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James Pointe Bartow FL Home

by Lisa Castanet

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Listing Details

2007 Built Home on Corner lot

1742 James Pointe Drive, Bartow FL
Price: $134,900
MLS number: L4645651
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1563

Call Lisa Castanet at 863-647-1679 to see if this property is still available and arrange a showing.

You Will Love the Corner Lot and Side Entry Garage

This bank owned home was built in 2007 and is situated on a corner home site within James Pointe neighborhood. The corner lot is slightly larger than the typical home sites in the same neighborhood and the side entry garage gives an attractive look to the front exterior of the home. This home also offers a covered and screened porch to enjoy the backyard.

Pictures Of Living Area and Kitchen


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Main Living Layout Perfect for Entertaining

The floor plan offers an open views from kitchen to dining room to  and the whole family can interact with each other or with guests.  The kitchen light and bright, has a breakfast nook and breakfast bar.  The dining and living area have vaulted ceilings and there are sliding doors off the living room on to the screen porch. The master bedroom and additional bedrooms are on opposite sides of the home which is often referred to as a “split bedroom” floor plan.

James Pointe Location is Convenient to Everything

Located just off Turner Road and Old Bartow/Eagle Lake Road near downtown Bartow, this home offers a convenient location to commute to Lakeland, Winter Haven or Brandon and is within one mile from the Publix grocery shopping center, Walmart and several restaurants.

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Water Oak Neighborhood in Imperial Lakes Mulberry FL

by Lisa Castanet

Water Oak Neighborhood in Imperial Lakes Mulberry FL


Find homes for sale in Water Oak neighborhood in Imperial Lakes Mulberry FL

The Water Oak neighborhood is located in Imperial Lakes Golf Community just off Shepherd Road, in Mulberry FL.  There is a Publix grocery shopping center and Imperial Crown Centre within 2 miles which offers a variety of businesses including a dry cleaners, nail and hair salons, UPS store, Italian restaurant, Chinese restaurant, American Cafe and new Latin cafe coming soon. Imperial Lakes Blvd is nearly 3 miles in length from the main entrance to the end with a sidewalk for walking, jogging or biking along the boulevard.  Water Oak is just one of several neighborhoods in the Imperial Lakes Community which includes approximately 2000 homes, townhomes and condos. 

Water Oak Community Offers Water Views

Most of the homes in Water Oak have views of either a lake or pond and the community is gated with an entrance off Imperial Lakes Blvd. This is truly an enjoyable setting and you can see many birds and wildlife throughout the complex and enjoy a leisurely walk or bike ride from one side of the complex to the other.

Water Oak Community and Homes

The neighborhood consists of 15 buildings with 51 single family attached homes that were built between 1997 and 2001. The homes in Water Oak range from 1205 square feet 2 bedroom, 2 baths up to 1706 square feet 3 bedroom, 2 baths. Each home is single story and has an attached garage. Many homes offer an open patio courtyard at the front entryway and/or an enclosed screen porch with sliding glass doors off the main living area. Some homes offer a den as well, volume ceilings and lots of natural light from windows. Homes in Water Oak have sold between $100,000 and $118,000 during 2012 and 2013.

Living in Imperial Lakes Mulberry and Lakeland area

The best thing about living near Lakeland and in the Imperial Lakes community is the location.  Centrally located off the Interstate-4 corridor and many other intrastate roadways which offers a resident or vacation guest many entertainment and day travel destinations.  We are 35 minutes from downtown Tampa, 45 minutes from Disney, Universal, Sea World, Legoland and other area attractions. Imperial Lakes is within an 1 hour drive to Orlando and 90 minutes drive to area beaches.  There are many shopping centers around the area including Lakeland's Lakeside Village Mall, North Lakeland Mall, Tampa's Westshore and International Mall, Westfield Mall in Brandon, Orlando's Millenia Mall and dozens of outlet shopping centers.

Adventure seekers can spend their days and weekends at a variety of museums, local and state recreation and water parks.  If you love wildlife, then you will fall in love with all the beautiful and unique animals that live in Florida. Where else can you see Alligators, snakes, frogs and toads, lizards, fish, freshwater and sea turtles, sea gulls, eagles and hawks, Sand Hill Cranes, Great Blue Herons and dozens of other species that live here.

The Water Oak Complex in Imperial Lakes Golf Community is a great place to call home. You will not be disappointed if you end up living here. You can find homes for sale in Water Oak (if there are any available today) as well as all available Imperial Lakes condos and homes for sale on my website or similar homes available in Lakeland to Water Oak neighborhood.

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If you would like detailed information about Water Oak homes or Mulberry, Lakeland, Auburndale, Bartow, Winter Haven and our surrounding areas including market trends, recent sales and available properties please visit our website.



Investment Property in Winter Haven

by Lisa Castanet

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Listing Details

Investment Property in Winter Haven

2445 Brent Ave SW, Winter Haven FL 33880
Price: $77,000
MLS number: L4645533
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1305

Call Lisa Castanet at 863-647-1679 to see if this investment property in Winter Haven is still available and arrange a showing.

Swimming Pool with Enclosure and Fully Fenced Yard

This home offers an open floor plan with ceramic tile floors in main living areas, breakfast bar in kitchen and all appliances included. This home needs some help with remodeling so this is perfect as a handyman special.  Needs new carpeting in bedrooms, some drywall repairs and repainting. You can put your own personal touches on this and live here or use as an investment rental property.  The backyard is fenced and there is a covered back porch and screen enclosure over swimming pool which needs some repairs.  This bank owned home will have the initial pool service to drain, clean and refill.

Interior Photos


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The Floor plan is popular with many families

This home was built in 1979  the layout includes a split bedroom and open floor plan design with vaulted ceiling in the main living area and sliding doors out to the covered porch and swimming pool.  The lawn and landscape can be spruced up with a few plants and new mulch and yard size is .22 acre.

Location is close to main roadways

The home is close to Recker Hwy, Coleman Road and Spirit Lake Road and a Publix grocery shopping center is within 2 miles drive.  If you are looking for a home you can fix up and live in with a pool then this offers some potential for you.  If an investment property in Winter Haven is of interest to you then call us to set up an appointment to view this home.

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South and East Lake Morton Historic District Neighborhoods

by Lisa Castanet

Homes for Sale in Lakeland’s South and East Lake Morton Historic District Neighborhoods

Why Do People Live Here? 

The South and East Lake Morton Historic district neighborhoods (the Lake Morton Historic Districts) are located south and east of Lake Morton and north of Lake Hollingsworth.  The location is situated in the heart of downtown Lakeland and within walking or biking distance to downtown restaurants, nightlife and shopping.  This geographic area’s topography offers beautiful views of lakes, walking trails and is situated between roads that circle each lake and meander through the streets lined with Bungalow and Mediterranean style homes.

Available homes in Lake Morton Historic District


What is the Neighborhood Like?

The Lake Morton Historic Districts began around 1906 and most of the single family homes were built during the Florida Boom between 1920 and 1926.  The neighborhoods are an important part of Lakeland because of their architectural integrity and historical elements.  You can take a leisurely stroll around each lake or follow the bike paths for scenic views of Lakeland and running enthusiast will love jogging up and down the paths and side streets. To the north/northwest of these neighborhoods is Lake Mirror, another enjoyable destination for festivals and Lakeland’s annual Red, White & Kaboom fireworks show for our Independence Day celebration.

What’s Going on Nearby the Lake Morton Historic District Neighborhoods?

Florida Southern College’s Frank Lloyd Wright campus is located around Lake Hollingsworth and the Lakeland Public Library and Polk Museum of Art are located around Lake Morton.  Every year there are running events for charities and festivals such as Mayfair by-the-lake each Mother’s Day weekend.  This art festival brings artists and their exhibits from a variety of places including local artists and is attended by thousands of people. Attendees enjoy live entertainment, food and beverage vendors and families enjoy the children’s art tent and kid zone.  Another annual gathering in mid-October is the Lake Mirror classic Automobile Festival where you can stroll through the streets of downtown Lakeland or around the Lake and view nostalgic cars from many eras.

Looking for a home in Lake Morton Historic Districts? 

You can shop for available homes in the south and east Lake Morton Historic district neighborhoods here or other Lakeland Historic districts including Munn Park, Biltmore Cumberland, Dixieland, Lake Hunter Terrace and Beacon Hill neighborhoods within the Lakeland area.

What are the Design Guidelines for Lakeland’s Historic Districts

A Design Guideline manual is available for investigating and understanding the design review process by the City of Lakeland’s Historic Preservation Board.  The character and integrity of each historic district is maintained as exterior elements or existing or proposed construction is reviewed. These guidelines are provided to property owners, realtors, developers and other interested parties to act as a guide in exterior modifications of existing buildings and in the aide of plan design for new construction. More information can be obtained at

Home Prices In Polk County FL for October 2013

by Lisa Castanet

Real estate market data for Central Florida provided by Lisa Castanet of Native Palm Properties

Polk County Home Prices

We have seen an increase in sales prices for homes in Polk County since June 2013 and don’t expect things to slow down anytime soon.  If you are considering buying a home you can still find deals on a house in Polk County but having a good real estate agent who understands the market is a must.  Don’t wait on the sidelines for too long, many of our listings are starting to sell within a few days of hitting the market. In Polk County the number of days a home stays on market before going under contract in is 102 days. As you can see from the bar graph chart below, the average sold price to original listing price has increased from this time last year.  Currently, a home in Polk County sold price is 92.4 of the original listing price compared to 2012 when this ratio was 90.4%.  This is good news if you are considering selling your home. For those of you looking to buy a home, you need to make sure you don’t overpay. You'll want to have an agent that does a thorough market analysis of the market area of the home.  For specific zip code market conditions, you should see our market trend reports for Lakeland, Mulberry, Auburndale, Bartow and Winter Haven.


If you are interested in how much current inventory is on the market in Polk County or specific cities you can find that information by clicking on the link. High inventory will suggest that homes are sitting on the market for longer. Most cities within Polk County, single family homes have an average time of 97 days on the market before they sell while condos average 98 days and manufactured homes average 145 days on market.  Sellers should make sure to price their home near the market value if they expect to get an offer from an interested buyer in a similar time frame. Low inventory in Lakeland, Winter Haven and surrounding areas has multiple offers coming in on homes similar to what we saw earlier this year. The current low inventory is one indicator that prices should continue to rise over the next several months and into 2014. 

Lakeland Real Estate Report Summary

The following information covers zip codes: 33801, 33803, 33809, 33810, 33811, 33812 and 33813.

The average sales price in October for single family homes in Lakeland is $129,790.

The number of sold transactions for fair market type (an owner selling directly to a buyer) was 144 and the number of REO (bank owned homes) sold was 49.

The average days on market in October was 94 days for single family homes which is slightly lower than Polk County overall.

Winter Haven Real Estate Report Summary

The following information covers zip codes: 33880, 33881 and 33884.

The average sales price in October for single family homes in Winter Haven is $117,288.

The number of sold transactions for fair market type (an owner selling directly to a buyer) was 65 and the number of REO (bank owned homes) sold was 19.

The average days on market in October was 116 days for single family homes which is quite a bit higher than Polk County overall.

Find Homes for Sale in Polk County

Visit my website to search for homes in South Lakeland, North Lakeland, Mulberry, Auburndale, Winter Haven or Bartow or to be notified when homes come on the market.

To find out what you home is worth in the current market click here or call our office at 863-647-1679.










Fairway Oaks Preserve Views

by Lisa Castanet

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Listing Details

Beautiful Home with Views of Natural Preserve

4387 Winding Oaks Circle, Mulberry FL 33860
Price: $237,500
MLS number: L4643980
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 2138

Call Lisa Castanet at 863-647-1679 to see if this property is still available and arrange a showing.

You Will Love the Views and Natural Setting from this Beautiful Home

Wonderful opportunity to own a stunning home in gated Fairway Oaks within Imperial Lakes Golf Community of Mulberry. The home is an entertainer’s dream with sliding doors that open completely onto the screened lanai overlooking beautiful wooded views, tall ceilings, an open great room and natural finishes. There are tile floors throughout the home.  Kitchen has plenty of cabinets and solid surface counter tops offering lots of entertaining space. A soothing paint palette in entire home, master suite with vanity make-up counter, large walk in closet, large walk in shower and soaking tub complete this dream home. Your own private oasis to enjoy all the natural wildlife and preserve views or a lovely entertaining setting sipping a glass of wine by candlelight on the large screen lanai on a fall evening dining with friends.

Amazing Entertaining Home

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Main Living Layout Perfect for Entertaining

If entertaining is your forte, there is no better place to do this then from the great room in this amazing home which is offered fully furnished.  The breakfast nook with bay Palladian style windows and patio doors open to the lanai and the great rooms vast amount of space and four sliding doors which open completely to lanai are what makes bringing friends together so easy. And what's the biggest pain about big dinner parties?  Having enough space for family and friends around the holiday season to comfortably mingle with each other. No worries at this home!

Fairway Oaks in Imperial Lakes Golf Communities

One of the most desirable neighborhoods in the entire Imperial Lakes Golf Community. Such a convenient location and really close to all Lakeland, Tampa and the Orlando area has to offer including parks, golf, shopping, restaurants and area attractions.

The Homeowners association in this neighborhood is second to none. The Homeowners dues include lawn mowing and edging and lawn spray pest service, basic cable and the gates are always closed offering protected access to property owners.  Are you a dog lover? You'll definitely use the nearby dog park and enjoy a sunset stroll around this friendly neighborhood.

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Florida Flood Insurance News

by Lisa Castanet

I read an interesting article related to Florida flood insurance news provided by the Florida Association of Realtors about the state of Florida backing a lawsuit initiated by the state of Mississippi to block flood insurance hikes.

In a previous blog post, we mentioned the changes that were made to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) with the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act 2012.  This post provides additional information regarding our own state and Florida flood insurance news.

An excerpt from the article posted by FAR from the News Service of Florida indicates that the governor, attorney general and Florida’s CFO would file an amicus brief at some point this month in the Mississippi department of insurance’s lawsuit trying to delay flood insurance rate increases.

The lawsuit is asking a federal judge to delay any rate increases due to Federal Emergency Management Agency’s failure to provide a homeowner affordability study of higher flood insurance rates by April 2013 which was required by the Biggert-Waters Act.

According to the article, Pam Bondi, Florida’s attorney general, explains that Florida decided to support the state of Mississippi’s lawsuit rather than file its own lawsuit. This was in hopes that the federal government would quickly address the situation which could impact 270,000 Florida property owners.

The Biggert-Waters Act 2012 requires FEMA and other related agencies to make changes to the way the NFIP is run, including rate increases and flood risk management assessment to make the program financially stable.

We’ll keep you posted on additional Florida flood insurance news, the lawsuit mentioned in this post as it works its' way through the legislative process and the impact it may have on Florida property owners.

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