Find Your New Construction Home in Tampa Bay with our Digital Sales Galleries

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.

Find a Smith agent today, click here.


Hyde Park House Virtual Tour



Posted on March 25, 2020 at 6:17 pm
Aimee Albright | Category: Community News, Company News | Tagged , , , ,

COVID-19 Update: Mortgage Lending in Tampa Bay Frequently Asked Questions

Mortgage Graphic

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.



Posted on March 25, 2020 at 5:35 pm
Aimee Albright | Category: Company News, Industry News | Tagged , ,

South Tampa Home With Exceptional Value For Sale

Front of home at located at 4617 W Leona Street


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.

Click here for more details on this exclusive luxury home.

Listed by:

Sterling Remer & Grant Patterson, REALTORS®

813.841.0325 | [email protected] | View Agent Website


Large entertaining space of home located at 4617 W Leona Street

Photos of 4617 W Leona Street, listed by Sterling Remer & Grant Patterson, REALTORS®



Posted on March 9, 2020 at 10:35 am
Aimee Albright | Category: Community News, Company News | Tagged , , , ,

20 Luxury Master Baths to Make Your Jaw Drop

The epitome of luxury is found in a home with a luxury master bath. A luxury master bath can be a respite from the demands of life and offers a secluded alcove of peace. With gorgeous detail and style, these luxury master baths are more than a powder room. The luxury master baths are rich with luxurious details and built with a magnificence and scale that are the pinnacle of luxury. The most eye-catching luxury master baths are bigger than many small apartments and can cost just as much! In the most beautiful luxury master baths, you’ll find large, luxurious tubs set up in private alcoves, walk-in showers, ambient lighting, windows with spectacular views, dressing rooms, custom cabinetry, and smart home features for enjoying music, watching videos or customizing water pressure and steam levels. Here are 20 luxury master baths that will make your jaw drop:


1. 12321 Fort King Highway | Thonotosassa 

The Oaks, a magnificent sprawling country estate situated on Lake Thonotosassa, is one of Florida’s most significant homes to be built within the last century. The French-Normandy style gated manor includes 8 bedrooms, 12 full bathrooms, and 14 half baths for 36,361 SF of air-conditioned space and 42,782 SF under roof.

12321 Fort King Highway



2. 901 Rafael Boulevard NE | St. Petersburg

Welcome to this fabulous Mid-Century modern inspired home nestled on a 0.36-acre resort-like property with peek-a-boo views of the Snell Isle marina. This beautiful home has been completely renovated from top to bottom and professionally designed by one of Tampa Bays premier award-winning designers.

901 Rafael Boulevard NE



3. 415 S Royal Palm Way | Tampa

Customized to perfection, the elegance and grandeur of this Beach Park estate combines superior craftsmanship that reflects impeccable taste and sophisticated architectural details. Timeless in appearance this 2009 gated residence is situated on almost of an acre.

 415 S Royal Palm Way



4. 837 Harbor Island | Clearwater

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. With every detail and the sophisticated use of glass, stone, quartz and woodwork together to create a modern warm redefined waterfront residence including tranquility and relaxation throughout!

837 Harbor Island



5. 1936 Coffee Pot Boulevard NE | St. Petersburg

Stunning, Brand New luxury waterfront home with a water lot, recently completed by Devonshire Custom Homes, one of Tampa Bay areas finest builders! Two-story, concrete block construction with lavish finishes inside & out. Situated on a beautiful lot in desirable Old Northeast with fabulous views of Coffee Pot Bayou.

1936 Coffee Pot Boulevard NE



6. 7742 Still Lakes Drive | Odessa

Fall in love with this unbelievable estate, perfect for the buyer who wants character and elegance in every room and desires a peaceful, private setting to call home. Situated on a private lot in guard-gated Stillwater, and surrounded by perfectly landscaped grounds, this home has unmatched curb appeal.

7742 Still Lakes Drive



7. 1616 Culbreath Isles Drive | Tampa

Located in the gated and guarded enclave of Culbreath Isles, this stunning 12 room waterfront beauty combines the best of old-world style with outstanding quality, design, and craftsmanship on an oversized sought after private corner lot that is magnificently landscaped for total privacy and beauty.

1616 Culbreath Isles Drive



8. 3113 Mossvale Lane | Tampa

Rare opportunity to live on White Trout Lake, the most desirable lake in Tampa. This 2-story home is tucked away behind a gated entrance and offers privacy, peace & recreational opportunities galore.

3113 Mossvale Lane



9. 4926 Andros Drive | Tampa

This spectacular three-story showplace with an elevator is set on the Grand Canal of Culbreath Isles, three houses from the open bay with sunsets galore 365 days a year.

4926 Andros Drive



10. 529 E County Line Road | Lutz

Mediterranean splendor awaits you as you enter through the wrought-iron gates of this exquisite lakefront estate. Enjoy the privacy of the grounds island-like atmosphere as you travel down a secluded, old-growth oak lane that leads to the villa and a separate guest residence. 

529 E County Line Road



11. 446 16th Avenue NE | St. Petersburg

This beautiful colonial home is located on one of the loveliest streets in Historic Old Northeast. Built in 1935 it is reminiscent of days gone by, but with all the modern conveniences. A truly gracious Estate which captures the elegance of an antebellum plantation.

446 16th Avenue NE



12. 2426 W Sunset Drive | Tampa

Rare opportunity to own almost a half acre estate in South Tampa! Historic, yet completely renovated in 2013 by Cooper Johnson Smith. From the entry you can see the gorgeous hardwood floors and moldings throughout this New Suburb Beautiful home.

2426 W Sunset Drive



13. 998 Lake Placido Court NE | St. Petersburg

Single-story estate with sweeping lake views in St. Petes premiere gated community, Placido Bayou. A grand residence constructed by Rutenberg Homes. The heavenly master bath is the ultimate place to restore given the flush-entry shower & rejuvenating infra-red sauna.

998 Lake Placido Court NE



14. 4929 New Providence Avenue | Tampa

Your waterfront dream home awaits. This majestic home sits on 163 feet of deepwater frontage and 100 feet to open bay with a dock and lift large enough to accommodate a 50ft yacht. You immediately note the meticulous craftsmanship and design integrity creating warmth within this stunning Culbreath Isles home.

4929 New Providence Avenue



15. 308 Blanca Avenue | Tampa

This stunning one-story home feels like it came right out of the pages of Architectural Digest. The complete remodel and addition by renowned architectural designer Thomas Everett Lamb showcases a contemporary and open floorplan.

308 Blanca Avenue



16. 520 Bay Laurel Court NE | St. Petersburg

Nestled in one of only a few gated communities in St Petersburg, this Placido Bayou waterfront elegant home is located on a Cul-De-Sac, and surrounded by luscious tropical landscaping. You’ll fall in love with its many features.

520 Bay Laurel Court NE



17. 13704 Plainview Road | Odessa

Lakefront lifestyle on the beautiful ski sized Lake Osceola! This gorgeous home’s master suite has a large sitting area with open water views, French doors to lanai and gas fireplace. The two walk-in closets lead into the spa-like master bath with stand-alone tub, separate shower, water closet/bidet and double vanities.

13704 Plainview Road



18. 400 Beach Drive NE #504 | St. Petersburg

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 St. Petersburg waterfront. The large Master Suite has sliding glass doors that lead to the lovely front Balcony complete with gorgeous morning sunrises or an inviting spot to enjoy an evening cocktail under a moonlit sky.

400 Beach Drive NE #504



19. 3820 W El Prado Boulevard | Tampa

This amazing David Weekly home is located on a large corner lot with side entry driveway access from Church St. The relaxing wrap-around front porch sets the tone for this home. The upstairs has alot to offer including the master suite with coffered ceilings and crown molding, a gorgeous en-suite bath with granite, dual sink vanity and a large walk-in closet with a custom closet system.

 3820 W El Prado Boulevard



20. 11207 Sunny Delight Court | Odessa

Within the gates of the spectacular community of Steeplechase, sits a higher quality of living for the lifestyle you deserve. Sprawling, Mediterranean symmetrical facades resting on 2.33 acres of conservation and water views, this estate offers privacy and tranquility. The master bath with granite, a center island custom Jacuzzi, walk around shower dressed with dual rainmaker showerheads will surely impress you, or if preferred, there is also an outdoor shower and pool bath!

11207 Sunny Delight Court



Contact a Smith agent to find the modern, luxury home of your dreams, here.


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Posted on March 4, 2020 at 4:38 pm
Aimee Albright | Category: Community News, Company News | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Smith & Associates Celebrate a Record-Breaking Year

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® .

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

Becky Slocum (Award Recipient), Bob Glaser (President and CEO), and Mary Smith Conover (Founder) at Kickoff Celebration at Armature Works



Posted on February 11, 2020 at 11:40 am
Aimee Albright | Category: Company News, Industry News | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

13 Most Expensive Homes in St. Petersburg, FL


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. 


1. 837 Harbor Island | Clearwater

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!

837 Harbor Island



2. 1936 Coffee Pot Boulevard NE | St. Petersburg

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.

1936 Coffee Pot Boulevard NE



3. 2909 Sunset Way | St. Pete Beach

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!

2909 Sunset Way



4. 400 Beach Drive NE #504 | St. Petersburg

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.

400 Beach Drive NE #504



5. 300 Beach Drive NE #403 | St. Petersburg

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!

300 Beach Drive NE #403



6. 2012 Carolina Circle NE | St. Petersburg

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.

2012 Carolina Circle NE



7. 446 16th Avenue NE | St. Petersburg

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!

446 16th Avenue NE



8. 1700 Brightwaters Boulevard NE | St. Petersburg

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!

1700 Brightwaters Boulevard NE



9. 404 8th Avenue N | Tierra Verde

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!

404 8th Avenue N



10. 100 1st Avenue N #702 | St. Petersburg

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.

100 1st Avenue N #702



11. 1250 Jungle Avenue N | St. Petersburg

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!

1250 Jungle Avenue N



12. 109 4th Avenue | St. Pete Beach

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!

109 4th Avenue



13. 998 Lake Placido Court NE | St. Petersburg

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.

998 Lake Placido Court NE



Contact one of our Florida real estate agents to find the St. Petersburg home for you! 



Posted on February 4, 2020 at 5:21 pm
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