Tampa Homes

Our Guide to Exploring Tampa Bay Trails

Let’s go for a walk!

Or a bike ride. How about a birding adventure?

We at ICI Homes know exactly where to send you if you’re a new Tampa Bay-area resident. Florida’s central Gulf Coast is rich with recreational activities, most of which are convenient to three Tampa Bay-area communities where we build.

You’ll find ICI Homes in Asturia and Bexley, near the intersection of Pasco and Hillsborough counties north of downtown Tampa, and in FishHawk Ranch further south in Hillsborough. All three are master-planned communities where fitness trails and outdoor recreation abound.

But sometimes you need a change. And if you’re new […]

How to Do Sunsets in Tampa

One of the awesome things about living on Florida’s Gulf Coast is the free show staged nightly by Mother Nature.

The sun dipping behind saltwater and white-sand beaches, or over impressive city architecture, is enough to spur you want to move here, and we at ICI Homes can help if you check out our work at three master-planned communities in the Tampa Bay area — Asturia, Bexley and FishHawk Ranch.

But, if you’d occasionally like to enjoy a Gulf Coast sunset somewhere besides your back porch or lanai, we have suggestions of how to do sunsets in Tampa.
Sunset cruises
Being on the […]

Get Active on These Two Tampa Bay-Area Trails

One popular must-have for many home buyers these days is access to fitness trails, whether in a new community or nearby.

Being able to step out one’s door, onto a protected path separate from the road, is a critical amenity for people who love to walk, jog, hike, ride bicycles or push the kids’ strollers on a daily basis.

You won’t find many places in Florida better equipped for this than the Tampa Bay area. It’s known for its greenways and trail systems, and nearly every city and county that comprise it, all contribute municipally-maintained trail mileage. An additional perk is […]

Test Your Learning Curve at Tampa’s Four Signature Museums

Like most major metropolitan areas, Tampa boasts no shortage of museums. They come in all sizes here, with wonderfully diverse looks at the area’s past, present and future.

Lets start with the four big Tampa museums. It’s worth the time, effort and yes, parking fun, to experience them. So map out a morning, afternoon or even a day to test your learning curve at Tampa’s four signature museums.
Glazer Children’s Museum
It’s a very imaginative place to play! There are 21 exhibits that take kids through active scenarios. Examples include learning how a drop of water travels through Tampa Bay’s own watershed, or learning about electronic […]

Five Charming Niche Museums in Tampa

One of the perks of living in a major metropolitan area is the cultural offerings. Entertainment, theater, music, art galleries, exhibits and museums will keep you learning as long as you’d like.

But sometimes the smaller museums pack just as powerful a cultural punch. They might be a bit off the beaten tourist trail and require some online research, but we promise the ones we spotlight here will be worth the time.

Make a day of it and visit two or three museums located near each other. Or, take separate trips to savor everything each attraction has to offer.

Either way, you’ll […]

Three Tampa Attractions That Deliver Year-Round Fun

You’re targeting the Tampa Bay area for your new custom Florida home, and you’d like to get to know the area a bit better.

You may know two major interstates intersect it, and that splendid beaches lie just to its west. You also might know that local professional, collegiate and amateur sports teams are yours for adopting.

But, let’s get to the nitty-gritty. Where will you take those friends and family members destined to camp out in your new guest room? Perhaps the pool you’re planning or envisioning isn’t enticing enough.

You could drive an hour northeast to Orlando, the attractions capital […]

Three Out-of-the-Box Tampa Bay Attractions

Like most metropolitan areas in Florida, Tampa Bay boasts no shortage of A-list tourist attractions. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, north of downtown, is one of the state’s largest and best known. A quick online search will yield a long roster of others, headlined by the nationally ranked Florida Aquarium and ZooTampa at Lowry Park.

But, those jewels are hardly the only attraction fun to be had here. Experiences of all sizes, shapes and themes are either right under your nose in metro Tampa, or within an hour’s drive of your new ICI Homes neighborhood.

So gear up and go explore these […]

Laker Lutz News Feature – ICI Homes Affordable Customization

“Many people would love to build a custom home for their family, but do not have the time or knowledge to properly oversee its construction, or arrange for construction loans needed in advance of closing. Instead, they compromise what they really want, and end up going with a traditional production builder that allows minimal customization of their floor plans, which often is expensive, and the builder does reluctantly.
But now, Tampa Bay homebuyers have a third option — ICI Homes, which brings together a buyer’s specific custom requests with the resources of an established and reputable production builder.”

Thank you, Laker […]

Our Quick Guide for Exploring Ybor City

Tampa wouldn’t be Tampa without Ybor City. The Latin neighborhood that helped shape Tampa as much as any other area influence, remains a flavorful, integral part of Tampa life today.

From food and music, to architecture and industry, Ybor City has contributed heavily to Tampa traditions. If you’re new to the area, or considering a move here, a visit to Ybor City should be on your to-do list. Odds are you’ll return frequently!

Here’s our quick guide for exploring Ybor City.
A little history
Ybor City is located just north of downtown Tampa. A Spanish entrepreneur named Vicente Martinez-Ybor founded the city in […]

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 […]