We are excited to announce that we have expanded with more Realtors coming to our team last month. Smith attracts the finest, most professional associates in the industry who align with our corporate values and believe that being the best is important but so is contributing to the community. Our team works to provide unparalleled service to our clients, expand their market expertise, and to promote the Smith brand in the community. Please help us in welcoming our new team members to the Smith family:
Don Taylor, REALTOR®
Nancy Marra Perron, REALTOR®
Kristine McTaggart, REALTOR®
Smith is home!
The Gulf Coast is often considered the gem of the state of Florida with sugar-sand beaches, a tropical climate, natural abundance, and enchanting beachfront homes for sale along the Florida Gulf of Mexico. Florida waterfront homes allow you to enjoy breathtaking vistas and award-winning beaches that attract visitors from all over the world.
This coast draws tourists that are eager to enjoy the laid-back salt life which the locals bask in 365 days a year. While a vacation is nice, being able to walk to the beach from your home and enjoy the beach year-long is the dream of a coastal lifestyle.
The dream of owning a beachfront home in this area means mornings that begin with the sound of the ocean waves, the view of dolphins playing in the horizon, and vibrant pink sunsets that take your breath away. Many people that move to the beach are simply tired of the harsh and demanding lifestyle of Northern winters. With a tropical climate like the Gulf Coast of Florida, winter jackets and boots can be put away in exchange for swimsuit and shorts. You’ll be pulling out your golf clubs instead of your snow scraper.
The Florida Gulf Coast is dotted with charming beach towns that have picturesque bike trails, high-quality fish shacks with freshly caught seafood enjoyed by locals in the know and world-renowned golf courses.
People that live here tend to want to make the most of enjoying the outdoors. The kayak trails, known as Blue Ways, take you through calm tranquil mangrove-lined waterways abundant with herons, snook, and blue crab. The dolphins and manatees will often share the trail with you, gracing you with their peaceful presence. Stand-up paddleboarding has also become a popular pastime for people who live in Florida waterfront homes as is boating to one of the many sandbars to anchor for the day.
Most coastal towns here have bike trails that are frequented from sunrise to sunset and waterfront parks that are easily accessed from your bike ride. There is an ease to the Florida lifestyle and this part of Florida has water seemingly everywhere. There are beachfront homes for sale, waterfront homes for sale along the intercoastal and homes that sit along one of the many pristine rivers that flow to the Bay or Gulf. Contact one of our Florida real estate agents to find the Florida Gulf Coast beach home for you.
This is truly the ultimate beach house with views of the stunning Gulf of Mexico! Enjoy your private beach access that meanders through the sand-dunes & sea oats placing you directly on the warm, sandy beach!
Enjoy the terrific wrap-around balcony with warm tropical breezes and Gulf views while maintaining a single-family house feel. This spacious 2,521 SF mirasol split floor plan with 3 beds and 3 baths is a southwest corner unit with great views of the Gulf Beach, the pool, and fabulous sunsets.
This beachfront home in the heart of Pass-A-Grille is only steps away to your private path to the Gulf of Mexico! This unique home is on a corner lot with an extra-large 2 car garage.
This light & bright condo is known as “Beach-u-Tuit”. With sand dunes just steps to the gorgeous wide beach of Treasure Island, the homes floor plan is open and roomy with a 27 ft. covered outdoor balcony with views of the beach & Gulf. This condo is 1 of 4 in the building of the small complex of 14. You truly feel like you are in a little beach house on stilts!
Your fully finished beach oasis with direct Gulf views awaits you. This community offers an under-building parking space and an abundance of guest parking, a car wash area, bike racks, kayak storage, and a large Gulf-side heated pool and spa on a very large open deck area with BBQ grills, restrooms and more!
Florida is home to some of the most spectacular beaches in the country, boasting award-winning beaches that are recognized across the country for their sugar soft sand and idyllic, coastal appeal, especially along the Gulf Coast. When it comes to the beach lifestyle, the Sunshine State has it all. And there is an abundance of Florida beach homes for sale for you to enjoy all that coastal living can offer.
While a day trip to one of the beautiful Florida beaches can be enjoyable and relaxing, shore-side living offers so much more. Living on the beach means mornings can begin with a refreshing beachside walk, watching the waves roll in, spotting dolphins on the horizon, and enjoying the ocean breeze. The salt life offers a slower pace and is all about enjoying the outdoors. With Florida’s warm climate and sunny days, being outside can mean sitting at the beach or pool relaxing under an umbrella or playing a round of golf at one of the numerous top-notch golf courses or spending the day boating the intercoastal, the mangrove channels, or in the Bay fishing for your evening meal.
Florida beach homes for sale can be condominium-style, often featuring amenities like pool decks, outdoor kitchens, and waterfront balcony terraces. There are also townhomes, many with docks for boat parking, and single-family homes. Beachfront single-family homes come in a variety of sizings and features. Some people looking to move to the coast want to simplify their lifestyle and downsize with a home that has a beach cottage feel. Others need the home to be spacious enough for comfort and entertaining and expect high-end finishes in their home.
You’ll be laughing at your friends up North as they bundle up in preparation for yet another snowstorm while you contemplate if you should spend your winter day golfing or boating. Make sure to accommodate for visitors- because you will have plenty of family and friends that will want to see the pinks and purples of the sun setting in a winter sky instead of the all-day grey that simply turns to a dark night when the weather is freezing. Trade-in your winter coats for swimsuits and shorts and start looking for Florida beach homes for sale.
With so much coastline available, there are a variety of Florida beach homes for sale to meet all different tastes, needs, and price points. Contact one of our Florida real estate anchors to find the perfect coastal town and beach home for you.
Sunraker West Condominiums, unit 202, is ideally located on the West/Gulf side of Gulf Boulevard on Indian Rocks Beach. Tastefully updated November 2019, this 2 bed, 1 bath home has stunning Gulf views! There is a beach access with ample parking and a walkway located next to the building.
Luxurious, four-story, 2,430 SF end unit with amazing water views at every level! This barely lived-in, low-maintenance waterfront townhouse is impeccably maintained and contains so many upgrades it looks like a model home. The Intracoastal waterway with a boat dock is directly in front of the home and the beach is a three-minute walk across the street.
This home is accompanied by direct access to the Gulf and is a quick walk to the #1 award-winning Clearwater Beach! This 4 bed, 3 bath, fully furnished home is move-in ready! The views of the harbor water from the kitchen, great room, first-floor master and upstairs 2nd bedroom are serene!
This home features, 5 bedrooms, 5 en-suite baths and 3 half bathrooms, three levels of entertainment and a home gym off the luxurious master suite overlooking the water. It is a must-see to appreciate all of the thought and details that went into this custom built home on the water!
This coastal Mid-Century home is located in the St. Pete Beach Community of Belle Vista. This waterfront home is chock full of charm! With a blue metal roof and a front porch with pergola, the real treat is the wide waterfront overlooking McPherson Bayou and the historic Don Cesar Hotel.
The Grande has it all! Great views of the Gulf while maintaining a single-family house feel, this spacious 2,521 SF mirasol split floor plan with 3 beds and 3 baths is a southwest corner unit with great views of the Gulf Beach, the pool, and fabulous sunsets. Enjoy the terrific wrap-around balcony with warm tropical breezes!
Enjoy sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico! Beautiful Island Estates is just minutes from sparkling Clearwater Beach and bustling downtown Clearwater. Enjoy island living as it has everything you need, walk across the street to Publix grocery store, restaurants, banks, liquor store, salon, gas station, and even Clearwater Marine Aquarium!
Turtle Run’s most adorable beachfront home in the heart of Pass-A-Grille only steps away to your private path to the Gulf of Mexico! This unique 4 bed, 2 bath house is located on a corner lot, in the most private area of Pass-A-Grille with an extra-large 2 car garage.
Enjoy sunset views from the balcony and boats driving by the pass from this stunning Clearwater home. 440 West condo makes an excellent investment property with rental income history or the perfect part-time or full-time home.
This is your opportunity to own almost a half-acre estate property steps away from the Gulf of Mexico in a gated community! The luxurious 4,138 SF dream home is positioned on a double lot and has breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico. The impressive architecture and amazing landscaping await the most discerning buyer.
Welcome to Treasure Island living at its finest two blocks from the main beach! The all block duplex had a complete makeover inside and out. The location of the duplex is so central to St. Pete Beach, Johns Pass Village, Clearwater, and Downtown St. Pete.
The Mirabella Townhome Community has a private marina feel with a heated pool and cabana bath. This pet-friendly townhome is within two blocks of the Gulf of Mexico as well as shopping, parks, and restaurants. The 3 bed, 3 bath residence has amazing open water views across Boca Ciega Bay from the great room, Master Suite and guest suite.
This fully finished home with direct Gulf views awaits you. This community offers an under-building parking space and an abundance of guest parking, a car wash area, bike racks, kayak storage, and a large Gulf-side heated pool and spa on a very large open deck area with BBQ grills, restrooms and more!
This is truly the ultimate beach house with views of the stunning Gulf of Mexico plus a private beach access that meanders through the sand-dunes & sea oats placing you directly on the sandy beach! Only a short stroll to nearby restaurants & shops and easy access to I-275 & the rest of the world.
Tierra 1 is a waterfront community with a dock, boat slips, pool, clubroom, and tennis. This beautifully updated condo with tennis view has 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths. The corner unit allows natural light to flow beautifully throughout the space!
This gulf-front Treasure Island, 2 bed, 2 bath condo is light & bright and known as “Beach-u-Tuit”. The sand dunes are steps to the gorgeous wide beach. The floor plan is open and roomy with a 27 ft. covered outdoor balcony with views of the beach & Gulf. This condo is 1 of 4 in the building of the small complex of 14. You truly feel like you are in a little beach house on stilts!
We are excited to announce that we have expanded with more Realtors coming to our team over the past month. Smith attracts the most knowledgable & professional associates in the industry who align with our corporate values and believe that being the best is important but so is contributing to the community. Our team works to provide unparalleled service to our clients, expand their market expertise, and to promote the Smith brand in the community. We are excited to announce our new Smith family members:
Paula “Polly” Leone, REALTOR®
Nicholas Meeks, REALTOR®
Morgan Gattegno, REALTOR®
Jann Bennese & Kerri Metzger, REALTORS®
Tatiana Salinas, REALTOR®
Candace Evans & Molly James, REALTORS®
Smith is Home!
City of St. Petersburg Buys Science Center
The Science Center of Pinellas sold for $3.15 million to the City of St. Petersburg. The sale was recorded as the second highest commercial sale in the 33710 zip code in the last five years. Located at 7701 22nd Avenue North, the City of St. Petersburg has plans to extend its water treatment plant on the property.
CareerSource Pinellas’ Board of Directors approved Smith & Associates Real Estate’s provider bid paving the way for them to sell The Science Center on the competitive market.
“It was a pleasure to provide real estate services to CareerSource Pinellas and The City of St. Petersburg. The St. Petersburg real estate market is strong and I was confident that we would sell this beautiful commercial property in a timely manner,” said Angela D. Grannan, Smith & Associates agent representing the sale.
Formally owned by CareerSource Pinellas, the Science Center of Pinellas was used for job training, STEM field trips, and helping people find jobs in the trade industry. CareerSource continues to offer skills training and seminars at their other locations throughout Pinellas County.
Angela D. Grannan (left) at closing.
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The Smith farm party has become an annual ritual at the Glaser ranch, Wise Owl Farms. Our CEO, Bob Glaser, throws the ultimate country hoedown with fun for the kids, catered food, and dancing under the stars. It is a chance to come together after a busy season and enjoy time together. Smith employees are encouraged to bring spouses, kids, even friends in an effort to bring our team closer together. When you work with a team of agents that are like a family, you get a network of professionals that strive to make sure your move is seamless. Smith is Home!
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Kolter’s New Condominium Tower Brings Modern Luxury to Historic Hyde Park
With local interest continuing to build around Hyde Park House following a successful stream of early reservations, the Kolter Group has officially opened the sales gallery doors for this 22- story luxury condominium situated in the Hyde Park Historic District.
The state-of-the-art sales gallery at 142 W. Platt Street features a detailed scale model, designer kitchen fitted with world-class appliances and finishes, and a cutting-edge interactive presentation. Smith & Associates Real Estate is the exclusive listing agent for this property, and the skilled sales team will guide prospective buyers through 12 spacious floorplans complemented by an impressive array of amenities and finishes. A cinematic virtual tour brings this waterfront vision to life, showcasing fully rendered interiors, exteriors and amenities as well as the stunning future location. A preview is available HERE.
“Overlooking Bayshore Boulevard with its distinctive receding tiers design, Hyde Park House’s elegant design complements the historic Hyde Park neighborhood. Long beloved for its oak-lined streets and proximity to the Bay, the Historic Hyde Park is in the midst of a renaissance that began with the revitalization of the shopping district and continues with luxury offerings like this. With true walkability and outstanding amenities, Hyde Park House’s early success with reservations proves that this location is still the gem of South Tampa,” says Bob Glaser, President & CEO, Smith & Associates Real Estate.
Hyde Park House was envisioned by the Kolter Group in collaboration with the internationally renowned SB Architects and BDG Architects, Tampa / Hyde Park architectural leaders. The building’s masterful blend of classic and contemporary pays tribute to the neighborhood’s timeless architectural styles while offering the ultimate in luxury condominium living. This residential tower boasts a limited collection of just 70 waterfront residences, which include designer finishes, features and appliances with spacious terraces overlooking Hillsborough Bay and the downtown Tampa skyline. Tower floorplans range from 2,000 – more than 3,000 sq. ft and the penthouse floorplan spans more than 5,000 sq. ft. Pricing starts from the mid-$900,000s.
At long last, modern luxury has arrived in historic Hyde Park. Sales gallery is now open to the public.
Sales Gallery: 142 W. Platt Street, Tampa FL 33606 | 813-649-3700 | HydeParkBayshore.com
Watch the cinematic virtual tour.
Smith has two office locations in St. Petersburg, one located off of Second Street and one right on Beach Drive, with many of our Smith employees not just living in St. Pete but also calling it home. We know that St. Pete is a special community known for its vibrant, eclectic, and artistic feel. Many people that we help relocate to St. Pete and find homes tell us that this sense of community and uniqueness is what draws them to our area.
That’s why when Preserve the Burg is looking for supporters, Smith is there! Preserve the Burg is an organization dedicated to fostering preservation and appreciation for the historic environment of St. Pete. They are actively bringing cultural events to our community that enhance our urban downtown. We attended the Preserve the Burg’s event, An Evening with Jeff Speck, Author of Walkable City. Speck is a renowned urban planner and will be discussing the importance of walkability in building an engaged, healthy, and economically viable community.
Date: November 13 2019, 7:00 PM
Location: The Palladium Theater
About: Enjoy the lecture by Jeff Speck at the Palladium Theater. Doors open at 6:30 and a cash bar will be available. Consider joining PTB now and saving $5 on this registration! Local bookseller Tombolo Books will be on-site for purchases of Walkable City and other books of local interest.
More information, https://preservetheburg.org/event-3522754
Commercial real estate investing can be a great way to increase your income streams and build wealth. In Tampa Bay, investing in commercial real estate is highly viable and accessible with many opportunities in the urban centers or sprawling suburbs. Commercial real estate is a property that can be leased out to businesses or retail where investors can collect rent from businesses that occupy the space. Once you have figured out that the income-producing potential of a commercial real estate property might be lucrative, a commercial real estate agent can help you find the right property. Commercial real estate investments earn money through income and also through appreciation of the property over time. Here are the main types of commercial real estate available for investment:
Office space, retail space, and special purpose can be suburban or urban locations that bring revenue through lease.
Warehouse spaces that can house manufacturing companies, storage, assembly or even art fabrication.
Multi-family covers apartment buildings, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops and can range in vertical size from one-story to high-rise levels.
When looking at properties, keep an eye open for potential repairs, land damage, and areas of risk to determine if you have a worthy investment. More than likely, you are looking at not just property appreciation but also rentability.
Key terms to know (Investopedia)
Capitalization Rate: Calculating this number (a process also known as capitalization of earnings) is used to estimate the net present value of future profits or cash flow. Apartment buildings, commercial business offices, and small strip malls are all great candidates for determining this value.
Net Operating Income: To find this number (which should be positive), subtract your first year’s operating expenses from your first year’s gross operating income.
Cash on Cash: This formula is used to compare the first-year performance of competing properties. If you are an investor who relies on financing to purchase your commercial real estate property, know that you will not get to keep your entire net operating income (NOI) because you will have to spend some of that money-making mortgage payments. This is important to keep in mind when calculating whether or not your property will be profitable.
Contact a Smith concierge now to help you invest.
While we have a full calendar of community events that support the arts, education, equality and other causes that are dear to us, the annual Heart Walk is one of our favorites. This year, we joined forces with our friends at Strategic Property Partners (SPP). SPP is a full-service commercial real estate development firm with an incredible project coming to downtown Tampa, Water Street Tampa. By forming one team, our two companies walked together in the 2019 Tampa Bay Heart Walk to have an even greater impact on our abilities to raise funds this year.
Smith has sponsored a team for the past 6 years and promote it internally with pre-walk events and healthy living workshops. Last year, we hired a yoga instructor to come to our offices to give our employees a stretching break. We also have encouraged employees to participate in strengthening classes in office, at no charge to them. The Heart Walk becomes a culmination of stressing the importance of a healthy lifestyle and how giving back to help others is also a tool to heath.
Our CEO, Bob Glaser, walks with us every year and we make it a fun family outing for all. Bob has also been a member of the American Heart Association’s Executive Board three times and started to support the walk after losing a close family friend to a heart attack.
By participating in the Heart Walk, we join a million Heart Walk Heroes from across the nation to raise funds for lifesaving science. Science that can teach us all how to live longer and be Healthy For Good. Heart disease and stroke are the #1 and #5 killers in the U.S. Please help fund lifesaving science by making a donation here.
View more photos from the 2019 Tampa Bay Heart Walk here.