Even in this unique time of social distancing, our real estate team has the digital tools to help you step into some of the most exciting developments coming to Tampa Bay. With new construction, a home searcher isn’t able to enjoy a physical tour but instead must be able to envision the feel of a property and make sure that it offers the comfort, amenities, and security they desire. We invest in state-of-the-art technology using virtual tours and 3-D renderings that help our clients become immersed in the space of a new construction project.
Construction of Hyde Park House along the iconic Bayshore Boulevard is underway and through our technology-based interactive virtual tour, you can ascend the 22 stories to enjoy the building at full completion. With the virtual tour, you’ll develop an understanding of the architectural vision of this elegant luxury tower that will stand tall in one of the most prized locations of South Tampa. From the comfort of your home, you’ll appreciate the spectacular, sweeping views of the Bay, experience the building’s boutique amenities, and practically take a dip in the pool enjoying the skyline from a cushioned seat in the outdoor terrace.
Another highly anticipated development coming to South Tampa, Altura Bayshore, offers a full residence virtual tour from your iPhone, tablet, or computer. The tours include four furnished residences and showcase the high-end appliances and fixtures, the breathtaking views, and the thoughtful luxury found in the spacious interiors.
To give home seekers a perspective on the nautical living enjoyed at Marina Pointe, we use 3-D Renderings to bring the waterfront community to life. The 3-D renderings detail not just the building design and luxurious residences but also the retail district of boutiques, outdoor cafes, and boat-up restaurants. With one trip to the Marina Pointe website, you’ll be able to experience the sunset from your digital living room and go for a walk along the blossoming waterfront neighborhood.
Downtown living is also easily viewed from the comfort of your home with Water Street Tampa’s advanced technology. Through an interactive scale map with projection mapping, data feeds, and gaming technology viewers are immersed in the entire community of Water Street Tampa. Inside the district will be the Residences at The Tampa EDITION which is currently under construction and will be the centerpiece of the growing Water Street Tampa community. With the Water Street Tampa virtual experience, you’ll get a feel for what homeowners can expect in a Downtown Tampa home and the Residences at The Tampa EDITION will offer unparalleled luxury and world-class listings.
Bob Glaser, President & CEO of Smith & Associates, says that our technology-based tools ensure that our customers from all across the world can get the same great experience viewing new construction condominiums without physically being in town. Use our state-of-the-art virtual tools to familiarize yourself with the developments on the horizon and view multiple properties that will be move-in ready soon. Our New Construction sales executives are fully equipped to provide tours and live chats via popular tools like Google Hangouts and Zoom. This brings back the personal experience and elevated service that we have in our sales galleries while utilizing the virtual tools that bring developments to life. Let us know how we can assist you in finding a home that you love.
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Hyde Park House Virtual Tour
With governments instituting tighter shelter in place restrictions and businesses shifting to the work-at-home model during the COVID-19 crisis, we want you to know that we are working closely with all our partners to be able to meet your real estate needs as efficiently as possible.
While our current situation is unique, we know that securing a low-interest rate is an important step in making an informed decision before purchasing a new home, and our team can guide you with personalized mortgage solutions. Our Mortgage lender, VanDyk Mortgage, is still generating individualized loan programs and has updated us on the market situation answering frequently asked questions regarding lending in Tampa Bay:
What is going on with appraisals?
While some appraisers are rejecting assignments, the majority are moving forward. Fannie Mae is accepting drive-by or desktop appraisal when we are unable to obtain a traditional appraisal. Many companies are working with skeleton crews during these difficult times so please allow for additional time to close as the appraisal process may take longer.
What happens if I lose my job before closing?
You need to be employed at the time of closing IF the income from the borrower who lost their job is needed to qualify for the loan. Without the income, the loan will not close or fund. If the income from the recently unemployed borrower is NOT needed for the loan, then the loan will close as planned.
Are you still able to verify employment?
All lenders will do a re-verification of employment at a minimum of 10 days prior to closing. With the current situation, we may not be able to use traditional methods to verify employment and will rely on alternative methods. These alternative verifications will be accepted and we do not expect any delays in the process if employment has remained.
What happens if I am on temporary leave?
If there is a leave of absence with one of the borrowers, and the borrower intends to return to work prior to the first payment due date, we may use their income to qualify. Many employees have been furloughed depending on their industry. Some of these situations, we can work with and still move forward with securing a loan.
Interest rates are low and real estate transactions are happening every day. You may have more questions and need more guidance during this unique time, but we are here to help. While COVID-19 has effected our markets globally, we have been in business for fifty years and have seen our share of market ups and downs. As always, it is our commitment to provide a seamless home buying or selling experience and we are able to do that while keeping our community’s safety a priority. Connect with a Smith agent today, click here.
The excitement was contagious as business leaders, elected officials, and future Marina Pointe homeowners gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of Marina Pointe. Speaking at the event was Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, BTI Partners CEO Noah Breakstone, and Smith & Associates Real Estate President and CEO Bob Glaser who all echoed the shared sentiment that the Westshore Marina District, and its crown jewel of Martina Pointe, will be a game-changing neighborhood that will redefine South Tampa.
Marina Pointe introduces a new contemporary waterfront condominium and townhome lifestyle with breathtaking views, resort-style amenities, and unabashed luxury Overlooking a protected, deepwater yacht basin, Marina Pointe condominium residents will be able to indulge in an impressive array of private amenities or walk to shops, dine at marina-front restaurants, and boat onto open bay waters. More than fifty homes in Marina Pointe have already been reserved and several future homeowners who attended the groundbreaking said that the lure of the boating lifestyle so close to South Tampa is what they are most excited about.
With a state-of-the-art marina, a retail center that will include the Cru Cellars wine bar and shop, Duckweed Urban Market boutique grocery, DRNK Coffee Shop + QWENCH Juice Bar, Crave Spa, Salon Color Bar, and Sand Surf Co., among others and a boat-up dining destination, Paloma, the condominiums and townhomes will be a short stroll away from the waterfront promenade. The Westshore Marina District will also offer walking trails and parks along the waterfront that will connect with the marina.
The first residential tower of Marina Point is expected to take two years to complete and the retail center will open in the first quarter of 2021.
To learn more about Marina Pointe’s one-of-a-kind luxury condominiums and the all-new marina’s amenities and services, explore the website at MarinaPointe.com, call 813-930-9800, or visit the sales gallery at 4900 Bridge St, Tampa, FL 33609.
See more photos from the Marina Pointe Groundbreaking Ceremony, here.
What do you look for in your dream home? Is it a sparkling pool ready to refresh you on a blistering summer day? Is it a great outdoor space to entertain guests and host evening get togethers with friends? Or maybe it’s a spacious interior so every family member can relax in their own way. We have news for you… This Sunset Park home has all those qualities and so much more.
“It is so rare to find even 1 or 2 of these unique features in 1 property, let alone all of them under one roof!” says Grant Patterson, listing agent.
Built in 2004, this estate located at 4617 W Leona Street, is the best luxury deal in South Tampa. The home features 6 bedrooms, 6 full bathrooms, 1 half bath, and 5,274 square feet of living space. Talk a step into the spacious “main” section of the home, and you’ll be greeted by the four oversized bedrooms, expansive modern kitchen with center working island, great room, dining room, and den. Head to the attached in-law/nanny suite, and you’ll see the suite’s full kitchenette, bathroom, bedroom, and den, along with an extra laundry hookup. The in-law/nanny suite also has its own entrance from the exterior.
Just when you thought the home had it all, its three-car garage and additional grand retreat for enjoying movies and hosting guests will sweep you off your feet. Not to mention it’s located near Mabry Elementary School, Coleman Middle School, and Plant High School.
“I am always so amazed by the incredible space the home has.” says listing agent Sterling Remer. From the front, it may look like an ordinary home, but the interior is a spacious wonderland awaiting a family to make everlasting memories within its enchanting walls.
Listed at $1,273,000, approximately $300,000 less in price than anything else of similar size, come take a tour of this South Tampa home with multiple generational living spaces and see for yourself why it is the best deal in Tampa Bay.
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Sterling Remer & Grant Patterson, REALTORS®
Photos of 4617 W Leona Street, listed by Sterling Remer & Grant Patterson, REALTORS®
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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The Boutique Firm Recorded $1.5 Billion in Sales Predict a Bullish Real Estate Market for Tampa Bay in 2020
Tampa Bay’s largest independently-owned real estate brokerage firm, Smith & Associates Real Estate, celebrates another record-breaking sales year with $1.5 billion in sales volume, an increase of 22% from the previous year. The company has been serving Tampa Bay’s real estate market for over fifty years and recognized associate accomplishments with a party at the Armature Works in Downtown Tampa. With their Developer Services team representing ten projects in Tampa Bay that have completion dates set between 2020 and 2023, Smith feels confident that the Tampa Bay real estate market will be on fire in 2020.
Established in 1969, Smith & Associates Real Estate has grown to be one of the most influential companies in the Bay, with revenues exceeding $1.5 billion in 2019. The firm represents high-profile residential and commercial developments. It is the exclusive listing agent for almost all of Tampa Bay’s high-profile towers, including The Edition, Riverwalk Place, Hyde Park House, Elevé 61, The Sanctuary, Saltaire, and Altura. Smith & Associates Real Estate is the number one luxury brokerage firm of $1M + residences in both Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties.
President and CEO, Bob Glaser, says his company’s focus on investing in employees, giving back to the community, and fostering strategic partnerships will continue to inform the company’s growth strategy. “As Tampa Bay has grown, so have we. We’ve had tremendous success and are bringing over 2 billion dollars of inventory to the local market in the upcoming years, representing developments in downtown Tampa and St. Pete. Yet, we anticipate that marketplace demand will outpace available inventory.”
According to the real estate website Zillow, Tampa home values went up 3.9% in 2019 and Zillow forecasts they will rise an additional 4% in 2020. Tampa also ranks 4th among the nation’s The most popular investment markets, according to Realtor.com® .
While the Smith team celebrated their record-breaking year and the associates with exceptional sales, the organization also presented their most coveted honor, The Mary Smith Conover Citizen Award, which honors the spry 93-year-old founder of Smith & Associates Real Estate. The award is a nod towards the company’s founder and keeps the philanthropic intention at the forefront for every associate. This year’s winner was Becky Slocum clocked nearly 1,800 volunteer hours with The American Red Cross and is a member of the Disaster Action Team, working on-call shifts throughout the night from 6 PM – 6 AM.
Becky Slocum (Award Recipient), Bob Glaser (President and CEO), and Mary Smith Conover (Founder) at Kickoff Celebration at Armature Works
Multi-million dollar homes are all over St. Petersburg, Florida attracting homeowners from all over the world to what is becoming one of the most diverse and desirable cities in the state. Real estate prices are climbing and we have pulled together a list of the most expensive homes in St. Petersburg, FL. Opulent luxury homes in St. Petersburg are attractive to people looking for space, comfort, and privacy with the most expensive homes in St. Petersburg standing out as impressive and significant. The most expensive homes in St. Petersburg are sure to impress anyone who loves architecture or simply likes to daydream about the finer things in life. Lush tropical settings, sunset watching, huge yards, chef-quality kitchens, and more are offered in the most expensive homes on the market right now in St. Petersburg.
If you’re looking for the lap of luxury in St. Petersburg, FL, check out these 13 incredibly luxurious (and expensive) homes.
Designed to maximize its prime location, this modern home is a work of art that will take your breath away the moment you enter the home. The sophisticated use of glass, stone, quartz, and woodwork comes together to create a modern warm redefined waterfront residence including tranquility and relaxation throughout!
This stunning, brand new luxury waterfront home with a waterfront lot, was recently completed by Devonshire Custom Homes, one of Tampa Bay area’s finest builders! The two-story, concrete block construction home with lavish finishes inside & out is situated on a beautiful lot in desirable Old NE with fabulous views of Coffee Pot Bayou.
This wonderful Gulf-front, estate-sized home, built in 1925, offers endless possibilities with a sprawling floor plan consisting of 5,623 SF that includes a 2 level, 2 bed, 2 bath apartment with 1,779 SF, laundry, fireplace & a private entry!
Located in one of Downtown St. Pete’s most coveted luxury towers, 400 Beach is nestled along trendy Beach Drive directly across from the waters edge and only steps away from the vibrant hub of local eateries, sidewalk cafes, museums, art galleries, parks, breweries and so much more! This beautiful 5th-floor residence offers expansive views of sparkling Tampa Bay while easily enjoying the sights and sounds of a lively and active downtown waterfront.
Ultimate sophistication in a premier location, Parkshore Plaza is one of Downtown’s most desirable luxury condo towers. Conveniently located near the thriving hub of restaurants and endless amounts of things to do, this home is tucked along trendy Beach Drive, directly across from the water’s edge. This beautiful home with a highly sought after floor plan offers a home office/study, 2 ensuite guest bedrooms, powder bath, large laundry room plus a rare & unique expansive front terrace perfect for outdoor entertaining!
Fall in love with this fabulous open waterfront pool home in highly desirable Venetian Isles! Pride of ownership is apparent the moment you walk into the double door front entry and the home’s graciously sized rooms complement the seamless and stylish floor plan.
This beautiful colonial home is located on one of the loveliest streets in St. Petersburg. Built in 1935, it is reminiscent of days gone by, but with all the modern conveniences. This truly gracious Estate captures the elegance of an antebellum plantation!
Welcome to this meticulous executive-style home nestled on a prime corner lot along Snell Isles’ coveted Brightwaters Boulevard. This elegant home is perfect for both the family and entertaining and comes complete with a rare three-car garage. You will love the large open floor plan, high ceilings, three fireplaces, and wet bar!
Paradise on Pass-A-Grille Channel! This tri-level home is a boater’s dream with its large dock with water, power and 16,000 lb lift. The “Eagle’s Nest” is the perfect spot for stargazing or ship watching!
Enjoy life from the 7th Floor of ONE St. Petersburg, conveniently located close to the clubhouse, swimming pool, hot tub, gym, and the BBQ Grills. Step out onto the extra-large balcony and enjoy gorgeous water views at the Pier while watching the planes land at St. Petersburg’s private airport.
This stunning historic Jungle Prada estate is nestled on a private, manicured lot. This home has been meticulously restored and expanded into a modern masterpiece which showcases exquisite period finishes throughout. This is truly a hard to find jewel!
Imagine the joy and laughter shared with family and friends as you explore the enchanting beach community of Pass-A-Grille with easy access to the pristine beach, great restaurants serving local, delectable seafood, a sunny afternoon bike ride, or a playful day at the dog park with your furry family members. This delightful, quintessential beach cottage is situated 50 yards from both the beach and inter-coastal waterways!
This single-story estate with sweeping lake views encompasses Florida design to seamlessly live inside & out in St. Petersburg’s gated community of Placido Bayou. The sparkling water view offers a perfect scene from the covered lanai, pool & spa.
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People are flocking to the sunshine state and looking for luxury homes in Tampa Bay. With award-winning beaches and clear aqua waters, the West Coast is luring new home buyers to the area with some of the best luxury homes in Florida. Each city and neighborhood on the West Coast of Florida has its own vibe and unique community feel with Tampa rising to the top for people who want a lifestyle that offers cultural activities, walkability, and so many ways to enjoy the good life. Luxury living is easy to find here with Tampa mansions for sale all over the county. Some of the Tampa mansions for sale are waterfront while others can be found nestled in gated communities that have oak-lined streets and magnificent sprawling country estates. If you are looking for a luxury home in Tampa and desire the space and opulence of a Tampa mansion, there is a home for every discerning buyer looking to make Tampa their home.
These 7 Tampa mansions exude elegance and luxury while still giving you all of the perks of living in one of the nation’s most exciting cities.
Welcome to one of Beach Park’s original homes built in 1926 and received the City of Tampa Historic Property and the Preservation Society designations. The current owner has transformed this residence into a spectacular Italianate beauty!
This majestic home sits on 163 feet of deepwater frontage and 100 feet to open bay. You will immediately note the meticulous craftsmanship and design integrity creating warmth.
Fall in love with this stately Bayshore Beautiful home with an inviting fenced front yard and stunning open foyer. Its convenient location between Macdill and Bayshore’s linear park makes for a short walk to Bayshore and restaurants on MacDill.
Fall in love with this magnificent Mediterranean home in the heart of Beach Park with one of Tampa’s top addresses just steps to Swann Circle Park. Custom built by Joe Byars with exquisite attention to detail!
There is a lot to love about this stunning, completely remodeled Key West Style home in Sunset Park. Enjoy three stories of elegant custom built-ins and luxury finishing touches!
No expense was spared in the construction of this custom Beach Park Estate located on over 1/4 acre on one of the prettiest winding streets in town. Recently refreshed with all new interior paint and staging, this home is not to be missed.
This extraordinary estate home is located in the highly sought after Hyde Park neighborhood with 110ft of frontage on iconic Bayshore Boulevard. This home was constructed as one of the largest and finest of its time and is filled with historical charm and detail. Rich in history from the type of construction that has stood the test of time.
Contact one of our Florida real estate anchors to find the perfect coastal town and beach home for you. Click here to find a Realtor.
On Thursday, December 12, 2019, St. Pete-based Salt Palm development hosted a groundbreaking for the latest project, The Royal. The development, found at 545 4th Ave. S. on the edge of the St. Pete Innovation District, will boast 13 eco-conscious luxury smart homes with sleek architectural lines, expansive glass windows, sustainable building elements, built-in smart home tech and much more.
As a 1% For The Planet Member and Certified B Corp, a type of for-profit business that balances purpose and profit, Salt Palm is dedicated to the health and prosperity of the environment and people in the communities in which they build.
At the event, Founder Jared Meyers made the pledge to use half of the profits on this latest real estate project to benefit the St. Petersburg community and the business for good movement in the state. Mayor Kriseman joined the celebration, saying “B-Corps are all about giving back to the community, taking a portion or in some cases all of their profits and investing them back into the community. Philosophically, they are aligned with what we’re trying to accomplish here in St. Pete.”
To learn more about the project, please visit theroyalstpete.com.
From left to right: Andrew Deslandes (President of Development – Salt Palm, GC – Deslandes Design Build), Jacki Fabrizio (Realtor, Smith & Associates Real Estate), Tim Roney (Certified Building Planner – Roney Design Group), Jenifer DuFresne (Interior Designer – Deslandes Design Build), Rick Kriseman (Mayor of St. Petersburg), Jared Meyers (Founder, Salt Palm Development)