Moving In, Up, Down or On

Nick Churton of Smith & Associates’ London Office discovers some new homes in Tampa, Florida that will tick a lot of boxes for a lot of people.

Broker: Smith & Associates

Agents: The Wood Team

Luxury real estate isn’t always about the biggest and the best. It is more often about the most appropriate for size, location and budget. Sometimes that might be the biggest and the best. But more often than not it isn’t.

Were I to be looking in the Tampa Bay area, for a two bedroom home, with economic running costs, only a block away from the ever-so-smart waterfront, Bayshore Boulevard, and within easy walking distance of fine restaurants and shops – and all for under $400,000 – then I really don’t think I could do better than one of these brilliantly modernised single floor homes with private front doors. In the UK we call these maisonettes. They are very popular and have lots of advantages.

But whatever one calls them these Tampa Bay homes do the job in an excellent fashion. They provide affordable, upscale and stylish accommodation in a great part of town. Plus there is a garage, additional parking and even an outside area to relax and barbecue. What more could you want for the money – in increasingly expensive Tampa?

If I had a budget of just over $400,000 then I could afford one of the second floor, three bedroom, 2 bathroom units with a generous open-plan living/kitchen/dining area and front porch balcony – large enough for table and dining chairs and even a rocking chair. I went to the show home. It was great and looked out onto some lovely trees at the back. From the balcony I could wave to my new neighbours.

Setting up home for the first time or, later, moving by choice or circumstance is a big step. But these Bayshore Carriage Homes take away much of the angst associated with a change of lifestyle. They are stylish and convenient and are set within a ready-made, friendly community.

What’s there not to like?

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