Libby Svenson – East Lake’s Newest Author!

All too often we hear of the troubled kids that plague today’s youth. I think we should focus on those that are exceeding our every expectation. Libby Svenson is a 9th grade young woman who lives in the area. And, amazingly she has just published her first book that has sold over 125 copies.

Andromeda’s Turn is a book written in a teenager’s prospective about normal teenage problems. From social issues, boy trouble, a growing and sometimes awkward body, but also about issues such as divorce and remarriage. Andromeda, the book’s lead character, finds a way to work through the issues she faces.

Libby Svenson has a family legacy to live up to. Her great grandfather is famed author Andrew Svenson who wrote books such as The Happy Hollisters, and volumes for the Bobbsey Twins and Hardy Boys series. Libby’s father, Andrew Svenson III, is considering re-releasing the late Andrew Svenson’s The Happy Hollisters so a whole new generation can enjoy them. And, it could return with a twist because Libby is planning to write a “reunion” sequel to the series, bringing the Hollister family back to life and into the present. Before she climbs that mountain, she wants to finish editing and marketing her newest book, a historical fiction story based in Savannah.

Libby Svenson is a unique and motivated girl. Her great-grandfather would be impressed. I know I am.

Shopping in Westchase

One of the best things about living in Westchase is that everything is encompassed in this master plan community. Shops, restaurants, athletics, schools and so much more. Don’t forget to add The Avenue to the list! This 11 acre complex features restaurants, shopping, and professional space. This town center location is within walking distance for Westchase residents and is a great gathering spot. Meet friends for coffee, lunch, drinks or just an ice cream treat after dinner. Cold Stone Creamery has handmade ice cream mixed with all your favorite toppings to make a yummy treat. And for an evening out Tijuana Flats, and Mangia Bene Ristorante Italiano offer great entrees to entice your tastebuds.

The designers of The Avenue wanted to give residents more than just a place to shop. They wanted to meet the needs of their neighbors as well. There is a full service salon and day spa, dry cleaning, martial arts studio, T-Mobile phone service, and Coldwell Banker Reality. The idea is to give Westchase residents more of what they have had to leave this community to achieve before. Within walking distance to your home you can now take care of many of your daily tasks and they are short walk or bike ride away.

The Avenue will offer more than just retail space. This shopping venue has a relaxing atmosphere with music playing and a tranquil fountain in the center of the square. Festivals, arts and crafts shows and a farmer’s markets are on the horizon offering residents a great place to gather on weekends. Great care has been taken to make this shopping center attractive and useful for the residents of Westchase while keeping up the charm and family atmosphere they have come to expect.

New Bills to Extend the Homebuyers Tax Credit

Everyone wants the First Time Homebuyers Tax Credit to continue. Right now there are a couple options being offered by our friendly politicians. Here’s two:

New Bill Seeks to Extend (and Expand!) the Home Buyer Tax Credit: What do new homebuyers and millionaires have in common? They may both have access to a $15,000 homebuyer’s tax credit. Starting this December, the $8000 homebuyers’ tax credit may not only extend to all homebuyers, but nearly double in amount. The S 1230 bill proposed by Johnny Isakson will help stabilize the housing market by spurring an interest for homes, especially those lower than $150,000. It not only allows first time buyers access credit, but also claims it will extend the deadline from November 30 to one year after signing. Isakson’s efforts have been endorsed by the National Association of Realtors and the Housing Working Group of Business Roundtable.


Home Ownership Moves the Economy(HOME) Act of 2009. HR 2801 was introduced by Howard Coble (R-NC). It would continue the current tax credit for first time homebuyers set to expire on December 1, 2009, with a couple of notable changes:

1. Income restrictions would be removed
2. Buyers do not need to be first time buyers

Stay tuned! There may be many more. But one thing for sure is they are working on it.

If you are uncertain whether to take advantage of the First time homebuyers credit and buy Tampa Bay property, give us a call and discuss it with us.

East Lake Woodlands New Listing

Presenting our newest listing in East Lake Woodlands. Outstanding, light & bright, remodeled condo with water view and fully furnished condo. This tastefully decorated condo is in pristine condition and offers hardwood floors, granite countertops, all newer appliances and a fireplace. Enjoy the additional space with built in desk and shelving. The enclosed porch provides excellent views of the lake. MINT condition, fully furnished, turn key ready, just bring your clothes. Great permanent home, second home or investment rental located in a Golf course gated community. Enjoy the community pool, shops within walking distance and close to the beaches. This home shows very well. Go see the rest and end your condo search here.

Comedy in Tampa

The comedians that kept us laughing through Beerfest and Super Troupers are currently on tour and heading towards the USF Sundome in Tampa. The film making group known as Broken Lizard has been featured in other films such as the 2005 remake of the Dukes of Hazzard.They are currently working with Warner Brothers on a comedy called Alpha Males. The group plans on an entertaining night full of sketch comedy. They will also be joined by Kevin Hart, who is known for his appearances in the 40-Year Old Virgin and the Scary Movie series. Tickets are free for USF students and are $10 for the public.

Sounds like an event not to miss in Tampa.

Rocky Horror On St. Pete Beach

The jaw dropping rocky horror picture show has been entertaining audiences since the 1970’s. Yet now, the live phenomenon has found a new home along St. Pete Beach. Audience participation is encouraged as a lively cast performs the film based on the Richard O’ Brien stage musical. Join in on the fun as the audience throws playing cards, toast, and party hats towards the stage of bizarre yet entertaining characters. The theatre also has themed shows coming this Fall, in which the audience and the characters dress up accordingly. The show takes place at 11:50 pm at the Beach Theatre. Tickets are available online. For dates, please go to .

There’s More to Florida Than Just Palm Trees!

When one ventures to the Florida beaches, they are often overwhelmed by an abundance of palm trees. However, many are unaware of all of the other trees and native plants Florida has to offer. August is the perfect time to see plants such as the Coral Honeysuckle, Magnolia, and Sunshine Mimosa in full bloom. The Florida Botanical Garden in Largo offers an array of gardens which feature herbs, tropical fruits, and native plants. Animals meander through the area and visitors are given close encounters to foxes, eagles, and other wildlife. Kids will love the Children’s Trail and can print out “I Spy” sheets online for a more interactive experience. For more information, maps, and tour highlights, please visit Largo is a great place to settle down in and call home ~ if you are looking for Largo Real Estate we have all the MLS listings right on our website.

Clearwater Paint Your Heart Out

Paint Your Heart Out, Inc is a volunteer driven non-profit organization that helps low to moderate income, senior, single parents, or disabled homeowners maintain their dignity, safety and connections to the community by painting their homes for free. Clearwater’s next event is scheduled for March 20, 2010 and are looking for 25 eligible homes to paint. If you know of someone who is in desperate need of home painting and qualifies under the above requirements, don’t hesitate to nominate them to the organizers. This is also a great way to volunteer your services for a day and help these people out. No special skills are needed, just a warm heart and a big smile and lots of energy. Can’t volunteer? Donations are gladly excepted as well. This is an awesome organization that provides a wonderful service to the community. Get involved!

“Georgia Harrison is as bright and cheery as her newly painted house. Having lived in her current home for 46 years, Mrs. Harrison has no plans to leave any time soon. “I will live here as long as I can,” she says of her beloved house. Recovery from open heart surgery, living alone and a restrictive income have made home improvement options limited. Mrs. Harrison was pleased to find a Paint Your Heart Out brochure at the Anaheim Senior Center. “It’s a wonderful thing,” she says of the PYHO organization.”

If you are interested in helping in any capacity, call (727) 562-4040.

We sell Clearwater Homes and work heavily in the area. Please let us know if we can help you.

Carriage Homes Come to Pinellas County

While townhomes offer great value, Carriage homes are a great alternative. The Carriage home is similar in style, yet is more of a stacked flat. The whole unit is on one level, which makes it perfect for inactive adults who don’t want to climb up and down stairs continuously. The plan is gaining popularity at a rapid rate due to its openness and large room sizes. Many also enjoy the extra privacy since their neighbors lived downstairs or upstairs rather than next door. Pinellas County has a vast amount of Carriage homes for sale in Coachman Reserve off Belcher road. Lansbrook Village in East Lake also has Carriage houses for sale which come complete with a 1 car garage. Many of these homes have a close proximity to Florida beaches and other great local businesses. As you can see there are more choices available than just plain ole condos and townhomes for Pinellas County Real Estate.

Andy Warhol Exhibit

In the 1960’s he was heading the new pop art movement by capturing the essence of basic household staples and marketing it to the general public. Andy Warhol is known for his vivacious prints of Campbell’s soup, flowers, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe that scream with color. Now, his screen prints are available for viewing at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg. The exhibit which runs through Saturday features 71 of his classic prints, as well as an array of souvenirs featuring his images. Works by other similar artists such as Robert Mapplethorpe and Keith Haring will also be featured. The exhibit costs $12 for adults; however there are discounts for seniors and students with I.D. The museum of Fine Arts has other great exhibits as well and are available for viewing here . For more information call 727-896-2667. Anytime, you are searching for St. Petersburg subdivisions, we are here to help you.