Another Banner Year for Reflections Homeowners

Greetings from one of your newest neighbors on Torrey Hills Lane!  My three boys and I moved into this community in February of 2017 and we are so happy here!  As a resident of Lutz for the majority of my life, I had the privilege of watching this beautiful neighborhood come out of the ground from the raw land it once was.  Since the beginning, I’ve felt this neighborhood has something special with its front porch architecture and small town feel.  Now as a homeowner, I get to experience the warmth and caring nature of the residents here – it’s unlike any neighborhood I’ve ever lived in!

Market strength both in our neighborhood, our area and nation remains strong!  Nationally, Florida ranks among top states for continued growth and a recent news article predicted that Orlando and Tampa will have “little to no chance of falling prices in 2018”.  This good news is attributed in part to large businesses opening, expanding and relocating here, along with household incomes that continue to rise.   Compared to other metro areas such as San Francisco with a median sold price of $900,000 or San Diego with a median sold price of $607,000, it’s easy to see incredible value and affordability in the median sold price of the Tampa Bay area at $255,685.

In our local Tampa Bay market consisting of Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas Counties tracked by GTAR (Greater Tampa Realtors), prices continue to rise – most recently at an 8.6% increase over a 4 year spread.   With our area approximately 73 months into the recovery, we continue on the upward part of the expansion side of the market cycle.    Reflections had another banner year in real estate with 12 homes selling in 2017, a decrease from 13 sales the year before, accurately reflecting the lack of homes available for sale in the marketplace.  Reflections median sold price in 2017 was $292,000, up from 2016 median sold at $280,000.  The price band niche of our neighborhood strongly favors sellers due to the rapid pace of time on the market before obtaining a contract, combined a with relatively low number of homes for sale, causing market price indicators to trend upwards.  The current median price per square foot is $144, up from last year at $135/sf.

Thank you,

Angela THOMAS

Florida Executive Realty

direct 813.468.3724

office 813.972.3430

Our Neighborhood Street Signs

Dear Reflections Residents,

This week you will see new streets signs being installed. The Board’s decision to undertake this project was based on various factors. The most important ones being safety of our residents (the current ones are not reflective nor do they have the proper breakaway point) and to be in compliance with the county. Reflections was already on the county’s radar so the Boards thought it would be best to not postpone this project.

The Board chose a company that offered a reasonable price as well as the best aesthetics.

Please read the article below for more information about the importance of proper signage.
https://www.siteessentialscompany.com/signage-improves-communities/

Kindly,
The Board of Directors

WATCHING OUT FOR OUR DEER FRIENDS!

A special thank you to Jary Walker of Torrey Hills Lane. At the last Board meeting, a homeowner asked the Board to look into potentially extending the fence that runs North-South by the Overpass (on the east side of Lake Reflections Boulevard, behind the little pond). It seemed that the deer were coming through that opening and occasionally getting hit by cars. Greenacre was tasked with getting quotes, but Jary, who was in attendance, took it upon himself to call the right people and have the fence installed… At no charge to the community!! Thank you Jary!!!

 

 

Pool Open

The pool has been serviced and the water quality is back to a level that allows for public use. The condition of the pool and the water will both be under close observation for the coming weeks and we expect continued improvements moving forward.

If there are any concerns pertaining to the pool we encourage you to contact our property manager  so they can be addressed.

We apologize for the small inconvenience that closing the pool may have caused but the safety of our residents will remain the top priority of our community.

Pool Closed

Please be advised that the community pool has been closed until further notice. The HOA Board had received several complaints from residents about the water quality. After requesting and reviewing water quality tests it was determined that is in the best interest to keep everyone out of the pool until the water quality is improved.

Understand that the Board is very much aware of the situation and are taking actions to rectify the situation as quickly as possible.

Please be sure to share this information with neighbors who have not chosen to follow the website for updates.

Update: July 6, 9:00 pm

The HOA Board has made the decision to cancel the contract of the current pool service provider due to the ongoing water quality issues we have experienced. The service provider did not take responsibility for any of the issues currently affecting the pool closure and thus it is in the best interest of the community to look for a new provider.

In the interim, a pool service company used at other Greenacre Properties managed communities has been hired to correct the water quality issues. It is anticipated that the pool will remain closed for another few days until it is deemed safe again.

van dyke traffic

Van Dyke Road Traffic

We wanted to update you on an issue we are sure you are already aware of, traffic on Van Dyke Road. After much discussion at recent board meetings and among residents it was finally determined that we needed to try and start an initiative to make our county aware of the current and growing traffic issues that are happening along Van Dyke Road.

As such, a couple of Reflections residents worked on putting together a committee of people to represent the concerns of the neighborhoods and the surrounding businesses that are being affected by these traffic problems. The initial committee that was established consisted of (3) Reflections Residents, (1) Calusa Trace resident, (2) Van Dyke Farms residents, the attorney that works for the Reflections Community, as well as representatives from Van Dyke Church, St Timothy’s Catholic Church, Grace Family Church and All Saints Lutheran Church. The committee’s first meeting took place on Tuesday June 7th, with Victor Christ (our County Commissioner), Mike Williams (Director of Planning and Transportation) and Johanna Lundgren, (a County Land Use Attorney) in attendance.

Our committee noted that the last traffic study was completed over 6 years ago. Additional information was supplied to show the amount of development that has taken place since the study was conducted, along with the current and proposed future developments anticipated along Van Dyke.

The representatives from Hillsborough County acknowledged that issues exist along Van Dyke Road. They feel the road will need to be expanded to four lanes at some point in the future. However, it was noted that we were not on the current 10 year plan, and were debatable for the 20 year plan. As with any transportation initiatives there is a limited budget in the county available. It was also stated by them that “the squeaky wheel gets the grease”.

It is with this in mind that we are reaching out to you. We are asking that all our residents assist our effort in getting our traffic issues addressed, sooner rather than later, by communicating your concerns to our county commissioners. These concerns should be factual in basis. Give facts and specific examples eg “I waited through 3 traffic lights at Lakeshore Drive to make a left hand turn because of traffic,”and “In the evenings I have to regularly wait for traffic to come to a complete stop on Van Dyke to make a left hand turn onto Lake Reflections Blvd.”

We are providing the link to the contact page for our county commissioners. Please use this link to share your concerns and stories. This will only be helpful if we all participate. We also encourage you to share this link with other friends you might have that live along or are directly affected by the traffic issues along Van Dyke Road.
https://webappsnet.hillsboroughcounty.org/Forms/BOCC/ContactCommissioners

In closing, if you would like to become a member of our committee we would love to have you. The County officials we met with were extremely impressed with the group we were able to put together in such a short time. We are planning future meetings with other county commissioners and need all the support we can gather. To participate we ask that you contact us via our community website, providing us with your contact information and indicating your desire to participate in the notes section. A link to the our website contact page is provided here for convenience.
https://reflectionsoflutz.com/contact/