Selecting a home is a big decision involving more than square footage and landscaping. Potential homeowners also consider accessibility of schools, grocery stores and medical centers for themselves and their pets. Taxes and HOA dues are considered before signing on the dotted line. Homes in Tampa and surrounding areas provide quite a few variables, with some master-planned communities delivering almost all the basic needs.
Communities in New Tampa feature some of the most unique designs in Hillsborough County. Properties in Live Oak Preserve are built across 1300 acres of prime property. It is a private gated community that includes wetland preserves, ponds and wildlife. There are over a dozen villages, including Royal Oak Village and Briarwood Village. Besides single family home villages, there is a townhome village. Live Oak Preserve is across from Wharton High School.
Only minutes from I-75 and I-275, Shops at Wiregrass and downtown Tampa are reached quickly. Driving to the University of South Florida is convenient, as is a venture to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. The university provides excellent formal learning, while Busch Gardens provides wonderful informal learning opportunities in Tampa. Although Busch Gardens is open year-round, some attractions may be closed for scheduled maintenance. Check their website before you leave to be sure your favorite events and rides are open.
Enjoy seeing wild animals in a natural habitat. Cheetahs, meerkats, lemurs, hyenas, peacocks, and elephants are part of the wildlife found at Busch Gardens. Rescue and shelter animals deliver a wonder show, Critter Castaways, at the Bird Gardens Theatre. Children and adults delight in this presentation, bringing about a greater respect for those creatures who share the world with humans.
Children and teachers also benefit from staff expertise. The Gardens offer a structured program called Zoo School. Wild places and wildlife are better understood by each class that participates. Teachers can participate in an expo to learn about the educational resources for students. An informal overnight session with other Florida teachers provides the opportunity to plan comprehensive classes and better student participation. Youth summer camps are also available and quickly filled with participants.
These informal classes point out that choosing a proper location and home is important to every living being on Earth. Just as some people choose to live in tall waterfront condos in Tampa or oak-covered areas in Wesley Chapel, so do the animals know what is best for their well-being and survival.