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Homes for sale in Twin Lakes at Christina Neighborhood Lakeland FL

by Lisa Castanet

Homes for Sale in Twin Lakes at Christina Neighborhood Lakeland, FL

Why Do People Live here?
Twin Lakes at Christina is a gated community located east of the intersection at S. Florida Ave and Shepherd Rd .  The community features a swimming pool, recreation building, walking trails and a community dock which over looks Clark Lake.  There are two streets within Twin Lakes that end in cul de sacs at either end of the neighborhood.  The location offers easy access for commuting to Lakeland, Mulberry, Brandon and is within walking distance to a grocery store, eateries and a drug store.

Looking for a home in Twin Lakes at Christina?
Interested in finding homes for sale in the Twin Lakes at Christina neighborhood Lakeland FL? Click that link to find all the currently available homes in this community.

 

 


What's the Neighborhood Like?
The homes in Twin Lakes at Christina Neighborhood were built between 2000 and 2005 by two different builders.  The homes on Shimmering Drive were built by Donny Tyler construction and range between 1100 to 3283 square feet and the homes on Shadowcast Lane were built by Adams Homes of Northwest Florida and range between 1420 to 2307 square feet in size. Several of the 98 homes within the community enjoy waterfront or preserve views. Many neighbors enjoy walking or biking through the community and use the recreational clubhouse for events like birthdays and holiday parties.
 
What's Going on Nearby Twin Lakes at Christina Neighborhood?
The location right off of S. Florida Avenue means you can enjoy so many events, shopping and dining as several major chain and local restaurants are in the area.  The community is within 1.6 miles of Christina Park with softball fields, children's playground and outdoor picnic area.  It is also within 1.3 miles of Loyce E. Harpe Park at Carter Road which offers softball, soccer and football fields, outdoor cooking areas, boat launching ramp, a mountain bike trail, children's playground and DiOGi Dog park.  You can see many activities are available to you when you live in this neighborhood.
 
What Schools will the Kids Attend?
If you buy a home for sale in Twin Lakes at Christina, the local schools serving this area are Scott Lake Elementary School, Lakeland Highlands Middle, and George W. Jenkins Senior High. To get local school scores and more information about these schools check out the Renton school reports on my website.
 
Now You Really Want to Find a Home Here, Right?
If you are interested in the current homes for sale in Twin Lakes at Christina Lakeland FL click on the link.

Homes for Sale in Cleveland Heights Area, Lakeland FL

by Lisa Castanet

Homes for Sale in Cleveland Heights Area, Lakeland FL

Why Do People Live Here?
What a great central location in Lakeland FL!  When you live in the Cleveland Heights area Lakeland Fl you are close to downtown and all the events and attractions that the city has to offer.  You can enjoy the scenery of Lake Hollingsworth and a day playing golf at the Cleveland Heights Golf Course which is a public facility that is operated by the City of Lakeland. The golf club includes a restaurant and lounge, 27 hole golf course, a pro shop, full driving range, practice areas and golf instruction is available.

What is the History of the Neighborhood?
The Cleveland Heights area began with a vision that the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce had to promote their city.  They invited H.A. Stahl, a Cleveland, OH real estate magnate to visit the city in late 1923 in hopes that he would be interested in developing a large subdivision here.  Mr. Stahl purchased 560 acres of land that was just south of Lake Hollingsworth for $935,000.00 and sent several of his construction staff from Cleveland to oversee the development which he named "Cleveland Heights" after his home city. He included the golf course in the development plans which opened in 1925.  Unfortunately, due to the depression, Mr. Stahl lost his investment in 1927 and the city of Lakeland took over both properties due to delinquent taxes. The City of Lakeland continues to own and operate the course which is apart of the parks and recreation department and in 1980 they added an additional 9 holes to the original 18-hole course.  Another interesting fact is that the original clubhouse became home to the Lakeland Yacht and country club in 1935 and the existing clubhouse was built which is located on the corner of Edgewood Drive and Buckingham Avenue. The clubhouse underwent renovations in 2001 and is over 20,000 square feet in size with a pro shop, restaurant and lounge that is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 11:00 am until 10:00 pm.

 

What’s Going on Nearby the Cleveland Heights Area?
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 the Cleveland Heights Area?
You can shop for available homes in the Cleveland Heights area here or other neighborhoods within the Lakeland area.

Homes for Sale in Beacon Hill Historic District, Lakeland FL

by Lisa Castanet

Homes for Sale in Beacon Hill Historic District, Lakeland FL

Why Do People Live Here?
The Beacon Hill Historic district is located just south of downtown Lakeland.  The district roughly bounded by S.
Florida Avenue, W. Beacon Rd, W. Belvedere and Cherokee Trail  This area is actually two separate developments known as Beacon Hill/Alta Vista.  The Alta Vista neighborhood includes Belvedere, Maxwell Street and Fairview Avenue while Beacon hill includes Cherokee, Comanche, Hiawatha, Pawnee, Pueblo, Seminole and Shawnee Trail.  The location makes getting around Lakeland very easy and you can stroll just a couple of blocks to enjoy a jog or walk around Lake Hollingsworth.

What is the History of the Neighborhood?
The Beacon Hill and Alta Vista development plans started during the Florida real estate boom.  According to the City of Lakeland's
website lots were sold beginning in the early 1920s in Alta Vista between $600 to $2000 dollars and in Beacon Hill lots ranged from $2500 to $4500 dollars.  The community was annexed by the City of Lakeland and considered within city limits by the end of 1924.  Construction was rapid during the early 1920s but fell off quickly after the collapse of the real estate boom.  Construction continued, although more slowly from the 1930s through 1940s.  In 1990 the residents of Beacon Hill requested a structural resource survey from the Community Development Office. Upon completion of that survey by a consulting company 89 structures were identified in the area as having been built before 1945, which is the cut-off date for historical status.  Beacon Hill and Alta vista were then considered one neighborhood and became the third neighborhood in Lakeland to be accorded historic district status and also became listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The architectural styles in the neighborhood include Colonial Revival, Bungalow and Craftsman.

 

What’s Going on Nearby the Beacon Hill Historic District Neighborhood?
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 the Beacon Hill Historic District?
You can shop for available homes in the Beacon Hill Historic district neighborhood here or other Lakeland Historic
districts including Munn Park, Dixieland, Lake Hunter Terrace and Lake Morton 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 Lakelandgov.net

 

 

Homes for Sale in Turtle Rock Neighborhood Lakeland, FL

by Lisa Castanet

Homes for Sale in Turtle Rock Neighborhood Lakeland, FL

Why Do People Live here?
Turtle Rock is a neighborhood of single family homes located in the Wood Lake area of Lakeland FL.  An attractive feature is that the main street meanders around canals and ponds throughout the community and offers a relaxing feel and beautiful wildlife scenes.  The neighborhood is also within walking distance to Peterson Park and to Wood Lake Park offering a variety of enjoyable activities such as walking, biking, bird and wildlife observation, fishing, boating, picnic tables, outdoor cooking, baseball fields, tennis courts and playgrounds.

Looking for a home in Turtle Rock?
Interested in finding homes for sale in the Turtle Rock Neighborhood Lakeland FL? Click that link to find all the currently available homes in this area of the community.
 
                 

What's the Neighborhood Like?
The homes you would expect to find for sale in the Turtle Rock Neighborhood are generally going to range between 1348 and 2020 square feet. Originally built by Adams Homes of Northwest Florida in 2005, the floor plans feature 3 to 4 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms. The neighborhood consists of a total of 70 homes. Several homes offer views of water or water canals and the home sites in general are 60 feet wide by 120 feet deep or larger.
 
What's Going on Nearby the Turtle Rock Neighborhood?
There are so many activities to participate in and events to attend near Turtle Rock because the community is centrally located.  In addition to the parks mentioned in the first paragraph, the neighborhood is a short 2.6 miles to Lake Hollingsworth where you can stroll or jog  the 3 mile pathway around the lake. Cleveland Heights Golf Course, Common Ground Inclusive Playground and Beerman Family Tennis Center are within  and Lake  Morton and the Lakeland downtown area is within 4 mile drive and the Polk Parkway entrance is just 1.9 miles distance so you can hop on the toll road and get to anywhere around Polk County you wish.
 
What Schools will the Kids Attend?
If you buy a home for sale in the Turtle Rock Neighborhood Lakeland FL the local schools serving this area are Cleveland Court Elementary School, Southwest Middle School, and Lakeland Senior High School. To get local school scores and more information about these schools check out the Polk County Public Schools website.
 
Now You Really Want to Find a Home Here, Right?
If you are interested in the current homes for sale in Turtle Rock Neighborhood Lakeland FL click on the link.

Home Prices in Polk County FL for December 2013

by Lisa Castanet

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

Home Prices in Polk County FL for December 2013
 
Wrapping up the 2013 year in Polk County for the real estate market activity we have seen slightly lower inventory and active new listings compared to the 5-year average.  Pending contracts and actual closed sales were higher in December 2013 than the 5-year average.  We have broken down the information for you here by giving a year over year comparison showing December 2013 versus December 2012.  I believe we will see a continued improvement in real estate again in 2014 similar to what we have experienced this last year.  This is good news and I can personally tell you that my own active listings are increasing as traditional home sellers want to list their home for sale.  Also in the bank owned side of the industry as we have been receiving an average of one new listing assignment each week.  I deal with some of the larger banks and asset management firms that dispose of foreclosed properties by assigning the REO (bank owned home or real estate owned) to their in-network real estate brokers to list for sale.  We had experienced an incredible drop in inventory and new assignments in 2013 compared to the previous few years.  However, it really began to pick up last month and we received several assignments from the last week in December 2013 through end of January 2014.

 

The statistics for the entire Polk County market area showed the total sold dollar volume in closed transactions was $93,159,651.00 which was an increase of 18% year over year.  The median sold price was $120,000.00, an increase of 13.21% year over year and the average sold price was $129,030.00; almost 11% increase from last year.  I believe we will see increased inventory volume in 2014 compared to the record low inventory levels we saw in 2013. This can be expected due to both the banks beginning to release additional REO inventory and individuals feeling a bit more optimistic about the possibility of selling their home as their values have improved.

Here is a breakdown for Lakeland and Winter Haven, the two larger real estate markets in our county. For specific zip code market conditions, you should see our market trend reports for Lakeland, Mulberry, Auburndale, Bartow and Winter Haven.
 
 
Lakeland Real Estate Report Summary

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

The average sales price in December for single family homes in Lakeland is $141,384.
The number of sold transactions for fair market type (an owner selling directly to a buyer) was 124 and the number of REO (bank owned homes) sold was 53.
The average days on market in December was 82 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 December for single family homes in Winter Haven is $131,358.
The number of sold transactions for fair market type (an owner selling directly to a buyer) was 85 and the number of REO (bank owned homes) sold was 25.
The average days on market in December was 94 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 all around Polk county or to be notified by email when homes come on the market.


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

Christina Park Lakeland FL

by Lisa Castanet

Christina Park Lakeland FL, more than just softball

Where:  625 W. CR 540-A Lakeland FL 33813
Hours:   Monday to Friday 5:00 am to 10:00 pm
What:    Softball fields, covered and screened picnic pavilion, outdoor picnic area and tables, children's 
playground, parking, rest room facilities, hiking and handicap accessible.
Reservations: Polk County Parks and Recreation 863-534-4340

History of Christina Park Lakeland FL Christina Park Lakeland FL

Originally a 20-acre parcel owned by Mobil Chemical Co, the Christina Recreation are was leased for $1 a year in the early 1960's.  In 1983 the recreation facility became a county park and the size was reduced to 17.5 acres with a donation through the Mobil Foundation which was a non-profit organization.

Polk County had invested approximately $150,000 to develop the park and was made possible due to the leasing arrangement and support of the Mobil Chemical Company.  In 2002 the county entered into initial meetings with a design consultant firm and plans were discussed to make the first major renovations of Christina Recreation area in 20 years. Once final renovations were completed  the Grand re-opening of the new park was celebrated on March 13, 2009 called "A Home of Their Own".

 

The new renovations to Christina Park included five softball fields with lighting and irrigation, dugouts and bleacher shelters complete with a concession building and restrooms.  There is a Grand Pavilion with restrooms which can be reserved for special events, numerous picnic areas including those with shelters and a covered outdoor grill. Enjoy walking through the pedestrian trail around the perimeter of the park and children will enjoy the state-of-the-art playground area.

So next time you feel like getting out for some fresh air I suggest you stop in on a weekend morning or afternoon and watch one of the local softball games, sit back, relax and have some refreshments at Christina Park Lakeland FL.  Interested in finding homes available for sale in south Lakeland?  Click this link and start shopping.

Homes for Sale in Bridgefield Neighborhood, Lakeland FL

by Lisa Castanet

Homes for Sale in Bridgefield Neighborhood, Lakeland FL

Why Do People Live here? 
Bridgefield is a beautiful neighborhood of single family homes that is one of the most desirable areas to live in Lakeland.  Situated in the Oakbridge community with walking paths that meander by large ponds and lakes. You can often see neighbors walking, jogging or biking around the community. This is a lovely setting and so convenient that you can walk to Publix grocery or Target at the Oakbridge shopping center or even to Lakeside Village shopping mall.


Looking for a home in Bridgefield?
Interested in finding homes for sale in the Bridgefield Neighborhood of Lakeland FL? Click that link to find all the currently available homes in this area of the Oakbridge Community.
 

What's the Neighborhood Like?
The homes you would expect to find for sale in the Bridgefield Neighborhood are generally going to range between 2370 and 6786 square feet. These homes were built by a variety of popular custom builders in the Lakeland area. The homes were built between 1987 and 2004, feature 3 to 5 bedrooms with 2 to 4 bathrooms and larger lots. The neighborhood consists of a total of 105 homes. Many of the homes feature swimming pools, covered and screened porches. A majority of the homes enjoy water views.
 
What's Going on Nearby the Bridgefield Neighborhood?
Bridgefield’s location is wonderful because it is so close to Lakeside Village shopping center where you can enjoy shopping, dining or the 20 cinema movie theatre.  You can hop on the Polk Parkway and drive to Tampa, Orlando or anywhere in Polk County in just a few minutes.


What Schools will the Kids Attend?
If you buy a home for sale in the Bridgefield Neighborhood Lakeland FL the local schools serving this area are Dixieland Elementary, Southwest Middle, Kathleen Senior High, charter school the McKeel Academy of Technology or private school the Lakeland Christian School. To get local school scores and more information about these schools check out the Polk County School board website, McKeel Academy website or Lakeland Christian School website.
 
Now You Really Want to Find a Home Here, Right?
If you are interested in the current homes for sale in Bridgefield Neighborhood Lakeland FL click on the link.

Streamsong Resort, luxury hotel and golf resort Central FL

by Lisa Castanet

Streamsong Resort, luxury hotel and golf resort Central FL

Where:   Resort: 1000 Streamsong Dr, Streamsong, FL 33834
 Clubhouse: 3000 Streamson Dr, Streamsong, FL 33834
 Located about 18 miles south of Mulberry in Central Florida
Golf Course:  Two 18-hole courses; Streamsong Blue and Streamsong Red
Accommodations: 216 rooms at Main Lodge and 12 rooms at the Clubhouse
Entertainment: Restaurant Fifty-Nine at the Clubhouse serves three meals daily and the Main Lodge has four casual and fine dining restaurants and a rooftop lounge.

      

The golf courses were designed by Tom Doak, Renaissance Golf Design and Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, Coore & Crenshaw. The courses were designed specifically with the walking golfer in mind. The course architecture takes full advantage of the natural setting and lay of the land.

The resort is already ranked one of the top courses in the United States by several industry publications with a goal in mind to be among the country's top 10! Tee times can be booked online at the Streamsong Resort website.
Golf packages include a Stay and Play from $575, per person, per night based on double occupancy. You can choose to walk the course, as designed, or carts and caddie services are also available. Events can be booked for groups of 20 to 288 players for golf outings or tournaments.

We have had lunch at Restaurant Fifty-Nine a couple of times and really enjoyed the atmosphere and artwork. The views from the clubhouse overlooking the course are really spectacular. You can dine inside and on the outdoor patio deck.  The full service bar and wine storage racks offer something for every taste and are very attractive in design and appearance.

Last month we went to lunch to celebrate my dad's 76th birthday.  We started with an appetizer of baked oysters from their dinner menu which were delicious. They were served on a bed of sea salt and seaweed making a unique presentation.  The oysters were baked and dressed with spinach and Bearnaise sauce. Then we each had different lunch entrees.  I enjoyed the blackened grouper sandwich with homemade tartar sauce and small side of potato salad.  Someone else in our group had the Rueben sandwich which was a large portion so eat a light breakfast. Some else ordered the Caesar salad with blackened grouper and another had the house burger.  We split a basket of home style fries and homemade tomato ketchup. When dining previously, I had the Ahi tuna salad which was also good.

The main lodge opened on Friday, January 17 2014 and a few people in our group were able to "peek" inside the lobby.  The architects and designers spared no expense on materials and interior decor.  The guestrooms and suites were designed by Alberto Alfonso of Alfonso Architects. Guestrooms feature floor to ceiling glass with water views and offer Queen and King-size beds.  Resort amenities include a full service spa, outdoor pool overlooking the lake and a fitness center at the main lodge and golf shop at the Clubhouse.  There are a variety of activities to enjoy when staying at the resort including a lakefront fishing dock, sport clay shooting range, trails for hiking and outdoor fireplaces.

Sounds like you will be enjoying a lavish, pampered stay and wonderful views around the entire resort facility.  Our visit was a short trip just to enjoy the atmosphere and a nice lunch.  When you get the chance, you should check out this beautiful place, Streamsong Resort, luxury hotel and golf resort Central Fl.

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