Enjoy Living in New Tampa
by Cara, Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A lot of people in search of their next new home are turning their eyes to our Esplanade of Tampa community in New Tampa, Florida. What’s the excitement about? New Tampa offers a great Tampa Bay location and Esplanade of Tampa, coming soon, takes full advantage of the incredible Florida lifestyle.


Esplanade of Tampa offers planned resort-style amenities including a more-than 4000-square-foot clubhouse with a full-time Lifestyle Director and more.  After an active day on the amenities campus, residents will come home to their beautiful California-Tuscan style home. Choose from ten accommodating floor plans with two or three bedrooms, up to three bathrooms, and 1,689 to 3,006 square feet of living space.

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  1. Shopping - Shop your heart out at some of the area’s most popular shopping destinations. Be sure to visit The Shops at Wiregrass and International Plaza and Bay Street.
  2. Night Life – For all the night owls out there, after-hours entertainment options abound. Play pool at Peabody’s Billiards & Games, take in a movie at Muvico Starlight 20 and enjoy a drink with dinner at Primebar at Wiregrass.
  3. Golf – Tee-off at one of the many golf courses within a five-mile radius of New Tampa. Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club is a private club established in 1987; another 18-hole club, Hunter’s Green Country Club, features a new bar and remodeled Fazio’s Grill; Pebble Creek Golf Club is a popular public course that offers a great value; and Heritage Isles Golf and Country Club includes a 15-acre preserve of natural wetlands.
  4. Parks – The New Tampa area takes advantage of the natural beauty of the outdoors with parks like New Tampa Community Park, which encompasses numerous ball fields, Recreation Center, playground, and a concession stand. Flatwoods Park in Thonotosassa is part of the Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve and New Tampa Nature Park lets you enjoy nature with a network of trails.
  5. Professional Sports – Are you a sports fan? You might want to buy season passes to Tampa Bay Buccaneers football games. For baseball, head over to see the Tampa Bay Rays play at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Or, cheer on the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team at Amalie Arena.
  6. Local Attractions – There is fun to be had for people of all ages, such as Busch Gardens, Museum of Science and Industry, Lowry Park Zoo and Florida Aquarium.
  7. Dining – Travel the culinary world in New Tampa, where you can savor an amazing multicultural variety of dining options. Choose from Japanese, Greek, German, Italian, Chinese, Thai, Indian, Irish, Korean and Mediterranean, as well as Florida fresh seafood and classic American favorites.
  8. Beaches – Some of the world’s most prized white-sand beaches are located within a 30 to 40-minute drive and there is plenty to do when you are done soaking up the sun: take a stroll on Clearwater Beach, watch the sun set at St. Pete Beach, or have a picnic at Fort DeSoto Park.
  9. Medical Facilities – New Tampa offers top quality hospitals and physicians to meet residents’ medical needs, including Florida Hospital Tampa and Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel.
  10. Amazing Weather – The incredible weather that Florida is famous for is a must on any Top 10 list. The average high in Tampa Bay is 82 degrees, and the       average low is 63 degrees. Typically, winters are mild and sunny while afternoon rainstorms are common during the summer months.

Get Growing
by Cara, Thursday, April 23, 2015

How does your garden usually grow? If you could use some tips for getting your garden growing this season, we have some to share with you. Here are some of the things to think about, from Taylor Morrison to you.


Sort Out Your Seeds

For the best chance of high germination rates, make sure your seeds are new and not expired. If you have older packets of seeds, you can test their viability; you’ll need damp paper towels and baggies. When buying new seeds, keep in mind what grows best in the spring. Many gardeners enjoy the ease of buying seeds online.

Prep the Soil

Is the soil ready? Wait to plant until the soil is no longer saturated from rain or snow melt. This usually isn’t an issue if you have a home in Yorba Linda, CA, but owners of Orlando area homes might need to wait for any springtime storms to subside.  This organic gardening blog explains how to determine if your soil is ready. When conditions are dry, you can begin to cultivate the soil.

Start Your Seeds

Some seasoned gardeners swear by starting seeds indoors with grow lights. In fact, if you live in a townhouse in Campbell, CA or elsewhere, you can take advantage of new technologies like Intelligent Light Source to grow an indoor produce garden. If your garden is large or you need to grow outside, it’s wise to protect your plants with a metal hoop cover or frame.

If you’ve never gardened before, this article will guide you through starting from scratch. For some unusual tips, from watering with cooking water to gardening at night, check out 7 Great Tips for Early Spring Gardening.

Looking to purchase a new Sarasota home where you can enjoy the very best of the active Florida lifestyle? Here are five great reasons Cobblestone on Palmer Ranch, an Esplanade community is the right choice.

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1. The Place to Be for What You Like to Do 

Located in one of southwest Florida’s most prestigious neighborhoods, Palmer Ranch, Cobblestone on Palmer Ranch is 4.5 miles from Siesta Beach, ranked the #1 beach in America. Live here and you’ll be close to area attractions like the white sand beaches of the Gulf Coast, water sports, boating, fishing, hiking trails and golf. You’ll also find an abundance of fun places to go for shopping and dining.

2. Like Living at a Resort

A community amenity and fitness center, catering kitchen, clubhouse and more will put fun and relaxation almost at your door. A heated pool and spa and sports courts are just a few of the other amenities planned. You’ll also have an on-site lifestyle director making sure there are ongoing community activities to enjoy.  

3. Homes that Inspire

White Kitchen

Choose from well-appointed homes from 1,689 to 2,921 sq. ft.  surrounded by lush landscaping. These thoughtful, popular designs include gourmet kitchens with elegant Corian® countertops and, per plan, islands and breakfast bars. Sumptuous master suites feature large walk-in closets and full bathrooms with dual vanities. Many have dens and formal dining rooms. Roomy outdoor living areas, architectural detailing and handsome brick paver driveways reflect the coastal lifestyle. 

4. Natural Paradise

Outdoor Patio

You won’t find a better place to live for enjoying natural beauty everyday. Your new Sarasota home is moments from the Legacy Trail where you’ll enjoy a scenic bike ride down to Venice. Watch bird life in all shapes and sizes, from pelicans, osprey and gulls to egrets and shore birds along the 10 mile route.

5. Easy Access

With such a convenient location it will seem like all roads lead to Cobblestone on Palmer Ranch. The community is just off the I-75 corridor so traveling up or down the west coast is a breeze. Flying out of town? No problem! Major airports— Sarasota Bradenton International, Tampa International, St. Petersburg-Clearwater International and Southwest Florida International—serve the area.

Come See for Yourself. Then Stay Forever.

Visit Cobblestone on Palmer Ranch and see your future Sarasota home. To schedule your appointment contact our Internet Home Consultants. Call 866-495-6006 or send an email request.

Enjoy Spring from Your Own Backyard
by Cara, Thursday, April 16, 2015

The sun is out, the sky is blue and the outdoors is calling. Springtime is the perfect season for relaxing and having fun with family and friends in our own backyards. The possibilities are endless!

Entertain This

Wine Tasting

If you live in a community with roomy backyards, like in Austin’s Reunion Ranch by Taylor Morrison, invite friends and neighbors for some backyard socializing. For the adults, a wine tasting party is hard to beat. Choose the wine or let guests bring a bottle, share the names of the varietals, then have some blind tasting fun. Movie Night is another great way to go; with a little adaptation, this can be as family friendly as you want. Hang a sheet for a screen, set up some chairs and blankets, have some goodies on hand to snack on, and you’re there. The tried and true pool party offers some splashy possibilities. Many of our Phoenix homes feature pristine backyard pools and spas for your enjoyment.

Outdoor Living


Our homes include backyards and outdoor living spaces perfect for regional lifestyles. If you live in one of the Taylor Morrison single family homes in Orlando, for instance, you probably enjoy a covered lanai. Other neighborhoods, like in the Southwest, feature gated courtyards and options for outdoor cooking and dining, perfect for spending time with the family and entertaining.

Family Fun

Arbor Lakes

Get the kids away from the computer games and have some good old-fashioned backyard family pastimes.  Enjoy some DIY ring tossing, create an obstacle course, or have nature scavenger hunt, a great learning tool. Have the kids stage their own play, maybe acting out a favorite silly song (think “The Ants Come Marching In”). Most backyards are ideal for camping at right at home. If that sounds like your kind of fun, here are some camping recipes for cooking on a campfire. Have a swimming pool? Try some of these pool games for kids of different ages.

Bring Your Home to Life with a New Color Palette
by Cara, Thursday, April 09, 2015

Look around your home. What kind of statement do the interior colors make? Have you considered making a change to brighten things up? If you’re feeling adventurous, you could go boldly with an unusual color palette. The right combinations can reflect your fun, quirky, and sophisticated tastes with style, whether you use bright, simple colors or more complex hues. Here are some daring ideas that might surprise you. 

Simply Bold

Simply Bold

Show your playful side with unexpected color combinations. With its use of turquoise and red, this first idea from Apartment Therapy might strike a chord for people living in Phoenix. Bold colors are especially good in small spaces. In the snowy winter, Denver homes can be warmed up with accents of reds, oranges and yellows.



Try a vibrant color palette that puts bold accents and more traditional colors together. White balanced with blues is made more exciting with touches of orange and yellow. You’ll find some great examples, including unusual patterns, on homedit.com.



Let’s have fun with color. These unusual color combos take brightness to a whole new level, putting reds next to bright pinks, busy and colorful patterns mixed in with equally vibrant solids, cobalt blue with fuchsia accents, and complex orange for the walls with bright yellow upholstery and a busy violet and white rug.

If you’re ready to explore even more options, take your colors from nature, fashion and art, and even colorful jewelry

Reasons to Move to Sarasota
by Cara, Tuesday, April 07, 2015

If you’ve ever wondered if there’s anywhere better to live than where you are right now the answer is – YES, and its Sarasota, Florida.

How great would it feel to never slip on the ice while clipping tire chains with brittle, frozen fingers? Why not enjoy 12 full months of ideal weather for golf, tennis, water sports and outdoor activities?

With Sarasota real estate prices costing a fraction of what you’d pay in most large East Coast cities it’s time to pack your bags and head south. You won’t regret it.

1. Taylor Morrison – The Premier Sarasota New Home Builder


When shopping for new homes in Sarasota, a great place to start your search is the Palmer Ranch master planned community. Featuring over twenty different neighborhoods spread out over 10,000 acres of lush Southern Florida landscape, Palmer Ranch is perhaps the region’s most popular area to live.

A recent addition to the space is one of Taylor Morrison’s newest Esplanade communities, Cobblestone on Palmer Ranch.

Cobblestone is conveniently located near local shopping and services while providing a higher level of inspired living snuggled within a network of tranquil lakes and sumptuous foliage.

Cobblestone’s homes are designed and built to meet Taylor Morrison’s exemplary standards of quality and the community is planned in such a way to offer an exciting array of resort-style amenities to its residents.

So if Cobblestone on Palmer Ranch is one reason to move to Sarasota, what are the other 8?

2. Never Get Bored with an Endless Supply of Things to Do


This list of activity ideas is literally just the tip of the iceberg (not that there’s much ice around here!)

While the rest of the country suffers through April showers you’ll be buying peanuts and Cracker Jacks at a Baltimore Orioles spring training game.

Don’t like baseball? How about a mangrove boat tour or better yet a sunset booze cruise?

Culture buffs love the The Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota History Alive tour and the free concerts at Van Wezel’s Friday Fest while more nature oriented types can’t get enough marine life at the Mote Marine Aquarium.

And if shopping’s your thing? At St. Armand’s Circle the possibilities are endless.

3. Tempt your Palate – Sarasota is fantastic for foodies!


Are you joking?

Sarasota is home to over 1400 restaurants, cafes, eateries and food trucks. Try a new place every day and you’ll need 3.83 years to get to them all.

4. Access to Outstanding Healthcare


Sarasota Memorial consistency ranks within America’s top fifty hospitals. You’ll be in good hands should you get clunked in the head in February with a golf ball!

5. Take a Dip at Award Winning White Sand Beaches


Did you know that Siesta Key was named the #1 beach in the entire nation?

The United States has a sum total of 12,380 miles of coastline – so yeah, this is quite the distinction.

The beach is distinguished for its dazzling quartz sand, brilliantly white and marvelously cool on your feet.

6. Dodge the Tax Man!

Beach Family

Since Florida has no state income tax and the Sarasota area offers low property tax more of your hard earned money will stay where it belongs: in your pocket!

(We actually recommend that you keep it in the bank.)

7. Throw Away your Winter Coat


Sunscreen, swimsuits, convertibles, sandals, golf clubs, fishing poles, kayaks and more – ALL YEAR LONG.

Spend one winter in Sarasota and you’ll be kicking yourself for all those winters you spent sniffling and shivering for absolutely no reason whatsoever.

8. No Better Place to Retire

Retirement Couple

TopRetirements.com ranked Sarasota as the number one retirement destination in the country.

Not too shabby.

But don’t worry – if you’re not quite ready to hang up your hat, Sarasota offers a thriving business community for the non-retired, too!

9. A Golfer’s Paradise


There are well over a dozen world class golf courses and country clubs available in the area.

Whether you’re a ball whacker or a 2-handicap, you’ll find the perfect course for swinging your clubs in Sarasota, Florida.

Get Involved in Your New Tampa Community
by Cara, Thursday, April 02, 2015

What really makes a community special are the people who live in it and give back to it. Everybody has something to contribute -- whether it’s donating money, time, talent or possessions. Here in New Tampa, there are dozens of ways you can make this a better place. We’re pretty sure when you participate, you’ll get a lot more than you give.

Goodwill Industries Suncoast

Since 1954, when the first Goodwill-Suncoast opened in downtown St. Petersburg, the program has grown into one of Goodwill Industries’ largest in the nation. In 2014, it found jobs for over 15,000 people and served more than 74,000, providing free meals, job skills training and more. You can help by donating clothing, volunteering time or shopping for bargains.  The nearest Goodwill to our new Tampa homes for sale is in Wesley Chapel.

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The Salvation Army of Tampa

The first Tampa/Hillsborough County Salvation Army opened in 1893. Last year, Tampa SA served 111,000 meals and provided 74,000 nights of shelter. They encourage the entire family to volunteer in a variety of opportunities including hosting donation drives, preparing and serving meals in an emergency or transitional shelter or ringing a Red Kettle bell during the holidays. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities year-round.

Hospice Care Center

Volunteers 14 and older who want to help others make the most of life are welcome. Whether you work in the thrift store, provide pet therapy, provide office assistance or just whisper kind words, you’ll be matched with a volunteer opportunity that matches your talents, interests and schedule. Comprehensive, complimentary training is provided.

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Support the Arts

Be a docent or an usher. Build a set or make a costume. Teach a budding artist. If you’ve got a special skill, a friendly smile or just a pair of hands, you can support the arts in Tampa. Programs in need of volunteers include Five by Five Tampa Bay, an annual fall event, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Jobsite Theater, MacDonald Training Center Art Program, Moffit Cancer Center Arts in Medicine, Stageworks Theatre, Tampa Repertory Theatre, and Tampa Theatre.

Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful

The local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful has won a number of national and regional awards for its local beautification and environmental protection efforts. Volunteers are welcome to assist with programs throughout the area including cleanups, restoration projects, and community gardens.

Fight for Air Climb

The American Lung Association is the nation’s leading organization dedicated to saving lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The local chapter pitches in with its annual fundraiser, a vertical road race where teams and individuals climb to the top of Tampa-area skyscrapers, stadiums and arenas.

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Be a Mentor

Expand your horizons when you open your home and heart to a foreign exchange student ages 15-18. You agree to provide a bedroom and three meals a day for one or two semesters. Students come from Germany, Spain, Austria, Thailand and China and are responsible for their own personal expenses and medical insurance. Traditional and non-traditional families are welcome to participate.

Do you live in one of our new homes in Tampa and know about other community volunteer opportunities or good causes? Let us know.

New Tampa School Guide
by Cara, Tuesday, March 31, 2015

There’s peace of mind knowing your children go to good schools. That’s why we recommend doing some research into schools before you buy a new home, including those in New Tampa, FL.

The first step in your search is to find out which schools are attended by children in the area. The 12 New Tampa public schools are considered to be among the best in Hillsborough County and all of Florida itself. GreatSchools.org, which rates schools and lets you compare them, is a good starting point for your search.

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Find a Fit for Your Child’s Needs

When trying to find the ideal school for your child, consider these Four Fit Factors:

  1. What subjects and difficulty level would your child benefit from?
  2. How should your child be taught and interacted with, inside and outside of school?
  3. What are the social needs of your child?
  4. Which extracurricular activities would be good for your child?

Choose the Kind of School

After you’ve determined which schools are available in the district and your child’s particular needs, consider the type of school you’d prefer.

  • Your neighborhood public schools offer a convenient option.
  • Your child can also attend any charter school, regardless of the district it’s in.
  • Many school districts also offer magnet schools, which usually have a specific emphasis, such as technology or art; they may also mix different grades in one class or operate year-round.
  • Other school options include alternative schools, private schools and homeschooling.

Research alone won’t give you the information you need. Armed with your thoughts on what you’re looking for and which questions to ask, even a short visit to a school can help you make a final decision.

Interested in learning more? Check out these resources for choosing a school.

Tips for Creating Inviting Bedrooms
by Cara, Thursday, March 26, 2015

The kitchen may be the heart of the home, but we spend most of our time in our bedrooms. At Taylor Morrison we design owners’ suites and secondary bedrooms that give our homeowners flexible spaces for sleeping and relaxing, as you can see in these pictures from our portfolio. We’ve also pulled together some clever, low-cost tips for creating inviting bedrooms

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Smart layouts

  • Place furniture to maximize any view.
  • Use mirrors to reflect light and give the illusion of more space.
  • Keep clutter, fussy details and busy patterns to a minimum.
  • Create defined areas for sleep, reading and hobbies using dividers or just area rugs.

Create a welcoming retreat

  • Choose a soothing color palette using blue tones and neutral creams, grays and soft browns.
  • Opt for relaxing task lighting instead of harsh overheads.
  • Add texture and softness with area rugs.
  • Use relaxing scents like lavender.

Quick fixes

  • Change out the hardware on dresser drawers
  • Replace old lampshades
  • Reframe art work and photos
  • Add accent color interest with throw pillows

Need some inspiration? Visit a Taylor Morrison community near you and tour our furnished models for the latest decorator tips. You’ll find new homes for sale in the most sought-after locations in California, Colorado, Arizona, Texas and Florida. 

Introducing Oyster Harbor at Fiddlers Creek
by Cara, Tuesday, March 24, 2015

With construction underway, interest in our newest gated community in award-winning Fiddler’s Creek of Naples, FL is gaining momentum. Oyster Harbor is coming soon and we can’t wait to celebrate its official opening!

Fiddlers Creek

Fiddler’s Creek, a golf course community, has quickly become a favorite for discerning homebuyers who appreciate fine living and resort-style amenities. The 4,000-acre community features pristine lakes, wetland preserves, a meandering creek and a tidal estuary to the Gulf coast.

Sixteen luxurious three- and four-bedroom open floor plans will be offered by Oyster Harbor at Fiddler’s Creek. Square footage for the well-appointed homes will range from 1,689 to 3,486. Each home will include a master suite, well-appointed baths and many flexible space options.

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The 18-hole Arthur Hill championship golf course include first-class practice facilities, a 54,000-square-foot clubhouse with full service spa, fitness center, two restaurants, and direct access to a private beach. Also planned is a second 18-hole private course with a clubhouse. In the meantime, golfers have the option of enjoying a semi-private 18-hole course located within Fiddler’s Creek and operated by Marriot Hotels.

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Does this sound like the lifestyle you’re looking for? Stay in touch and get the latest on Oyster Harbor as it develops by adding your name to the VIP Interest List. For more information contact Internet Home Consultant MaryAnn Givens or Molly Whalen at 866-495-6006, or send an email message.