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What Makes Your Home Desirable

The real estate market in Florida is tough, and it’s actually a bit volatile. Depending on the side of the deal you’re on – buying or selling – there’s a good chance you’re either in a great position or a rather undesirable position. There are a number of factors that seem to influence public sentiment, such as severe weather events and the strength of the country’s economy for example. It’s still nearly impossible to predict what will happen though.

That said, I’ve seen enough houses bought and sold in the Tampa Bay area to know that regardless of the market conditions there are just some things in common with homes that fly off the market as opposed to those that sit with “for sale” signs in their front yard for seemingly an eternity. Let’s dig into some of the features that are common amongst the desirable homes in the Tampa Bay area.

Great Views

This is a no-brainer. Properties with a gorgeous view of the bay and access to a fantastic patch of beach are almost always swept up quickly by prospective buyers, regardless of market conditions. Sure you may get a better deal when the market is hot, but you’ll always be able to offload a piece of property with a beautiful view. These properties are few and far between, so if you have your hands on one make sure you know what it’s worth.

Proximity To The Essentials

As human beings we love convenience, there’s simply no question. If one grocery store is five minutes away and the other grocery store is seven minutes away, it’s incredibly probable that we’ll end up at the closer one nine times out of ten, even if it’s a bit more expensive. We all lead busy lifestyles, even if what keeps us “busy” is getting back to relaxing. Of course, what is going to be important to a prospective buyer will vary, but things like grocery stores, liquor stores, restaurants, and beaches are relatively safe bets. Walking distance and accessibility is the icing on the cake here, and the more you can have in a single property the more desirable it’s going to be when it hits the market.

Attached Garage

Almost nobody would prefer to park their car out in the elements as opposed to having it in a conveniently located garage that is attached to your home. Surprisingly, there are a lot of homes in the area that are not built with attached garages. If you have an attached garage it’s certainly going to be a plus. Just make sure that it’s equipped with a high quality garage door opener, as the salty air from the Bay tends to have a field day with lower quality components. Check out BGDOR’s buying guide to see if your garage door openers are up to snuff.

Well Designed Kitchen

As working people we spend a very small time in our house in reality. Most of this is in our bedrooms during the eight hours of sleep we get at night. Otherwise it’s in the kitchen, where you’re either making food on a daily basis or eating in a dining room that is auxiliary to the kitchen. A well designed kitchen will be desirable in just about any home, and that’s no different here in the Tampa Bay area.

Pride of Ownership

It’s amazing how many homeowners let their homes get out of date and neglect small projects that would otherwise keep it in the best of shape. It’s nothing against them, I understand. Many of these upgrades are not absolute necessities. However, as homes age and take on the appearance of aging, it goes without saying that they’ll start to look outdated. If you’re able to stay on top of projects as they arise you can maintain an appearance that your home is brand new, even if it was built a decade or decades in the past. Buyers don’t want projects. They want to move in and enjoy their home. If you’re expecting to get top dollar for your home, you’re going to have to give the buyers what they want.

The New City of Breweries

The craft beer revolution is changing the way that people across the country – and the world for that matter – think about beer. You may not have realized it, but the Tampa Bay area is home to quite a few craft breweries that are making an impression on connoisseurs everywhere. If you’re fortunate enough to live in the area, or if you’re just visiting and you want to see what the area has to offer, you can make a good day of visiting one of several of these breweries.

Some tips before you head out for the day, in case you haven’t thought of them. First and foremost, it’s best to set up a ride if you can. You don’t want to spend your day at a brewery and then drive home. Of course you can not drink beer while you’re there, but that tends to take the fun out of it. Next, you’ll want to think about food. Many of these breweries offer food on site, but some only have minor snacks. Many will allow you to bring your own food into the brewery though.

With all that in mind, let’s take a quick look at some of the most excellent breweries in the Tampa Bay Area.

Cigar City Brewing Company

Cigar City Brewing Company is one of the breweries at the forefront of the scene. They make some excellent beers, most notably their Jai Alai india pale ale. Their tap room is open all days of the week with a wide range of hours. They are located in the Lincoln Gardens region and they are quick hop off of Route 92. Other notable beers are their Maduro brown ale and their Invasion tropical pale ale.

Coppertail Brewing Company

Founded in 2014, Coppertail Brewing Company has quickly become one of the big names in the area. They have a wide array of offerings, with over 20 beers on tap in their tap room, which is open seven days a week. If you’re interested in a brewery tour you can schedule one on a daily basis – though getting there early is highly recommended as the tour windows are short and they can fill up quickly. The owners have had a long history on the craft brewing scene, and they seem to have a darn good handle on what they’re doing.

Tampa Bay Brewing Company

Tampa Bay Brewing Company is one of the few breweries in the area that have been around for quite some time. They were founded in 1995 and they are often credited with giving life to the Tampa Bay area’s craft brew scene that has since come forth to the lime light. Their Reef Monkey American Pale Ale and Old Elephant Foot IPA are well loved by fans, but they also have collaborated with renowned breweries in the area and across the country for some especially delicious recipes. Make sure to check out their merchandise if you decide to stop by the brewery.

Hidden Springs Ale Works

Another great option right in the heart of Tampa is Hidden Springs Ale Works. Much of their beer is brewed right there in the brewery, and the prices at the tap room aren’t all that steep. They are a bit of a hidden gem in the area. There is plenty of seating so it’s a great place to meet up with friends. They are relatively new to the game, having opened their doors in 2015, and I’m excited to see what’s more to come from them.

Angry Chair Brewing

Last but most certainly not least is Angry Chair Brewing, located conveniently on North Florida Ave. It’s a bit of a smaller tap room, but it’s great for grabbing a beer with coworkers after a long day. Parking can be scarce so keep that in mind, and once again if you can get a ride it’s not a bad idea. Check out their Hop Oddity IPA, which is one of their followers favorites. Surprisingly, pets are allowed so feel free to bring along your dog. If you have something crazy like a gator, I’d check with them before bringing it through the doors.

There you have it, five of my favorite breweries in the Tampa Bay Area. With proper planning you could even check them all out in one bar crawl (seriously, DON’T drive. This is why we have Uber.), but they also stand well on their own. Next time you’re in the mood for a beer make sure to check one of these breweries out. Cheers!