St Petersburg Real Estate News

June 4, 2017

High Buyer Demand for Downtown St. Petersburg Properties Keeps Builders on Their Toes

Downtown St. Petersburg is bustling and growing from buildings popping up everywhere. With two newly constructed high rises and a skyscraper on the way, builders are doing their best to keep up with the raising demand for property. Even though more and more buildings are being created, the need for additional apartments and condos just seems to grow even higher every day; it seems as though the excitement of living downtown is just too much to resist.

At least that’s what Bowen Arnold of DDA Development is saying. He states that over the last few years, new opportunities to grow keep presenting themselves and he couldn’t be more excited about it. People are just eating up the idea of living in the excitement of downtown St. Pete. In fact, now that construction is complete on Salvador Condos, it’s filling up so fast that Arnold actually sold four units in just 30 days.
 
And that’s not all. On the other side of town ONE St. Petersburg is 81% sold out.

One St. Petersburg

So, what is it that makes these properties extremely desirable? There are a couple of different explanations.
 
The first, and most important reason, is that the generation gap has been crossed. This means that there are diverse groups of people, from their early 20’s to their late 70’s, that are all interested in buying units in these high-rise properties. This increases demand and market of desirability for these units.
 
The second reason has to do with location. These available units are only 15 minutes away from the beach and close to a plethora of exciting, interesting restaurants. Just the idea of being able to walk to dozens of fun activities is enough to have people pouring in.  Although the units are filling up fast, Arnold says that he plans on constructing more buildings as soon as possible to ensure there’s plenty of living space for whoever wants to move to downtown St. Petersburg.
 

Check out other downtown St. Pete condos for sale here

400 Beach

Florencia

Ovation

The Salvador

Signature Place

Vinoy Place

As always, please don’t hesitate to Contact us at any time with questions.



Christine Bacon

Feb. 6, 2015

Seven Beach Condos from St Pete Beach to Clearwater Beach

We thought it might be interesting for us to hand pick seven available condos on the barrier islands of Pinellas County so people can see what’s out there right now. These seven properties are in a wide range of prices, are all great picks for different reasons, and of course are all nicely located.

If you have not read our article on the ten beach towns of Pinellas County

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Sept. 17, 2014

What's Happening with the St. Petersburg Pier?

St. Petersburg Pier Sydney Opera House

 

Will the new St. Petersburg Pier look like the Syndey Opera House? Probably not (though it's fun to see what it would look like). But what it will look like, who will design it, and when it will be completed are all still up in the air.

The St. Petersburg Pier has been a primary feature of the city’s waterfront since the early 1920’s, and the piers have always been a source of pride for residents. Since the 1970’s everyone who has visited downtown St. Petersburg

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Feb. 23, 2014

Bradenton Beach House

We made the trek over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to south Tampa Bay this past week to get some video of a Bradenton Beach house for one of our Canadian customers. What a great property with huge potential for investment. This is a brand new home built as a spec, and the builders did a fantastic job.

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Jan. 28, 2014

Moving to Tampa Florida

Moving to TampaThe reasons for moving to Tampa Florida are numerous and diverse: there’s the relatively reasonable cost of living; the abundance of sunshine and warm weather (even in February); the proximity to beaches and water; professional teams to cheer on in all the major sports; a host of museums, theater, fine dining and other cultural attractions – the list goes on. Whatever your motivation for landing in the Tampa Bay area happens to be, your family’s lifestyle will likely determine where in this expansive area you choose to live. Let’s take a look at where we are, and you can start thinking about where you belong.

When we say “Tampa” or “Tampa Bay,” we are talking about an area that is much larger and more inclusive than the actual city of Tampa. Steeped in British and Spanish history, the area was inhabited by tribes of Native Americans, most notably the Seminoles, when European explorers such as De Soto and Ponce de Leon began to arrive and settle. While most of the development occurred on the eastern Florida shores, smaller communities of native Americans and Cuban fishermen made the Tampa area their home. In 1845, Florida became part of the United States and the Tampa Bay area got a bit more attention, particularly from the military and the railroads.

Hillsborough County

Downtown TampaThe modern Tampa Bay is essentially divided into two large counties. Hillsborough County is home to the city of Tampa and all its suburbs, as well as smaller cities like Brandon and Plant City. Hillsborough communities stretch from the north, where you find New Tampa and the campus of the University of South Florida, to the southern end of the county, which includes Ruskin, Apollo Beach and Sun City Center. You can find Ybor City and its converted cigar factories near downtown, and in south Tampa there is MacDill Air Force Base. Hillsborough County encompasses over 1,200 square miles. and the 2010 census put the population at around 1.2 million people. In Hillsborough County you can get everything from downtown living in a luxury loft that overlooks the bay, to a gated suburban community with manicured lawns and award winning schools. You can also embrace your quirky side if you have one. Gibsonton, near Brandon and Riverview on the western side of the county, is a popular area for carnival enthusiasts. Lobster Boy and Percilla the Monkey used to live there, and even though you can’t keep circus tents on your lawn anymore, you were once able to keep elephants and no one batted an eye.

Pinellas County

Gulf BeachesOn the other side of the bay is Pinellas County, home to St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and a cluster of calm and picturesque beach towns on the gorgeous shores of the Gulf of Mexico. Pinellas County separated amicably from Hillsborough in 1912. The county is a bit smaller, weighing in at 608 square miles and boasting a population of just over 900,000. Don’t let those stats fool you; it’s actually the most densely populated county in the state of Florida. It has the same urban and suburban options as Hillsborough. Young professionals, investors and snowbirds have been snatching up condos, townhomes and renovated bungalows in the city of St. Pete, as well as cottages and condos at the beach. You can find serene waterfront living up north in Safety Harbor, or Palm Harbor or Tarpon Springs. If you like a mix of beach activity and city life you might do well in Clearwater or Clearwater Beach. Another fun fact: Pinellas County has 35 miles of white sand beaches and 588 miles of coastline.

Lifestyle Considerations

So, what’s it going to be: a beachfront condo on the barrier islands, a single family home with golf course views, or a historic bungalow in an old Tampa neighborhood like Ybor City or Hyde Park? It all depends on how you like to live.

Do you want new construction or homes with history? If you want to walk into a recently developed home and smell the barely-dry paint, you might want to think about a suburban community like New Tampa or Westchase on the Hillsborough side of the bay. You won’t have a lot of history or culture close by, but you will have enviable Super Targets, great restaurants, new schools and lots of family-friendly local fun. For more history and less brand-spanking newness, check out the St. Pete neighborhoods like Old Northeast, or explore established communities like Oldsmar. Or, get in touch with your inner pirate on a mature and affluent Tampa street like Bayshore Boulevard, where the Gasparilla parades gather every year.

Salvador Dali MuseumWhat do you do for fun?  If you love baseball, consider St Petersburg or Dunedin and you can be close to the Tampa Bay Rays and Dunedin Blue Jays. Dunedin also has the enviable advantage of being close to Honeymoon Island State Park. The Yankees train over in Tampa, and if you want to live in Derek Jeter’s neighborhood check out swanky Davis Islands, an upscale community with stunning city and water views. Perhaps you plan to spend all your free time at the beach or on a boat. In that case, think about a spot that gives you what you want without a lot of tourists. The Redington Beaches are gorgeous and not a typical spring break destination. Treasure Island, Madeira Beach and Indian Rocks Beach are all cozy communities with little traffic and lots of bliss. Clearwater Beach and St. Pete Beach have a lot of hotels and tourists, but also loads of homes and condos and things to do.

Are you a city person? If you need the constant buzz of drama and dazzle, there are properties in downtown Tampa and St. Pete that might appeal to your cosmopolitan sensibilities, where you’ll be close to museums, restaurants and theaters. South Tampa offers a trendy community of great restaurants, nightlife and fine homes. In the Westshore area near Tampa you’ll be close to downtown and within striking distance of International Plaza and all its glamour. Downtown St. Pete has been transformed in the past decade, with Beach Drive rivaling posh streets in Miami and L.A. We are lucky enough to have our entire downtown waterfront devoted to parks, marinas and recreational areas however.

If the city is a great place to visit but not a place you’d ever live, look at communities like Seminole in Pinellas County or Citrus Park in Hillsborough, where you’re close enough to everything but can still count on a quiet evening at home, without an urban hum outside your door.

Downtown St PetersburgWhat about quality of life? Traffic is a problem in all metropolitan areas, and if you moved from a congested city for a more relaxed lifestyle, you’re not going to be happy about sitting on 275 during rush hour. If you are a commuter, you’ll need to consider that in general, Hillsborough County has a lot more traffic than Pinellas County. And while the area’s network of bridges and highways might indicate that a spot with several onramps might be the best place for commuters to live, think twice. The Pinellas County barrier islands might seem more remote, for example, but the lack of traffic coming and going can make your trip to St. Pete or Tampa easier and quicker than trying to commute from a seemingly closer community, such as Dunedin in Pinellas or Westchase in Hillsborough.

Your Tampa area relocation will bring you loads of sunshine, shorts in January, an affordable cost of living, and all the recreation you can accommodate, from sporting events to boat parades and art shows. Location is essential in this area, and maps can be confusing. Take some time to get to know the neighborhoods, and get some help from your real estate experts in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties.

Posted in Area Information
Nov. 12, 2013

Tampa Bay Real Estate Market Conditions November 2013


Home PricesThe Tampa Bay area, including the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater, is in a recovering real estate market with rising home prices. That is great news for sellers, and also for buyers waiting for the right time to purchase real estate. With some of the most beautiful white sandy beaches in the country, and some of the most desirable real estate in the nation, the Tampa Bay area has a lot to offer. Whether you are a permanent resident, are looking for a vacation home or investment property, or plan to retire, in the Tampa Bay area you will find everything you need to suit your lifestyle and family’s needs.

Overall Hillsborough and Pinellas County Market Conditions

Buyers continue their search for good deals in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, and area Realtors scramble to find desirable homes and condos for sale due to a

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Posted in Market Updates
Nov. 6, 2013

St Pete Yacht & Tennis Club Intrepid #505

This waterfront condo at St Pete Yacht & Tennis Club in St Pete Beach has a lot going for it for under $300K. Great views of the Intracoastal Waterway and Gulf, open kitchen, comfortable spaces and great amenities. Contact us for a showing.

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9495 Blind Pass Rd #505 St Pete Beach

 

Posted in Properties
Oct. 29, 2012

A guide to homes and lifestyle in the beach towns of Pinellas County, FL.

Pinellas County FL

 

In south Pinellas County, FL we have around 25 miles of white sand beaches between Clearwater Beach to the north and St. Pete Beach to the south. On these islands you'll find the beach towns (north to south) of Clearwater Beach, Belleair Beach, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Redington Shores, North Redington Beach, Redington Beach (collectively "The Redington Beaches), Madeira Beach, Treasure Island, and St. Pete Beach (including Pass-A-Grille). These ten towns make up one of the most unique areas in the country, sometimes referred to as the Tampa Bay Beaches."

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Posted in Area Information
July 31, 2012

Pinellas County FL, the best place to live in the U.S.?

St Peterburg Sunrise

I have a pilot friend who has been flying around the United States for much of his life. When he has long layovers he doesn’t just sit in the hotel and surf the web. He gets out and sees the sights, eats at the restaurants, and gets to know the locals. He has said to me on several occasions “I have been everywhere in the country, and seen just about everything, and I can tell you absolutely that this is the best place to live in the U.S.” He happens to live in St. Pete Beach, the southern-most beach town on the barrier islands of Pinellas county.


St Petersburg FLOf course, there is no perfect place to live. People may say they found their nirvana, but I don’t believe it. I bet there is not one person in the United States who can honestly say their home town is not missing anything. Is Pinellas the perfect place for me? Certainly not. We don’t have mountains, and I love to hike and ski (the snow kind). My perfect place would be several places; a beach home in Treasure Island or Indian Rocks Beach, a mountain home in Summit County, CO, maybe a house somewhere in California, where you can be close to beaches and mountains (but can’t swim without a wetsuit because the water is too cold).

But since most of us are not fortunate enough to

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July 17, 2012

Redington Beach Damage from Tropical Storm Debby

While Tropical Storm Debby was not a particularly violent storm, because it was such a slow moving storm it did significant damage to the beaches of Pinellas county. On July 3rd FEMA declared Debby a major disaster, and began opening Disaster Recovery Centers last week in Pinellas and surrounding counties. The agency will be in Madeira Beach today assessing the situation with beach erosion in the area.

The following video show Tropical Storm Debby in action in Redington Beach over three days:

 

 

In this photo looking south from La Contessa condo you can see the affects of beach erosion in Redington Beach. Before the storm the beach extended well past the two people standing in the water, even at high tide. Now at high tide the water comes up to the umbrella in the lower right-hand corner of the image:

Redington Beach Erosion

This image looks north toward North Redington Beach:

North Redington Beach

 

Is is reported that most of the sand washed out by the storm was deposited not far off shore in the Gulf. Early estimates put the cost of replacing sand between Clearwater Beach and St Pete Beach in the $15 million to $20 millon range. Redington Beach is lucky since most of their sand washes in from the north and south, so it's only a matter of time before the the beach is replenished naturally.

Our beaches are as beautiful as ever, just not quite as deep in some places as they were before the storm. This happens to all beaches from time to time, and with a little effort and a little help from mother nature we'll be back to normal in no time...