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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.

Curious About the Schools in Palm Harbor??

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

Now is the time to start looking for a home in Palm Harbor, if you are thinking of moving and finding a school for the next school year.  The Palm Harbor real estate market has three main ZIP codes, 34683, 34684, and 34685.  There is a lot of information available on the schools in Palm Harbor.  This special Market Insider link will take you to a page to get started investigating schools.  When you get there, simply enter a zip code and get additional info on that zip code for schools, or other community data.

As long as you are checking out the school systems, you may also want to look into house prices for an area.  You can do that on the same Market Insider page, just click on the "Market Analysis" tab, enter your zip code and learn about the Palm Harbor real estate market.

While checking out the homes for sale in Palm Harbor, you might want to find the value of your home, if you are going to be considering selling in the near future.  Get an immediate estimate of your home's market value, then if you need a customized report, contact us for a professional comparative market analysis.  As this is written, there are 136 single family Palm Harbor homes for sale in zip code 34683.

If you would be interested in seeing which Palm Harbor homes for sale are currently available, visit our IDX home search link, select a zip code, then add as many or as few other details as you like, and start searching.

Palm Harbor is a terrific community with plenty of things to do, events to attend and a whole lot of good places to eat and shop.  Visit Old Palm Harbor's downtown area, with some really good restaurants to enjoy a meal and get together with friends and family.  The Gulf of Mexico is the western border of Palm Harbor, so boating and fishing are easy activities to get involved in.

Check it out, it is a great place to live.

Why Sell a Home During the Holidays??

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

How often has a seller said "I'm going to sell my house right after the holidays are over."?  Yes, selling a house is a challenge under the best of circumstances.  The holidays add a little stress, and require some balancing of time.  At the same time, a house that is decorated for the holidays "feels" warm to most buyers.  Many, if not most, buyers who are looking during the holidays are very serious and tend to want to buy a home, and not wait for after the holidays.

Also, for sellers, the market is less competitive during the holiday season.  Many potential sellers use the same excuse to wait for after the first of the year to put their houses on the market.  And what that will cause is more competition after the holidays for buyers.  More competition can cause depressed prices, so sellers who wait will net less money after the holidays than if they had sold during the holidays.

The decorations will be gone, and in some cases, houses will not show as warmly as they did when decorated.  Some buyers suffer from post-holiday blues and may be much more critical of a house than during the holidays.

And finally, wouldn't the holidays be much more relaxed knowing that your house has been sold and right after the holidays you will begin a new adventure in a new home, with all the excitement that comes with a fresh beginning?

Take a look at homes that are for sale in the Palm Harbor area now, during the holidays. 

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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