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Live in Palm Harbor, Lots of Things to Do

by Doug Campbell

Why not live in Palm Harbor and find that there are lots of things to do in this Gulf Coast community? How often do you wonder if there are things to do in Palm Harbor? Well here is a list, although not complete, but it will certainly give you the idea that Palm Harbor is a community that offers a great quality of life. And by the time you are done reading this blog, you will want to look for real estate for sale in Palm Harbor.

Is a day at the park something that appeals to you? You can bring a picnic with you for a full day of family fun. Palm Harbor offers several parks, including John Chestnut Park and Wall Springs Park. John Chestnut Park is on the east side of Tarpon Lake and admission is free to all. There are many covered pavilions with picnic tables and charcoal grills so you can enjoy the day and be in the shade while you grill your burgers and hot dogs. The go take a stroll on the boardwalk along the lake and if you look really hard, you might see a gator. Just don't feed them! Or, catch a bass in the lake. 

If you prefer the salt water life over the fresh water of Lake Tarpon, take a trip to Wall Springs Park, again with free admission. There are walking trails that lead to several fishing piers that you can introduce little children to the fun of catching their first fish. Also, Wall Springs offers lots of areas for kayakers to investigate the mangrove forests and maybe see egrets, or dolphin, or lots of fish. Wall Springs is open until dusk every day. There is even an observation tower to climb for a panoramic view of St. Joseph's Sound. You can ride your bike on the Pinellas trail and get to Wall Springs Park easily, the entrance to the park is right along the Pinellas Trail. These are great reasons to look for homes for sale in Palm Harbor, so let's find a few more.

Looking for something more competitive than a day in the park, try golf. Palm Harbor has lots of golf courses, to test every skill level. There is the Innisbrook Golf Resort, host to the Valspar PGA golf tournament on the famous Copperhead Course. The restaurant is a world class steak house, there are three other championship courses within the resort to complement Copperhead. You can buy a luxury home within the resort, there are vacation rentals also available and all the amenities are available. During Spring Training, there are major league teams just a short drive to see the Blue Jays, or Phillies or the Yankees get ready for the major league baseball season.

Other golf courses include the Countryside Country Club, Lansbrook Golf Club, East Lake Country Club and all offer spectacular golf experiences with beautiful and manicured courses.

Maybe you prefer a little indoor fun, such as eating and enjoying a beverage. In Old Palm Harbor there is Peggy O'Neill's for really great food in a fun atmosphere. And Peggy's really rocks on St. Patrick's Day. Or try the Thirsty Marlin. Enjoy fresh local seafood in a very relaxed setting, including the outdoor patio where you can enjoy your meal and even have a tasty cold beverage, all while enjoying our beautiful weather. Still need more things to do in Palm Harbor? Try the Stilt House brewery, the latest craft brewer to our area. Do you yet have enough reasons to look for real estate for sale in Palm Harbor?

Not yet? OK, here is more information. A hidden little area is Ozona, west of Alt. 19 and nestled on the Gulf Coast. For a true feel of Florida, try Molly Goodheads restaurant, even get a bite of gator if you dare. Molly's has been around for many years and is definitely a favorite of the locals, so get away from the mainstream tourist areas and have a great experience at Molly Goodheads. If you would rather dine on the water, there is Ozona Blue, serving the freshest Florida seafood overlooking the Ozona marina.

Here is something that you aren't going to find many other places - The Suncoast Primate Sanctuary. this is a place where chimpanzees, orangutans and monkeys can "retire" after they are no longer suitable as pets, or retire from laboratories or the film industry. Visitors can come to the Sanctuary to view the animals from 10 AM to 4 PM, Thursday thru Sunday. Donations are accepted, with adults at $10, children $5, and kids under three are free. The Pinellas Bike Trail goes right by the Sanctuary so take a break from your ride and visit.

Are you tired yet? How about other things to do in Palm Harbor, like a night at the movies or head to any of the many, many fine restaurants in the area? Muvico in Palm Harbor has ten screens for the latest movies, or cross US 19 for the Cobb Countryside 12 Cinemas at the Westfield Countryside Mall, where before or after the movie, stop in at PF Changs for super Chinese food, or Red Robin for a great burger and all the fries you can eat, or Bar Louie or BJ's Brewhouse or Grimaldi's Pizzeria or any of the other many restaurants offering good food, and great fun.

So, if you really want to look for real estate for sale in Palm Harbor to fit your lifestyle, go ahead and do it. Palm Harbor has multiple terrific lifestyles, from country club living and playing on excellent golf courses, to living on the water so you can see the best sunsets every evening, for free, or take a boat out to maybe catch dinner, or just stroll along the beach for quiet time. 

Oh wait!! Forgot to mention the Palm Harbor schools. Simply put, they are excellent. Palm Harbor University High School is a sought after magnet school on the west side of US 19. then in the East Lake area is the well thought of East Lake High School. Both schools have excellent academics and very good athletic programs. There is so much to talk about the good life in Palm Harbor that we'll save it for another time to cover even more reasons to want to live in Palm Harbor and to look for homes for sale in Palm Harbor. Stay tuned, we just might find what makes you want to be here.

Eniswood, Palm Harbor

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

Today we are taking a look at Eniswood in Palm Harbor.  Eniswood is a deed restricted community in Palm Harbor located just off Alderman Rd. and near Alternate 19.  Eniswood is a very short bike ride from the Pinellas Trail, the Gulf of Mexico with its world class fishing and beaches and of course is near to downtown Old Palm Harbor with its great coffee shops, restaurants and street festivals.

The homes in Eniswood are very, very nice, with most between 1700 to 2900 square feet, inviting tree lined streets and nicely kept yards.  Because Eniswood is in Palm Harbor, the neighborhood has access to the excellent Palm Harbor school system, including Palm Harbor University High School

Real estate values and activity in Eniswood are very solid, even for the current down market. Real estate activity as of November 22 includes three active listings, ranging in list price from $225,000 to $259,900 wiht an average  of 206 days on market.

There are 2 houses listed as active with contract:

1264 Ridgegrove Dr. S, Listed for $189,000 and at 205 days on market.  This is a pool home.

1176 Eniswood Parkway, listed for $225,000 and 59 days on market.

There are three houses listed as pending sales:

2933 Glenpark Rd. listed at $199,000 and only 4 days on market for this 1788 square foot pool home.

1116 Einiswood Parkway, listed at $270,000 and 342 days on market.  This is a 3302 square foot pool home.

1092 Eniswood Parkway, listed for $344,900 and only 74 days on market for this 2765 square foot, pool home with a 3 car garage.

The real estate sales in Eniswood are strong also.  There have been four homes sold in this wonderful Palm Harbor community in the last 90 days.

3010 Enisglen Dr., listed for $219,900 and sold for $225,800 after only 32 days on market.  This was a bank owned property that sold for well below the community average.

2974 Glenpark Rd., listed for $249,000 and sold for $242,500 after 100 days on market.

2956 Enisgrove Dr., listed for $259,900 and sold for $250,000 after 68 days on market.

2963 Bridlewood Dr., listed for 4315,000 and sold for $283,000 after only 26 days on market.  This was a terrific price for this 4 bedroom, 2906 square foot home in such a good area in Palm Harbor.

If you would like specific real estate information for your neighborhood, go to our Sun Bay Associates Market Snap Shot.  If you need a more general real estate search for homes, click on our Sun Bay Associates FREE home search and customize your own real estate search.

Happy House Hunting!!

 

Patty Ann Acres, Palm Harbor

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

Patty Ann Acres, in Palm Harbor is a very desirable neighborhood of homes between 1400 and 2000+ square feet.  Patty Ann Acres is nestled in Palm Harbor, at Tampa Road and Belcher.  It is a short ride on your bicycle to the Pinellas bike trail, where you can ride in calm, safe from automobile traffic.

The Palm Harbor schools are excellent and the location of Patty Ann Acres for shopping, culture and restaurants is hard to beat.  The Tampa airports are within a 45 minute drive, and the beaches of Pinellas County, acknowledged as some of the finest in the nation, are a short drive.  These include Honeymoon Island, Caladesi Island, Sunset Beach Fred Howard Park and many more.  The Gulf is also excellent for family outings, whether boating, beaches or fishing.

The real estate market for Patty Ann Acres is good, with 5 homes currently listed for sale and 3 homes sold in the last six months. 

The real estate for sale prices range from $155,000 for a 2 bedroom/2 bath/2 car garage home with 1686 square feet to $259,900 for a 3 bedroom/2 bath/2 car garage of 2040 square feet.

The three homes that sold include:

1950 Egret Dr., Palm Harbor, listed for $169,900 and sold for $159,400 after only 36 days on market.

1960 Cormorant Dr., Palm Harbor, listed for $174,900 and sold for $161,500 after only 13 days on market.

300 19th St., Palm Harbor, listed for $249,000 and sold for $230,000 after 264 days on market.

If you would like to learn more about real estate prices in your neighborhood, visit our Sun Bay Associates Market Snapshot for a detailed overview of your area.  For a broader outlook at real estate in the Tampa Bay area, and to create your own unique search, visit Sun Bay Associates FREE home search and design your search for your specific needs.  If you have any questions, or need help in your search, just let us know.

Happy House Hunting!!

Fairway Estates in Dunedin, FL

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

Fairway Estates in Dunedin, Florida is a prestigious community that is a short golf cart ride to the Dunedin Country Club golf course.  Most of the homes are about 2,000 square feet and many have been updated to current standards.  The community is very close to the Pinellas Trail for bicycle riding or a peaceful walk away from car traffic.  The nationally famous beaches of Honeymoon Island and Caladesi Island are just a quick trip away for a day of fun in the sun or for some of the best fishing in Florida.

Currently, there are 12 active lisitngs in Fairway Estates, 2 homes are under contract and in the last 90 days 5 houses have sold.  Of the houses actively for sale, the average list price is $264,200, the average size is 2,091 square feet and the average days on market is 124.

The highest price for a sold home in Fairway Estates in the last 90 days was $275,000 after 222 days on market.  It was the largest of the houses sold, 2400+ square feet, has a pool, 4 bedrooms and was updated.  The other houses sold were had a range of 9 to 34 days on market.

If you would like to learn more about housing prices in your neighborhood, visit Sun Bay Associates website and click on the Market Snap Shot for your specific target area.  If you would like to do a more general search for houses for sale in the Tampa Bay area, visit Sun Bay Associates FREE home search and set your own criteria.

 

 

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Gwen and Doug Campbell - Sun Bay Realty Group
at Keller Williams Realty
35095 US Hwy 19N, Suite 100
Palm Harbor FL 34684
Doug's Cell 727-741-4189
Gwen's Cell 727-741-7260
Fax: 888-447-7908