Christmas in downtown Tampa as Winter Village ice rink opens

TAMPA While her teenage daughter and 6-year-old son glided effortlessly across the outdoor ice rink at Curtis Hixon Park on Friday, Danielle Engram, 35, stood nervously on her rented blades.This would be the lifelong Tampa resident’s first time on the ice.”Hopefully, I don’t bust my butt,” she said. “But if I do, I have a little more cushion than my daughter.”

Hundreds of first- and longtime skaters lined up Friday night for the annual opening of downtown Tampa’s Winter Village and its centerpiece — an outdoor ice-skating rink courtesy of the Tampa Downtown Partnership.

The long line for skate time was pretty normal, said 19-year-old Xavier Nazir, a recent Sickles High School graduate who has worked at the village for four years. Nazir said in the past he has sold anywhere from 500 to 1,000 skating tickets a day.

Most children and adults kept a tight hold on the rink’s rim, but that didn’t stop many from falling and taking others down with them.

Christina Newcomb, 44, said skating isn’t at all like riding a bike — you can’t just pick it back up.

“I used to skate all the time when I lived in Fairbanks, Alaska,” said Newcomb, who made one loop around the rink and got off the ice. “But it’s been 20 years. I almost fell a few times.”

In contrast, her husband, Jose De Jesus, who grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, fared much better on the ice with the couple’s three children.

“We’ve been coming to this for a while,” De Jesus said. “It is how we start our holiday season.”

Although the temperature stayed above 67 degrees Friday night, large generators kept the ice at minus 5 degrees, said Kelsy Van Camp, director of marking and communications for the Downtown Partnership.

Just before the rink opened, children took photos with Tampa Bay Lightning mascot ThunderBug and Raymond, his counterpart with the Tampa Bay Rays. Mayor Bob Buckhorn also posed for photos and helped with the opening ceremonies.

Contact Jonathan Capriel at jcapriel@tampabay.com.

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3814 WELLINGBOROUGH COURT, LAND O LAKES, FL – Just Listed

3814 WELLINGBOROUGH COURT, LAND O LAKES, FL

Just Listed

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4 BEDROOMS | 3 (3 full ) BATHROOMS | 2293 SQUARE FEET

Great Mediterranean Style home in THE EXCLUSIVE RETREAT section of concord station. This 4 bedroom, 3 full bath home with a MUST-HAVE 3 car garage sits on an OVERSIZED CORNER LOT (almost ¼ acre) near the end of a cul-de-sac and boast CONSERVATION/WATER VIEWS from the FENCED-IN back yard. Upon entering you’ll notice ceramic tile laid on DIAGONAL throughout the main areas of the home. Are you looking for a LARGE FAMILY KITCHEN? Well look no further. This ENORMOUS (26×16) space features staggered 42” maple cabinets with ROLLING SHELVES, granite counters, breakfast bar, DOUBLE OVEN, center island, loads of COUNTER SPACE, Stainless steel appliances, PANTRY CLOSET and more. This GREAT ROOM PLAN makes the home feel larger that the square footage suggests. Have an independent teen or an elderly family member that wants their own PRIVACY? One of the secondary bedrooms features a private full bath for convenience. The screened and covered lanai (with conservation views) is good sized to relax or entertain. Other features include: rounded corners, irrigation system, pest tubes in exterior walls, digital programmable entry, 2” blinds, hurricane shutters, hybrid hot water heater, 15 seer a/c, radiant barrier roof, pavered driveway, tile roof and GREAT SPACE between houses! BUILT ECOSMART FOR HUGE MONTHLY SAVINGS!!! Up to 50% less expensive to heat and cool than older homes. See it today!

 

12425 JILLIAN CIRCLE, HUDSON, FL – Just Sold

12425 JILLIAN CIRCLE, HUDSON, FL

Just Sold

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5 BEDROOMS | 3 (3 full ) BATHROOMS | 2272 SQUARE FEET

Looking for a better than new home with no waiting to build? This 2 story home with an awesome OPEN FLOOR PLAN layout feels much larger than the square footage suggests. Pride of ownership is very evident here. The home has been meticulously maintained and is in perfect MOVE IN CONDITION. The owner just updated the entire first floor flooring with a beautiful “wood-look” ceramic tile floors, STONE FRONT elevation, NEWER A/C SYSTEM WITH UV LIGHT, EXTERIOR PAINTED just 6 months ago, LOTS OF STORAGE and CLOSET SPACE and the back yard can be easily FENCED by connecting to the abutting neighbors. You’ll love the kitchen with 42” STAGGERED maple cabinets, GRANITE counters, CENTER ISLAND, BREAKFAST BAR, ROLLING SHELVES and STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES. There’s a FIRST FLOOR BEDROOM that is currently used as an office, but can be a great option for an ELDERLY PARENT or INDEPENDENT TEEN. The other 4 bedrooms are all upstairs including the OVER-SIZED master (15×15) with large WALK-IN closet and master bath with DUAL VANITIES, GRANITE COUNTERS, GARDEN TUB and SEPARATE SHOWER STALL. There’s plenty of ROOM FOR A POOL or take advantage of the community pool. EASY ACCESS from the Suncoast/Veterans X-Way and close to shopping, restaurants and more. Whole house water filtration system does not convey!. This home qualifies for our CASH BACK REBATE when you use our preferred Realtor

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12034 TIMBERHILL DRIVE, RIVERVIEW, FL – Under Contract

12034 TIMBERHILL DRIVE, RIVERVIEW, FL

Under Contract

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4 BEDROOMS | 2 (2 full ) BATHROOMS | 2273 SQUARE FEET

This 4 bedroom, 2 bath floor plan includes a 2 car EXTENDED garage (20’ x 25’) and rests on a SPACIOUS 80′ x 128′ home site. The home boasts 10ft ceilings, a NEW ROOF, FRESHLY PAINTED exterior and a BEAUTIFUL decorative glass front door to bring additional NATURAL LIGHTING into the home. The kitchen is OPEN to the nook and great room, with sliding glass doors opening to the covered lanai, LOVELY pool & backyard. The master suite features a LARGE WALK-IN CLOSET, and master bath with GRANITE countertops, DOUBLE SINKS, LUXURY garden tub and a walk-in shower. There is also a beautiful formal dining room and oversized den with lighted French doors. This home has many great features including GRANITE COUNTERTOPS THROUGHOUT, 18 x 18 tile in the kitchen, oak laminate HARDWOOD flooring & CROWN MOLDING throughout the main living areas of the home. Also includes 2″ BLIND PACKAGE, WATER SOFTENER and a FENCED BACK YARD for privacy and your four legged family members.

 

9317 AMERICAN HICKORY LANE, RIVERVIEW, FL – Just Sold

9317 AMERICAN HICKORY LANE, RIVERVIEW, FL

Just Sold

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2 BEDROOMS | 3 (2 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS | 1320 SQUARE FEET

LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION. This almost new end unit 2 bedroom with 2.5 bath townhome is on a PREMIUM WATER FRONT home site in the gated MAGNOLIA PARK community and has a covered lanai to enjoy WATER VIEWS, SUNSETS AND NATURE. Upon entering you’ll be impressed with the OPEN FLOOR PLAN, gorgeous GRANITE counter tops, ESPRESSO staggered kitchen cabinets, ceramic tiled floor and view of the POND. The kitchen features a large CENTER ISLAND, stainless steel appliances, can lights and is open to the GREAT ROOM where you’ll spend most of you time relaxing or entertaining. The second floor features the master bedroom with WALK IN CLOSET and beautiful master bath with GRANITE counters and a DUAL VANITY. The second bedroom is ample sized and features a full bath just outside its door. Other features include great community amenities such as community pool, basketball court, playground, walking trails and more. HOA fees cover lawn care, exterior paint, water, sewer, roofing and more to help you enjoy the MAINTENANCE FREE LIFESTYLE. Located Only minutes from crosstown, I-75, I-4, I-275 and Brandon shopping. There are only a few units with a waterfront location…so don’t delay.

 

11934 GREENGATE DR, HUDSON, FL – Just Sold

11934 GREENGATE DR, HUDSON, FL

Just Sold

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3 BEDROOMS | 3 (2 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS | 1787 SQUARE FEET

Looking for a better than new MAINTENANCE-FREE END-UNIT town home with 3 bedrooms plus a loft on a CONSERVATION home site with loads of NATURAL LIGHT and upgrades? The owners are going to miss the PEACE AND QUIET that they enjoyed living here. Its easy to fall in love immediately when you experience this inviting home. There’s nothing to do here…except move right in and enjoy! The owners have added CROWN MOLDINGS, FANS/LIGHTS in all bedrooms, PENDANT lights in kitchen, CUSTOM CLOSET ORGANIZERS, hanging garage storage, FENCED yard, and EXTENDED, COVERED AND PAVERED LANAI. You’ll enjoy the OPEN FLOOR PLAN as well as the BEAUTIFUL kitchen with breakfast bar, GRANITE COUNTERS, staggered 42” maple cabinets,STAINLESS STEEL appliances, LARGE PANTRY CLOSET and more. The LARGE MASTER BEDROOM is also going to please you with a great CONSERVATION view, french-style entry, CROWN moldings, large walk-in closet with CUSTOM ORGANIZERS, master bathroom with DUAL VANITY SINKS and tasteful tile selections. The other 2 bedrooms are also on the second floor and share a JACK-N-JILL bath and the LOFT AREA can lend itself for a multitude of uses. Other features include: Close to Suncoast Expressway and shopping, located across the street to the COMMUNITY POOL, LOW HOA FEES and more. See it today!

 

3460 COUNTRYSIDE BOULEVARD, CLEARWATER, FL – Just Sold

3460 COUNTRYSIDE BOULEVARD, CLEARWATER, FL

Just Sold

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2 BEDROOMS | 3 (2 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS | 1584 SQUARE FEET

Arguably “The Best” unit in the MAINTENANCE-FREE quaint Countryside Woods community of only 66 homes. Looking for TURN-KEY as well as TOP OF THE LINE upgrades? LOOK NO FURTHER! This great room floor plan boasts BEAUTIFUL GRANITE COUNTERS, TRAVERTINE, MARBLE AND PORCELAIN TILE throughout. Just wait til you see the Master Bathroom….It looks like its right out of a Better Homes & Gardens Magazine with its dual vanity bowl sinks, CUSTOM SHOWER with multi head/sprayers for massage, one piece WATER SAVER toilets and tastefully decorated with listello accent tiles. You’re going to love spending time in the kitchen area with granite counters, decorative backsplash, SOFT CLOSE CABINETS with crown moldings, breakfast bar and TOP OF THE LINE appliances. The home features plenty of storage with CALIFORNIA–STYLE CLOSETS. You guests will enjoy the 2ND MASTER-STYLE BEDROOM with a full bathroom and walk in closet. Other features include a NEW Terracotta Tile Roof with HURRICANE GRADE skylights, all new THERMO-PANE WINDOWS and sliders, UPDATED ELECTRIC service, updated ENERGY EFFICIENT A/C, Water softener, nest thermostat and the even the detached garage has flooring, finished walls & ceiling for you pampered vehicle or tinker shop. Great location in the community with YARD SPACE. Walk to the pool/club and mailbox. There’s too much to list. A must see!

 

8149 LAGERFELD DR, LAND O LAKES, FL

8149 LAGERFELD DR, LAND O LAKES, FL

For Sale

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4 BEDROOMS | 3 (2 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS | 2564 SQUARE FEET

Looking for a BETTER THAN NEW home with NO WAITING to build? This meticulously maintained 2 story home boasts 4 bedrooms plus and office/den, 2.5 baths and a 3 car garage, extended screened and covered lanai sits on a great CONSERVATION home site and is the model for “pride of ownership”. You’re going to love the CUSTOM KITCHEN with top of the line 42” maple cabinets with crown and rope moldings, QUARTZ countertops, breakfast bar, breakfast nook, walk in pantry closet, can lights and STAINLESS STEEL appliances (including a GAS stove) that flows into the family room. Like a 2 story home, but want the master bedroom was on the first floor? The FIRST FLOOR MASTER bedroom with TRAY CEILING and huge walk-in closet is large enough (19×13) to accommodate almost any furniture arrangement. The master bath boasts a dual vanity with staggered height granite counters and garden tub/ separate shower with custom LISTELLOS. The second floor offers 3 good sized bedrooms with a full bath. Like to entertain, RELAX, watch the deer? Then, you’ll enjoy the EXTENDED, COVERED AND SCREENED lanai overlooking the ample back yard with CONSERVATION views. Since there’s too much to share, we’ll list some other features such as: NEW A/C system (2nd floor), CENTRAL VAC, Intercom, stereo wired throughout, GAS appliances, TANKLESS HOT WATER (huge energy saver), CROWN MOLDING, 51/4” BASEBOARDS, driveway to fit up to 6 CARS, walk to NATURE TRAIL (3 doors down)….Fantastic community with RESORT STYLE amenities with LOW HOA and LOW CDD fees. This Home Qualifies for our CASH BACK REBATES when you use our Preferred Realtor.

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7922 GEORGE WASHINGTON LANE, TAMPA, FL – Pending

7922 GEORGE WASHINGTON LANE, TAMPA, FL

Pending Sale

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3 BEDROOMS | 2 (2 full ) BATHROOMS | 1408 SQUARE FEET

Great WATERFRONT home for first time or downsizing buyers. The owners take pride in keeping the home in excellent condition. Over the past 2 years they have replaced the a/c system, installed BEAUTIFUL wood-laminate floors and upgraded the ceramic tile in the kitchen and bathrooms. This home has a GREAT ROOM plan and feels larger that the square footage shows. This 3 bedroom home features a MUST-Have 2 car garage and an INSIDE LAUNDRY room (no laundry in garage). The owners enjoy relaxing in the extended, covered and screened lanai with brick pavers and POND views. The back yard is FENCED for privacy and your 4 legged family members. NO HOA, NO DEED RESTRICTIONS. Great central location with easy access to USF, Hospitals, X-Ways, Shopping and Restaurants

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10902 ARBOR RIDGE DRIVE, TAMPA, FL – Just Sold

10902 ARBOR RIDGE DRIVE, TAMPA, FL

Just Sold

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3 BEDROOMS | 2 (2 full ) BATHROOMS | 2352 SQUARE FEET

JUST REDUCED AND PRICED TO SELL! NOW Practically at Investor Pricing. Looking for a NEWER home in the quaint hidden community of Arbor Ridge in the CARROLLWOOD area? This 3 plus bedroom POOL home with a 3 CAR GARAGE sits at the end of a CUL-DE-SAC and borders CONSERVATION in the back and beautifully landscaped in the front (FLOOD INSURANCE NOT REQUIRED per insurance agent). You are going love the OPEN FLOOR PLAN with an oversized dining area (16×09), family room and kitchen with a breakfast bar, breakfast nook, SOLID wood cabinets, newer STAINLESS STEEL appliances with GAS range and more. In addition to the 3 bedrooms, you have a den/office PLUS another room that could be a 4th bedroom, nursery, media room or use for your special needs. Enjoy spending time (poolside) on the PRIVATE lanai with a great 26×8 covered area with plenty of paver decking left over for sunning and grilling. Pride of ownership is evident here. The owners have done most of the updating for you with (all new within the past 2-3 yrs) NEW Roof, A/C, Custom Pool with pavers, 20×20 ceramic tiled floors, exterior paint, stainless steel appliances and more. Other features include: custom baseboards, decorative tile and medallions, art niches and arches, gas appliances, inside utility room and all appliances CONVEY with the property. ATTN: Motivated sellers have made some major interior and exterior improvements over the past few weeks to improve the home’s appeal. Call or show for more details This home qualifies for our CASH BACK Rebate program when you use our preferred Realtor.

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