here, it is amazing.

Well, it appears that the White House might be a step down for John McCain? And, you can find Cher’s homes all over the Universe. Like the many hairdos, she has a lot of homes too! Good for her, she deserves it! Oh my gosh, Bill Gates has 25 bathrooms with only 8 bedrooms. What does that tell you?

When I have some time I will find the celebrities that own real estate in Tampa Bay and post back. Or, if you see any, please shoot me a comment!

Tampa Bay Celebrities:

1. Balin, Marty: 12413 Stillwater Terrace Dr. Tampa, Florida 33618 Aerial
lead singer and founder of “Jefferson Airplane”; 4 bed, 2.5 bath, 3,182 sq ft

Living in Safety Harbor FL

Do you know where Safety Harbor is? Safety Harbor, Florida is just north of Clearwater, which is also very close to Tampa too. This historic town with a population of over 17,000 began in 1917 and is located on the northwest side of Old Tampa Bay in Florida.

Living in Safety Harbor has the definite advantage of being close to recreational areas, while being far enough away to relax and enjoy peace and quiet. The overall Tampa Bay region serves as a tourist attraction so there are many activities and places to see not far from Safety Harbor. Some of the most popular national parks are within just a few miles of Safety Harbor which are Caladesi Island State Park, Honeymoon Island, and Clearwater’s Sand Key Beach. Among the unique things you can experience in this “neck of the woods” is to watch both manatees and dolphins from your own boat or on an organized tour.

Many of the everyday things that you need in order to live your life the way of employment, shopping, quality education, etc., are close at hand. Safety Harbor has all the amenities of family life, and there are many more in the nearby larger cities of Clearwater and Tampa that are within easy access by car. Living in this area gives you not one, but two, international airports: St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport and the Tampa International Airport.

Safety Harbor real estate gives one variety and style, in many shapes and price ranges. This community favors families, so you can find many facilities and activities geared to meet their needs.

Currently, we are experiencing a buyer’s market in Safety Harbor. This means that it is more favorable for the buyer to buy than it is for the seller to sell. This translates into $$dollar savings$$ for you as a buyer. And, because there are so many homes on the market, you will have many choices. Now is the time to get in on the bargains and we are your Safety Harbor Realtor, call us ~ we’re waiting for your call!

SOLD! Key Vista 55+ Florida Home ~ Just 12 Days!

Michael Madson with Lipply Real Estate just closed on another one of his listings! This time his 55+ home in the adult community of Key Vista in Holiday, FL sold in JUST 12 DAYS at 94% of its asking price. That’s right! This cute home was priced at $170,000 and closed on 10/7/2008 for $160,000. Key Vista is an exciting place to live, with tons of amenities: huge pool, clubhouse, tennis, media room, fitness, and more…. View the video below and see the community.

If you are looking for a Tampa Bay retirement home but consider yourself to be YOUNG and want to be around families, Key Vista is a great place to live. This particular phase of Key Vista is toward the back of the community, yet not far from the $1,000,000+ clubhouse and pool. Its far enough way in a gated community where you can enjoy your quiet time and privacy but close enough for you to socialize with others with the many activities and amenities Key Vista offers when you want too.

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Bruce Springsteen at Tampa Superbowl Half Time Show

Guess who is coming to Tampa for the Super Bowl? The NFL just announced that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be performing at the half time show here for Super Bowl XLIII on February 1st. The Boss will rock Tampa! Last year’s Super Bowl featured Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and more than 148 million viewers tuned in. This is sure to attract even more. Maybe Bruce Springsteen will want to shop for a new home here while in the area???? OK, so maybe that’s a long shot, but if you are looking for a new home, Tampa real estate has a lot to offer – including proximity to the big game and the big concert.

This is an exciting time for us in Tampa Bay. Hosting the Super Bowl brings lots of attention and people to our area. Once here, you may want to take advantage of some of our real estate bargains so that you can come back each year and have your very own second home to stay live in. Don’t hesitate to call on us if you are visiting for the Super Bowl and want to look at Tampa Bay property. That’s what we do!

Ashley Downs Townhome ~ SOLD in One Week

Another success story for Lipply Real Estate ~ brought about by Thomas Towns of our team. Great job Thomas! Beautiful Ashley Downs Townhouse in Palm Harbor, priced right and model perfect, sold quickly at a great price. Priced at $194,500 it sold on 10/10/08 at 92% of the asking price just 8 days after being on the market. Buyers today know a good deal when they see it!

Check out other Ashley Downs Townhomes available now.

Thomas Towns sells homes in Tampa Bay. Check out his other listings:

$1,070,00 Indian Rocks Land
Indian Rocks Beach

$239,000 Tampa Home
Tampa Home for sale

Do you need to sell your property in Tampa Bay? Call us at 1-888-423-5775. We can help.

Looking for Bargains in Oldsmar

Let’s face it, everyone is looking for a good bargain these days. Well, some of the best bargains around can be found in the city of Oldsmar at the Oldsmar Flea Market. Just off Tampa Road at 180 Race Track Road N, the flea market is open Sat and Sun from 9-5. It’s big, it’s full of stuff, and it’s all pretty cheap! Stroll the aisles and you will meet friendly vendors selling everything from sunglasses to antiques. Housewares, furniture, lamps, artwork – yes, I even spotted a velvet Elvis – all kinds of useful and decorative items for the home can be found here. They also have the best fresh produce around. Plants too. You can spend the whole day browsing.

If you are shopping for a home, Oldsmar Real Estate is a great place to find a bargain too. Prices have dropped significantly in the past year so there are some great deals here. Tampa Real Estate has many homes for a frugal shopper, come browse and you’ll see.

Music on Sunset Beach in Tarpon Springs

Since we learned about Fred Howard Park closing for renovations (it will be closed until Fall 2009), we’ve all been wondering where else to go in Tarpon Springs to enjoy the sand and take in a sunset. Well, we discovered a little known gem not far from Howard Park called Sunset Beach. Sunset Beach is just south of Fred Howard Park, off Florida Avenue. Although the water is not ideal for swimming, this beach is a great spot to relax by the water and watch the birds. Even better, pack a picnic dinner and head down for the sunset. It’s a quiet place to watch the setting sun. If you live in Tarpon Springs you may already know this little secret, but for those who are looking for Tarpon Springs real estate, it is good to know there are so many beautiful parks here.

Another thing we found out about Sunset Beach is that they have been hosting a Music on the Beach series once a month that runs from April to November. The shows are free, although donations are welcome and go towards the construction of a Beach Pavilion to be used for concerts and other events. Upcoming dates for the remainder of 2008 are Thursdays from 7-9 PM on Oct. 16 (Dapper Dan Band) and Nov 13 (Lil Pearl & the Big Boys). Tampa Bay real estate offers many homes in and around Tarpon Springs, come take a look.