Community NewsCompany News June 12, 2020

New Construction Condo Towers Bring Outdoor Living Spaces to Tampa Bay

Outdoor Living Spaces

For homeowners in high-rise condo towers, private terraces and open-air balconies have always been coveted spaces to escape the frenetic pace of life and bask in the fresh air. They are an extension of the home’s interior, expanding the living space and infusing a home with a connection to the outdoors. Following the global pandemic, open-air terraces are emerging as one of the most meaningful rooms in a home as people re-evaluate how to find joy while spending more time at home. 


The developers of Tampa Bay luxury condo towers are ahead of this trend and have been designing with a keen understanding of a home’s therapeutic value and the importance of activating outdoor private space. These new construction condos offer more expansive terraces and balcony depths that are rarely found in the older condominium homes. Some even have multiple outdoor decks to enjoy morning coffee, al fresco dining, or daybed relaxation.


Coming to Bayshore Boulevard, Altura Bayshore prioritizes the view and residents’ desire to connect with the outdoors. Homes are designed with two or three large, open-air terraces (per plan), each with a glass railing to maximize the scenic views of Hillsborough Bay and the city. A typical home has a bedroom balcony and a large terrace that can be accessed from the Owner’s Suite and the Great Room while Residence 1 on the Fourth Floor of the luxury high-rise brings an additional 2,059 square feet of exterior living space to the home. This additional outdoor space can offer the freedom to sit around the firepit with your close friends, to chill in your spa, cook al fresco in your outdoor kitchen, or plant a garden of herb, vegetables, and potted citrus trees. 


Saltaire St. Pete Residence Balcony

Rendering of Saltaire St. Petersburg


Saltaire St. Petersburg also stands out for winning-outdoor design with dramatic walls of glass and over-sized terraces showcasing sweeping city and bay views. The Royal South Penthouse has three open-air terraces and offers an additional 1,728 square feet of exterior space to enjoy. Bay breezes and cotton-candy sunsets are part of the nightly wind-down.


Hyde Park House Terrace

Rendering of Hyde Park House Terrace


The balconies at Hyde Park House far exceed the standard depth of balconies in the past. Take in the Bay views, watching dolphins and birds hunt in the shallow Bay waters and observe from afar the activity along the Bayshore Boulevard trail. The expansive decks match the contemporary artistic flair of the residences’ interior aesthetic.


West Hollywood EDITION

West Hollywood EDITION


The outdoor space is transformed to a private oasis at the Residences at the Tampa EDITION. Each home has a completely wrap-around terrace covering the entire exterior of the residence. Relax after work on your day bed and watch the sunset as the downtown city lights start to shine. 


Sanctuary Balconies

Amenity Deck and Balconies at The Sanctuary at Bayshore


Humans are hard-wired for nature and need breaks from our screen saturated lifestyles. The Sanctuary at Bayshore Boulevard provides 48’ of continuous, unobstructed views of Bayshore Boulevard and the bay. A 225 square foot terrace is accessible from the great room and another 170 square foot terrace spills off of the Owner’s Suite, both with a frameless glass design.


Clear views of nature and access to the outdoors play a role in mental health and quality of life. By expanding the exterior, these Tampa Bay luxury high-rises offer what many towers in Northern cities are missing- the freedom to safely enjoy the fresh air and outdoor access without anxiety.

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Community NewsCompany News June 1, 2020

24-Story Virage Bayshore Tower Construction Completed and Opens to First Residents

Virage Bayshore Logo


Buyers begin closing transactions and moving in. Only two unsold residences remain.


Virage Bayshore Lobby


TAMPA, Fla. (May 27, 2020) – With brisk work over the last year, construction is complete on the 24-story Virage luxury condominium tower and initial buyers are starting to take possession of and move into their residences. Developers and partners of the project are celebrating the milestone as 69 of 71 total residences were pre-sold, representing more than $120 million in real estate overlooking Bayshore.  Closings began May 15 and will continue over the next few months.

“We are so proud of the construction team for staying the course in this challenging environment.  They have delivered an extraordinary tower on Bayshore Boulevard,” Jay Tallman, Principal of Ascentia Development Group, which built Virage in partnership with Batson-Cook Development Company, (BCDC). “Watching the first few residents move in is an especially gratifying moment for us. We knew we were fortunate to have a wonderful site with such potential, and we are so happy our residents can begin moving in and making it their home.”


Virage Bayshore Pool


Virage has set a new level of luxury living along Bayshore, with prices ranging from $1 million to $5 million and most residences ranging in size from 2,400 square feet to 3,400 square feet. Every residence has a private elevator entrance, 10-foot ceilings, and access to resort-style amenities such as an infinity-edge pool overlooking Bayshore, a state-of-the-art wellness center, pet grooming facilities, and 24-hour staffed reception. 

Among the extraordinary features, the top two floors each have a single penthouse residence, with 6,700 square feet of space and 360-degree views of Hillsborough Bay, South Tampa, and Downtown Tampa.


Virage Bayshore Sitting Area


Development of Virage began in Spring of 2016 and kicked off with robust demand, as no new tower had been built along Bayshore in more than 10 years. More than half of the building was reserved before formal sales began. The tower broke ground in November 2017 and ‘topped out’ in May last year.

“Bayshore Boulevard has long been a premiere address of Tampa Bay, and we are deeply honored to have helped add this beautiful building to Tampa’s skyline,” said Litt Glover, President and Chief Executive Officer of BCDC. 


Virage Bayshore View of Water


Smith & Associates Real Estate has been the exclusive listing broker. Virage was designed by local architect Curts Gaines Hall Jones, a firm well known for its inspiring residences, all of which in Virage are oriented to maximize views of Downtown Tampa and the bay. United Landmark Associates of Tampa led traditional and digital marketing and advertising for Virage.

“The timing of this residential project couldn’t have been better,” says Bob Glaser, President and CEO, Smith & Associates Real Estate.  “People were eager for homes of this caliber in South Tampa and the trophy location on Bayshore Boulevard has made the Virage one of the most exciting places to own a home. As we’ve all learned, being able to enjoy a beautiful walk and the amenities where you live is priceless.”


About Ascentia Development Group

Based in Sarasota, Ascentia Development Group (ADG) has created some of Florida’s most stunning luxury developments, brought to fruition by vision, integrity, and passion. In addition to Virage, ADG’s projects include “Beau Ciel” in Sarasota, “Orchid Beach Club” on Lido Key, and “En Provence” and “Aria” on Longboat Key.


About Batson-Cook Development Company 

Founded in 1963, Batson-Cook Development Company (BCDC) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kajima USA. It is a fully integrated real estate organization providing development and capital solutions, primarily through partnerships on commercial real estate projects in the Southeastern United States. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, BCDC offers a wide variety of real estate services ranging from development and construction to equity and credit enhancements to brokerage and property management.



Community NewsCompany News May 20, 2020

Developer Services: Downtown St. Pete Stands Out as a Top City, St. Pete Resident and Smith CEO, Bob Glaser

Photo of Saltaire, Downtown St. Pete.

Artist’s Rendering of Saltaire Exterior located in Downtown St. Pete

Rendered Image of New Luxury High Rise Condo Tower, Saltaire


In these unprecedented days of social distancing, we recognize the importance of home and community. Home has become our solace, and our neighborhoods are our only place for walks and outdoor play. On social media and in conversations with clients and friends, I’ve heard great appreciation for our community. Perhaps in our busy lives, we have taken St. Petersburg for granted. 


Being able to take a leisurely walk along the seven miles of lushly landscaped waterfront has become a perfect way to handle the stress of the pandemic and to clear your head. Little could our forefathers envision as they designed the spacious city layout how impactful it would be to residents in a time like this, to have access to the second-longest linear park in the United States behind Chicago. 


View of water in downtown st. pete

View of Vinoy Park and Marina


As the CEO of Smith & Associates Real Estate, there isn’t an inch of this town or a neighborhood that I haven’t visited. I live in Downtown St. Pete and know that the unique urban design of this city and its fabulous climate have made me grateful for such an incredible place to call home.


The revitalization that started downtown in the late 1990s and continues today has transformed St. Pete from a sleepy town into a hip, urban retreat that celebrates art, diversity, and the richness of our Florida landscape. Even with limited delivery and retail options, there are still plenty of ways to experience what Downtown St. Pete has to offer. Water lovers have boating, sailing, standup paddleboarding, or kayaking. While on land, you can take your dog for a walk or go for a bike ride. Sitting on your condo balcony to watch the clouds roll by can be a whole new level of enjoyment.


As a less crowded urban area, we have enjoyed the benefits of living in a town that’s not as congested as larger cities. We have the space to safely walk and move around as our city planners intended with the green space of urban parks figuring prominently into the design. Well-connected paths keep us in touch with nature, and with businesses slowly reopening, we can visit the abundance of culture found in the galleries, museums, and outdoor cafes. We have it all.


We don’t feel the demand for St. Pete real estate will wane. On the contrary, St. Pete looks even more attractive. Our citizens have re-evaluated what’s important in terms of lifestyle and comfort, and many have realized that being in a home and a place you love is vital to long-term happiness.


Like most of the country, real estate listings and activity have dropped through the pandemic. We expect that as the stay-at-home restrictions are eased up in our city, we will see the activity increase to a sensible pace as long as buyers and sellers feel safe with showings. This Summer, we would hope to see the listing inventory begin its escalation toward 2019 levels and reaching buyers who have been waiting for some time for the right opportunity to open up. 


Straub Park in Downtown St. Pete

North Straub Park


We represent many properties near and in Downtown St. Petersburg and are sponsoring the sale of the new luxury high rise condo tower, Saltaire, overlooking the bay in the heart of Downtown St. Pete. That, like our other properties, is seeing no signs of lack of interest and our industry is adapting to offer more online resources, like virtual tours and contactless mortgages. In fact, maybe an urban home becomes even more attractive as we move into the Summer months ahead and evaluate where we really want to lay our roots. 


It’s home, it’s the community, it’s family, friends, and connection. Downtown St. Pete has a shared sense of all of these and connects effortlessly to Tampa. Both metropolises are standing out as examples of community spirit and unity in the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay safe!


Robert Glaser
President / CEO
Smith & Associates Real Estate




Community NewsCompany News April 14, 2020

Tampa Bay Condos Bring Healthy Living Home

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

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

Altura Bayshore’s 4th Level Amenity Deck


Community Wellness
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.


People walking on the tree lined sidewalks outside of The Residences at the Tampa EDITION

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.


Waterview of The Arts District And Bayfront

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 glass wall in the owner's bedroom at The Sanctuary

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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Community NewsCompany News March 25, 2020

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



Community NewsCompany News March 10, 2020

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, 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.



Community NewsCompany News February 17, 2020

Tampa Bay Developments Bring Retail and Walkability to Enhance Local Neighborhoods

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.


Women Walking in Hyde Park Village


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 Exterior East at Dusk


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.


The Residences at The Tampa EDITION Rendering


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.


Marina Pointe Town Center


Marina Pointe

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.

Visit our Developer Services page for the inside scoop on new construction projects!



Company NewsIndustry News February 11, 2020

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



Community NewsCompany News January 21, 2020

BTI Partners Selects Smith & Associates As Exclusive Broker For Marina Pointe


Marina Pointe Logo

Master real estate developer BTI Partners is proud to announce that it has named Smith & Associates Real Estate as the exclusive listing broker for Marina Pointe, a luxurious Tampa condominium development with direct access to an all-new, state-of-the-art marina and the Westshore Marina District’s dining and retail. Smith & Associates Real Estate is an established leader in the Tampa Bay market and enjoys the region’s highest per-agent productivity with annual sales of $1.3 billion and more than 2,600 transactions per year. 

“Partnering with Smith & Associates, Tampa Bay’s most successful and reputable real estate brokerage, marks another major step toward making our vision for Marina Pointe a reality,” said Noah Breakstone, CEO of BTI Partners. “We look forward to working with their talented agents to build interest and anticipation around this innovative waterfront address.”

Marina Pointe site work began in late 2019, with groundbreaking anticipated to begin in early 2020. The first tower will feature 113 condos and 7 townhomes as well as an impressive array of amenities, including a private residents’ club, resort-style pool deck and cutting-edge fitness and wellness center. Westshore Marina District’s retail center also places some of Tampa’s finest local vendors right at residents’ doorsteps, including Cru Cellars, Duckweed Urban Market and new waterfront restaurant Paloma.

“We are excited to work with BTI Partners on Marina Pointe condominiums,” said Robert Glaser, President/CEO of Smith & Associates. “This project represents the flagship residential opportunity within the all-new Westshore Marina District, which is completely reimagining the South Tampa waterfront and introducing an all-new lifestyle to the area. Residents of Marina Pointe’s condominiums and townhomes will look out onto the newest deepwater marina on Florida’s West Coast, in addition to enjoying walkable access to boat slips, restaurants, wine bar, grocery store, and a variety of conveniences that make the neighborhood feel like home.”

Marina Pointe is the only new marina-front development in Tampa Bay and one of the most extraordinary waterfront values, with prices from the mid-$700,000s to the $2,000,000s. For more information about the available residences and walkable waterfront lifestyle, visit, call 813-930-9800 or visit the Smith & Associates team in the Sales Gallery at 4900 Bridge St., Tampa, FL 33609. 


Marina Pointe Rending Harbour Entrance




About BTI Partners:
BTI Partners is one of Florida’s leading real estate investors, active landowners, developers and asset managers with a recent portfolio comprising of over 8,000 acres of land for the development of more than 17,500 residences, and more than 2 million square feet of commercial and retail space. Leveraging a 30-year track record, BTI’s success is based on an entrepreneurial acquisition and development platform with expertise in structuring and financing complex real estate transactions, land-use maximization, cost-effective construction and high-end design. For more information, please visit 


About Smith & Associates:
For over 50 years, Smith & Associates Real Estate continues to be Tampa Bay’s largest independent and locally owned real estate brokerage, with a commitment to exceptional service and superior market knowledge. Deeply embedded in the community and comprised of six strategically located offices in the Tampa Bay area, 300 associates, annual sales of $1.3 billion and over 2,600 transactions a year. Smith’s Developer Services Division has reshaped the Bay Area both with large scale residential development as well as representing the most elite luxury condominium high rises to the market and is presently representing $2 billion in new development. Smith & Associates Real Estate is the number one luxury brokerage firm of $1M + residences and is a nationally recognized leader in the real estate industry.  For more information on Smith & Associates Real Estate, please visit



Community News December 13, 2019

Tampa Developments On the Rise with a Strong 2020 Forecast of More to Come


Tampa Bay has been making quite an impression on the world this year, attracting an influx of new residents and investors and becoming recognized as a top tourist destination known for beautiful beaches, friendly people, and an abundance of attractions to enjoy. The global accolades have been a boon to the real estate market and demand for luxury condos has skyrocketed.


The Sanctuary at Alexandra Place Water View

Construction at The Sanctuary at Alexandra Place


We have three luxury condo buildings at different stages of the construction process in premier locations in South Tampa and we expect four more luxury towers to begin construction next year in 2020. With each tower bringing a unique approach to luxury and drool-worthy amenities, the excitement for the Virage, the Sanctuary, and the Residences at the Tampa EDITION is easy to feel. Here is a market update on 2019 progress with a look ahead on what to expect next year:


  • The Virage – The building is nearing completion as the construction team has removed their temporary elevator in exchange for the building’s permanent elevator system. The stunning architecture and design of the building can now be seen when driving down Bayshore Boulevard. Currently, all homes have sold except for three remaining residences.


  • The Sanctuary at Alexandra Place -The 14th floor of the building has been poured and the curved glass exterior will start to be installed in the very near future. The tower crane is at its final height of 256 feet. We expect the building to be topped out by the end of January 2020. Only two of these residences are remaining.


  • The Residences at The Tampa EDITION – The Residences at The Tampa EDITION is at the beginning stages of construction in Water Street and has started on the key foundation work that will allow them to build upwards. Vertical construction will begin in January 2020. The sales office is open and accepting reservations.


Many of the properties have elaborate Smith sales galleries that feature scale models of the building and show buyers what their home will look like before it is built. Walking through the galleries, buyers get a sense of the quality construction in their luxury tower, the appliances available and the custom finishes that are offered.


We are excited for the year ahead and to see the growth of this world-class city that we call home.


Construction at The Sanctuary at Alexandra Place Construction

Construction at The Sanctuary at Alexandra Place


For more details regarding the luxury condos’ one-of-a-kind interior design, click here.

For more information regarding Smith & Associates Developer Services Division, click here.