Moving to Florida

Our Primer on ‘Getting Lost’ in Jacksonville

Want to get lost in Jacksonville? We mean that positively! “JAX” is the United States’ largest city by area, with more than 840 square miles. It also contains the country’s largest urban park system.

That’s lots of room to escape traffic, work headaches, or maybe just the daily grind. Those 10,000 acres of urban parks include 10 combined state and national parks, a national preserve and many city parks, recreational facilities and gardens.

If you’re a new or wannabe Jacksonville resident, getting lost here may be as easy as strolling down to your new or imagined neighborhood park. A long run […]

Our Guide to Exploring Tampa’s Riverwalk

Need a dose of downtown? Maybe it’s time to get out of the house. Attend a festival. Visit an attraction. Or, simply enjoy one of the watery landscapes that’s near your new Tampa-area home.

We’ve got the cure — or the answer. Especially if you’d like a little exercise at the same time. Head to downtown Tampa and its Riverwalk, a 2.4-mile trail that winds south to north along the east bank of the Hillsborough River, near where it empties into the Tampa Bay system.

“I can use one of the walking trails in my new ICI Homes neighborhood,” you say.

We […]

National Report Ranks Daytona Area #8 in Markets Poised for Growth

DAYTONA BEACH — For the sixth time in recent months, a national report has ranked the Volusia-Flagler area as one of the country’s top real estate markets to watch.

Read the full News Journal Article here.

Four Island Experiences Near Tampa Bay

Although beautiful beaches abound along the Gulf of Mexico, sometimes you need to cross a bridge to feel like you’ve truly been to the beach.

If you’re seeking an island experience near metropolitan Tampa, we at ICI Homes have four suggestions. These islands are located from north to south along the Gulf, which functions as Tampa’s westernmost neighbor, and all four islands offer different experiences.

They’re an easy day trip from your new Tampa-area home and require minimal stocking-up, unless you’re towing a boat and half your new neighbors with you.

Another bonus? These four islands are Florida state parks. So it’s […]

Art Alert: Sampling Jacksonville’s Museum Scene

You may be aware Jacksonville is known for its outdoor recreation, professional and amateur sports, and many seaside pursuits, but did you know it’s also a prime museum community?

If you didn’t, here’s your chance to learn. A sampling includes jaw-dropping paintings by past and present masters, a historical African-American theatre that continues to thrive, and contemporary installations that stimulate everyone’s minds and curiosity.

The list of Jacksonville museums is much too long to cover here. Don’t worry, though. We’ll get you started with top-line suggestions.

Follow us for a primer on Jacksonville’s outstanding museum scene.
The Ritz Theatre and Museum
The Ritz is […]

Four Iconic Things to Do in Tampa

If you’re a new Tampa-area resident or are thinking of becoming one, we at ICI Homes are here to offer four informal rites of residentship!

It’s tongue-in-cheek, of course, but all four suggestions are alternately fun, scenic and tasty, plus they’ll will give you a true sense of place and history.

From north to south:
Vist Ybor City
One of Tampa’s most historic neighborhoods, Ybor City dates to 1886, when its namesake, Spanish entrepreneur Vicente Martinez-Ybor, moved his cigar factory north from Key West. Tampa’s Latin Quarter has provided a rich cultural, entertainment and business experience ever since.

You’ll find old brick buildings, vernacular […]

A Kid’s Guide to Jacksonville

Moving to Jacksonville with the family in tow? Have school-age children who must acclimate to their new surroundings?

That can be a tall order on top of adjusting to a move. Luckily, kids sometimes are more resilient than us adults. They fold into new friendships, school groups and neighborhood hangouts with relative ease.

But, if you’d like to help them along by exploring your new hometown as a family, Jacksonville offers innumerable fun possibilities. We’ll get you started with a few suggestions.
Museum of Science & History
Located in downtown Jacksonville, “MOSH” is full of hands-on, interactive exhibits for all ages, with many […]

A Slice of Tampa Life: Bayshore Boulevard

When in Tampa, do as many Tampa residents do — enjoy a cruise along Bayshore Boulevard.

If you’re a newly arrived Tampa-area resident, getting to know Bayshore will help you and yours with your geographical bearings of the downtown area. Plus, it’s a gorgeous vista!

Running, walking, strolling, cycling and, of course, driving, all qualify as ways to cruise the city’s most iconic street. Think of it as a vertical hub for all the main residential districts south of downtown Tampa. But, Bayshore is more than a street on a map. It’s a magnet for solitary personal workouts, daily sunrise viewing […]

Mosaic Development Featured in the News Journal

DAYTONA BEACH — Another big piece is being added to the white hot development puzzle already taking shape just west of Interstate 95.

On Saturday, ICI Homes will hold a grand opening event to celebrate the completion of five model homes at its planned 1,200-home Mosaic “full life” community off LPGA Boulevard, just west of the Florida Tennis Center.

Click here to read the full Mosaic News Journal article.

Home Shopping in “JAX?” Here’s Where to Build One With Us

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Headed for Jacksonville, Florida and in the market for a new home? We’ve got you covered. Not only are we one of the state’s largest homebuilders, we’ve been doing our thing for more than four decades, and “JAX” is one of our longtime stomping grounds.

Jacksonville is a vibrant, growing metropolitan area. It serves as Florida’s northeastern gateway and is home to a major U.S. Navy base, one of the eastern seaboard’s busiest ports and gorgeous Atlantic Ocean beaches.

There are many great reasons to relocate, retire or move here. So, allow us to introduce you to the communities where […]