The Historic Carlotta Cuesta Kirkeby Estate, the Vista Del Lago, Hits the Market in Tampa’s Beach Park Neighborhood Listed for $6.125M, the Home Hosted Legends From Hollywood’s Golden Era

Tampa, FL (April 18, 2024) 

A piece of Hollywood history is on the market in Tampa, FL. Built in 1925 and nestled in South Tampa's premier Beach Park neighborhood, "Vista Del Lago" was once owned by Carlotta Cuesta Kirkeby. Carlotta was born into the Tampa Cuesta Cigar family before marrying the hotel magnate Arnold Kirkeby. With their Hollywood connections, the couple was known for hosting movie-star friends at Villa Del Lago in the roaring twenties before moving to Los Angeles. The home has a three-story diving tower where Hollywood royalty Esther Williams once…

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Smith & Associates Real Estate’s Renowned Stephen Gay Group Rebrands as the Gay & Glaser Group

Tampa, FL (February 23, 2024) – The Stephen Gay Group, a prominent sales force in Tampa Bay's luxury real estate market, proudly unveils its rebranding as the Gay & Glaser Group. This transformation marks a strategic move to showcase the combined strengths and extensive experience of its founding members, Stephen Gay and Katie Glaser, serving the Tampa Bay community.

The team has consistently ranked as one of the top real estate teams in the Tampa Bay region. Together, they have collectively sold over $800 million in real estate since inception. Stephen Gay, the team's leader, is a long-term resident with over 20 years of experience and has…

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Tampa, FL (January 3, 2024) – Developer Westshore Group LLC. has announced that Coastal Construction has been selected as the general contractor for its new waterfront towers, AQUA at Westshore
Yacht Club. The selection of one of the largest luxury contractors in Florida and the Southeast is another important milestone achieved by the development.

Coastal Construction Completes a Proven Development Team

Westshore Group LLC carefully selected Coastal Construction to round out an outstanding development team that includes the renowned Curts Gaines Hall Jones Architects, internationally recognized design firm
IDDI of…

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St. Petersburg, FL (January 2, 2024) 

Smith & Associates Real Estate is thrilled to announce the official sell-out of Saltaire, a luxurious condominium residence in the heart of St. Petersburg. The last remaining unit, a stunning penthouse, closed, marking the completion of all transactions for this highly sought-after development.

Saltaire, a beacon of contemporary elegance, has become synonymous with sophisticated urban living, offering residents a unique blend of modern design, panoramic views, and unparalleled amenities. The four penthouses, the crown jewels of Saltaire, all closed within the span of this week, solidifying the project's resounding…

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2023 Best Real Estate Deals

Smith & Associates Real Estate proudly announced a historic sale at 42 Ladoga Avenue for $17,850,000.

This monumental transaction of $1,975 per square foot now stands as the second-highest sale in Tampa's illustrious real estate history (#1 is Derek Jeter’s home sale in 2022). With 464 feet of waterfront footage, the significant property represented the most waterfrontage on Davis Islands to come to market in decades. The Davis Island home was co-listed by Mary Beth Byrd, Leslie Minder, and Dina Sierra Smith with Smith & Associates Real Estate 

The estate property boasts a 9,038-square-foot home that was originally designed and built in 1928 and sits on three buildable lots. The total acreage of the property is 1.45…

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Smith & Associates Real Estate Elevates Luxury Real Estate Experience with Major Office Upgrade

Tampa, Fla. (October 3, 2023) - Smith & Associates Real Estate, the renowned leader in luxury real estate in Tampa, is excited to announce a significant upgrade to their office space in South Tampa. This investment aims to enhance the experience for their agents and provide clients with state-of-the-art meeting facilities while integrating cutting-edge technology for presentations and day-to-day operations.

Smith & Associates has been an integral part of Tampa's real estate landscape for over fifty years, consistently setting the standard for excellence in luxury property transactions. The decision to invest significantly in upgrading their office space…

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Historic Straub Home Hits the Market for $1.895 Million

The 1920’s Home is Located in St. Petersburg's Old NorthEast Neighborhood

St. Petersburg, Fla., (October 3, 2023) – A piece of St. Petersburg's rich history, the iconic Straub Home, a Mediterranean-style gem built in 1920, is for sale. This historic residence, located at 143 13th Avenue N, in the coveted Old Northeast neighborhood, is steeped in local history and offers an exceptional opportunity to own a piece of the city's past..

Listed by Cynthia Serra and Dan Casper of Smith & Associates Real Estate, the 3,198 square-foot home was built by William (W.L) Straub. Straub served as the editor of the St. Petersburg Times, now known as the Tampa Bay Times, for 38 years and was a prominent…

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Tampa is a rapidly growing market, with top-of-the-line luxury developments being added to our skyline faster than ever. With these developments come one-of-a-kind amenities. From luxurious pools that look over the best views of Tampa Bay to impressive fitness facilities to high-tech game rooms, Tampa has some of the best condos to offer. Smith Developer Services can help you find the best condos in town. These new construction luxury condo towers are next level for upscale amenities and elaborate living. 

Art House

Art House St. Petersburg offers a unique and inspiring array of amenities that blend art, luxury, and contemporary living. Art House St. Petersburg features an exclusive art gallery showcasing works from renowned local and…

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Smith & Associates Welcomes Seasoned Real Estate Pro

Smith & Associates Real Estate is excited to welcome Leigh Fortuna as Vice President of Real Estate. Most recently, serving as a Sales Manager at Compass Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fortuna brings almost twenty years of experience in real estate sales and management spanning back to her career start as a Realtor in the Coconut Grove area of Miami. Fortuna is an award-winning real estate agent with leadership experience in the luxury real estate industry and a track record of successfully managing real estate teams.

“As national companies continue rolling back operations for better profitability, Smith & Associates is looking ahead by building opportunities that will lead the company and sales team to be…

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Smith & Associates Real Estate Foundation Accepting Applications for Grants

The Smith & Associates Real Estate Foundation is now accepting applications from qualified non-profits to receive their 2023 grant awards. Smith and Associates' community giving program is designed to build strong partnerships with non-profit organizations, civic organizations, and other local organizations striving to make a difference. The non-profits should focus on the three identified pillars of need: Housing, Community Vibrancy, and Positive Education/Mental Well-Being. For each element, funding priority is given to at-risk, vulnerable, and special-needs populations.

To apply for a grant from the Smith & Associates Real Estate Foundation, the organization must:

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