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 HGTV.com 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: https://www.hgtv.com/design/ultimate-house-hunt/2020/curb-appeal
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: https://www.hgtv.com/design/ultimate-house-hunt/2020/homes-with-a-history
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®.
Mediterranean-Style Home With Terra Cotta Roof is selected in a national contest on HGTV for its beautiful curb appeal.
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.
Smith Pivots to Virtual Open House Event to Reach Thousands Event Becomes Model for Real Estate Agencies Around the Country
Smith Pivots to Virtual Open House Event to Reach Thousands
For Immediate Release
Tampa, FL (June 23, 2020) – The pandemic has disrupted the very personal experience of buying and selling real estate and become the spark for real estate companies to pivot into virtual modes of operation. Ahead of the technological curve is Tampa Bay’s largest locally owned real estate brokerage firm, Smith & Associates Real Estate. The company quickly adapted and was already prepared to offer a highly-personalized approach through digital means. With online concierge services staffed by real estate professionals, increased virtual tour offerings, 360-degree views of listings, and an Offer Optimizer for online buying and selling, Smith’s navigational tools along with Virtual Open Houses have met the needs of buyers and sellers in Tampa Bay.
This past weekend, the organization held its second Company-wide Virtual Open House Event featuring twenty one Tampa Bay properties. How it worked… The Smith real estate agents signed up for an 8-minute time slot per property. On Sunday, all the agents joined the Zoom conference. During their 8 minute window, they were spotlighted on Zoom and took over the screen. Each agent gave a walkthrough of their property to showcase the home’s finest features and help the live audience feel the experience of being in the home. Simultaneously, Smith streamed the Zoom conference on Facebook LIVE to increase viewership. Social ads, digital ads, and an email blast to website subscribers all linked back to the SmithVirtualOH.com, which included event information. The link has all the properties, agent names, and Facebook links for future viewing.
“We recognized early on that merging technology with the wisdom of our expert agents was going to be invaluable to offering our clients the safety and customer service they deserve while buying or selling real estate. The work we did to host a company-wide Virtual Open House event has become a model for how real estate companies around the country can pivot into a comprehensive experience for buying a home with safety prioritized,” says Bob Glaser, Smith & Associates Real Estate President and CEO.
Trendsetters and Leading Real Estate Companies of the World are two of Smith’s global affiliations that are looking at implementing this Virtual Open House approach with other agencies needing to shift their Open House events to digital hosting. All 350 of the Smith employees were supplied with social media graphics, webpage link, and the email campaign.
Almost 5,000 people viewed the Virtual Open House page with more than 200 individual clicks on listings during the event. The video continues to get reach and views on the Smith Facebook page.
By quickly adapting to a virtual mode of operation, the navigational tools and Virtual Open House events allow potential Tampa Bay homeowners to step into lush interiors, view amenities and enhances their knowledge of the home’s neighborhood all while taking precautions in our post-pandemic environment.
Best Real Estate Investment
Real estate investing is a terrific way to build your overall assets and future cash flow. Smith & Associates Real Estate discusses the best real estate investments to consider for someone thinking of becoming a real estate investor.
Real estate is a smart investment because it typically has an excellent return potential. Real estate investing also allows you to diversify your portfolio to protect yourself from recessions and other adverse economic conditions like the coronavirus pandemic.
But how do I best invest in real estate?
The answer is there’s no one right answer. Consider your situation and determine the best option for you. There are several ways to invest in real estate, and each one has different capital requirements, risk levels, and investment dynamics.
There are several factors that can determine how well your real estate investment performs. Let’s look at the nine best real estate investments you can make.
1. Buy some rental property. One of the most common ways to invest in real estate is to buy an investment property to rent to tenants for income. For many folks, this is a terrific way to invest in real estate to generate wealth and income. The return potential is strong, but it does have some drawbacks. One is that it can be expensive to purchase your first rental property. Also, even if you hire a property manager, rental property ownership can be time-consuming. However, once you get a system down, owning rental properties can generate a substantial passive income.
2. Purchase a vacation home to rent. A vacation rental is different than a long-term rental property in a few important aspects. First, you can enjoy the vacation home when it isn’t occupied. Plus, it can be significantly easier to finance a vacation rental. That’s because it may meet the lender’s definition of a second home, and you needn’t use your rental income to qualify. Lastly, a vacation rental typically will garner you more income per rented day than a comparable long-term rental property. However, note that the effort involved in marketing and managing a vacation rental is more involved than a long-term rental. Property management can also be much more expensive.
3. Flip homes. We’ve all heard of “flipping houses” when an investor purchases a home, makes improvements and then sells it for a profit. There are plenty of TV shows that show how easy this is, but flipping houses can be a full-time job, and there’s considerable risk.
4. Build a spec home. This is similar to fixing up and flipping a home as far as investment dynamics; however, it also includes the initial step of building a house from scratch. Building a spec home can be an especially smart investment strategy where there is a limited supply of new homes from which to select. However, spec houses are more time-consuming because it can take a year or more to build a house from the ground up. There are contractors and sub-contractors that must be coordinated, along with permits and other issues. And the longer timeframe also means additional risk from market fluctuations.
5. Invest in a REIT. Real estate investment trusts, or “REITs,” can be a great way to invest in real estate. There are quite a few REITs that trade on stock exchanges, allowing you to purchase them easily without much capital.
6. Join a real estate crowdfunding opportunity. An experienced real estate developer finds an investment opportunity, and rather than funding the whole project with their own money and bank financing, the developer raises some of the necessary capital from investors like you in exchange for an equity interest in the project. The return potential can be significant, and it allows you to diversify your investment strategy and let you leverage the experience of the developer. But unlike buy-and-hold real estate strategies, the value-add nature of crowdfunding adds an element of execution risk. Plus, liquidity is another big issue because it’s nearly impossible to exit a crowdfunded real estate investment until the property has sold, which may be several years down the road.
7. “House hack.” This is a hybrid approach of purchasing a home to use as a primary residence and buying a rental property. It usually means purchasing a residential property with two to four units and living in one of the units while renting out the others. You can also apply this strategy to buying a single-family home and renting one or more of the rooms. Since you live in the property, even a multi-unit residential property can qualify for primary residence financing. As a result, you can enjoy lower interest rates and lower down payment requirements than investment property financing.
8. Rent out all or part of your own home. While not a true investment strategy, with services like Airbnb, it’s easy to rent out your home when you’re away or to rent out a spare room in your home to generate some extra income.
9. Become a lender. A unique way to invest in real estate is to add real estate debt investments to your portfolio and finance a real estate project. Typically, you can make more from a debt investment than you can from an equity investment. However, debt investments as a whole have less total return potential than equity because when you invest in real estate debt, your return is limited to the income payments you receive.
Of course, there’s no law that says you have to go with only one of the options. The best real estate investments for you may be vastly different than the next person, based on your specific situation, your available capital, risk aversion, and long-term objectives. And some combination of these strategies could be the ticket for you.
Determine what you believe is most important to you and decide the best way to invest accordingly.
Buying real estate is always an exciting and worthwhile investment. Talk to one of our sales professionals about the best way for you to invest in real estate. Visit our directory to find the best Real Estate Agent for you or give us a call at +1 (833) 917-0676.
1570 Alexander Road, Belleair, FL 33756
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.
Stay tuned for more details on our next Smith Virtual Open House Event and visit SmithVirtualOH.com for more information.
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
Smith & Associates Real Estate’s Facebook Page: facebook.com/SmithAndAssociatesRE
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|
|208 Arlington Ave E||$519,500||Robert Keppel|
|2471 E Vina Del Mar Blvd||$1,650,000||Melinda Pletcher|
|4219 W San Pedro St||$959,000||Nelson Bosque, PA, MBA|
|3232 W Horatio St||$470,000||Mary Beth Byrd & Leslie Minder|
|2808 45th St S||$419,000||Bethsabé Bockman-Pedersen|
|1 23rd Ave #1||$825,000||Cole Phillips|
|5905 S Elkins Ave||$564,900||Laura Blake|
|3505 W Granada St||$950,000||Sheila M. Awad|
|4413 W Fair Oaks Ave||$329,900||Nelson Bosque, PA, MBA|
|3820 W El Prado Blvd||$739,900||Greg Margliano (hosted by Erica Green)|
|2446 6th Ave N||$350,000||Janelle Chmura|
|673 Segovia CT NE #702||$360,000||Bethsabe Bockman-Pedersen|
|32230 Watoga Loop||$525,000||Amanda Siftar|
|13704 Plainview Rd||$829,000||Laura Baccarella|
|909 Crows Nest Ln||$499,000||Mary Beth Byrd & Leslie Minder|
|6039 Printery St #108||$539,000||Barb Izzi|
|416 11th Ave NE||$750,000||Christopher Pitre|
|715 W Orient St||$359,000||Sterling Remer & Grant Patterson|
|106 Huron Ave||$785,000||Becky Slocum|
|141 78th Ave N||$445,000||Amy Drehsen|
|1014 Emerald Creek Dr||$539,000||Steve Armstrong|
|211 Marcdale Blvd||$415,000||Melissa Stiles|
We look forward to seeing you virtually on Sunday!
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.
Enjoy the company of your friends with a glass of wine and charcuterie plate as you gather around this waterfall bar.
A good filtration system is a priority for fueling your body with purified water.
Sleeping well is a key to health and this master bedroom is designed for comfort.
This private terrace off the master bedroom will give you space for private time and contemplation.
A spa-like bathroom takes wellness to the next level.
Home spas create a retreat for detoxing and managing stress.
Getting off-line and enjoying your outdoor areas is the best way to recover from a demanding week.
Outside space for reflection and meditation offers zen-like calm.
Do your yoga outside on the lawn and watch the sunset.
A dedicated work-out space will make sure that you are physically healthy to perform at your best.
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.
756 Bay Street NE
This completely modernized and updated 110-year old home is more than a beauty to the eye, it is an element of history. It is a place of safety and refuge where families through the decades have created cherished memories between the walls. More so, this beautifully restored home is a rare opportunity to own a crown jewel in Old Northeast steps away from the vibrant downtown and waterfront.
The Craftsman-style home, located at 756 Bay Street NE and built-in 1910, has been meticulously restored and completely preserved, while simultaneously providing all of today’s modern conveniences and technology. The property boasts three porches, four gas fireplaces, heated and cooled swimming pool, legal income-producing one-bedroom Carriage House with a full kitchen and full bath, two-car garage and sits on a 64’ X 120’ corner lot. It sounds like a dream come true, right?
The magnificent restoration was mastered over four years by a local award-winning preservationist. 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.
Coinciding with its historic feel, the home also boasts modern functionality. The updated kitchen/great room features a Sub Zero fridge, a six-burner Thermador range, and Fisher Paykel dish drawers. The high-end appliances were also carried into the Carriage House with a Viking range, Miele Dishwasher, and ULine under-counter refrigerator. The corner property total square footage consists of 3,654 SF. To top off its impeccable curb appeal, the property is rounded out by newly added fencing with brick pillars and professional xeriscape landscaping.
The historic home was awarded on multiple occasions including by the City Home of the Year for Beautification, Historic Preservation Award, and was featured in the Northeast Candlelight Tour of Homes. This home is a beautiful piece of St. Petersburg history and is waiting for the next family to make priceless memories between its sturdy walls.
With a Matterport tour available, you are able to walk through the updates of this masterpiece from the comfort of your own home. Click here to take a virtual tour of the main house. Click here to take a virtual tour of the carriage house.
Click here for more details on this exclusive luxury home.
This home is a NEW old home, complete with the best of modern creature comforts, paired with the finest in preserved period details. You don’t want to miss your chance to see this historic gem. Schedule a private showing today!
Sharon Kantner & Brian Waechter, REALTORS®
Sharon Kantner | 727.278.5866 | [email protected]
Brian Waechter | 727.643.2708 | [email protected]
Photos of 756 Bay Street NE, listed by Sharon Kantner & Brian Waechter, REALTORS®
As more people prioritize personal wellness, high-end real estate is merging lavish, luxe design with a holistic health-centric approach. The modern homeowner seeks luxury amid tranquil surroundings, walkable neighborhoods, resort-like amenities, and state-of-the-art interiors. They want their homes to enhance their healthy lifestyles where self-care is convenient and readily available. The new upscale condo towers in Tampa are tapping into this desire for wellness by offering an unparalleled approach to luxury design that enhances quality of life.
State-of-the-Art Exercise Amenities
Feeling great depends on physical health and the ability to workout with ease is essential to residents. At Hyde Park House, the social center of this intimate, 70-residence community is the expansive array of fifth-story amenities, including a comprehensive fitness center with spin, yoga, and personal training studio. The studio is equipped with state-of-the-art audio/visual. It offers breathtaking city and water views and opens to an outdoor yoga space for open-air stretching and meditation.
Hyde Park House Outdoor Fitness Green Space with Water Views
Altura Bayshore not only has a fitness center with bay views, but its fourth-floor terrace features opportunities to mix play into the workout routine. Pickleball courts, bocce courts, synthetic turf putting green, and a half-court basketball give Altura Bayshore residents the ability to work off the stress of the day and have fun. For residents that work remotely, these offerings become lifelines in feeling healthy and connected.
Altura Bayshore’s 4th Level Amenity Deck
The Residences at the Tampa EDITION, located in the heart of Water Street Tampa, a neighborhood that is integrating wellness into the overall district’s overall planning and design. The 56-acre mixed-use waterfront neighborhood is the first neighborhood in the world to achieve the WELL Design & Operations (“D&O”) designation under the WELL Community Standard. Wide tree-canopy shaded sidewalks promote walkability and pedestrian connectivity. Engaging ground-level experiences with diverse activity programmings such as yoga in the park, filtered water bottle refilling stations. The neighborhood offers beautiful urban water features, such as fountains, to moderate microclimate temperatures. Access to fresh food will bring a sense of urban tranquility to homeowners in this new neighborhood.
Walkability at The Residences at the Tampa EDITION
On the other side of the Bay in Downtown St. Petersburg, residents of Saltaire can enjoy a neighborhood known for its friendliness and diverse culture. Downtown hosts monthly “Art Walks” featuring world-renowned local artists and celebrated galleries. A weekly open-air Farmers Market is the biggest in the Southeast with a wide variety of fresh, organic produce. St Pete hosts numerous festivals throughout the year that are just a quick walk away from the Saltaire lobby. Youth is a mindset, and St. Petersburg is the place to tap into the vitality of living well.
Overlooking The Arts District And Bayfront at Saltaire
Seamless Glass Bring the Outside In
At The Sanctuary, homes are designed to bring the tranquility of the surrounding natural habitat into the home. Walls of frameless glass in the Great Room and Owner’s Bedroom offer 48” of unobstructed water views. The Sanctuary will be the first luxury tower in the United States to use a Frameless Slimpact® glass wall system. This frameless glass provides unobstructed views without sacrificing the energy efficiency and meets Florida’sFlorida’s large missile impact requirements and hurricane impact codes. Every home has 360-degree views and 180-degree views of the horizon of Bayshore Boulevard with access to large private terraces for dining al fresco or enjoying private time looking into the waters of the Bay.
Frameless Slimpact® glass wall system at The Sanctuary
Your home is your place of solace, comfort and supports body, mind, soul health. Call us today for more information on these upcoming developments and let Smith help you with your next move.
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Looking to buy a beach house in Tampa Bay, but not sure where? With miles of coastline in the Bay area, your possibilities are endless. Below we highlight three local beachfront paradises where you can own your private beach retreat.
Treasure Island, Florida
Consistently voted the best beach in America, Clearwater Beach is known for its namesake crystal clear water and stretches of soft, white sand. The palm tree-lined Beach Walk Promenade boasts hotels, retail shops, attractions, and culinary experiences. And the sunsets each night at Pier 60 are postcard-worthy. It is easy to see why everyone loves a place this gorgeous. Despite drawing visitors year-round, Clearwater Beach has managed to retain a laid-back, small-town atmosphere. The revitalized downtown district with shops, restaurants, and the Clearwater Harbor and Marina is the perfect backdrop for concerts, festivals, and exhibits, like the Clearwater Jazz Festival. The Clearwater Mote Marine Aquarium, home to the world’s most famous dolphin, is also in your backyard. Looking for a quiet getaway? Sand Key and Caladesi Island provide untouched, pristine beaches with million-dollar views. If you’re looking for the best place to buy a beach house in the Tampa Bay area, Clearwater Beach is your perfect spot.
Imagine owning your own piece of Gulf front paradise. With its perfect blend of casual luxury and island charm, Treasure Island is the best place to buy a beach house. Known as the “sand sculpture capital of Florida,” Treasure Island is located on a barrier island and surrounded by soft, white sand and the warm, gentle waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Your Treasure Island beach house allows for endless activities. You could go swimming, shelling, snorkeling, parasailing, or walk the beach, relax, and take in a memorable sunset. Eclectic shops, family-friendly attractions, numerous dining options, and nighttime hot spots are right outside your door. St. Petersburg, with its vibrant downtown, award-winning restaurants, sports arenas, and cultural attractions, is ideally located just a few minutes away. Treasure Island locals are friendly and greet everyone with a smile and “hello.” They are happy to share their love of the area with everyone they meet. Friendly residents, fun attractions, nearly four miles of gulf beachfront, and dreamy vistas over Boca Ciega Bay and the Gulf of Mexico make Treasure Island your ideal location for a beachfront home.
Located on Anna Maria Island and a short drive from Bradenton and Sarasota, Bradenton Beach offers residents a rare opportunity to slow down and unwind surrounded by turquoise waters and quaint island life. Known for its fishing piers, sugar-sand beaches, specialty shops, small art galleries, and family-owned restaurants, Bradenton Beach is an ideal spot to buy a beach house on the Gulf Coast. The slower pace and quiet mornings beg for a stroll along the beach to search for shells. The year-round tropical climate and abundant sunshine are perfect for an afternoon bike ride, paddleboard, or kayak trip to explore the island’s abundant marine life. Bradenton Beach is the ideal location for boating enthusiasts, nature-lovers, history buffs, and beach-goers to call home. The Manatee Village Historical Park features artifacts and photographs of Manatee County. The South Florida Museum holds prehistoric collections, ecological exhibits, historical artifacts, and fossils. The Palma Solo Botanical Park is filled with lush trees, palms, and tropical plants. And the beaches lure you in to unwind. The friendly cafes and restaurants along Pine Avenue set a perfect stage for unforgettable sunsets that you can enjoy from your own beach home.
Whether you are looking to be in the middle of it all — or to get away from it all — there is a perfect beach home waiting for you along Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Find a Smith agent to help you find your beach oasis today, click here.