It’s official! For two quarters in a row, Waterset has ranked #1 in New Home Starts in Hillsborough County, according to MetroStudy. We think it’s pretty obvious why, but here are a few of our top reasons.
The Donnell family is a clear example of why - and how - multigenerational living works so well. Mr. and Mrs. Donnell live with their three college-age sons, as well as Mrs. Donnell’s parents. Waterset had the floor plan to make their living easier, and the activities and amenities to keep everyone having fun.
Diverse.That’s the word that Jon uses to describe Waterset, and we have to say, it’s pretty true. From the range of home plans to the people to the things to do, Jon is happy to talk about all the things that make Waterset diverse.
Today, Tampa Bay is home to a ton of things to do from professional sporting events to some of the best beaches and best restaurants in the state. But did you know our city has a rich history of culture and innovation that set the foundation for today’s amazing community? Here are some little-known facts about Tampa Bay.
Most people know Florida is home to some of the best beaches in the world, but did you know that there are three world-famous beaches right in our area? St. Pete Beach, Siesta Beach and Clearwater Beach made the top 10 Travelers Choice list.
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. Considering buying a home? Get informed about the many positive aspects of home ownership.
In Waterset, about one in four new-home buyers are also first-time homebuyers. Buying new in Waterset just makes sense for these first-time homebuyers. The process is simple, and we’ll help you through it from day one. The floor plans and prices are great for a single person or a new family just starting out - especially the low maintenance options! And finally, buying new gives you peace of mind.
For the Pattersons, nothing is more important than family - and Waterset makes the perfect backdrop for this family to grow and thrive. Each member of the family has something different they love about Waterset.
Waterset’s new chef, Joe Gregory, knows that the kitchen table is the most important spot in a home. “A lot of magic goes on around the table,” he says. That’s why he is committed to making The Landing Cafe the go-to spot for residents looking for a healthy, fresh, and family-friendly meal.
When Chrissy moved from California to Florida, she wasn’t sure what to expect. Luckily for her and her family, Waterset made their military move as easy as possible. Chrissy sat down with us and discussed how Waterset made relocation a breeze.
When you’re looking for somewhere new to explore, Sarasota is ideal for a day visit or weekend getaway. Whether you want to lounge on the beach, go hiking, or tour historic homes, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy. And since it’s only about an hour away, you’ll want to visit again and again. Here are five of our favorite Sarasota attractions.
Shopping for a new home can be exciting, but all the choices can be overwhelming. In Waterset, we want to make it easy to choose the right floor plan. You can search, view and compare floor plans with our homefinder tool.
Alyse and her husband, Matt, moved into Waterset last year with their dog, Porter, and two cats. This young couple loves their new Apollo Beach home for a variety of reasons. We sat down with Alyse and talked with her about all the things that make Waterset a great choice for millenials like herself.
Hundreds of concertgoers who attended Newland Communities’ annual Concerts for a Cause series and Fall Festivals at Waterset and Bexley made a difference in the fight against hunger by donating nearly 2,000 lbs. of non-perishable items and over $1,200 in cash to Feeding Tampa Bay. All totaled, the donations will provide the organization which works to end hunger in our community with nearly 14,000 meals.
The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s also the place where time-saving appliances can make cooking and even cleaning a whole lot easier. What trends are making the biggest impact? Some of our favorites are below.
Deciding whether to opt for a one- or two-story house can be a complex choice. One-story living offers a wide-open space without the difficulty of stairs. However, two-story living has many benefits of its own.
Tampa Bay may be known as a popular tourist destination for our beaches, but it’s also on the map for its outstanding festivals. Spring and summer are peak seasons to enjoy music, art and lots of amazing food. In short, spring and summer are great times to be a local and savor all that Tampa Bay has to offer.
In today’s busy world, family time can be hard to come by. For Charity and her husband, that closeness was even tougher to achieve with four kids of varying ages - sixteen, thirteen, and twin four-year-olds!
However, Charity says that living in Waterset has actually brought her family closer! Inside and outside their home, Charity says that Waterset has the “sense of family and community” she and her husband were looking for.
No matter your age, it’s never too early (or too late!) to think about retirement. Here are some of our favorite tips from Ken Fisher’s 99 Tips for Retirement. Fisher is the Executive Chairman and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Fisher Investments. He has four best selling books as well as columns and commentary inUSA Todayand theFinancial Times.
When you live in paradise like we do here in Waterset, it’s easy to opt for a Spring Break staycation. From our world class beaches to outstanding amusement parks to top rated museums, the Tampa Bay area has so much to offer and you don’t have to travel far to enjoy it.
However when you’re ready for a new adventure, living in Tampa Bay makes it easy to discover so many places, so if you’re looking for a new place to spend your next Spring Break, consider these favorite locations from Waterset residents.
If you’ve stopped by The Landing, you’ve probably seen these ladies’ smiling faces. These women are the hard-working Marketing Department for Newland Communities. Next time you stop by The Landing, be sure to say Hello!
As Millennials become the next generation of new home buyers, many are looking to thesuburbsto find their first home, giving them the ability tostay close to urban centerswhile maintaining a private lifestyle. Right here in Tampa Bay, four Newland Communities – Waterset, MiraBay, FishHawk Ranch and Bexley – are perfectly situated close to the city, while being far enough for the privacy that buyers are looking for. Here are our top 5 reasons why these Tampa communities are perfect for Millennial home buyers.
From automated thermostats to color-changing light bulbs, it’s now easier than ever to make your new home a smart one. With so many new home tech innovations, it can be hard to choose which are best for your home, so we narrowed down our top five favorite tech trends for you!
You don’t have to go far to have a fun-filled three-day weekend! Why not get out of town this President’s Day? Waterset’s Apollo Beach location makes it perfect for easy access to some of Florida’s best vacation spots - and even the rest of the southeast! Here are some of our residents’ favorite places to take a long weekend vacation.
Are you ready for some football?! Super Bowl LII is happening on February 4 at 6:30pm, and although we don’t know who’s playing, we do know some great spots to watch what’s sure to be another great game.
When Art and Diane stopped by Apollo Beach on their way to Sarasota, they weren’t expecting to find a second home - but that’s exactly what they did. “As soon as we came to Waterset, we said, ‘That’s the community we want to be in.’”
Just for fun, we asked residents what their favorite Winter Olympics sport is. From bobsleigh to speed skating, the Winter Olympics has no shortage of great-to-watch sports - but Waterset residents’ favorite? Figure skating!
It’s a new year, which means many of us are making fitness resolutions. Waterset residents Dayna and Doug don’t need a new year - these parents of three are constantly on the trails or in the pool - they even run the Waterset Triathlon Club!
Waterset by Newland Communities is pleased to add Park Square Homes to its extensive list of home builders. Established in Central Florida since 1984, the family-owned company makes its entrance into Tampa Bay with two upcoming models in the award-winning master-planned community.
Waterset is truly the perfect place to live if you want to be surrounded by opportunities for fun, festivals, and more. Waterset is less than 30 minutes to downtown Tampa, less than 60 minutes to downtown Sarasota, and just over 90 minutes to downtown Orlando, there are so many holiday attractions to visit. Here’s a brief calendar of our favorite holiday events!
The Landing Cafe’s own Michele Jackson has opened her recipe book to share this fantastic recipe with you: Cranberry Baked Brie Bites. These bites are perfect for entertaining guests during the holidays, or for an appetizer for your holiday dinner. Before we share the recipe, we need to add a disclaimer - these are so good, you may want to eat the entire tray by yourself!
Waterset’s Fall Festival last month was a smashing success! On Saturday, October 21, we welcomed C’Nergy Band to the stage, plus we had food trucks, face painting, and pumpkin decorating! All together, we collected 600 meals for Feeding Tampa Bay!
With the holiday season just around the corner, it can be difficult to find the time to stay in shape! We don’t blame you - plus, who can resist that extra handful of Halloween candy or the last slice of pumpkin pie? Here at Waterset, we have plenty of ways to stave off those unwelcome holiday pounds. Whether it’s pumping some iron in our fitness center or going for a morning jog along The Lakeside, maintaining an active lifestyle is both easy and fun. Here are just four ways our residents like to stay active in Waterset.
Waterset by Newland Communities initiates its latest growth phase with the development of its newest amenity, The Waterset Club. The community recently broke ground on the new club which will feature a host of indoor and outdoor activities for residents of all ages.
It is amazing to think that it has already been five years since our Grand Opening! Since opening in October 2012, Waterset has seen tremendous growth - along with the rest of the SouthShore area. At our opening in 2012, Waterset consisted of The Landing Cafe and Club, a fitness center and swimming pool, four home builders, and a row of model homes. We are now a 2000+ acre community with close to 1,000 residents and multiple amenities for them to enjoy.
Looking for a night out or a day of fun? Waterset is close to a number of attractions that are perfect for a family outing or a couple’s date night. No matter your age or family make-up, you’ll be sure to have a blast at these nearby hot spots!
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.
Waterset Charter School opened its doors for its first school year on August 10, adding an additional opportunity for Waterset parents looking for a grade school for their children. Click here to read more about this new school!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
East Bay Youth Athletics complex is right around the corner! With an average of 700-800 participants per season, they are one of the largest Little League facilities in Hillsborough County. Learn more here.
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 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.
We are excited to share a book that offers 25 tips for moving families! Moving with Kids was written by FishHawk Ranch resident, Lori Collins Burgan, and through the years has been a helpful resource to many of our guests.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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