Ruskin, FL Real Estate News

By Becky Troutt
(No longer practicing real estate as of 2008.)
Tonight me and my mom went to Little Harbor in Ruskin to eat dinner and watch the sun set.  We ate at the Sunset Grill.  Dinner was good, the music was great and the sunset was fantastic.After dinner, we sat on the beach and watched the kids play in the water and the sun set.  Hope you enjoy the photos below.  The sun set was beautiful.  This is why I love living in Florida!If you haven't had a chance to go to the Sunset Grill at Little Harbor in Ruskin, you really should go check it out some time.  Or if you're looking for a weekend getaway, Little Harbor might be the place for you to get away and relax.Little Harbor is located off Shell Point Rd. in Ruskin.  Click here to view a map and get directions.  *The above information and images are Copyright © 2007 Becky Troutt and may not be...
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By Teresita "Terry" Pollard
(Exit Realty Excel)
BUYER'S MARKET!!  Don't you think this is the best time right now to purchase a home whether it is the first time or not.? There are so many homes out there now that you can get the choice of what you want at a good price.  If you are looking to invest, it applies as well.  Everybody seems to be scared of the market the way it is now but if you think about it from another point of view, you would really blame yourself when time comes and it turns around into a seller's market again and have missed the  boat.  Why are we scared?  I wish I had the money to invest because I would pick up a few properties myself.  If we can only journey to the future and see what it would turn out to be,  we would all be rich!!  How about that?     
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By Teresita "Terry" Pollard
(Exit Realty Excel)
The Governor has just recently signed and passed the new proposal of dropping the property tax by an average of 7% this year and more in subsequent years under this agreement.  This would apply to all Florida homeowners including permanent and part-time residents as well as the commercial property owners.The second phase of the tax plan --increasing homestead exemption-- will be placed in special election to be held Jan. 29.  The Florida voters would be asked to change the state constitution and to approve this second phase of the tax plan.  Under this proposal, homesteaded property would be given a 75% exemption for the first $200K in value .  For example, on a $200K home, the homestead exemption would be $150K leaving only $50K to be taxed.  For the next $300K in value, another 15% ex...
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By Teresita "Terry" Pollard
(Exit Realty Excel)
Most probably nobody knows of this little town called Ruskin.  So let me start by saying that this is a historic community located on the South shores area of Tampa Bay, the Little Manatee River and the Ruskin Inlet, approximately located 16 miles southeast of Tampa.  This town was founded in 1908 by an English writer named John Ruskin.  Historically Ruskin has been an agriculture and fishing community.  Also, has anybody heard about "Ruskin tomatoes"?  That is basically what the product of the agriculture side of Ruskin. Most of the agriculture land has been sold for residential development.  At the present time, Ruskin has some big community plan to build it like Key West type of community with mixed use and pedestrian friendly town center.  This is the vision for years to come.  This...
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By Linda Reynolds, Bradenton Real Estate
(Bradenton Real Estate - Linda Reynolds)
Ruskin was founded by Dr. George Miller. Dr. Miller and three of his brothers-in-law agreed to trade property in Missouri for 12,000 acres in Florida. Dr. Miller moved with his wife Adaline and children to the site of Ruskin in 1906 and later founded the Ruskin College in 1910. A fire in 1918 destroyed most of the college buildings.  In its early days, Ruskin was an isolated community. Tampa and St. Petersburg could only be reached by boat ride which took several hours each way. Ruskin was founded on the principle of combining intellectual endevours with manual labor. Over the years Ruskin became well known for vegetable farming industry. Ruskin was once known as the "salad bowl of America" and is still well known for tomatos. Ruskin sits on miles of riverfront and Bay shorelines.  Rusk...
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