Lamplighter On The River
8415 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33617
(813) 988-8005Add Hours
I moved here about 7 months ago... I didn't really have much problems with the old management besides our protection with the front gate NOT working at all... New management came in in April and OMG violations began... I'm getting notice after notice different items being added!! It's real simple stuff that has been noted I've taken care of what I can. I'm only one person.. If your gonna violate me do it on something major NOT petty things. I understand the park is supposed to look presentable but I'm not the only one with violations. And for your knowledge I own my home.. It's not that easy to take something that doesn't belong to you... It's ridiculous I thought this place would be great for my children but instead this is the worst place ever.. Sad to say im stuck here til I sell my home.. Gate still doesn't work, the back gate they don't open because I was told they don't want residents removing their trailors in the middle of the night.. Oh I wonder why hmm....
01/01/2012Provided by Citysearch -
I have lived in Lamplighter since 2005. This is my experience living here:
All homes are owned, not rented from the Park. Its right on the Hillsborough River and has a small picnic area. There is also a small park and a rec house for resident use. Background checks are ran, but occasionally I wonder about that as I have had past issues with neighbors. Overall, my experience living here, surviving 2 park managers and countless other office and maintenance staff, this is my current opinion of Lamplighter:
Property: Beautiful, mostly spacious, and, depending on who you live next to, quiet.
Monthly Rent: Reasonable given the options available recreactionally to residents. I am unaware of mortgage/house payments as I own my home outright.
Staff: Improved over the years but far from satisfactory. I am reading reviews that are already posted and I know exactly who this dishonest saleman ""Richard"" is. That same guy ripped off many of my friends. The original park manager was horrible, but the new one isn't the same...used to care and doesn't anymore, or whatever. Corporate is a joke too. A long time ago, when the manager did good things like beautify the park and other improvements, I wrote a letter via email praising her efforts and thanking them for replacing the old manager,etc. I recieved a thank you reply within 1 business day. When I have a problem I call corporate, and the staff is rude and I never get a response of any kind. There has also been a small amount of crime that, while the office cannot be blamed for this, let it be known it did happen here on the park property..
Rule Enforcement: Selective. Be sure to keep your lawn mowed and plants watered, house pressure washed, etc. BUT if you have any other issues they are passed around like a hot potato and never addressed.
Bottom Line: A nice, ""gated community"" that is on the high end of quality as trailer parks go, but any interpersonal relations with staff on and off location are pretty much impossible to deal with. Weigh all your options before moving in here.
i gave 2 stars because what i like is 5 what i dont is 0, and idk if can do 2.5 on the site, and 3 is way undeserving. Im very disappointed.
05/17/2011Provided by Citysearch -
i ove living at lamplighter they have great ammenities a wonderful office n clubhouse staff my neigbors r friendly and i feel very safe here. living here givesme a small town feeling that is reminiscent of life in maine but i get the benefits of being in the tampa metro area. luv nana the lady that works at the clubhouse she ios so great all the staff were so good to my nephew while he visitedhere for 5 weeks!!! i love the carnival they put on. now the down side. the guy who sold me my home agreed to put a new ac in but tried to go back on his word he was a real jerk his name is richard dont buy anything from him and if u do make sure u get it all in writing and have copies of wut u sign. i had to mwrite certified letter and send it directly to steiner communuties b4 the issue was resolved and i got my new air conditioner. richard gave me a run around for 3 weeks and tried to pass off the antique ac by servicing it. when i contacted steiner by phone i was ignored. but on the upside they did make it right and i sdidnt have to take em to court so that was a plus lol unfortuantely they werent even decent enuff to give me a follow up call or an apology but i guess u got to take the good w the bad!! the park is a great place to live and i happy to b raising my son here thanks to corrine and all the clubhouse staff that make it a good place to live
04/16/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I've only been here about 6 months, but it's been great!
First off, they DO run a full background and credit check.
I personally paid for them. I'm glad they do this. It helps to keep out some of the bad element. The crew is out daily (6 days a week) cleaning, sweeping, etc. The manager is also onsite 6 days a week, and help is available 24/7. They have a great heated pool, a gym with quite a bit of equipment, and a clubhouse that has games, movies, hobbies for the kids. A safe, supervised place for them to hang out. They always have some sort of activity going on, with many holiday activities too. By the way, all are free for residents! Including food and drinks! Don't believe alot of the negative comments, come by, ask the Corrine (mgr) if you can look around and see for yourself. I have one ignorant neighbor who
plays his radio loud, but bad neighbors are all over. And yes, there are rules that need to be followed, BUT, you are told what they are BEFORE you move in. This also helps keep the place from turning into a ghetto like most other parks. Bottom line, come see for yourself!
04/06/2011Provided by Citysearch -
You don’t want to be here
Moved September 2010, a week later office sent letter asking me to clean the house with a water pressure and to mow the grass. In the same letter they advertised that the office has a water pressure available for residents. I said great!!. Went to the office, what a surprise, you have to scheduled the pick up (not a big deal) and not only that you are allow to take it with you only during the offices hours, therefore if you have a 9 to 5 job sorry for you luck. In the end I had to go to rent one paid around 50 dollars otherwise the office will be glad to do it for you maintenance will take care of it then you will get the bill.
November bought a motorcycle I had problems getting the bike registered had the bike parked in the driveway. Office sent me a letter motorcycle not registered YOU HAVE TO MOVE IT OUT TODAY. Went to the office to talk to the manager I explained to her the owner had to get the title transfer before I could get it on my name (the owner did not know he had to do that before get it sold) instead of having an adult conversation, I got yelled. As I was open the door to get out, she call maintenance asked the guy to call towing company to get my bike remove.
I get up on Saturday morning look at my drive way and I don’t see my bike. What a surprise the motorcycle has been stolen. Call police let them know what has happened. Sunday night they come to my house telling my motorcycle has been found six houses from my house.
Definitely no people skills around (no way to be found)
04/02/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I can agree that there is too much DRAUMA in this place. I can also say as a long time resident that this place use to be safe and the manager use to run out when there was a problem and did her job instead of expecting us to do it for her. things have changed in life and time and everyone has to adjust. Hopefully things will get better once management realizes there is more to her job then sales and starts to worry about the communuity and residents and she really is a nice lady thats the sad part. I am sorry people grill your kids about there life that is sad a kid should be able to go and play and not have to worry about people questioning them. I am hopeing one day this place might go back to the way it use to be were the manager will care about residents and safety of the community. Till then we will have to work as a community even thought its nto our job sicne we cant control who comes in and who doesnt. I know the feeling about having to keep your kid locked up it is sad i know. ANd yes you are right maintence is great and always gets things done right. Well good luck too bad you couldnt stay here longer I know I wish i could get out also most of the time.
01/13/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Lamplighter is the a great place to live. i have lived in parks/communities like these for the last 10 years and this one is the best so far....at least in Tampa. The amenities are fantastic for my kids and me, the staff is courteous (becasue I am courteous to them) and the area (Lamplighter and the surrounding areas) are perfect for what I need and close to my job. I have lived here for three years and have had no issues w/ any of the residents. there are or were a few problem kids but I beleive they are gone now....but what neighborhood doesnt have mischievous kids? My kids have gotten along with the other kids in the neighborhood and they have made great friends. The manager, Corinne is a great manager....she really cares. I read some of the other reviews regarding my community and I gues these people have nothing to do but look at everything negatively....I wonder why then...if it's so bad..they still live here. You ahve to wonder about people sometimes. Anyways, an acquaintance of mine used to work in the office and i know first hand back ground check and credit checks are done and done thouroughly. So with that I feel safe...and again...nothing negatively has happened to me. BUT I have always minded my own business anyways and dont look for drama. Anywhere you live...if want drama it will find you...but not here. If you have kids and earn a relatively modest salary...for the price this is a perfect palce to live.
10/30/2008Provided by Citysearch -
When i first got here i thought it was going to be a nice place ... I was wrong. On the surface it looks like a nice place but once you are here for a while you see all the problems and drama (most of witch come from the office). I think any good review of this place probably comes from the office. Most of the residents here are tired of all the problems and rumors come from the office. I am looking for a place to move to but i dont want to move my kids in the middle of the school year. I am afraid to let my kids leave the house because the older kids in the neiborhood are sexualy active, even in public places and the people in the club house seem to start rumors about ramdom residents and tell you they heard it from your niebors. I havent seen so much drama since high school !!!
i was impressed with the club house when i first got here , untill my children told me they didnt want to go to the clubhouse cause the ladies that run it just want to ask personal questions about them and thier home/family. they do like to go to the playground but if you dont go into the clubhouse to submit yourself to thier qustioning they ban you from the playground and that the ladie who run the clubhouse treat them unfairly. When i asked management about it the main manager yelled at me that she dosent care and will back up anything her employee said and to quit yelling at her ! I am amazed they havent been sued! I would recomend a tent under a bridge before i would recomed this place. I cant wait for the end of the school year so we can leave! I think the only good review you will see about this place were written by the office employees. But i do think the maintenence staff is good.
07/05/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Used to be a nice place. Main manager is a sweetheart. New assistant manager helper seems under par,. but I guess finding good help at 10 bucks an hour is very difficult. Too many kids allowed to run crazy here. Gate is always broken and left open. Not good.
06/27/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I agree with crazymoon's review, I used to live in Lamplighter park until a few month's back, and I left because of the way the park has changed, it is for the worse. Every single thing crazymoon said in his review was correct, and the older kids and teenagers run around and steal people's things turn on people's water and break into sheds, and there is no security, just an old man driving around every now and again on a golf cart. The clubhouse hosts crafts, and potluck dinners now and then, but no one wants to go to the dinners, and the crafts usually have low turn out as well. The main manager, she has been there a long time and is a good manager. The other one is abrasive at best. Like her pitbull!