Community Amenities

Why Having a Community Garden Can Be a Good Thing

Interested in founding a community garden or becoming involved in an existing one? It’s a great way to meet neighbors and new friends, plus grow your own salad ingredients!

But the community-garden concept is more layered than the actual gardening aspect — although that’s the reason most of us love dabbling in the dirt to begin with, right?

First, you must find the ideal location. Second, you must get all the necessary approvals, permitting and paperwork taken care of, if applicable. Third, you must prepare the site. And fourth, you must have enough support — meaning other equally enthusiastic gardeners — […]

Pluses and Minuses of Community Gardens, Part II

In Part I of our series on the pluses and minuses of community gardens, we discussed the positive reasons to participate in such an endeavor. The good far outweighs the bad, as referenced in a recent study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.

But, since nothing’s perfect, here are few potential negatives to guard against.
Don’t be exclusive
You know that “clique” thing that many of us endured in grade school? When we may not have been part of the “in” crowd at times? Oh, the perils, right?

But, like any group — formal or not — community gardeners […]

Pluses and Minuses of Community Gardens, Part I

If community gardens are so popular across the United States, why wouldn’t your community want one?

The short answer is, yes, you probably would. Benefits do seem to outweigh negatives. But in what appears to be an unblinking examination of the popular national trend, three researchers from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future unearthed — pardon the pun — a few cautions for those of us gung-ho about digging in the dirt.

The cautions come in the form of things to consider — items we might not be aware of in our haste and enthusiasm to start a community […]

‘Pet-Friendly’ a Big Consideration for Millennial Home Buyers

According to a recent National Association of Realtors report, millennials — defined by the report as adults age 36 or younger — comprise the largest group of today’s U.S. home buyers, at 34 percent.

What’s a millennial? Roughly someone who began their adult years after the year 2000.

It means the younger end of today’s adult workforce and population are at the point where many of them are establishing or juggling careers, starting families and may be tired of renting or living with roommates or family members. They’re buying their first homes.

One trend-within-a-trend with this group? Aside from the traditional factors […]

Need a New Family Home? Build With Us at Asturia

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Looking to relocate your brood? If you’re headed to the Tampa area — or only moving across Tampa Bay — there’s a place you should check out. We know because we build new custom homes there, and we at ICI Homes know the exciting neighborhood it’s shaping up to be.

That place is Asturia, a master-planned community northeast of Tampa, in Odessa, Florida. Asturia’s 536 acres are being developed slowly and in an environmentally sensitive manner. On the community’s southern boundary near its entrance, expect future shops, office space, and more.

The property is replete with wide, meadow-like […]

Live an Active Lifestyle at FishHawk Ranch

So, you’re seriously interested in FishHawk Ranch near the Tampa-St. Petersburg metroplex.

Outstanding choice! We should know. ICI Homes builds all over the Tampa area and as of this writing, are active in at least three master-planned communities in west Central Florida.

Trust us when we tell you that they’re all worth checking out. But here, we’re calling your attention to FishHawk Ranch, a 4,400-acre neighborhood tucked in Hillsborough County’s southeast corner. Tampa proper is a short, 30-minute drive away. Interstate 75 — a hop, skip and jump west from FishHawk Ranch — is your north-south gateway to the all of […]

A New Take on Tradition at Asturia

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The fictional town of Mayberry in TV’s classic The Andy Griffith Show never existed, but these days, it’s being resurrected approximately a half hour north of Tampa, Florida.

Well, sort of. Mayberry is remembered by many TV enthusiasts as the near-perfect, unpretentious small town. Those are fine attributes to ascribe to, and in real life, Asturia, a master-planned community in Odessa, Florida, may be the next best thing.

Its 536 acres are yielding new neighborhoods tailored by classic architectural forms. Expect front porches, sidewalks, a vibrant community center and amazing amenities. Better yet, Asturia is located along […]

Should I Buy a Home in a Gated Community?

Good question! Gated communities offer more controlled access, privacy and security than a non-gated community. But there are some potential pitfalls. If you’re unsure where to build your new custom Florida home, it’s time to do some homework.

We’ll help you sort through whether you should buy a home in a gated community.
Start with the good stuff.
There are reasons home buyers pay additional fees and annual assessments to live in a gated community. Prestige — let’s not be shy about saying so — is one of them. Certain addresses are where some folks want to live, which is A-okay.

One example […]

Asturia Named Best Mixed-Use Community of the Year

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Asturia, a Hines signature master-planned community in Tampa, Florida, earned the Excel Award for Best Mixed-use Community of the Year and a Silver Aurora Award for Best Recreational Facility at the Southeast Building Conference (“SEBC”), in Orlando, Florida, on July 27 and 28. Excel Awards honor sales and marketing excellence in the building industry and Aurora Awards honor the best in design. Both awards include entries from all over the Southeast region of the United States. Read more here.

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Amelia National’s Tom Fazio Course: Why It’s Better

Want to enjoy membership play on a Tom Fazio-designed golf course?
Follow the geese and fly south. Unless, of course, you’d like to pay the eye-popping initiation fees required by some Fazio courses in the northeast. That’ll cost you $200,000 at some New York and Maryland courses, or $210,000 at select New Jersey courses.
Wow, you say…and not in a good way.
As Florida’s Custom Home Builder, ICI Homes has the solution to your Tom Fazio golf dream. Amelia National Golf and Country Club offers privacy and luxury-home living amid the scenic beauty of Florida’s Atlantic coast, plus, with an initiation fee a […]