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Tampa Living | All It’s Cracked Up To Be

Time.com recently named Tampa, Florida one of the best big cities to live within the United States. And it’s no wonder- with the growing population, a huge cultural shift has taken place. Sports teams have gotten their recognition (hello Tampa Bay Lightning and Stanley Cup winners!) as well as international cultures. Tampa hosted the 15th International Indian Film Academy Awards in 2014, thanks in part to its 15,000 strong Indian community. The Tampa Museum of Art launched its contemporary collection in a brand new building within the last 6 years and new talent is emerging all the time.

Besides the larger acclamations, let’s look at what life is like in the Bay area. Of course we can’t forget the stunning beaches, but let’s brag about something else. Whether you’re strolling the Ybor area in search of the perfect meal (we hear the crepes at La Creperia Café are swoon-worthy) or shopping high-end designers at the International Plaza near Westshore, Tampa literally has something for everyone.

It comes as no surprise that living options are ever-changing as well. A burgeoning rental market burst onto the Tampa scene a few years ago and still hasn’t seen the end of its heyday. Why the scramble to secure a rental home in Tampa? According to the locals, it’s easy- these high-end apartments offer luxury living, a commitment-free atmosphere (who wants a mortgage when you can have a city view near the beach?) and amenities to put even the largest and fanciest homes to shame. Apartment options from studio style to executive suite abound and these homes come with more than a few perks. How about your own sauna and steam room downstairs? A dog park and pet spa right around the corner from your front door? What about an on-call masseuse, monthly cooking classes hosted by a local sushi chef or a private, resident-only wine cellar? Did we mention these things are free with your rent?

With so many locations from the beach-centered to the desirable Westshore district, there are plenty of choices so you can be exactly where you want to be. We’ve had our eye on the now-open Novus Westshore off Spruce Street. Positioned perfectly in Westshore, this community is redefining luxury in the area. Brand new one, two and three bedroom apartments await first-time residents with massive floorplans (one of the three bedroom layouts tops out at 1717 square feet!), huge windows to let in that gorgeous Florida sun, and stunning finishes. The developer and management company, Northwood Ravin, ensures each resident receives that VIP feeling- from LED-lit number plates on each door with keyless entry, to hardwood-style flooring with designer lighting and appliances, everything about the community screams chic. Modern conveniences like digital programmable thermostats, built-in wine racks and included washers and dryers make living a breeze.

Stop by this Westshore gem and take a look around. We promise you’ll be overwhelmed by the design, the atmosphere and most importantly, the amazing management team. As far as Tampa living goes, Novus Westshore has us sold.