St Pete Pier Grand Opening in Downtown St Petersburg


Welcome to the new St Pete Pier in Downtown St. Petersburg, bringing the best environment to our beautiful city!

We are so excited and grateful to visit the new St Petersburg Pier on Grand Opening Day. So much space, nature, dining, and art, including the breathtaking Bending Arc in which we were proud to donate to and see come to life. The city’s new addition truly makes St. Petersburg, and Tampa Bay the best place to call home!

Now, who’s ready to exPIERience it!?


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Posted on July 8, 2020 at 11:40 am
Aimee Albright | Posted in Community News, Company News | Tagged , ,

Two Tampa Bay Homes Selected as Finalists in HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt

The national online promotion highlights extraordinary real estate listings

TAMPA, Fla. (July 2, 2020) –Two Tampa Bay homes, one located in the Beach Park neighborhood of Tampa and one in the Old Northeast neighborhood of St. Petersburg, have been selected as finalists in the 2020 HGTV Ultimate House Hunt. The Ultimate House Hunt is a month-long online promotion held on annually, showcasing extraordinary homes for sale in eight categories: Amazing Kitchens, Beachfront Homes, Big City Digs, Countryside Retreats, Curb Appeal, Homes with a History, Outdoor Escapes, and Waterside Homes. The contest is one of the channel’s most popular contests, generating more than one million votes last year.

The Smith listing in Beach Park was selected by HGTV’s editors as a finalist in the Curb Appeal category. The home is is a Stucco, Italianate Home that features meticulously landscaped hedges and tall trees. Represented by the Pond/Gunning sales team at Smith who says the home is “a wonderful example of one of Beach Park’s original Mediterranean grandes dames built by a South Tampa prominent pioneer family in the 1920s”. 

The home’s beauty continues from curb to interior. French doors open from the family room onto the Italian inspired loggia overlooking a beautiful saltwater pool with tumbled marble decking, LED pool lighting, and 3 fountains- perfect for al fresco dining! The brick detail throughout the backyard compliment the Italianate architecture and creates a private entertainment area plus there is a custom grilling area and a luxurious pool bathroom and shower.

To cast a vote for this home, visit:

Another home that was selected, located in the Old Northeast neighborhood and represented by the Smith & Associates Real Estate sales team Kantner/Waechter, is a finalist in the “Homes with a History” category. It is a cheery Craftsman and Carriage house with a shingle roof, three porches, and landscape lighting. The exterior moldings, columns, and porch railings stay true to the Craftsman style. Says listing agent Sharon Kantner,This 1910 Craftsman home is a historic gem in Old Northeast and a quintessential example of doing a historic restoration the right way!”

From foundation to finish this gem exudes the highest quality in architectural design and craftsmanship while maintaining the period moldings, finishes, and heart pine wood floors throughout.  The property sits on a corner lot and boasts 3 porches, 4 gas fireplaces, heated and cooled swimming pool, legal detached income-producing one-bedroom Carriage House with full kitchen and bath, a two-car garage and a privately fenced motor court with electronic gate.

To cast a vote for this home, visit:

During the contest period which runs from June 30 through August 4, consumers vote for their favorite homes among 89 finalists in the eight different categories. A winner will be chosen in each category based on the highest number of votes received, and an overall favorite will be awarded for the listing receiving the most votes. All nominees are represented by members of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio International®. 


Front of home wit curb appeal located at 4510 W Beachway Drive Tampa

Mediterranean-Style Home With Terra Cotta Roof is selected in a national contest on HGTV for its beautiful curb appeal.

Located at 4510 W Beachway Drive Tampa, FL 33609.


Front of historic home located at 756 Bay Street NE St Petersburg

Craftsman style home in the Old Northeast neighborhood of St. Petersburg is getting national attention.

Located at 756 Bay Street NE St Petersburg, FL 33701.





Posted on July 6, 2020 at 12:40 pm
Aimee Albright | Posted in Community News, Company News | Tagged , , , , , , ,

Historical Belleair Home Once Owned by Morton Plant Hits The Market

1570 Alexander Road, Belleair, FL 33756

Front Of Home 1570 Alexander Road Belleair


For sale, the Victorian mansion named Shady Oaks is one of the oldest yet best-preserved examples of Victorian architecture in Florida and is still standing in pristine condition as it has for over a century. The historical marvel is steeped in history dating back to one of its owners, Morton Plant, son of the renowned Henry B. Plant, railroad magnate, and developer of the Belleview Biltmore Hotel. Perhaps the most enduring part of Plant’s legacy can be found in Clearwater, Florida. Plant is responsible for the creation of the Morton Plant Hospital, designated as one of Reuters’ Top 100 Hospitals in the United States.  

Located at 1570 Alexander Road, Belleair, FL 33756, the 4 bedroom home is listed at $649,900. Its current owner was careful to preserve its elegant historical features while modernizing the home to meet today’s needs. Situated on a double lot, Shady Oaks has gorgeous moldings, millwork, stained glass windows, and other unique features that true Victorian homes posses. 

“Shady Oaks is one of the original homes on Bellair Beach and has been preserved and modernized with the utmost attention to detail and care. With over 3,776 square feet of space and a large lot, this Belleair home is a rare gem that holds a story of Florida’s history and growth,” says the listing agent for the home, Tricia Smedley, Smith & Associates Real Estate.

With its close proximity to Clearwater’s white-sand beaches and within steps of the well known Belleair Country Club, this home’s prime location and history make it an impressive new listing. 

For more information on this home, please click here.






Posted on June 17, 2020 at 5:53 pm
Aimee Albright | Posted in Community News, Company News | Tagged , , ,

New Construction Condo Towers Bring Outdoor Living Spaces to Tampa Bay

Outdoor Living Spaces

For homeowners in high-rise condo towers, private terraces and open-air balconies have always been coveted spaces to escape the frenetic pace of life and bask in the fresh air. They are an extension of the home’s interior, expanding the living space and infusing a home with a connection to the outdoors. Following the global pandemic, open-air terraces are emerging as one of the most meaningful rooms in a home as people re-evaluate how to find joy while spending more time at home. 


The developers of Tampa Bay luxury condo towers are ahead of this trend and have been designing with a keen understanding of a home’s therapeutic value and the importance of activating outdoor private space. These new construction condos offer more expansive terraces and balcony depths that are rarely found in the older condominium homes. Some even have multiple outdoor decks to enjoy morning coffee, al fresco dining, or daybed relaxation.


Coming to Bayshore Boulevard, Altura Bayshore prioritizes the view and residents’ desire to connect with the outdoors. Homes are designed with two or three large, open-air terraces (per plan), each with a glass railing to maximize the scenic views of Hillsborough Bay and the city. A typical home has a bedroom balcony and a large terrace that can be accessed from the Owner’s Suite and the Great Room while Residence 1 on the Fourth Floor of the luxury high-rise brings an additional 2,059 square feet of exterior living space to the home. This additional outdoor space can offer the freedom to sit around the firepit with your close friends, to chill in your spa, cook al fresco in your outdoor kitchen, or plant a garden of herb, vegetables, and potted citrus trees. 


Saltaire St. Pete Residence Balcony

Rendering of Saltaire St. Petersburg


Saltaire St. Petersburg also stands out for winning-outdoor design with dramatic walls of glass and over-sized terraces showcasing sweeping city and bay views. The Royal South Penthouse has three open-air terraces and offers an additional 1,728 square feet of exterior space to enjoy. Bay breezes and cotton-candy sunsets are part of the nightly wind-down.


Hyde Park House Terrace

Rendering of Hyde Park House Terrace


The balconies at Hyde Park House far exceed the standard depth of balconies in the past. Take in the Bay views, watching dolphins and birds hunt in the shallow Bay waters and observe from afar the activity along the Bayshore Boulevard trail. The expansive decks match the contemporary artistic flair of the residences’ interior aesthetic.


West Hollywood EDITION

West Hollywood EDITION


The outdoor space is transformed to a private oasis at the Residences at the Tampa EDITION. Each home has a completely wrap-around terrace covering the entire exterior of the residence. Relax after work on your day bed and watch the sunset as the downtown city lights start to shine. 


Sanctuary Balconies

Amenity Deck and Balconies at The Sanctuary at Bayshore


Humans are hard-wired for nature and need breaks from our screen saturated lifestyles. The Sanctuary at Bayshore Boulevard provides 48’ of continuous, unobstructed views of Bayshore Boulevard and the bay. A 225 square foot terrace is accessible from the great room and another 170 square foot terrace spills off of the Owner’s Suite, both with a frameless glass design.


Clear views of nature and access to the outdoors play a role in mental health and quality of life. By expanding the exterior, these Tampa Bay luxury high-rises offer what many towers in Northern cities are missing- the freedom to safely enjoy the fresh air and outdoor access without anxiety.

For additional information on outdoor living spaces and Tampa Bay’s New Construction Condo Towers visit:



Posted on June 12, 2020 at 2:52 pm
Aimee Albright | Posted in Community News, Company News | Tagged , ,

Smith & Associates Virtual Open House Event | June 7th, 2020


Virtual open house graphicEmbedded virtual open house video preview

Stay tuned for more details on our next Smith Virtual Open House Event and visit for more information.






Posted on June 4, 2020 at 5:01 pm
Aimee Albright | Posted in Community News, Company News | Tagged , , , , ,

24-Story Virage Bayshore Tower Construction Completed and Opens to First Residents

Virage Bayshore Logo


Buyers begin closing transactions and moving in. Only two unsold residences remain.


Virage Bayshore Lobby


TAMPA, Fla. (May 27, 2020) – With brisk work over the last year, construction is complete on the 24-story Virage luxury condominium tower and initial buyers are starting to take possession of and move into their residences. Developers and partners of the project are celebrating the milestone as 69 of 71 total residences were pre-sold, representing more than $120 million in real estate overlooking Bayshore.  Closings began May 15 and will continue over the next few months.

“We are so proud of the construction team for staying the course in this challenging environment.  They have delivered an extraordinary tower on Bayshore Boulevard,” Jay Tallman, Principal of Ascentia Development Group, which built Virage in partnership with Batson-Cook Development Company, (BCDC). “Watching the first few residents move in is an especially gratifying moment for us. We knew we were fortunate to have a wonderful site with such potential, and we are so happy our residents can begin moving in and making it their home.”


Virage Bayshore Pool


Virage has set a new level of luxury living along Bayshore, with prices ranging from $1 million to $5 million and most residences ranging in size from 2,400 square feet to 3,400 square feet. Every residence has a private elevator entrance, 10-foot ceilings, and access to resort-style amenities such as an infinity-edge pool overlooking Bayshore, a state-of-the-art wellness center, pet grooming facilities, and 24-hour staffed reception. 

Among the extraordinary features, the top two floors each have a single penthouse residence, with 6,700 square feet of space and 360-degree views of Hillsborough Bay, South Tampa, and Downtown Tampa.


Virage Bayshore Sitting Area


Development of Virage began in Spring of 2016 and kicked off with robust demand, as no new tower had been built along Bayshore in more than 10 years. More than half of the building was reserved before formal sales began. The tower broke ground in November 2017 and ‘topped out’ in May last year.

“Bayshore Boulevard has long been a premiere address of Tampa Bay, and we are deeply honored to have helped add this beautiful building to Tampa’s skyline,” said Litt Glover, President and Chief Executive Officer of BCDC. 


Virage Bayshore View of Water


Smith & Associates Real Estate has been the exclusive listing broker. Virage was designed by local architect Curts Gaines Hall Jones, a firm well known for its inspiring residences, all of which in Virage are oriented to maximize views of Downtown Tampa and the bay. United Landmark Associates of Tampa led traditional and digital marketing and advertising for Virage.

“The timing of this residential project couldn’t have been better,” says Bob Glaser, President and CEO, Smith & Associates Real Estate.  “People were eager for homes of this caliber in South Tampa and the trophy location on Bayshore Boulevard has made the Virage one of the most exciting places to own a home. As we’ve all learned, being able to enjoy a beautiful walk and the amenities where you live is priceless.”


About Ascentia Development Group

Based in Sarasota, Ascentia Development Group (ADG) has created some of Florida’s most stunning luxury developments, brought to fruition by vision, integrity, and passion. In addition to Virage, ADG’s projects include “Beau Ciel” in Sarasota, “Orchid Beach Club” on Lido Key, and “En Provence” and “Aria” on Longboat Key.


About Batson-Cook Development Company 

Founded in 1963, Batson-Cook Development Company (BCDC) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kajima USA. It is a fully integrated real estate organization providing development and capital solutions, primarily through partnerships on commercial real estate projects in the Southeastern United States. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, BCDC offers a wide variety of real estate services ranging from development and construction to equity and credit enhancements to brokerage and property management.



Posted on June 1, 2020 at 5:34 pm
Aimee Albright | Posted in Community News, Company News | Tagged , ,

Developer Services: Downtown St. Pete Stands Out as a Top City, St. Pete Resident and Smith CEO, Bob Glaser

Photo of Saltaire, Downtown St. Pete.

Artist’s Rendering of Saltaire Exterior located in Downtown St. Pete

Rendered Image of New Luxury High Rise Condo Tower, Saltaire


In these unprecedented days of social distancing, we recognize the importance of home and community. Home has become our solace, and our neighborhoods are our only place for walks and outdoor play. On social media and in conversations with clients and friends, I’ve heard great appreciation for our community. Perhaps in our busy lives, we have taken St. Petersburg for granted. 


Being able to take a leisurely walk along the seven miles of lushly landscaped waterfront has become a perfect way to handle the stress of the pandemic and to clear your head. Little could our forefathers envision as they designed the spacious city layout how impactful it would be to residents in a time like this, to have access to the second-longest linear park in the United States behind Chicago. 


View of water in downtown st. pete

View of Vinoy Park and Marina


As the CEO of Smith & Associates Real Estate, there isn’t an inch of this town or a neighborhood that I haven’t visited. I live in Downtown St. Pete and know that the unique urban design of this city and its fabulous climate have made me grateful for such an incredible place to call home.


The revitalization that started downtown in the late 1990s and continues today has transformed St. Pete from a sleepy town into a hip, urban retreat that celebrates art, diversity, and the richness of our Florida landscape. Even with limited delivery and retail options, there are still plenty of ways to experience what Downtown St. Pete has to offer. Water lovers have boating, sailing, standup paddleboarding, or kayaking. While on land, you can take your dog for a walk or go for a bike ride. Sitting on your condo balcony to watch the clouds roll by can be a whole new level of enjoyment.


As a less crowded urban area, we have enjoyed the benefits of living in a town that’s not as congested as larger cities. We have the space to safely walk and move around as our city planners intended with the green space of urban parks figuring prominently into the design. Well-connected paths keep us in touch with nature, and with businesses slowly reopening, we can visit the abundance of culture found in the galleries, museums, and outdoor cafes. We have it all.


We don’t feel the demand for St. Pete real estate will wane. On the contrary, St. Pete looks even more attractive. Our citizens have re-evaluated what’s important in terms of lifestyle and comfort, and many have realized that being in a home and a place you love is vital to long-term happiness.


Like most of the country, real estate listings and activity have dropped through the pandemic. We expect that as the stay-at-home restrictions are eased up in our city, we will see the activity increase to a sensible pace as long as buyers and sellers feel safe with showings. This Summer, we would hope to see the listing inventory begin its escalation toward 2019 levels and reaching buyers who have been waiting for some time for the right opportunity to open up. 


Straub Park in Downtown St. Pete

North Straub Park


We represent many properties near and in Downtown St. Petersburg and are sponsoring the sale of the new luxury high rise condo tower, Saltaire, overlooking the bay in the heart of Downtown St. Pete. That, like our other properties, is seeing no signs of lack of interest and our industry is adapting to offer more online resources, like virtual tours and contactless mortgages. In fact, maybe an urban home becomes even more attractive as we move into the Summer months ahead and evaluate where we really want to lay our roots. 


It’s home, it’s the community, it’s family, friends, and connection. Downtown St. Pete has a shared sense of all of these and connects effortlessly to Tampa. Both metropolises are standing out as examples of community spirit and unity in the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay safe!


Robert Glaser
President / CEO
Smith & Associates Real Estate




Posted on May 20, 2020 at 12:45 pm
Aimee Albright | Posted in Community News, Company News | Tagged , , ,

Smith & Associates Virtual Open House Weekend | Sunday, May 17, 2020


We love virtual open houses


To better protect our clients, associates, and community, Smith & Associates Real Estate has moved to fully digital showings. Please join us for a virtual open house event, Sunday, May 17th at 2:00 pm on Zoom. The event will also be streamed on our Facebook page LIVE!

We invite you to take a tour of some of Smith & Associates Real Estate’s finest properties from the comfort and safety of your own home. After the live event, take a peek at our associates’ Facebook pages to see additional live streams or videos.



Sunday, May 17th at 2:00 pm




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View The List Of Virtually Open Homes

Property Address   Price           Agent Name                                        Link To Facebook 
1044 Royal Pass Rd $1,175,000 Traci L. Burns, PA Facebook
208 Arlington Ave E $519,500 Robert Keppel Facebook
2471 E Vina Del Mar Blvd $1,650,000 Melinda Pletcher Facebook
4219 W San Pedro St $959,000 Nelson Bosque, PA, MBA Facebook
3232 W Horatio St $470,000 Mary Beth Byrd & Leslie Minder Facebook
2808 45th St S $419,000 Bethsabé Bockman-Pedersen Facebook
1 23rd Ave #1 $825,000 Cole Phillips Facebook
5905 S Elkins Ave $564,900 Laura Blake Facebook
3505 W Granada St $950,000 Sheila M. Awad Facebook
4413 W Fair Oaks Ave $329,900 Nelson Bosque, PA, MBA Facebook
3820 W El Prado Blvd $739,900 Greg Margliano (hosted by Erica Green) Facebook
2446 6th Ave N $350,000 Janelle Chmura Facebook
673 Segovia CT NE #702 $360,000 Bethsabe Bockman-Pedersen Facebook
32230 Watoga Loop $525,000 Amanda Siftar Facebook
13704 Plainview Rd $829,000 Laura Baccarella Facebook
909 Crows Nest Ln $499,000 Mary Beth Byrd & Leslie Minder Facebook
6039 Printery St #108 $539,000 Barb Izzi Facebook
416 11th Ave NE $750,000 Christopher Pitre Facebook
715 W Orient St $359,000 Sterling Remer & Grant Patterson Facebook
106 Huron Ave $785,000 Becky Slocum Facebook
141 78th Ave N $445,000 Amy Drehsen Facebook
1014 Emerald Creek Dr $539,000 Steve Armstrong Facebook
211 Marcdale Blvd $415,000 Melissa Stiles Facebook


















We look forward to seeing you virtually on Sunday!



Posted on May 14, 2020 at 5:36 pm
Aimee Albright | Posted in Community News, Company News | Tagged , , ,

The Art of Wellness: Health-Inspired Home Design

A home is a sacred space. It is where we connect with our families, unwind from stressful days, strengthen relationships, laugh, cry, hug, play, and decompress from the demands of life. More and more, people are seeking to incorporate wellness into the design of their luxury homes. Homeowners want to create spaces that offer a holistic approach to health and complement the balance of mind, body, and soul.

The modern homeowner knows that wellness contributes to overall happiness and is a key to managing stress. They want a home that helps them feel good as they grow older and is a reflection of a healthy lifestyle. These homes for sale in Tampa Bay offer health-inspired home design and create a refuge for self-care and living a well lived life.


Make healthy meals at home that are less processed and use fresh ingredients in this kitchen.

Beautiful white kitchen at 3262 Nicks Place

3262 Nicks Place | Clearwater



Enjoy the company of your friends with a glass of wine and charcuterie plate as you gather around this waterfall bar.

Waterfall bar at 308 Blanca Avenue

308 Blanca Avenue | Davis Islands



A good filtration system is a priority for fueling your body with purified water.

Water filtration system at 901 Rafael Boulevard NE

901 Rafael Boulevard NE | Snell Isle



Sleeping well is a key to health and this master bedroom is designed for comfort.

Master bedroom at 3005 W Euclid Avenue

3005 W Euclid Avenue | Belle Vista



This private terrace off the master bedroom will give you space for private time and contemplation.

Water view off private terrace at 404 8th Avenue N

404 8th Avenue N | Tierra Verde



A spa-like bathroom takes wellness to the next level.

Master Bath in 176 4th Avenue NE 1701

176 4th Avenue NE #1701Downtown St. Petersburg



Home spas create a retreat for detoxing and managing stress.

Master Bath Spa at 4219 W San Pedro Street

4219 W San Pedro Street | Virginia Park



Getting off-line and enjoying your outdoor areas is the best way to recover from a demanding week.

Outdoor sitting area and pool at 2471 E Vina Del Mar Boulevard

2471 E Vina Del Mar Boulevard | St. Pete Beach



Outside space for reflection and meditation offers zen-like calm.

Outdoor meditation space overlooking waterfront by pool at 5120 W San Jose Street5120 W San Jose Street | Sunset Park



Do your yoga outside on the lawn and watch the sunset.

Outdoor lawn perfect yoga space on the waterfront at 581 Marmora Avenue

581 Marmora Avenue | Davis Islands



A dedicated work-out space will make sure that you are physically healthy to perform at your best.

998 Lake Placido Court NE Workout Room

998 Lake Placido Court NE | Placido Bayou



Success breeds stress but it doesn’t have to diminish quality of life. Bring the art of wellness into your home and you will find a comfort and ease that makes life feel delightful. Luxury living is all about living well.

Find an agent today to assist you in finding the health-inspired home design that best suits your lifestyle, click here.



Posted on April 29, 2020 at 1:01 pm
Aimee Albright | Posted in Community News, Company News | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

How to Automate Your Home Inside and Out


Controlling smart home devices using a digital tablet with launched application


We have all heard of the term “smart home,” but what does it mean? Where does one start? What technologies are available, and what are their costs? Smart home systems use the internet to connect devices and appliances to mobile apps so that they can be monitored and controlled remotely by homeowners. Smart devices and automated home systems make your home more convenient by using applications and voice-control to manage things such as appliances, thermostats, doorbells, lighting, and devices.

The convenience of home automation is hard to match. Imagine a home where nearly everything is connected to a single network that can be managed from anywhere in the world. Lighting systems, electrical outlets, locks, large and small appliances, heating and cooling systems, security cameras and alarms, blinds and draperies, garage doors, and irrigation systems can all be automated to a single system. Full home automation makes your home smarter and safer.

Home automation has two components: automation and remote control. Automation is the ability to program tasks for devices on the network, either remotely from a phone, computer, or tablet, or from a wall-mounted touchscreen. Automation allows you to schedule your coffee maker to brew at the same time each morning or turn the lights and thermostat to a setting of your choice when you get home from work. You can also schedule routines for devices such as robotic vacuums, sprinklers, or motorized blinds. Automation even allows you to set your home system to “away” to have the lighting system look like someone is home. 

Remote control allows you to monitor and manage your home from anywhere. With the touch of a button, you can lock/unlock doors, turn the lights on/off, and open/close the garage door. When you integrate security and doorbell cameras into a home system, you can view real-time live feeds of your home. You can even receive weather alerts or system maintenance reminders on your phone.

Manufacturers have developed a wide variety of smart devices that include cutting-edge technology and innovative features. Technology like Wi-Fi and Z-Wave allows smart devices to be controlled through a single gateway, creating a fully automated home. While we may be a long way away from having a fully robotic home, the smart devices and home automation systems available today are convenient, easy-to-use, and designed to blend into your lifestyle. 

Home automation is convenient, exciting, and adds value to your property. The possibilities made possible by home automation are limited only by your imagination. You can choose to extend your home’s smart capabilities over time or incorporate them into a new construction project. Manufacturers are continually improving products to make them smarter and discerning buyers are seeking smart home features when in the market for new property. Whether you’re looking to make your daily routine easier or to modernize your home, full home automation puts power at your fingertips.


Controlling home with a digital touch screen panel installed on the wall in the living room



Posted on April 29, 2020 at 9:49 am
Andrew Aviles | Posted in Community News | Tagged ,