Why I Love Highland Park (AKA, the neighborhood across from Waterchase)

Melanie Atkinson, REALTOR, explains why she loves where she lives: Highland Park.

              The Washington Monument took 36 years to complete.  For 20 years the monument stood only 27% complete.  Construction was interrupted during this time by several things including lack of funds and the Civil War. Once construction began again the builders couldn’t find the same quarry stone used during the initial construction and had to use a slightly darker shade of marble. This variation of color is visible today and serves as a reminder that completing a project is often a bumpy road, but well worth the wait.

                Highland Park is certainly not an iconic American monument, but it does share a similar story.  Everybody who lives in the area knows there have been challenges in completing the neighborhood, brought on by the recession and lack of funds. Those challenges, however, have not discouraged the residents of Highland Park. We are a resilient, passionate, educated, and resourceful bunch. The challenges have helped us grow closer as a community. They have helped us appreciate what our neighbors have to offer.

                This appreciation has filtered into all aspects of living in Highland Park. We have a great social committee that hosts numerous events throughout the year for children and adults. These events are well attended and very fun because we all know each other and we genuinely like our neighbors. We are all in the same boat and happy to be there. 

                I’m sure people wondered during the delay in construction of the Washington Monument if it would ever be completed and if it would ever be as great as it was originally intended to be. It is hard to argue the finished monument isn’t perfect, even with the variations of color. The same questions are often posed to me as a real estate agent and resident of Highland Park. My answer is always the same: “I don’t know when it will be completed and if it will ever be as it was originally intended to be.” What I know for sure is that it doesn’t really matter because it is already perfect.


I would love to feature your neighborhood, street or block in my next blog.  Contact me and tell me why you love where you live!

Interested in more information about Highland Park?  Give me a call or send an email and I am happy to tell you all about what Highland Park has to offer.  Ask me about the new Ashton Woods Townhomes and K. Hovnanian coach homes. I am a Westchase area REALTOR with Future Home Realty and can be reached at 813-368-6084 or Melanie.atkinson@verizon.net

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