When you think of living in a large city, you can envision walking out of your flat and immediately having an array of shopping options. City life means having an array of boutiques, restaurants, services, cafes, and coffee shops easily accessible from the doorstep of your home. As the urban centers of Tampa Bay develop, enhanced walkability and access to restaurants and shops is becoming desirable for the modern homeowner.
The locals may not want the extreme lifestyle of big cities but they do want options and Tampa Bay developers are changing the landscape of these communities with a focus on top-quality retail. Condo towers are becoming a valuable asset to their neighborhoods by creating a unique sense of place with the ground-floor retail space that they provide. Often in popular walkable neighborhoods, the new developments bring new construction to premier established neighborhoods while providing an opportunity for retail in neighborhoods that may have lacked the space to add restaurants and shopping. Walking to your favorite restaurant for calamari and a glass of wine or picking up a last-minute hostess gift for a friend, can be a pleasing benefit to owning a home near retail options.
Hyde Park House
Built in the Historic Hyde Park neighborhood, residents of Hyde Park House will be able to walk along the oak-lined streets for craft cocktails, Italian cuisine, salon services, freshly brewed coffee, or a new release at the boutique cinema in Hyde Park Village. The live, work, play environment of the Hyde Park House’s location, creates a lifestyle where you can enjoy the quiet green space of the neighborhood while still having access to all the things that make urban dwelling so rewarding.
Saltaire St. Pete
Saltaire St. Pete plans 10,000 square feet of ground-level retail space to offer additional conveniences, services, and amenities for residents. Saltaire’s central and walkable location will make it an integral part of the downtown St. Petersburg community. Residents get the added benefit of privacy with a grand lobby with staffed reception while having open access to the retail and streetscape that make the neighborhood an unmatched destination.
Water Street Tampa/The Residences at The Tampa EDITION
On an even grander scale, Water Street Tampa exemplifies the mutual benefit of residential condo development and the unique neighborhood vibe they create. The Mayor of Tampa, Jane Castor, says that 23,000 people are expected to live, work, and play in the Water Street district once completed. The Residences at The Tampa EDITION will be in the heart of the Water Street neighborhood and offer residents direct access to a multitude of dining options including a 5-star restaurant and cafes. In addition to retail, The EDITION combines the world-class EDITION brand curated by Ian Schrager and world-renowned designers, Roman & Williams.
Similarly, at Marina Pointe, developers from BTI are creating Tampa’s newest walkable waterfront neighborhood by introducing a full master-planned community overlooking Tampa Bay. A complete contemporary environment for inspired living, shopping, and dining will be created in the center of the development as an added amenity to those living in Marina Pointe. There will be a wine bar, boutique grocery store with organic grab-n-go options and freshly squeezed juices and waterfront restaurant with boat dockage.
In some instances, new developments help spur retail development such as the case with Altura Bayshore. Fine restaurants continue to pop-up in the Bayshore Gardens area, Counter Culture being the newest addition to the Altura neighborhood with hip interiors and an elevated dining experience led by one of Tampa’s most noted chefs, Jeannie Pierola. Life at Altura provides easy access to a stroll on the iconic Bayshore Boulevard followed by dinner at one of the newest restaurants that Tampa has to offer.
Increased density spurs new businesses and these Tampa Bay developers are focused on designing retail environments that enhance the lifestyle offered to residents and their neighbors.
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