South Tampa’s Marina Pointe Breaks Ground

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.

 

 

Posted on March 10, 2020 at 4:27 pm
Aimee Albright | Category: Community News, Company News | Tagged , , , , , ,

Lunch & Crafts With Our Local Hearts

“This is our universe, we just share it.” – Ya La’ford
We had a room full of smiles & imagination as the kindergarten through 5th-grade students at Mt. Zion Christian Academy joined us for a delicious Chick-fil-A lunch and crafts. Our talented friend, Ya La’ford, explained the power of art as the students put their passion & creativity to work to design beautiful cups they were able to take home!
Our love for the community is so much greater than what can be seen by the eye. With a deep passion for our youth, arts, and equal rights for all, Smith & Associates Real Estate strives to make Tampa Bay a better place to call home. Learn more about Smith & Associates Real Estate’s Local Heart, here!

 

View full photo album, HERE!

 

Posted on February 27, 2020 at 4:17 pm
Aimee Albright | Category: Community News, Company News | Tagged , , , , , ,

Smith is Home to Award-Winning Real Estate Agents

Established in 1969, our company has grown to become Tampa Bay’s largest independently-owned real estate brokerage firm with over 300 real estate agents and record-breaking sales. Last year, our team of award-winning real estate agents and associates celebrated a record-breaking sales year with $1.5 billion in sales volume, an increase of 22% from the previous year. We know that our company’s success is due to the hard work of our real estate agents and associates. Every year, we recognize their efforts with a party that toasts their accomplishments from the past year and excites them for the possibilities in the year ahead.

This year’s party was at Armature Works where all 300 of our real estate agents and associates met for a team celebration. Awards went out to the real estate agents who had exceptional sales volume, completed trainings, assisted our affiliates, and also to the real estate agent for their community efforts. Smith is a company that is known for exceptional market wisdome and also for giving back to the communities we serve. In every way, we try to instill this love of community in our real estate agents and associates and support the time they want to use to contribute to causes that are meaningful to them. We think this makes us stronger as a company AND as a community.

Here is a list of some of the award-winning real estate agents from 2019:

REAL ESTATE AGENTS/TEAMS WITH EXCEPTIONAL SALES VOLUME | $20,000,000+

REAL ESTATE AGENTS/TEAMS WITH EXCEPTIONAL SALES VOLUME | $15,000,000 – $19,999,999

REAL ESTATE AGENTS/TEAMS WITH EXCEPTIONAL SALES VOLUME | $10,000,000 – $14,999,999

REAL ESTATE AGENTS I COMMUNITY HEART AWARD | NOMINEES

This year’s Community Heart / Mary Smith Conover Citizen Award winner was Becky Slocum who 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. This award is our most coveted recognition, 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. 

Along with recognizing these real estate agents with a red carpet moment, we also recognized our real estate agents and associates who completed Ninja Training, our Smith Orange Belts, Rising Stars, and the top three real estate agents and teams at each of our five strategic locations in Tampa Bay.

Developer Services with 10 projects in their exclusive portfolio, Luxe Title, Smith Signature Insurance powered by BKS, branch operations, support staff, Marketing, Business Development/Relocation, and Commercial were all recognized for the ways they contribute to make Smith the success that it is in Tampa Bay real estate. Smith & Associates is the number one luxury brokerage firm of $1M + residences in both Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties. Thank you to all our real estate agents, associates, and clients!

 

CLICK HERE to view more photos from our 2020 Kickoff Company Party at Armature Works.

 

 

Posted on February 13, 2020 at 11:11 am
Aimee Albright | Category: Community 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 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

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 , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Smith is Community

We at Smith are dedicated to our local community and contribute to organizations throughout the year that support equality, the arts, and education. Smith & Associates Real Estate participates in over 50 organizations throughout Tampa Bay and emphasizes a corporate culture of giving back. Each month, you’ll see the Smith orange and our associates supporting causes that we find meaningful. Please join us this month!

 

DACCO Night of a Thousand Thieves

 

Feb 1st – DACCO Gala and Auction – 7pm
DACCO treats substance use disorders, including Opioid Addiction Treatments and any co-occurring mental health symptoms in men, women (including pregnant women) and youth. Nationally awarded for their comprehensive coordinated care, DACCO is a Behavioral Health organization with outpatient, residential and wrap-around services to treat the whole person. Smith has been a long-time supporter of the organization. Their programs help decrease the use and/or abuse of prescription, alcohol, tobacco, illicit and other harmful drugs among pregnant and postpartum women.

We are a sponsor at their fundraising event. Please join us in supporting this valuable organization. Tickets available at nightofathousandthieves.com.

 

WineFest 2020: Cabbyshack

 

Feb 8th – Tampa Theatre Wine Tasting – 7pm
When the Tampa Theatre began their restoration campaign in 2017, Smith & Associates Real Estate made a sizable donation to the Tampa Theatre. This gift allowed the Tampa Theatre to create a permanent concession stand, an important part of the 90-year-old theatre’s extensive multi-phase renovations to address critical infrastructure, enhance the patron experience, and restore its historic beauty.

Bob Glaser, President and CEO of Smith & Associates Real Estate, calls the Tampa Theatre “a local treasure that calls for community support” and has served as a Board Member for many years.

“Upon entry, you feel as though you have stepped back to another era of time and are in awe of the palace-like feel within the theatre. There are so few of these movie palaces in the nation, and to have this jewel in Tampa Bay, calls for community support,” says Glaser.

Their biggest fundraising event of the year is coming up, Winefest 2020: Cabbyshack, and we are a sponsor. Please join us and support this iconic theatre in Downtown Tampa. Tickets available at tampatheatre.org/annual-event/winefest-2020

Learn more about Smith & Associates Real Estate’s local heart and community involvement here.

 

 

Posted on January 31, 2020 at 2:14 pm
Aimee Albright | Category: Community News, Company News | Tagged , , , , ,

7 Beautiful Mansions for Sale in Tampa, FL

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.

 

1. 4510 W Beachway Drive | Tampa

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!

4510 W Beachway Drive

 

 

2. 4929 New Providence Avenue | Tampa

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.

 4929 New Providence Avenue

 

 

3. 2930 W Wallcraft Avenue | Tampa

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.

2930 W Wallcraft Avenue Tampa

 

 

4. 4553 W Swann Avenue | Tampa

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!

4553 W Swann Avenue

 

 

5. 5101 W San Jose Street | Tampa

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!

 

 

6. 4412 W Culbreath Avenue | Tampa

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.

4412 W Culbreath Avenue

 

 

7. 901 Bayshore Boulevard | Tampa

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.

901 Bayshore Boulevard

 

 

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.

 

 

Posted on January 8, 2020 at 7:17 pm
Aimee Albright | Category: Company News | Tagged , ,

Groundbreaking For St. Pete’s Newest Certified B Corp Townhome development, The Royal

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

 

Groundbreaking shovel image

 

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)

 

 

Posted on December 20, 2019 at 2:25 pm
Aimee Albright | Category: Community News | Tagged ,