Homeownership is a big part of the “American Dream,” and it’s a wonderful feeling for many people. It helps you build equity and stability, and allows you to live in a place customized for you and your family’s needs. However, not everyone is ready for this important step. There can be a lot to take under consideration! Let’s discuss the questions to ask yourself to know buying is right for you.
Halloween lovers of all ages have plenty to enjoy right here in Tampa Bay. Whether you want to be scared out of your gourd, or are looking for a festive event suitable for younger goblins, the Bay area has plenty to choose from. Waterset residents also have Florida’s “theme park capital” just 90 minutes away – Orlando makes for a great day or weekend trip, and there is certainly no shortage of Halloween events in this fun city. Check out some of our favorite events!
At Waterset, we love our dogs. With multiple connected parks, a 12-mile trail system, and a dedicated dog park, it can be easy to understand why the dogs, and their owners, love it here too. Originally from Washington D.C., Jon G.moved to Apollo Beach two years ago in search of a new home where he and his Corgi, Sherman, could live the Florida lifestyle they’ve always yearned for.
Moving, whether across the street or country, can be stressful and exciting all at the same time. To minimize the stress and amp up the enthusiasm, start your planning as soon as you sign your paperwork. Follow these 5 tips to get you moving toward moving to your new home.
When buying a home, one of the first decisions a family makes is whether to buy a new home or a resale home. Resale homes tend to dominate the market, with an inventory ratio of almost ten to one. Additionally, home buyers are often economically motivated to buy resale. The national average cost of a new home is $310,000 versus $266,000 for a resale home (1). However, the benefits of buying new should not be overlooked. Here, we discuss just a few ways you can ave money and peace of mind by buying your new construction home here in Waterset.
Back to Class: 6 Ways to Get into the Swing of the School Year
7/28/2017 12:00:00 AM
Before you know it, summer vacation will be over and kids will head back to class. While the beginning of the school year is usually filled with excitement and anticipation, it can also be stressful. It is important to plan ahead to make the transition from summer to school as seamless as possible.
One of the many things people love about Waterset is the active lifestyle! With 12 miles of trails, running is a favorite for many of our residents. Stop by, and you’re almost sure to see someone jogging in the neighborhood. Whether you’re new to running or have a stack of marathon medals, here are our best tips for running in Waterset.
Keeping Your Pet Safe During the Dog Days of Summer
7/9/2017 12:00:00 AM
Summertime is family time and that should include your pets. Since fur coats are not optional for our furry companions, we have to take precautions to keep our four-legged friends cool when temperatures are hot. Here are 7 ways to keep your pet safe when temperatures soar.
Your vacation has arrived, your bags are packed and you’re getting ready to head out of town. Before you and your family jump in the car or board a plane, take a few necessary steps to prepare your home prior to your next trip.
As summer winds down, there's still plenty of fun to be had close to Waterset at South County's own E.G. Simmons Park. Enjoy the last few days of summer at E.G. Simmons Regional Park. Just three miles north of Ruskin, the park feels like miles away from the hustle and bustle of Tampa Bay.
Most people who live in Florida consider the Sunshine State a little slice of paradise. Whether you’re looking for relaxation or recreation, the Tampa Bay area is home to the best living Florida has to offer - in fact, Tampa has been rated as the top city to move to! Here are some of the top reasons new residents want to call Florida home.
Beat The Heat: The Coolest Amenities Waterset Has to Offer!
6/14/2017 12:00:00 AM
We love the summer weather in Florida, but we know that sometimes, it can be a bit warm! At Waterset, we are happy to offer a variety of amenities that allow you to enjoy the Florida climate comfortably.
With such a wide variety of activities and amenities, it’s no surprise that family members of residents often follow their loved ones to Waterset. For people with growing families or those who simply love having family close by, it doesn`t get any better. This is one of the many reasons why Doug and Dayna love calling Waterset home.
At Waterset, we care about making your family feel at home - and that includes the furry members of your family too! Recently, our residents and their pups have started a fun new tradition we like to refer to as Yappy Hour!
Although moving is always hard, the friends and neighbors in Waterset band together to make it as great an experience as possible - and that means offering a variety of social groups and activities to meet new friends or catch up with old friends.
Hillsborough County’s First VA Outpatient Clinic Coming to SouthShore!
5/26/2017 12:00:00 AM
Waterset veterans will no longer need to travel to Tampa or Sarasota to receive care. A community-based outpatient clinic will be opening near the corner of U.S. 301 and Summerfield Crossing Boulevard, scheduled to be complete in spring 2019.
Newland Communities’ Building Partners Earn 13 Awards in 2017 Tampa Bay Parade of Homes
4/20/2017 12:00:00 AM
Builders in Newland Communities' four Tampa Bay master-planned communities, Bexley, FishHawk Ranch, Waterset and MiraBay, were recognized at the 2017 Parade of Homes, presented by the Tampa Bay Builders Association. The recently opened Bexley community in Pasco County received the most awards of any community in the Parade, including a coveted Best in Class award as well as several Grand Awards.
Residents and visitors to Apollo Beach have often asked, Where’s the Beach? Despite it’s name, our wonderful hamlet hasn’t actually had much of a beach – at least not the kind that attracts people with their beach chairs and picnics for the day.
Just because Floridians trade in cold temperatures for year-round, flip-flop wearing weather doesn’t mean we skimp on celebrating the Holidays. There are plenty of unique ways to celebrate the season. Here’s a quick rundown of events that are family friendly or date-worthy to get you in a jolly good mood.
Each one of us has the power to improve someone else’s life and community. That’s the mission behind Make a Difference Day, which will be held each year on the fourth Saturday in October. This year, it will be celebrated on October 22.
FishHawk Ranch and Waterset Launch 6th Annual Concerts for a Cause Series
8/26/2016 12:00:00 AM
Newland Communities is gearing up for another season of its popular Concerts for a Cause. Beginning in mid-September, both FishHawk Ranch and Waterset communities will host concerts featuring area bands, such as Frequency, C’Nergy and Lovestruck Robot.
Waterset Triathalon Club: First Official Race as a Team
7/9/2016 12:00:00 AM
Congrats to all of our first timers and congrats to Waterset Tri Club for our first official race as a team! What an awesome weekend! All 21 competitors finished, 9 with awards, and many with plans to race again soon! Here are this past weekend’s race results. GREAT JOB EVERYONE!!! Use these numbers to set goals for the next.
When you are moving, anyone can tell you to contact the transportation office, check your insurance or research the place you are going to live online. A real friend gives you genius moving tips so you can have a great move...
The Family Y at Big Bend Road is located just a couple of miles from the Waterset community. The Tampa YMCA is currently raising funds to start construction of The Family Y at Big Bend Road’s main facility and aquatic center.
Travelers come from all over the country come to enjoy the natural beauty and year-round sunshine on Florida’s west coast. The Tampa Bay area is famous for its diverse culinary scene, theme parks, wildlife and pristine beaches of the Gulf of Mexico coastline.
There’s no place like home, and the benefits of home ownership can go well beyond a place to live. From achieving your financial goals to contributing to the local economy and establishing deeper roots in the community, home ownership can have far-reaching impacts.
One of the best parts of living in Waterset is the community’s proximity to Tampa. The city offers an outstanding assortment of museums, theater performances and festivals all year long. Here are some of our favorites. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
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If you’re looking for family fun this spring, why not consider spending the day at a u-pick farm right here in the Apollo Beach area? Florida’s springtime holds an abundance of u-pick opportunities. One of the best ways to ensure you get the freshest fruits and vegetables is to pick them yourself. Bring the kids for an experience that’s both fun and educational!
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We all know how stressful moving can be on people; imagine how anxious our pets must feel? They notice when there’s extra “activity” during packing, and then they are introduced to a new home which could stress them out.
Waterset residents and Apollo Beach families alike are happy to learn that The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Center along with their partners The Florida Aquarium and TECO are planning the Sea Turtle Hospital in Apollo Beach.
Monty Sayers and his wife Marisol, were one of the first families to move into Waterset when it opened in 2013. The concept of a master-planned, family-centric community appealed to them right away, but it was the beautiful scenery and multitude of outdoor activities that clinched their decision to become Waterset residents.
You'll enjoy hearing from Rebecca, a Waterset resident, who loves to tell other military families how warm and welcoming Waterset is, “It feels like a small town…and we love it here!” We salute Rebecca’s family’s service.
Newland has one of the most experienced and innovative teams in real estate today. Our leadership team includes professionals from diverse backgrounds with decades of deep experience in multiple markets across the country. They are supported by best-in-class systems and infrastructure nationally.
Waterset Honored with Best in American Living National Design Award
2/9/2016 12:00:00 AM
Waterset by Newland Communities has been recognized with a Gold award in the 2015 Best in American Living™ Awards (BALA) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Waterset was honored in the Best Single-Family Community, 100 units and over.
Purchasing a home is a major milestone that tops many people’s lifetime to-do lists—and maybe their list of financial fears too. Here are 9 Steps to Successful Home-Buying, which helps explain how to prepare to buy a house—and help safeguard your finances in the process.
Moving with Kids: 25 Ways to Ease Your Family's Transition to a New Home
2/2/2016 12:00:00 AM
We love to share a book that offers 25 tips for moving families! Moving with Kids was written by a FishHawk Resident, Lori Collins Burgan, and through the years has been a helpful resource to many of our guests.
Tags: Moving with Kids,FishHawk Ranch,Newland Communities,Moving Tips
Waterset foodies unite! We are fortunate here in Apollo Beach we have more than a few family owned restaurants and cafes to grab a quick bite or enjoy a date night on the town. Here is a sampling of some of Watersets resident favorites Happy Dining!
Tags: Around Waterset,Tampa Bay,Restaurants and Retailers
More than 200 individual professionals, ranging from real estate experience, to finance, entitlement, planning and engineering, community design, construction legal, research, marketing, and sales carry out Newland Communities’ vision of delivering sustainable homes.
When you're planning a new home for you and your pets, experts agree that you need to consider the individual of needs of your pets. Most pet owners would do anything for our furry kids, but we also know they can be a challenge from time to time –especially when moving into a new home. When purchasing a new home, be sure to consider your pet in the plan.
One of the most exciting times in your life can be choosing a new home! Even more importantly is how you and your family will use the space in your home and ensure it fits with your lifestyle and the right floor plan can shape how you experience your home.
Tags: Home Buying Tips,Home Design,Neal Communities,Waterset Families
Sure, the temperature has been in the 80s for most of November. But the Holidays are right around the corner, and that means it’s time to enjoy some of Tampa’s iconic holiday events. From downtown ice skating to boat parades, there’s so much to enjoy. The holiday celebrations below are great for a family outing, or bring your visiting relatives and friends to enjoy all that our area has to offer.
Waterset Offers Hope, Clothing with Dress for Success Tampa Bay Partnership
11/18/2015 12:00:00 AM
Dress for Success Tampa Bay has selected Waterset by Newland Communities as its latest donation location in Hillsborough County. Waterset residents and those in surrounding communities can now drop off gently worn professional attire and accessories, which are donated to local women in need.
Money Magazine Names Tampa Best Large City in Southeast
8/27/2015 12:00:00 AM
Locals know that Tampa has a lot to offer its residents – an affordable cost of living, great schools, lots of cultural activities, and an abundance of water activities. Oh, and don’t forget about our professional sports teams and burgeoning downtown.
Tags: new homes,Waterset,Tampa Bay,Waterset Community
The Landing earned a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design
5/1/2015 12:00:00 AM
The Landing, a community gathering place for residents of Waterset, recently earned a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for energy efficiency and sustainability. Waterset is owned in a joint venture partnership between NORTH AMERICA SEKISUI HOUSE, LLC (NASH), the U.S. business unit and full subsidiary of SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD., Japan’s largest homebuilder and leading diversified developer, and Newland Real Estate Group, LLC, whose development business, Newland Communities, is the master developer of the community. Waterset is one of more than 30 communities the NASH-Newland partnership owns together in 11 states across the United States.
It won’t be long before Waterset’s newest amenity is ready. The Lakeside is a community park that’s sure to become a gathering place for residents, and there’s something for everyone to enjoy, including fitness lovers, parents, children, and even our ‘fur babies.’
Tags: amenitycenter,Apollo Beach,Waterset,Waterset Community
This month, seek hidden treasure and the chance to win $200 throughout Newland Communities’ three Tampa Bay developments, FishHawk Ranch, MiraBay and Waterset.
To celebrate this year’s Parade of Homes, Newland Communities will host a treasure hunt experience supported by geocaching to help visitors truly experience our communities and explore our 35 model homes. Residents are welcome to play along, as well.
Spring is near, which means it’s time to break out the brooms and stock up on trash bags. Roll up your sleeves, grab a pair of rubber gloves and check out some tips from our Pinterest page to make your home shine!
Valentine’s Day often sets big expectations for couples. Why not blow those out of the water with a perfect date nigh in Apollo Beach? Check out a few of these romantic escapes, from classic to creative, and make this Valentine’s Day one for the books.
One of Southwest Florida’s most reputable builders is coming to Waterset – and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Join us in welcoming Neal Communities to Apollo Beach! Neal will be offering their luxury home options to not only Waterset, but to Newland Communities’ other Apollo Beach community, MiraBay. We are honored to have both of our communities chosen as Neal’s first ventures into Hillsborough County.
Fall Concerts for a Cause & Events Raise 8,000 Meals
1/27/2015 12:00:00 AM
The highly successful Fall Concerts for a Cause Series and Fall Festival. Newland Communities’ sister community in Lithia also held these great events. We are proud to report that together Waterset and FishHawk Ranch fall events gathered 9,600 pounds of food for Feeding America Tampa Bay. That means roughly 8,000 meals will now go to Tampa Bay area families because of the food you all helped donate.
If you have been in The Landing Club & Café recently, we hope that you have had a chance to meet Waterset’s newest addition, Chef Bradley Livingston. We are thrilled to welcome Chef Bradley. He is talented, has an awesome personality and is an overall great addition to our community. Here’s a bit more about Chef Bradley.
Halloween is quickly approaching, and Tampa Bay has no shortage of great events! From Busch Gardens to Ybor City, there are quite a few celebrations throughout October. Below are some kid-friendly and adult-only events as you look to finalize your Halloween plans.
Tags: Newland Communities,Waterset,Halloween,Tampa Bay
Lending a Helping Hand to Doby Elementary’s Art Program
10/9/2014 12:00:00 AM
August marked the start of the school year for Hillsborough County students and Doby Elementary’s annual “Back to School” breakfast. Each year, teachers, students and parents look forward to this event as the group plans for the year ahead and gets reacquainted. This year was particularly special because Waterset by Newland Communities surprised the students and parents with more than $2,000 in supplies to kick start the Doby’s new art program.
Apollo Beach is home to the East Bay Buccaneers – a little league football and cheerleading team with great community spirit. We recently heard that the team was having issues with their playing field. Being staunch Bucs fans ourselves, we couldn’t let our neighbor despair.
Have you checked out our trails recently? Waterset now features four new pieces of Norwell equipment – the newest trend in outdoor fitness. The sculptural exercise gear is designed to be both aesthetically pleasing and multifunctional, allowing fitness enthusiasts to perform challenging and unique exercises on each piece.